Blogging For Beginners: What Was Your Biggest Mistake? (33 Bloggers Speak Out)

blogging-for-beginnersMy colleague, Kerry Russell, introduced me to Triberr earlier this year. Less than 4 months later,  I have a strong group of online colleagues that share all of my posts on social media. 

I wanted to take this time to thank all of them for their support.

I also wanted to take advantage of their expertise and asked them each to answer this question for my readers: “What was the biggest mistake you made when you were a new blogger?

Sarah Arrow of Sark e-Media

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“That would be building my profile on a site that I didn’t own. It took me 6 weeks to realize I didn’t own my content on other sites, and I went straight to WordPress self-hosted. When you don’t own your own platform, the size of it doesn’t matter, you are dependent on someone else’s profit and loss sheet. Look at how Facebook page reach has changed, if you’d built a following there, you’d now have to pay to get access to the audience you’d built.

And what if you breach the rules by mistake? You could be banned before you realize it. Affiliate marketing to earn a little extra? That may not be allowed. Search engine dislikes them? Goodbye traffic.

When you own the platform, it’s a gift, you continually earn the respect or displeasure of your readers. Your readers are the boss and not the platform.”

Brittany Bullen of BrittanyBullen.com

“One ofBrittany Bullen the first things I read about marketing your blog was that you need influencers to share your posts. So I did a quick Google search to find out who the most popular bloggers in my niche were and I sent them my post on twitter and asked them to share it. I had never even commented on their blogs before– nor even read them, for that matter!

I heard back from one of them something like, “Do you even follow me?” which, as it turned out, I didn’t. I was mortified! But I’m glad I had that experience because it taught me a really valuable lesson. You can never expect anyone to share your content if you don’t first establish a relationship with them first. You’d better believe I won’t be making that mistake again!”

Rick Ramos of RickRamos.com

Rick Ramos“I think the biggest mistake I did when I was starting off is only promoting my content a single time. These days I’ll promote older content that drives additional traffic to my site. I might change the headline and republish it on a new platform like TSU or LinkedIn. I sometimes Tweet older evergreen content on the weekends to expose it to a new audience. I’ll even go back to an older article and refresh it to make it up to date and republish it. It takes a long time to write content, don’t just use it for a single burst of exposure.” 

Jim Dougherty of Leaderswest

Jim Dougherty“I think my biggest mistake starting out was not to understand my audience’s needs.  A lot of blogs are very personal and mine was to start out. I related a lot of stories that we’re simultaneously irrelevant to most people and not useful to most people. People who care about you or like you may humor your rants or non-sequiturs, but most people will ignore stuff that has no direct relevance to them.

I’ve been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Fooled by Randomness, and one of his insights is that journalists are entertainers. To some extent bloggers should understand that they are entertainers as well. In order to get bigger readership and distribution, it’s important for readers to solve problems that a lot of their readers have (a great example is this post). If you can’t create that value for people, then you will probably have a small audience that reads your stuff not because it’s useful, but because they like you.

When I look back at my old posts, I see how generous some people were to me despite what I was writing about. I’m thankful to know people who are so kind and generous with their time, but I aspire to have more of an impact than that, and I think most bloggers do.”

Marc Andre of Profit Blitz

Marc Andre“My biggest mistake was not focusing on building an email list. At the time when I started blogging everyone was saying that RSS was going to replace the need for email marketing, so I didn’t even have an email list aside from allowing people to subscribe to blog updates by email through FeedBurner. It was a few years before I set up the email list, and by that point there had been a few million visitors at the blog. If I had built an email list from the start I could have easily had a pretty large list and had the benefits of more engagement, more traffic and the ability to promote products (both my own and affiliate products) to my list.”

Carol Amato of CarolAmato.com

Carol Amato“Well, I had to think long and hard about that one, and I’ve come up with the two things that held success from me:

My own perfectionist tendencies/not wanting to “put something out there” until it was great. Not implementing deadlines for projects as if I had a boss breathing down my neck – we all know that the task at hand will expand to fill the time given it…

If no deadline is set, the task never gets done. 

I’ve become very good at finishing things.”

Fabrizio Van Marciano of Magnet 4 Blogging

Fabrizio“When I started blogging back in 2010, the biggest mistake that I made was to invest almost all of my time and effort writing for search engines, mainly for Google. Instead of building an audience and establishing relationships first, and writing for my readers.

Writing for search engines is perfectly fine from time to time, organic search engine traffic does bring sales of course it does, but the mistake I made was to put all of my eggs in one basket and focus on nothing else but SEO, and in 2012 when Google unleashed the algorithm updates we’ve come to know well today, my blog took a huge hit, as a result, and after many hours of work trying to fix things, I was forced to start all over again.”

Adam Connell of Blogging Wizard

Adam Connell“Focusing on the wrong promotional channels is where I went wrong when I first started.

When I first started my blog, I was embroiled in the hype of social media. I thought it was the most important thing to my blog. I ended up with like boxes, Twitter feeds, follow icons and all the usual stuff.

But as time went on I began to notice that it wasn’t as effective as I had hoped. It wasn’t helping me grow my blog as fast as I hoped and this was before organic reach on Facebook nose-dived.

I switched my focus from social media to building an email list and everything changed. I was able to promote each blog post more effectively and that was just the beginning.

I’m not saying social media is a waste of time, it can work but the return on investment is nowhere near what you’ll get from building an engaged email list. When you’re running a small blog you need to prioritize your efforts – you can’t do everything and you shouldn’t try to.

It’s still important to let people know how to get to your social media accounts but using the likes of Twitter feeds is just pointless. The purpose of social media is to promote our blog, not to send traffic back to social media sites.

Now I just have my social profiles listed in the footer of my blog, it’s still accessible but the focus is where it should be – on my email list.”

Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise

Ryan Biddulph“The biggest mistake I made as a new blogger was blogging from a cyber cave. I didn’t network. At all. I’d publish posts, and share them on social sites, then I’d go eat a snack. Or maybe I’d play some ball at the park. Seriously. Funny, right?

Looking back on my career it’s a hoot to see what I did, and how it affected my level of blogging success. More importantly, it’s intriguing to see how fear inspired my actions. As a new blogger I feared being criticized. I still do, on some level, yet laugh and agree with many critics these days because I’m humbling myself, and am always learning more about my foibles.

I feared being successful too. Goodness knows, if I network, I’d be shackled with responsibility. Perish the thought! I’d also need to set time aside to help people, in an organized way, which means establishing service-based businesses. I couldn’t be bothered with that.

As a new guy on the blogging block I wanted to publish posts and collect checks. I was lazy, on one level, but terrified out of my mind on a deeper level, to network, because doing so would open me to so many suggestions, criticisms, fears and all types of resistance, as well as freeing situations, that I’d grow like a freaking weed after doing the networking bit.

I addressed the fear and corrected the mistake by deciding that I was delusional, by not networking, and that I wanted to free me, and I wanted to free my audience too. I wanted to do a zillion cool things and wished for my audience to experience these things too, so I went forward and networked through blog commenting, through email, and through other channels.

And I never looked back :)”

Akshay Hallur of Go Blogging Tips

Akshay Hallur“Some of the greatest mistakes I made earlier in my blogging career are:

#1 Using automated tools without initial configuration

Automated tools can be dangerous, that too if used with the default configuration. I used automated ALT tags plugin, which stuffed the keywords in ALT tags. It ruined my 6 months of blogging career.

One day, when my bandwidth was slow, an image in my site was broken. There I realized that all the ALT tags of images were stuffed. You can read the entire story here: A Mistake in SEO Friendly Images Plugin Crushed my Organic Traffic

Takeaway: Immediately after activating any plugin, make sure to go through the default configuration settings.

#2 Starting with a dropped domain

At the beginning of my blogging career, I was very paranoid about domain names. I started my blogging on a dropped (not because someone told me). Later, I realized I made a hasty decision starting with a dropped domain. The blog posts were not ranking even on the 50th SERPs position for my targeted keywords!

I was totally devastated. I wasted another 6 months of my blogging career. I investigated the issue. Later I realized that the domain I acquired was previously used for spam.

Takeaways:

  1. Never be too paranoid on domain names, all that matters at last is, not your domain name, the content in it.
  2. Never start up your serious blogging career on a dropped domain. If Wayback Machine has not crawled the content on that dropped domain before, there’s no way to determine whether the dropped or expired domain was used for spam or not.”

Dennis Seymour of Leapfroggr Marketing 

Dennis Seymour“I have a weird blogging journey. I started, stopped and restarted. This is my 3rd time to actually be a “new blogger”.

I started blogging around 2004. Adsense was new so I just started blogging about random things I encountered. Much like a diary, which was the concept back then. I got some traffic, got engagement going and I made a few cents. Biggest mistake? I didn’t take advantage of it. I quit right in the middle because I thought it wouldn’t lead to bigger things.

BIG MISTAKE #1 – Didn’t see the potential of blogging because I was blinded by low “AdSense” income.

I got back into the internet marketing world around 2007 and started to take it seriously with SEO. While I was building niche sites and honing my craft, I started a new blog to document that journey, so officially, it’s my second try to blogging. The problem? I was using an alias. 20k followers later, I realized that I would’ve really benefited from it if it was really me. Using an alias put a LOT of limitations on what I could do. I stopped with it completely because of time constraints. Another BIG Mistake.

BIG MISTAKE #1.1 – Used an Alias which limits your potential and growth.

I started my latest blogging adventure again mid this year. I hope this is the final one as I’m taking it seriously this time. LOL. I expected that I could churn out high quality content regularly. I had to learn it the hard way – to cram to reach my blogging targets while balancing client work. I learned it the hard way. No matter what the topic is, producing high quality content will always take time and a lot of care.

BIG MISTAKE #1.2 – I thought blogging about something I loved would be easy and would require little work.”

Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips 

Ileane Smith“Great question. When I started blogging it was purely by accident so I didn’t have any goals in mind. I didn’t know much about social media either so I just fumbled my way around trying to figure out how to use WordPress. It took a few months for me to realize that having a blog is a big responsibility.

My audience grew quickly and I could see that the people who visited my blog or watched my YouTube videos were getting a lot of value out of the content I was producing. I was making an impact on my community and people started turning to me for answers when they needed to solve their problems with blogging and social media management. After about 2 years or more it dawned on me.

I was making the same mistake that many of the top bloggers and content creators make when they start out – I wasn’t building an email list!

Oh well, you know what they say. Live and learn. If anyone want to subscribe to my list now they can head over to Basic Blog Tips and grab a free social media traffic report along with some other exclusive goodies. They will find that I’m still the go-to blogger when they need a helping hand!”

Ron Sela of RonSela.com

Ron Sela“When I was a new blogger I made a lot of mistakes. I really didn’t have anyone to show me the ropes, so I sort of just dove in and started doing it on my own. I thought that I had it all figured out until I realized that I was spending a tremendous amount of time trying to sort through everything, almost to the point that virtually nothing else was getting done. Eventually, I became frustrated and disheartened at the whole project. I decided that I was going to have to figure out what I was doing wrong and then fix the situation if I was going to be able to keep doing this.

As it turns out, my biggest mistake was that I was trying to do everything and be everywhere at one time. When I first started out, I thought that the more places I could be and the more sites that I could have a voice on, the more people would be aware of the information that I was trying to convey with my blog. The problem is, this caused me to spend virtually every waking moment doing this and only this. To make matters worse, I really wasn’t getting that much feedback from a lot of the sites that I was trying to be heard on.

I finally figured out that the real key to being a successful blogger is to have a voice on the platforms that are actually relevant to the subject matter. It doesn’t do any good to try to be everywhere. Unless people are interested in what I am conveying, they are not going to take the time to look at it anyway. However, when I make sure that my voice is heard among people who are interested in the information that I have to offer, it makes it easier for me to get my point across. In addition, it helps me build relationships with my audience. The long-term relationships that I now have with many of them is something that should never be underestimated. Now I have the opportunity to spend less time blogging and I am more successful at it than I ever was when I was trying to do it all.”

Nathan Ambrose of NathanAmbrose.com 

Nathan Ambrose“Of course, there are several mistakes, but I would say that as a new blogger my biggest mistake was is a lack of clear focus. I didn’t really know in which direction I should aim my articles.

Work-wise, I have helped several clients to get organized and get things done, often working as a personal assistant and bookkeeper. However, when I took a fresh look at things a few weeks ago, I realized why it was difficult to write for the correct audience. My experience with my best clients involved not only being a bookkeeper or personal assistant, but also a consultant to bounce ideas off, validate ideas, and seek ways to grow the business.

However, the focus of my planned articles was simply on getting things done and organized. So now, it’s like I’m starting again.

This taught me an important lesson that all bloggers, regardless of experience need to consider – do my readers know what my brand represents?

For that reason, I have worked hard behind the scenes in recent weeks to plan for change. Hopefully I’m learning from my mistake that I should never have made.”

Corinne Kerston of CorinneKerston.com 

Corinne Kerston“Oh,there were many mistakes I made when I started blogging. I’m going to cheat and give you the top 2 since they are so different. I think one of the biggest mistakes I made was not researching my audience enough. I mean, I did do some research, but I also assumed that there was an interested audience for my topic. I wish I had researched more; where my audience hangs out online, what they want to know about, what other sites they are reading. It would have better prepared me and helped me know exactly what I was getting into.

And my second big mistake was putting my passions aside. I got caught up in blogging, and what blogging could do. I enjoyed my niche, but the truth is my passion lies in writing. I went back to freelance writing and meshed my marketing blog with my writer website so I could continue writing a blog I loved and writing for clients. I’ve never been happier.”

Steven J. Wilson at High Powered SEO 

Steven J Wilson“The biggest mistake I made as a new blogger was only focusing on the money. I came across a really interesting mommy blogger who was helping others make money blogging through sponsored posts. I was looking for something else and it seemed easy enough, so I dived in.

Only focusing on the money at the beginning put me a huge disadvantage. My blogging career ended quickly the first two attempts.

I should have put my efforts into finding a topic I’m passionate about or at least very interested in. Then continued to study and get better at presenting my craft and learning what it is my readers really want. That would have allowed me to write better and learn to connect with my readers while providing them with a valuable post,that will help them leave with more understanding in which they came.

From there, I could have figure out the best way to convert my readers into customers.”

Brian D. Hawkins at Hot Blog Tips

Brian D. Hawkins“There were so many mistakes in the past, and I’m sure more will continue with the regularity I’ve come to expect, that it’s actually pretty tough to choose the “biggest”. One mistake really stands out causing a serious delay in earning a profit and that was the “Everything for free” attitude.

I believe many bloggers face this very issue and that’s tiring to build an online business without investing in the success of that business. Free hosting, free email management, plugins, etc. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of my extreme bootstrapping mentality. I didn’t go to events, seek coaching, outsource, or even join group masterminds.

It takes an investment of both time and resources to launch and run a business. Outsourcing and utilizing the proper tools can make the difference between success and failure when measured by profit.”

Devesh Sharma at WPKube 

Devesh Sharma“It may very well be not building email list from day one, but it is not. I think my biggest mistake was not building relationship with other bloggers, early on.

Building connections can go a long way, it can help you generate traffic, links, and social shares, without much effort. Although, you will have to heavily invest yourself in social media and blog outreach. But that doesn’t require as much efforts as it will for you to write free guest posts on other sites :).” 

Jennifer Hanford at JPlusSocial 

Jennifer Hanford“I know I made many mistakes as a new blogger and still cannot even look at my first posts. haha! My *biggest* mistake as a new blogger though was using two spaces after my punctuation. I learned to type the “old-fashioned” way, and didn’t know about only needing to use one space in the digital world until I was already several months in. “

Stuart Davidson of StuartJDavidson.com

Stuart Davidson“There were many mistakes I made when I first started blogging. The biggest mistake was probably a lack of promotion – I thought that simply publishing articles and tweeting about them was enough – until I realized that no one was reading…

A worthy contender to the throne was also doing no measurement or testing. As soon as I started split testing my resources, I was able to take actions that were data-led instead of simply guessing what would work. It put me down the path of continual improvement by understanding how people reacted to different content, design and experience.”

Reginald Chan of School of Content 

Reginald Chan

“The biggest mistake I have done as a new blogger is not starting a mailing list during the early days. For new bloggers, it is not necessarily to start a mailing list right on the first day but it is always recommended to start after you have published a few couple of posts (my personal favorite is 5 posts or more).

Email marketing isn’t entirely free but there are both paid and free email marketing. For example, MailChimp is a free email marketing (up to 2,000 subscribers) and it is awesome for brand new bloggers.

In short, it is never too late to start a mailing list. Start one right after publishing several posts or when your blog is like a few weeks old.”

Kathi Kruse of Kruse Control Inc

Kathi Kruse“My biggest mistake is that I didn’t start with a content strategy. I started my blog (naively) as a “journal” to tell stories about my years managing car dealerships. While those stories are pretty compelling, I underestimated the power of blogging once I started. I quickly decided to turn my blog into an information source for my customers and prospects. I still get to tell the stories but I also get to inform, solve and show my expertise. Having a content plan, thinking things through methodically, would have saved a whole bunch of time!”

Catherine Holt of Smart Party Planning and Blogging Tips 101 

Catherine Holt“This is a hard question to answer as I made LOTS of mistakes as a beginner blogger (and still do!).  However I think the one thing that really stands out to me is ‘building connections with those in my niche‘.  Sure, I was connecting on social media, and sharing the odd post or two, but the real in-depth connection on other blogs via blog commenting and on social media was lacking.

I thought I was building connections, but they were surface deep.  I guess it’s like having acquaintances and friends.  They were not meaningful connections and as such I was not establishing myself enough.

This is hard of course because as a new blogger there are so many new things to learn.  I was caught up with trying to learn SEO, format my posts, how to earn an online income, yet all the time I was missing the foundation and that was growing my presence through building connections.

It is also hard because you have to make the time for this, and time is something we all struggle with.  It can be increasingly difficult because it can look like you are not being productive.  For instance, you can’t ‘see’ new posts being written, it is all behind the scenes work, but incredibly important work.

I think this is something that all bloggers struggle with, whether they are new or established.  However it is easier to look back and see where improvements could have been made.  I feel that focusing more on this area at the very beginning would have sped up my progress.”

Stacey Corrin of StaceyCorrin.co.uk 

Stacey Corrin“I  made a lot of mistakes when I began blogging. Far too many to list here and it’s difficult to pin-point my biggest one out of that avalanche of crazy.

I would have to say that my biggest mistake was rushing head-first into a world I wasn’t familiar with.

I’m the type of person where if I have an idea, I’ll run with it until I’ve worn it out. This is what I did with my first ever blog and it resulted in a poorly patched together blog, broken links, 404 errors and a whole lot of overwhelm.

I didn’t consider doing any research. If I’d just stopped for a day or two before embarking on this brave new world, I would have realized that actually maintaining a blog, as well as growing it is really hard work. It doesn’t happen overnight and you need to be able to see a goal that’s so far away in the future that it’s almost non-existent.

If I’d known that to be the case, I would have done things differently and really planned things out. So the best possible advice I could give, would be research and plan – offer yourself a framework that lets you push on in to the future. Without it, you’re running blind!”

Harleena Singh of Aha! Now 

Harleena“When I started blogging about 4 years back, I literally knew nothing about blogging. Neither did I have any intentions to be a blogger, because I was a writer.

So, I guess that’s the first mistake you make as you enter the world of blogging. You need to have a purpose, plan, and a definite reason to take up blogging, especially if you want to take it up as a career. It took me some time to realize that blogging is my calling.

But this wasn’t such a grave mistake as I compensated and got it covered up with time to reach where I am today. I happened to do all the right things as I was a quick learner, but the one thing that I faltered upon was creating my list.

I never considered the importance of having subscribers and maintaining a list initially. I made no efforts to develop it, though have been working on it lately.

Ah, the other thing was not choosing a definite niche and a domain name that complemented it. Though I got lucky to make it in spite of that as I have a multi-niche, I’d suggest the new bloggers not to make this mistake.

I hope I’m able to help someone with my blogging experiences. Thank you Sue for giving me this opportunity. :)”

Enstine Muki of EnstineMuki.com

Enstine Muki

“Oh,yeah Sue, I can vividly remember those early days when nothing seemed clear. It was like throwing your feet in the dark, not knowing what’s ahead. I committed so many errors and I think this was because I did not go through any formal kind of training. So I learned everything alone as I walked the street of blogging.

The biggest mistake?

I think not starting list building early enough was the most foolish and dump thing I ever did when I started blogging. SEO, Social Media and other platforms I rely on can change anytime without my consent. My list is the only asset that’s fully mine.

Every subscriber on my list now represents 2 things for me;

1.Source of income
2.Source of traffic

So the bigger my list, the more traffic I can get and the bigger the money I can earn too. So If I understood this in the very beginning, my list would have been bigger. Yes! I lost so many opportunities to grab my visitors’ email addresses.

So if you are reading this post as a newbie who hasn’t got a list, my recommendation is to start building one as soon as now. If you don’t understand the reason now, you will sometime in the future.”

Chris Hodgeman of MavSocial 

Chris Hodgeman“The biggest mistake we made initially was producing lots of content however we should have focused on producing more in-depth and longer (1500 words) content less frequently. A great piece of content requires lot of research and that is pretty hard to do if you are trying to write 4 or 5 posts per week. Once we reduced the amount of content we were producing but increased its quality then we found the overall traffic to our blog increased and we got better SEO results as well.” 

Kelli Cooper of Live Life Made To Order 

Kelli Cooper“First off, thanks so much to you ,Sue, for asking me to participate. I am honored you were interested in getting my thoughts on this oft-asked question.

If I had to name the biggest mistake I made, it was getting out of alignment energetically with my goal of building a successful blog. As someone who has studied the law of attraction and the mental aspect of success pretty extensively, I have seen firsthand the core of creation lies in what we think, feel and believe, and not in what actions we take.

Because this blog was so important to me, and I was using it as a platform to eventually launch my life coaching services—which I have actually done at this point—that knowledge kind of flew out the window for a bit, and I often took action from a place of force or fear. I felt that I had to take certain actions, lest I could not grow my traffic, gain readers, and what have you. And, this didn’t make me feel that great, and the results reflected this.

The more I focused on doing things that felt good to me, and working on directing my mental energy on my success and shifting limiting beliefs, the more ‘movement’ I saw in my external experience. Surely actions will be taken to build our blogs, but success will come in the easiest and most joyful way when we take actions that feel good to us, that resonate with us.

There is a lot of value in learning about what other bloggers did to become successful, but don’t adopt strategies that don’t feel good to you. When we do this, we get in the way of what we hope to create, and slow things down. When we act from a place of inspiration and resonance, we get so much more while doing a lot less! It is pretty amazing.” 

Andrew M. Warner of Shade of Info

Andrew M Warner“I thought about this question for a while as I remembered all the mistakes I made within my first year of blogging. And they were plenty.

Sure, I could say that I didn’t focus on an email list or that I tried to monetize my blog BEFORE I had a following. But, knowing what I truly know now, my biggest mistake is not guest blogging from the very second I started. And like many new bloggers, I was (1) scared and (2) afraid of giving away my best content to someone else’s blog. But down the road, I learned those lessons.

But the reason I chose not guest blogging as my mistake was because guest blogging provides you so much opportunity than if you were to just blog regularly.

Need traffic? No problem. Just write a great guest post.

Want some subscribers? Sure thing. Write a great guest post and have a compelling offer, in your by-line, for them to go to your sign-up page.

Looking to building a brand? Write awesome guest posts and you’ll have to look no further.

All can be achieved from guest blogging, because who knows how long it’ll take by trying to blog on your own.

The last point I want to make is this. The thing I figured out the most was that , when you guest blog and have a successful post published on their site, they’ll be eager to get you in front of their audience again. Which means more exposure for you and certainly more subscribers and traffic as well.”

Randy Hilarski of High Impact Media Group Panama 

Randy Hilarski

“The biggest mistake I made when I was a new blogger was not spending enough time on the distribution of my posts. Social is my SEO, so I need to distribute the content far and wide.”  

Kerry Russell of The Blog Mechanic

Kerry Russell“The biggest mistake I made when I first started blogging was not fully understanding the importance of proactively seeking and building relationships with other bloggers in the same, or a similar niche as myself.
 
Back then, I was so focused on creating content for my blog, that networking very often took a back seat, due to a lack of time. Thankfully, I soon saw the error of my ways and made a firm commitment to ‘find the time’ and here’s why.
 
It doesn’t matter how good your content is, if no one reads it, you’re talking to an empty room. Or as our good friend Ryan Biddulph says, you’re publishing a diary.
 
But when you make the time to proactively build relationships with influencers, who already serve your target audience, you are creating your own inner circle so to speak, of friends who happily share your content, present you with guest posting opportunities, link to your blog and feature you in their blog posts, promote your products, recommend your services, and more…
 
It was August 2014 when I made a firm commitment to myself to prioritize my networking efforts, and it’s the best decision I have ever made. Not only have I made lots of new friends for which I’m very grateful, I’ve seen an increase in traffic, blog comments, subscribers and sales. Heck, just lately, some of my newest customers are being referred to me by Yaro Starak of Entrepreneurs Journey, and Tim, Gary and Marsha from the team at Boost Blog Traffic – and that didn’t happen by accident! Nope, it happened because I made time to network in their communities.
 
If I knew what I know now, when I first started blogging, building relationships would have been my primary focus from day one! The relationships you build online are like gold. Unless you have a generous budget to invest in paid advertising, relationship marketing
is a powerful way to build your business and reach your online goals.”
 

Richard Adams of Frugality Magazine and Tech Toucan

Richard Adams

“I think the biggest mistake I made when I started blogging was assuming that all I needed to do was to keep on posting content, and not really putting as much effort into *promoting* my posts.

I was writing constantly, publishing what I thought were great posts and really getting nowhere. One article after another would be added to my blog but my traffic stats would remain almost the same. In short, I discovered that putting out content on a regular basis – even when it’s really good – wasn’t enough to really see the growth I was hoping for.

After that realization I started to investigate ways of actually promoting my posts – from using social media, to building an email list, to reaching out to influential bloggers. And it was this “missing link” that really helped to take my results to the next level.

It might sound like a cliché, but the experts are right; invest as much time in promoting your posts as you do writing them and you’ll notice a significant difference in your results.”

Jaha Knight of JahaKnight.com

Jaha Knight

“The biggest mistake I made as a new blogger was the ‘throw-it-all-against-the-wall’ approach to blogging. I didn’t know who I was talking to although I knew my overarching message. It helped me develop my voice, though so I wouldn’t trade those two years for anything.”

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sue.

    How exciting to be sharing my experience on your blog alongside all the other awesome bloggers you’ve listed in this post – very cool.

    And I must say thank you. I’m not familiar with some of these faces, so I now have a good reference to find even more new friends in my niche.

    Of course, I’ll be sharing this post shortly. 🙂

    Thanks.
    Kerry

    • says

      Hi, Kerry,

      You were the one who introduced me to Triberr from a blog post you wrote earlier this year. I really appreciate you doing that! It’s led to some great friendships and connections online.
      Sue

    • says

      Hi, Sarah,

      It was a pleasure. Thanks for sharing my posts as a fellow Triberr!
      Sue

  2. says

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for including me in this post. There are a lot of great responses here, and I can relate to most of them. Carol’s response about not wanting to put something out there until it is perfect is an interesting one, and I can relate to that too. It took me a while to get used to the fact that my blog posts would be out there for the world to see. I getting exposure is part of the point, but it can still be intimidating at first. I also struggled with not wanting to pursue some opportunities (especially guest blogging at popular blogs) at first because of worrying about not being able to do a good enough job. The good news is that once you push yourself outside of your comfort zone it all starts to become a lot more natural and comfortable.
    Marc recently posted…14 Social Media Experts Share Efficiency TipsMy Profile

    • says

      It is very nerve wracking in the beginning, right, Marc? I was scared to death even though about 14 people read my first post!

      Thank so much for letting me be part of your “Tribe”!
      Sue

  3. says

    Hi Sue!

    WOW! This is insane 🙂 Thanks for inviting me into this awesome list.

    Honestly? There are too many goodies for me to choose from this and I think I am going to spend a few hours here! Hah~

    Sharing this around RIGHT NOW and thank you once again.

    Have an awesome week ahead dear friend!
    ~Reginald

    • says

      I appreciate all you have done for me in 2014, Reginald, by being a great Triberr “chief”.

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment,
      Sue

  4. says

    Hi Sue.

    Thanks for sharing my experience here. It was great to read through the different challenges that we’ve all had.

    As I read through, there were so many that I could have shared instead, such as not starting an email list or striving for perfection. So it was inspiring to read about how others overcame this.

    Another good thing about this post is that there are a few bloggers with whom I have never connected. So I will read this again later, and widen my network.

    Thanks,

    Nathan.
    Nathan Ambrose recently posted…I Want to Comment on Your Blog but Don’t Know What to SayMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks so much, Nathan, for letting me part of your “Tribe”! I appreciate everything you have done for your Triberrs.

      Sue

  5. says

    Hey Sue, thank you featuring me on your blog.

    Great to see the mistakes of all the bloggers out here.

    Knowing about the mistakes that bloggers have committed after experience, is a ready recipe for newbie bloggers.
    I’m saying that this blog post is a boon for new bloggers. I recommend every new blogger go through this article before advancing in their blogging journey.

    I also came across some new bloggers in this post. I am sure that the above bloggers that you’ve mentioned are friendly and social media relationship builders.

    The trackback that was generated in my WordPress account, led me to here. It acted as a reminder for me.

    Sharing and tweeting this now.

    Thanks,

    Cheers,
    Akshay~
    Akshay Hallur recently posted…Get More Social Shares on Every Blog Post [With Infographic]My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Akshay,

      Thanks for the comment and for being such a great Triberr “chief”!

      Sue

    • says

      Hi, Randy,

      Thanks again for being a fellow Triberr and promoting my posts!
      Sue

  6. says

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for featuring me with these awesome bloggers. I can recognize a good number of them on the list 😉

    I can see so many of us made “many” mistakes in our early days. I guess newbies reading such a wonderful collection will be able to avoid some of these somewhat silly errors 😉

    I’ve have to let my community know about this post so thanks for making it available Sue 😉
    Enstine Muki recently posted…Exactly how I made additional $1060 and how you too can!My Profile

    • says

      Thanks for being a great Triberr member and sharing my posts before I even met you online!

      Sue

  7. says

    Hi Sue, what a great lineup of bloggers sharing their blogging mistakes, great to read what other bloggers have experienced in the early days, new bloggers read up and take note, don’t make the same mistakes as we did 🙂

    Sue I’m going to promote this post on my social networks, and I will be adding it to my monthly pick of the month post in January. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my blogging mistake and experience here. Have a great rest of the week!

    Fabrizio
    Fabrizio recently posted…Let The ‘Engagement Superstar’ Teach You How To Build A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks so much, Fabrizio, for having this post be your January pick! I’m honored.

      And thanks for all the shares and being a fellow Triberr.
      Sue

  8. says

    Hi Sue,

    What a list! Thanks for including me!!

    Dennis, lol…..love it. I too was blinded by Adsense income. It’s like I became a drooling fool, totally bent on making Adsense money and forgetting to do stuff that actually built my blog. After making enough dough to buy a Happy Meal – after 6 months LOL – I learned my lesson the hard way.

    I vibe with Kelli’s view too. Not because she’s my better half either 😉 I too was out of alignment for many years, blogging-wise. I blogged to blog, not to free myself, and to free others. When I blogged to free me, and my audience, wow what a shift, and wow, did it ever feel better to me.

    The contrast was something else. I felt like a new blogger entirely all because I was aligned with what I was doing.

    Thanks Sue, love this post 🙂

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…Review of I Will Teach You SEOMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks so much for being a great Triberr “chief”, Ryan! I appreciate your Triberr work.

      Sue

  9. says

    Wow, what can I say? Rarely do I re-read a post; I will revisit this many times before I retain all the great info here. Thanks so much!

    2015 is shaping up as a life-changing shift for me, personally and professionally. My current blog no longer cuts it in it’s current form , and I believe that’s because of some of the mistakes listed above. Particularly something Kerry said to me yesterday about networking. Being an introverted nerd at heart, change is required.

    Thanks Sue, Kerry & all above.

    Erron

    • says

      Hi, Erron,

      It’s not easy networking but it really works (see most the people I met in Triberr in 2014 above). The easiest way to start networking? Share another blogger’s content and comment on their blog posts.

      I hope you have a great 2015 and that your blog takes shape just the way you want it to,
      Sue

  10. says

    What a great idea for a post Sue.

    As a relatively new blogger I can relate to most of these mistakes. A common theme I’m seeing is about networking with other bloggers which was my “gotcha”. Luckily I’m in the process of trying to correct that.

    I’ll be sure to come back to this for a re-read as there are a number of other items I need to be on the lookout for.

    Thanks for the help and I’ll be sure to pass this along
    Craig recently posted…4 Tips That Will Save Countless Hours When Starting A BlogMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Craig,

      I think not networking is a universal problem new bloggers have. We think if we launch a blog that people will just find it and read it. Unfortunately, kt doesn’t work that way.

      Thanks for stopping by to both read and to comment!
      Sue

  11. says

    Sue Anne, thank you so much for including me in your post with such a a distinguished crowd!

    I am in the same tribe as a lot of the people already and now want to check out the rest.

    They have some really usual tips for people that are not only beginners but also for those that have been doing this for awhile- i am talking about myself!

    Best

    Chris
    Chris Hodgeman recently posted…Social Media Campaigns Leverage the Power of the SelfieMy Profile

    • says

      Great tips from everyone, including you, Chris! Thanks for being a great Triberr member.

  12. says

    Hey Sue Anne,

    Thanks so much for including me in this awesome roundup.

    There are so many helpful tips that I wish I knew starting out. Blogging is a grind for sure!

    Mistakes will be made but the good thing is that they are all fixable. The time it takes to fix them varies a great deal but they are fixable!

    Again, I appreciate it Sue Anne! Have a great rest of the week!
    Steven J Wilson recently posted…3 Must Knows In Finding True Happiness As A BloggerMy Profile

    • says

      It was a pleasure having you in the line-up! Triberr has really helped my traffic stats due to its great members

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      Sue

  13. says

    Hi Sue!

    Just want to say thank you for including me here with these great people.

    Always great to hear their stories. We all have different journeys but we all want to end up somewhere in the same place 🙂

    It’s a lot of fun to learn from their experiences.

    LOL @Ryan. I barely had enough to buy a couple donuts from Krispy Kreme. At least you got to afford a happy meal haha. Love your answer btw. You sounded so serious! 😀
    Dennis Seymour recently posted…Your Comprehensive and Updating SEO / Digital Marketing GlossaryMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Dennis,

      Thanks to you for being a great Triberr “chief” and sharing my posts for all these months.

      You and Ryan crack me up! I didn’t even get my check from AdSense because it was under $1 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by to comment today,
      Sue

  14. says

    The common thread I enjoyed seeing in this compilation, Sue, was “connections”, “relationships” and building a list. Everything else follows.

    Truly, it is much more valuable to learn from others’ experiences than simply read a list of generic points that tell us how to or how not to do something. These people are living, breathing examples of their efforts turning into success.

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this post – and am pleased to see many people I know and admire.

    As someone who started blogging when Google acquired Blogger in 2003, I don’t even want to start listing the mistakes I made. 😀 Oh wait, maybe I should. I will.
    Vidya Sury recently posted…Do You Give Up Easily?My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Vidya,

      It’s so nice to see your lovely face here in the morning while I’m drinking my tea.

      You summed it up so well- connections, relationships and a list. That is the true heart and soul of being a successful blogger.

      Thanks for reminding all of us of that,
      Sue

  15. says

    Hi Sue,

    What a lovely round up! And thanks so much for adding my two cents in here as well 🙂

    This is a rich resource for all those who want to start blogging or are newbies. Learning from the mistakes of other is a smart and the wisest thing to do.

    It’s been an interesting read for me too even after about 4 years of blogging. I got to know of many mistakes that other bloggers made and that I was not alone in making the mistakes that I made!

    I hope this post helps people.

    Thanks for making the efforts to create this valuable post and I’d surely be sharing it all over so that more bloggers can benefit from it. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted…Why Our Ideas About Happiness Are BackwardsMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Harleena,

      First of all, thanks so much for being a great fellow Triberr and helping me spread my posts on social media this year.

      I agree – I made some of these errors with my first blog 3 years ago. It does make you feel like a “normal blogger” that went through some trials and tribulations that everyone goes through.

      Thanks for commenting, Harleena!
      Sue

  16. says

    Hey Sue Anne,
    This blog post was incredible. I am a newbie int his field and I could relate to so so many of the mistakes which these successful bloggers had made.
    It is definitely an eye opener for me and also a great inspiration. I could only gather more courage and determination after reading the blog, realizing that doing mistakes are not bad, but not improvising on them and not working them out is actually detrimental.
    Thanks for inspiring me and I also would thank all the contributors of the blog, who shared their wisdom and made me wiser.
    Cheers!!
    Arpita recently posted…Plucking Grey Hair: Should you or shouldn’t you??My Profile

    • says

      That’s so great to hear, Arpita! I’m so glad we helped you.

      Thanks for leaving your comment and let me know how else I can help!
      Sue

  17. says

    Wow, Sue, this is a really great post packed with golden nuggets from the experts.

    They say that a smart person learn from his own mistakes, and a very smart person learns from other people`s mistakes.

    Thanks, Sue, for giving us the opportunity to be a very smart person ;)And to the experts, all of you, thanks for sharing your experience.

    This is really bringing me a lot of value.

    Tor Refsland
    Tor Refsland recently posted…7 Ways To Increase Productivity (And Double Your Output)My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Tor,

      I’m so glad this brought you value. That was my goal. I knew all these very smart bloggers and wanted them to be able to help my audience.

      Thanks for commenting!
      Sue

  18. says

    Hi, Sue, so much good advice!

    The points that stood out most for me were to be only where you’ll be heard and to plan – it’s so easy to think you have to do everything and have an account everywhere. What I have at the moment is a huge to do list without any time frames, which isn’t a plan. However with the advice I’ve been given up to now I’m getting through it, and these words of wisdom are sure to help.

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi, Donald,

      I enjoyed reading everyone’s advice when I was getting the emails from them – this group knows what they are doing!

      Planning is more important that you originally thought. Just start out small – plan the rest of this week. Then on Sunday evening, plan out next week.

      Let me know how it goes and thanks for commenting!
      Sue

  19. says

    Nice blog post, everyone is learning – especially for beginner like me

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Daayur!

      Thanks for commenting today,
      Sue

  20. says

    Hi Sue & Co,

    Well, I have no excuses now do I – all the mistakes laid out for me so I just have to avoid them – easy! I wish!

    Its great that all of you have been honest to admit your mistakes and that you have gone on to make a success of blogging. I’ve made a few mistakes already and I’ve only been online a few months, but I’m trying to put those things right.

    I’m trying to get a balance of creating my own posts and building relationships with others online. Its interesting already that I see familiar names popping up on the blogs I visit.

    How does Triberr work? I haven’t quite got my head round that yet?

    – David
    David Hartshorne recently posted…REVEALED: Top Secret + Free OfferMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, David,

      If you’ve made some mistakes, you are on the right path!

      Triberr is a social sharing community – it’s free. You share the blog posts of other “Triberr’s” and join “Tribes” by asking the “chief” if you can belong to the tribe. You start by “following” people in the tribe you want to belong to and then ask the chief if you can join their tribe.

      It sounds more confusing than it really is. Here’s some info on Triberr for you.

      Thanks for commenting!
      Sue

  21. says

    Hello, Sue!

    Wow, what an absolutely fantastic resource, you’ve really outdone yourself this time!

    I especially like Adam Connell’s contribution, as I could have said the exact same thing as I completely agree with this his viewpoint, how awesome is that?

    Too many folks don’t keep the traffic on their own authority site, and send visitors OFF their page by putting tempting links everywhere. No! I have my social media connection links on my About page only, that’s it!

    You’ve included lots of wonderful tips from well-known Triberr Chiefs, some of whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, so look forward to connecting with this interesting and powerful entrepreneurs.

    Thank you so much for including me, I really am grateful!

    There’s no better way to learn than from avoiding someone else’s mistakes….So generous of you to do all the work of putting this together. Epic!!

    Have a great afternoon.
    ˜Carol

    • says

      Thanks so much, Carol, for being a great “chief” and for having me in your tribe and sharing my posts. It’s much appreciated!

      Sue

  22. says

    Hi Sue,

    WOW! What a great list of learning lessons from so many amazing bloggers. Over the years I’ve probably made every single mistake, lol…

    I have recently told a few people who are interested in business blogging to not be afraid to make mistakes and learn. You can’t mess up, you can only improve.

    I learned how important over the years it was to really learn how to identify with my audience and focus on them. Don’t get distracted with writing interesting things they don’t care about… I wasted a lot of time doing just that thinking I was connecting when they weren’t even interested.

    Thanks for collecting this amazing post. I will be coming back to it over and over again.

    Have a great finish to your week Sue!

    ~ Don Purdum
    Don Purdum recently posted…Help! I Don’t Understand Why My Content Marketing Isn’t Getting Better Results?My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Don,

      That’s a great lesson – identify your audience and focus on them.

      And I always add – figure out what problem(s) they have and solve them with your blog posts.

      Thanks for your insight!
      Sue

  23. says

    I love this for lots of reasons, but most of all because it shows that all of these people “made it” despite mistakes in the beginning. It gives hope to us “little guys!”
    Moni Barrette recently posted…Do You Believe in Magic?My Profile

    • says

      We have all been there, Moni, and remember what it is like. It gets better every month.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Sue

  24. says

    This is a fantastic post Sue. It’s great to see other people’s perspectives and to know that really, we all do make mistakes. The difference is that some bloggers learn from them!

    Making mistakes is certainly part of blogging and by doing so you can become a better blogger. There is no point ion dwelling on what you should have done, but rather focus on what you can now do.

    Thanks for asking me to be part of this awesome post, it’s really appreciated.
    Catherine Holt recently posted…Getting Started With Google Keyword PlannerMy Profile

    • says

      So true, Catherine! It’s how we bounce back from mistakes that matter.

      Thanks for being a great fellow Triberr and sharing my posts!
      Sue

  25. says

    Thanks for sharing..! I think that this are the most interesting tips which I read this month. When I start my first blog, I did not know what exactly blogging was but I just know that it could give me some money. I expected to make a few hundred dollar earnings in a month but I could not do that. Also, I didn’t know what to write about and English is hard for me. I copied other articles and published them on my blog post which make me get a penalty by the search engines. LOL. Well, you know.. The most interesting tip is that I would learn is from Ryan who is a blogger that always motivates me to work with blogging. Thanks again for the post.
    Kimsea Sok recently posted…3 Important Facts About Basic Blogging Everyone Blogger Should KnowMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Ryan is a great blogger that we all can learn from!

      Sue

    • says

      Thank so much for being a fellow Triberr and sharing my posts this year!

      Have a great holiday season,
      Sue

  26. says

    Sue,

    Sorry for taking so long to get round to reading this. I’m so glad I waited though. The work gone into this post is amazing and it’s made for a great read while I recover from the flu!

    Thanks so much for including my own little tid-bit and I am honored to be among such awesome company as the experts here.

    Thanks!
    Stacey Corrin recently posted…Gentle: A Free Responsive WordPress Theme For GenesisMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks for being a great Triberr “Chief”, Stacey, and for sharing my posts this year with your followers!

      Feel better,
      Sue

  27. says

    I strongly believe that mistake is the only thing that proves that we are trying. Everyone make mistakes, some of them learn from that mistake and move forward and some make these mistakes again and again.

    This is a great article where all of my favorite bloggers (Actually, not all but most of) are explaining the mistakes they did in their earlier stage of blogging.

    This time I will learn from their mistakes in order to become successful like them.

    Thanks Sue for this wonderful piece 🙂

    • says

      That was what I wanted – for newer bloggers to learn from these great bloggers’ early mistakes.

      Thanks for commenting, Rabin!
      Sue

  28. says

    I’m happy to say I haven’t made ALL these mistakes 😀 But the one mentioned by most people is not building an email list! That’s my 2015 new year’s resolution right there!!
    Red Nomad OZ recently posted…Basalt, Birds and Balls Pyramid!My Profile

    • says

      That’s a great start to 2015!

      Thanks for commenting,
      Sue

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Dok!

      Sue

    • says

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Mustafa!

      Sue

  29. says

    Hey Sue,

    SO happy to hear you’re on Triberr and enjoying that journey as well. You have a great tribe here and I see some very familiar faces that I also know in the blogosphere as well as tribe mates on Triberr too.

    They all shared some great tips of the mistakes they made and boy can I relate to a lot of them. I think overall they are all important and we can learn from them all so thanks for getting them altogether in one place and sharing this with us.

    Great share and hope you’re having a great week too.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…Rock It Like You Mean It: Walking The True Path To SuccessMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks so much, Adrienne! It was so nice to get to know each of these Triberrs on a more personal basis.

      Appreciate your comment and enjoy your week!
      Sue

  30. says

    Hi Sue,

    Wow, you have a huge palette of wonderful bloggers and different feedback as well as similar ones who can teach us all a lot.

    in my case, my worst mistake when I started blogging back in 2009 is that I was blogging for niche blogs and didn’t know about building relationships whatsoever.

    Then, somehow, I’ve learned about guest blogging and through guest blogging I met someone who introduced me to Adrienne Smith. From then on I started getting it.

    While I was writing my post in which you are featured (this week) I realized what the network I’ve built, and what a milestone. We should never underestimate the power of building relationships with other bloggers.

    Thanks for this great collection of bloggers.

    • says

      Hi, Sylviane,

      I’m so lucky to know all of these great bloggers. Your beginning sounds like mine – who knew about relationship building online? My first blog took longer to grow and get traffic because of that.

      It’s nice when a post shows you how far you have come. Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting!
      Sue

  31. says

    Hey Sue,

    Great tips from these great bloggers and I can find some mistake I made in these things as well. This is very informative articles even for some advanced or experienced blogger.

    Now I should note these things before I forget them 🙂 . Anyways thanks for sharing this and have a nice day.
    Rohit Sharma recently posted…Top 7 Best Password Manager For AndroidMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Rohit,

      We all have made at least one of these mistakes, right?

      Thanks for reading and commenting,
      Sue

  32. says

    Hi Sue,

    I know I’m late to this party but I’ve been off for the past few weeks with family and away from Internet. But anyway, thank you so much for the opportunity to share my thoughts and be a part of this with some pretty awesome bloggers.

    I really liked what Carol had to say about deadlines for projects. I found that when I implemented a deadline to finish a post, I would always work harder and complete it by or before that deadline. And when I didn’t, it would take me longer.

    Some really good points she raised there.

    I also like Brian’s point about “Everything for free” attitude.” That’s actually really true.

    Anyway Sue, awesome roundup here and thanks again for allowing me to participate.

    Have an awesome New Year.

    – Andrew

    • says

      Hi, Andrew,

      Never late! Family and friends are very important, especially this time of year.

      I agree with you and Carol – I have to have deadlines. And Brian is so right!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment,
      Sue

  33. says

    A lot to learn to learn here Sue! Indeed a great post which mentions the mistakes our popular bloggers did when they were newbies!

    I am not a big blogger but I have been online for more than 4 years in blogosphere and I also did few mistakes. The biggest mistake was, I missed social media. I wasn’t sharing my posts, others’ posts on social media. That was the biggest mistake of blogging life but better late than never, I started working well with social media site and tools.

    Thanks Sue!

    Have a great week ahead.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted…SEO Tips For Bloggers: Interlink your blog posts the right way?  My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Atish,

      We have all made mistakes as a new blogger – it is what binds us all together!

      Thanks for taking time to comment,
      Sue

  34. says

    One of the excellent roundup posts I ever read. Big congrats on creating such a wonderful post by doing lot of hard work as you know combining the opinion of 34 bloggers into a post is really a heck of the task.

    Just returning from Boost Blog Traffic of Jon Morrow after reading its latest post on how to create an expert roundup post. If it was published earlier than this post I must have doubted you have fully followed its each and every tip to create this wonderful roundup.

    I can sum up the mistakes of all the wonderful bloggers which they committed in the beginning of their blogging journey as under.

    • Sharing contents on other blogs

    • Asking influencers for support without showing your love to them

    • Promoting your own content and forget about others

    • Not knowing the audience needs

    • Not building an email list

    • Doing projects without setting their deadlines

    • Not building an audience

    • Picking wrong promotion channels

    • Not doing networking

    • Not doing organically and focusing on automation

    • Failing to know the real potential of blogging

    • Doing everything without getting choosy

    • Not researching extensively what audience wants

    • More focusing on money

    • Believing to do everything for free

    • Not following a content strategy

    • Diving into blogging without a purpose

    • Creating short contents more and more

    • Not doing guest blogging

    • Not expanding the outreach of content marketing

    • Failing to develop my voice

    So one needs to read several this list of mistakes to avoid committing them in his blogging journey.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.
    Mi Muba recently posted…7 wicked ways to spice up your dud blogging mentor programMy Profile

    • says

      Wow! I love this list, Mi! I’m going to get it made into a checklist or infographic – I will share it with you when it is done.

      I also saw the post on Boost Blog Traffic yesterday. I did this round up previous to that but Jon Morrow is one of my mentors and taught us how to do it correctly.

      I just did a round up on Pinterest this week.

      Thanks so much for your terrific comment!
      Sue

    • says

      Great comment . thanks for posting this wonderful article. really found useful, content and comments good.
      Regards,
      kathir.

  35. says

    Great tips from these great bloggers and I can find some mistake I made in these things as well. This is very informative articles even for some advanced or experienced blogger.

    Now I should note these things before I forget them 🙂 . Anyways thanks for sharing this and have a nice day.

  36. says

    Hi Sue

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article here with us.

    Actually these are those mistakes which almost every blogger do.

    I had also did so many mistakes like copying articles from other blogs.

    I can remember those days when I was very much new to this blogging world and I purchased a domain name without thinking about the niche of the blog.

    I purchased the domain name and then I thought that On which topic, I should make my website then I thought that I’ll create an another Wikipedia.. Haha lol

    And I started copying articles from Wikipedia. After putting efforts so many days, When I saw that no result is coming out then I decided that I’ll make a top 10 lists site where I can list top 10 things of every topic and again I started copying articles from a site named Listverse.

    I did like this till 7-8 months because I was very much new to all this things and I even don’t have any experience of writing articles. My English was also not good.

    Haha I know It still not good But currently I am able to write few lines But at that time, It was so difficult for me.

    I did copy pasting till 7-8 months and when I noticed that I am just wasting my time and nothing then I started finding the reason behind not getting traffic on my site.

    Then somewhere I found my mistake i.e. Copying articles from other site.

    On that day, I learnt that Google never ranks copied articles.

    So I made a decision that I’ll never copy any article and will write article myself.

    In starting days, It was so difficult for me to write an article. I first write article on my notebook and then later type in WordPress.

    After doing this few days, I tried writing directly in WordPress and any how I completed my first article in WordPress. Later I continuously did practice and it became common and easy for me.

    Now I am complete able to write in WordPress directly because Practice makes perfect. Right? 😀

    There are also so many mistakes which I am still making which you have listed in this article and I am trying my best to stop doing those mistakes.

    Thanks for sharing such a great piece of content with us.

    Happy Blogging 😉

    • says

      Great story! We all learn from our mistakes.

      Thanks for sharing it with us.
      Sue

  37. says

    Building audience is easy at this moment, because there are lot’s of tools and plugins help to increase Email subscription, but saving audience without unsubscribe is very tough. Even I already subscribed many of pro blogger newsletter, and after that, they are sending all day affiliate post to my email, and hence I just unsubscribe it. So I think, blogger should be focus on audience. Only send interesting thing, that your audience like to see every time.
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