New arrivals to the blogosphere are guilty of these 5 Top Newbie Blogger Mistakes.
The more newbie bloggers I work with, the more I see these mistakes played out.
They’re not alone in this, though.
Even well-established bloggers make them.
In fact, I’d say that most bloggers struggling to achieve higher levels of success are struggling because they’ve still not mastered one or more of these 5 top newbie blogger mistakes.
So, let’s talk about what those 5 top newbie blogger mistakes are.
Blogger Mistake 1. Unrealistic Expectations
Most newbies have totally unrealistic expectations as to what a blogging business is all about.
They don’t plan their business properly, because they don’t even think of blogging as a business.
They think it’s just about writing a lot of things down and having people pay them for it… somehow.
Blogger Mistake 2: No Defined Purpose
Newbies often start blogging about topics in one niche, then decide to switch over to another one.
They might start writing valuable content on a topic, but then decide it’s better to start promoting a business opportunity instead.
So, they start using their blog to find prospects for that.
People sense that the newbie doesn’t really know what he/she is doing, so they don’t bother visiting their blog.
Failing to clearly define their purpose for blogging, these newbie bloggers are destined to crash and burn.
But make no mistake, even successful bloggers struggle with maintaining a clear purpose for their blog.
This struggle presents an ever present challenge for all bloggers.
Blogger Mistake 3. Monetization
Making a profit from blogging is a big stumbling block for newbie bloggers in two ways.
First, there are those newbies who have no idea how to monetize their blog, so they don’t even try.
They just go about blogging day after day, holding fast to their “blogging calendar” while doing little or nothing to optimize their blogs to pull in profits.
The second group does just the oposite.
They are determined from day one to “make money blogging.”
So while their content may be shallow and poorly written, they immediately put ad links and banners on their blogs right away.
The intention is for people to visit their blog, click links and earn them commissions.
The problem is, that if people don’t find compelling content, they won’t be visiting these blogs.
Blogger Mistake 4. Under-Delivery
Another way of framing this newbie blogger mistake is to say that they over-promise.
It’s two sides of the same coin.
If a blogger repeatedly promises to give value in their articles, but usually fall short, their reader base is sure to evaporate.
Whatever the stated purpose of your blog post is, you must deliver what you promise.
In fact, you must over-deliver.
If the title of your blog promises to show readers how to house break a puppy in 3 days, don’t fail to give them exactly that.
Newbie bloggers often craft or hack interesting titles (their “promise”) for their blog posts, but then only tell half the story or hint at the solutions to problems.
Blogger Mistake 5. Failure To Leverage Their Success
Newbie bloggers will often start building some success.
They write some interesting articles, attract an increasing number of visitors and start to build a little bit of an email list.
They have reached a point where they can start building on that success.
But they’re not quite sure how.
Even if they do, they don’t have the time or technical sophistication to implement those techniques.
Many newbie bloggers fail after some early success because they simply don’t know how to leverage it into something bigger, deeper and more substantial.
Remember, even highly accomplished, successful pro bloggers make these 5 top newbie blogger mistakes.
Where do you stand?
Are you a newbie, or have you been blogging for a while now?
Whatever level you’re at, I’d like to know if you are making any of these 5 top newbie blogger mistakes right now?
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