Beginner Blogger Challenge and the Mistakes
|March 27, 2012||Posted by John Border under Uncategorized|
I started blogging about a year ago when one of my friends told me that he was earning a good amount of money as a side hustle from blogging. I am a techie at heart so thought I can build a good website and then will make money.
Things I learnt with the journey
1) Website design when you are starting off is not really important – Start with a basic nice clean design and then upgrade once you have enough readership.
2) I thought that once I have created the website and wrote some content , money will follow – Sorry it does not work that way. It is hard work initially.
3) You need to learn about keywords
4) You need to learn about SEO
5) You need to avoid writer’s block – My experience has been that after the initial enthusiasm beginners typically hit a writer’s block and the reason being most of us ( including me) start with the dream of making it to a A-list of bloggers and also making good amount of money. This does not happen overnight, dear friend. It requires perseverance, hard work and a hell lot of writing. I am talking about a good number of posts and that too good quality.
6) Building relationships – In my view this is very important which means you build a relationship with your readers and your fellow bloggers. This helps to get your blog some authority in the eyes of Google. Working with fellow bloggers help as then you can easily write about topics, help each other out and of course the benefit is that you get those organic links(remember SEO). These organic links are valued the most in the yes of Google.
Corey started this Beginner Blogger Challenge and it is a good read to see how various bloggers can help each other and also help the new bloggers. Relationships matter as I said earlier.
Here are the answers to questions on the blog and I hope that you will also learn by the other people’s blogging experiences.
- How long have you been blogging? – I have been blogging for a year now, though the consistency of writing a daily post at least started only a month ago.
- Why did you start blogging? – To earn some nice side income
- How long did it take you to earn $100 (if you have already earned $100) – On my way, just short by $10. Hope to reach next month.
- What is (at least) one thing you wish someone had told you before you started blogging? – It is hard work, patience and perseverance.