It’s not uncommon to come by people saying “Yeah man! Blogging can make money! Start a blog la, can make money.” and after that they’ll talk about Adsense and whatever else that’s able to help a website owner make some moolah.
Many were inspired by such statements but without proper guidance, they end up making mistakes that hampers their blog’s progress. In this article, I will explore what I think are the 3 common mistakes newbie bloggers make. (Oh hey, it rhymes! La la la la…….. 8) )
- Posting sub-standard content, in some cases – little to no content at all!
- Ad-splatter across the blog in attempt to rake in $$$
- Unrealistic Expectations
Setting Priorities Straight
As a beginner, you must understand that your priorities should always be CONTENT. CONTENT is THE magnet that draws the crowd, THE glue that keeps the crowd. 🙂 Traffic isn’t going to improve unless you have decent content.
What about the money? Oh yes, the people who tell you that blogging could earn money probably forgot to tell you that it’s not as easy as it seems. Either that or they don’t know shit about monetizing a blog.
As newbies, you must realize that splattering as many ads as you can across your blog IS NOT going to be helpful as monetization of a blog depends greatly on traffic. Secondly, by doing so you COULD make the user experience less pleasant. It’s like visiting a restaurant with bad setting, you probably won’t visit it again.
I’m not saying you should not attempt to monetize at all, some ads there and there are fine. Just take note on the “user experience” issue, I’ll elaborate on this in the following section.
Careful and Sparing Ad Placements
Placing ads on a newbie blog is fine, just don’t overdo it.
Always remember that as a blogger, you are a webmaster / web-designer / content-creator. 🙂 You must do your part to ensure that your readers have a pleasant experience in your site, especially when you’re a new blog. 🙂
For people like John Chow, they’ve got a bunch of loyal readers that couldn’t be bothered about ad placements even if it was downright irritating.
Trees Don’t Grow Overnight
And neither do blogs! Don’t expect traffic to be pouring in like monsoon rain. Don’t expect to earn hundreds and thousands immediately. Every blog has a start, those who put effort into the blog will get somewhere.
Don’t set unrealistic expectations, heck don’t set expectations at all! Just set a goal and try to achieve it.
What Have We Learned So Far?
- Make good content.
- Place ads sparingly.
- Don’t have expectations but aim for a goal.
I hope you enjoyed this article. You can forward this article to any of your friends who are new to the blogosphere. 🙂
Did I miss out some other newbie mistakes? Let’s talk. 🙂