Are you about to start your new blog or you are already into blogging?
Then every single word in this post was written for you and anyone who wants or is already into blogging.
Like every endeavor, blogging starts from somewhere until it grows. Each blog will start with a name, a host, a logo, a blog post and more till the blog will have millions of blog posts.
As usual, one could make mistakes in the process, correct it and move on.
Blogging isn’t so easy especially if you are doing it right. Yea.
I have been blogging for a while now and I have always learned from pro bloggers as well.
I literally made a lot of mistakes in the process and learned a lot of stuff the hard way. The adventure has always been fun.
Most of these mistakes are done by newbie bloggers and even pro bloggers or matured bloggers ignore or overlook these common mistakes.
One thing about blogging is, making mistakes isn’t bad but learning it the hard way isn’t always advisable.
I have made a lot of mistakes as I keep blogging and always learn, move on and try not to repeat the same mistakes as well as avoiding more.
I am putting together each and every single mistake bloggers make that should be avoided completely.
I could call this article a blogging advice for beginners too or just general blogging advice/tips to help every blogger.
Before diving into the contents below, I think you should check out the best permalink structure you should adopt for your WordPress site in 2018 for a neat, SEO friendly and good looking URL structure.
Remember, the earlier, the better.
Common Blogging Mistakes To Avoid As A Dedicated Blogger
Below are the most common blogging mistakes that most rookie bloggers make in their first year while others keep repeating it as they grow.
These tips and blogging advice will help you stay away from errors that will affect your blog negatively.
The list will start with the most common mistakes and gradually move unto other ones. It’s going to be of help to any serious new blogger.
Like I said earlier, you mustn’t always make mistakes and learn things the hard way.
Let’s quickly look at the most common blogging mistakes most bloggers don’t avoid and how to fix them.
We would be starting small and gradually progress to others that are a little bit advanced.
Choosing a name for your blog
Your domain name is what people will always know you for.
Unlike human names, no two blogs can have the same kinda domain names.
Choosing a domain name should be well planned, short and easy to remember, unique without distractions, and if possible, it should have something to do with your blog.
Once you choose a domain name that’s wrong for you, there’s no going back unless you purchase the right one.
So, avoid making that silly mistake most bloggers do.
Think about your domain name, rethink it, get more suggestions and then finally pick the right one when you are convinced it will do a good job.
Choosing a blogging platform
There are many blogging platforms to choose from like Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress etc. WordPress has always been the best choice for serious bloggers because of its versatile nature, flexibility and powerful SEO features.
You can also use other CMS out there, but from experience, WordPress is very good for blogging anytime, anywhere.
So when it comes to the blogging platform to use, I will always recommend WordPress.
Your Web Host matters a lot
If you are going to choose a self-hosted WordPress site, then you would probably need a host. Yea, I know you will go for a self-hosted WordPress site.
So your host actually carries everything from your WordPress core files, plugins, uploads and other important files that are necessary for your site to work perfectly.
When it comes to hosting or choosing a host for your site, it’s very important and your decision will seriously affect your site negatively or positively.
So, what do you need to do when it comes to hosting your WordPress site?
- Choose the best hosting companies to keep your site. I personally use and will recommend SiteGround Hosting.
- Compare the hosting price with others and see if you can get a discount.
- Do research in forums and find out which hosting works really well in terms of performance, bandwidth, storage and customer support.
Customer support is extremely important and any good web hosting company will make it a top priority.
Well, my favorite web host after trying out a few has always been SiteGround.
They excel in speed, performance, updates, customer support and whatever you could name. Do check out their homepage to get more information.
Writing without a target audience/niche
You can’t easily blog about everything and succeed squarely, you have to be specific.
One mistake most bloggers make is putting all their eggs in one basket. Just you alone, blogging about technology, SEO, Marketing, Health, Business, Homecare, Entertainment etc.
It’s just too much and you will find yourself not even able to compete with others because you aren’t defined.
A blog that’s focused on too many broad topics might find it difficult to rank because the competition is extremely high.
Find a special topic or niche and write quality contents based on your niche, putting your visitors first.
Get a new email address with your domain name
This might sound like it’s not really a big deal, but it is. Having a blog and safeguarding your email address from fraudsters could turn out to be a big mistake.
Apart from having your normal email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, you should consider checking out if email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org is available.
It could help you reach out to users with your brand name and it will easily bring trust as well as familiarity.
Instead of having a blog and someone else uses your domain name as his email address, you better do it fast.
Don’t take chances. Anyone can use email@example.com for fraudulent purposes but you can avoid it when you get the email as yours and put it to use.
Not having a Brand Logo
This might sound unimportant to some bloggers, but trust me, having a special logo for your blog or brand will help you get a space in the minds of your visitors or viewers.
It shows your unique identity and helps people to recognize your blog easily just by looking at the logo.
- Your blog’s logo should be very eye-catching, high quality and not very large.
- Color combination shouldn’t be too much and if possible, it should show what your blog is all about.
Having a professional logo for your blog wouldn’t cost you much, it’s cheap and easy to get online or offline.
Not paying attention to the look/design of your blog
The appearance of your blog is actually another thing users will get used to first. If your blog looks unkept, not very responsive, hard to go around and too heavy, it will scare away visitors. Blogs of this era have to be extremely fast and responsive.
Here are a few tips to check out to get a good design or blog look.
- Pay attention to your blog design and make sure it’s cool
- Use a premium template/theme that’s very fast, responsive, SEO friendly and lightweight.
- Don’t go for nulled themes to avoid problems unless you properly scan it online. You can use free themes that are very responsive and load fast.
- Ask friends to check your blog and tell you how they feel.
Is the theme cool, the colours, the speed, responsiveness and overall performance good?
These are all important things to check out and make sure they are all okay before showing the world what you got.
Adding Blog Pages
It shows that you are serious about your blogging. It helps users to trust you, easily reach you and feel safe accessing your site.
Don’t leave the pages out, make sure you have all these important pages added and easily accessible.
Its cool to also have them at the top and bottom of your blog.
Here are some must-have blog pages you need in 2018 from WPBegginer.
Create Social media accounts for your blog
Social media contributes a lot to the growth of blogs. It’s a tool that can drive good traffic to any blog, help you reach more users, get more shares and visibility as well and referrals.
Once your blog is ready, make sure you create a Facebook page, Twitter page, Google+ page, Instagram page, YouTube page, Pinterest and more if you can.
Add the social links to the blog and link them to your blog so your contents will always be shared with all the social media pages.
It has always been a great tool to build social presence and overall SEO, so you shouldn’t ignore it at all.
Adding your website to search engines | Sitemap
Search engines are what will bring your site/blog and its content to people who need it. Although search engines will still find your blog naturally, adding a sitemap file to your site and also to search engines will definitely help in the long run.
Google Search Console, Bing, Yandex etc are all good search engines to start with. Create a webmaster account and add your sitemap file to it so that search engines will be given a thorough direction to all your content and how your site works.
It’s also easy to get a sitemap and adding it to search engines is even easier.
Adding an email list/newsletter
One of the most effective means of getting loyal visitors is via an email list. Once you start your new blog, make provision for an email list where users can subscribe to your blog updates and get notified each time you make a post.
It’s easy and can be achieved via several means.
Remember to keep it very simple and straight to the point.
Get Analytics for your site/blog
With Google Analytics, you can get a lot of details regarding your blog page views, visitor stats, referrals, organic search and other stats as well in real time.
With Google Analytics, you can get a lot of important stats for your blog.
- Track your goals: Website conversions and user statistics
- Audience reports help you know your users
- Real-time stats
- Search Console
- Behavior and more powerful analysis
Write for people, not search engines
As a new blogger or someone who has been blogging for a while, it’s important to know that writing your blog posts for people will certainly build your audience and it’s going to be a firm one.
With this, you will establish your brand authority and your audience will always stick with you.
Valuable content targeted at real people is what blogging is all about. Trying to write blog posts for yourself or search engines might just shine for a while, but your light will go off in the long run.
As you keep adding value to people’s lives through your contents, you’ll be happy to find that writing for people works well for search engines.
Write for people and the search engines will help them find it.
Don’t try to trick search engines with keyword stuffing and other methods of SEO that isn’t recommended. Follow the right path and in no time, whatever you get from search engines will be a lasting one.
Do not Copy/Plagiarize other people’s blog contents
Have you seen a content that looks so cool and full of quality that you just felt like holding down your CTRL + C keys?
Well, there are so many cool contents out there, but copying someone else’s content isn’t the right thing to do.
People are looking for unique, interesting and valuable contents to read and share. You can also create one or more. Copying contents from other blogs just to make your blog post rich or popular will surely cripple your blog in future.
If you must write something very similar to someone’s blog post, it should be 200 times better than the original and unique too.
You can do research and gather more info instead of just copying and pasting the entire blog content on someone’s site.
You will find most newbie bloggers doing this because initially, getting great contents isn’t always easy.
Do extensive Keyword research before posting
The truth is that, when we write blog posts, it shouldn’t be for search engines but for real people who use search engines.
Writing blog posts that will be seen and reachable needs a lot of good keyword research to enable the post rank higher and reach your target audience.
Do you just pick up your PC or smartphone and start writing whatever comes your way or head? Well, it’s unique but you need more than that to be at the top and remain there.
Before you write any blog post, no matter the word count or size, you must do an extensive keyword research related to the content and get more information about what you are writing.
Even if you knew a lot about that topic, things might have changed so much without your notice.
New ideas, tools, references etc might have come up and your old knowledge would no longer be able to compete with the trends.
There are so many tools to use for extensive keyword research like;
You can also check out the best keyword research tools for SEO in 2018 here.
As you write, make you naturally use the keywords around the post and add more related keywords too.
You can get more traffic and search appearance when you use the right keywords and related keywords for the content you are writing about.
Do not be in a hurry to publish posts when it’s not completely searching engine friendly. Why publish the long post and later you don’t even know where to find your content in SERPs.
Take your time, no matter how long, do extensive keyword research and optimize your content before hitting the publish button.
The results would be amazing even if it takes a little while. And also note that people tend to only share contents that have value and wide/detailed information on a specific topic.
So don’t be in a rush, take your time, the results will be awesome if you put in more effort.
It’s the little differences that separate the quality content blogs from the content blogs.
Write with Titles, URLs, and Permalinks that are SEO friendly and click-worthy
Most new bloggers do not pay attention to the Titles, URLs, and permalinks of their posts.
Well, you should already know that the Title and permalink are what your readers will always see first before checking the main content.
Search engines also take your URLs too very important. The shorter and more keyword rich, the better it would always be.
Let me summarize some tips you really need to take seriously regarding Titles, URLs and permalink structure on your site.
Your H1 title should be optimized properly by using the relevant keywords as well as related keywords in a natural way without trying to play search engines.
Other important title tags to use include the H2, and H3. The most popular ones are the H1, H2, and H3.
Try to use the H2 tag as much as possible without making it look too cloudy.
Hope you got my point.
Your URL or permalink for the post should be manually edited to contain the major keywords and post title without stop words and unnecessary words that will make it very long.
Remember, your URL might be truncated by Google if it’s too long.
Make your blog post title very captivating so it can attract clicks and increase your page views.
Use call to action titles that will make any user want to click it without hesitation. And don’t mess things up trying to make it right.
- You should look at the title, does it look like it’s shareable?
- Will the title increase the shares?
- Can it be easily ignored?
If your answers are positive, then you are okay.
You might ask friends to also check out the title for you.
Another cool stuff is using a different URL from the permalink. Yea, making the both of them different but SEO friendly can help you rank high enough.
Like using different keywords for the title and using more with related keywords in the permalink. But make it short and straight to the point.
E.g of a title and permalink could be, Common Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid and then a permalink that looks like yourdomain.com/bloggers-tips-mistakes-advice-seo.html
With that combination and a content that has properties related to the keywords, your post is surely going to be relevant and always get to your target audience.
Your title shouldn’t be like most blog titles that tell you/summarise everything you will find in the blog post
. It will leave the user with no choice but to say, thank you for such a good summary.
Imagine a title like; 5 Mistakes That Buried My Blog For 10 Years
Any serious blogger would never want such catastrophe to happen to his/her blog and so, such titles will always get clicks and more shares. (If you actually said something cool)
Look, your permalinks should:
- Be easy to read
- Be short, simple to type and remember
- Look better to potential visitors on Google’s SERPs
- Have your overall branding message
With proper SEO on post your titles and URLs, you will help search engines bring your content to the right people.
Free Vs Paid Blog
Having a blog that’s completely free from the domain name, hosting, template etc can be gotten for free if you want. But, is it really cool?
Well, even if you don’t intend making money from your passion, using free stuff will limit your blog in so many important ways.
There are platforms to blog completely free but it has some not so cool effects.
- Most of these free stuff will drastically limit your growth and monetization.
- You might also be given strict rules and regulations on what to post. Doesn’t that sound weird?
- With free blogs and tools, anything unexpected could happen. Loss or whatever without your permission
- Most free platforms actually own whatever you post or do with their tools.
Free domain names, hosting and the likes of them might not always be cool. It’s only an unserious blogger that will put his hard work in an unsafe place.
Only after you invest a lot of time (and money) in free hosting, you discover the numerous disadvantages. They’re totally not worth the little-perceived savings they offer:
Well, the only free hosting that actually worked 100% for me in areas like
- Customer support
- Unlimited speed and bandwidth
- Unlimited emails
- The softaculous script for WordPress installation
- and a lot more
Viewen’s free cloud hosting is a revolutionary game changer. All you need to do is to make your website security extremely tight without any loophole.
With paid blogs and tools, you really have to put more effort so that your work pays you back. And the payback is always bigger than the input most times.
If you intend starting small and then pay for all of those tools, services, and platforms, it’s not a bad idea.
LI started with a free domain name and Google Blogger platform, later monetized my blog and then started moving on to mostly paid stuff.
A complete free blog will make most people see your blog as an unserious endeavor. Yea. Like, what will he/she even loose if anything happens to the blog?
I guess you should answer that.
Your Content is Everything
The content you dish out to your readers is actually what brought them to the blog or made them click the link anyway.
No matter how click-worthy your title and URL looks, a content that says otherwise will certainly force your readers to hit the back button on their devices or computer and then it would increase your bounce rate.
The content is very important and should be taken extremely seriously unless you are blogging about jokes.
You should probably read about how to create quality contents that have the potential of becoming viral and increase leads, shares, and engagement.
It might look hard but the profits will leave a lasting smile on your cheek.
Your content starts from the introduction. Yea, you don’t just jump into telling me how to make a meal without some assuring and mind captivating intro.
Like the title and URL, the first paragraph of your post is what users mostly see especially when they are on your homepage or checking your shared posts on Facebook.
That’s because Facebook shares will have an excerpt of the post.
So, how will you get the reader’s attention and keep it right from the introduction of the post?
- Learn to start with a kinda pathway that will hold any reader’s attention. You can read your intro over again or ask a friend to check it out.
- Your intro can be a little story related to the content that will interest your readers.
- Avoid lengthy intros that can make someone’s eyes become blurry at first look. Use paragraphs as much as possible. It’s free!
- Try to make your intro have some contents that will assure the reader of what he/she will gain from the post, listing them in an order that will increase attention and concentration.
- Be weird, funny and open.
- Talk or write as if you were addressing your readers in a meeting. Their attention and actions will depend on how you start
Apart from having a great intro, the main content should have more of the spices.
Try as much as possible to give details without making it look boring.
Use paragraphs, text formatting and bullet points where necessary to make the whole contents very organized.
If your blog looks like a big, scary wall of text, readers are going to bounce out in a minute or two! Even if your ideas are amazing, the presentation is half the battle.
Another very important thing to note about writing contents is the word content, number of words or size of the post.
Hey, you don’t expect a 300 words post to outrank 5k words posted on the same topic. Even though some contents with fewer words do rank, it’s the higher the better.
Don’t settle for short articles or blog contents. Push in the details, get a minimum of 1k words as your standard and stick to it. There are a lot of contents you can add to make it really cool.
Are you thinking the longer the content, the harder it is for readers to finish it? That’s not true.
If you visit sites like that of NeilPatel, most of his contents are extremely lengthy but people read them all through and even do it over and over again.
Yes! Once your content has a lot of value and information, people will read in between the lines till the end of the article, drop comments and even ask for more.
Don’t just try to stuff irrelevant things so as to make your content have a higher word count, add valuable information and put in all the details.
If you find yourself breaking posts into parts and posting them in sections, it isn’t a good idea. Try as much as possible to put in all the details in the same post and don’t keep your readers waiting or else, someone will steal them away if they decide to search for more information regarding the topic you wrote on.
One last word, don’t let laziness cripple your post juice. You should always stuff your contents with enough details as possible and set a standard to write not less than 1ooo words post.
If you write well and consistently, it will become as easy as ABC churning out great contents like the big boys do.
Finally, here are more tips for a beginner blogger:
- Your design should be friendly to everyone
- Check your font type, it should be easily readable without stress
- Your site’s color should be very decent. No color rampage that will make your site look like a bunch of crayons
- Links should have a good color to help people detect and differentiate them from the normal contents.
- Unique SEO friendly Meta descriptions should always be added to your blog posts or leave Google to generate the snippet automatically.
- Yoast or All-in-1 SEO plugins can help you get that done easily.
Proofread your content before publishing
Do you find too many typo errors after publishing your blog posts? If yes, then you really need to read on.
Your readers aren’t there to come and read half-baked contents with errors and careless typos.
Before a blog post is published, it should be proofread over and over again until it’s 100% okay and readable.
You can manually proofread it or use the features in WordPress plugins like Yoast SEO to help you proofread your content in a better way.
One tool I always use is Grammarly. It’s one of the best and must-have smartphone apps for bloggers on Android and iOS.
- Grammarly – Download their free chrome extension to have Grammarly review your typed content on most social media platforms, blogs, Gmail and WordPress before submitting.
- PaperRater – Copy and paste your post into PaperRater and it will check your spelling, grammar, and word choice. It also checks for plagiarism and reports back with an overall grade.
If you keep publishing quality articles with no or fewer errors, your readers will know you are a serious blogger and it will help you gain a click, bookmark, email subscription, share or maybe a comment form your visitors.
No one likes to read a post littered with grammar mistakes or misspellings. Having someone else proofread your post is the best option, but if you have no one to help you, here are two free editing tools you can use:
Images, tables, graphs & videos are very important
Good contents can be written but adding images, and videos will add life to your contents. An image/picture they say is worth a thousand words.
Readers tend to have a pause where there’s an image or video because it’s engaging and brings engagement.
Using eye-catching images and even Gis will add more beauty to your content. Users also find it very easy to share images on a blog or videos.
I also do the same.
Now, let me summarize some important things you should always do on every blog post.
These are important to make your content easily accessible and properly indexed by search engines.
- Never upload any image without renaming it to the attributes it has
- Don’t use images without alt tags, and meta descriptions. Search engines don’t have eyes to know the images, your alt attribute will tell search engines what the image is all about and it will be visible in image searches.
- Try to use the keywords for the post and other related keywords in the alt tag of your images.
- Use images with high quality that are not very large.
- Your contents should have links to other posts in your blog as well. Try to relate posts with each other in all your contents. It helps search engines find more of your posts easily while crawling a one or a few of them.
- Use anchor texts properly to help increase your on-page SEO
Start and always have Social Share buttons on your blog
A content that’s really full of quality information will attract a lot of shares and engagement. But what if you have no share buttons, or you don’t have the right share buttons?
Most bloggers don’t start their blog with social shares on their mind.
Social media has a lot of roles to play in helping your blog grow and become popular. Even if you are running ads on Facebook, you need real social shares on your blog.
So, depending on your blogging platform, make sure you have social share buttons right on all of your blog pages.
Having social share buttons is cool but the wrong application can affect your overall user experience as well as reduce your site’s performance.
So, what’s the way out?
Use light social share plugins, if you are using WordPress.
I have tried a lot of social sharing tools and AddThis have been my favorite. It works very well without affecting your site in any way.
One cool feature every social sharing tool for a site should have is easy customization. Well, AddThis sharing tools can be customized from top to bottom.
Apart from these sharing tools, you can add more powerful site tools like lead building, related posts, social follow tools etc, and easily customize them to suit your needs.
Like my big friends used to advise me, keep the social share buttons minimal and user-friendly.
Because you have 500 social sharing tools to choose from doesn’t mean you should add all of them to your blog. It will end up making your blog look like a staging site for sharing tools.
The sharing buttons should be at most 5 and should include the most viral social sharing platforms like Gmail, Whatsapp, Pinterest, Twitter etc
The positioning shouldn’t interfere with your users experience negatively, keep it at positions where it would be visible always and also accessible.
So, make sure you have social share buttons on your blog as you begin and always keep them.
Start with a fast loading blog and make it faster
These days, we all need the faster way or means of doing things. Faster cars, faster bikes, faster internet speed, faster smartphones, and even fast food. Lol
Search engine favor blog that load very fast and users also love blogs that will load almost immediately. When was the last time you visited a slow website and what did you do?
To be on the safest side, start your blogging journey but pay serious attention to your site speed, both on mobile and PC.
There are so many blogging tools that will help you know how fast your site is and what you can do to fix it if it’s the synonym of a Snail.
Google AMP is a great feature to take seriously if you can. Big blogs and companies use it because it increases more clicks, views, traffic and overall user experience because of its fast loading feature.
Another important thing is to enable or add your site to a CDN service like Cloudflare. If your budget is tight, the free plan works well too.
Once your site is fast, the possibility of ranking very high is certain and you too can
Pay attention to errors
I had very serious errors on my blog for more than 2 months that affected me so bad to the extent I felt like giving up.
Yea, I thought of stopping or selling my blog.
Well, it all started when I saw a few errors but overlooked them until it was almost out of control.
No matter how small errors on your site might be, it could affect the whole site in some negative ways. Once you notice any error on your site, try as much as possible to fix it.
I had errors ignorantly until most of my posts that were on the first page were pushed down to page 5 and were even going down as time went on.
Errors like 404 page not found are really important and must be redirected via a 301 redirect to the live post or redirected to your homepage.
As your errors keep piling up, it negatively affects your site’s ranking, worth and other important areas.
Always check Google search console
Google search console should always be your best friend unless you haven’t added your site yet. And that’s a big mistake if you haven’t.
Like my friend would always advice, “Just go and check Google search console”, it’s your best friend. Google Search console has a lot of information regarding your site which you should always check and take seriously.
- You will see your site’s performance
- Search terms that you are ranking for and the number of clicks you have gotten for each term.
- How much of your contents Google has crawl and index
- Errors in your sitemap
- Errors encountered while indexing/crawling your site.
- You can also make a lot of changes to your sites look on Google search via the search console
Everything that has to do with your site and how it behaves on Google search pages is right in the Google search console.
Like I always do, I check my Google search console data/analysis every day and watch out for errors as well as improvements. You too shouldn’t stay away from Google search console unless you want to be ignorant of how your site performs on Google search or you aren’t the webmaster.
Don’t just blog for money!
Most newbie bloggers just swim, crawl, or jump into blogging for the sole aim of making money. A lot of bloggers are just blogging for the money. That’s just fine and I have no issues with that.
But, when you make making money from your blog a top priority, you won’t be concerned about how good your content is or how your users see it.
Blogging should be your passion and the results should be what drives you on. Let me put it in another way; Blog with passion, valuable and quality content, all other things will be added unto you.
It’s the traffic, views, referrals, money that will be rushing after your blog. They won’t have an alternative.
Have you started blogging and haven’t received an approval from Google Adsense yet? And it’s actually driving you crazy, killing your vibe?
I was in your shoes. Initially, when I applied for Google Adsense, I was turned down several times. But that was all my fault. though I didn’t notice it.
I needed Google Adsense so badly because all of the blogging stuff wasn’t free, I was paying for almost everything.
Well, I later decided to blog with positive passion, with or without Adsense. I loved my blog after all and even had to publish better posts after the whole scenario with Adsense.
To my greatest surprise, I got approved even when I less expected it. Since then, my passion has always been up and running.
When you do it right, every other thing will take its proper place. The money or whatever you really need out of your blog.
Your Blog’s total security is very important
As you start your blogging trip, your total blog security should be a priority.
From your passwords and other admin information, everything should be kept secret and hard to guess.
If you are using the WordPress platform, you can have plenty of security plugins to help tighten up your site security.
Below are some useful tips you should work on to help make your blog very secured, free from hackers and other security threats.
- Always keep your plugins and the WordPress core file updated as soon as possible. Updates will fix bugs, add improvements and increase the overall security of the plugin or your WP files
- Use complicated passwords that only you can remember easily
- Use a plugin to change your WordPress admin login URL from the default /wp-admin to anything that’s very secure and hard to guess.
- Use powerful WordPress security plugins like WordFence and learn how to configure it perfectly without affecting your overall site performance
- Add more server-side security to your site via the CPanel or contact your host.
- Use a CDN on your blog. It will increase your site loading speed, decrease server resources usage and boost security.
- Don’t log in to your admin URL using other people’s browsers without using Incognito mode or clearing the cache and cookies if you already saved your login details on the browser.
- Make your email passwords very strong to avoid getting hacked via your email address.
Learn SEO |On-Page & Off-Page
SEO is everything you need to push your blog to the top and retain a fair position even in the competition. A well-planned SEO will always bring good results to your blog.
You don’t have to keep churning out high-quality content without making sure the SEO aspect is taken care of. There are so many things to learn from SEO.
It’s very wide and will take some time to understand and effectively apply what is needed for a proper blog growth.
You could also hire an SEO expert, professional or company to help you with your blog’s SEO management.
So, I would recommend you check out some notable websites to learn more about SEO, from the on-page to the off-page aspects.
With proper SEO, your blog post can become a stiff-neck competition to the big boys.
Yes, ranking higher than most of those posts on the first page is possible but needs a lot of SEO hard work and quality content.
Always stick it to your mind that SEO is dynamic and always changes. New algorithms, new ranking factors, new tips, and tricks will take the stage.
Get frequent Backups – Save your Ass
Yea. I know how many time I used to mess things up so bad on my blog because I love exploring. Well, a backup of the most important parts of my blog always saved me.
Another incident was when my blog was hacked and infected by viruses, I couldn’t revert the changes without losing important files/contents. It was the most recent backup that saved me.
I only had to rewrite just a single post and use the old permalink to avoid 404 errors.
No matter how busy you are, make sure you have a backup of your site files. Anything could happen and the only way back is a backup.
Well, most hosting services do have a backup of your site in case things go wrong and that’s a good one. But you can do some manual backup using WordPress plugins like UpDraftPlus to backup your site Database and other important files.
Another important thing to always do is to make a backup of any core file you want to make changes to. Files like the Database, htaccess, wp-config etc are very crucial and any error could make your entire site inaccessible on the front end.
Don’t joke with your blog, a backup and an updated one is very important and should be kept safe.
Make friends with Pro bloggers or follow them on Social media
A lot of people have passed through where you are right now and they did practically well. Even if some also made mistakes, learning from other people’s experience will save you from lots of scars.
Hey, are you trying to do it on a solo? Well, that’s not always a good idea. I have friends who I ask questions, get advice and suggestion concerning improving my blog and solving problems.
I know how much I have learned and how fast I have been able to solve issues on my blog because I was close to a few top bloggers and also followed other pro bloggers on social media.
You can do it all alone but it’s gonna leave you with a lot of stories to tell. It’s like not looking before you leap. Since there are too many successful bloggers and you aspire to get to their level, getting close to them in any way will be of great help to you.
Instead of making deadly mistakes, falling and rising, break down and fixing, you can save yourself a billion stress by learning from other people’s mistakes and experiences.
Add Comments & Answer/Reply Your Comments
Getting comments on my blog initially was as a tug of war. I smiled so much when I got the very first comment.
But unfortunately, it was a complete SPAM.
Well, things changed for the better.
Getting comments isn’t really easy at all unless the post talks about something that needs engagement via the comments box.
When someone has taken the time to read your post and then dropped a comment/feedback, the biggest mistake you could make is to ignore it.
Someone made the effort to talk to you – and now, you’re brushing them off? That’s annoying unless you have 500 comments in a queue.
Here are some reasons why you should always try to stay engaged with your commenters, whether they’re being positive, negative or just asking a question:
- It encourages more comments. When someone comments on your post, they’re opening a dialogue with you, and only by responding can you continue that conversation. The more engaging your comment is, the more comments/feedbacks it draws.
- It builds your credibility and establishes your authority. Whether the comments have questions, criticism, disagreement, contribution or whatever, responding as soon as possible will make your users trust you and will make them feel free to comment again.
- New posts. A lot of comments could direct your attention to what you are missing, what others haven’t answered correctly or a whole new trending post. So, get busy with your readers.
- Increases your rankings. If you haven’t noticed, blogs with a good number of comments will always rank higher than others with no comments. Comments also carry keywords that search engine will pick up and display on search results. You never know the potential those comments hanging there could bring.
Don’t underestimate comments. Readers also love checking other people’s comment and when they find out you haven’t answered a 1-week old comment, there’s no need of adding theirs.
Also stay away from comments with spammy links or contents and try to be very polite in all your responses. Yes, it’s your blog, but you don’t have to always sound like the internet is yours.
Make your Recent, Related & Popular posts easily accessible
WordPress, as well as other blogging platforms, could be customized easily to increase engagements. Your recent posts, related post, and most viewed/popular posts should always be visible to new and returning visitors.
It positively increases engagement and helps drive more traffic to other contents.
When adding this feature via any method, make sure it doesn’t affect the user experience in a negative way. It shouldn’t slow down your site loading speed, it shouldn’t distract the view from the main content and should be very eye-catching.
There are several plugins on WordPress that will help you achieve this. Pick the ones that work well and are recommended by pro bloggers.
Blog Consistently & don’t just concentrate on instant Growth
If you read the stories of most renowned and powerful bloggers, you will notice some similarities in their stories.
Consistency and passion always helped them to stay fresh, on top and bring in more leads. Starting well doesn’t mean your traffic will boom in a matter of seconds. No!
Most rookie bloggers start concentrating on how successful they are after just a few posts that haven’t even survived the competition.
Forget about the instant growth and focus on being consistent, delivering steady and quality blog updates to your esteemed readers. Blogging isn’t like a static website, it’s something that’s always on the go, dynamic and full of potentials.
Blog consistently and the results will certainly put a smile on your face. Once again, be consistent and don’t be too concerned about instant growth or get-rich-quick techniques in blogging.
Start small and keep growing
It’s very important to take your little beginnings very important and keep the pace. As you start blogging with all the vibes, there will be a time when you won’t have the strength to write, research or pay those bills.
But, don’t give up!
If you can’t compete with others who post 500 posts every day, it’s okay to post even 3 or 5 super quality and detailed posts that will go viral and drive traffic to your site than 100 posts that were flushed out in a hurry.
Once those unfinished posts start ranking very low, it will affect your overall site in search rankings and give you more work to fix.
It’s better to do the little well and gradually progress, instead of amassing thorns buried under a pillow in the name of competition.
Promote your Blog Posts and Join Blogger Communities
Maybe, or it seems I am going to roundup with this.
Listen, you can’t do everything on your own. Yea. That’s why you need Google and other search engines to serve your delicious blog posts to readers who search for information.
Promoting your blog post will always help you reach more potential visitors that will also bring more readers to your blog.
You could run adverts on Facebook, Google or any other promotional method that is okay for you. The results you will get from promoting your contents will always be more than any manual sit and wait type of promotions.
And finally, say finally!!!
Getting involved in other blogger communities will positively affect your blog, help you connect with like minds, expose you to more knowledge, give you quality and vital information about the blogging industry or your nitch etc.
Work on your blog promotion and get involved with other bloggers.
Below are some of the best blogger communities to join and interact with other bloggers. You never can tell what you might gain.
- Blog Engage
- Blog Catalog
- Linkedin Groups
If you couldn’t get everything on this post, then try to go over them again with a pen, writing down the important parts you need to work on.
You can be one of the most popular bloggers tomorrow but it starts with proper preparation and consistent hard work. Blogging is dynamic, like search engine algorithms, everything keeps changing.
If I missed something really important, please, let me know in the comment section.
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