6 Blogging Mistakes I Made That You Won’t Because You Read This
When I first started blogging, I was completely juiced about how much money I was about to make online.
I thought that having a blog was like that famous line by Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams”. You know the one.
“Build it and they will come”
I built without knowing anything about how powerful social media is, not knowing how powerful having a squeeze page & email list was, no knowledge of SEO, no keyword research and most importantly, not knowing how important building my personal brand was.
These are 6 blogging mistakes I made and hopefully you wont follow this same path because you’ll definitely regret it later down the line.
6 Key Blogging Mistakes I Made
1. If You Use WordPress.com, It Should Be Short & Sweet
Most people, including me, start out using wordpress.com simply because it’s free. You get a domain like YOURNAME.Wordpress.com and get to thinking “why should I pay for a blog name and hosting when I can get it for free”.
One important reason is because you will make pennies, if that. Free blogs don’t allow enough customization to include ads and affiliate stuff which MAKE YOU MONEY.
They want to keep visitors on their platform which could eventually be another person that wants to start a free blog. For that reason and probably because they are SELFISH, they aren’t going to allow much ad stuff.
Using free blogging platforms is dangerious because your owned by them. When I say owned, I mean they could literally pull the Donald Trump “Your Fired” card and pull the plug on your blog at anytime.
You lose your, blog, your content, comments, set up.. You lose everything. Why would they do this? I have no idea but it’s happened.
My advise to you. If your that drawn to saving a few bucks then roll the dice and go for it. It’s a great way to get started because it gives you the foundation for blogging.
If you’re using a free blog platform right now, it is possible to switch over to a self hosted blog. I did it. Here is an article on making the switch from WordPress.com to self hosted
If you need hosting, I suggest you check out my “Best Hosting Company Review” I did on my hosting company.
2. The Wrong Hosting Can Be A Real Bummer…
I started out with a cheap hosting company that I will not name, but they were resellers for GoDaddy.com.
Being a newbie, you need as much PUSH BUTTON setup as much possible. My hosting at the time was far from that.
It was like flying a space shuttle and all you have is a regular drivers license. It was really that complicated. When I made the switch over to Hostgator, I was think like “why did it take me so long to get here”
They use the C-Panel interface which is all push button stuff; From installing WordPress to your blog to setting up a new domain. It’s made easy.
I’m not here to sell you on Hostgator but if you want to know more about it, check out my Hostgator Hosting Review.
3. Auto Blogging Plugins & Software
If you haven’t heard, there is software that will post blog content for you automatically. I’m sure there are bloggers that are successful with it but that’s them.
If you want to learn how to blog with that software, I suggest find a blog that teaches it but I didn’t have any success with it. It just pulled content from other blogs and posted it on mines.
Yea it creates content and Google LOVES content but it takes away from the aspect of blogging, hurts your brand and connection with your visitors. If you’re not connected with your visitors, it will be difficult to make money.
When you start out, your not going to have hundreds of blog posts but the beauty of blogging is that your visitors love what you’re doing so every post that you write, someone will read it. They may pass it on to someone and then so on.
Write your own stuff is the moral of the story, OK…
4. Linking New Blog Posts to Old Blog Posts
When you write a blog post that make a reference to or can be backed by a previous post, it’s great to hyperlink whatever words refer to that post. You see above how I linked “Hostgator Hosting Review” to a post that I wrote on being a customer of Hostgator.
Not only does that give you access to my old posts that will be relevant for years to come; it also gets the attention of Google because they love it when you link old content with new content.
Think about how you word it because Google will use those as searchable keywords. You don’t want to rank for boring ol’ “click here” because your competing with over 3 billion other click heres. Always title your links.
It’s best to do this from the beginning or you’ll have to do it later when you have a bunch of blog posts; and trust me, you don’t want to do it later.
5. Marketing the wrong affiliate products
I remember the good ol’ days when I first started. They were everything but good. I was just getting into affiliate marketing so I was juiced thinking that this stuff was going to sell like Lemonade in the summer time with a cute face behind the counter.
Well boy was I wrong. My biggest mistake and I laugh about this still to this day but I had a real estate investing site and I put ads for a site that would show you how to build a canoe. Who wouldn’t want to know how to build a canoe right?
I soon took them down after not even getting a click, but I learned that your ads HAVE to be relevant to your niche in order for you to draw attention to them.
You may get a person or two that has some type of interest in building a canoe but that’s not enough.
6. I tried to do TOO MUCH!
I’m going to keep this one short because I’ve went over my mental limit for writing on this post. What kept me writing is not wanting to see future pro bloggers like yourself taking the same road I did…
Focus on one thing at a time. Don’t go out and start 5 blogs because it’s going to get away from you.
Once you get the hang of things and start making some income off your first blog, then pull the trigger on those new blogs. It gets easier after a few times. I’ve built complete blogs in 24 hours and made money the first day. That was from CPA marketing by the way.
Don’t overwhelm yourself though. Take it one step at a time. You could get it going once you figure out the best direction for you on this road to blogging success.
I hope this helps you out. I wish I had something like this when I first started. I’m sure the info was out there but unlike you, I was stubborn and wanted to figure everything out on my own. Look where it got me. Here teaching you my mistakes. I can deal with that…
Have a great day and please comment, share and all that other stuff…