Are you a blogger who is blogging for years, but still unsuccessful? Do you want to find out what are your biggest blogging mistakes? If you are still unable to find out your mistakes, this post is exactly written for you.
I recommend every blogger to read this post at least for once. It doesn’t matter whether you are a full-time blogger or a part-time blogger; this is helpful for everyone, at least this is what I think about it. I am not teaching you. I am just sharing my views.
We know that there are hundreds of thousands of blogs in this world. Hundreds of new blogs are being created every single day. But still, a very small percentage of bloggers are actually ruling the web. So the question is if blogging is really difficult. If it’s not, why most bloggers fail and quit blogging.
Here are some of the biggest blogging mistakes bloggers make …
1, Giving Up Too Early
Successful blogging is not a short-term goal, but it’s a long-term goal. You can’t give up too early. Because it really takes long time to build a huge audience online. Building online reputation takes time and a strong commitment. If you are unable to continue blogging, don’t start.
Only continuous blogging will help you grow. Gradually, you will realize that more people know about you. More people will care about what you write. More people will be interested in your writings. It can even help you make more money. Read : Why Most Bloggers Fail To Make Money Online.
2, Comparing Yourself With Famous Bloggers
Why most bloggers actually fail is that they start comparing themselves with others already in the field for years, just after they start blogging. Obviously, those who are in the field for years would have much bigger audience. Most bloggers feel guilty in the beginning about not having such a huge visibility.
They spend more time reviewing what other successful bloggers are doing than spending time on creating valuable content people would like. Gradually, they lose interest and quit. This is what happens with almost all new bloggers.
3, Compromising Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to blogging, the quantity of your blog articles is quite important. Because more articles mean more chance to get readers’ attention. As a blogger, you can answer more questions with more articles. You will also be able to secure a strong place in popular search engines like Google.
But, at the same time, bloggers shouldn’t compromise with the quality. This is where most bloggers make mistakes. They put more attention on the quantity than quality. Unfortunately, they forget that new readers wouldn’t come back for quantity, but for quality. Because it’s more important.
4, Not Using an Interesting Title
A catchy and interesting title plays a very important role in readers’ engagement with your blog. A carefully crafted title grabs more attention from readers. This is what your readers will see in the beginning. So it has to be an attractive one that attracts your readers to read more.
Titles are what people see when they search for a topic in Google or other search engines. This is what makes them click on the result to find out more. Better CTR ( click through rate ) means better search engine ranking and better visibility. Your article may be great and highly useful. But if the title doesn’t grab attention, you may lose a lot of quality readers and visitors.
5, Choosing a Topic You Are Not Interested In
There can be hundreds of different topics for starting a new blog. But you should always choose a topic that you are interested in. Just because a topic is profitable doesn’t always mean that it can bring the same profit for you. It’s possible only when you can show your talent in the topic.
It doesn’t matter whichever subject you choose for your blog. If you know what to write and what your readers want you to write, your blog will automatically become profitable. If you choose a topic, you are not interested in; you will soon realize that it’s difficult to continue and feel like quitting.
6, Focusing Too Much On Money
If I am not wrong, most bloggers start blogging to make some money. Although, it’s not wrong to think about monetizing your blog, you shouldn’t think about it with too much interest. It will divert your attention from blogging to making money only. Read How To Really Make Money Online For Free?
You must remember that money is the result of successful blogging. You can’t think about it too much in the beginning of your blogging career. If you start your blog just to make money, you will never make it. You might make a few dollars. But you can’t build a continuous source of residual income.
7, Not Being Helpful To Your Readers
It is very important to give your readers the most importance. If they are happy, you will be happy ultimately. Repeat visitors are the foundation of every successful blog. Know what they want from you and help them. If you can solve their questions, you will come back again and again.
Most repeat visitors become customers ultimately. So they will help you make money as well. Each satisfied reader will recommend your blog to lots of other people. More people coming to your blog will result in more income and profit. Just help them and they will help you back.
8, Writing Only For Search Engines
Do you write articles only for search engines? Let me tell you that it’s a wrong choice. Search engines will soon discover it and throw your site deep down from search results. Search engines are now smart enough to understand what valuable contents are.
Remember, Search engines can now measure visitors’ engagement with a site. So don’t try to fool search engines and write only for bots. Rather, write for real people. Keep a helpful voice. Listen to them and be heard. You will soon realize that you are growing day by day.
9, Not Posting New Articles Regularly
Irregular posting is very dangerous blogging mistake. Blogging is a platform to share your knowledge with the world. It can’t stop frequently. But it has to continue forever. Your readers would expect new updates all the time. Without new updates, your blog will soon be a dead page on the web.
You may not need to post new articles regularly. But you must keep a good posting frequency so that your readers know when they can expect an update. It will help your readers trust you. It will make your readers feel that you always have something for them. It’s like you always have something they need.
10, Not Making Your Blog User Friendly
You must choose a good user-friendly theme for your blog. A good looking theme would help your visitors stay on your blog for long. Make it easier for them to search what they need. Use a proper navigation system so that your visitors don’t get irritated while searching your blog.
Make it easy for them to read your articles. Showing related contents in the sidebar or below every post. Interlink your articles properly and recommend related posts within your articles. It will help your readers as well as search engine bots to efficiently navigate throughout your site.
11, Selling a Lot Of Advertising Space
If advertising space occupies most of your blog, you are surely going to irritate your visitors. Visitors don’t come to your site to see advertisements. But they want to find answers to their questions. So blog articles should occupy most of the places on your blog.
It is not bad to advertise on blogs. But you can’t compromise the user experience. Try to show minimum number of ads making your readers happy while browsing your blog. Don’t use pop up ads. Most people don’t like it at all. Note that selling a lot of advertising space doesn’t always earn you a lot of money. If you think so, you are making a great mistake.
12, Focusing Too Much On Short Term Traffic
Focus on building an ongoing traffic source. Traffic plays a very prominent role in making a blog successful. So don’t waste your valuable time and focus on short-term traffic. Rather, focus on building long-term traffic source that will continuously flood your blog with new visitors.
I would highly recommend you to read Increase Your Blog Traffic Tremendously. The article contains the most important strategies you should follow to drive traffic to your blog. Let the world know about who you are. Market your blog effectively so that more people know about it.
13, Not Taking Your Blog As a Real Business
If you want to make money blogging, it should be treated as a business. Every business requires some investment from your part. Your money should be invested to market your blog so that you can reach a bigger audience. Because without enough audience, your blog is just a dead page on the web.
In a recently posted article ( How to Really Make Money Blogging : Reality Exposed ) I tried to show the reality of blogging earnings. I suggest to read it once. It will give you an idea why most bloggers find it difficult to blog. May be, you are an excellent blogger. But you will probably discover some ways to improve your online presence.
14, No Participation In Social Media Sites
Participation in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus is very important nowadays. Because recently most famous search engines updated their algorithm to give importance to social sites. Social links like retweets, Facebook shares and Google plus votes are highly effective to improve your search engine rankings.
Gradually, more and more people are engaging in social sites. It can even become great traffic source if you follow the right way. No participation in social media sites means you are losing a lot of visitors. Focus on social media right now. It’s a great platform to take your blog to the next level.
15, Thinking That You Know Everything
You don’t know everything and you can’t. You may know a lot of things. But still there are things yet to be learned. Believe it and let your readers know about it. They will appreciate you. As previously mentioned, don’t try to teach your readers. Just share what you know. Let the rest depend on them.
Ask questions to your readers and seek answers. Tell your readers that you are not sure about what you are saying, but you are trying to be. Ask for help and let them help you. They will be eager to help you. Treat them just as you want others to treat you. Help and be helped in return.
16, Not Allowing Comments On Your Blog
If you are running a blog, you must allow comments on your blog. It has to be remembered that blogging is a platform to share your ideas and knowledge with the world. So it becomes very important to know what the world is thinking about you and what you write.
Commenting is the best way to communicate with you, the blogger. It is a system through your readers will able to share their opinions about your writings. It might be helpful to improve your future posts. Connecting with your readers will help you understand their choice and what they want you to write.
17, Expecting Readers Will Come To You
Readers don’t come to your blog on their own. They need a good reason to come to your blog. If your blog doesn’t fulfill their requirements, they wouldn’t come back. Remember, only repeat readers or visitors make a blog successful in the long run. Read 10 Highest Earning Blogs That Earn Huge Money Blogging.
Don’t expect your readers to come back. Tell them why they should come back and what else you have to offer. At least, make them feel that you are important. Don’t try to teach your readers. Believe me, they wouldn’t like it. Just share what you know and create a friendly environment.
Truly The List Is Not Going To End ….
Yes, you have read it correctly. People always make mistakes and it will continue to be like that. Hopefully, I have discussed a lot blogging mistakes that every new bloggers make in the beginning. Gradually, some of them understand where they are lacking. If they try not to repeat the mistakes, it’s enough.
As a blogger, I believe that you are now sure about what you really need to be a successful blogger. These were some of the mistakes I also made when I started my journey three years ago. I built a lot of blogs, earned a lot and ultimately quitted also. But later, I discovered that I shouldn’t quit.
Blogging is not about quitting. It’s an ongoing process to be the winner.
Here are a few of lessons I learned in my journey ….
1, Don’t Ignore The Basics Of SEO ( search engine optimization )
2, Don’t Build Too Many Blogs If You Can’t Manage Them All.
3, Blog Only On Your Own Domain To Keep It Safe.
4, Don’t Spend More Time Begging Links Than Creating Contents.
5, Don’t Try To Make Money Right From The Beginning
6, Give Your Readers a Good Reason To Come Back
7, Never Resort To Copying Contents From Other Blogs
8, Build a Strong Relationship With Your Readers If You Can
9, Don’t Spend More Time On Promotion Than Writing
10, Spend Money On Advertising If You Can Afford
11, Choose a Good Quality Web Hosting Company.
12, Don’t Change Your Blog Design Frequently.
13, Let Your Visitors Know Who You Really Are
14, Be Sure About Why You Are Blogging & What You Want
15, Be Interesting & Useful When You Write.
16, Don’t Spend Too Much Time On Creating Contents Only
17, You Should Never Start a Blog On Multiple Topics.
I am sure that if you follow the above guidelines, nothing can stop you from being a successful blogger. Don’t repeat the mistakes I mentioned and be confident on your ability. Good Luck ….
Hope, I have been able to answer one of the biggest questions in the blogging field today : What are the biggest blogging mistakes bloggers make and why most actually fail???
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