6 Mistakes That I Made In My Earlier Days Of Blogging

Almost every blogger on the face of the Earth made mistakes in their earlier days of blogging (The funny this is that a large percentage of them would never admit to their fellow bloggers that they made grave errors in the early stages of their blogging journey).

Dear friend, it is imperative that we learn from our past mistakes (Doing so will ensure that we never repeat them in the future).

So, today, I am going to highlight some of the past mistakes that I made in the area of blogging.

Why?

Because I do not want you to make them.

1.) I Blatantly Ignored The Proofreading Process

I am a bit ashamed to mention to you, that I never took proofreading seriously when I first started blogging (That was somewhere around 2008 — the time period when I had my first blog on Blogger).

There were times when things worked in my favour; the blog posts were devoid of any sort of typographical errors.

And, there were occasions when typographical errors made their way into my blog posts.

The truth is that you are taking a huge gamble by not proofreading your blog posts.

The proofreading process is to ensure that your blog post does not contain any typographical or grammatical errors.

Superb bloggers (and writers too) are not infallible; they make mistakes once in a while.

One of the most embarrassing things for a blogger is to discover a typographical error after they published their blog post.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance, that every blogger proofread his or her blog posts before pressing the Publish button.

2.) I Focused On Quantity Instead Of Quality

Believe it or not, I published approximately six blog posts daily when I was on Blogger (The majority of them were of average quality).

I would like to state for the record, that I am in no way discouraging bloggers from publishing numerous blog posts on a daily basis (They can get away with that sort of thing once their blog posts are of a high-quality).

Besides, one runs the risk of losing subscribers whenever they publish content on their blog too often.

Your readers would appreciate it dearly if they saw one blog post from you that was of a high standard; this, in my opinion, is a thousand times better than publishing numerous substandard blog posts on a daily basis.

3.) I Fell For The Alexa Rank Lie

Some of you are probably wondering, “What the hell is an Alexa Rank?”

Well, this so-called Alexa Rank is a third-party tool — a tool that is used to rank websites between 1 and 100,000 (This is made possible by installing the Alexa extension on one’s web browser).

The Alexa Ranking system is heavily flawed because it requires other people to have the Alexa extension installed on their web browser (You would get a better Alexa Rank whenever those people visited your blog).

It is a misleading metric because one would receive incoming views from people who did not have the Alexa extension installed on their web browser.

Guess what?

The Alexa extension is not mobile compatible (And, you and I both know, that in these modern times, a lot of people are using their mobile devices to browse the internet).

Dear friend, if you really want to know if your blog is doing well or not, use Google Analytics.

The Alexa Ranking system is utter rubbish!

4.) Not Compressing The Images Before Uploading Them To My Blog

I am also embarrassed to admit, that I never compressed the images before uploading them to my blog when I first started blogging.

I want you to know that if the file size of your image is too large, it would contribute to your blog loading slowly.

Compressing your images reduces the file size of your image.

On a positive note, there are free online services that can help you out with that; such as:

Another perk that you gain from compressing your images before uploading them to your blog is that it helps in the area of using your storage space wisely.

So, make it a priority of yours to compress your images before uploading them to your blog.

5.) Not Learning The Basics Of Blogging Before Starting My Own Blog

Many years ago, I saw someone else’s blog and I said to myself in a confident tone of voice, “I can do that!”

I was strong in the area of writing and wrongfully thought that blogging was solely about writing (The truth is that it actually involves more than merely writing well).

In addition to writing well, blogging involves:

  • Having an understanding of on-page SEO and off-page SEO.
  • Understanding the needs of your target audience.
  • Knowing how to proofread your blog posts in an effective manner.
  • Using captivating headlines.
  • Knowing how to write engaging content.
  • Interlinking your blog posts.

The things that were mentioned above are merely a drop in the proverbial bucket (The truth is that there is more to blogging than meets the eye).

Personal bloggers can get away with learning the basics of blogging while running their blog.

However, business-related bloggers need to know the basics of blogging before they actually set up their blog (Professionals do not have the luxury of making mistakes).

6.) I Used Too Many Widgets

I happen to be one of the countless bloggers that used too many widgets when I first started blogging.

New bloggers are fascinated by the various types of widgets (Seeing those widgets tempts them to add them to their blog).

What most new bloggers have failed to realize, is that using too many widgets results in a slow loading blog. Therefore, it would be a wise move on their behalf to utilize those widgets that they need and not use every widget underneath the Sun.

So, for the sake of your blog’s well-being, use widgets sparingly and wisely.

Final Thoughts

Dear friend, I care about you; which is the reason why I do not want you to make the same types of mistakes that I foolishly made when I first started blogging.

You are better off:

  • Proofreading your blog posts before publishing them.
  • Focusing on quality instead of quantity.
  • Not falling into the Alexa Rank trap.
  • Compressing your images before uploading them to your blog.
  • Learning the basics of blogging.
  • Using widgets sparingly and wisely.

Please feel free to share your opinion on what you read via the comments section of my blog.

And, thank you for reading!

85 thoughts on “6 Mistakes That I Made In My Earlier Days Of Blogging

  1. Hi Renard, you’ve posted some very helpful things to help those new to blogging, well done! I too was and probably am guilty of some of these points. I recently purchased the Business plan though the blog doesn’t show it. Be well!

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  2. I don’t know what an SEO is, and I keep forgetting what a widget is … :/ I sort of stumbled into blogging, having no idea what a huge part of my life it would become. I am still learning, but in the meantime it’s a journey I’m enjoying. Thanks for the tips.

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  3. Good advice. It’s all so new in the beginning and I think we make a lot of mistakes! I think it took me a while to find the real focus for my blog. It started off as being about depression but then moved on as I moved on, so my audience shifted. But one thing is for certain—the more you blog, the better you get!! Lovely post! Katie

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  4. Hi Renard, this is yet another post showcasing your kind & helpful manner. Thank you! So how large can photos be without the need to compress them? Or should all images be compressed? I post a lot of travel photos on my blog. Thanks, my friend! 🌞

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    1. 🤔 Lisa, in regards to blogging, I recommend compressing all photos (big or small) before uploading them to your blog.

      Why?

      Because they will use less storage and bandwidth.

      However, if you are storing them on your own SSD, there is no need for compression.

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  5. Guilty as charged I’ve made mistakes too that are on this list 😅 I’m just happy that somehow I realized it sooner than later, and that even tho my blogging techniques still have a lot to improve on, I can say I’m doing okay so far. I hope I am. Haha. 🤦‍♀️ Thanks so much for sharing this post, Renard. 🌻

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  6. This is great! Thanks for the share. I use grammarly for my blogs. Helps the proof reading with spelling, grammar & structure of sentence. If you use the paid version, they work on plagiarism. However, the free version is great for the basics.

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  7. Hi, Renard. Many thanks for another great post. There are so many things that remain elusive to me regarding the world of blogging and your sound advice is extremely helpful. As a regular multi-post daily blogger I often wonder about reader fatigue and the impact it has upon my posts. Have a great day.

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  8. I’d also like to add that one of the biggest mistakes I made when I started blogging was to follow back every single blogger who followed me. What a blogging trap that was. I’m pleased to say that I soon learned the lesson of only following those blogs that you know will interest you and that you’ll leave the occasional comment on.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Hugh.

      Realistically, we cannot follow the blogs of every blogger that follows us; which is what a lot of bloggers have learned the hard way.

      The truth is that there is a percentage of our followers that do not interact with us.

      Also, it is somewhat burdensome to read all of the blogs from an extremely large following.

      The wise approach is to follow a moderate amount of blogs that you are truly interested in.

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  9. Thank you Renard for another master piece.
    1.By taking that extra time in proofreading the article, one can avoid catastrophe.Most important advice from you.

    2.quantity vs quality-Fortunately for photography oriented blogs,there is no limit.Only thing required us …they should not overload the reader annoying fellow bloggers.They are supposed to post interesting photos,which is not possible all the time.

    3.I never knew Alexa ranking.Thank you for bringing out misleading point.

    4.compressing the images before posting is a must for photography blogs.Helpful links you provided.

    5.SEO is always Greek & Latin to me.

    6.Removing unnecessary widgets truly speeds up the loading the page.

    Once again thank you for the great tips.

    On 2 or 3 occassions I pressed Publish button,even before completing the draft, quickly realizing the mistake and rectified the same.

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  10. Thank you Renard. This is really helpful. I appreciate your thoughts, and especially those on quality and quantity. I sometimes worry that I don’t post enough and like your sharing on this. Reading your tips has given me more to research and think about. Which, I like. I always look forward to your posts and thoughts. Have a wonderful rest of your evening.

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  11. Thanks Renard, that’s really good to know. Great tips. I am by no means a tech wizard so when it comes to on-page or off-page SEO, I have homework to do! 🙂 However, I do use lots of images and often I haven’t compressed them before adding. Can I just use Photoshop or would you recommend using the other online services you mentioned?

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    1. 🙂 Yes, Sunra. You can use Photoshop to compress your images or any other software that compresses images. The online services that I mentioned are also good.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  12. Most importantly, I think you don’t need to spend money to get a paid tools for compressing. I think you will get a online compressor that are working well.

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  13. I believe I’m still making at least two mistakes on your list Renard especially with images but I’ll stop them for sure soon. Somehow my images are automatically compressed by wordpress when I upload but maybe that isn’t great enough.

    Cheers to more great content now.

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  14. Hi there! New to the blogging scene but keen to improve, I think focusing on quality rather quantity is a great point. From your point of view, do you find readers more interested in long or short reads?

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    1. 🙂 The truth is that if you publish long-form content, you will attract readers that love and appreciate long-form content (The same thing applies to short-form content).

      The most important thing is that you publish content that is of a high quality.

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  15. Mhmmm very true since I’m new in blogging and after reading your post yuuuuh I see lot of mistakes I’m doing… Thank you so much for sharing i will fix my mistakes I so wish if you got please go through to my blog and I would like to receive an email where to correct my blog because even settings are failing me I found your post so touching and helpful… 😊♥️

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  16. Another great post on the work of blogging. I’ve been blogging for three years and didn’t know that about pix. Interesting. It just goes to show that there’s always something to learn. Thanks for the post Renard.

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