Blogging has transformed into a multi-million dollar industry; therefore, any mistake made during early days may hurt your blog’s health in the coming months. If you are new to this industry and want to become a successful blogger, you need to pay heed to these 5 common blogging mistakes that can ruin your blog.
By the time you finish this guide, you will understand how you can avoid these mistakes and turn your blog into a successful online venture-
Are You A Jack of All Trades, Master of None
I have done MBA in finance from one of the most reputed universities in India, hold more than half a dozen certificates in equity trading and investment banking, and know as much about financial planning as any experienced CFP would know. However, my knowledge of blogging and content writing goes farther than all the skills mentioned above.
Does that make me eligible to write about finance, investments, and blogging on this blog? Think about it for a minute. Would you like to read my posts if I write about finance and blogging/SEO side by side? The answer is straight NO. I may know many things, but that doesn’t give me any right to confuse my readers. Bloggersclan is dedicated to blogging/SEO, and I want to keep it that way.
In short if you are new to blogging, make sure you keep your blog posts as much relevant to your niche as possible. There’s no point in being the Jack of all trades, master of none. If you want to share your knowledge about different niches, then start various blogs, but don’t mix up topics in one blog. It will not only earn you loyal readers but also enhance your blog’s ranking over time.
Plagiarism Is A Sin For Bloggers
It’s one of the most common blogging mistakes that newbie bloggers commit. Trust me, professional blogging is entirely different from what you did in high-school. You might have cut and run there, but Google’s far more intelligent and advanced than any of your high school professors. Google will know as soon as you indulge into plagiarism and penalize you for the same.
To make sure that you don’t copy paste content intentionally or unintentionally, it’s always recommended to write original content based on your experiences and knowledge. Even if you refer other blogs for content ideas, take this count to 5-6 blogs to get ample knowledge about that particular topic. Learn and Write!
Basic SEO Knowledge Is Pre-Requisite
You don’t need to worry about SEO if blogging is just another hobby that keeps you happy. However, if you want to be successful as a blogger, you need to know basics of SEO. Knowledge of keywords, alt text, H1-H2, backlinks, and other SEO techniques in early days can do wonders. Rest you can learn over time. It’s one of the most common blogging mistakes that has killed more online properties over years than you can imagine.
To learn basic SEO tips, you should read blogs that talk about SEO. There are numerous websites, YouTube channels, forums and groups dedicated to SEO. Google them.
Social Media Is A Free Promotion Marketplace, Use It
Many blogs die every year due to not getting enough social media attention. Don’t let your blog’s name include in this list. Social media is free for everyone. Use it to communicate with your readers. It’s one of the common blogging mistakes that impacts in the long run.
You can create social media accounts of you blog on different platforms, join relevant groups, forums, and network with others who are sailing on the same boat. Update these pages on a regular basis. Try to engage more and more readers by prompting them to comment, replying their queries and writing content that they can’t afford to ignore. A few months of struggle on social media platform can give you access to a lifetime inflow of consistent traffic.
Build Email List From Day One
It’s one of the most common blogging mistakes committed by new bloggers. They try to write useful content, promote it on social media and focus on user engagement, but pay no heed to email building. You may not understand the value of email list in the early days, but as you spend more time in the industry, you will realize how crucial can it be.
Opt for best email list building tools and focus on adding more and more readers to your email list from day one. Once the count touches to even a few hundred emails, you can start sending them monthly or weekly updates in the form of newsletters. By this way, you can ensure that your readers don’t miss out any important update that you post on your blog.
These are 5 common mistakes that can ruin your blog if avoided. Keep them in mind and plan out your blogging career accordingly. In case you have any feedback, suggestion or opinion, please comment below.
Is there any other common mistake that you think young bloggers should pay heed to from day one?