A New Year have come again. As a blogger, we are all eagerly waiting for a more successful year in blogging journey. In order to getting the goals, not only do we have to work harder, but also learn from things we experienced and dealt with last year, both success and fail.
As a blogger on the first stage of the blogging way, I would like to share with you here my personal story, what mistakes I made in 2010. Hopefully, many of you won’t make again and to get more success.
1. Think Big…
Instead of think small. That is my biggest mistake I made in 2010. Setting a high goal is likely good at first, in case you have already had a pretty success, a good reputation. As many other new bloggers, I have ever hope that as soon as I took part in blogging trip, I can instantly get a huge amount of money. It is a common sense you might ever think that why you are not able to get money, meanwhile many other people are getting thousand dollars per month and make a good living thanks to blogging.
From that mistake, I have drawn the first lesson from what I learned from pro bloggers is that, you would not able to get any green paper unless you have really dedicated and concentrated on your work. Setting a proper goal will not let you feel exhausted, in case your blog does not get success at the first blogging phase.
2. Spend Less But Earn More
This is also a popular psychology all new bloggers face up. Blogging is prosperous and promising work but it requires many factors to make sure your trip will be able to get money at last. In 2010, during 2 early months after jumping into blogosphere, I always keep a good mindset that I had to work hard and did not let income, revenue or any other problems distracting me. But it is not easy indeed. My blogging trip stopped then without anything returned.
So the lesson I have learned from that mistake is that, you should have to work hard to get juice back. That is very simple but a really hard challenge for new bloggers.
3. Take Action Too Late
I wish I could back to 2008 when I bought a domain for my blogging trip at the first time. The feeling to own a brand (despite at that time, I did not care about what brand was), a domain, the small land on the Internet was great. But time went and I have not built that blog as best as I can. Some of my friends bought their domains at that time too and now, many of them are standing high on the Google index. Each month, I feel jealous when they announce income from their blogs.
Now, in the first month of 2011, I back to blogging trip and I hope, 2 years afterwards, I would not say the above sentences again. My friends, take action as soon as possible.
4. Wrong Niche Choice
That is another mistake I did in 2010. I re-blog (if I can call that) in some early months of 2010 with a blog related to studying English. It worked well and I ever felt great when I could contribute something for others.
Day after day, my blog reached higher milestones and gradually blogging works became one of my parts in a daily life. I realized that I can make money from blog and tried placing some Google Adsense codes. My blog returned with a decent money which gave me lots of joyfulness.
One day, all of advertisement slot on my blog accidentally disappeared. I got a notification email from Google said, my Google Adsense had been disabled due to lots of invalid clicks. Horrible, I know the reason. Someone had stolen my opportunity in blogging trip. Then, I decided to quit all of related blogging works and keep all of my power to write for a local online newspaper.
Might be I am not lucky but the lesson I have learnt from that incident is that, I have to choose a good niche to reach more visitors. Money will not come in case I still live up to local people, though I do not want that.
5. I Have Not Concentrated on
This is another mistake I made last year. At the August, I back to blogging by ordering 3 domains. One for WP Theme collection, one for Tech blog and last for Blogging Tips blog. I ever hope they will be the last choice but I was wrong again.
In fact, none of them is good as I expected. Of course, when you have a good contributor team, you can build as many projects as you want. But in my case, I usually felt frustrated each day. And deadline was always a nightmare too.
So the lesson is that, I should to concentrate on one blog, regardless you write a bout tech niche or blogging tips niche. That is my choice. The reason is that you have only two hands, 24 hours each day and ton of other routine works.
I hope I would never have any chance like this to tell my story. Hopefully time will heal our fails and mistakes will be good lessons for a better future. Do you think that?