- Avoid These Common Mistakes Made by Beginners.
Blogging as a business needs commitment and for you to become successful as a blogger, you have to avoid these common mistakes made by beginners.
- You Don’t Want to Invest:
Most beginner bloggers don’t want to spend money on their blogs because, well, they’re testing the waters. That’s a very funny move, but it won’t be so in the end.
If you are serious about blogging, you will take it very seriously. Never opt for free blogging platforms. There are companies that offer cheap domain and hosting, start with them and go on from there. Start building a competitive blog from day one – this will payout in the future.
2. It is Easy:
Of course, blogging is easy, but you have to learn how to do it properly. If you rush into blogging without proper guidance, you will crash; then you will join the hoard that says, “Making money online is a scam.
3. Stiff Writing:
If your writing is stiff, you cannot attract a loyal audience. You should not write your blog posts like a term paper or some business proposal. Do not be a perfectionist! And certainly not like a professor – your readers are not university students.
Write like you talk! Work on your grammar though. There is no perfect writing – just write a post that can easily communicate your points to your readers.
4. Get Rich Quick Mentality:
When you read about the huge amounts of money that bloggers are making monthly you might get excited and think that once you set up your blog, gbam! …money will start raining like manna from heaven.
Sorry to burst your bubbles. You must first treat your blog as a business before it can earn you money and become a successful blog. Take it seriously and be patient with it. Blogging pays for sure!
5. Copy and Paste:
Most bloggers like to copy and paste blog posts from other people’s blogs. This is a criminal offense known as plagiarism. Plagiarizing people’s work has a lot of disadvantages namely; the audience can sense it and avoid your blog like a plague, Google will ban your blog, you might have to answer in court – yes, blogging is that serious.
Even when you borrow content from other blogs you should acknowledge the source of information, and don’t do copy and paste – read, understand, interpret the content, then write it in your own words. These common mistakes made by beginners have grievous consequences.
6. Not Keeping to Schedule:
Time management is a problem for many people – especially writers.
Create a timetable and try to follow it as religiously as you can. It will be difficult at first, but once you create a rhythm, it will slowly turn into a habit.
That way, you can be sure to have a successful blogging business.
7. Not Promoting Your Content:
No one will notice your blog post if you do not promote it.
Spend more time promoting your content than you do when writing it. Readers will start coming to your blog if they decide that you can offer what they are looking for – do not sit and wait for readers to come – they won’t visit an unknown blog or blogger.
8. Not Responding to Comments:
You need the trust and loyalty of your audience if you wish to thrive in the blogosphere.
Your audience is your oxygen. Keep them around you at all times by responding to their comments and offering advice when they ask for it. Some will give you some advice; do not take their advice for granted.
Build trust and loyalty by maintaining constant communication with your audience.
Now that you know the common mistakes to avoid, let us learn how to be a successful blogger.
· 7 Steps to Being a Successful Blogger.
- Be Committed:
Your blog is like a wife. Always pay attention and be faithful to your blog. One day of distraction can set you back many weeks.
Treat your job like a job – you don’t wanna be sacked from the blogosphere, do you?
To be a successful blogger, you must treat your blog as a full-time brick and mortar business.
- Make Learning a habit:
You started on the right foot by reading this guide, but, will you be consistent?
There are so many things to learn in blogging; this guide will get you ready to start in 10 minutes, but we are merely scratching the surface.
To be a successful blogger you must never stop learning from the experts and the more experienced bloggers that have gone ahead of you – couch with blogging coaches – my silly wordplay lol.
The greatest men and women in the world today rode on the back of coaches – Lebron James, Lionel Messi, Floyd Mayweather, Serena Williams, etc, all had coaches that pushed them. Successful bloggers also had their own coaches – you must learn from a coach to be successful.
- Each Post Should be Your Best:
What makes a good article? It’s communication power.
The more you write, the more experienced you become and the better your audiences’ experience gets.
Make each new post better than the last one in simplicity and communication power.
- Study, Meditate, and Practice:
Every good writer is a wild reader. Always read books by your favorite authors – they should be very good. As you read, you unconsciously imbibe their beautiful writing methods.
Also make a conscious effort to study your favorite authors.
Another good thing to do is to give your posts time to marinate – leave it for about 30 minutes, then go back, read it with fresh insight and make the necessary adjustments.
Repeat the process.
- Monetize Your Blog:
Your goal of turning your blog into a business would not be complete if you do not monetize your blog. Monetization of your blog means that you empower your blog to make money for you.
From Day 1, you should be clear about why and what you wish to blog about and monetize your blog accordingly. Do not wait for later as that would cost you a lot.
There are many ways to monetize your blog such as using Google adsense (or any other alternative ads network). You could also try affiliate marketing, advert sales, or selling your own products.
- Do not Focus on the Money:
While making money with your blog is your goal, it should not be your priority.
Focus on your content and audience – they are your blogging gems that will attract lots of cash.
- Your Network is Your Net worth:
That’s right! If you want to be a rich blogger you much connect with rich bloggers.
Build your network within and outside your blogging niche.
Write guest posts on more established blogs, post meaningful comments on other blogs, and share knowledge with other bloggers in forums.
- How to Get a Blog in 10 Minutes.
Pay attention to this step by step guide to get your own blog in 10 minutes.
- Get Domain name and Hosting:
The first step to building your blog is to buy a domain name such as www.myfoodblog.com. It is your blog address.
Hosting is your rented space for your website on the internet.
There are several affordable hosting and domain name options out there.
In fact, some companies give you free domain name once you buy hosting from them. Bluehost, Godaddy, domainking and Whogohost are very good options for your domain name and hosting.
- Install WordPress:
The two most popular blogging platforms are Blogspot and WordPress. However, WordPress is much more user friendly and gives you a lot of freedom with your blog.
Most blog hosting platforms feature a 1-click WordPress installation. It is very easy to do.
- Install a Theme:
You need to give your blog a professional, user friendly and beautiful look. The only way to do this is by installing a theme on your wordpress blog. There are free and paid options, each with their perks – choose according to your budget.
- Customize your Theme:
You need to create pages and categories on your blog. You can do that through your dashboard.
If you want to blog about Fashion for example, you must create an About page; create Categories such as: Men’s wears, Women’s wears, Kiddies, etc.
- Start Blogging:
Write your articles and start publishing them on your blog.
Arrange your posts by categories and post regularly.
Voila! You have a functional blog.