11 Common Mistakes Bloggers Make

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If you’re thinking about starting a blog… STOP and really think about it.  I was one of those people who jumped right in, struggled, and learned everything the hard way.  I’m in no way a pro, still learning all kinds of great tricks.  However looking back there were several things I wish I would have known before jumping into things.

If you’re thinking of starting a blog here is a few common mistakes bloggers make.

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Choose Your Domain Name

Now, I love Jenns Blah Blah Blog.  The name fits me, and what I am doing here.  The first blog I started did not last long.  To be honest I cannot remember what I named it.  I wish I would have taken it a little more serious. I put a lot of work into something that I changed a few months into my blogging career. If you’re planning on starting a blog take your time and choose your name wisely.

Think about what you will be blogging about, do you want to limit yourself to only talking about coupons, or do you want to talk about kids, food, coupons, family, etc.  I don’t suggest choosing a name that leaves you limited to only talking about one subject, unless you know for sure that is what you want.  Take some time and read up on How to Choose a Domain Name.

Niche

When I started I didn’t even know where to begin, what to talk about, or what I was doing for that matter.  Don’t be that person, it is not a fun place to be, and it might stop blogging.  So take some time and really think about.  What are you going to write about?  It is likely this will change over time, you will add things, change it around, and make it your own as you learn and grow.

Setting up Permalinks

Since I didn’t choose my name correctly, or even know what I was going to be blogging about; you better believe I did not set up my permalinks correctly.  Having your permainks set up will be easier for your readers and Google if you have your permalinks set up correctly.  If you’re permalink is not set up more than likely going to look something like this: www.blahblah.com/p-777.  Take a few moments and adjust it to read www.blahblah.com/you-posts-name – it will make it easier for your readers and Google

Own Your Domain

Start right, own it.  If you’re going to be serious about blogging purchase a .com.  You don’t have to, but there are several places that will not accept your blog because it doesn’t have a professional domain.  Even if you’re using Blogger.com or WordPress.com you can still buy a .com rather than using a free one. They are very inexpensive, and totally worth it in the long run.

Do You Host Your Own Domain

Choosing the right ways to handle hosting is important.  It will save you time and money later on down the road.  If you’re blogging for fun than sure free platforms might be the way to go.  However, if you’re planning on doing more you might want to consider hosting your own domain.  Start out the right way it will save you money in the long run.

Submit To Search Engines

I have to admit, I didn’t do this at first.  Had I read up and learn a before I jumped in I would have.  It is important to submit your site to search engines so people can find them.

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Lucky I never run out of things to talk about so this has never been an issue, lol.  You cannot drop off the blogosphere and weeks at a time and expect people to visit your blog.  Come up with a schedule and stick to it.

Don’t Take It To The Blog

Remember EVERYONE, even your mom, husband, brother, niece, neighbor, mother-n-law can read your blog.  Don’t take it there unless you’re prepared for that person to see it, or for your readers to read it.  I have never take my frustration to the blog, but I have read other bloggers posts.  To be honest it was a huge turn off for me as a reader, and I’m sure their family did not appreciate it much either.

Schedule Posts

There’s a way to schedule posts, learn how to do it.  This will save your life if you’re leaving for vacation, and allow you to stay a head of the game.

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Social Media

Let’s face it social media is here to stay.  It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  Be active on it, interact with your readers, and share other bloggers posts.  Being active on social media gives you the opportunity to interact with your readers, and get to know them on a more personal level.  I have met some awesome people, made new friends, and loyal readers by connecting with them on my social media platforms.  I’m glad I have learned the power of social media, and take the time to get to know and interact with so many of my readers.  Be sure you also learn some fo the best ways to manage social media too

You Cannot Do Everything

This was hard for me to learn, I still have to remind myself to take things one step at a time.   Don’t try to do too much at one time.  Remember you cannot learn everything overnight.  Even the best of the bloggers are still learning.  It’s a process and many things will you will learn as you go.  Take everything one step at a time.  Don’t be scared to make a mistake, it’s how we learn our best lessons.  Don’t expect overnight success, it’s work so be ready for it.

Have Fun

I think the most important thing to remember is have fun.  There is going to be many unpaid hours when you first start, if you’re not having fun than what is the point.  In the beginning I blogged my little heart out and didn’t make a dime, but I loved what I was doing, the people I was meeting, and most of all writing.  If you dont enjoy writing you are in the wrong profession, this is not a get rich quick business.  However it is the most rewarding profession I have ever been in.

What are some things you wish you would have known before you started blogging?

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Comments

  1. says

    I wish I would have walked into blogging to just have fun, instead of trying so hard in the beginning to make a business of it. It is too much pressure on a beginner to try to make money off blogging.

  2. Rebecca Moeller says

    Thanks for the great ideas, I hope to start my own blog one day soon:) Yours is one of my favorites!

  3. says

    This is really great advice that I Wish I would have had when I started blogging. It’s been a struggle at times but so much fun and very rewarding. Great post!

  4. says

    I use wordpress.com and I want to switch to wordpress.org but, need to get hosting. Need o find a cheap hosting place so I can switch to wordpress.org. Will I lose my alexa rank if I switch? What is the best and cheapest hosting??

    • says

      no you sure wont… I personally use someone I know but I have heard good things about hostgator and bluehost… I’m not sure tho… it’s not a whole lot either way or should be more than $15/month anywhere you go I don’t think not for just one blog unless it’s crazy busy…

  5. says

    Awesome tips, been there done that. And I think most importantly never start blogging with intention to earn money. We’ll get lost in the way and are likely to get frustrated too because a blog doesn’t grow overnight. :)

  6. Tina says

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips. I am definitely going to be keeping this in mind. This is going to be very helpful whenver I start a blog. Thanks again.

  7. says

    Thanks for posting this. I just started blogging again and I love it, but you are right about it taking time to get where you want to be. I wish I had not deleted my old blog but cannot go back and change it now.

  8. Sylvia Ortiz says

    Thank you for sharing those helpful tips for Newbie Bloggers. I am still new at posting blogs and haven’t really got it down to a science yet – but with the consideration and wisdom from veteran bloggers is very much appreciated and needed. :)

  9. Velvet Hubler says

    Thanks for the tips I wish when I started blogging this was around for me to read

  10. laurie damrose says

    Thank you ,I was thinking about doing a blog of my own one day.I love to write about things and I have plenty of ideas,but the rules you are talking about are very important.

  11. Becky Schollian says

    Thanks so much Jenn for these blogging tips!! I have Multiple Sclerosis. I’m still semi mobile but have a lot of restrictions on what I can & can not do. I have been seriously thinking about starting a blog since most of my time is spent on the computer. Like you posted, I don’t know the first thing about blogging or how to start. I’m clearer now!! Thanks again Jenn.

  12. bianca roman says

    i love reading your blogging tips because i know you were working full time and full time on your blog before you were able to stay home. i have my domain, host, layout, etc but can’t figure out where to start lol