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.
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.
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.
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!