Blogging is fun, interesting and addictive but when you start with a blog, and try to get the hitch of Blogging, You would realize there are many problems we face, which we get to know only when we have a Blog. At ShoutMeLoud, we talk about Blogging all the time, and we try to help newbies and established Bloggers to take their Blogging career to next level.
Starting with my introduction, I’m Shiwangi Peswani, I used to be a Freelance writer and I have been into this field from years. I made my first blog on Party Games and Cuisines around 2 yrs ago. As I was not aware of difficulties we usually Face when we start a new Blog, I made many mistakes and I thought of starting a fresh. Recently I started a new Blog with proper Blog business plan and from last 2 months, I have been working dedicatedly on my blog growth and taking it to the next level. Now, this post is dedicated to all newbie Bloggers, who just started blogging or planning to get a Blog, this personal post will help you to understand few problems, difficulties which you will be Facing at the initial days of your Blogging journey.
Common Blogging Problems which you may Face:
Here at ShoutMeLoud, I have read a lot about treating our blog as business, if our goal is to make money. And I couldn’t agree more and if you have a Blog and your aim is to earn from it, start treating your Blog as serious business. That includes, adding dedication, professionalism and mix it with your enthusiasm and passion. Before I share common Blogging problems, which I faced, I recommend you to read few of the articles listed below, which will help you to get serious about your Blog:
- How to write a Simple Business plan for your Blog
- Simple and effective Business plan for Bloggers
- How to make a Business out of Blogging
Now, once you got the dedication, here you can learn common mistakes and difficulties which I Faced, and you can learn from it:
Some Common mistakes I often used to make:
- The first mistake I made was to start a blog without doing any research about the topic and niche.
- Second mistake was too many posts and no Post promotion.
- Third mistake I did was to start a blog without targeting audience.
Problems I faced When Started Blogging
Selecting a Niche:
This was the first and most intricate thing I faced with my blogging. I asked almost all of my bloggers friends about how to select a blogging niche but to be very honest they all confused me even more by suggesting different niches. Every blogger was suggesting me a different niche and then I decided to decide on my own based on my interests. I love partying and thus started a blog on niche Party Games. Here are some resources, which will help you to get started:
Selecting Domain name:
After deciding with the niche the next step was to decide the domain name for my blog. As I was a newbie then I didn’t actually know the factors to think upon before deciding the domain name for a blog. However now after being blogging for few years I knew points that I should consider. There are few things, that you should take care when you decide about your Blog name. First, avoid using your Personal name. I could have gone for shivangi.com, but such name are good for personal Blog, but for a Professional touch, it’s better to have something non-personal. Here are few suggestions from my experience:
- Go for .com Domain extension. It’s always better than any other top level domain extension you can use.
- If possible go for a unique name for ex: ShoutMeLoud, Labnol and so on.
- If going to Keyword rich domain, make sure it can be pronounced easily and should not look like that domain name is just bought for SEO benefits.
- Don’t host your domain and hosting at the same place.
Deciding on Webhosting for my Blog:-
I always feel that more are the options greater is the confusion. It was really hard to go with a web hosting in the multitude of them available. The major point of confusion is that almost every web hosting company provides same features at almost same price. BlueHost Vs Hostgator Vs Dreamhost , Oh my God it was too tough to decide. Finally I decided to buy hosting from Hostgator.
How to Install WordPress and what next:
Now, I knew how to use WordPress but never explored in depth. And when you are hosting your own WordPress blog, you will be facing many problems. Or if you just want to star a WordPress blog and have no idea, I recommend you to read WordPress guide published by Harsh, which will help any beginner to get started with WordPress. Since, I opted for Hostgator, this guide on How to install WordPress on Hostgator and essential WordPress settings, helped me to get on board quickly.
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Deciding Blog Theme-
When I was done with the niche and the URL, next thing I stuck on was the theme and the widgets to be used in the blog. I was utterly confused on how to select the theme for my blog. WordPress has an extensive collection of different themes and every theme has its own pros and cons. Being a beginner I didn’t want to spend my hard earned money on buying the theme for the blog and so I began the trial and error method. After going through many themes and designs I finally decided upon one. Though I changed it many times after that, and which is a big newBie mistake, so I recommend to select a perfect theme ( Custom WordPress theme) and stick to it. It helps you in branding. There are few resources, which you can refer to:
- 10 places to buy Premium WordPress Theme
- Why you should use Premium WordPress theme
- What’s the catch behind Download free premium WordPress theme
- Free WordPress theme Vs Premium WordPress theme
Adding Adsense In blog-
When I started Blogging, the only way I knew to make money from Blog is Adsense. Getting adsense approval was tough but again this Adsense guide helped me to quickly get started. Once my Adsense was approved, the major problem which I faced to learn using Adsense dashboard and how to generate Adsense ad codes and how to add it on my Blog.
I watched couple of Youtube videos and it helped me to understand how to generate ad codes and then there are many Adsense plugins, which helped me to add it quickly. After trying most of them and asking from bloggers I decided to use Adsense Injection in my blog. The problem was not yet finished as I was scared if any of my steps may violate adsense terms and conditions, Google will ban my adsense account. Well after a long research, discussion with friends and determination I added my Adsense code in Adsense Injection and started my blog. There are many other good plugins also, which you can opt for : WhytodoWork Adsense plugin is one of them.
As I mentioned above, one of my initial mistake was not promoting my blog and latest article. Since, I was a freelance writer and didn’t had prior information and experience of promoting blog post and over the time, I learned a lot about it. You can read this article about How to promote your Blog and here are few more guides, which you can read and will be helpful. Here is a nice slide, which will be helpful:
SEO and Blogging:
Being a Freelance writer I always knew how to write keyword optimized articles, but when it comes to Blogging SEO is not the same. You need to make sure that your Blog post is not only Keyword optimized and should be personal. My road to learning SEO was not very difficult and for any newbie blogger learning few of SEO terms and usage will be helpful enough.
However I am still struggling to be a successful blogger but these problems taught me some very good points about blogging. This is the reason that I just started a new blog and it was much easier this time to start this blog.
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