10 Blogging Mistakes Most Marketers Make Part 1
We all have been there done that got the t-shirt on this one. As a matter of fact I am sure of it because I know I have made at least 10 and a few of them are in this list so lets get started with this series...
10 Blogging Mistakes that Most Bloggers Make
Blogging is one of the most lucrative moneymaking methods today, but it’s also really easy to screw up. The truth of the matter is, the majority of people blogging make little to no money, because they’re making these mistakes that could be easily avoided if only they knew what they were.
In this guide, you’re going to learn about these killer mistakes that could absolutely destroy your chances of making money with your blog.
You’re also going to learn some great tips you can use to increase traffic, increase conversions, and increase profits.
Keep in mind that these tips can be applied to any blog, but if your blog is in a “bad” niche, your results aren’t going to be as good as you probably hope. We’ll talk more about choosing the right niche later.
Please don’t just skim through this series and not take action on what you learn. These mistakes could really destroy your chances of making money. It’s really that important to your success!
So let’s get started.
Choosing the Wrong Niche At The Start
When it comes to blogging, it’s very important to choose the right niche right from the beginning. It will be a complete waste of your time and money if you set out to make money with your blog and you choose a niche that isn’t going to help you accomplish your goals.
While there’s no way to be 100% certain, there are a several ways to figure out which niches are most likely to be ones that will make you some money based on your interests.
Competition – Believe it or not, competition is good. It means the niche has some interest. Too much competition could be a bad thing, but you shouldn’t worry about a significant amount of it.
Monetization – You should find out if there are a lot of products available to promote. If you can’t find any, it probably means the niche is not profitable. (Trust me, if a niche could even remotely make a profit, someone is already trying.)
And please don’t think you can monetize any niche with something like AdSense, because the amount of traffic you would have to have would be insane if you wanted to make any money at all.
Commercial Intent – This is a fancy term to refer to whether or not you will have people in this niche will be BUYERS. If it’s something like “funny videos”, good luck making money with that.
It would be possible with a very large amount of traffic, but difficult all around. You don’t have to be in a “product”-centric niche like “women’s shoes”, but you do need to be in a niche where people are known to buy stuff, like golf or weight loss.
If your blog doesn’t conform to this checklist, it’s probably not going to make you as much money as you hope. It’s certainly possible, but your chances of making money will definitely be reduced.
When choosing a niche, be very careful to choose a niche where you can get significant traffic (decent traffic, decent competition) and one that also has the potential to be profitable. After all, you’ll need something to promote as an affiliate.
Giving Up On You Blog Too Soon
Perhaps the most common mistake aside from choosing the wrong niche is simply giving up too soon on your blog. Heck, no one is ever a success overnight in anything unless they inherit it...
Almost any blog could eventually become very profitable if given enough time, but the majority of people will give up long before that time ever comes.
The average business offline takes between one and three years to become profitable, but the average person seems to give up on a blog after a month or two if it doesn’t start making money immediately.
Why is this?
For one thing, some people seem to think blogging is a “get rich quick” method.
It takes time, hard work, and dedication. It’s not easy. It’s not fast. It’s not a miracle.
Blogging may take anywhere between three months and three years to really take off.
It takes a while to start getting good traffic from the search engines, and it takes a while to build a fan base and an email list.
If you reach the one-year mark and you’re not seeing any significant income, it may be time to re-analyze your data to see if maybe you chose the wrong niche or you’re doing something else wrong.
But don’t stop too soon or you’ll never know what could have been.
Stay tuned for part 2 of 10 blogging mistakes most bloggers make...