Your new blog may be beautiful, informative, and well-designed, but if you make this one big blogging mistake, it will cost you a fortune.
If you don’t know what it is yet, I’ll tell you in this article about the biggest blogging mistake that new bloggers should avoid at all costs.
We asked 5 bloggers about their worst blogging mistakes
Here are five bloggers’ responses to our question about the mistakes they made when they first started blogging:
Starting my first blog in 2020, I thought I would only need a few hours of work to succeed, and I began making excuses for why I was not getting anywhere. I didn’t have enough time and I didn’t know enough about blogging.
The most important thing is to put your excuses aside, develop content consistently, and you’ll have a better chance of success. (Luc)
Expecting quick results
One of the first blogging mistakes I made was expecting results right away. It takes time to be successful, and it’s important to keep in mind that you aren’t competing with other bloggers for readers.
You are building your own brand, so don’t compare yourself to others—and if you do find yourself feeling discouraged, remember why you started blogging in the first place and stay focused on your goals.
Spending on the wrong stuff
The craziest mistake I made when I first started blogging was spending too much time on website design and additional plugins, which didn’t produce any results.
Instead, I should have focused on gaining visitors and producing more content.
When you’re starting a new blog project, no matter what the aim may be, it’s tempting to use up your entire budget buying a WordPress theme and plugins. Such an approach is doomed to fail because there’s no guarantee that any of them will lead to success. Additionally, most bloggers don’t want to spend the time creating a beautiful site—they want a design they can customize without a large social network to do it for them.
Not setting long-term goals
When you’re just getting started with blogging, it can be easy to focus on small wins—and that’s great. But as your experience grows and your audience matures, it’s important to set bigger goals (even if they feel a little scary).
Long-term goals can help you push beyond your comfort zone, stretch yourself creatively, and build a business that lasts.
Not using analytics
Before you even begin your first post, it’s critical to know your audience and understand their interests. Most bloggers don’t have access to analytics from day one, so start by reading your potential readers’ blogs and finding out what they like. Once you do, you can use that information as a basis for deciding what topics to write about, who to hire as contributors, and how often/when to publish new posts.
Not building community
The biggest blogging mistake I made was not building a community, which meant no one came back to my site, which meant no one ever saw any of my new posts.
Once you have a solid following, it’s easy to get people excited about your content. But if you don’t have that following yet, it can be really hard to get people to pay attention. l
Being afraid of social media networks
Social media is essential to the success of any blogger’s business.
However, for some new bloggers, joining networks such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and others can be extremely intimidating.
Instead of allowing fear to prevent you from starting, learn how to use each network first. After you’ve figured out how everything fits together, social networking will seem less daunting and more natural.
Not being consistent with posting times.
Posting at set times of day will make it easier for readers to know when to expect your posts and come back regularly.
By committing to a certain time, you’ll be more likely to put yourself in a position where you have both enough time and motivation to sit down and share your thoughts with others.
Not doing proper keyword research
Before you even begin, it’s important to understand what keywords are and how they’re used in blogging. Basically, a keyword is any word or phrase that your potential readers might type into a search engine (like Google or Bing) when looking for information on your topic of interest.