Are You a Newbie Around Here? 5 Beginner Blogger Mistakes to Avoid!

17 Mar 2015
Are You a Newbie Around Here? 5 Beginner Blogger Mistakes to Avoid!

As you know, it’s always best to stop bad things from happening while you still have the chance. When it comes to blogging, there are millions of people who have “been there, done that”.

You don’t have to repeat their same old mistakes anymore!

In order to create your dream blog, check out these 5 common beginner blogger mistakes and try fixing them before it’s too late!

1) Leaving the Blog Alone

Unfortunately, this is not some kind of luxury we -as bloggers- can afford.

Of course, writing high-quality content on a regular basis is the best thing you can do for your strategy, however your blog posts would not always market themselves!

This is one of the most common assumptions of a beginner blogger: “The readers will come and find me anyway…”

In a parallel universe, this may be true, but even if you write great pieces of work every day, you have to make an effort to stand out in the crowd.

Some even argue that blogging starts after you write. We believe that it’s a huge part of the game.

After writing a blog post, take your time to go over and edit it a couple of times. Each reading will lead you somewhere else; either an unnoticed typo or a better example to use.

Many bloggers have concerns about the right platforms to share their content; if you are one of them, we’ve got even more tips for you!

After the process of editing and spreading your content, don’t forget to optimize your blog post for search engines. Use these tips if you need a hand!

2) No Space for Comments

Since blogging is not a one-way street, engaging with your audience and fellow bloggers is critical.

If you are not ready to expand your blog network as a newbie, that’s fine as well. Simply make sure that you are open to receive comments and reactions.

Whether you are using WordPress, Blogger or any other service, check your settings right now. If your blog comments are turned off, you may be missing lots of potential fans and customers!

In addition to enabling blog comments, you should encourage them: Try asking for your readers’ opinion on that topic or add a call-to-action, such as “Let’s comment!” at the end of your blog posts.

Comments let you get to know your visitors better and vice versa. If they have a further question about your blog post, comments would be the easiest way to reach you.

If you don’t want to get stuck with your blog platform’s built-in commenting system, there are other alternatives like Disqus, Livefyre and Facebook Comments.

3) Writing Without a Plan

Writing in a stream of consciousness is a choice and we do respect that.

On the other hand, if your aim is to update your blog regularly, soon you’ll start having a hard time with that method.

Editorial plans are good; they keep us on the track. Even if you are not fond of schedules, you should at least give a try and create outlines.

Writing with an editorial calendar would make you more consistent and help you to stick to your plan. There are thousands of abandoned blogs out there and that’s one of the major reasons for quitting: lack of a plan.

The best part is that you don’t need anything other than some time to create an editorial plan. Simply open an excel document or take a pen and a paper; smart small and write down achievable goals. That’s it!

From now on, each time you sit on that computer, you would be prepared.

Turn that into a habit and you’ll have no trouble writing great blog posts!

4) Ignoring the Analytics

Here’s a tricky one: If you ignore the numbers, you’ll have no idea about what’s going on in your blog.

If you get obsessed with the numbers, you’ll probably go crazy!

Joking aside, Analytics would tell a lot about you, your blog and your readers. By adding a little code into your website’s HTML, you can allow Google to do the work for you and gather great insights.

When you get used to it, reading the Analytics takes almost no time. It’s extremely critical to learn about your top content, visitors’ behavior, high traffic sources, readers’ locations and many more.

Analyzing these data will help you to measure your success and check the effectiveness of your content strategy.

If you feel like something’s not right about those numbers, Analytics can always show you why!

5) The Deadly Sin: Copy & Paste

It goes without saying that plagiarism is a big no-no!

First of all, it’s not ethical to “borrow” or steal anyone’s creative piece of work and we believe that you agree with us. If you are walking on the borders of copy & paste as a beginner blogger, stop what you are doing!

You should better stop, because copyright infringement might have some legal sanctions. We don’t want to scare you; it’s simply a friendly warning!

If you are not convinced with our “ethical” and “legal” arguments, check this out: Plagiarism has terrible effects on your SEO performance.

Previously we’ve mentioned how much search engines hate duplicate content and that’s why you should always try producing fresh and original blog posts.

If Google understands that you are trying to fool them, the odds are that your website will be penalized and undoing that will take much more time and effort compared to creating original content in the first place.

In order to prevent the risk of plagiarism in your future blog posts, you can check out this guide.

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