Today we are looking at 5 big Mistakes Bloggers Make in the beginning or somewhere along the way.
In my post “13 Steps to Successful Blogging” I covered the basic mechanics to getting your blog set up and running.
So today I want to take us another step closer to becoming an expert blogging. At the very least – some food for thought.
In a nut shell, if you’ve just new to blogging or if you’ve been blogging for a while and find that basic things are not working out as you expected, it will be worth your while to spend some time understanding the common mistakes that bloggers make.
I am talking about mistakes that make it hard to enjoy what should be an enjoyable, satisfying experience: Blogging!
So! Are YOU ready? Let’s get to it!
The five most common new blogger mistakes are:
- Diving in (rather than wading in)
- Having unrealistic expectations
- Losing focus
- Ignoring the reader
1) Diving in!
Many bloggers are so anxious to get started that they dive in rather than wading in slowly. I remember this. My intention was to have a business blog but I treated it like a hobby. My content was just a bunch of personal comments on different things that just rambled on and on.
Then to spice things up I through in a few comedy or personal motivational videos that were my personal favorites. Once again, totally off topic, but I thought I had to have a blog and I had to add some kind of content.
Looking back now, it was a mess. Yes I was in an unfamiliar swimming pool, the ‘blogosphere.’
Consider these things before you start your Blog:
You must find a focus for your blog:
The focus should reflect what you know, what interests you and what you enjoy talking and writing about. No topics are out of bounds: business, politics, religion, science, sexual orientations, comedy, exercise, diet, diseases, etc..
Take the time to read dozens of different blogs:
Note the colors, graphics and layouts to get an idea of what appeals to you. Also note that some bloggers are long-winded and others are brief and to the point.
Some blogs just chatty and entertaining and have no particular point to make. This is fine, but may not be focussed enough to be developed into a business blog. On the other hand this too is a personal style you get to choose.
As mentioned in “13 Steps to Successful Blogging”, You need a host for your blog, some are free, some charge a small amount per month for their service.
Some are simple to use and some require more technical knowledge.
Some have more features than others.
In any case choose carefully, because once you’ve established your blog and have a few regular readers you may not want to change your address (your URL).
One more thing. You may or may not want to use your real name on your blog, this depends on many factors, not the least of which is your stance on controversial issues and how publicly you want to be identified with your opinions. On the other hand your personal name for a business blog has advantages when it comes to branding.
Branding is another full day topic. If you would like to learn more about how branding can :
- Help drive traffic to your blog
- Strengthen relationships
- Position YOU as an authority and more…… Click Here
I think we have flushed out the first of the 5 big Mistakes Bloggers Make so let’s press on.
2) Unrealistic expectations!
Remember the old saying “Rome was not built in one day”??
Well that applies to blogging also. If you come to blogging expecting instant results: a large readership and many complimentary comments, you may be disappointed. In fact I will go one step further and say “YOU will be disappointed. There are tens of thousands of blogs online vying for the same audience.
Patience and tenacity are essential on your part. If you write well, find a unique niche to fill, have appealing titles for your posts and tirelessly promote your blog. In time the readership and comments (some of which will be complimentary) will come.
3) Losing focus!
I would guess that when you start your blog, You had a particular reason for doing so. It might have been to express your views on a topic or it might have been to just communicate with a close circle of friends about your daily activities.
Readers will come to your blog for the first time and either be interested in your subject matter or not. They will either like your style or not and, if they like your subject and style they may comment and then come back later.
Once you’ve established a topic and tone for your blog you’re free to change it, but if you, you’re basically starting all over. Take some time and think this point through thoroughly.
Remember that you can have more than one blog, each one devoted to a particular topic and each one, if you choose, under a different identity. So my advice is no to cram and jam everything under one roof
There are some great bloggers out there and as you surf through blogs you might find one who said something really well, something that resonated with you. As a result You want to put in your blog.
DO NOT , DO NOT, DO NOT, just copy and paste someone’s words in your blog without giving them credit. Even making it look like the words are yours is not good.
If you write it, write it in your own words and write it better, adding your own thoughts and feelings. Then be gracious and mention where you got the idea and provide a link. This jester will add more credibility to YOU than even the content itself.
The website “Hosting Facts” does a good job explaining how to avoid Plagiarism. Check it out HERE
We are just about there.
5) Ignoring the reader!
Some of the people who read your blog will leave comments.
Some readers will agree with you and some readers may even praise your insights but most will pick a point you’ve made and criticize it.
Remember that people leave comments on other people’s blogs for the same reason they themselves blog. To exchange ideas and express their points of view.
Always respond to your readers’ comments by thanking them for reading and taking the time to comment (even the severe critics) and then respond, as appropriate, to their comment.
If you ignore your comments your readers may end up ignoring your blog.
The only exception to this rule are SPAM comments. Spam comments are not reviewed here but I hope to do so at a later date. For now I have the confidence in you to recognize them and delete them from your presence.
I hope that you found reviewing these 5 big Mistakes Bloggers Make Make helpful and I am sure there are others that YOU will find and correct on your own. I am confident of that.