The act of creating a blog is relatively simple however the challenge is found in understanding how to to run it the correct way. As tempting as it is to start a blog, there is a lot to take in. I hope this article of 10 things I wish I knew before I started blogging. These are some common mistakes many new bloggers make.
1. Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight
A great lesson, I have learn is success doesn’t happen overnight. Many people want to achieve success in life, but its easier said that done. To achieve high levels of success, we must learn to keep an eye on the prize and not look back. The best way to obtain success requires to belief in yourself, have vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. The difference that separates a talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
2. Commenters Can Be Really Mean
Blogging can be a very personal experience. A blog can be use to create a strong and effective voice for you company’s culture and values. If you own a blog, chances are you have encountered a mean commenter. You have total control over your blog comments. Be the bigger person and don’t respond back to these mean commenters. The mean commenters are intended to illicit a reaction from you. Make sure to add this commenters to the spam list.
3. Content Length Affects Traffic
In the beginning of my blogging career I wrote a lot of fluff content. I was more focus on quantity verses quality work. While there’s no right or wrong way to blog, great length content is the key to a successful blog. When you write lengthy posts, you’ll be able to leverage more traffic. Google continues to rewards sites that practice a strategy of giving their audience a lengthy post. I highly recommend writing in depth articles that Google and readership would love.
4. You Need To Be Passionate
Too often blogs fail because of the lack of passion. I started a couple of blogs with good intentions but ended up failing because of my lack of passion. If you’re going to start a blog, find something your passionate about. Only passion will drive you and get you over hurdles.
5. Learning Never Stops
I have learn that life never stops teaching us new things. Learning is something that impacts nearly every facet of my existence everyday. Acquiring new skills is always a great way to sharpen your skills. I strive to learn a new skill every day.
6. Not Backing Up Your Blog
This is one of my biggest blogging mistakes not backing up my content. I remember receiving an email from my hosting company that my blog had corrupted files. My entire website and theme had gone missing. All my hard work was lost in a matter of a day. I personally now back up of my blog once a month to avoid this happening again.
7. Not Having An Email List
I made a huge mistake by not building my email list right in the beginning. An email list is important because its the most direct way to communicate with your readership. Ultimately having a strong email subscribers base is the most important tool you need to grow your blog.
8. Offer Something Different
Always create valuable and unique content for your readers. As a new blogger you must stand out from the crowd. Creating unique and original content helps you boost your search visibility and your social ranking. It takes extra work to provide real value to your readership so they can continue coming back. In my beginning stages of my blog development, I mainly focus on creating tons of articles. I was struggling in building a readership because my post where not unique and I didn’t bring any value to my audience.
9. Design It’s Important
At the beginning of my blog development, I decided to buy a theme that was a fairly cheap price. I didn’t know the importance of having a responsive design. I remember reading an article about the importance of having a responsive blog. I decided to look up my blog using my cell phone. My blog did show up but the layout was all over the place and it was hard to navigate through out my blog. Since my website was not optimize for mobile use I didn’t blame anyone for not sticking around.
Your website design will make the difference towards a successful blog. Making sure your blog has a responsive design that allows consumers on any device to view your blog in any platforms such as mobile, tablet, PC, and notebooks.
10. Google Changes Frequently
Make sure to always abide by Google Rules. Ultimately Google and other search engines have control of what traffic is sent your way. I personally use to be lazy to incorporated every single change that Google acquire. I have learn that its a must if you want traffic.
Search engines are constantly changing and evolving. Google are consistently refining their techniques and revising the way it indexes content. You will need to stay updated with any changes Google has implemented. The easiest way to stay updated with Google changes is through Google Webmaster Tools.
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