As a new blogger a lot of the information you get online can be overwhelming. It’s even worse when you believe it all. This leads most new bloggers to worry about things that they probably shouldn’t.
I also want my veteran bloggers to read on as well. You probably can relate to some of these experiences.
So…enough said, here are four things that new bloggers tend to worry about:
Your Alexa Rank
I secretly despise Alexa. Well maybe it isn’t a secret anymore. When I first started blogging I checked it twice a day, three times if it didn’t go anywhere the first two times. Alexa only gathers information for their rankings from people with their toolbar installed. If you install it yourself and constantly visit your site you can slightly manipulate the ranking yourself. Get friends to do it and it’s a party. Do yourself a favor and ignore it.
If you want to monetize your blog with Adsense right away, thats your decision. I must however, let you know that checking your earnings every 10 minutes isn’t gonna make them go up any faster. Stop worrying about how much you’re making right now and worry about creating some decent content. If you’re getting thousands of unique visitors a day and still aren’t making anything, then you can worry.
Your Bounce Rate
Oh no, people aren’t staying on your website! Then again, there are only four pages including your homepage. For some reason everything looks like it’s going to revolve around creating more content. More articles, more comments, more pages, more more more!
So what if X from yz.com made $10,000 dollars last month with his blog. Start worrying about U. See what I did there? Moving on, it’s more important to know your place. Know that you are just starting out. Also know that every person that says they are making thousands of dollars isn’t telling the truth. It’s hype to get you to continue reading their blog, and possibly buy what they’re peddling.
This is a fun one. Social media wastes so much of our time it’s sad. You’ve read that you need to be promoting your blog on Twitter and Facebook so now you’re trying to gain followers and friends. Quit while you’re behind. It’s nice to have a presence in the social media circles, but honestly we’re going back to where we started. You need content first. Sure you have followers, so now what? Share the same article with them every other day?
What Have We Learned?
We’ve learned not to worry about anything when you’re new, but creating content. Cliche as it may be, content is king. Once you have the content to sustain your blog, these other things I’ve listed that you’re worrying about will seem mediocre at best.