Every blogger makes a mistake; you really can’t count on blogging mistakes.
We all learn from our mistakes so, let’s face it. No blogger is perfect from the start.
Even a professional blogger make mistakes.
Blogging is an art, and artists do make mistakes, but they know how to cover their mistakes. But as a beginner, most of us make these blogging mistakes which we really shouldn’t.
Here are 7 Blogging Mistakes, you need to stay away
If you are also making any of these mistakes, try to correct them as soon as possible!
1. Choosing the wrong niche
It’s pretty common for the new bloggers to choose the wrong niche when they are starting their first blog.
What is a niche?
A niche is a specific area of marketing having its particular requirements, customer, and products. In simple terms, you can say it as a “topic.”
A lot of beginner bloggers search for the most profitable niche or trending niche.
But, it’s a bitter truth you can’t make the most of it choosing the profitable or trending niche if you are unaware of that niche.
Let’s say you are interested in sports and you choose fitness because you found it trending and you hardly have any interest in fitness.
You can write a few blog posts initially but what after a few months, are you going to copy the content from other blogs? Or are you going to stop writing and end up the blog?
Probably, either of the two will happen. Huh, waste of time!
So, do not go for a niche which is highly searched and profitable.
Blogging is about sharing your knowledge and experience.
Always choose a niche in which you are interested, you can share relevant information to the audience, and you don’t get bored with it.
If you are good at writing, and you have the problem-solving skills no matter what niche you choose, you will find people reading your blog.
2. Thinking about money
Well, who doesn’t loves money?
A lot of beginner blogger searches on Google -“how to make money through blogging?” and they start a blog.
Yes, you can earn the right amount of money through blogging.
There are a lot of bloggers in the world who are successfully making money in 6 digits every month, and even you can make it.
But, you need to understand it takes a lot of effort, hard work, time, and patience.
If you are starting a blog to make money, then my friend it’s not the right place for you.
Blogging is not like any 9-5 job that pays you on 30th of every month.
It takes months and years to make it so think wisely before calling yourself a “blogger.”
3. Copying other bloggers
There are times when you will be out of ideas, and that’s pretty common with all bloggers.
You might also be stuck on how to write a blog post.
Before and after writing a blog post, we all check several blogs of fellow bloggers. I do it as well.
But as a beginner blogger, a lot of us make this mistake.
If you are out of ideas, go ahead and read out a few blogs, notice how they write, their style of writing, how they use images, questions, and give value to their readers.
This is a most common blogging mistake which beginner bloggers make and which lead their content plagiarised.
So, do not copy the content and the style of writing.
Be unique and be relevant.
4. Initial Setup
After starting a blog, most of the beginner bloggers jump directly into writing and publishing posts.
However, they really tend to miss out the initial setup of the blog, which is necessary.
Initial setup includes:
- Creating a Google Analytics account.
- Setting up a proper theme.
- To install the relevant plugins.
- Social media share buttons.
- To submit a sitemap and more.
You need to set-up your blog first before you initiate writing and publishing posts. Also, think about the WordPress plugins you need to install on your blog.
5. Quantity over quality
As a blogger, what makes you different from others is your quality of writing.
It is one of the biggest blogging mistakes people make and suffer in all aspects.
Your only focus being a blogger should be writing a high-quality content giving value to your readers instead of striking on quantity content.
Whether it’s driving blog traffic, growing social media followers, or writing blog posts, a lot of beginner blogger tend to strive for quantity over quality, and that’s the mistake you shouldn’t make.
Does nobody care if you have 50,000 followers if only 500 people engage with that post? Yes, you care about it.
Who cares if 1500 people visit your blog every day, but only 50-60 people are reading and sharing your content.
So, why to hustle writing five low-quality posts instead of writing one high-quality, engaging post.
Remember, it’s the quality of your content, which will help you grow your blog.
6. Using images from google
Google helps you find each and everything be it anything; all you need is to type the keyword in the search engine.
While writing a blog post, most of the people use images from Google. That is something which you should not do.
A lot of people are not used to with high-end tools to create a beautiful image, and probably bloggers are not graphic designers.
However, there are alternatives available on the world wide web.
If you still find it difficult, then use stock images from iStock or Shutterstock.
“A picture speaks a thousand words.”
7. Writing a short content
As a new blogger, a lot of people might find it challenging to write a long blog post, and that’s true.
But, if you have chosen this field, you need to learn to write a long and compelling blog post.
Your content is the king.
According to a few research, it is found that the word count above 1800 is more likely to be shared by readers, and the chances to rank in the search engine result page is high.
Word count varies from niche to niche.
- Travel – 1500 – 1850 words
- Fashion – 800 – 1000 words
- Food – 1400 – 1800 words
- Health – 2000 – 2500 words
- Marketing – 2500 – 3000 words
- Gadgets – 400 – 600 words
- Technology – 800 – 1000 words
- Retail – 1500 – 1750 words
- Sales – 2500 – 2800 words
“Longer posts usually perform better on every level” – Neil Patel
However, there are exceptions.
So, write accordingly but make sure the quality of the content is high.
Do not make these blogging mistakes as a new blogger.
Do some brainstorming before starting a blog and writing your first blog post.
Always read other blogs before writing a blog post.
Be unique & be relevant.