When people find out that you’re a blogger, especially if you are one that gets paid to blog, then the people that don’t understand what it is all about can roll their eyes a little. Just writing and being on social media, that is what it is all about, right? Wrong! There is so much to being a blogger, especially if you are ready to go pro with it. The misconception about blogging being easy can often lead to many people starting off as a blogger to give it a go. But they soon find out that there is more to it than they first thought. So with that in mind, here are some of the mistakes that many blogging beginners make and what can be done about them. Hope this helps any would-be bloggers out there.
Thinking of Content That Only You’re Interested In
A blog can be a pretty personal thing, and for many, it can be a form of online journal. But if you do want to start blogging as a way to generate an income, then you need to be getting in the high traffic. And to attract traffic, you need to be posting about things that are going to interest a wide variety of people (or a niche specific group of people). If you’re a parent bloggers, for example, sharing baby milestones can be a really sweet thing. But is there a way to turn it into something more like ‘what I wish I’d known in the first three months of having a baby’ type of post, rather than just a list of what your child is doing. That is what people are going to search for, as they want to hear your answers or experiences.
Not Being Self-Hosted
Being self-hosted is so important for a blogger that wants to earn, if not a little daunting. The main platforms to use for blogging are Blogger and WordPress, but they don’t allow for much creative freedom. Plus, in the terms of using WordPress, you can’t earn money from using it, and they select the ads that are placed. So to have the freedom over it all, plus the freedom to do what you want with it and earn, being self-hosted from the start is a must. That includes getting your own domain name and associated email too, as it looks much more professional.
No Computer or Design Skills
Don’t get me wrong; you don’t have to be a graphic design expert to be able to be a blogger. But having some basic knowledge of HTML or web design can be really advantageous. You are likely to get a blog layout that you can adjust, but you want the site to look good and be functional. So looking for some HTML & CSS training could be a good idea if you haven’t got a clue where to start. People will keep coming back to blogs that look good, and click off the ones that aren’t clear or that are confusing.
Good luck on this blogging journey; stick with it and it can be really worth it.