Last Updated on January 21, 2022 by andrewtk
So you're a beginner blogger!
And you're wondering what are the most common beginner blogging mistakes that new bloggers tend to make.
And more importantly, how you can totally avoid them?
In this blog post, we'll outline 13 of the most common blogging mistakes that beginner bloggers often make.
More importantly, we'll also give you some top tips on how to sneak your way around them!
So if you want to leave these blogging mistakes behind, and start blogging like a pro…
#1. Choosing The Wrong Niche To Blog About
So how do you go about choosing the right niche to blog about?
Well, it all starts with doing your research.
Make sure to target a niche that you are interested in and knowledgeable about.
Also, consider the size of the market and how competitive it is. If the market is both small and competitive, you've just found a niche to avoid.
So think hard about your potential niche.
Think also about what will make your blog unique within the niche.
By choosing the right niche and targeting your content accordingly, you will have put yourself in a strong position for future success.
#2. Not Understanding Your Target Audience
In order to be a successful blogger, you need to understand your target audience.
And the best way for beginner bloggers to do this is by doing deep research within the chosen niche.
Understanding who the target audience is will help beginner bloggers know what type of content their readers want, and in turn this will provide the catalyst for blog post ideas and what keywords to use in posts.
Once you understand the pain and pleasure points of your audience, you will find it easy to communicate with them.
#3. Blogging Inconsistently / No Content Calendar
One of the most common mistakes that beginner bloggers make is not blogging consistently.
This often leads to a lack of content, which can be detrimental to your blog's success.
A content calendar can help you avoid this by helping you plan out your content in advance.
This will help ensure that you have a steady flow of content coming out, and that you're not scrambling to come up with ideas at the last minute.
#4. Not Using Best SEO Practices
Beginner bloggers often neglect to use best SEO practices, which can lead to a lack of traffic and therefore a lack of readers.
By staying aware of current SEO best practice, such as using well-selected keywords in your blog posts, you will improve your ranking on search engines, and thus increase your chances of being discovered by potential readers.
One of the most common beginner blogging mistakes is to neglect the importance of structuring their site for best SEO results.
By structuring your site properly, you will massively increase your chances of being discovered by search engines as your site will be easier to crawl and make sense of.
Additionally, make sure to use images and headings in your posts, as these also help with SEO.
By following these simple tips, you will improve your blog's visibility and attract more readers!
#5. Focusing Too Much on SEO
As a beginner blogger, it's important to focus on writing for your readers, not just for search engines.
While SEO is important, you should never sacrifice the quality of your content in order to optimize your post for the likes of Google.
In order to attract new readers and keep them coming back, you need to produce high-quality content that is both informative and engaging.
So don't forget about SEO, but make sure that it doesn't overshadow your main goal: writing great content that people will want to read!
#6. Choosing Topics Your Audience Isn't Interested In
Choosing topics that do not interest your target audience will damage your blog's growth.
That doesn't mean you should never write about the things that are most interesting to you, but it does mean that you should spend time researching and understanding your target audience before you start blogging.
If you focus on writing content that is relevant to your audience, and provides value, your readers will be more likely to keep coming back for more.
On the other hand, if you produce content that is dull or uninteresting, your readers are likely to lose interest and move on.
#7. Focusing On Quantity Over Quality
This is one of the most common beginner blogging mistakes, because the temptation is to get a load of content up on your new blog as quickly as possible.
New bloggers hear it time and time again: “Content is king”.
Well yeah, quality content is king. But poor content is king of nothing!
Beginner bloggers should focus on writing high quality content, rather than producing a high quantity of content.
Make the first twenty articles you post be as good as you can possibly make them.
#8. Not Using Persuasive Content Writing Techniques
Most beginner bloggers don't use persuasive content writing techniques.
This is detrimental to visitor retention and conversions on beginner blogs because if people are visiting the blog, they want to be persuaded by the blogger's opinion or advice.
They don't want to be left with unanswered questions or thoughts about what was said in the article, which is often what happens when beginner bloggers do not use persuasive content writing techniques.
Persuasive content writing will help keep visitors on your site longer and have a significantly better chance of converting them into subscribers and/or paying customers!
#9. Not Linking To Other Content
One of the beginner blogging mistakes often made is neglecting to pay attention to both internal and external links.
It's important for beginner bloggers to provide a variety of content, not just on their blog but also linking back to other sites with relevant information.
This help bloggers stay fresh in the minds of their readers by providing more information that they are looking for.
Don't be scared of linking out to other sites where it's relevant and helpful to do so.
And always remember to place internal links to your own connected content at every opportunity you get.
#10. Not Promoting Blog Content
As a beginner blogger, it's important to remember that in order to grow your audience, you need to promote your content everywhere.
This means reaching out to other site owners and bloggers, as well as sharing your content on social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
If you dedicate some time to promoting your blog content on social media, you will reach a larger audience.
If you don't promote your content, no one is going to find it – and that's bad news for your blog!
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#11. Not Email List Building Early Enough
One of the beginner blogging mistakes beginner bloggers are most likely to make is not building an email list or starting a subscription newsletter early enough in their blog's life cycle.
This can be detrimental for beginner blogs because without an email list, you may never have access to that audience again!
Remember that it doesn't matter how many visitors you get to your site if no one ever signs-up to your email list, or buys anything.
You can set yourself apart from most other sites by offering subscribers exclusive content and offers only available through joining your email list or subscription newsletter.
This is one of the top ways to grow a loyal readership who will keep coming back for more of your content.
#12. Not Taking the Time to Respond to Your Readers
It's important for bloggers to build relationships with readers by responding to comments and emails. In fact, it's one of the most important things a blogger can do!
Responding to comments and replying to emails not only helps show your readers that you care about them, and that you are fully engaged, but it also allows you to get to know them better.
This makes for a more engaged and supportive blog community, which is always a good thing.
#13. Failing to Network with Other Bloggers
As a beginner blogger, it's important to network with other bloggers in order to learn from their experiences and grow your audience.
Networking with other bloggers can help you learn about the best ways to promote your content, as well as how to improve your writing skills.
Additionally, networking with other bloggers can help you build relationships that could lead to future collaborations or even guest posting opportunities!
Common Blogging Mistakes – Wrapping It Up!
We hope that this blog post has helped you become more aware of some of the most common blogging mistakes beginner bloggers tend to make.
By avoiding these mistakes, you'll be on your way to blogging like a pro!
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to let us know. We love hearing from our readers!
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