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My Worst Blogging Mistakes

We all make mistakes. I've made my fair share of them. But then again, making those mistakes has taught me so many lessons. Lately, I've seen a lot of bloggers jump in and say, oh I got this covered! They want to sell a product, launch a business, or take over the world but their blog still doesn't have some of the basics.
While, yes, you should focus on your blog and want to grow it, don't forget some of the basics!

My Worst Blogging Mistakes

– Not having a great blog design.
We are a visual society. When you land on someone's blog, you want to see something that interests you. At the very least, you'd like it to look clean! There are inexpensive templates you can buy on Etsy or go the designer route. If you do this make sure you have a good idea of what you'd like your blog to look like. (Hint, I'd wait until you've been blogging at least a couple months).


– Not establishing my social media.
For weeks upon weeks I didn't get a Facebook page. For a couple MONTHS I didn't have a Twitter. Now, I realize how silly that was. We all start at 0! We can all grow. Sometimes we just need help to do it.

– Not Using SEO
I worked in Social Media and marketing and used SEO daily for clients. But did I use it on myself? Nope. cough, lazy, cough. SEO can make a huge difference for being discovered online. Use it! Check out SEO for bloggers. 3 super simple tips.

– Not listening to my Mom
Yes, y'all. My mom would say things like, “I don't like that post.” And I'd roll my eyes and tell her to lay off. But she was right. Having someone to talk about your blog (like your mom or a blog friend) is so important.

– Not asking if YOU cared.
Now, I know I don't ask this to you (my readers!) but when I used to write posts I used to not really write with my audience in mind. That by no means implies that you shouldn't write authentically, but you want to write posts that people read, right?! So, make sure the post you are writing about is relevant to your readers.


– Not spending time and effort on images.
Like I mentioned, we are so visual. I shudder in horror at some of my first post. Filled with tiny, grainy images just makes the viewer want to click out of the post. Bonus points? Be consistent with images and graphics. Someone who kills at this? Olyvia. Seriously love Erika's blog.


– Waiting to start a newsletter.
If you're one of those people: get excited. I'm going to be doing a whole series on the blog about how to create one. It's going to be IN DEPTH. And it's going to be free. But seriously, start a newsletter. You can go with free- MailChimp or more intuitive (and in my opinion, easier to use) Convertkit.


– Not seeking help.
I thought I could do it all, or figure it out. You can, to some extent, but I wish I had bitten the bullet early on and did a consultation. When I finally did, it opened my eyes to things I didn't realize before and made a huge difference.

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I’m nodding my head in agreement with the ones I relate to =) and totally just skipping the ones that I’m guilty of still doing.. haha thanks for this post! it actually motivated me to get off my ass and get to doing the things I’ve been slacking on =)

Good to know that such kind of posts are there to help ignorant and novice people.
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Really helpful post, thanks! I am guilty of not doing seo, and many more
of these, including not listening to my Mom! (like ugh Mom don't read my blog!) I do want a nice template, I tried uploading a free one and it did not go well at all (it sort of overlaid on top of my old Blogger one idk) so I'm kind of nervous about spending money on one if it goes wrong again. The tech aspect of blogging has been much more of a challenge for me than I could have imagined.

Thanks for your tips! I will be sure to avoid your mistakes.

girl C
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aaah I think I JUST missed the webinar! Will there be cliff's notes anywhere?

Another webinar? You are a machine!

For the longest time I didn't use any SEO. I thought that I didn't care about hits from google because they wouldn't turn into actual readers. How dumb was that??!?! Thanks for the link to my designs, btw… you're too good to me 🙂

As usual, great tips Helene. Thank you.

Agnes
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Great post. I'm new & good images are my downfall! Have signed up for a photography class on Saturday. And listen to your Mom! ???

I absolutely agree with all of this! I didn't get a facebook for my blog until a few months ago…so my numbers are so low compared to my other social medias. My mom also gives me ALL her opinions. She will say that picture isn't very good, they doesn't look right, etc lol. Gotta love moms!

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Omg! Such an awesome post!! I have made millions of mistakes! First, totally agree about waiting to purchase a custom blog design until you've been blogging for a few months. You have no idea what your blog will be in the beginning. Second big mistake are photos! I am desperately trying to improve the photos on my blog. It's so important!

Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

SO excited to hear about how you do your newsletter! I always love getting yours!

It took me forever to get on board with a blog Facebook page too, and I'm still slacking royally in the photos department. Hoping to upgrade to a fancy camera soon, and learn more about photo editing <3
Green Fashionista

Can't wait for your newsletter series. I've been seriously considering starting one for a little while.

haha i still do some of these things 🙂 but i'm glad you found what worked / didn't work for you 🙂 and mom's are always right!

I've definitely made SO many of these mistakes. I didn't start a Facebook page for my blog for like 2 years…WHAT?! I finally just started a newsletter. There are so many ways to help promote your blog and I neglected so many of them for FOREVER!

I, too, cringe at my first posts. Images are TINY. But in a way, they are funny to go back and look on and see how much my style has changed now. Great tips (as always).

Yay, can't wait for the webinar! Love that you linked back to examples of people doing the right thing. Thanks!

Can't wait for the newsletter posts as well, not sure how to utilize one.

Thanks for yet another great post!

Super looking forward to the posts about the newsletter!

Everyone has been stressing the importance of a newsletter but I'm not sure what I can offer besides my blog posts. I know I should start one but I have no clue where to start, so I'll definitely be tuning in for your step by step guide!

Amazing post. These are great tips!

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I do a lot of these things now 😀 What can I say, I'm a lazy maverick, photos and newsletters be damned.

I SERIOUSLY need to start a newsletter. This was a great reminder (and looking forward to that series, by the way!!) It's been on my to-do list for about……oh 2 years….and it's time!!!

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