Blogging is not easy-peasy or get rich quick. I know its not a great way to open a blog post on a blog which talks about blogging tips. But I don’t want to sugar coat my posts and give you a fake feel about all the stuff going on in the blogosphere.
Blogging Success is not a joke either.
Just like any other job, you have to work hard and smart to earn your pennies. From my personal experience, I must say that the shoot up, or the time that takes to pick up momentum and eventually to taste the tip of success is much longer compared to a day job, where you’re paid from month 1 or day 1.
But then, I am not de-motivating all of you aspiring bloggers. I just want to spill the beans. There are so called mistakes or myths as with starting any business.
You try, fail and then try something else, fail and then figure out something else, try it and succeed. Well the chain could be longer or shorter depending upon how fast you learn and adopt.
I present to you a list of 53 mistakes that is committed by most of the newbie bloggers who are starting out with super motivation. I am sure that identifying and correcting these mistakes at the earliest stages of blogging could really make a huge difference rather than realizing them years later.
I am just starting out this list and I want you to add more to this list, so that everyone can learn from one another’s mistakes. Shall we?
- Not starting a blog with a goal
- Not blogging with a plan
- Throw in a couple of Adsense units and expect a 5 figure pay check next month
- Think blogging is fun
- Not willing to invest any money into blogging
- Not outsourcing anything
- Outsourcing everything
- Believe blogging is one of “get rich quick” schemes
- Not willing to learn the basics
- Not starting with list building
- Not willing to learn past the basics
- Not leveraging the power of social media
- Caring only about content and nothing else
- Paying too much attention to details
- Don’t bother to pay attention to details
- Not adapting to latest techniques
- Not committed to blogging (but expect blogging success, weird)
- Not respecting readers/commenters/subscribers
- Not doing regular blog backups
- Following a blog posting schedule that doesn’t fit
- Don’t follow a blog posting schedule
- Work without deadlines
- Not developing a portfolio
- Not branding the blog
- Not reading other blogs
- Consider commenting on other blogs is a waste of time
- Not developing blogger relationships
- Not paying attention to stats
- Paying too much attention to stats
- Rely too much on plugins
- Always agree with popular bloggers
- Always disagree with popular bloggers to get noticed
- Not learning SEO (and hence relying too much on SEO services)
- Become a victim of shiny object syndrome, quite often
- Being ignorant about link building
- Getting de-motivated often
- Get sidetracked quite often
- Compare with A-Listers
- Not learning about the competition
- Not doing keyword research
- Avoid researching on the topic while writing blog posts
- Not caring about blog’s design (think content is everything)
- Not keeping up with technology
- Not improving on writing
- Not improving on English (especially if blogging in English and if the blogger is not a native English speaker!)
- Not writing an e-book (either a free or a premium one)
- Trying to please everyone
- Allow everything to get into their head
- Being impatient with blogging success
- Adopting black hat SEO techniques for quick blogging success
- Believe banner advertising is the only form of advertising
- Failing to offer any other services through their blogs
- Writing only for people
- Writing only for bots
- Not participating in blogging networks like Bizsugar, Blokube, Blog Interact, WP Junkies etc.
Please feel free to add to the list. Let’s explore what makes stops bloggers from achieving blogging success.