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Quick Summary- Beginner bloggers make all kinds of stupid mistakes. It’s not their fault. They don’t want to make them. They’re amateurs who just don’t know better.
I’m sick of seeing it and I want to help. So I wrote a guide that can perhaps help you avoid at least some of these blogging pitfalls.
In my guide to common blogging mistakes amateurs make I cover:
13 ways you can screw up your blog for good and kiss it goodbye.
How to beat those mistakes by becoming a pro you’re meant to be.
If you want to come out on top of all unsuccessful blogs and bloggers out there- you better keep reading.
And as a reward for your hard work, I’ve prepared a bonus chapter right at the end.
I know you’ll love it 😀
Table of Contents
7 Dangerous Mistakes That Destroy New Blogs Like Nothing Else Does
These mistakes are dangerous, they’re fire !
If you make just one of them, you’re facing an uphill battle. If you make two, then you can call it quits because your blog is doomed to fail.
But you can avoid them and here’s exactly how.
Mistake #1- Picking a “Lucrative” Niche
Nearly all niches are profitable, but profit will never come to you if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing.
The most common mistake newbie bloggers make is chasing big money; and trying to replicate in verbatim someone else’s stellar success.
This doesn’t work and it won’t work for you.
It’s because you probably underestimate the amount of work that went into creating success. You also forget that today’s blogging superstar was yesterday’s working-hard-have nothing-yet-to show-for-it blogger.
They stuck it out and they succeed in the end.
But you will never reach that happy conclusion unless you chose what you love.
Pick a niche you’re interested in and your chances of making money with your blog suddenly explode through the roof.
Mistake #2- Not Going With Self-Hosted WordPress
You might be thinking that it’s a smart move to start with a free website and once you begin earning money, switching to self-hosted WordPress.
That’s sounds like a good idea, but is actually a trap for you.
Here are 3 quick reasons why:
#1- You Didn’t Invest Money, so You Don’t “Have” to Succeed
Investing some of your dough, especially when you don’t have a lot of it serves to light a fire under your ass. You’ve committed and you better make it work.
And you’re going to make ti work because you CAN do it.
That kind of feeling is missing when you go with a free website. In fact it’s the opposite.
Going with a free option lulls you into this kind of thinking:
“Hey, I spent zero dollars on this.
Even if I fail, no biggie”
Except that it is a biggie.
Why would you do anything if you don’t intend to give it your best effort? You’re wasting your time and time is more precious that a few measly dollars.
#2- You’ll be on Leased Property
These are all platforms that let you build a free website through them. The problem is that if you’re a free user, you don’t own your site, and even your content.
So they could one day wipe you out out of the blue.
Imagine working like a dog for God knows how long,and then one day waking up to see it all gone.
Not a pleasant feeling, no?
Well, with self-hosted WordPress, that can never happen.
#3- It’s Unprofessional to the Core
It’s very rare for someone to blog on a free platform and achieve anything significant with it.
I’ve been blogging for 5+ years and I’m yet to find a single example of a successful BlogSpot site, or Weebly, or Wix.
#3- Not Doing Keyword Research/Writing Willy-Nilly
Targeting keywords is always important. But it’s crucial for new blogs who have low domain strength and are strangers to Google’s algorithm.
Whenever you write content targeting keywords, you’re building relevance for your site in Google’s eyes. So you rank easier and faster.
But also, targeting a keyword helps keep your article focused and centered on helping the user.
For example, the target keyword for this post is “common amateur blogging mistakes” so I make sure to list out all mistakes commonly made by amateur bloggers.
But I don’t list all possible errors bloggers make because that would be an overkill and it would actually dilute the value of my article.
It’s about getting an Unbounce discount and nothing else. So I didn’t write an entire Unbounce review then and there, because I knew it wasn’t needed.
Instead I followed the keyword and deliver a good article for the searchers, and a decent money maker for me.
Bottom line: Don’t write willy-nilly because that’s what hobby bloggers do. Be a pro and target keywords.
#4- Not Producing Enough Content Early On
Writing content is tough, and that’s why so many blogger procrastinate on it. And that’s a dangerous mistake.
Content is what will get you rankings;
Content is what will get you links;
Content is what will get you authority in Google.
Content is the basis for everything and if you don’t have a lot of content, you don’t own an online business.
Pro tip: when I say “content” I mean “quality content”. It makes no sense to produce garbage on your blog. And it makes total sense to go slow with content production as long as your articles are truly worth reading
That’s my strategy for this blog and it’s starting to pay off.
After a mountain of frustration though 🙂
#5- Copying Content From Other Blogs
I’ll be quick with this one because it’s painfully obvious. I even hesitated to put it on the list here.
You can’t scrape content and republsh it on your blog. Not only is that probably illegal, but its’ also against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
Do it, and especiallly in bulk and you will never rank, period.
Want proof? Proof that even insanely strong websites can’t successfully syndicate content and fool Google?
Link Whisper is a premium plugin, and if you can’t afford it you still shouldn’t give up on internally linking your articles.
That’d be a major mistake for your SEO.
Instead, I suggest you wait 3 months until you’ve publish 20-40 new posts, and then set aside a whole day and add internal links manually.
Yes, you lose a bit of time and your SEO suffers in the meantime, but it’s still better than not using internal links at all.
#2- Not Linking Out Externally
External links can carry visitors away from your site. True.
But they also show your expertise on the topic (to both Google and humans). And they show you’re aren’t some shady affiliate marketer who’d do anything to trap people on their property.
Always have links open in a new tab. And not just external links. Internal links too.
For example, this link to my AccuRanker review opens is a new tab, even though it’s my content on my site.
It’s because I’m a considerate webmaster 😎
I don’t want you to lose you place here. And I want to to check out my review because you might be interested in a superb keyword rank tracker.
#3- Ignoring Social Media
Social media traffic is not worth much compared to the sweet, organic Google traffic.
However, for new blogs who have little content and even fewer backlinks, social media is the fastest way to get initial trickles of engaged visitors.
And this initial traffic can help you grow because they can spread the word about your brand.
Another benefit of social medial is connecting with other webmasters.
By being active, and by generously and selflessly sharing other blogger’s content, you will get on their radar. Then they’ll start to share your stuff back and since they’ve been in the game for so much longer, they’ll have much larger audiences than you.
Think of the free exposure…
#4- Spreading Yourself Too Thin
This mistake is tightly connected with the previous one.
If you’re a newbie blogger. If you just started blogging yesterday and you have two articles posted on your website;
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