This is a guest post by Hemanth of NiftySlash
I know it’s exciting to start a new blog.
But, if you are too excited that’s when you might end up making some mistakes.
If you are starting a website using WordPress then you have tons of free themes, widgets, and plugins available.
But, choosing from this many might land you in risk of getting caught in the blogging blunder trap-having too many “bells and whistles” and forgetting about what’s important:
So in this article, I will be sharing few tips to avoid yourself from doing any more blogging mistakes.
Here are some common mistakes and simple fixes for them.
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Mistake 1: Thinking You can do everything on your own.
Great blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, etc., lets you create your own site without any coding knowledge.
If you are a blogger blogging just for the sake of sharing the knowledge and not interested in making money from your blog, then you can go to design a blog on your own.
But if you are planning to monetize your blog and earn money out of it then:
unless you are tech savvy and have some basics knowledge of HTML, CSS and web designing I recommend you to hire someone who can make your job simpler.
The advantages of hiring some one are:
- You can save your precious time.
- Can expect good designed and responsive website.
- You can expect good SEO results since your website will be optimized.
There are sites like Upwork.com, Dribble.com, Project4Hire.com from where you can hire high-end web designers to develop your stunning blog.
Mistake 2: Not Investing in Self-hosted site.
Before you start building your blog,
one of the most important decisions you should make is whether to choose a free hosting of self-hosting for your site.
Let’s see why a self-hosted site is far better than a free hosted site.
1.Website address: I have a self-hosted website on WordPress with URL http://niftyslash.com. If free hosting was my choice then the URL would have been http://niftyslash.wordpress.com
2.Control: If you have a self-hosted site then you can use WordPress.org where you can have full control on themes, plugins, and SEO of your website.
But if you are not ready to pay for hosting then you can go free hosting which is fully free.
Mistake 3: Using bad SEO Strategies.
SEO is vital to any successful blogging campaign.Therefore it should be implemented in the right manner.
There are many mistakes you can make when trying to rank in search results, but let’s go over one of the most damaging blogging mistakes … Keyword Stuffing.
Think you want to rank for a particular keyword and use that keyword for few hundreds of times.
Won’t it be difficult for visitors to read your content? Of course yes.
This is where search engines are becoming smarter and are able to find out and penalize the websites involved in keyword stuffing.
Solution: Unfortunately, there are many bloggers out there who think they should focus first on writing for search engines before their audience. This is the wrong approach – in fact, it’s backwards.
There are few SEO practices that are too good for increasing your website’s ranking.
I highly recommend you to go through this article and get know about best SEO practices that can benefit you.
Mistake 4: Not creating awesome Headlines.
According to Worldometers.info, there were 4,538,982 blogs as of June 2017.
Since most of these blogs produce new articles there is a huge number of articles on the internet.
Do you think all those blog posts gets same clicks? NO.
On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will click on your article.
Why are only 2 headlines getting clicks? Why not all 8?
It’s because of boring headlines.
A powerful heading has the potential of converting a visitors to a reader and then probably to a buyer/subscriber.
Solution: Try impressing people with first impressions because “First impressions last”.
I highly recommend you to check out this article to write eye catchy headlines.
Mistake 5: Not reaching your customers.
Just creating a good content and hoping that post will go viral will do you no good.
You should market your content through Content marketing.
Some people have so much success with their content marketing strategies that they have hundreds of thousands of readers.
Of course, great content is a big part of the equation, but the other often overlooked area of content marketing is a content promotion.
Most of the professional bloggers spend 20 percent of their time developing the content and rest 80 percent of the time on promoting the content.
There are many ways, which you can make use to grow your audience:
- Social media marketing.
- Content marketing.
- Using Forums.
Since there are huge people on social media and forums, you can try to reach a specific group of audience who are interested in your niche.
It’s all about building confidence and brand value for your website.
Final thoughts on blogging mistakes.
We live in a world full of cheap information.
At the push of a button, we can get our eyes on for more ideas, blog posts, and news stories than we could ever possibly consume.
Blogging can be complicated if you commit any of the above mistakes and never realize at the earlier stages.
I have tried covering all the important blogging mistakes in this article.
I hope this article helped you.
Hemanth is a passionate blogger and entrepreneur, who fell in love with the digital world and started a blog NiftySlash to help new bloggers in establishing a successful blog. He also had gained ample amount of knowledge in the field of SEO, Web designing and blogging. You can also connect with us on Facebook.