Most bloggers end up in total failure. Some even fail to set up their blog properly and never even write one word! This means that most bloggers never come close to their full potential. Don’t let that happen to you- here’s how to start a blog by avoiding these four common pitfalls that ensnare most uninformed would-be bloggers.
Reason #1: Obstacles
Want to start a blog but you have no idea where to start, right? That’s a common problem which even the most successful bloggers had at first, so don’t let clueless-ness stop you. Also, don’t let these things, commonly perceived as obstacles, stand in your way:
- You know nothing about programming. Heck, you don’t know much about the internet. Not a problem!
- You have very little money. Also not a problem: it’s very cheap to run a blog, and there are even ways to do it for free.
- You don’t know how to get started. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of advice on the internet about this.
Obstacles removed, you’ll be blogging in no time…but first read these other pitfalls:
Reason #2: Lack of Focus
If you don’t know where to start, you’re definitely not alone. Here’s a tip: start with an idea that you’re passionate about. Love green tea? Go for it and create the world’s most complete green tea blog. Know a lot about sharpening knives from that year at culinary school? Yup, that’s your blog idea. Your motivation is within you…just find it and you’re golden.
If you don’t have any ideas then maybe it’s not the time for you to start a blog. At minimum, you won’t be making money with your blog if the focus is not there. If your reason for blogging is to make money or drive traffic, you’re going to need more than that to succeed.
Reason #3: Overwhelmed Feelings
There are literally so many options for blogging that the newbie can easily feel overwhelmed. Know your options and quickly narrow down your choices.
- Don’t get too stuck on things like design or font…these can be changed in seconds at any time.
- Choose your platform: WordPress is the best for self-hosted blogs. They also offer a free hosted version, as do Weebly, Tumblr and Blogger to name a few of the big ones.
- If you’re overwhelmed by all you want to say on your blog, that’s a good thing. Pick one and get started!
Reason #4: Too Much Emphasis on Social Media
Facebook is great and so is Twitter…as accessories to your blog. Focus on your writing first, and Social Media comes second to that. On the other hand, don’t underestimate the importance of Social Media. Choose a few more options in addition to the big ones…how about Instagram, for example, if pictures are relevant to your blog. For a professional blog, LinkedIn is good.
Now that you know how to avoid beginning blogger mistakes, there should be nothing holding you back. Go for it!