Blogging has taught me many lessons of my life. Discipline, punctuality, patience, hard-work,etc are just a few. While I made my first blog on blogger, it was just for fun. I had never thought that blogging could take someone to a new level. We often tend to make mistakes and later realize how silly we were then.
These mistakes are very important since we can learn from our mistakes and avoid them in the future.
Today, I am sharing a few big mistakes that we as bloggers often make and then repent. However, it’s no use of crying over spilt milk! Among these are a few mistakes that i had made myself, while some are related to my friend’s and fellow blogger’s experience.
My Mistakes in blogging : Take away as much as you can
My first blog was about free movies and games. I used to share torrents and cracked games and upload them on my site. I thought I was helping everyone by doing this. However, later I realized that respecting Copyright is the first duty of a blogger. With all the movies and games, people used to visit my blog and I got a nice amount of traffic but then when I tried to take my blog to next level, I was out of options. With a copyright violating blog, you can not even think of monetizing your blog since various advertising companies such as AdSense, BuySellads, etc are all against piracy and will never let you earn through them. Never copy other blog’s contents or get into a niche, which people will never acknowledge. You might end up making some amount of money with such blogs, but you will never end up making a name out of your blog. More over, with blogs publishing pirated content, such blogs doesn’t last for long.
Takeaway: It’s never too late to do the right thing. If you still running a blog about pirated content, spam, hacking, you should consider re-evaluating your strategies.
Search engine optimization-
Popularly known as SEO, this term is fully unacquainted for new bloggers. During my first blogging days, I never knew if anything like SEO existed. I had never optimized any posts or had any knowledge of keywords and stuffs. Later when I realized the importance of SEO, it was too late. Optimizing each blog out of more than 500 posts seems to be very challenging and believe me, it is challenging! Never ignore SEO or Search Engines will ignore you.
Takeaway: Don’t wait knowledge to strike you, go ahead and acquire the knowledge. If you planning to make a career in blogging, go ahead and learn SEO. If you have enough money to spend, opt for personal coaching.
Social media optimization-
Who doesn’t use Facebook and twitter for your blog? Well, I didn’t use them. I never knew what impact these social networking sites can have on the traffic and quality of a blog. We have various sites such as Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Google Plus,etc which have the potential of sending thousands of visitors and readers to your blog and if you ignore this part, you will really have to repent. Do remember, social media etiquette when you planning to drive traffic through social media sites.
Takeaway: Get your blogs on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google plus. Engage with your fans and build a community around your blog.
Dark black theme, with flashy wallpapers and lots of widgets on the main screen seemed so beautiful. But know when I see such sites I get a really bad feeling. My first blog that I made, seems to me like the ugliest blog ever. Please make a wise decision while selecting the design of you blog since first impression is the last impression. A visitor who doesn’t like your design will never like your content. You should present the content in such a way that the viewer first enjoys the content just by seeing it rather than reading.
Your blog design is the first impression of your blog, and having an elegant and quality theme is necessity. If you have good budget, grab a Studiopress pro package or if you are in limited budget, grab a theme from theme-junkie.
“makequickmoneyonlineforfree.blogspot.com” or “improveyoublogwithus.wordpress.com”. I bet no one will ever like to visit blogs with such names. Domain name plays an important role in your blog’s future. Blogs with .blogspot or .wordpress extension seldom succeed. Make sure you make a short, descriptive custom domain for your blog and avoid the free custom services since they can hurt a lot later. Godaddy and other sites provide domains at very low price. Make sure you buy your own custom domain quick.
When you are selecting a domain name for your new blog, think of it as your name. Which name would you prefer for yourself: “downloadmeforfree” or something like “ShoutMeLoud”. Similarly your domain name will be your brand, and this is the first step where you should brainstorm a lot.
Showing ads on your site is good but never overdo good things. Filling up your blog with advertisements in the greed of earning more can really devastate you and your blog. A site with a clutter of ads will never appeal to readers, however nice the content would be. Ads should be limited to 3-4 per page. Companies such as Adsense even have it in their policy not to display more than a limited number of ads on one page. In the hoard of earning more, do not end up your blog’s future.
Overconfidence & Lack of patience:
Your blog can never become a superblog overnight. Making a blog is very easy but maintaining it requires a whole lot of patience and hard work. You can never dream of earning millions with your blog overnight. Bloggers must have the quality of patience in them. Also, Overconfidence can kill your blog. Never disrespect other’s work. Always have a friendly connection with all your readers. This will surely improve the traffic and quality of your blog.
These are a few common mistakes that we bloggers often make. If you have any more advice please comment below and let us know :)
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This is a guest post by Resham from EPIBlog. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our submission guidelines.