Five Mistakes Even Veteran Bloggers Are Guilty Of3 min read

Why do most bloggers never gain any sort of momentum while others grow at an exponential rate? Much of the reason has to do with a few mistakes that even those who have been blogging for a while make.

As a matter of fact, you probably weren’t even aware of these mistakes

Keep these points in mind and you’re sure to see much better results.

1. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

The “jack of all trades, master of none.” Writing a bit about a topic, a bit about another topic. A bit of networking. A bit of social media promotion. A bit of research. Just a bit.

Such a timid way to go about blogging.

The truth is that in order to maximize your results, you need to be as single focussed as possible. Become an expert in an area, and then expand if you want to, but it’s better to establish a well known presence in just one area than scattering yourself all over the web.

2. Ignoring statistics and feedback.

The blogger who has 51 followers after five years of blogging is the one who ignores the stats. For fear of becoming obsessed with numbers, they do not notice the obvious: what they’re blogging about is not that great.

Also, they do not know who their target audience is, who their readers are, and what do they want.

Where do your readers come from? How many unique visitors do you receive each day? How many folks constantly comment on your content? Which blog posts are your most popular?

Keep a spreadsheet to track this information on a weekly basis, and measure the trends. Doing so will give you a clear perspective of what you should be doing more of.

3. Fixing what isn’t broken.

You know the rule “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”.

If you have a blog that is growing each day, that gains new followers each day, and you’ve been doing the same thing for less than a year, then odds are you should keep doing what you’re doing.

Yes, bloggers actually do this. They change what is working on the gamble that they’ll come up with something that will be able to take them from point A to point B faster.

4. Too much, too fast, too soon.

A lot of bloggers put out a ton of content early on. A lot. They work a lot, they write a lot, they network a lot. And then they don’t do anything for 2 months. Then they come back at it, doing the same thing. This pattern repeats itself every 2 months or so for years and years.

End result? Still 51 followers.

Consistency is key.

The trick is to know what your 100% looks like. Then try to publish less content than your maximum creative output.

5. They think a man is an island.

You cannot conquer the world all by yourself.

If you do not build relationships with other bloggers in your niche, if you do not guest blog, if you do not host others on your blog,  if you do not share others’ content on your blog, you are going to fail.

50% of blogging success, just like almost anything else in life, is about who you know. Do not try to rationalize this. It is how it is. It’s not your place to try to blot out the sun with your thumb. By creating strong, positive relationships with others, you can help spread the word about what each of you are offering.

The vast majority of us don’t blog just for the fun of it – we are usually working toward earning some sort of income online, while also wishing to have an impact on the community itself.

But the truth is that we often fail not because of what we do right, but because of what we do wrong. It is our mistakes that oftentimes hinder our success. And most times we aren’t even aware of them.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

22 thoughts on “Five Mistakes Even Veteran Bloggers Are Guilty Of3 min read

  1. I would also add that the blogger should have a clear vision for their blog before starting it and clear understanding of how the various platforms that are available to host their blog work. If you use a website building platform, take the time to understand concretely what they give you for free and what you have to pay for before you start anything. Do your homework and look at what the various website hosting sites offer and even make contact with them to ask some questions. Find the one that offers you the closest to your vision for your blog within your budget. If you’re going to step outside of free services, make sure you don’t sign up for domain name types and service package types that your finances can’t keep up with.

    I’ve seen lots of people fall into all kinds of bad situations after creating websites and blogs because they didn’t realise the level of responsibility involved after initial set up.

  2. Excellent advice as always. I definitely came to realise quite quickly that you need to engage with other writers and other blogs! Not only is it a great way of building up your name and reputation, you also learn so much from other writers!

    1. Indeed, Peter. It’s not just a tool to gain more readers, but also one that makes you feel like you are doing something truly meaningful, while also being inspired by what others are writing about.

  3. Point (1) is so true. My topics are all over the place but I use my blog to prove my imagination and writing. So i am at peace with that. In general, when i browse the blog, if it is on the same topic i browse through most of the articles before i jump on to another.

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for the advice! The last point has always been tricky, especially since I write a fiction blog. I’ll have to think more about how to loop-in with other bloggers.

  5. Thank you for the great read and advice. It all boils down to we are on this earth to fulfill our God ordained purpose and to help each other and love one another.

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