Top 10 common mistakes new bloggers make


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Top 10 common mistakes new bloggers make

  1. 1. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 1: Own a TLD (Top Level Domain)Blogging is a serious career and as such should be treated as one. If youwant to succeed as a blogger you definitely have to own a TLD (Top LevelDomain) like a .com, .net, .org etc. Comparatively, most successful blogsare on top level domains, I know it’s quite tempting to use a free sub-domain like or platform for your blog, but onething I can tell you is that not only will you not be in total control of yourblog; you stand the risk of losing it any time.Any blog on a sub-domain does not belong to you, for example if you arerunning a blog on you could wake up one morning and yourblog is gone. Fail one of Google’s TOS and your blog will be deleted evenwithout prior warning. It will be disheartening to lose your blog just likethat with no chance of ever regaining it. 2
  2. 2. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 2: Bad Blog Design and LayoutOver the years I have noticed that most successful blogshave one thing in common – Design and layout. Your blogdesign and layout affects your visitor’s first impression andthis is a very important factor to consider if you want suchvisitor returning to read more from you always.Avoid cluttered designs with widgets, encourage neatdesigns with white background and black text color. Makeyour site navigation easy and simple. If you can’t design aprofessional blog, hire someone who can to do it for you. 3
  3. 3. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 3: Search Engine Optimization (SEO Implementation)After your blog design next is publishing articles. Don’t be too quickto rush into article publication if you have not learnt about SearchEngine optimization SEO to know how best to implement it toachieve a great search engine ranking result. It will be a waste oftime and resources to write when no one is reading it.SEO is very important if you are to succeed as a blogger. There aretwo types of SEO – On Page SEO and Off Page SEO. You need tolearn about both so as to understand how to implement it toachieve a good result. I will recommend you read as many articlesfrom my Blogging Tips section. I have extensively written about thisarea in this blog, so take advantage of them now. 4
  4. 4. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 4: Not having a Writing TechniqueA good blogger should be able to write for humans not robots. Youshould have a voice in your blog. You need to have a writingtechnique that is unique to you alone. Some call it writing style, justlike you will notice I add personal experiences when I write myarticles adding my voice to it, that way I amdistinguishing Netmediablog from other Tech blogs out there thatsounds like they were written for robots. Interact with your visitors,make use of call-to-action on your blog, ask your visitors to dosomething, write as if you are directly talking to them, that way youcan form a bond between you and your visitors and this alone canbring them back to your blog always. With this you are not far fromsuccess. 5
  5. 5. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 5: Not having a Blogging ScheduleNow you are at the stage of writing, your blog havebeen designed, you have learnt SEO and implementedthem in your articles and yet you do not have bloggingschedule.Maintaining a blogging schedule is quite proper, if youdecide to publish everyday make sure it happens, if youdecide to publish 3 times in a week, stick with it. Thatway your visitors will understand when you will publishnext and be there to read from their favorite blogger. 6
  6. 6. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 6: Avoid Plagiarized ContentsMost new bloggers fall into this mistake quite often. The copy andpaste syndrome have plagued the blogsphere for long and mosttimes you find out new bloggers are always the one’s committingthis crime. You have to be creative to come up with your ownoriginal ideas, that is the reason why you should blog on areas youare an authority at, that way you will never run out of ideas to blogabout.You will be killing your own blog when you copy contents fromother sites and publish n your own site. Search engines like Googleare way too smart these days to know who copied and who wascopied from. You will be penalized for copying other person’scontents and publishing on your own blog. Desist from it if you arealready doing this. 7
  7. 7. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 7: Submit your Blog to SearchEnginesAs a new blogger, I advise you submit yourblog to search engines so it can be indexed.Indexing your blog will allow search enginesdetermine the content of your blog and rankit. Read ‘How to submit your website toSearch Engines’ now for more insight. 8
  8. 8. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 8: Not adding Social Sharing Buttons onyour blogThis is the era of Social media and it has changedthe way information is disseminated around theworld these days. A friend or family memberreads something interesting somewhere anddecides to share it so other member of his familyor friends can as well read it. Not adding a socialshare button on your blog will affect you assearch engines consider social signals as rankingfactors. 9
  9. 9. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 9: Not Promoting your BlogBlog promotion is the serious part when it comes toOff-page SEO. If you write articles and no one readsthem will you call yourself a successful blogger? If youwant to succeed you must promote your blog andthere are so many ways to do this.Commenting on other blogs, commenting on forums,guest posting on other blogs, advertisements, word ofmouth, hand bill etc. No matter the method youchoose to use, the grand purpose is to promote yourblog. 10
  10. 10. Top 10 Common Mistakes NewBloggers Make• Mistake 10: Not having Patients and DeterminationAt first it will seem easy, half way down the road youwill encounter challenges and at a time you will feellike giving up. Does that sound like you? Lolz… Youneed a lot of patients and determination if you want tosucceed as a blogger.If you are into blogging for the money, then you needto be very patient as the money may not begin to rollin almost immediately. You will have to build a credibleonline presence for your visitors to trust you. 11