I will always give credit to my blogging mentor; Ben Duka of PsxExtreme. Some couple of years ago, we had a brief conversation via Email. I was particularly trilled to have him reply my mail because I could imagine the tons of messages he receives on a daily basis. Today, I have worked on his footpath and redefined mine.
Now, who ever told you that blogging was easy must really be kidding and if you are a newbie in blogging, you have to ask yourself some certain questions; why are you blogging? Do you have passion for the job and will you be committed to the task ahead? If you are sure your answer to all of these questions is a yes!, then welcome home.
The first thing I ask newbie bloggers is, what is your main aim for blogging? They simply say it’s to make money. Yes I agree, but should that be your primary focus then I’m sorry blogging might not actually your thing. I spent the last couple of years improving my writing skills and trying to stay committed and even when I failed six time I got the strengths to stay in it.
In the first part of this series, I will run you through some of the basic blogger’s mistakes, I believe learning by instruction is better than learning by experience. One you understand the basis, success should not be far from you.
1: No Focus/No Direction
Blogging gives you the right to talk about eventually anything, this is way too much freedom and you are carried away by such unlimited powers. Talking about anything does not mean you must talk about everything. You must create a niche for yourself and build an audience. My love for Ben Duka is not because I saw him in my dreams but because he knows what blogging is all about. I would easily pick him as one of the best gaming writers in the world.
I only played PlayStation, but when I stumped upon the website Ben Duka writes for, I became an automatic reader and grew my knowledge on gaming; production, advertisement, censoring, ratings, sales and lots more.
The bottom-line is for you to pick a niche and develop it.
2: Including too Much Ads
One of the mistakes webmasters and bloggers make is to clutter their blog with ads. While trying to break-even is the primary aim of many bloggers, you must not annoy your readers with ads.
Google Adsense ToS ensures that you use only three ads per page, even at that, alot of people still flood their pages with other advertising network and banners.
I would recommend only a minimum of four Advertisement placement per page.
3: Publishing Posts Without Pictures
I subscribe to the school of thoughts that says; “a picture tells a thousand words”. A post without images is an empty space, pictures are great as it tells your readers what you are really talking about and overall improves your SEO.
The use of pictures is tricky though, you have to be careful so you don’t infringe of copyrighted images. I would suggest you get your images from Flickr, Wikepidia, Pintrest etc. Always give credits to who owns your images.
4: No Linking
Linking is great, and overall an incredible way to gain more traffic to your blog. One of the most effective tools for keeping visitors on your site is by linking to other relevant content on your site. You can do this by adding the links to keywords within each blog post
5: No Interaction
One thing you would notice is that once you start to gain traffic, it would be accompanied with comments. One ridiculous mistake bloggers make is totally or partially ignoring their commenter. You must try to respond to questions and suggestion raised by your readers, doing so also pave way for higher traffic and familiarity between you and your audience.
This is where I take a break, I really need a cup of coffee right now and when I am not too lazy to type I will highlight some other mistakes