If you’re new to the world of blogging or if you’ve only been blogging for a short time, you may feel like things just aren’t working out as you expected. By taking the time to understand the 5 blogging mistakes that bloggers make, you can correct those mistakes and start blogging successfully.
5 Common Blogging Mistakes
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It can be very overwhelming.
However, starting on the right foot with good beginning knowledge can really kick off your blogging journey in the right direction.
The five most common new blogger mistakes are:
- Diving in (rather than wading in)
- Having unrealistic expectations
- Losing focus
- Ignoring the reader
Blogging Mistake #1: Diving In
Many bloggers are so anxious to get started that they dive in rather than wading in slowly. They rush to just go live and don’t take the time they need to be prepared.
This is a huge blogging mistake!
Before you start your blog, consider this…
Find a focus for your blog
. . . a focus that reflects what you know, what interests you and what you enjoy talking and writing about. No topics are out of bounds: politics, religion, science, sexual orientations, comedy, exercise, diet, diseases, etc., etc..
Take some time to read different types of blogs. Pay attention to the colors, graphics, and layouts to get an idea of what you like.
Learn that some bloggers are long-winded and write long detailed posts. Others are brief and to the point. Some bloggers are just chatty and entertaining and have no particular point to make.
By knowing your focus and not diving in without a plan you can avoid making one of the top blogging mistakes new bloggers make!
Finding a Host
You need a hosting company for your blog. Some are free, some charge a small amount per month for their service, some are simple to use and some require more technical knowledge. Some have more features than others.
Choose the host carefully.
Once you’ve established your blog and have a few regular readers you won’t want to change your address (your URL).
You may or may not want to use your real name on your blog. This depends on many factors.
If your blog is niche related like “homesteading”, using your name isn’t really smart. However, if you are your brand, as in a life coach, using your name as your blog name makes perfect sense.
Mistake #2 Unrealistic Expectations
If you start blogging expecting instant results, a large readership, and many complimentary comments, you will be disappointed. You will have made blogging mistake #2!
There are tens of thousands of blogs online trying for the same audience.
Patience and tenacity are essential on your part. If you write well, find a unique niche to fill, have appealing titles for your posts and tirelessly promote your blog the readership and comments (some of which will be complimentary) will come.
Mistake #3 Losing Focus
When you started your blog you had a particular reason for doing so. It may have been to express your views on a topic or it might have been to just communicate with a close circle of friends or family about your daily activities.
When readers come to your blog for the first time they will either be interested in your content or they won’t. They will either like your style or they may not.
If they like your topics and your style, they may comment and even return again to it later. Once you’ve established a topic and tone for your blog you’re free to change it. However, by doing so, it means you are basically starting all over.
Be aware that you can have more than one blog, each one devoted to a particular topic and each one, if you choose, under a different identity. Don’t make the blogging mistake of losing your focus!
Mistake #3: Plagiarizing
There are some great bloggers out there! As you read and explore other blogs you might find one who expressed a concept really well.
It may have resonated with you. It may sound like something you want to add to your blog.
DON’T just copy and paste someone’s words in your blog!
You cannot add other bloggers’ words without giving them credit, making it look to the world like the words are yours. This is the biggest and most penalized blogging mistake a blogger can make! This article from Moz explains duplicate content in Google’s eye pretty well.
If you write it, write it in your own words and write it better. Add your own thoughts and feelings and then be gracious and mention where you got the idea and provide a link.
Mistake #5: Ignoring the Reader
Quite often, some people who read your blog will leave comments. Some readers will agree with your thoughts and praise your insights. Some may pick a point you’ve made and criticize it.
People leave comments on other’s blogs for the same reason they themselves blog, to exchange ideas and express their points of view.
Always respond to your reader’s comments.
Thank them for reading your posts and taking the time to comment (even the severe critics) and then respond, as appropriate, to their comment.
It is a huge blogging mistake to ignore the very people that are coming to your blog with interest! If you ignore your comments your readers may end up leaving your blog and never returning.
Blogging Mistakes Avoided: Now What?
Now that you know how to avoid the top 5 blogging mistakes that bloggers make you can feel assured that your blog will be off to a better start! Set yourself some goals for your blog and get it up and running in the right direction!
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