OMG, I am so excited to be writing to you all today. Mainly, because it has been two weeks, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have a new schedule that works directly with my blog. On the blog today, I am going to give you the 7 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner Blogger. Trust me, I am speaking from experience!
So, with my thought process…why not help a fellow blogger avoid my major blogging mistakes?
If you are reading this right now, you are either starting a blog, are a beginner blogger, or you are just looking for more tips. Either way, I am glad that you are here.
7 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid
NOT HAVING (AT LEAST) 5 BLOG POST PUBLISHED
Ok, friends if you have not read my blog journey, click here, (please note, these were my early blogging stages, so a lot has changed) so you can have an understanding of why this did not happen for me. Now, let me explain why this has made the list of the biggest blogging mistakes to avoid.
When you are launching your brand new blog/website, you want to have at least five blog post posted and ready to go so that you do not have a high bounce rate.
Bounce Rate: noun
the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page.
“a rising bounce rate is a sure sign that your homepage is boring or off-putting”
You want to keep people on your website and adequately grab their attention. If you have at least five blog posts for your visitors to read, you can keep them on your site for a more extended period because they have something to do.
BRAND COLORS AND WEBSITE DEVELOPED
So, this is somewhat interesting, because I somewhat did this! I know you are probably like what Terrah, somewhat?
Again, let me explain (in Kevin Hart’s voice).
I designed a logo before realizing I needed brand colors. However, luckily for me, it worked out because it was just black and white (you can match that with anything). But, I DO NOT RECOMMEND designing a logo without knowing your brand colors.
Months after I designed my logo, I developed my business cards, and that is when I chose my brand colors. I still love the colors that I wanted!
Although I chose my colors, I did not have them on my website, and that makes no sense at all. Eventually, I incorporate the colors on my Instagram highlights as well.
I highly advise you, please making sure not to have this blogging mistakes.
CHOOSING A DAY TO POST ON THE BLOG
So, I am not going to lie to you. The day you post on your blog may change a few time throughout your blogging journey until you find out what works for you and your audience.
This post was published on Thursday, and I used market research to help me determine when you all wanted me to post on the blog.
Posting on the blog regularly on schedule is essential to your blog growth. Once you are posting regularly on your blog and develop that core fan base, they will be waiting for you to post your newest blog so that they can read it.
That’s what you want! A lot of successful bloggers and YouTubers say that they have seen growth after they started posting regularly and not sporadically because now people know what to expect.
LACK OF RESEARCH
Do your due diligence and conduct research!
I think I can leave it there and move on.
Just kidding, I’ll elaborate for a bit.
Before starting a blog, do your research and see if it something you want to do. Take a mini-course in Webdesign and which platform you think is the best to use: WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Wix, and Squarespace
My opinion on a niche is eh.
I don’t fully believe in niches, but then again I do. I classify myself as a LifeStyle blogger because I love to write about what I am passionate about and maybe one day it is blogging tips, and the next day is a life experience I had.
However, if you are a financial blogger, it’ll be kind of strange if you started writing about social media strategies unless the two ties together.
There are many niches: mom bloggers, financial bloggers, career bloggers, food bloggers, travel bloggers, and so much more!
So figure out what you are passionate about and choose that as your niche!
BE YOU — not anyone else. The most successful people are true to themselves. Don’t be a copycat; we want to see who you genuinely are not someone you are portraying to be.
I did an Instagram post about this last week, click here to see the post. The last one in my 7 blogging mistakes to avoid is the lack of consistency. Please make sure you are not ghosting your supporters and just showing up sometimes. Be there for them because once you are consistent, you will prosper in the industry.
Friends, I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope you NEVER make my blogging mistakes. Remember, blogging ain’t easy, but I always hope to implement community over competition on my platforms.
Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Terrah, a blogger with a passion for helping small businesses grow.