The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make
The blogging trend began years ago, back in 1994 to be exact. To date, there are 500 million blogs with over 2 million blog posts on the daily according to the Hosting Tribunal.
That’s a heck of a lot of blogging!
Starting a blog is an overwhelming experience, with fear and excitement being in equal measures. I’ve been blogging for 8 years now and I still remember those feelings as if it were yesterday!
While making a successful blog appears fun, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. You don’t know how challenging it can be until you throw yourself into it. Thousands of blogs fail each year, often because of mistakes that the bloggers made.
With that in mind, here are six huge but common mistakes new bloggers make.
Choosing a name for a blog isn’t as simple as it seems. After all, the name must grow with the website itself. If you decide on “John in Japan”, because you’re studying in Japan, you’ll find the name no longer works when you return home.
While you can always re-brand, doing so can be difficult. There’s no such thing as a perfect name, but you can’t pick one that restricts the blog.
Many new bloggers use the cheapest blogging platform they can find. Sadly, there are many limitations to using a free site.
Free blogging platforms often appear boring, not to mention repetitive, and lack plugins that successful websites need. There is also limited storage and right, which can cause trouble. If you intend to blog full-time, you will have to open your wallet.
A device infected with malware will put your blog at risk. With this malicious software, a hacker or cybercriminal could access the website and wreak havoc.
Rather than take the risk, you should visit https://setapp.com/how-to/remove-malware-from-mac. There you will learn how to remove malware from a Mac. To avoid being infected, learn the basics of cybersecurity too.
When most people start blogging, they’re full of great ideas. The excitement of the new venture provides motivation, so creating and publishing content frequently is easy.
However, you should avoid committing yourself to an upload schedule like this. Before long, you won’t be able to publish new articles every day. Be honest with yourself and make a schedule that works for you.
As is explained at https://www.lifewire.com/, copyright laws protect creators from having their original work stolen. Many new bloggers don’t understand that you can’t post someone else’s photo or quote their articles.
Even after giving credit, you’ll still be breaking copyright laws, unless you’ve been given permission. To avoid trouble, you should use Creative Commons images.
This is something I’m still guilty of.
When a reader takes the time to comment on your blog, you should reply. Ignoring your audience is an incredibly effective way of frustrating them.
This is especially true when readers ask direct questions in the comments section. Comments benefit a blog in many ways, so reply to every reader you can. In fact, you should encourage more comments by asking your own questions.
Growing a successful blog is tricky, but avoiding the mistakes above will make it easier.
What are some mistakes you’ve made as a blogger?