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a hand holding a sign that says 7 blogging mistakes to avoidSo you want to become a great blogger right? Well you need to know what blogging mistakes to avoid in order to succeed.

You will find that people love to tell you their success stories but they will rarely tell you their failures. Today I will share my failures so that you can succeed.

Here are 7 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid:

1. Choosing the Wrong Blogging Platform

thinking with a light bulbWhen I first started blogging I thought to naturally start out with a free blog. Then one morning I woke up and my whole entire blog was deleted. Yep. That’s right everything was gone.

I must have done something wrong to have got my free account deleted by that company. At the time I was trying to make money with my blog. You have to really follow their guidelines or your account can be deleted.

However, I knew that I would never allow this to happen to me again, so I tried a different blogging platform but I didn’t like it either.

Then eventually after the third try I found out about WordPress.org (the blogging platform). I got web hosting, a domain name and I paid for my own blog.

Blogging tip: Going to a WordPress.org blogging platform was the best blogging decision I could have made, because now I’m in control of my blog.

2. Not Knowing About Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

seo words like meta description ...I’m glad that this one didn’t take me too long to figure out. But when you are brand new to blogging you don’t know anything.

All I knew is that I wanted my blog to be at the top of Google. Eventually I realized that you have to tell the search engines like Google about your blog.

If you don’t then your website will just be floating in cyberspace. LOL 🙂

Blogging tip: You have to make sure you at least use a free SEO plugin (some popular ones are Yoast SEO or All in One SEO) that will help you make your articles and your website more search engine optimized. I’m currently using Rank Math as my SEO plugin.

You have to first choose a keyword that people are looking for in Google and then write the article based on that keyword. You can’t just write articles, they have to be keyword focused articles. That helps with SEO.

3. I Bought Too Much Useless Material

drawing of someone throwing out garbageI went overboard in thinking I need everything. Don’t get me wrong you can’t go the other way either and think you need nothing. It’s got to be somewhere in the center. Trust your instincts.

Blogging tip: Get rich quick ebooks didn’t work, but ebooks that helped me learn about blogging was better.

Now eventually you might want to spend some money to make your website look better by getting a professional WordPress theme. Once you know visually what you like then you should buy a professional WordPress theme.

There are some other expenses that you might want to do later on as well, but first master blogging. Then you will start to know what you need.

4. I Didn’t Want to Treat My Blog Seriously

a pink rose with a watchSo guess what happened? All my blogs failed.

I wrote articles whenever I felt like it. It was more like a hobby.

It’s Ok to have a blog as a hobby, but I personally wished that I took it more seriously to see where it could have gone.

I didn’t want to do the work that was involved in analyzing a website so that you can improve on it or in email marketing and social media. I got stuck in my ways, because I felt like it was information overload.

Blogging tip: If you start to feel overwhelmed slow down. Take on analytics, email marketing and social media slowly, instead of avoiding them.

A lot of bloggers have a content schedule where they know what they are writing in advance and what tasks that they want to do for their blog. This is an area that I need improvement on, but I’m slowly working on it.

As Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Life has a way of happening sometimes. It’s OK to go slow especially if you need to.

5. I Thought Quantity Was Better Than Quality

the word quality with a checkmarkI had way too many blogs going at the same time. It wasn’t just a few, but a ridiculous amount. LoL 🙂

So I spread myself too thin and never made one blog successful. You would be surprised how much it takes to just make one blog successful.

Blogging tip: try to focus on the quality of your blog. People can spot quality a mile away.

6. I Didn’t Pay Close Attention To My Blogs

What’s the worst thing that can happen to your blog? Getting hacked!

Yep. I didn’t pay attention to my blogs and one got hacked. Now this was around 10 years ago. I had to totally delete that website and lose all those articles.

I’m sure there are better ways to handle a hacked website but I was just too burned out so I deleted everything. Plus I had no traffic to the website and I wasn’t making any money.

Eventually I lost interest in blogging and quit. Around 10 years have passed and now I’m back. I always liked blogging, but I didn’t put the effort in to make it succeed. Now I’m trying to do what it takes to make my blog succeed.

a magnifying glassIf I only changed I could have succeeded. What’s so difficult to deal with is, back then I can remember seeing some new blogs out there that I liked and now these same blogs are very successful blogs. Oh well, you live and you learn.

Blogging tip: Something so simple as just paying attention to what is going on inside your blog (like doing the recommended updates, have a strong password, backing up your files and installing a free security plugin like Wordfence ) can make such a difference.

Take the security of your website seriously, because I thought I was just a no name and no one would be interested in hacking my website. However I found out the hard way that hackers go after everybody small and big. I guess no website is 100% unhackable but all you can do is try your best.

So take some time to research on how to secure your website. Wordfence has a free security checklist located at their website.

7. I Didn’t Choose a Blog Topic That I Liked

I chose it because it was a topic that I thought I could make money on. So writing the articles became very boring.

Then guess what? The articles sounded boring to the reader!  So I hardly made any money. There was no enthusiasm.  So eventually I just lost interest in blogging, deleted everything and left.

a pink heart symbolizing loveBlogging tip: when you choose a topic you like, it usually shows in your writing. People can tell that you want to be helpful.

Now I’m returning several years later and I’m starting all over again. This time I’m just taking the time to do it right.

I feel so happy to be starting over because I am aware of those unsuccessful ways. I totally know where I went wrong and hopefully you can learn from my blogging mistakes.

How Can I Become a Good Blogger?

These mistakes I made as a beginner blogger can help you learn what blogging mistakes to avoid so that you can be successful!

How I wished I knew these blogging mistakes so that I could have started blogging on the right foot. So now you know what not to do on a blog.

You know blogging is so much fun! That’s why I came back. I’m so happy to have a second chance at this. I’m far from perfect and can still make mistakes, but I’m trying.

So did you learn anything new from this? Please let me know in the comments below.

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