Good morning this is a guest post from Mark Ross Canaoay, he has a blog called the Money Saving Dude that aims to help its readers save more of their hard-earned money. You can connect with him on the following social networking sites: Twitter and Google+
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I’ve started my first blog last March of 2013, and I sold it almost seven months after I made it. Why?
It’s because I failed to achieve my goals and I decided to give up on it completely. Maybe I could turned it around, but I didn’t have it in me in those days.
I decided to focus more on my studies, and I did it, I passed the semester with better grades than the previous one.
After several weeks of thinking, I decided to start another blog of my own still in the finance category but this time I made it more specific, it’s now more about ways people can do to save money, and you can easily tell it by its name, the Money Saving Dude.
What urge me to make another website?
Well, I just missed blogging, and the opportunity was there. I learned my lessons, and I know what to do and not to do this time around.
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So, what are those mistakes I made during my first try as blogger that I will definitely not make this time around?
Blogging Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong site name
I’ve read a lot of “how to start a blog” articles before I started my first site. I was fortunate that I was able to choose the right web hosting on my first try, but I wasn’t able to pick the write domain name.
I chose a domain name that didn’t have any valuable keywords in it, and I just realized that it’s really not that catchy.
Maybe you’re wondering why I chose it, well, I was trying to replicate another popular blog’s name here in the Philippines, and it didn’t help me at all.
I didn’t get noticed by anyone until I finish off my first four months of blogging.
Maybe being unique is really the key to becoming successful in the blogging world, isn’t it?
Advice: Think of a good domain name that will catch your audience attention and tell them what your blog is all about immediately
Blogging Mistake #2: Not interacting with other bloggers
I already told you that no one noticed me until I hit month 4 of my blogging venture, and it wasn’t fun at all.
The first blogger who approached me was Jeremy of Modest Money who asked me if we can share each other’s articles on Twitter. I did agree on that deal, and it did bring me some kind of traffic that I was dying to get. After that, John of Frugal Rules asked me to do the same thing.
I felt happy but disappointed because I neglected the value of networking. I wasted valuable time to grow my blog, and I hope you will not do the same.
Go out there and chat with your fellow bloggers. Most of them are great people who are willing to help you with your blogging problems.
Advice: Interact with other bloggers in your niche ASAP
Blogging Mistake #3: Being unable to utilize social networking sites properly
Before I disabled my first site’s Twitter account I had 67 followers, yes, after 7 months of blogging and several articles I only got 67 followers. I don’t even know why John and Jeremy approached me to share their articles to very few people when they have thousands of followers themselves. That’s when I realized I made another mistake.
Advice: See advice on Blogging Mistake #2
Blogging Mistake #4: Worrying about the number of articles being published
I really thought that posting more article per week will get me more traffic which may get me more followers and subscribers, but in reality it didn’t happen.
Quality over quantity.
That’s what I realized.
One could publish ten 400-word posts and still get the same traffic that a single 1500-word article will receive. I was publishing many low quality articles and very few quality articles during my first time as a blogger, and it didn’t help my case.
Advice: Only publish high-quality articles
Blogging Mistake #5: Worrying about traffic too much
As you can see above, I was a traffic maniac back then. I worried about it every single day. I was checking my Google Analytics account every time before I go to my WordPress dashboard.
It was a struggle. I was looking for more traffic than what I really deserve, and that only made matters worse. I had a harder time writing articles, and I began publishing less and less each week, and even if I’m publishing less often, I’m still making low quality articles.
I’m not gaining any followers or subscribers, I’m losing them.
In my last month on my first site, I lost about 15 subscribers and that’s about 30% of all of them.
Yes. I only have at most 40 subscribers back then.
Advice: Don’t worry about traffic too much, it will come if you really deserve it
Blogging Mistake #6: Not guest posting enough
How many guest posts did I made during those 7 months of blogging?
Yes. Only two. I was too lazy and focused on achieving more traffic that I gave little effort in sharing my articles to other finance blogs.
I received very little traffic from other finance blogs that I commented on. Most of my blog’s traffic came from Google’s search engine but that wasn’t enough because my site’s bounce rate was in the range of 85%-95% back then.
Advice: Share your articles on other blogs in your niche, their readers might like it and come visit your site
Blogging Mistake #7: I focus on things that are not important
I focused on producing more content, not publishing high quality articles. I focused on traffic, not finding ways to improve my website. I focused more on monetizing my blog without thinking about my audience’s experience.
Now, what is the most important thing here?
For me, it has to be the content of your blog. It’s what connects you to your audience. If you’re giving them worthless articles, your blog will not grow just like you want it to.
Advice: Find your voice (That’s what J Money of BudgetsareSexy.com used to say to his readers), and start producing quality content for you site
I hope that you learned from my blogging mistakes, and be able to avoid making those yourself. Blogging is fun, and you should think it that way every time. Don’t make it hard on yourself. Try to work on your own time and just have fun.
Now, do you blog? Did you made mistakes during your first months as a blogger too?
Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
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