Blogging Mistakes That Make Growth More Difficult

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I remember when I first starting blogging. When I think back on it, I feel like I’m remembering that awkward lanky teenaged part of my life. Only more people were able to to witness it. And I didn’t have the awkward cuteness that goes with being a teen to help cover up all the wrong going on there.

Nope. Instead I had a blog with a lot of mistakes being made and it’s probably still out there to see.

Don’t look it up. I’ll be mortified forever.

But the good news is that since I did go through that awkward phase of being a beginner blogger, I know exactly what I would do differently if I had to do it all over again.

I also know the 8 major mistakes I made that made growing so difficult.

Blogging Mistakes That Make Growth More Difficult | Are you making any of these easy blogging mistakes? If so, don't worry! It's easy to fix and will go a long way!
Blogging Mistakes That Make Growth More Difficult | Are you making any of these easy blogging mistakes? If so, don't worry! It's easy to fix and will go a long way!

Not setting any goals.

This is a sure fire way to set yourself up for failure. By not setting any goals, you have absolutely nothing to work for. Meaning no real direction to work. Which in turn will leave you frustrated and wondering why you aren’t growing.

Goal setting doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be complex. Ask yourself where you’d like to be 6 months from now. Realistically. Seriously. Be realistic. Work towards those goals, check in 3 months and reevaluate.

Related Post: Why You Need to Have a 6 Month Goal Review {and free worksheets!}

Not having contact information readily available.

Yes, having a contact box looks pretty cool. But guess what? Not everyone wants to rely on that contact box. And I’ll be honest… those contact boxes aren’t always the most reliable. List your contact email. Put it above your contact box if you must have one. Add it to your about page. Make it easy to find.

And make it professional. Okay? If you want your personal email to be footballplayerz41@whatever.com, thats fine. But please please please, for the love of all things blogging, make your blogging email more professional.

Not using Google Analytics.

Remember how I said goal setting is important? It totally is. And how in the world will you track whats working and whats not without some form of stat tracker? Install Google Analytics and use it. You don’t have to obsess over the numbers but you can definitely use it for guidance!

Not Marketing.

You’ve heard that little quote “If you build it, they will come.” That doesn’t apply to the blogosphere. No one is going to know you have a blog if you don’t market that baby. The blogging world is a heavily saturated place so you need to make sure that people are seeing your blog and you posts. Doing that is pretty simple. And you don’t even have to be spammy about it! Throw your URL in your email signature, your social media profiles, wherever you can. Share your posts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest… even your personal pages!

If you’re not sharing yourself a bit, no one else will know to do it either!

Being an online hermit.

You know what I’m talking about. I know because I still struggle with that. The truth is that I’m an introvert by nature. And unbearably shy. Put me in a face to face situation and chances are you’ll find me stuttering and stumbling. But the beauty of the online realm is that no one has to see your shaking hands and nervous face. Also, the backspace button. Introverts, rejoice!

Engage with your readers! They love connecting with you. Even better, engage with other bloggers! If there’s anything that the blogging world offers, it’s an amazing community. And that community can help support you, guide you and help you grow.

Network, my friend, network.

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Blogging Inconsistently.

Please. Please please please do not do this. Come up with a blogging schedule and stick to it. I know life comes up sometimes but do your very best to blog on a consistent basis.

Posting regularly keeps you in search engines and lets your readers know they can trust that they’ll find new {and awesome} content whenever they come to your site. And you want that. I mean, how often do you visit a site that hasn’t been updated in a month. Not often, I’ll bet.

Overloading your site with ads.

I thought this was something that only bothered me. So I decided to ask around. And it turns out that readers and consumers are more likely to click off of a page without reading if it's overloaded with ads.  Now this isn't just because people don't like being sold to all the time. It's actually a matter of ease of use.

Most people are using their mobile device to browse the net these days. And those ads don't always play nicely with mobile devices. My husband said he gave up on reading certain sites because the page would load and he'd be reading the article and then BAM! And ad would pop up. And it wouldn't have a simple way to close out. Yep. Not cool. So keep your ads user friendly. Otherwise those ads are doing more harm than good.

Having a slow loading site.

How many times have you gone to a site only to click away because the darn thing took forever to load? Oh yeah, even I've done that. The fact of the matter is that we live in an instant download world. Everyone expects speed when it comes to the internet. {We've come a long way from dial up days, haven't we?}

If your site takes more than a few seconds to load, it's time to figure out why. Do you have a lot of large graphics? Are flash ads slowing it down? Is it a plugin? One of my favorite tools for determining what's ailing a slow site is the plugin P3 {Plugin Performance Profiler}. This free plugin works wonders for Wordpress!

Are you making any of these mistakes? Or would you add something to my list?

Until next time, Have a beautiful day!

Blogging Mistakes That Make Growth More Difficult | Are you making any of these easy blogging mistakes? If so, don't worry! It's easy to fix and will go a long way!
Blogging Mistakes That Make Growth More Difficult | Are you making any of these easy blogging mistakes? If so, don't worry! It's easy to fix and will go a long way!