Blogging is an art, it’s a passion and it’s a talent. It’s not for everyone but still everyone can do it.
I’m a blogger from last 3 years, and back in 2008 when I started Blogging, things were very different. SEO and social signals were secondary stuff and all we need to do is right content and drive traffic. But, now in 2012, many things has changed. Blogging for a complete new-dimension and even every big business are coming into Blogging.
Here I will be sharing some tips and some of the Blogging mistakes which every newbie should avoid. These are the tips, which I learned over the time and realized how important they are for everyone.
Most of newbie bloggers (happened to me too), when starts blogging, they grow at a very consistent rate. Sometime they get success quickly and sometime they make mistakes, but with every day they enhance their skills. But, how about instead of making some common Blogging mistakes which is made by newbie blogger, you learn from my mistakes and avoid those pitfalls:
Newbie Bloggers mistakes to avoid:
In this post, I’m going to share few mistakes which I used to make when I started blogging, and with time learned the right approach.
Like many of you, I also started blogging with BlogSpot and it was great experience. Finding new templates, new widgets and keeping my blog look fresh. But, with time I realized WordPress has more benefits than BlogSpot and for long term it’s better to have your own Self hosted blog. For example: Many monetization network which I tried doesn’t support BlogSpot. (Ex: Buysellads) Also, another major Blogging mistake was not to go for custom domain. Custom domain helps in branding for long-term. Specially, when you shift to other platform, you will realize that having a custom domain name helped you to avoid many SEO and branding issues. Here is official Google guide to set up custom domain. You can also check out my Webhosting blog for Hosting and domain related tutorials.
It’s good to start a free blog with BlogSpot.com, but as soon as you understand basics of blogging, go ahead and make a switch to WordPress. But, if you are planning to blog on BlogSpot for a while, grab a custom domain which doesn’t cost more than $15.
Editing template and widgetizing blog:
When I first started playing with BlogSpot, I was like Wow! I’m doing something awesome. I used to change the template now and then, keep adding new cool widgets and what not. So, What I was doing?
I was wasting my time!
Your blog will grow with your content and even with a simpler design, you can get more traffic and increase more conversation on your blog. Also, instead of adding those unlimited widget, keep it minimal and use some of the suggested widgets like : Facebook fan page, Google plus widget, Blog Subscription options and some content from your blog. The idea is to K.I.S.S – Keep it simple silly.! If you are still worried about your design, you should check out this guide on making your blog attractive.
Sticking to a Niche:
Alright, let not this niche word confuse you. I’m talking about sticking to a topic. If you are planning to write more on Technology, don’t cover political or movie news. I’m not talking about your personal blog, but talking about a blog which you are planning to make money from.
Pick a niche and stick to it and try to cover as much as news as you could. None the less, just publishing content will not help you and specially Google will be penalizing your site for low-quality content. Rather, work on giving something new. If you are covering a tech news, give your own insight and opinion.
Another biggest blogging mistake which I made is, writing about topics which I have very less expertise. And, this resulted in creating bad content which is worse thing that can happen for your blog reputation. Write on topics, which you are confident about and know what you are doing. If you are planning to start writing about some new topic for example, iPhone. Spend some time learning all the basics terminology and topics related to it. This will help you to write better when you covering any news about iPhone.
Reading should be an important part of your Blogging career. Pick some of the best blog in your niche and keep yourself updated. Also, engage by adding meaningful comments on their blog. This will not help you in your branding (Do join Gravatar.com for images in comment), but will also help you to get backlinks and drive referral traffic.
Also, it doesn’t matter what Niche you are in, but always subscribe to some of the top blogs in Blogging and Blog marketing niche. This will help you to learn latest trend in Blogging and what new methods you can use to market your blog. Something, as a newbie blogger we usually avoid.
Learn Basics and SEO:
Now, every field have some basics which we should know. To become a successful blogger, you need to learn many things but it will be worth your time. Instead of wasting years and learning from mistakes, why not spend 2-3 hrs/day for a month, and learn all the basics of Blogging and SEO. You should check out Problogger and DailyBlogtips, which is one of the top resource for Bloggers. Specially, SEO is something which is going to be very important, if you are planning to make a career out of Blogging. You don’t need to be a master in search engine optimization, but you can simply know the basics like:
Noindex, Nofollow, Robots meta, Meta (Title, description, Keyword), Sitemap, Link building, Keyword research and On page optimization.
Believe it, it won’t take much time but you will have better approach towards writing and making your content search engine friendly. Here is a nice resource to get started with SEO.
Well, this is not all and covering all blogging tips in one post is not possible. You can check out Bloggerspassion blogging archive for more tips and also read: Blogging lessons for Newbie bloggers.
So what other Blogging mistakes newbie bloggers usually make? Do you have any tip or suggestion for them? And if you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give it a Tweet and Fb like.