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Top Mistakes Rookie Bloggers Are Still Making

Top Mistakes Rookie Bloggers Are Still Making

Top Mistakes Rookie Bloggers Are Still Making

Top mistakes rookie bloggers are still making

Top Mistakes Rookie Bloggers Are Still MakingYou’ve decided to put yourself out on the web by having a blog.

You can hardly wait to get started.

You’re not really sure how to do it but you see all these other blogs out there and think you can do as well.

So you get your blog up but nobody is stopping by.

It’s a cold wind that blows and that’s all you’re hearing.

Let’s see if you’re making any of these top mistakes that rookie bloggers are still making that keep your blog anonymous.


 

 

 

  1. Using a free blog hosting site.
    1. There are tons of these out there. They allow you to host your blog for free and make it easy to set one up.
    2. The problem is that you don’t own it. You are a renter not an owner of your blog. You can tell because you don’t own the domain. The hosts name is prominent.
    3. Get your own domain. You’ll have to pay for it but it gives you credibility. Many places like GoDaddy and Namecheap and MLSP Sites make it easy to set up your blog once you have a domain. It’s worth the money.[mlsp-cta campaign=”ultimateblogbundle” layout=”standard” align=”left”]

  2. Not having a narrow niche.
    1. You’re probably an interesting person with lots of things you’d love to blog about. Just pick ONE.
    2. I have a previous post about how to narrow your niche. Make sure you stick with it and don’t get distracted.
    3. Let’s say you have a “mommy” blog. Don’t do recipes, child care, teaching, playing, family relationships and the whole gamut. Pick one.

  3. Not knowing your audience
    1. Some people use an AVATAR method for narrowing your niche. With this you actually make a virtual person to whom you will be speaking and give them a personality and likes and dislikes and problems. You can get really specific using an AVATAR method to help narrow your niche.
    2. You can do surveys to help bring your AVATAR to life.

    1. Your blog audience won’t make a habit of going to your blog if you don’t have consistent fresh content.
    2. One post does not a blog make.
    3. Daily blogging is absolutely necessary.
    4. Lack of consistency shows a lack of commitment to your blog.

  4. IMG_1244Quantity over Quality
    1. Don’t just make a bunch of blog posts and think people are going to love them.
    2. Make sure your posts are well thought out and have something that will benefit the reader.
    3. There’s a ton of information on the internet that you can use for resource material to make your blog posts interesting, relevant and helpful.

  5. It’s not about you.
    1. If it isn’t something to offer your readers, it isn’t worth posting no matter how clever or cute you think it might be.
    2. Your audience thinks it’s all about them. Play into that. They are looking for something to benefit them. They don’t really care about you.

  6. Poor writing
    1. Make sure your writing is readable, makes sense and uses accurate grammar.
    2. Use a spell checker and grammar checker but don’t rely on them. They make mistakes.
    3. I have a previous post about common grammar mistakes people make. There’s lots of help for that on the internet.
    4. Hone your writing skills so people will understand you and think of you as a professional.[mlsp-cta campaign=”copywritingmastery” layout=”standard” align=”left”]

  7. Not using key words so people find you in search engines
    1. Use key words in your headlines. No matter how clever your headline is, people won’t find it unless you use key words that people are searching for.
    2. Use key words in your content. Use the Google Keyword Research Tool to see what people are looking for on your topic and sprinkle those key words in your content.

  8. Cluttering your content with too many ads
    1. I’ve been to sites that have so many ads you can’t tell where the content is located. It takes you several minutes just to find the content. Bad mistake.
    2. Too many popups also take people away from your content and disrupt their attention.

  9. Not connecting with your audience.
    1. Don’t just post and forget. See if you are getting comments on your posts and reply to them.
    2. Have an email list of your subscribers and send them announcements of new posts and content on your blog.
    3. Make sure you have a way for visitors to contact you.

  10. Not promoting your blog.
    1. Promote your blog on social media and other sites on the web.
    2. Do guest posting on other blogs and allow others to do the same on yours.
    3. Make sure your site is Search Engine Optimized.

  11. Stealing content and images from the web
    1. This is one that can get you in big trouble.
    2. Don’t use images from search engines unless you KNOW they are royalty-free and you have permission to use them.
    3. Always give credit to the originator of the image or content.
    4. You can curate content but make sure you give credit to the original content.
    5. Never use more than 40% curated material in a blog post.
    6. Make sure you’re legal.

There you have it. The top mistakes rookie bloggers are still making.

Once you’ve stopped making these rookie mistakes, you can call yourself a true-blue professional blogger.

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10 Comments

  • Anita Hales

    April 8, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Hi. Thanks for the great post. I signed up my website at wordpress.com and paid 18 bucks for my domain name. I agree that having wordpress.com after your domain name is a turn off to people. I am planning on transferring to a self hosted company at some time but wondered if wordpress.com limited my search engine optimization? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

      Anita Hales

      April 8, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Great! You’re on the right track.

  • Anita Hales

    April 8, 2016 at 5:47 am

    So much valuable info. Don’t snag imagery off the Web unless you know it’s royalty free. Great advice!! Thx.

      Anita Hales

      April 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks for the comments, Terrance.

    Anita Hales

    April 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this awesome and helpful content Anita! I will be writing about a similar topic soon, now I have more content to leverage thanks to what I learned here.

      Anita Hales

      April 8, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Share the love Nicolas. Thanks for your comments.

    Anita Hales

    April 13, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Hi Anita, what a thought provoking post.

    When starting out it is easy to get carried away and forget what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

    I think this list will be helpful for, not only newbies, but seasoned bloggers as well. Back to basics.

    Thanks for sharing. Bookmarking it for future reference.in case I go astray.

    Regards
    Gill

      Anita Hales

      April 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Gill, glad you found it helpful.

    Anita Hales

    April 16, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Anita, I believe it was a God thing to come across your post this morning. What a thoughtful, well written article! It touched on every mistake I would have made, should I decide to go forward into blogging. Thank you for your comments!

      Anita Hales

      April 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

      I’m so glad you found it helpful. Feel free to contact me if you need more help. Be sure to check out the links on my page to the 3 Minute Expert. It’s all you need to be a successful blogger.

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