I’ve been a blogger for some time now and I reckon over the years I’ve made a few mistakes. It’s not all bad though because I’ve learned from those mistakes. I’ve also seen certain mistakes made by other bloggers and it came to me that I’d write a post about some of the mistakes bloggers make. After all, learning by ones mistakes and the mistakes others make is a good thing right?
Anyway, by discussing these mistakes, some that newbies may make, some made by bloggers who are not so new, I’m hoping that I can prevent others from making the same mistakes. So, in no particular order, here are some of the mistakes bloggers make.
Top Five Mistakes Bloggers Make
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Creating Backlinks Too Early
Although this may not be a common mistake it’s one I’ve come across a fair few times. I’m sure some of you may have witnessed it as well. It’s where a blogger starts a brand new blog and then goes about creating backlinks to it before even adding any content. They normally do this by leaving comments on Commentluv blogs.
What a waste of time. I’m sure Google doesn’t appreciate links back to a blog with no content and I’m also sure it pisses off those who have decided to follow the commentator back to their blog. It’s always best to create some content first before starting on a backlink campaign.
These are those bloggers who prefer not to engage with their commentators. Sure they may respond to one or two but for the most part they tend to keep out of the loop. This is a common trait amongst the A listers and they only get away with it because of their reputation.
I find this mystifying when you consider the rising importance of social media where people love to share their thoughts and likes. Sort of makes you wonder why they chose a blogging platform in the first place doesn’t it?
Free Blogging Platforms
Free blogging platforms are fine for those bloggers who have no intention to start an online business and merely want to share their thoughts with others. On the other hand if you’re looking at making money online your best bet is to host your own blog. This gives you more control as well as show other you mean business.
Besides, how can you expect to sell hosting packages, professional blogging themes, like the FlexSqueeze theme, professional plugin themes or even expect others to take you serious when you’re not prepared to invest in your own business?
This is a mistake I committed for many years, but then until recently I only blogged for fun. Whatever money I made was just icing on the cake. The reason I was so against SEO was because it spoilt my blogging experience and like I said, for me blogging was all about fun.
That was why I bought Market Samurai. I figured if MS would help take the drudgery out of SEO, finding the right keywords and stuff, then it wouldn’t overly detract from my blogging experience, which brings me to the next point.
Investing In Your Blog
From day one I had invested in my blog by opting out of using those free blogs like Blogger and WordPress.com. But that wasn’t enough and it was until years later, when I purchased the FlexSqueeze theme, that I started to make some money. Promoting this theme was one of my biggest money spinners because people could see it in action and could see how much I loved it.
It was then that it dawned on me, as a blogger, that I could promote other blogging tools as a money making venture. After all, there are new bloggers entering the fray every day and they’re going to need those tools to fulfil their money making dreams. Of course by tools I mean those WordPress plugins that I promote as well as certain software like Market Samurai and the Logo Creator that make our blogging life easier. And the best place to get and promote most of those blogging tools is the JVZoo site.
OK, I reckon that’s enough mistakes bloggers make for now. The post is already longer than I intended. Perhaps you would like to share one of the mistakes you’ve made so that we can all learn from it.