The good, bad and the tedious.
Learning from other bloggers mistakes and fortunes;
The learning process with making a blog can be tedious and is very time consuming.
Although a lot will be trial and error there are some ways in which you can help avoid mistakes during the “getting off the ground” phase.
Here is a small list of things that can help any new blogger in times of frustration.
1. Study other successful blogs
Something I don’t think I’ve heard coming from many blog sites is how much can be learned from just visiting others within your niche.
What you can learn is about ad placement, how they utilize affiliate marketing, what about their themes stick out? Who is their audience?
If that audience is what you seek what are they utilizing to get said audience.
I have learned a tremendous amount from other blogs and these are just a few examples. It’s how I learned about useful plugins, tools and all kinds of other goodies I would have never known.
It is also a good way to look over how others privacy policies and such work for referencing on how you would like your own to look.
2. Never underestimate the impact of small details
From an image to a misspelled word, every detail counts.
When I first started I was making mistakes left and right from details ranging in picture size to header placement to finding misspelled words etc.
The impact of these things while studying the traffic was pretty staggering.
Use eye-catching images of the same size at every opportunity. Preview your posts frequently to see how they look to others and change accordingly.
Continuing to analyze and optimize your own site on a regular basis isn’t something you should take lightly.
3. Not using .com, .org, .co and so on whilst using very long domain names
While this isn’t necessarily a game changer, it can be.
Domain names that go something like “hereisalongexampleofaname.IA.AU. etc etc” are not advisable.
I don’t think I know of many blogs or successful websites that use names in which you’re more likely to copy and paste in the url just to get the link right. Let alone being memorable.
You don’t need a perfect name but try and use one that is at least semi easy to recall.
4. Over saturation of ads and pop-ups throughout blog
It’s one thing to use ads and affiliates to earn income for a blog. It’s a part of all of our goals surely.
However a great way to destroy traffic and appeal as well as potential income is to show your audience that your interest lies solely in money and not quality content.
It’s a massive red flag to anyone visiting.
Just keep in mind quality content is what’s going to help your income, not how many links you can fit onto a page.
We all use them and generally need them. Though just because a plugin for a particular use is the most popular it doesn’t make it the most beneficial.
There is usually a couple choices of plugins for each use whether it’s an SEO plugin, optimization plugin and so on. Choose the best option not just the most popular.
Test the top choices. In the end this will let you see what allows your particular site to the run the smoothest. It can make a major difference in site load time and in turn help you.
6. Like for like and share for share.
I’m not sure who started this one but from all the data and resources available it is highly inadvisable.
Do you really except to grow and possibly profit when the entire foundation of your audience is fake?
This tactic can and will hurt you in the long run and doesn’t really help in keeping or creating traffic.
7. Your 5-day email courses.
Incredibly popular. Great at building email lists and the likes BUT beware how you advertise this.
It can be annoying for some to have constant pop-ups or every other paragraph trying to entice a subscription.
On top of that lets be honest, this method is so popular that pretty much any blog you go to will have free courses.
Check out the Handy Dandy Toolbox for helpful tools and tips to get you started!
(To be continued)
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