Mistakes are part and parcel of life and blogging is no different. New bloggers are bound to make those mistakes. The best part is to realize them early and before you lose the interest in blogging.
Blogging is fun and it has to be filled with those mistakes when you start blogging. Here are the 5 of the most common mistakes I see new bloggers make. I also did the same mistakes when I started. Just knowing them can mean one can avoid them in the future.
1. Blogging for Adsense
This is one of the biggest mistakes of blogger when they start blogging.
The first thing they do is set up a blog and the next thing they do is put Adsense ads all over the place.
They put ads everywhere and it makes the blog looks cluttered. Having more ads Adsense ads don’t make more money. It’s the users and the traffic to your blog that can make you money. If you and your brother are the only visitor and reader of your blog, and you don’t intend to get banned in Adsense by clicking on your ads, you won’t make anything even if you check your Adsense account daily.
Write for users and not for Adsense. If you can generate traffic, there are ample ways to make money from blogs.
2. Copy Paste Content
The next most common mistake among new blogger is, they like to curate content than creating their own.
If the content is already online, why someone will prefer reading your content?
The copied content mistake can make sure your blogging career is very short and fizzles out very early. It’s your blog and so it should be your views and content that can lead to some of the initial traffic. If you copied it from some other site, you are being dishonest to your first set of readers. On top of that, Google is smart enough to find out what is fresh content and what isn’t. So it kills one of the better sources of traffic for a blog which is Search Engines.
Even if you are getting inspired by others content, write 10 times better content than the original one.
3. Blogger.com Blogs
Yes, it is also a mistake most of the new bloggers make.
BlogSpot / Blogger.com are by Google but WordPress is way ahead than Google for creating a blog. I am yet to see any major non-Google blog powered by blogger.com.
Blogger.com blogs are free but WordPress also offers the same on WordPress.com. So I don’t see a reason why anyone should even consider blogger.com but new bloggers are always lured towards using blogger.com as it is by Google.
I don’t even recommend using WordPress.com and one should always use a self-hosted WordPress blog because you have more power, control and even a non-techy can launch his own blog/website in a matter of minutes.
4. Dead Blogs
I have seen on many forums where people feel proud of the number of blogs/domain/website they own.
The sheer number of websites they own ranges from few tens to hundreds. If few of them happens to be a blog it wouldn’t be updated often.
If you have a blog keep sharing your views and ideas. If you can’t commit to daily updates, commit to weekly or monthly updates. Dead blogs aren’t going to help. It is better to take the blog offline than to leave it online with no updates. The best is to keep updating it with unique and fresh content once in a while.
5. Neglecting Comments
If you are a new blogger, you won’t have too many people genuinely commenting on. The least expectation is a reply from the blogger. As a new blogger, if you aren’t replying and interacting with your users, others won’t find the enthusiasm to comment.
Ther another advantage of reading and replying to comments is, you can get a lot of topic ideas. You can understand their pain points and the problem they are facing and can write about it.
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