As a new blogger mistakes are bound to come. I’ve made them, and I’m sure many bloggers before me did the same. No blogger is perfect and you would do well to soon learn this.
Today as I was reading over some blogs that appear to be just starting out, I thought of myself and my journey to where I am now. Not to say that this blog is anywhere near where I want it to be, but far from where it started.
Anyhow, I’ve decided to give my first person account of the mistakes I made when I started my blog. Let’s see if you can relate to any of this or if these were just my problems.
Worrying About Income
Money is the first thing new bloggers tend worry about, when in reality it should be the last thing they worry about. They write a few articles and apply for Google Adsense. I can shamefully admit to doing this myself. I was accepted, but that still didn’t make any difference. Who was supposed to see the ads besides me and the two friends I told about my new blog? Even they didn’t stick around long…
More Time Promoting Than Writing
Another mistake I made when I first started out was promoting my nothingness. I was able to get a few thousand visitors in my first month or so through my free Bing (Microsoft AdCenter at the time) ads I got when signing up for my hosting account. Sadly, that was wasted because once the visitors got here there was nothing for them to read. After that money ran out, I went to social media. Little did I know that Twitter and Facebook would show less love than advertising.
Thinking You Are The Exception
This was another of my mistakes starting out. I just knew that all of these posts I read about how difficult it was to blog and build traffic didn’t concern me. I was going to be making thousands of dollars in a few months. I didn’t think I was going to be rich, but I thought I was going to be able to at least pay a few bills. Slowly but surely I proved the articles like these that I chose to ignore to be true. In the end that only led to disappointment, which brings us to our next mistake, giving up.
After I had failed to make enough money to grab a burger from McDonalds, I gave up. I figured that maybe I just wasn’t meant to blog. I didn’t write anymore, I didn’t check my traffic stats, I just all out left it alone. Went back to my 9 to 5 with my head in my hands. A few months later I came back to find that I was getting a few hits from an article I wrote on HubPages. That’s when it finally hit me, I gave up too early. If this one article could do well and bring me traffic, then so could another.
So after I gave up and came back, I kept wondering how this article I wrote on HubPages could bring so much traffic. Afterwards I checked my Google Analytics and found that the HubPages article was drawing in search engine traffic. That’s when I began doing research. What was so special about this article that it appeared so high up in Google search results? That’s when I began to learn more about SEO and ways to increase search engine traffic.
Conclusion: The Lesson
Eventually what I learned is that unless you’re writing great content you aren’t going to get anywhere in the blogosphere. If you’ve written nothing captivating or even worse hardly anything at all, what kind of audience do you expect to have. Would you come back to a blog to read the same post over and over? The most important part of being a successful blogger is actually being a blogger, stop being a promoter and a marketer for a second and give your readers what they came for.