Amateur Blogging: Tips, Tricks, And Mistakes To Avoid

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More than anything else, your content is your blog's most powerful marketing tool.

It will attract visitors on its own terms and hold them through the entire experience of their visit — all while they consume your valuable information. Content doesn't just matter, it's the only thing that matters. 

Regardless of how pretty your blog is, what widgets you use, or how you handle comments — if you don't have good content, your blog will never be successful. 

In this article, I'll cover everything you need to know about amateur blogging, including the various opportunities available, tips and tricks for success, and mistakes you should avoid. Let's get started! 

Things you need to remember before blogging 

When you're thinking about starting a blog, there are a few things to consider. The biggest issue I see people (myself included) running into is not having enough content to fill the page.

Amateur Blogging Tips, Tricks, And Mistakes To Avoid

 Before you jump into starting a blog, you need to decide what you're going to write about, so it's helpful to look at some of the important things first. 

Below, I've listed out things you should remember before you start blogging: 

Identify the purpose of your blog

When starting a blog, the first thing you should do is identify what you want your blog to accomplish. This is something you should consider before you start working on it.

If you've ever used WordPress, or other content management systems, then you know that blogging requires some planning in order for it to be successful. 

In order for WordPress to understand what your blog is about, it must ask that question. The quickest and most straightforward method to do so is to respond to the question on your About page and in your first post.

If you don't know what the purpose of your blog is, then it's not going to have any purpose at all, because you have no idea who or what you're trying to reach.

It won't matter how pretty your blog is, it won't matter what widgets you use, and it won't matter how many comments you have — if your blog has no purpose, then none of that will matter either.

Identify your audience

After you've settled on the aim of your blog, you'll need to figure out who your target audience is and what they want to see on it. Why? Because that's the most important part of an amateur blogger's success. 

Knowing who you're aiming to reach and what they want to see on your blog can aid you in creating higher-quality material.

These days, there are thousands of blogs out there competing for attention, so if you're not specific in your targeting, then it will be difficult for people to find you. 

As a consequence, discovering your site and getting exposed to the knowledge you have to provide them will be more challenging.

Ask yourself questions like "Who are you trying to reach?" "Are you trying to reach just your family and friends, or is everyone in the world your potential audience?"

You may personalize your blog material to a certain group of individuals if you're attempting to reach out to them. 

Doing this will allow you to be more effective — it's more likely that they'll read the blog and comment on it because they actually care about what the blog is about.

If your blog isn't specific to a particular audience, then it will quickly become too general and ineffective. 

Write your posts wisely

In order for the content on your blog to be successful, it needs to be relevant and useful. Don't waste your time writing blog posts that no one is going to read or care about. 

Create top-quality content (or outsource)

With millions of websites to choose from, getting people to pay attention is difficult. You're fighting an uphill battle if you're loading your site with meaningless information.

You should write your blog posts in a way that makes them easily readable and interesting. Don't just slap together a whole bunch of random thoughts and call it a post — plan and organize what you want to say into something cohesive. 

Plan your posts wisely

Your posts shouldn't be just thrown together from whatever you have floating around in your head at any given time. They should be carefully planned out, and organized into a cohesive story.

Best practice is to write a series of posts, with one post building on the previous post. If someone is reading your blog from the beginning, then they know that your posts are going somewhere. 

This makes it easy for people to read the information you provide and increases the likelihood that they will return to your site. Think about what goes into each post, and decide on a direction that you want to have the post go in. 

This might be a question you're trying to answer. It might be an event or series of events that you want to discuss. If there's one theme that you want to present throughout your blog, then make sure it's done well.

Organize your posts wisely

Not only should your posts flow well with the previous post, but they should also flow well together. It's important that your blog posts aren't just a random collection of content. 

Instead, they are carefully organized into a series of topics that work together to tell a cohesive story about what you're trying to accomplish. You should take a look at your blog and think "What do I want this to be?"

I recommend that when you sit down to write all of your posts, you should be thinking "What is this blog about in the end? What is my goal? Why am I writing it?" Consider the following questions.

It's difficult for visitors to locate your blog if you don't have a clear objective or purpose.

Regularly update your blog

One way to ensure that your blog isn't successful is to not update it. Very few bloggers regularly post new content, and if you're one of those people then you need to change that.

Not posting regularly on your blog increases the chances of your content going stale and becoming irrelevant — if you don't update it, people will stop looking at it

It makes your blog difficult for others to find. If you leave your blog alone for a long time, then it takes time to get back to the front page of search engines like Google.

So if you have a goal of having your blog be seen by as many people as possible, then you need to make sure that there is fresh content on your blog. 

If you're not going to post often enough, then at least give an advance notice that there won't be new content coming up.

Blogging mistakes to let go of

As a blogger that is just starting, you may have heard of certain blogging mistakes. These mistakes may have even crossed your mind and fear you to start blogging. Well, here is a list of the most common blogging mistakes to let go off!

Spamming and blog hopping

Don't spam people with promotional links or product reviews from your blog in an attempt to gain backlinks for SEO purposes.

Because of the negative connotation connected with spamming, this is a highly terrible practice that will sabotage your SEO efforts

Also, don't blog hop. Blog hopping is when someone quickly goes through multiple blogs related to the same niche at once. If you are frequently doing this, then you run a risk of appearing as a spammer on those blogs as well. 

Not having a location

If you are writing about things that are happening in your life, be sure to make it clear when they will be happening so people can attend if they want or need to do so. This will help you figure out where your visitors are coming from

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Whether you are a beauty blogger, a travel blogger, or an entrepreneur, you will run into people who want to know how they get involved in your niche. 

For example, travel bloggers can teach readers how to plan their trips and where to stay in different areas. 

Business bloggers can teach readers how they can start their own businesses. This way you are building relationships with your readers and letting them know where they fit into your niche.

Too much text, pictures or videos

If you are too wordy, the eye may lose interest and become fatigued, which will result in fewer people getting to the end of your post and commenting.

Also, do not use your blog as a place to upload photos every few weeks; use them as part of a story and they should be used sparingly. 

While a video every so often does not hurt, it also does not have lasting value and is more of a one time thing. You should be focusing less on the quantity of your posts and more on the quality

Not writing posts consistently

If you are not making a consistent effort to write posts on your blog, then it will be difficult to develop a readership and establish a reputation as an authority in your niche.

Consistent posting builds trust with your reader and makes them more likely to show interest in your subsequent posts and interact with them. 

I used to do this mistake a lot before when I first started out blogging, but its a big mistake. Don't make it. Write your posts, edit them, and publish them at specific dates. Try to stick to a routine if you can.

Writing posts that don’t have SEO value

Put thought into the SEO value of any post you write, whether it's just informative or a review. Like everything else on the internet, if you want your blog to rank high, you must optimize it with the correct keywords

Make sure you understand the difference between optimization, and keyword stuffing.

Also make sure that you are not burying your content with thousands of keyword words in the first few paragraphs. Your readers will have no idea what you are talking about if they have to wade through a page full of text to find the meat.

No point of view

Don't forget that your blog is supposed to have a point of view on the information you are presenting, whether that's about new products in the industry or just providing factual information about something. 

Don't forget to include a point of view and opinion in your posts! This will add credibility to your writing, attract more readers to your blog, and boost your SEO efforts. A blog is a series of posts on different topics. 

Every post should have some sort of point of view that you are trying to convey. 

Not inviting your readers

It is important to include a call-to-action (CTA) in your blog posts. 

People need to be able to take some kind of action on what you are saying in your blog, whether that's subscribing to your email newsletter, linking back to your blog, or using an affiliate link if it applies. 

Encourage people to interact with what you have to say by including compelling CTAs.

Using a platform that does not support comments

If your blog is related to marketing, then you will want to use comments. If you have not added them yet, then the first thing that you should do is enable comments on your blog. 

Do this by going to Settings > Discussion in the WordPress dashboard and following the instructions there. Make sure your WordPress theme allows comments as well.

And if you don't like the comment system on your WordPress blog, then take it easy and wait for it to be improved. 

Not developing your mailing list

If you do not have a mailing list, then take the time to build it up by writing articles about specific niche topics and publishing them on your blog. You need to get to know your reader a bit before sending them valuable and informative content

Also, make sure the email you are sending is well written and worth the read. Boring emails will be quickly deleted. 

Being a spammer

If you're a marketer, you'll want to avoid spamming individuals while attempting to advertise your goods or services. This can lead to being blacklisted on a lot of different websites

Don't forget that Google is always watching what you are doing online. If there is too much spam activity coming from your domain, then it can affect your SEO efforts too.

Blogging tips and tricks you need to know

Blogging is one of the latest trends where you can earn money using your skills. However, before venturing into this field, it is important for you to know about some of the tips and tricks that can help you in this journey

This is how you must be able to make a mark in this field.

You will find various ideas for blogs as many bloggers have done it successfully and earned millions. You can take any of those ideas and start your own blog to earn money from home.

But before you decide on a niche, you need to make few considerations. Below are some of my very own tips and tricks you need to know when you want to start your blogging journey. 

Your topic of interest

If you are passionate about anything, it will help you write more relevant material and attract more visitors to your site. 

Not only that, but there is a high chance that they will come back again and again because they have found something useful for themselves. 

Your niche

Once you have decided on your topic, you will have to figure out what kind of website or blog to create for it. You should not start a blog for every niche that comes to your mind as it will just end up creating confusion. 

Personally. I believe the best way to create a successful blog is by finding the niche that involves similar topics and has traffic potentials in order to have a steady flow of traffic coming to your blog.

Market analysis

Find the niche and see if it has a market or not. You need to know that people are interested in your blog and would be willing to pay money for the information you have provided.

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 You can start collecting data like statistics about the number of people who visit your blog and you can also edit the site analytics to see how many people are actually reading your content.

Write unique content

Your blog's material should be unique and should not be plagiarized. 

Readers will come to know after sometime if you have copied your posts or not and they may not come back again to read more of your work. So make sure you write unique content so that people can trust you.

Use keywords

For your blog to be found in search engines, you need to use keywords in your content just like anyone else who is trying to grow a business online.

However, don't add too many keywords or use them repeatedly as these are indications that a website has been SEOed. Just add them appropriately and in a natural way so that it flows well with your content.

Regular updates

It is important that you should always update your blog entries on time as this will promote trust among the readers. RSS feeds may be used to keep your blog updated on a regular basis

These feeds are like subscriptions and you can take them from other blogs and websites and add them in your blog.

These feeds usually come from people who have a similar interest as you do, but there are also blogs that pay for their services so that they can update their content for readers.

Networking

It is important to keep networking so that you can promote your blog, products and services. You can increase your links to various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn etc. 

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You may use this space to publish links to your blog, which will help you promote yourself. You may market your blog by attending or hosting events and conferences connected to your field. 

If you write about health concerns, for example, you may go to medical or other health events where people might be interested in what you have to give. Besides, it will help enhance your personal brand and identity as a blogger .

Promote your content

It is important to promote your content in order to attract readers to your blog. You can use various social media sites, online directories and various other ways to promote and market your blog so that it gets recognition and popularity. 

You can find various blogs on your niche and you can also get content from others and then post it on your blog so that you get more traffic.

Since you are receiving good content from other people, they will be more willing to share their posts with you and in return, they might also ask for yours in turn.

Conclusion - amateur blogging: tips, tricks, and mistakes to avoid

So this is it. After going through the above few tips and tricks, you must have understood that blogging can be a profitable venture. If it's something you like, then you should definitely give it a shot to earn some good money out of it. 

But you need to remember that blogging is not just about creating a blog and waiting for people to find your work.

You can't just sit back and relax while your blog brings in the bucks for you. You actually need to put in some hard work if you want to succeed in this field. 

I recommend you to try several things before you decide on a niche for your blog and then you can start blogging. 

You can also try other ways to earn money in your spare time. Just remember that success is not a matter of chance or luck, but hard work and determination.

About the author 

Peter Keszegh

Most people write this part in the third person but I won't. You're at the right place if you want to start or grow your online business. When I'm not busy scaling up my own or other people' businesses, you'll find me trying out new things and discovering new places. Connect with me on Facebook, just let me know how I can help.

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