After blogging for years, I have made my fair share of mistakes.
Starting a blog can be scary and overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to ensure you make the process easier.
Here are 13 mistakes new bloggers make.
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1. Ignoring Google traffic
Do you rely on Pinterest for 100% of your traffic? If so, you need to diversify your traffic sources.
When you get organic traffic from Google, you're in for a treat. Unlike Pinterest, Google traffic is usually very targeted. The user is going onto your website to get an answer to their problem. You can solve the reader's problem with affiliate links, your own products, and with genuine value.
I waited too long to start learning Google SEO, but that doesn't mean you should. The best time to start is now – most bloggers aren't implementing Google SEO at all – which means you get to benefit even more.
Google SEO is the best way to increase your traffic because you can target an audience who is actively looking for the products and services you're an affiliate for.
And before you waste your time scouring the internet for free, outdated information on SEO, I recommend checking out Easy On Page SEO for Beginners. Included is a 12-step template to write articles, 9 steps to do after you hit publish, and other valuable info. This is written by a blogger who gest 350,000 page views per month with 60% of the traffic coming from Google. The guide is only $37 (at the time of writing) and is easily worth quadruple the cost.
It is VERY important that you are diversying your traffic and not relying on Pinterest. Do. Not. Rely. On. 1. Traffic. Source.
With my increased Google organic traffic, I get increased ad revenue, email subscribers, higher affiliate marketing income, and more people into my sales funnels for my products.
2. Not networking with other bloggers
Networking is crucial, whether it be to exchange guest posts, learn from others, share each other's posts, or to find someone that understands your blogging life.
You can find people by commenting on their blogs, joining Facebook groups for bloggers, or by going to blogging conferences like Fincon.
Networking has allowed me to establish genuine friendships with amazing bloggers all around the world.
My blog has grown tremendously because of the people I've met from networking, which is why it's so important.
3. You're Using A Free Blogging Site
There are so many limitations and downfalls of using a free blogging site like Blogger.
A free blog looks boring and repetitive, has a lack of plugins (which are necessary for successful blogs), is never truly yours (my sister had her free blog deleted without any say), has limited storage, and you have limited rights when it comes to certain things.
My other site uses Bluehost, and it's been a great experience.
I started my blog in less than 20 minutes, and it was super easy.
With my Bluehost affiliate link, you can lock in a great price at $2.95 per month.
4. You have no strategy or direction
I remember the day I wanted to turn my blog into a business. For many years, this blog was simply a hobby. I didn't have any direction or strategy in the beginning. It makes me wonder how faster things could've gone if I enrolled in Blog With A Full-Time Job.
Blog With A Full-Time Job is a course for someone who wants to start a profitable blog, but isn't sure how. You're overwhelmed by the amount of blogging information out there. You are already super busy with a full-time job, but also want to start a profitable blog.
You wish there were a step-by-step plan for how to start, grow, and monetize a blog. Luckily, there is.
Blog With A Full-Time Job is it.
But most importantly, my favorite part of BWATJ is the first module. It's the one module that every single blogger needs – even the big bloggers who are already blogging full-time.
You learn how to manage your mind. This is major. If you're scoffing off at this right now, I am telling you, from someone who runs a six-figure business – your mindset plays the most important role in your business. It's the key factor in your business going from making nothing to making six-figures. It's the key factor to scaling to seven-figures.
Here are just a few of the things you'll get in BWATJ:
- A specific plan for launching, growing and monetizing your blog while working full-time
- The exact strategy to grow and monetize your blog to a six-figure blog
- Learn how to manage your mind, productivity, time management
- How to set up a beautiful looking blog that is completely customizable
- How to write blog posts specifically for monetizing
- Sooo much more + tons of bonuses, templates, worksheets, etc.
Do you want to build a successful blog (and get a 12-month plan) but have a full-time job? If so, you must check out Blog With A Full-Time Job.
5. You don't spend time staying educated
Blogging and the social media world is constantly changing.
Just like people at a 9-5 have meetings, job training, etc., blogging requires the same.
Here is a detailed post on my favorite blogging courses and what I've taken myself to create a successful blog.
Sometimes you do need to spend money to make money.
Like you would get a college degree to become some professional.
I have no problem spending money if I know it's going to help me make even more money.
6. Not working on social marketing
Social media is one of the most important aspects of blogging.
Understanding the ins and outs of social media and sharing websites like Pinterest can help you tap a page view source that will increase your income.
I get over 150,000 page views per month and owe a lot of my results to Pinterest Traffic Avalanche.
If you're a blogger and not on Pinterest yet, you're making a big mistake.
7. Not legally compliant
Did you know there's a legal side to blogging? Yeah, I know, another thing to think about. This is why Amira, lawyer, and business coach, decided to create the Legal Bundle.
The Legal Bundle includes everything you need to comply with the law and protect your blog and online business.
Plus, she has a private FB group for people who buy the Legal Bundle, which is a great community to ask questions about these sort of things.
Hiring a lawyer JUST for a consultation ranges from $250-$500 for 1 hour. And unfortunately, you can't go copying other bloggers legal pages.
8. You copy others
I've seen my blog posts and even my blog name and tagline copied several times.
You should never copy someone's hard work.
You can definitely get inspired and motivated by someone else's hard work, and potentially get ideas from them, but you should never plagiarize in any way.
If you are inspired by someone else, you can link back to them in your posts.
Bloggers will always remember the blogs that copy others.
This is not a good idea as being seen negatively in the blogging world can damper your chances of developing relationships or networking with other bloggers.
9. Not setting up an email list
Do you not have an email list set up on your blog yet? If not, take this as your sign to get that set up ASAP!
Even if your blog is brand new, get an email list started immediately.
I have been using Convertkit for years and highly recommend it.
The customer service is incredible and is always there to answer any of my questions.
Convertkit is very easy to use and great for people who aren't super techy.
Benefits of an email list:
- Your email list is 100% yours and no one can take it from you
- Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter all have the power to make serious changes at any time that can drastically affect how often you are seen on those websites. Your email list is 100% in your power
- You can create a more personal relationship through email versus a blog post
- Mostly everyone has email; not everyone has social media (surprisingly)
- The power of email is strong. For every dollar spent on email marketing, roughly $40 can be profited.
10. Not taking the time to read through your post again to edit mistakes
A post with a ton of mistakes can leave people feeling like your site isn't professional or trustworthy because you didn't take the time to carefully publish a post.
I use Grammarly, and also have an editor for certain posts and projects.
If you often make mistakes while writing and can't afford help yet, I recommend having a friend, or family member read through your posts.
Make sure to check out this post of 18 full-time bloggers share their worst blogging mistakes.
11. Giving up because you haven't made money yet
A crazy number of people who start a blog give up because they haven't made money as quickly as they wanted.
Blogging takes hard work, consistency, and patience.
If you don't have these three qualities, I recommend not starting a blog, or else you'll waste your money.
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.
12. Not outsourcing what you're not good at
It's easy to want to be cheap and not hire people for things you aren't good at.
However, freeing up your time for the things you excel at and leaving the things you dislike can help you make more money.
The things you don't like usually suck up your time, leave you feeling stressful and unmotivated or uninspired.
For outsourcing jobs, I recommend checking out Fiverr.
13. Deleting old posts
Before I started taking my blog seriously, I deleted a bunch of posts that I thought were garbage.
This was a huge mistake because these posts were shared on sharing platforms like Pinterest.
When people click on those pins, people are getting an error and “No Page Found.”
This hurts my bounce rate, and now many of my links are showing up as broken.
Instead of deleting bad blog posts, repurpose and recycle them.
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