Are You Making These 5 Terrible Mistakes In Blogging?

by mikechibuzor on October 24, 2011 · 32 comments

Are You Making These 5 Terrible Mistakes In Blogging?

Blogging can be a lot fun and lucrative if you know what you’re doing.

Unfortunately, several bloggers are missing it, the recipe they are using is somewhat killing their success. I’m yet to see any business model that allows you to share your thoughts, enhance your personality, learn powerful marketing systems and make a living without working for anyone.

Blogging is powerful and should be considered worthwhile.

However, with all the priceless benefits attached to blogging, I see beginners and intermediates making terrible mistakes. Most often, professionals even make awful mistakes that you can’t detect right away.

Their success stories sometimes shed the errors – I’ve made my mistakes and learned.

I’m sure this article is going to help you achieve greater success in a short while.

1. Lack of Targeting

If a prospect arrived in your blog from the search engine, decides to call you up, with simple questions like “who is your customer?” what would your answer be?

The problem of targeting has rendered thousands of internet marketers homeless. It’s not even stuck on bloggers alone; every online entrepreneur ought to answer this question.

The moment you miss out on who you’re targeting, you won’t deliver the right product and service.

I recently came across a blog in the internet marketing niche. I was surprised when I read an article about “how to get an ex back.” What the hell is that?

I would like you to get a seat and relax. Think about your primary topic, and who you intend to attract to your blog. Once you have figured out the right answer, see the next line…

2. No Investment

Before you throw a stone at me, I want to explain something. I know you must have been spoon-fed with lies that you can make thousands of dollars online without investing any money. Well, that’s not truth.

Successful bloggers who make money today, are investment-conscious. They’re always looking for helpful tools, software and sites that can help multiply their efforts.

The best investment I made for my coupon blog a month ago; was to subscribe for an SEO service. This way, those looking for sittercity coupons and 6pm discount codes can locate my blog easily on the search engine.

How on earth are you going to hit $2000/month when you don’t have the right tools for automation? I doubt if that dream could ever come to reality.

Don’t be deceived, you need to invest some money, to make more money – it may not be thousands of dollars in investment, but a $17 autoresponder service monthly, can triple your earnings. If you doubt it, ask Brian Tracy (Author of “Goals”).

3. No Role Model

In the offline world, we all have role models; the person we want to be like in the nearest future. As a blogger, do you’ve any role model? If you don’t, then I suggest you start looking for someone you can trust.

There is unseen power in looking up to someone. Certain virtues that cannot be purchased in any $47 e-book can be tapped from a credible mentor. I started out as a blogger modeling Brian Clark (copyblogger).

I like his writing style, as a copywriter, his articles have inspired me greatly. A mentor can help you outsmart huddles in blogging, and make the future brighter.

But when choosing your mentor, make sure you know their track records. Don’t model after a B.S. entrepreneur, or else you could succeed him.

4. Information Overload

How many reports and software do you’ve sitting on your PC? 10, 20 or 100? I can’t believe that my hard disk was getting used up, considering the fact that I just purchased the Laptop from Amazon.

When there is too much information on any given subject, it’s a big problem for beginners and even intermediates.

My advice is simple: don’t invest into any e-book or software until you’ve tried the ones you’ve. If you downloaded free reports from email marketers, you should go through them before downloading more.

Free reports never get finished; in fact, more are coming as people build their email lists.

5. No Email List

I recently read a report which is called “Talking down the suicidal blogger.” In that report, it was stated that any blogger who is not building a mailing list is a suicidal blogger.

You can’t always rely on Google to send you targeted traffic; their algorithm is changing every minute. We all know about the weird Panda that went wild on September 28, 2011.

Who knows if a Lion will be used next time, for algorithm check? Don’t put your business in Google’s hand. Start building your email list. The way to promote a new blog, in the ever competitive internet marketing niche, is via email lists.

On a final note, if you’re making these 5 mistakes as a blogger, you should take a deep breathe right now and reposition yourself. It’s never too late to take the right action.

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Seo Services October 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Totally agreed, You need a role model to whom you can follow and get inspiration in bad times. It’s not easy to make earning online you need great amount of patience plus good strategy.
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mikechibuzor October 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for commenting on this post, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve a role model who have impacted my blogging business so much. A single advice can eliminate age-long struggling.

Riya October 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

So true, If you’re not building your email list then you are wasting your effort. List building certainly helps you to earn money by promoting some good affiliate products.
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mikechibuzor October 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I appreciate your frank comment Riya. If you ask every successful blogger you know, they will tell you that email marketing is the bomb. But you need to do it creatively by providing valuable resources that pique your subscribers.

Aside earning money from your subscribers, you also get to know them, their choices and what they desire the most. This way, your blog posts becomes superb, and every product you recommend receives a top notch response. Success is yours forever!

Mat October 25, 2011 at 4:50 am

I have not yet started building my email list and I will definitely go ahead with this in near future. Thanks for an excellent blog post.
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sasha gibbs October 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

I am much aware about these mistakes that how these can react my website promotion. But I want to ask you the role of email list in this regard that how can it effect your workings and rankings? All other 4 are very common and major mistakes that can badly effect your website if you get poor in handling these mistakes. By the way nice post “Michael”.

Michael October 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

Hi Sasha,
list building doesn’t actually affect rankings and seo, at least I don’t know about that. But one thing is for sure, every business needs a list and blogging is a business. Thank you very much for asking.
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..Blogging Productivity Checklist: The Only Recipe For Achieving Success

OddBlogger October 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

Thanks a lot for these tips,as i am a part time new blogger these tips will help me a lot.I am going to work on second and 3rd tip for sure..
Thanks again.
OddBlogger´s last blog post ..How to Start Your Own Website/Blog?

goa carnival October 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

Nice Info!!!!

No doubt in that blogging is that type of work where we can share many things like about new technology , plug-ins and many more things as well but before this we should know very well how we will introduce to all readers with that product. Our writing should be in easy language even a 15 years old kid can understand after read that post.

Beside that all points are very nice but i like #3 point in this point you mentioned very well we should have our role model.
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Michael October 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

you’re most welcome with your frank comment. I appreciate
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..Blogging Productivity Checklist: The Only Recipe For Achieving Success

Rajesh October 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm

You are certainly right about making some sort of investments. After all, blogging is a business and hence one needs to invest some money to rip from it. Also, I would like to add one more point – Patience. Most newbie bloggers usually give up due to lack of patience. A successful blog is never built overnight. Things take time!!!
Rajesh@Facebook Smileys´s last blog post ..How Facebook tips can help you make a marvelous profile page?

Michael October 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

thanks for chipping in that point – Patience. We all need to hold on a little more until success comes. I appreciate you.
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..How to Know if YOUR Website is KILLING Your Business

Robin October 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Excellent article indeed and thanks for highlighting the common mistakes most of the bloggars do.
Robin@Samsung Tablet´s last blog post ..Samsung Tablet PC–Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 specification and review

Michael October 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

thank you Robin for your time. I’m glad my guest post helped you, no matter how little.
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..How to Know if YOUR Website is KILLING Your Business

Lionel October 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I like how you started off with targeting. It’s important to know who your audience is and what it is they are looking for. Most people post content that is not relevant to the problems their customers are having. If you post content your customers are looking for, it will be easier to gain a following.

Michael October 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

you did well for stopping by to say something cool about my guest post. I appreciate and hope you apply the tips to your business.
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..How to Know if YOUR Website is KILLING Your Business

Ryan Biddulph October 26, 2011 at 4:54 am

Great tips Michael! Targeting it a biggie. Find your market and stick to it using SEO.

Thanks for sharing!

Ryan Biddulph´s last blog post ..Cash Gifting Mayhem | How to Deal with Unhappy People

Nuwamanya Mategyero October 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

truly said Michael, it is dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket, diversity of traffic sources is the way to go.

October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hi! I’m a newbie in blogging. Your article is a good read, very informative and a great help for neophytes like me. I started one a year ago to cope with grieving the loss of my dear “Pops”. .. Thanks!
@popty-wopty´s last blog post ..Pops and the Doorbell in my room

Mia October 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

No role model for me, and until now i haven’t thought about the importance of having one. You are right, it’s important to learn from someone’s else experiences, then to make your own mistakes. Also, it’s always nice to have some insights before starting on your own.

Nick Stamoulis October 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when blogging is not posting on a regular basis. In order to maintain an audience, it’s important to have a steady stream of fresh content on your blog. If you can’t dedicate the time that’s needed to a blog it’s not worth having.

Michael October 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Thank you nick. I really got your point – we need to post on regular basis. Hmm; I haven’t thought about that. Thanks all the same for your frank comment.
Michael @Blast4TrafficNow´s last blog post ..How to Know if YOUR Website is KILLING Your Business

Asiru Nasir October 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Invest a big amount for the new web project…… hope for the best… Points are nicely executed… Thanks for the write-up…
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anthony October 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I’m relatively new to IM, but have had some decent success in the automotive industry. I am reading more and more about email lists, and I kind of feel like a moron for having neglected putting one together. You see, I get numerous customer emails every single day, and I feel like I should be doing something with them. Do you have any suggestions? Also, should I get my customer’s consent before adding them to any sort of list?

Thanks in advance!!
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Michael October 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks for your frank comments on my guest post. Before you can build a list, you need an autoresponder optin box on your site or blog, and with a free report or something to convince your visitors, then you can start building an email list.

You have to give them something before they can subscribe to your list. And make sure it’s double optin; which means they have to confirm their account before you start sending follow up messages.
Thank you.
Michael @Tonsillitis Contagious´s last blog post ..Viral Tonsillitis Contagious And The Best Natural Remedies For Quick Relief

Swayam October 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Hi Michael, nice article :) I agree with you but when writers suffer from ‘Article Block’ then it really hurts :P
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Suresh Khanal October 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

Hi Michael,

Truly appreciate the tips “building list” which is often overlooked by most of the bloggers. We solely rely on Google and you ring the bell rightly!

I am using MailChimp for list on one of my blog which now has 2098 subscribers. The problem is that MailChimp allows only 2000 emails. I need to switch to paid version but because I am not earning much from the blog (it is educational blog with free content) I don’t want to switch to paid list service. Do you have any alternative or solution for this situation?
Suresh Khanal@SEO MMO Tips´s last blog post ..Why blogging won’t work for you?

Michael October 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hello Suresh,

List building is powerful and can help your business. However, you should switch over from mailchimp as soon as possible, because it’s a limitation on how many people optin. You surely have to invest at least $17 – $19 monthly, and I think it’s a great investment.

I recommend or getresponse. Although I use getresponse, they are great and leaders in the email marketing industry. I hope this helps?
Michael @Tonsillitis Contagious´s last blog post ..Viral Tonsillitis Contagious And The Best Natural Remedies For Quick Relief

Online Marketing November 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

Many new bloggers believe that they can make a leaving thru their blog by just posting a few posts its month and without any kind of investment, the truth is that even top bloggers don’t earn a lot of money just from their blog, in most cases they use their blog to promote their services and them selves as experts on their field, so anyone who start a blog to make money should have a real business plan and not expect to make money just from a few posts…

Kostas | Opportunities Planet
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tires November 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

Lack of targeting is definitely one of the biggest mistakes a lot of people make. Too much focus gets put on drawing in traffic and not enough on converting that traffic into qualified leads. I also agree about the information overloading. I just have a few trusted sources of info on whom I trustfully rely on all the time.

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Brian November 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I have no one on any of my email lists. That has to be my biggest problem. Also, I look up to a blogger who writes on topics that are out of my niche expertise. But the guy is great and I really admire him.

First thing I need to do is get capture some emails.

Aaron November 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

Like I mentioned it on another comment in this blog, I just started blogging recently. Great tips, Michael. I am going to setup an email list for newsletters. I was thinking of doing away with it as I use Facebook pages.
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