I started my first blog in January 2020 and this one is actually my second one which I started in later 2020. As a new blogger, I made so many blogging mistakes and I had to let go of my first blog because of one major blogging mistake I made.
Since you’re here it means that either you’re new to blogging or you are thinking about starting a blog.
Whatever it is, I am really glad that you have considered blogging and want to learn more. I had no clue about blogging and even with this blog, I made several blogging mistakes as a new blogger.
But every day I am learning more and this blog has been gradually growing as I am now paying more attention to it.
Remember, what you focus on, expands.
So I totally know how this blogging journey can be in the beginning- you have no clue and hence end up making many blogging mistakes as a newbie.
This is why I have put out this post which contains elaborately all the new beginner blogging mistakes I made so that you can easily avoid them and have success with blogging from the start. So here it goes…
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10 Blogging Mistakes I made as a beginner Blogger
Table of Contents
1. Not choosing a good blog name:
The first major blogging mistake I made which resulted in me letting go of my first blog was in the blogging name that I chose. I had chosen a name that was constricted.
I didn’t know then that blogging can change according to you and if you choose a blog name that’s very constricted then it becomes a problem. For example, suppose you start a blog name that goes by ‘tarainhertwenties’, and what if- the blog grows big but you’re no longer in your 20s. So that is what I am saying.
My suggestion: You must choose a blog name that allows you to be flexible enough to grow, because we humans are always changing and growing and your blog will reflect that.
However, if you have chosen a niche that you are sure to stick to, then it’s fine.
As for me, for this second blog, I went with my own name which in the beginning I thought I would only blog about personal development but now I am gradually trying to expand it into a lifestyle blog and also about blogging.
2. Not knowing why going self hosted is so important:
Only later I came to know about it when I read everyone cautioning that one should never, NEVER start a blog at wordpress.com because it’s not self-hosted.
At first, I was so concerned because I didn’t know whether my blog was under wordpress.com or wordpress.org but thankfully after much research, I was able to know that ones hosted under Bluehost or HostGator are automatically hosted under wordpress.org. And mine was from Hostgator.
The reason why you should not choose free hosting and always go self-hosted is that:
- Free hosting is only meant for a hobby blog so if you’re fine with only a couple of friends and family reading your blog and just noting down your personal thoughts, then its fine but if you want to grow your blog, then its not possible in free hosting. You need to go self hosted.
- If your blog is self hosted then that means you are in total control over it. You will own your site just like Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook.com
- If you want to make money blogging at some point then you won’t be able to do so with free hosting.
- You won’t be able to rank on google
- Lots of limitations in the free blog in the technicality as well as in speed.
- And lastly, if you have a blog that has myfoodadventure.wordpress.com then no one will take your blog seriously and you will never grow as a blogger because you won’t ever look as a professional blogger!
P.S: Don’t even bother about whether you should go for platforms other than WordPress such as Wix , blogger, tumbler, etc. Always choose WordPress.
My suggestion: You never know the possibilities of blogging and you should not underestimate yourself or blogging. Hence I suggest you to always go for a self hosted one and give yourself a chance.
3. Not choosing a good host and how much it costs
P.S If you already have a blog running then you can skip this one. However, if you are looking to start a blog and you don’t want to make the common blogging mistake of ending up paying more money than you should when starting a blog then here is a step-by-step guide.
Well, another major blogging mistake most of us make before we even start a blog is not knowing which host to join and then ending up choosing a bad host and also not knowing how much it costs to start your own self-hosted website/ blog.
If you don’t know what is hosting, then just know that they are actually the ones that host your website on the internet. You cannot do it on your own and that is why you need to find a good hosting provider to host your website on the internet. It is like the hosting providers are allowing you to rent your website on the internet.
Anyway, first let me tell you the best hosting provider I recommend is Bluehost
Bluehost – $71 / year (Rs. 5285 if you are from India)
So approximately the budget required is around Rs. 5000 if you are from India.
Bluehost is the best hosting provider which is also recommended by WordPress. Here are some reasons why:
- It is very easy to use and you don’t need to hire anyone to look after your website.
- Easy one press WordPress installation
- You get a free domain for one year!
- You will automatically be self hosted under wordpress.org
- There is full customer support if you have any trouble with your website which is very reliable.
If you want to start a website the right way and not make any mistakes then here is a step-by-step guide for both Bluehost and Hostgator through which you can open a blog in less than 15 minutes!!
P.S: If you are from India and you don’t have a credit card, here is a step by step guide on how to start a blog in India
Anyway to start a blog with the right hosting, here are the 5 steps you need to take to start a website with Bluehost:
Step 1: Go to Bluehost with this link and click ‘Get Started’
You will get a page like this
Choose the ‘Basic’ at just $4.95 ( Rs. 370 ) a month for one year which is less than Rs. 5000 for one whole year. This payment is even cheaper if you go for 24 months or 36 months. But I suggest you go for one year plan.
Step 2: Next you need to set up your domain. You can skip for later if you want.
Step 3: Fill in your info.
In the ‘package extras’ select only the Domain privacy protection for $.99 more. You need only that for your website to be secure from hackers. Rest is not required.
P.S: If you have skipped the domain name, then the ‘Domain privacy protection’ will not come. So you don’t have to select anything.
Step 4: Enter your credit card details Click submit and you’re good to go.
A very great thing is that Bluehost nowadays installs WordPress automatically on your account during the signup process so you don’t have to do anything more.
Step 5: Create Password for your Bluehost account: Once you complete your payment, you will see a warm welcome message from BluehostTo get started with your WordPress blog, click on the bright green button that says “Create your password”.
Set your desired password for your Bluehost hosting account and congratulations! You’re done! Yay! Your WordPress blog has now been installed in the background and you can start creating content right away! It is really THAT easy!
So in order to get started with WordPress, simply login to your Bluehost account dashboard and click, ‘Log in to WordPress
If you’re not sure what your WordPress blog username and password are, no worry. Just check the email that you received from Bluehost for your login information.
If you face any more problems, then no worries again, you can easily connect with customer support and they will be readily available.
4. Not Choosing a good theme for my blog
Choosing a good theme is extremely important and is the first thing you need to do when you start a WordPress blog.
There are tons of free themes on WordPress and you can certainly choose that. But I have only recently shifted to a paid theme and I can’t believe I was missing out on much more great features and also having the customizable ability to make my blog my own unique blog.
Now that I have a paid theme for my blog, I love how my blog has received the much-needed makeover and I wish I had made it sooner. The one I use is the Mia Theme from 17th Avenue designs and I am loving it.
Paid themes are important because it increases the user experience. If you have a good theme, your readers are likely to spend more time on your blog.
So I would suggest that you use a free theme for some time to get a hang of WordPress and then once you are into it, you can go for a paid theme or go for a paid theme straight away if you are certain about your blogging journey.
Consider it as an investment and don’t be afraid to make investments on your blog even as a new blogger. The sooner the better. Trust me it’s worth it and it will make your blogging journey more interesting.
There are lots of paid themes that are less than 25 dollars and some that are even more than $200 but personally, I loved these themes which are all budget-friendly from:
- 17th avenue designs (I love the mia theme-the one I bought)
- Heartenmade (I loved daze- this was my first choice)
- Pix and Hue (I love the Josephine and Harlowe Theme)
- Blog Flair designs ( I loved Michaela and its only $21)
- Empress Themes ( I loved the Pearl theme)
- Underline designs ( I loved estrange theme)
5. Not writing in small paragraphs:
As a new blogger when I started creating blog posts, one of the blogging mistakes I made was writing in really long paragraphs.
The reason this is a mistake is that people are usually reading blogs and articles on their phones. People don’t feel like reading long texts. Even I wouldn’t. But now I know. So now I just use 2 lines or so for one paragraph.
6. Not using right pictures:
As a beginner blogger, I did not know that I couldn’t just download a picture from google and add it in my blog. So don’t make this blogging mistake as I did.
Use pictures that either you click yourself or pictures that don’t have copyright. There are lots of sites that provide free stock photos.
My best source for pictures on my blog is pexels and unsplash. I am also thinking of purchasing a membership to the styled stock society because I have heard such great reviews from all the bloggers I know.
7. Not creating a Pinterest account to grow my blog from the start:
Google will not know your blog exists for a looooonggg time and so you need to first get started with Pinterest. Pinterest will be your number 1 traffic source if you do it right.
Not creating a Pinterest account and not learning more about how Pinterest could help to grow my blog is one of the biggest blogging mistakes I made. I joined Pinterest so late and even after joining, I didn’t know how to proceed.
I had heard so much about Carly’s Pinteresting strategy and how applying her strategy people were getting 50k-60k page views from Pinterest. Carly herself gets more than 200k page views a month from Pinterest traffic alone and that too from manual pinning!!
I wish I had invested in learning about Pinterest sooner!
Only a few months ago I decided I HAD to invest money in learning about Pinterest if I wanted to grow because just investing time was getting me nowhere so I finally bought Carly’s Pinteresting strategy course and honestly, this is the best investment I have made for my blog.
I had heard so much about scheduled pinning from tailwind and I gave it a try too but I failed miserably. It just didn’t work for me. Plus with the new Pinterest changes in algorithm, they have made it clear that manual pinning is what works in Pinterest now in 2021.
Carly has also made her Pinterest course extremely affordable so that all new bloggers can learn about it so I finally decided to go for it.
And trust me it works! It has just been one month of really applying Carly’s Pinterest strategies and I was able to grow my Pinterest monthly views from 6k to 87k views in less than a month and my pageviews which wasn’t growing from 2k has grown to 10k views in just one month!!
So I highly highly recommend that you don’t delay joining Carly’s Pinteresting strategy updated for 2021 where she gives a detailed guide about her manual pinning strategy.
8. Not blogging consistently:
If you want your blog to grow, then you need to blog consistently and not just once a month. For many months I blogged very inconsistently. I even took a break from blogging.
This was because I didn’t have a blogging plan or posting schedule. People say that you need to blog at least 3 times a week but I would say even once a week is fine as long as you’re consistent.
9. Not doing keyword research:
Another big blogging mistake I did is not doing keyword research before writing my posts. I didn’t even know what keyword research is.
Basically, keyword research is trying to first know what the main keyword should be for the post you are about to write or finding what keywords you would want to write about based on Pinterest searches and google searches.
You need to research keywords that people are actually searching for and not just what you want to write about.
If you don’t know what I am talking about then it means that suppose you want to write about vegan diet then you need to first look for the right keywords.
‘What are the keywords that come into google when you first type vegan?’
- Vegan Recipes
- Vegan Meaning
- Vegan dinner
- Vegan diet
All these come up. Suppose the broad topic you want to write about is Vegan Recipes then type in Vegan recipes and see what are the other related searches.
These are the keywords people are searching for when searching for ‘Vegan Recipes’.
So you can write a post on Indian vegan recipes or easy vegan recipes, vegan recipes for kids etc. You can go and on in your keyword research but you need to find the right keywords and you need to make sure you include those right keywords in your post.
Do the same for Pinterest. First focus on Pinterest.
10. Not spending my time learning about blogging:
As a beginner blogger, another blogging mistake was thinking that having a blog just requires you to write blog posts and that’s it. Writing is just 20%, maybe 30%.
There is a whole lot of things you need to learn about if you want to have success with blogging. And the only way to know about it is through spending your time learning about blogging-
How are other bloggers making money? What is SEO? What is keyword research? How to grow traffic? What recommendations are other successful bloggers giving?
Read Michelle’s successful blog makingsenseofcents and other successful bloggers. Read other blogs about blogging, read other blogger’s successes, go through their income report and make sure you are constantly in touch with learning about blogging.
11. Not being confident enough to promote and share:
When I first started blogging I was too shy to even tell people that I had a blog and I didn’t share my blog on Facebook for the longest time. I felt like I wanted to be anonymous.
I didn’t even have social share buttons. Don’t make this blogging mistake and just share your blog posts freely. Add the plugins for social sharing. The one I use is
Don’t think too much. If you write from your heart then people will love you and also as you keep on writing, your writing will improve and with each post, your writing will become better and more free-flowing. So don’t feel shy and just keep blogging and sharing.
You don’t have to share on all the platforms but as I said, Pinterest is number 1, and even if not anywhere else, don’t make the mistake of not sharing it on Pinterest.
P.S In order to start promoting your blog on Pinterest, you need to open a Pinterest business account.
12. Being too impatient:
And at last, another blogging mistake I did as a new blogger was being too impatient. Blogging is a long journey and you cannot seek immediate results.
If you’re like me who didn’t know anything about blogging then my greatest tip to you would be that you must allow yourself to be a beginner.
Allow yourself to be a beginner blogger.
Take time with learning and don’t rush the learning process because you can’t. Keep your blogging goals and set your goals the right way.
You would like this post on: How to set goals the right way.
Be consistent and even if you aren’t consistent at first just don’t give up. Keep learning and keep blogging.