Let’s face it, the reason you came to this blog is that you want to avoid the common blogging mistakes that new bloggers tend to make.
In everything new that you start in your life, you are bound to make mistakes. Sometimes we make irreversible mistakes but the one thing that we need to do is to learn from our mistakes.
in this blog post, I will be sharing with you my fair share of mistakes I made and what you should avoid in order to speed up the success of your blog.
But let’s first take a look at why we make these blogging mistakes.
The Reasons Why We Make These Blogging Mistakes
In my experience, I was obsessed with reading other blogger’s income reports. In the beginning, I did this with the mindset of getting motivation.
But what I realized was that I did this before even starting my own blog. And just like that, I created a new blog with the idea of making a quick buck. From then on everything just went down south.
I didn’t make any money so I got depressed very early on my journey. I even thought of quitting thinking that this is not for me.
So I don’t want any of that to happen to any of my readers.
Common Blogging Mistakes That I Made
There are a lot of things that one must go through when starting a blog. Some of them are technical issues and some of them are lifestyle issues. You need to understand that if you want to start a blog that is going to replace your nine to five jobs, your blog should be treated as an asset.
When you want to start your blog, you need to understand that your readers come first. In the end, they are the ones that are going to be contributing to your income.
So you need to take your time to make sure that your blog is user-friendly and your readers are able to easily communicate with you.
Now, let’s take a look at things I should have done to avoid so much trial and error in my business!
The 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting This Blog
Although these things are very basic, they still play a major part in the success of your blog.
1. Choosing Your Web hosting The Right Way
This is where I failed horribly the most. When I started my first blog, I didn’t know that I had to have my own domain name and a good web hosting. This was because I never thought it mattered that much.
I only realized this when I had my first website crush. Websites can crash now and then when you mess with the codes. But that was not my concern per say. My big concern was that I could not get help from the hosting company.
My business had to wait multiple days before I could get help from customer support from my hosting.
You can imagine the pain I had as a new blogger. After that, I knew I had to move and go to a much faster and more reliable web-hosting.
That is when I came across Wealthy Affiliate. Although what I was looking for was just a normal web hosting, I ended up getting far more than that. I got to meet this awesome community that welcomed me with warm hands.
I even learn a lot from co-founder Kyle, who then became my mentor.
I also discovered that Wealthy Affiliate University has got highly reliable customer support that replies to your problems almost immediately.
I know, I know, some say that wealthy affiliate is old school but believe you me when I say that is far from the truth.
If you want to take a look at the Wealthy Affiliate, you can go there through this link.
2. Picking The Right Theme For Your Website
Okay, I know a lot of you may think that this is no big deal but the theme of your website is very crucial when it comes to the speed and the usability of your site. On my first few blogs that ultimately failed, I had traffic problems.
As you may know, the majority of my traffic is mainly from Pinterest. While I was checking the stats of my website from the Pinterest platform, I realized I was getting more clicks to my blog and yet somehow, my google analytics stats were way off.
I thought maybe this was just technical error or an issue on the Pinterest platform. After a few weeks of missing out on new traffic, I took my website to page-speed insights. Then boom, my website speed was way too low.
So, you need to consider the speed of your website when you install your website theme.
Here are a few of my favorite Blog themes that are good for speed
- Genesis Framework
- Divi Theme
- Hestia Theme (Free and it’s the one I use on this blog)
- neve Theme (Free)
Although I still use Hestia during the writing of this blog post, I cannot guarantee that I will still use it in the future. I talk more about themes in this post!
3. Install Important Plugins Only.
Back to the speed problem! Plugins can easily slow down your website performance.
Installing too many plugins trying to perfect the look of your website may result in you losing a significant amount of traffic. I also used to do this on a few of my websites. Only to later find out that while I was trying to perfect my blog, I was hurting it badly.
So, stop installing the useless plugins on your website because, in the end, the look of your blog plays a small role in the overall of your business.
What to do instead is to install only plugins you need, like Yoast SEO for helping your blog posts rank higher on search engines. You see, that is something that your business needs.
I personally recommend that you install 10 or less plugin on your website.
4. Not Building an Email List.
Not having an email list is like driving a car without a spare wheel. It all seems great until when you get a wheel puncture. The same goes for your email list. if you lose all of your traffic from perhaps Facebook or google decides to stop traffic from going to your blog, your email list can act as your spare wheel.
There are other benefits of having an email list than just having extra traffic to your blog. You can also build trust with your audience and also sell them something valuable and relevant to their needs. Try to avoid this in your blogging mistakes as you can.
5. Finding The Right Source Of Traffic When Starting Out.
Ever heard that it is too hard to rank your website on google?
Well, the truth is…
Yes! You heard right.
It is nearly impossible to rank a newly registered website on google. But that should not stop you. As it did not stop me from coming up with ways to get traffic. Others use Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit but my personal favorite is Pinterest.
This is that Pinterest is very user-friendly to new blogs. Although there are misconceptions about it. A lot of people, including big companies still think that Pinterest is a social media platform. that is very far from the truth.
Pinterest is a combination of a social media platform and a search engine. Actually, it is becoming more and more of a visual search engine than it is a social media platform.
I advise you to take advantage of it right now and claim your website and drive traffic to your blog.
Other Things You Can Implement To Improve Your Blog Success!
You should get yourself a mentor. Someone you trust that can actually help you move swiftly within your blogging journey. Someone you can rely on for tips to help you get traffic.
I can be your Mentor if you would like ;D
ONE Key Note. Do not have too many mentors because this can often leave you confused. This is one of those blogging mistakes I made in my first tries.
If you found this post helpful, please let me know in the comment section below. You can also help by following us on Pinterest So which one of these mistakes did you make on your blog?