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Both old and newbie bloggers are making many… many mistakes when it comes to blogging.
I have been a victim to most, if not all of these mistakes. In fact, 5 of my first blogs failed, so I think I’m qualified to tell you about these mistakes.
So what can you do to prevent yourself from falling short of pure blogging glory?
I’ll show you seven of the biggest mistakes you can make in the blogging world.
1. Having No Game Plan
If you wanna start and launch a successful blog, you’re going to need to draft up a game plan. In other words, you’re going to have to look… no… see ahead.
By Failing to Prepare, You are Preparing to Fail!Benjamin Franklin
When starting a blog, you don’t just jump into it! You’re going to have to think about your niche, draft up at least 20 blog post ideas and have a relatively clear vision of your future.
I know it is impossible to predict your future in the blogging world, but it can help to at least envision it.
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2. No Monetisation Strategy
Blogging is either a business or a hobby. For you, it is most likely the first of the two. So let me ask you two questions…
How do you monetize? Or how do you intend on monetizing?
If you already have a blog, the first is for you, and the second is for you if you are setting up a blog.
If you don’t have an answer to any of these questions, you are wrong! You can’t start a blogging business without thinking of a good monetization strategy.
Just imagine starting a business without knowing how you’re going make money from it. Sounds dumber now, right?
3. No Goals
Goals are an essential part of any business. Without goals, we lose focus. We can’t keep track of the progress we’re making.
Goals are important.
They’ll help you stay focused on your work and boost your productivity.
So set goals such as “how many posts you will publish this month” or “how much traffic you want to get this month”.
4. Not Starting an Email List
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a thousand times. Your email list is important.
If you’re starting a blog, you’ll need an email list for many reasons! Not only does it offer direct communication with your audience, but it also gives you high quality, targeted traffic to interested people and potential buyers.
And just putting an opt-in form on your blog with the heading “Subscribe to My List” isn’t enough. You’re going to have to create great lead magnets too.
#5 Not Being Ready To Invest
You can’t really expect to start a profitable business for free. Like I always say… In life, you have to give to receive
I started my first blog using “Blogger” which is a free platform by Google. Don’t do that! Start your blog with a much more customizable platform! Do it with WordPress!
There are a lot of things you have to pay for before you start a successful blog like great hosting (not one that you’d pay $0.1 for), a great theme, a good email marketing service and more.
You may even have to buy courses.
If you don’t have at least $100 – $300 to spare in total, then blogging is probably not for you.
#6 B-A-D Design
This is 2019! No one will truly respect you in the blogging world if your website looks like it was made in the ’90s.
I see so many bloggers do it, and sometimes, it drives me crazy.
Readers will value a clean, professional blog more than they would value a slow, poorly organized blog.
#7 Poor Writing, and Scheduling
Do you blog when you feel like it? Or do you blog consistently?
Choose the latter.
You have to be extremely dedicated to your blog if you are going to turn it into a money-making business.
And when you write, do you just write for the heck of it? Do you write boring, unengaging content that doesn’t move or motivate your readers in any way?
Consider these questions when you are writing content.
What are some blogging mistakes that you’ve made in the past, and how did you fix them? I’d like to hear from you in the comments below!