Blogging is both an art and a science. There is no formula for success, but there are guidelines you can follow to increase your chances.
In this article, you’ll discover five big blogging mistakes beginners make over and over again. If you can avoid them, you’ll go a long way, and your chances of building a wildly popular blog go up dramatically.
Let’s dive into the mistakes.
1. Being General
The first and biggest trap is being general. It’s being afraid to express your opinions and take a stand.
You may want to avoid being criticized, but by allowing your fears to control you, you ensure that your blog will fail.
No one wants to read a blog that doesn’t say anything. You are here to express your view of the world. That’s what people want to hear, so give it to the.
2. Letting Fear Take Over
Putting yourself out there can be scary. It stops many bloggers in their tracks, and it stops people from contributing to the world.
If you feel like blogging, you should blog. There’s a reason you secretly want to create content.
When you run into blogging fear, focus on taking one step at a time. Instead of thinking about writing for thousands of people, focus on writing to a friend.
3. Not Promoting Yourself
When you start a new blog, or even if you have an existing one, you should spend around 80% of your time promoting your blog, and 20% of your time writing articles for your own site.
You have to build roads to your blog, otherwise no one will find it. The way you do that is by going out there and interacting on other people’s blogs and websites.
You can do this via commenting, or guest blogging. Those are two great ways to drive traffic to your site. But there are plenty more. Find what works for you and stick to it.
4. Giving Up
Blogging takes time, so don’t give up.
Many bloggers give up just before a breakthrough. Don’t wait for someone to find you or link to you. Instead focus on taking small steps each day to grow your blog.
Get out there and make friends. Build links to your blog. Build your subscriber base. And write great articles that keep people coming back.
You’ve heard this advice over and over, but that’s because it works. It takes work, but it truly works.
5. Trying to Make Money
This may sound counter-intuitive, but what you have to avoid is prioritizing money over your readers.
If you place advertising all over your blog, you will hamper the growth of your blog, and you may even chase off readers.
So focus on building your blog readership first, and when the time is right, ask your readers what they have trouble with, then help them solve it.
The key to blogging success is to keep moving forward and to constantly look at what’s working and what’s not.
This isn’t a path to quick riches, but a way to build a sustainable business that will keep giving for years to come.