Don’t Make These Five Blogging Mistakes

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Because both the world of blogging and social media changes at almost lightning fast speeds, there is a pretty significant and continual learning cycle involved with blogging. I have been a blogger since 2012 and I know that I still learn something new everyday. There are quite a few things you can do to help your blog be successful, and back in May I wrote about some of the Secrets To Successful Blogging. Today I would like to delve a little further into that idea, but instead talk about the 5 mistakes you can make to sabotage yourself as a blogger.

Don’t Make These Five Blogging Mistakes

Delay Purchasing Your Domain Name

If you want to avoid heartache in your blogging future buy your domain name right from the start! It’s about $7. Back when I started blogging I met another blogger who learned a hard lesson. She had a blogspot.com domain name and finally decided it was time to transition her blog to a domain. Unfortunately someone had bought her domain name before she did with the hopes that she would someday pay a premium for the rights to her name. Terrible, right? That blogger had to change her name, all of her social media accounts, transition her comments and everything, losing hours of precious work that wouldn’t have happened if she had bought the name and hosting right from the start.

I use Go Daddy and have been really happy with their service and their fast turn around time to my questions and concerns. There are lots of other providers out there and you can pick your favorite, but start your blog off on the right foot and do not delay purchasing your domain name.

Not Networking

The internet is a very big place and just sometimes you might be lucky enough to write a post that completely and 100 percent goes organically viral without you doing a thing to share it, but the likelihood of that happening is about a zillion to one. Successful bloggers have a tribe and that tribe helps each other by supporting one another through comments, visits and even social media shares. The network you cultivate will be incredibly important going forward as a blogger. If you don’t have tribe, start cultivating one now and you will see the difference it makes to your blog.

Neglect Social Media

As a blogger I spend roughly 40 percent of my time using social media to help promote both my blog and specific posts I have written. Utilizing social media in an effective manner is one of the greatest tools a blogger has. Neglecting it will hurt you. It is important though to focus your efforts within those social media channels for which your time and effort gets the most “bang for your buck”. Determining which channel gets you the most interaction is easily done by setting up a KLOUT account. Within KLOUT you can connect all of your social media channels and then it ranks which posts, tweets or videos give you the most interaction. This helps you to narrow down your playing field so that instead of jumping around between social media channels, you can pinpoint the ones that benefit you and your blog the most.

Burn Yourself Out

A lot of bloggers hit the blogging world running at sprint speeds, committing themselves to host every blog hop they can, writing 5 posts a week and generally just wearing themselves out in the process. If you are able to maintain that type of blogging schedule kudos to you, but I know I can’t and so I set my own blogging pace and only commit to those blogging commitments I feel I can feasibly accomplish. As a blogger it is important to know your blogging limits and not stretch yourself too thin or ultimately you will burn out and as I have seen far too many times, end up leaving blogging altogether.

Compare Yourself With Other Bloggers

This is almost the biggest mistake a blogger can ever make. In the world of blogging there are various stages of bloggers and it is almost impossible to find a blog that is exactly like yours in order to compare yourself. If you do try to compare yourself to a blogger who has been doing it for years and get depressed every time you see them getting a job or contract you wish you had all you will successfully be doing is making yourself miserable. STOP COMPARING! Instead focus your efforts on making your blog the very best it can be.

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!

Love,

Jen




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  1. I have made almost all of these mistakes and learned from them all as well. The burning myself out aspect is what is really the killer right now. I have to learn to balance my time better for sure. I use Klout and had no idea it gave me all that info. Thanks girl
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      Me too! Blogging is really a live and learn kind of environment. Hopefully by writing this, I can spare a blogger a little less of the pain that both you and I have felt :) Glad you liked the KLOUT tip, that was a game changer for me!
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  2. I agree with you on all of the above and have learned the hard way about posting too much to be honest. So, I have adjusted with my schedule for the time of the year accordingly and done what works for me and my family when all else fails. It truly does make a difference and can say that enough for those reading this or even just starting out.
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      Comparing is hard! I think there should be a blogger self help group on that topic or something! It’s hard when you see people going on paid trips or getting really cool stuff and you aren’t, but it really is best to just do your thing and not burn out for sure!
      Jen recently posted…Don’t Make These Five Blogging MistakesMy Profile

  3. What if I’m happy breaking some of these? Well I am. I don’t sell anything and my popularity isn’t the focus. I stay in touch with a ton of friends.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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      You have your priorities in place so yep, I say it’s enough! Just say no to blogger guilt, there is enough other stuff to feel guilty about :) I think I should make that into a bumper sticker… even if it is only for my car!
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  4. I post a lot and I do photography and writing, and I comment a lot and get a lot of comments back, but the funny thing is how much of a blogging idiot savant I am.
    I don’t do ANY promoting. Maybe 2%. So my pageviews aren’t that high!
    I love your tips. I can’t stand when people don’t give back. Blogging is a lot of give at first, but I hate the ones that just take and take. You can spot them a mile a way.
    I love blogging!
    (I just rambled)
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      You are hilarious! Idiot savant! Nope, I got you beat! Guess what I did today? Slammed my own toe in the trunk of the car! It was a fairly difficult move and I probably could have moved, but no I just stood there and waited for the trunk to come crashing on my foot. Oh were you talking about rambling…..
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  5. I’ve made every one of these! Where were you when I was just starting out and making a total fool of myself for everyone on the internet to see? :) The last one is my favorite, and continues to be the hardest to conquer. Nice to meet you on Sundays Down Under. (I know, it’s Tuesday. I’m a procrastinator.) Heading over to follow on Instagram…
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  6. Buying the domain right away is so important. I use GoDaddy too and haven’t had a single problem. I wish I would have purchased a theme for my blog right away. Spending a little money in the beginning can save you from a headache later on. All of your other points are great suggestions too.
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  7. I haven’t been blogging for even a month yet, and I feel like I have so very much to learn! I know that I need to find a tribe, so I am going to spend some time figuring out what I want to accomplish with my blog. I thought I knew, but now I’m not so sure. Thanks for the thought provoking post!
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  9. I’ve been known to do a few of these! I used to be pretty obsessed with posting five days a week, but this summer I’ve slacked off on that and the world has not come crashing down. I think I may have learned to go a little easier on myself!
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      Oh, well have you read his post today??? Oh my gosh!!

      Anyways, you are spot on. Don’t push it when it’s not working. I try to write from the heart and that helps me to not burn out and also helps me to be able to share what I am feeling. I get a lot of comfort and support that way, especially from my blogging buddies.
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  10. Thanks for these tips. You’re absolutely right about number 1 and 4; I’ve been delaying buying my doman until I make the move to self-hosted, but this post was the kick up the backside I needed. And as for 4, I’ve been trying to take a step back and not post more than daily unless I absolutely have to. And Klout… I find Klout such a mystery at the moment. It’s fairly baffling and I have no idea how I’m supposed to use it. There don’t seem to be any clear guides on Klout written for the absolute idiot unfortunately. If there are, then I haven’t managed to find them. #sundaysdownunder

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      Haha! You are funny! I think with blogging there are moments we just feel too dumb. Right now I am feeling that way with Periscope! It’s a mystery to me!

      Yes, buy that domain name and take your time, the rest will come!
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  11. Great tips Jen! I really like the last two.

    I just CAN NOT for the life of me get into using Twitter… any tips for that?

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      I really like twitter. I just jumped in, made some mistakes, nothing too terrible and slowly learned my way around. Well of course at lightning fast twitter speeds…. Don’t worry though, because bloggers are especially kind there and it does wonders for your posts. So get that account so I can start tweeting your stuff sister!
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  12. Guilty of the first one. Lost my domain name when I took a break from blogging. Someone bought it! So, I had to wake up my blog with the same name, but with a 2 added to the end of it.

    Doh!
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  13. I go back and forth with the social media aspect. It can be such a time suck and I’ve never really seen much (if any) return. But it’s still on my to-do list to get better at it. I’d say that networking with other bloggers has been the most rewarding aspect of blogging; not just from a comments and sharing perspective but also personally rewarding. It’s my favorite part!
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      The networking and meeting other bloggers like you is the super fun part! You are right social media can be a big time suck, but if you find the one that works for you it does make it worth your time for sure. Just don’t push it if you don’t have the time I say :)
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  14. Wonderful tips Jen and I agree with all of them.

    It took me about 1 1/2 years to buy my own domain. I’m so fortunate someone didn’t scoop it – man that would have sucked!

    I definitely fell victim to burning myself out. I used to post 3-5 times a week. Now I’m down to 2-3 posts (including the SHINE Blog Hop) which still feels like a bit much at time.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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      Oh wow, for sure! Jen’s Guy wouldn’t even let me start blogging until we had our domain name. That’s my techie guy :)

      Burnout is such a hard one for bloggers to avoid, I scaled back as well. It just makes me feel happier and saner! It always seems though we are working on the right balance….

      Thanks and hugs!
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  15. Good tips – and I can see the benefit of all of them. My biggest struggle has been allowing myself – or making myself – work on one of these tips at a time instead of taking it all on board and sinking!!

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