Blogging is like technology, there is something new to learn and experiment everyday. Reading other blogs and bloggers’ experience will be helpful to understand the basics, but experiencing and learning the real lessons will give the clear picture of blogging. I registered my first domain back in 2007 when I was not aware anything about blogs. 2010 was excellent year for me in terms of earnings and traffic. I started concentrating seriously on blogging last year, which gave me nice lessons.
The below 33 blogging lessons I learned and will be real practical example for you.
Blogging lessons that I learned the hard-way
1) Blogging and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are not rocket science. SEO is important part of every Blogger journey and something we should spend time learning it.
2) Select your domain name properly with long term plan; you can’t change it later whenever you want.
3) Hosting plan and hosting company are very important like finding a location for a physical business. Avoid free hosting and grab any Premium hosting for your new Blog. I recommend Bluehost for WordPress hosting.
4) Write posts to solve readers problem.
5) Do not write posts for search engines only, but do not neglect them. Learn how to write for readers and search engine @same time.
6) For Blogging, use WordPress, as It’s the best blogging platform.
7) Don’t spend too much time decorating your blog. Spend money on buying a nice looking premium theme, and focus more on content and promotion. You can use Genesis theme, which is best theme in terms of SEO and speed.
8.) AdSense is simple and most effective way to make recurring income from a blog.
9) Make your blog niche target. Don’t make your blog a super-market with too many diverse topics. Pick a niche that you are most comfortable with.
10) Don’t waste your time on checking blog stats, and AdSense income after every couple of hours.
11) Do not change your domain name after you established well with Google PR and back links.
12) Google PR and Alexa Rank are only for advertisers and other bloggers, not to your readers. They do not know what these all are.
13) I could have gained more readers if I did.
15) Do not start the second blog if you are still busy with your first blog.
16) Changing the blog’s theme frequently is not a professional blogging habit.
17) Make sure you have all essential subscription options on your blog from day one.
18) Missing ‘About me/us’ and ‘Contact’ pages in a blog is like a person without head and legs.
19) Don not depend only on Adsense as an income source. Vary your income source by implementing other ways.
20) Make sure you have a PayPal account, as most of advertising companies pay via PayPal.
21) Always write article with “you” tone, as there will be only one person reading your blog post. For example, right now “You” are the only person who is reading this, and my post is just for you.
21) Create resource pages on your blog. This will help in decreasing bounce rate, and make readers stick longer on your blog. Ex: WordPress guide resource page.
22) Keep your blog sidebar clean, and don’t use useless widgets like traffic-widget and so-on.
23) Do not expect great support and appreciation from your family, friends and colleagues for your blogging. Because they can’t understand what a great job you are doing, only other bloggers and readers know the value.
24) Stop multi-tasking, as internet itself is a big distraction. Rather focus on one task at a time.
25) Running more than one blog as a part time blogger is a difficult job, so focus on building one, but quality blog.
26) Build your Email list from day one.
27) Affiliate marketing and selling products online are not for beginners.
28) Keep your blog’s backup all the time including files and database and learn to restore it.
29) You do not need to publish posts daily if you don’t have anything valid and unique.
30) Do not promise anything to your readers if you can’t keep it.
31) Whatever changes you do in blog, give some time. It takes time (10 to 14 days) to get the real effect. Do not decide anything quickly in overnight.
32) Money is an excellent factor to motivate blogging, but do not blog only for money.
33) If you failed in blogging, it doesn’t mean you can’t succeed anytime
I’m not a professional blogger, but I would love to become one. I’m sure in coming years, I would learn more and I will share my learning with you. If you are looking for more tips, I highly recommend you to browse blogging category of ShoutMeLoud, and you will dive into the great knowledge bank of blogging. I would like to ask your good or bad lesson you learned from your Blogging experience?
Do share atleast one blogging lesson which you have learned in your past.