6 Big mistakes I made in my first year of blogging
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I have made it.
No. Not as a successful blogger. Not yet anyway.
But through my first year of blogging.
Do you know that old saying of time flies when you’re having fun? It’s true. Don’t get me wrong, it has been challenging, but so worth it.
Yet I’m glad it’s over.
● The steep learning curve
● Fear of putting myself out there
● Worrying what people would think.
I still have a long road ahead of me. With so much to learn. I’m excited for the future and what lies ahead in my blogging journey.
While I was reminiscing and pondering the year that is past. I started thinking about all the mistakes I made as a new blogger and how far I’ve come. So I decided to write this post. To inspire up-and-coming bloggers. To help and guide them not to make the same mistakes I did as a beginner blogger.
When you start a blog, or anything, for the first time, it is inevitable that you will make mistakes. That is a good thing. Because making mistakes means you are trying new things. It means you are learning and growing. Which is amazing.
But sometimes we can avoid certain mistakes by learning from others and the mistakes they made. Save yourself the headache and time by learning from my mistakes as a beginner blogger. You will make your own, but the following mistakes don’t have to be yours.
This list that I compiled are the biggest mistakes I made as a new blogger.
Without further ado. Here are my top beginner blogger mistakes I made during my first year of blogging.
1. Not using my content calendar
A few months into my blogging business I read a post about how bloggers should have an editorial calendar. That would help them blog consistently.
I immediately jumped in and created my own. Even wrote a post about it. Check it out. How to Create a Blog Schedule that works for you
But did I follow through on my content calendar?
I’m too much of a procrastinator to do that.
You would think knowing what to write each week would make it easier to get that content done right?
Not the case here.
You get busy and distracted with other tasks. Blogging and non-blogging related.
I’m working on getting better at this because it is affecting my traffic. Uncle Google is watching and penalizing me for this boo boo.
Sticking to a blogging schedule will inform the traffic gods that you are a serious blogger. It will also build trust with my audience when I deliver great content on a consistent basis.
2. Treating my blog like a hobby and not blogging Business
Blogging whenever you want is not a business. It’s a hobby. It will not make you an income or cause much progress.
For the longest time, I couldn’t understand why my blog wasn’t growing. When really I wasn’t treating it like a blogging business. Of course, the results showed accordingly.
Bottom line? Treat your blog like a business from the very beginning. You will do yourself a huge favor and grow much faster.
3. Not starting an email list
I knew from the start how important an email list was. My plan was to get it started right away.
With all the blogging pressures and learning so much, I put it off. Another blogging mistake of mine. Time management. A post for another day.
Back to my email list.
I procrastinate because I had no clue how to connect my opt-in freebie with your MailChimp account.
When really it’s just a matter of taking the time out to figure out how it all works. I will get it done eventually because I’m busy growing my traffic and want it to be ready to capture all my new visitors to start really growing my blog.
My other reason for stalling is that I don’t really know what to email my subscribers. I feel kinda intimidated by actually talking to people.
I’m such an introvert. But I know it’s part of the gig and I just have to bite the bullet and dive in.
Related Post: How to create your first Opt-in Freebie
4. No keyword research
SEO and keyword research are what you hear a lot about as a blogger. Rightfully so, because that is how you get your blog post to rank on the first page of Google.
Related post: 11 Best keyword research tools for bloggers
I totally ignored it for most of my first year of blogging. Honestly? I didn’t have the time to learn more about it it sounded so complicated. And on top of that, you still have to pay for keyword research tools which I didn’t have the money for. Eventually, though, I had to come to the party and learn keyword research. I even wrote a post about it.
Also, I just wanted to write what I thought my audience needed. The truth is I had no clue what they wanted help with. I never spoke to them. And guessing wasn’t helping writing posts just for the sake of writing. Not really being sure that’s what your audience wants or even needs is a waste of your precious time. So taking the time to do keyword research will save you so much time. That is something I didn’t understand at the beginning that I regret now. Don’t fall into the same trap I did.
5. Not focusing on site speed
I remember in my early days of blogging. I got a little bit of organic traffic from search engines. But as time passed I got less and less Traffic. It didn’t make any sense until I discovered my site was loading very slow because of all the images and plugins I had on my blog. Now I have to work on it to fix all my mistakes to get the site back to what it was to start getting organic traffic again.
6. Not promoting enough
When I first started blogging, I didn’t promote it anywhere. For months. I guess I was afraid. Months went by and I probably thought people would magically land on my site.
Really? What was I thinking?
I finally decided to learn how to create pins on Pinterest to try and drive traffic to my new blog.
I wasted so much time. Where I could’ve been growing my blog all this time.
Also, focusing on just Pinterest is not enough. Because Pinterest is not what it once was.
Now I’m looking into other avenues to promote my blog. Places that will bring me the maximum results for the minimum effort that doesn’t take long to generate traffic.
Related Post: 10 Places to share your blog post after you hit publish
Conclusion to 6 blogging mistakes I made in my first year
This past year has been a rollercoaster ride. Full of learning and yes failing. But it’s also made me a much better blogger and person.
I realize that we humans are capable of so much more than what we think. We just have to get out of our own way and go for it.
What’s on the other side will truly be beneficial to us and those around us.
Blogging is not easy, that’s for sure. I still have a long road ahead of me. With hard work, determination, and perseverance we can all achieve our blogging goals and dreams.
Don’t be afraid to get started and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You just don’t have to make the same mistakes I made. That is what this post blogging mistakes I made in my first year is all about.
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