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.
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.
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.
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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