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7 mistakes every new blogger makes.

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When you first start blogging, you are full of ideas. It’s all new and fresh, so it’s easy to publish like a madman and get all your ideas out. But there is a lot of things (mistakes) you learn along the way, here’s some you can try and avoid!

CHOOSING A RANDOM DOMAIN NAME

Believe it or not I’ve had 3 domain names, and I have not even been blogging very long! Don’t be as silly as me and randomly pick a name that you will hate later down the line. If you do not know your niche yet, maybe call it your name or something simple and subjective. Remember you are building a brand so your domain name is very important.

SETTING AN UNREALISTIC PUBLISHING SCHEDULE

Again guilty! We are all busy, we all live a life outside of the blogging bubble. So do not set yourself up to fail from day dot. Despite popular opinion you do not need to post 30 times a month to gain a following. But do create a consistent publishing schedule.  Commit to writing and promoting 2 – 3 posts per week for at least six months, if time permits. Just do the best you can with the time you have.

AUTO DM’S

This is a long running annoyance of fellow bloggers that actually causes people to unfollow you. Why? Becayse chances are if we have followed you we are already interested in your content. In fact we have probably already checked out your blog and enjoyed it, so don’t go all sales-and pitch like and send an AUTO DM, It’s a big no no!

NOT HAVING A SOCIAL PRESENCE 

I think that is my most crucial point. For brands and people. See it as a currency; the more followers you have the more valuable you are. This is harsh reality of the blogging world. There is no hiding from this, so use it to your advantage and work just as hard on your social platforms as you do your blogging. Particularly work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NOT PROMOTING

I read somewhere that the most successful bloggers spend 20% of their time producing content and 80% of their time PROMOTING content. You could be the next Oprah Winfrey, but if you don’t put yourself out there for others to see, no one will ever know. I know that its annoying and it seems sale-sy but it really is important. Use your social media to promote your blogs!

EXPECTING FAST RESULTS

If you go into blogging with the pure intention of become ‘internet famous’ or earning loads of cash, this is a sure fire way to fail. It takes a long, long time to build up credibility in blogging and people can see straight through fakeness. So try your best, and take it day by day. Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. And remember even the top bloggers have struggles.

COPYING OTHERS

People work really hard to produce good quality content, but you would be surprised how many people copy and paste in blogging. Don’t be that person. Bring your new and fab ideas to the table.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Aimee

    Such a great post – really helpful. I could have done with this post two years ago! Haha.

    April 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Alicia S

    Auto DMs are the bane of my life and I will unfollow anyone I receive one from without thinking twice. I’m still pretty new to blogging (it’s been nearly a year) and while I’ve not changed my domain or blog name once, I’ve had so many blog themes I’ve lost count!
    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    April 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Alice

    I recently changed my blog name after a long and hard think about it, I’m so glad I finally did. If I follow someone on Twitter and they send me an auto-DM, I unfollow, sorry!!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    April 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Year of You

      Haha yes congrats on the domain change! It’s a great feeling to just go ahead and do it! I feel like so many new bloggers go all sales-like thinking this will gain followers but its actually the opposite isn’t it! Just be yourself with no DM ‘blog pitches!’ Thanks for the comment lovely x

      April 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Beccah

    I had no idea that people were so annoyed by auto-DMs! They don’t bother me at all, so I made one that basically says ‘thanks for following me, and feel free to ask questions’. Maybe I should remove it then…

    Beccah xx
    thehonestolive.com

    April 13, 2017 at 10:13 am
    • Reply Year of You

      Hey lovely, this is a completely valid point. I think it’s more when people auto-dm in a sales pitch way. Such as follow me on instagram, twitter, pinterest etc. I think its just being authentic so the DM you suggested sounds much better! xx

      April 13, 2017 at 10:22 am
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