Stay away from these 6 worst mistakes new bloggers make. You don’t want to harm your progress before you get started on your road to success.
When you start a blog, you have to make sure you are clear on why you started blogging and what your end goal is.
Then you have to stay on track and follow your outline.
Let’s get rolling and find out what the 6 worst mistakes are.
1. Not Defining A Reason For Your Blog
What is your why or your reason for starting a blog? Are you doing it for fun, or are you hoping to make money with it? Are you doing it to reach the world or to use it as a daily log? Do you want an MMO (make money online) site or a product niche site?
There is no right or wrong answer. You don’t want to put in hard work and spin your wheels. Without a clear vision of your reasons or purpose, you will burn out. You will run out of ideas and feel defeated.
Your reasons for starting a blog may make or break your success. While you can choose many reasons, it is crucial to choose a niche that supports one reason.
2. Poor Choice Of A Niche
This mistake closely relates to #1. If you’re starting a blog for fun and you won’t need to monetize it, then your niche is not that important. But if you want to make money with your blog, then choosing the right niche can be a game-changer.
You will need to research a niche and choose one that is in high demand. It is easier to work with one you know something about and is a passion.
It is easier if you happen to be passionate about a popular niche, but if that niche has a very small audience, your earning potential will be limited.
So, please choose your niche carefully. If you are fortunate enough to have a niche that is a passion and in high demand, then snatch it up and run with it. All of this will take time but is well worth the effort you put forth.
The more demand for your products, the more traffic, and the higher revenue that it will generate.
3. Continued Use Of Free Domains
You can create a blog or business on a free domain, but it will only take you so far. Paid domains will carry more weight. When you are creating a website that you will transfer soon may be an excellent time to use a free domain.
Using a free domain to monetize your blog can have a considerable price to pay. You do not own any free domain. The company that set up the free service owns your website.
You will lose your freedom to do what you want with your site on a free domain. You do not control your blog. If they decide to delete your blog, your entire work will go down the drain.
You don’t want to take the chance of losing your work. It is better to purchase a domain for $13 or $14 a year so you can own your website.
4. Not Updating Your Blog Regularly
Not updating is a biggie for so many reasons.
Your followers/visitors want to see regular content added to your site. By regular, I mean at least 2-3 times a week. You want to keep them interested. Your visitors will come to your blog, looking for new information. They follow you for a reason, and it is up to you to give them reasons to continue.
Another reason is SEO optimization.
Google wants to see that you are serious about your blog. Google wants to show your blog through the search engine only if you create valuable content regularly.
With consistent content produced, Google will rank your site higher on their algorithm and show your website to more people. Again, the more people who see your site, the more clicks with a purchase, and the higher the revenue.
Also, the more content you have on your blog, the higher the rankings are. Google loves to see a website blog with 100 or 200 posts on it. So when you post new content regularly, you will reach 100 posts quickly. Google loves a bunch of content on one blog site.
5. No Images Or Improperly Labeled Images For SEO
Today we are a visual society. Without images, we become bored and click out of your article. Your post may be the best written on the internet, but without images, it will not keep people’s interest.
Neil Patel suggests the use of one image per 150 words. Your images need to be relevant to your post. If you have a post about dog toys, then a photo with a dog playing with a toy would be appropriate.
Use a featured image to grab the attention of your readers at the beginning of your post.
Properly use SEO measures to rank each photo. When you download an image to your post, it has an area to place alternate text. Google checks these for ranking. When you label, your photo do so as if you are explaining the picture to a blind person. Be very descriptive.
Wrong-way, a dog holding a toy
Correct way, a golden retriever is looking at the camera holding a yellow stuffed duckie and sitting in a field of yellow flowers with a smile on his face.
6. Being Lazy About Generating Traffic
You may have the best blog site on the internet, but without traffic to your website, no one will see your incredible work.
You have to actively drive traffic to your site with forum posting, blog commenting, article marketing, and possibly video marketing.
You can actively drive traffic to your site. You will again need to SEO optimize your posts with specific markers such as metadata, descriptions, and images that are labeled correctly
Both driving traffic and optimizing your site are crucial for improving your blog.
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