New amateur bloggers make many mistakes on their blogs. They are unaware of some and some of them may be due to negligence. Whatever it is mistakes are always mistakes. No matter what!
The only thing that matters is how they realize their mistakes and prevent them from happening in future. As a first step, it is essential to be aware of the most common blogging mistakes that every amateur blogger makes.
That’s the exact thing I’m going to present you in this post.
Most common mistakes that amateur bloggers make
Some of the mistakes that we are more baffled at are the mistakes that we are unaware of.
Why is my blog not ranking in spite of high-quality content? It’s because of a mistake that you have done, but you are unaware of.
1. Building backlinks like a ninja
Most of the amateur bloggers are in a misconception that building backlinks are the only effective way to rank sites in Google SERPs.
I agree with the point.
But wait a minute!
Building tonnes of backlinks straight away to a newly launched blog with a couple of posts! Sounds ridiculous. But it’s the most common mistake that many of the newbie bloggers make.
During the first 6 months of your blog, all you have to do is produce great content, build 2-3 dofollow backlinks, and get 20-50 no follow comment links by regularly commenting.
Doing excessive blog promotion for backlink purposes results in a huge spike in rankings temporarily. But it will be washed away within a week, if not a month. Then you have to again hunt for recovery guides.
Once you have about 70 – 100 unique high-quality blog posts then you can start building backlinks NATURALLY via guest postings. Till then keep guest posting to MINIMUM.
2. Robotic approach
What do you think of your readers? Are they robots?
Most amateur bloggers treat their readers as robots.
They do not use personalistic words such as “You”, “I”. Always remember that the two persons in the blog post are the writer and the reader, that’s you and I.
By using a personalistic approach, an author can tap into the readers’ mental schema. This kind of words have significant positive effects and helps in building an abstract relationship with your readers. This kind of approach makes your readers return to your blog.
3. Not linking to others
You think twice before linking to others as an amateur blogger.
Without linking to others, how can you expect others will link to you? Blogging is all about GIVE AND TAKE.
Linking to relevant content in your niche on your blog helps a lot in building relationships with other bloggers. It also encourages other bloggers to link to you.
4. You share only your stuff
As a new blogger, almost everyone shares only their stuff, their blog posts. They think twice before sharing other bloggers’ blog posts.
Are they selfish?
Nope. It’s the natural tendency of a human being to be selfish to a certain extent.
It’s not the case. As I said earlier in blogging GIVE AND TAKE principle works great.
In the beginning of your blogging career, to build relationships, you have to leave insightful comments on other popular blogs and share other popular stuff in your niche.
In the beginning years of your blogging career, follow the rule of 70-30. 70% of the stuff to share should be of other bloggers that you wish to build a relationship with.
In the rest of your blogging career, follow 50-50 rule.
5. Ignoring social media
New bloggers think that quality content alone is enough. They ignore social media.
But wait a minute.
You have published really awesome content. However, how could your readers know about your awesome content?
In order to ping your target readers about your awesome content, you need to share your latest blog posts on social media and gain some exposure. By this, you will get massive traffic.
Some part of this traffic will be converted into readers depending upon the quality of your content.
Always remember that, “Nobody Will Come to Your New Blog and Read Your Blog Posts Themselves, You Need to Reach Them”
Once you gain loyal readers, then there is no need to reach your readers.
6. Ignoring list building
List building is one of the best methods to quantify your loyal readership. The traffic that you get from lists and e-mail marketing is incomparable to any sort of traffic if done correctly.
Even if Google penalizes you, then also, you can gain a decent amount of traffic and revenue by e-mail marketing.
List building on a blog should be practised from the beginning itself. Collecting your readers’ e-mail addresses as early as possible helps in building a great list and hence traffic.
I was not building any sort of list for the first four months of this blog. Later I realized the importance of list building and then I started…
7. No passion in niche
If your blogging only for money, then I am sure that you have no passion.
Passionate bloggers always blog as a hobby and for fun.
As an amateur blogger, the main goal should be to produce great content and build a great readership. Thinking of earning money early in your blogging career is a sure way to failure.
Many bloggers suppress their real passion and tend to choose a profitable niche for blogging.
Choosing a profitable niche for blogging should be the second priority. Without passion, you cannot earn money even in a highly profitable niche.
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According to me, these are some of the blunders that amateur bloggers make.
As a new blogger, you must be aware of the most common blogging mistakes that many pro-bloggers list out there in their blogs. In simple words, you have to make the use of their valuable experience. Follow some of the most influential blogs in your niche, read it daily, leave insightful comments, and finally build relationships.
By avoiding the general mistakes that amateur bloggers make, you can quickly turn to an authoritative blogger.
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