When I first started blogging, I literally had NOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea I was doing. I mean, I knew how to write an upload a blog post and all that jazz, but I didn’t really know much else about this world called blogging.
4 Blogging Mistakes I Have Made And How I Fixed Them
I wasn’t on social media.
In the beginning, I didn’t realise how important social media was. In fact, if I have to be honest, I couldn’t give a damn about social media. It was the last thing on my mind. All I wanted to do was blog and hope and pray that I will get some exposure. And I didn’t really care about much else. But, what I didn’t realise at the time was just how important social media was for gaining traffic to my blog.
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I didn’t blog regularly.
I expected my blog following to grow with minimal work from my side. What I didn’t know was that not blogging regularly, I didn’t allow myself to build a community or build a “tribe” of loyal readers. Some months I would blog once every week, and other times I would only blog every three months. Not because I didn’t have time to blog, but mostly because I thought that blogging was easy. I just had to put a blog post up once in a while and the readers and money would flow in. WRONG!!! Only when I started blogging regularly and on schedule did I see my stats growing. Not only did I gain more regular readers, but I now have a community of bloggers that read my blog. My stats are growing daily and I know this is because I started blogging regularly.
I didn’t answer any comments on my blog posts and I didn’t comment on other’s blogs.
Comments? What comments? At the time, I didn’t realise that taking the time to answer comments on my blog would help me grow a loyal readership. I also didn’t know that writing heartfelt comments on other blogs will possibly lead to gaining more readers for my own blog! And more importantly than that, I didn’t realise that commenting was a great way to build a relationship with other bloggers.
I didn’t care about my blog design and images on my blog.
Another thing I didn’t care about was how my blog looked. I didn’t understand about readability or design and I didn’t realise that having a user-friendly site will help my blog. For me, the most important thing was putting content out there. Once I started thinking about my blog, the design and the layout and I made minor changes to the layout, I saw an increase in my readership. And when I decided to do a complete overhaul of the design of my blog, keeping my readers in mind and focusing on how they would use my site, I saw my traffic shoot through the roof. A well-designed, easy to use and beautiful blog is the key to creating a blog community and driving traffic to your blog.
Did you have the same experience when you first started blogging? What did you do to make your blog better? Let us know in the comments below.