We live in an age where being a blogger is a perfectly viable career choice. However, as more and more people are discovering blogging, we are also seeing more and more mistakes being made by these first-time bloggers. This article is aimed at them specifically and it is all about how they can avoid making mistakes that will hurt their new and budding blogging career.
1. Copying Others
To someone who has had little to no contact with writing stuff other people will read, coming up with unique content can seem like a daunting task. Some people immediately remember their school days when they were forced to write essays and reports. The important thing to remember is that you should never copy others. Sure, you can consult other people’s blogs to get ideas and a feel for the subject, but never copy others.
Why would anyone read your stuff, when they can read the original?
2. Not Using Social Media
The mere fact that you wrote a great piece of content does not necessarily mean that people will notice it and talk about it. The good news is that thanks to social media, it is now easier than ever to share the stuff you write. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networks today, although Instagram, Snapchat are trailing them closely these days. Using social networks will get your content in front of more people and enable them to share it with their friends.
3. Not Doing Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is a practice where you approach owners of other blogs and ask them if you could contribute to their websites. It may seem counterproductive to produce content for other people, but the kind of exposure you will get will be worth it. More than this, thanks to the links you will get in return, your own blog will become more popular and rank better in search engines. This can mean a lot once you start trying to make your blog really strong.
4. Not Being Consistent
One of the most common mistakes that new blog owners make is they think they can post new content whenever they feel like it. When running a blog, it is crucial that you publish content on a regular basis. You can choose the rhythm yourself – it can be from once a day to once a week or even rarer. The important thing is that people know they can count on you and that search engines also get a regular influx of content from your website.
5. Not Thinking about the Visuals
Whether you like it or not, the web is turning from text to visual and at an ever-increasing pace. Whereas once you could rely on well-written content to get you noticed, these days, people just do not have the patience for comprehensive articles, even on the subjects that they consider interesting. This is why new bloggers need to remember that the visual aesthetics can easily influence how they make money from blogging. If you can find the time, you should also think about producing some video content and posting it on your YouTube profile. The days of text are long gone.
Avoiding these mistakes is going to prevent disasters. Turning your blog into a profitable one is going to take more work than just this, though. But as long as you are ready to work hard and improve your skills, you should be well off.
Dan Radak is Hosting security specialist. Currently employed as a consultant in couple of Web Hosting companies. Lately, he has been interested in web design. You can reach him on Twitter.