I’ve had one failed blog.
And the worst part is, I didn’t even know that my Blog was a failure at the time.
After one whole year of blogging, I asked myself, why am I not making any real money?
What’s stopping this blog from becoming successful like the others?
And that’s when I realized that almost everything I had been doing for the whole year was wrong.
So, when I started my 2nd Blog, I changed the way I blogged.
And now, in my 6th month of blogging, I was able to make $3451 with less than 50K pageviews.
That’s what Blogging really is about – getting traffic that converts!
If you’ve not yet started a blog (you can follow my step-by-step guide here), or have had one for a while now but are not seeing any real blog engagement – like traffic that converts into subscribers, fans or sales, then this post will help!
Or you could take my free email course that will teach you how to start a blog that makes money ASAP. I hate to brag, but it’s a good course.
I will cover all the blogging mistakes that Newbie Bloggers commonly make. And yes, I’m certainly guilty of making most of these!
This post includes affiliate links, meaning at no extra cost to you, I might make a small commission if you decide to buy something and this money will be used to feed my poor lil’ dogs. They are perennially hungry, my little ones.
1. Using free domains or free hosting
Don’t even think of putting up your Blog on a free platform. You will live to regret it.
Why free hosting is a bad idea:
- It is practically impossible to monetize these Blogs with ads or affiliate marketing. Companies will turn down your applications faster than you can say Kumbaya.
Stop it Larry.
- It is close to impossible to rank on Google Search Results. And if you want blog traffic, or want to monetize your blog in the future, you need to rank on Google Search Results. How often do you find blog posts on the first page with the URL www.cupcakemania.wordpress.com? Or www.lovemetenderly.weebly.com? Hardly, right?
- Building a relationship with your readers becomes very hard. When you are on a free blogging platform, no one is going to trust your blog posts.
- You will face a lot of technical issues like slow website speed or bad customer support. Not to mention the inflexibility of your Blog to accommodate plugins or other script codes.
- It is unreliable. Meaning, the company with which your free blog is hosted, can shut down any day and you will be blog-less without a minute’s notice.
Hosting is very cheap. And it is insanely easy to start a blog. Just follow my step-by-step guide on starting a blog from scratch the right way!
Gone are the days when you needed to know how to code in order to have a website. Now everything is pretty much drag-and-drop!
So, don’t pinch pennies when starting a blog because Blogging can make you some serious moolah.
I talk about how much money you really need to build and grow a blog in this post.
2. Not paying attention to design
Ditch the free WordPress themes.
Remember, that they are free for a reason.
The benefits of having a paid theme are
- You will get free updates for the rest of your life. Meaning the website theme will upgrade to accommodate the latest WordPress upgrades.
- Your theme will help Google index your website, thus helping Google to rank your pages faster.
- SEO becomes way easier with a paid theme. SEO plugins require your theme to be co-operative. Like I said before, you will be entitled to free upgrades of your theme which will be compatible with your SEO plugins as well.
- Flexibility. Aside from the cool landing page demos and all the awesome shortcodes you’ll receive, you’ll pretty much be able to add your own code wherever you want.
- Uniqueness. If you land on a website, you can tell if the person is running a free theme or a paid theme. It’s pretty obvious. And the fact that you have a paid theme will tell your readers that you really care about their reading experience. Which will help you further by building trust and stand out from the sea of bloggers who are using free themes.
And last but not least, do not download pirated themes. They have glitches and eventually they’ll stop working because of the fact that you cannot get upgrades.
Doesn’t matter Chloe. You’re a pirate now.
Just don’t y’all.
P.S. I am currently using the Avada theme. It’s absolutely beautiful and fulfills all of the criteria above.
3. Not narrowing down your niche enough
This is one of the biggest blogging mistakes that Blogging Newbies make.
I used to blog about everything and never even crossed 2000 pageviews a month.
It’s okay to start blogging and not really know where you’re headed.
It’s okay to take that time to figure out what you’re really good at and then slowly move into your niche.
3 factors for discovering your ideal blogging niche
- It should interest you. Never blog about something that is totally unrelatable to you or just doesn’t light that fire of passion in you. You will eventually get bored and stop.
- It should solve a genuine problem. Remember, you have to blog for your audience. It should be more “you” centered than “I.”
- It should be a profitable niche. The more competition that exists for the niche, the better. This means that people are actually looking for solutions to problems in that niche and you can actually make a profit by being in this niche.
Once you do discover your profitable niche, stick to it.
Create lots of content that surrounds various topics in your niche. This will make you look like an expert, and you will grow much more quickly than you would blogging about every thing that popped into your head.
4. Not focusing on growing your email list
I’m guilty of doing this.
I avoided building an email list in the first few months, and man did I regret it!
Why it’s good to have an email list
Imagine you land on a blog that you love, oh so much! You start reading one post and can’t stop! You have multiple tabs open on your browser and you just can’t get enough of this Blogger’s writing!
So, you look for a place to sign up for updates and…
The person doesn’t collect email subscribers.
Are you really going to bookmark this website along with a 100 others and keep coming back every week to check for new posts?
Chances of that happening are pretty slim, hon.
When you create a way for fans to keep coming back to your blog, you are not only increasing your Blog Traffic, but you are building trust.
You are building a brand.
And email lists will make you money.
By constantly hearing from you, your readers will understand that you are an expert in your field.
And when you launch a product or say that you have slots open for commissions, you will land clients and make sales!
Not only that, but if social media shuts down tomorrow, we are pretty much screwed.
I was the victim of an Instagram Glitch and my business toppled over in pretty much 24 hours.
I had no way of reaching out to my 181K followers to tell them what was going on.
It was a mess. I had to start a brand new account!
And that’s primarily one of the reasons I enrolled in ConvertKit before I started my second blog!
So, don’t hesitate, start building an email list right now! And this brings me to my next big blogging mistake…
5. Using a free email marketing platform
I don’t mean to snitch on Mailchimp but it is honestly one of the worst decisions I made in my first year of Blogging.
Mailchimp is free for the first 2000 subscribers.
And let me tell you why that sucks.
Imagine you have two opt-ins or lead magnets on your blog.
For instance you offer a free Blog Planner for those who love blogging. And a beautiful Fitness Planner for those who are into fitness and health.
You’ll want to put these readers into 2 lists. Bloggers and Fitness Folks.
Here’s the catch.
If someone signs up for both lists, Mailchimp counts them as 2 subscribers. You have to use tags in order for Mailchimp to not count the same subscriber as more than 1. It is extremely time consuming. Not to mention that this information is not provided easily.
Imagine you had 5 or 6 opt-ins.
One person would technically be counted as 5 or 6 if they subscribed to different lists.
I currently have 10 opt-ins in my new blog. Imagine, how much I’d end up spending if I used Mailchimp.
Segmenting your Readers
Not only does ConvertKit not do this, but you can also tag your subscribers. I have tagged my readers as Freelancers, Bloggers, Productivity Princesses and what not.
This isn’t how I really tag my readers.
Whenever I write a post that’s related to freelancing, I send it out to all my readers marked with the Freelancing tag, which they get when they download my Client Profile Workbook.
You can also tag readers based on their clicks in the emails you send out via ConvertKit.
Let’s say you are a food blogger. You send out a vegan recipe. Those who click on the link to read it, are obviously interested in vegan recipes. You can tag these people as Vegans.
If the same person clicks on a meat recipe, you can add another tag to them called “Meat-a-holics”
In ConvertKit, one person can have multiple tags and they are still counted as 1 subscriber!
This also helps you when you want to market a product to your readers in the future!
If you create a recipe eBook for Vegans, and you have a tag called “Vegans”, you can send out that Broadcast to all the readers marked with the Vegan tag.
This reduce the unsubscribing rate to a large extent and helps you make more sales because your email platform is segmented properly!
Beautiful Customizing options and flexibility
Apart from this, Convertkit helps you build beautiful forms that work seamlessly on desktops and mobile phones with just a click of a button!
Once a person signs up to a form, you can send them to a thank you page that you’ve customized especially for them or send them a download.
Everything is super customizable! And this marketing platform is a Godsend for Bloggers!
Convertkit has a free trial! Which you can take here!
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6. Not analyzing why you’re writing blog posts
Every blog post you write must be intentional. It needs to suit the type of blog you have.
There has to be a purpose. Stick to your Business Plan.
Meaning have to analyze the call-to-action before you write a blog post.
The different types of call-to-action for Blog Posts
- To raise brand awareness – Posts like tutorials, case studies or list posts are perfect for raising the brand awareness of the blog. These tend to gain lots of comments and also get a lot of social shares.
- To collect leads – These type of posts are usually for the sole purpose of collecting leads. It is best to include a relevant opt-in or freebie with these posts in order to collect more email subscribers. Don’t forget to tag these subscribers so that you can market to them in the future!
- To make affiliate sales – Posts that are centered around an affiliate product like tutorials do very well. Make sure to include lots of screenshots and if possible you can even add a video to promote the affiliate product.
- To sell a product – maybe you’ve just launched a product! So you create a free email marketing course which is a sales funnel to your product. Now all you need to do, is write blog posts about the topic to collect leads that automatically goes into the email course!
This is how a sales-funnel typically works:
The best way to do this is to create a blog content plan 3-6 months in advance.
7. Not knowing whom you’re writing for
If you don’t know whom you’re writing for, it’s pretty pointless to blog.
You need to write for your target audience!
Do an audience poll by sending out surveys to your readers.
See which posts of yours get the most comments and monitor what they are asking. Understand what your readers want from you.
The best way to understand your reader’s problems is to go to Facebook Groups in your Blogging Niche and see the most commonly asked questions.
Make a note on questions that are constantly repeated.
You will get a theme.
And write down blog post ideas based on these problems.
That way, you can direct people to your posts whenever they ask a question that you’ve so eloquently answered in your Blog.
This will help you reduce your bounce rate and bring in more traffic!
There are a lot of ways you can come up with a stellar blog content plan, but this one of my favorites.
8. Not giving your best.
A lot of bloggers save their best tips for their eBooks and courses.
For the love of chocolate ice-cream and cocoa puffs, please don’t commit this blogging boo-boo!
I mean it.
Give it all away.
You must be wondering, is this woman peanuts for suggesting that we give it all away?
Let me explain.
People don’t know you.
Or your blog.
They can’t see you.
And it’s difficult to win people over with written text and a couple of pictures. This means, that you’re starting from scratch.
If you want to make sales, or sell your products or sell affiliate products, you need people to trust you.
You have to make them think, “This blogger is so detailed. He is so informative! He writes posts that make you go WOW!”
That’s what you should aim for.
By the time someone is done reading 1 blog post, they should be so in love with you, that they open up another post on your blog or leave a comment or send you an email.
And trust me, if you can roll up those sleeves and write over 2000 word posts, that explain the solution step-by-step, it will convert into subscribers and sales. This will also increase your chances of your blog post going viral!
People won’t hesitate to buy your products.
Because they will know you deliver.
They will know that your content is super helpful and detailed. They know that they will get value for the money they spend on your products.
This is how you should strategize your Brand.
Likewise, if you have no products, and constantly write beautiful reviews of products that you’re an affiliate for, they won’t have reason to doubt you. And you will find it easier to make money with your Blog.
They will trust you and click “Buy.”
So, don’t hold back.
Write your heart out.
And be as detailed as you can.
Your blog will grow like never before.
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9. Not formatting your Blog Posts properly
In my first blog, I’m guilty of just writing blog posts as fast as I could and hitting publish quickly.
I never really gave much thought to the title or the introduction.
Spend minutes if not half an hour crafting your title.
Write down at least 5-10 titles of your blog post and see which one is more clickable. There is no point in writing a blog post if your title is just meh.
You need to get people to click on your post and read it!
The same goes for your introduction.
Learn how to write an introduction that hooks the reader.
Offer a promise and show the results the reader will achieve once they read the blog post. This will lure them to read further.
Use plenty of headings and sub-headings. You’re not writing a novel.
You’re writing blog posts.
And we’re in the 21st century. People have grown impatient.
End each blog post with a question or an apt summary that briefs up the points and motivates them to take action!
You can also embed videos in your blog posts. And the quickest way to do that is to film them using your laptop, phone or an inexpensive vlogging camera.
This book Content Inc taught me how to write blog posts that dazzle readers in a specific niche. And I couldn’t have reached where I am today without it.
Yes, the whole book teaches you how to write content that sticks and makes people fall in love with your writing. See it here.
10. Not making it easy for people to share your post.
This is one of those blogging mistakes you cannot afford to make!
As much as I love some blog posts, I get slightly irritated when I cannot find share buttons on the post. I am not going to manually copy the URL and paste it into my FB page.
That’s way too much work!
Ain’t no one got time for this!
So, make sure that you use share buttons on the side or the top or bottom of your post.
I use Social Sna.
It’s by far the most beautiful and neat social share buttons out there.
You may also like: 13 Free Ways to Market your Online Business
11. Not blogging consistently or blogging without a plan.
If you are blogging without a plan and are just planning on wingin’ it, don’t.
Stop. It. Now.
Make a plan.
Sit down. And draft a plan.
Remember what I mentioned about writing content with a purpose?
Yes, your blog posts should flow smoothly from one topic to the next.
Use an Editorial calendar like Trello or Asana to schedule in your posts.
Have a content plan for the following 3 months. Always.
It helps you brainstorm points even while you sleep, and by knowing what you’re going to write about next week, you’ll be less stressed and more prepared.
You can download my 12 page Blog Planner to keep you more organized!
12. Not using Pinterest to grow your Blog
Among all the Social media I use, Pinterest is by far my favorite. It ain’t just a social media, it’s a search engine.
Yes, it’s not just for browsing wedding dresses or recipes.
It can be used to search for anything! It can even help you rank on Google’s Search Results.
You can even make money on Pinterest.
Just upload an image with your affiliate link to a certain product and/or service and bham!
People click on the image and buy, and you earn little green dollars.
Pinterest currently makes up for 89% of my social media traffic. I average on 1 million monthly viewers on Pinterest currently.
In this post, I reveal 2 Pinterest hacks I used to gain 18,000 pageviews in my 3rd month of Blogging in this post.
This is one of the many things that you should implement as a new Blogger.
13. Not using Analytics to see what’s working for you Google Analytics is very important to grow your Blog.
Unless you know what posts are doing well, and where your traffic is coming from, you cannot grow your Blog. It’s one of the most common blogging mistakes, bloggers make.
How to see your popular posts:
Go to your Google Analytics and then simply click on Behavior>Site Content>All pages.
You will get a list of your most popular blog posts.
How to double your traffic for these posts
Now, using this list of popular posts simply create 3-5 different vertical pins for each blog post, modifying the title a bit. And put them on Pinterest.
You’ve just succeeded in doubling your Blog traffic!
Better yet, create an Infographic to put into your Popular Blog posts and pin it to Pinterest. Infographics do superbly well on Pinterest. Here’s proof:
Use these tips to grow your blog even quicker! And don’t worry, we all make mistakes. What matters most is how fast we learn from them and move on.
So, buckle up, keep your eyes wide open and enjoy the ride. Because Blogging is one hell of a roller coaster!
And once those likes, comments and sales start pouring in, all that hard work and grinding will have been worth it.
You can visit my Online Business section to read more posts on improving your Blog.
Additionally, you can join my free 5-day email course that will teach you how to grow your Blog Traffic exponentially.
What are some blogging mistakes you’ve made in the past and how did you fix them? Let me know in the comments below. And see you next week, sugar cube!
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Wow, that’s an awesome journey in a year! And loads of learning :) Congratulations on successful completion of your first year and the amazing experiences you’ve had so far. Wish you many more successful blogiversaries! :)
Thank you, yes it was a beautiful experience. Loads of learning involved. So glad you loved this post. Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be glad to help!
This brings me clarity. Its great to know that it’s a process, promote and keep writing.
Oh yes, it’s definitely a cycle. Writing is definitely more fun, but without promoting, it would all be in vain. So happy you loved this post.
Have a lovely day!
Narrowing down my niche has been an issue for me. I want to talk about so many things but have kept it related to health, saving money, and sharing a few my travel tips.
I totally understand. I’ve been there myself. Take some time to narrow down your niche. In a couple of months, you’ll know which niche suits you best. It’s alright to experiment for a while like I’ve mentioned. Blogging is a complete learning experience. :D
This is awesome! What a first year you’ve had! I’m almost at a year and I didn’t take it as seriously in the beginning. I’m still learning and I love reading about other bloggers’ first year journeys and lessons learned. Thanks so much for sharing!
Yes, it’s been quite a year! Ha ha. It’s alright if you didn’t take it seriously at the beginning. It’s a fun learning process and the speed is always up to you. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about my journey. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.
Have a lovely day!
Hi Mary Angela,
Love the blog you have right here! Your design is so talented and it’s really branded. Your email course brought me back to your blog :)
I always love reading what other’s have learned in their blogging journey. And I’ve only heard great things about ConvertKit. It’s amazing that your email list grew from 2000 to 4000 in only one month. Like woah! Do you feel like email courses have contributed more to your fast surge in subscribers? Or was it something else? Would love more insights from you.
Awwww. Thank you so much! Your compliments make me blush. Al my Design is self-taught and it comes with practise. ^_^ ConvertKit is really awesome. It made a really big difference when I started the e-mail course. The trick is to spread yourself over various opt-ins. I have Printables and an Email Course now. So I get quite a few subscribers everyday. Just have a lot of opt-ins on your website. It really helps attract a good following.
Hope that helps!
Your cartoon images soo great ? tell me how to get it for my blog
Thank you so much! :D They’re called digital illustrations. And I draw them myself using a graphic tablet. You can either draw them or buy them from a website, or hire an Illustrator to make them for you. :)
Hope that helps!
What happened?! You don’t post on IG anymore :( !
A glitch affected my account on Instagram on January, 2018. People told me that they’re unable to like my posts or follow me. I’m not shadow-banned or anything. It’s just a glitch. I consulted a few Instagram Analysts who told me that I needed to reach out to Instagram and ask them to refresh my data entry.
But I’ve tried for 3 months and they aren’t responding to me. So I had 2 options. Either to start a new account or start something else altogether. I chose the latter option. Because it would break my heart to start a new account and have the same thing happen, again. Hence, the new Business start-up. :)
Thank you for this! I realized that I was making some of the mistakes you mentioned and if definitely lit a fire under my you know what!
Any time! :D Super thrilled that this post helped you!
Lots of love,
thank you :)
You are most welcome Carla. :)
You’re totally right, Angela! Your posts are always Woow for me and inspire me beyond words.
Thank you again Sweetie! :D *big fat hug*
Lots of love,
Hi!! I am a new member of this wonderful family!! This helped me sooo much, I never even realised how little things like picking a paid theme would be so important for reaching traffic in a blog! Definitely going to put this post into my most important ones, because you share tons of information really clearly with images and bullet points, which help me understand the concept better! Already following you on Pinterest and just subscribed for the 5-free day course email, plus looking forward to receiving those helpful messages!!
Just one little question: Have you created this site with WordPress? Because one of my aims (I am using WordPress now in my own blog) is to – if you’ve used WordPress – reach to this high quality site that you have!
Thank you again for being a Stray Curls dedicated member. It’s so good to see you again. :D
Oh yes, a paid theme does wonders for your website! Not only does it make more easy for Google to index your website (which really boosts your SEO), but it’s extremely customizable.
And I have good news for you. My website is WordPress! :D I’m currently using this theme. I’m attaching a link below so you can see.
If you want a more easier theme to use (with a drag and drop functionality), then I suggest picking this one.
Let me know if you have any issues. I’d be more than happy to help! :D
Warm hugs and Christmas kisses,
Hi! I am so happy you answered, and even happier you gave me links to create my own beautiful blog AND that your site is created with WordPress, so I know I can reach my blogging succeed goal!
I am sooo looking forward to hearing more about your easy strategies and tips that help me so much, as I’m a new person to this blogging world!
People like YOU definitely deserve an applause for the things you do to help others and help them succeed as you did.
I really can’t thank you enough for the help you are giving me, you are such a wonderful person, I never thought something like blogging would require such knowledge!
I wish you and everyone who reads this a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
*big fat teddy bear hug*
I love that you’re so enthusiastic about learning. It makes me very happy to know that. :) Yes, the strategies will definitely help! So will the email course!
I’m currently working on a blog post that talks about the traffic strategies I have used for my Blog so hopefully that should be out soon.
Thank you so much for your kind words, you’re so sweet!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas too!
Lots of love, hugs and christmas cocoa,
Thank you for the amazing way you wrote this article. Very easy to understand. Thanks for sharing. Loved whole article but Pinterest part is my favorite..
What a lovely name you have! :D
Thank you so much! So glad you loved this post. Did you check out the post where I delve into my Pinterest strategy? If not, do give it a read. It will really help you boost your traffic! :D
Thank you Angela!!! Lots of Love to you….
I will surely check out all your posts as I already love your blog so much.
Awwww, thank you Nidhi. <3 It warms my heart to hear you say that.
Thank you so much for such an amazing piece of advice you shared with us through your blog. I am starting a blog and your tips will be veryhelpful for me.
Thank you! So glad you loved this post. :D Good luck with your new blog!
Lots of love,
That was true and helpful.
Thank you so much Satya. :)
This was very helpful! Thank you! And I love the drawings btw!!!
Thank you so much Lieze! :D
This is absolutely the most beautiful blog I have come across. Great job @Angela_Vaz!
What a great blog post….You have nailed it dearly…
This will definitely have an impact on any blogger that come across this post.
Keep the great work up.
Thank you so much! You are too kind.
I love your Blog! It’s funny and uniform in design. It is so enjoyable!
I do have a question for you. If someone started on mailchimp and then moved to convertkit can you move your saved email list with you?
That’s so sweet of you! Thank you! :)
I did start on Mailchimp, and I moved all 360+ subscribers to ConvertKit. Every email marketing platform provides a way for you to do this. :)
Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be more than happy to help!
Thank You For Writing Such A Great Blog Will Definitely Of Great Help For Me To Avoid Further Content Marketing Mistakes.
Super glad you loved it Anupama! :)
Great article Angela. Sorry your first blog failed, but yes, I can see why!. Regarding Mailchimp, I have gone for them because of the cheapness to start off with, but I noticed that if you have only one list and then group that list (similar to tags in ConvertKit) then you don’t have the problem of one email counting twice if they are in two groups.
It’s no problem at all. I used to get over 50K pageviews but I couldn’t monetize it because I had people with different interests on there. Yes, that is possible with Mailchimp now (they’ve added it recently) but way too complicated.
So true, I use Blogger for a blog I have had around since 2012. Lots of page views, not one follower. Concentrating my efforts on my own personal domain on paid hosting. Truly get what you pay for. Thanks for this article. Very helpful and insightful
Yes, it’s true. I’ve tried a lot of free stuff in the past but it never really compares to paid plugins and/or themes. I wish you all the best with your new blog! :D
Brilliant! Seriously I want to be a succesful blogger and I badly needed something like this!
Thank you so much! So glad you loved it. <3
I’m a new blogger and I was considering getting WordPress premium or something like that. Do you think I’ll run into the same issues if I pay for my domain name? Thanks in advance!
Of course not. A premium domain is definitely worth it. :) Go for it! <3
These are great tips. However, Mailchimp can easily be set up to not count subscribers as twice. That information is false. I have multiple optins with segmenting that does not count my subscribers that way. If you segment with groups (like tags in Convertikit) in Mailchimp it is easy to do.
Thank you so much for pointing that out. When I was using Mailchimp about 3 years ago, tags did not exist. It is a recent feature that was introduced a year ago I believe. So, I’ve now updated the post to reveal this new bit of information. :)
Nonetheless, I still feel that Mailchimp should not charge extra for multiple occurrences of the same email address everywhere. Because not many people use tags. It’s misleading and slightly sneaky.
Good day my blog i created is still under going preview by me and i don’t have experience in blogging world. My site is just looking at me in my face, please can help?
Maybe you could hire a Web Designer to help you design your Blog? :) They will definitely help you design a beautiful website.
This is a really helpful post, I’m thinking of starting a blog next year and I’m doing MEGA research because I don’t want it to fail, all your posts have been really helpful and you should keep focusing on beginners… Thank you
Yes, doing research is very helpful but don’t overthink it so much. Only after starting your Blog can you actually pick up loads of strategies. So, I highly recommend that you start your Blog!
I just came across your blog and this information has been incredibly helpful! ?? I’ve been dreaming of starting a blog for YEARS but always doubted myself (and having two littles running around hasn’t helped the focus!) but this has given me the additional push I needed! Thank you!!
Hey Pamela! :D
Thank you so much! And please do start a blog. I know it’s so hard in the beginning, but once you start one and get a few posts out, it becomes easier! :)
Hi, Angela. Thank you for this post. It’s super helpful for new bloggers like me. I recently switched to Customify free theme on WordPress and I love it. It’s very customizable compared to other free themes. But you said that people can tell straight away that I’m using a free one. So I’m thinking that maybe I should get a paid one after all. But do I just upgrade my current theme to the premium version or do I switch to a new one altogether? What do you think?
That’s wonderful. And yes, people can tell. Not only that, it doesn’t let Google crawl or index your Website properly. So I would suggest either upgrading or buying a completely new theme. It’s totally your choice! But get a premium theme. :D
Lots of love,
HiiiiiI!!!! I’ve been in a blogging rut, and I just read this and I’m now re-inspired!!!! Thank you so much for sharing such honest advice and not JUST selling something, the masses are forever grateful :)
Thank you Jess! Oh, don’t worry about it. We all go into blogging ruts. It’s completely normal. :)
Keep a small list of reasons why you started blogging and read it every time you’re in a rut. It will help! Aside from that, try reading this post!
I think this might help!
Read your blog post with interest. So many ways to gain traffic. I have tried Pinterest but only got up to 30k traffic and then nothing. Will try out your Pinterest tips next.
Pinterest really enjoys fresh content. So the trick is to keep making different pins every week at least. You should see a surge in traffic! :D
this blog post was much needed, thanks for great information.
You’re most welcome Kamal!
thanks for the wonderful update
You are most welcome!
I am in love. I don’t know what you did or how but I’m in love. I’m inspired. I’m in awe. I don’t even like reading blogs and typically just skim through for the good stuff. But jeez, I thorough;y enjoyed reading the whole post. Incredible job! lol I’ve already signed up for too much stuff lol.
Awwww, I’m so glad you love my Blog. You’re so sweet, you’re giving me diabetes. <3
This type of information can save a new blogger’s life for sure!!! I haven’t started my own blog yet because I’m still trying to learn about all the fundamental things in blogging and I am honestly scared about starting one but this blog makes me feel hopeful especially after seeing your free five day email course, thank you so much. ?
Though I am curious about one thing that I still can’t quite understand or maybe I’m just a dummy (whoops!) But how exactly do you get paid? Do I only acquire money through affiliate links and email lists? How does the money get transferred into my bank account? Or is this question answered in your free course?
Sorry if I racked your brain! But I would just like to say this post was very well written and fun to read, thank you once again, Angela.??♀️
It’s okay to take your time and start your Blog. But you can’t be a perfectionist because your blog will never be perfect. So, the best thing to do is just do a little research and start your blog. Once you’ve launched it, you can keep making modifications and slowly change things.
Regarding getting paid, there are a lot of ways to actually make money blogging. I’ve covered it in detail here:
And it’s no problem at all. I’m here to help! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be more than happy to help!
Lots of love,
Thank you so much for the help, I’ll be sure to give it a read <3
You are most welcome! :)
I gotta admit you won me over with this post, except now I’m having some hiccups in my own site… that’s ok I can sort it out & it will be better.
Ah, we all have hiccups in our Blogs Lynn! That’s totally normal. :) Take it easy and sort them out one by one.
That’s a pretty good post I must say.
I started my first blog 6 months ago and I can honestly say that I’ve made the mistake number: 3, 4, 6, 7 and 11.
Not knowing my audience and not having email marketing software to engage with them is a big part of my mistakes.
Besides all of these mistakes, not talking of good products that I really use, and then not promoting my content is being my Achilles’ heel.
At the time I’ve been posting this comment I have virtually no traffic for about 6 months.
Currently, I have optimezed my On-page SEO, all of mine meta description, Java and CSS scripts, and my Pinterest Account is now one month old.
It all requires work. Let’s put in some time, money, brain muscle and hope for the best!
Thank you for the post
It’s totally cool. We’ve all made mistakes. But realizing which mistakes you’ve made and then making the effort to correct them is a huge step forward.
Don’t worry too much about traffic. SEO takes a while to kick in.
I think you’re doing a bang up job so far!
Wishing you all the very best!
Such great advice! Thanks so much for sharing :)
You are most welcome Gwen!
This post I am reading second time. It has that much data included , that force you to read again.
Great work. Keep it up.
Super glad that you loved this Shiju! :) Thank you.
oh my god! I loved the blog but your writing style is just amazing! and the way you club it with beautiful illustrations, it was so eye soothing i loved it completely loved it.
i have started my blog and i realized i need to purchase a paid theme. Thank You!
You are too sweet! :) Thank you so much. A paid theme will really pump up your Blog experience. Go for it!
I love your comic character!!! Name it if you haven’t yet!!! And this blog post is just fabulous!!!
I am a new mom blogger and just started out in learning the tips and tricks!!
If you can, do visit my blog ( https://contemporarymomblog.com/ ) and share your honest feedback about my writing!!! Need people like you to look upon!!
Hey Sam! My comic character is me – so her name is also Angela! :)
I did visit your Blog. I would highly suggest that you narrow down your niche even more. Maybe blog about pregnancy? Or moms with toddlers? Don’t aim for both. Once you start getting 25-50K pageviews, you can slowly start broadening your niche to include more types of moms.
I hope this helps! :)
Lots of love,
Hi, good stuff. i usually don’t like reading long articles, but this is really something else. Judging from the style and your site appearance, the blogger is a girl. For a guy like me, I feel awkward when I am commenting right now. I started my website 2 months ago, and I hope I will get there. As they say, blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.
Being able to succeed and see results after just 6 months is really awesome. One other common mistake that I would like to add is that new bloggers crave moneybtoo early in the game. Patience plays a major role here. Furthermore, when anybody begins his blogging journey, he must consider blogging as a hobby, and not expect results fast. You mentioned some interesting points like purchasing a good theme, build an email list, Pinterest and many more, which I have yet to do. Thank you so much.
Yes, guilty of being a girl. :) But my audience consists of mostly women and I love infusing girly illustrations in my Blog.
You’re right. Blogging is a marathon and SEO takes 3-6 months to kick in so you will see the traffic in a few months. Yes, most people expect their blogs to make money almost immediately. It’s a long and gruelling process but once it happens, it rises almost exponentially.
Super glad you found this post useful!
Thanks so much for this awesome post. I never would have thought that there could be so many mistakes and traps a new blogger could fall into!. Thank God I haven’t started my new blog yet. I probably would have had to start another blog. One which would cost me money seeing as I’m just seventeen and i dont have an income yet.
Which brings me to the question Angela, Can i use my parent’s bank account for my blog and then later change where my blog income goes into to my own bank account when i get it?
I am really considering this.
Do you think its advisable?
Of course! You can use any account and change it whenever you want. Nothing that is digital is fixed. Everything can be changed and edited. It’s all cool! :)
This was definitely worth my time.I just started a blog a month ago and didn’t realize I was making some of these mistakes myself.
Thanks for the insightful article.I will be making some changes going forward.
So glad I was able to help Bruno!
This is super insightful. I really needed it. Currently I’m using free theme and facing many issues. You have shown me the right path. Thanks a lot.
Yep, a lot of your problems will get solved by moving to a paid theme. :)
This is one of the best article i have ever read on the insight of blogging. U have impacted me with the right guidance.
I’m glad Anand, I wish you all the best.
You definitely got me with the post planner hahaha you are an absolute genius and great illustrator. we <3 Chloe and lil cream puff
Awww, thank you Gigi! You’re too kind. I’ll give your love to Chloe and Maria. =)
Thanks for sharing
You’re most welcome. =)