Starting a blog is one of the most exciting things that I’ve ever done. It has helped me develop my skills, and I’ve even been able to find new ones as well. While blogging is full of exciting times, there are a few things that you need to avoid.
1. Avoid the number game
I hate to break it to you, but blogging is not an overnight success. There is a ton of work that goes into blogging, and if you’re one of the lucky ones to grow at an incredible rate, good for you. If you start by avoiding the number game, then it will free up your time to create amazing content that will actually help you grow your blog.
As you can imagine, plagiarism is frowned upon in the blogging world. It is not tolerated in any other area, so don’t start it now. We all work really hard to create amazing content for our blogs, and it is not fair to take someone else’s work. Plus, it is pretty much impossible to get away with it. If you’re worried about potentially plagiarising someone then you’ll know to avoid that content. Your blog is about you, and we want to hear what you have to say. If you need more information about plagiarism, then check out this link!
3. Spamming your content
We get it, you want your blog to grow! We all want that. Something that you should avoid is just spamming your content anywhere you can. Many social media channels will mark your content as spam, and fewer people will end up seeing your work. It also can come across as annoying which will automatically push readers away.
4. Buying Anything
I’m not talking about anything directly related to your blog, there are definitely some areas that you need to invest in. This can go back to the number game. You might think that the higher your following is on social media that the more views or opportunities you’ll get. Buying followers, views, comments, likes, anything is seriously frowned upon. Your engagement rate is more important than the number beside your name. I recently wrote a post that helps you learn how to raise your engagement rate on Instagram!
5. Blogging to make money
I hate to burst your bubble, but you won’t be making thousands overnight. As a matter of fact, you’re going to have to pay quite a good bit just to get started. There is nothing wrong with monetization, but you need to find your audience first. Provide value to your content, and the money will come to you, I promise.
6. Not Sharing
Remember when I said to not spam? You can share your content in a way that does not come across as spam. As a matter of fact, most of my traffic comes from social media. Find social channels that your audience uses, and start sharing on those sites. I can’t talk about Pinterest enough, and it is an amazing platform to share your content to millions!
7. Not creating goals
I’ve always been obsessed with creating goals. These goals can be personal, or professional, but I always have something written down. I love to create SMART goals for my blog because they are goals that I can watch my progress, and they hold me more accountable. Instead of saying I want to grow my blog, I will say that I want to increase my views per month by thirty percent over the next three months. Goals help keep you focused!
I cannot stress this enough. There is nothing that bums me out more than when I find a blog that I love, but they just aren’t creating content. It usually causes me to forget about that blog. They could be putting out new content, but I would never know. Consistency is the best way to grow your blog and goes back to creating a perceived value that your readers can expect from you.
9. Not connecting with other bloggers
The blogging world is one of the most supportive groups that I have ever been a part of. If you’re having problems with something, there is always someone who will help you figure it out. It also is amazing to be surrounded by creative minds just like yours. No matter where you live, there is probably a group of bloggers out there. If not, then there are plenty on Facebook!
10. Giving up
If I told you the number of times that I almost quit blogging, you would laugh at me. You should try and avoid comparing yourself to others. Your blog is your own space, and it can be whatever you want. If you feel like you don’t have enough time, then try and dedicate a little time each day. If you’re currently a blogger, but not in love with your blog, you can always take a blogging break, but never give up on what you want to do!