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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?