It’s not surprising that many new bloggers make a ton of mistakes in their first year of blogging.
To be honest, I was no different.
My first year blogging was a complete disaster.
I was throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks because I really didn’t know what I was doing at the time.
The good thing that came out of this experience is that I learned from my mistakes.
In reality, every blogger even professional ones make mistakes so you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it- it’s normal
In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the blogging mistakes I was able to identify before they led to the downfall of my blog.
Silly Blogging Mistakes That Almost Killed My Blog
When I first started my blog, I was very lazy.
Most of the time, I was too lazy to write blog posts and this resulted in a lot of procrastination.
This was a big issue for me because I realized that I cannot expect to achieve success without first putting in the work.
To deal with my procrastination, I came up with a content calendar for my blog where I wrote down the posts I was supposed to write and what date they needed to go live.
This helped me a lot because I finally had a sense of direction.
As a new blogger, procrastination is one of the worst blogging mistakes you could ever make.
75% of new bloggers fail because of laziness and procrastination. If you don’t want your blog to fail, you need to try to be as productive as possible with your blog.
#2: Not Maintaining Consistency
When I was a newbie blogger, I didn’t understand the importance of blog post frequency.
There were months where I’d publish a post each day of the week but there were also months when I could barely publish one post.
After some time, I realized that this habit was negatively affecting traffic to my site.
Because of not maintaining consistency, I lost a lot of valuable readers who had started showing interest in my site.
So, I had to start from scratch trying to regain their trust and loyalty which was not easy.
Again, what helped me in this scenario was my content calendar.
With it, I was able to maintain a consistent publishing schedule that kept my audience coming back for more.
#3: Not Optimizing My Blog Posts
When I was a newbie blogger, I didn’t know much about Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
Not knowing about SEO was one of the worst blogging mistakes I ever made because it resulted in months of getting poor organic traffic to my site.
As a newbie blogger, you must first focus on SEO.
However, the other problem I faced as a newbie blogger was learning SEO.
At this point, I already knew that SEO was critical to my site now the problem was that I couldn’t seem to master it no matter how hard I tried!
In the end, it took me months to learn all the SEO best practices but by this time, I had lost a lot of valuable time.
#4: Not Promoting My Blog on Social Media
I really don’t know what I was thinking at the time but social media hardly ever crossed my mind.
I was spending too much time focused on creating content that I completely forgot about promoting it.
This was one of the blogging mistakes that will always haunt me.
So once I learned about SEO and started practicing it on my blog, I thought I would only need organic traffic to get my blog going.
I didn’t realize the power and influence of social media on my blog.
Because of this, I didn’t have a social media presence.
As a new blogger, focus on creating a name for yourself on social media. Join the right social media sites – These are the networks that your customers are using. Finally, use social media to make connections and interact with people don’t just use it to promote your blog.
#5: Never Treating My Blog As A Business
When I first started my blog, it was more of a hobby for me and although I expected to make money from it at some point, I never thought of it as a business.
This is a mistake many new bloggers make.
They don’t put too much effort into their blog because they don’t see it as a serious business that requires hard work.
Always think of your blog with the future in mind.
What do you want to achieve with your blog in the next 6 months or one year?
Set KPIs that will get you closer to achieving these goals and before you know it, your blog will be a business where you earn a living full time.
#6: Being A Perfectionist
For a long time, I struggled with releasing content for my blog because I wanted it to be as close to perfect as possible.
This held me back for so long before I realized the damage it was doing to my blog.
I know of so many bloggers who have started their new blog but are still stuck trying to pick out the perfect theme or the perfect colors for their blog.
They spend so much time doing this that by the time they’re ready to produce their first content, they’re worn out!
Don’t get me wrong.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to maintain high levels of standards with your blog.
No. What I’m trying to say is that not everything is set in stone with blogging.
Unlike newspapers and other traditional media, you have the option of tweaking things as you go. For example, you can later update content that you feel can be better.
#7: Not Building An Email List Early
Another blogging mistake I made from the start is not building my email list.
This was a costly mistake because I lost a number of loyal visitors who I could have added to my mailing list.
All successful bloggers who have managed to turn their blogs into a legitimate business have an email list that they use to drive sales and increase affiliate earnings.
Even if you have a small email list at the beginning, don’t take it for granted. Instead, send them valuable updates and don’t bombard them with constant sales pitches.
#8: Being Stingy
From the beginning, I wanted the whole blogging process to be free.
However, I was lucky that I realized my mistake soon enough and I was able to fix it.
Free blogs just don’t cut it anymore!
As for email marketing, you need an email marketing tool that will manage all your email campaigns for you.
When blogging, you have to spend money to make money!
In my first year of blogging, I made stupid mistakes that almost drove me to give up on the whole blogging thing before I had even started.
I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made and that’s why I thought it important to write this post.
I hope that you’ve learned from my mistakes so that you can be more productive than I was in my first months of blogging.
Please share this post so that others can also benefit from it and so that they also don’t make the same blogging mistakes.