5 Amateur Hour Mistakes that Hold Back Your Blog Growth
**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**
You may be beyond disgusted with your blogging growth.
I feel ya. I have been there.
But I need to ask you: who are you *being* to leave those struggles behind?
Example; at 2:45 PM on a Sunday afternoon I have spent the past 5 hours (on a weekend) doing intelligent, effective things to grow my blog. Fielding emails from potential clients. Building connections that lead to eBooks (Woohoo! Just sold another 5 minutes ago). Commenting on blogs. Writing and submitting guest posts.
I am being a pro blogger. I had to *be*/act like a pro blogger well before I saw professional blogger traffic or profits, because the *being* always precedes the results. Always.
If you are stuck being an amateur hour blogger, take heart. You can turn things around really quickly but you may be unaware of these common, struggling or beginning blogger mistakes…or the fact that you may be making them.
Go through this list. Own your mistakes. Turn things around.
Set yourself up to be a pro blogger by releasing on these amateur blogging mistakes.
1: Trying Desperately to Make Each Post Go Viral
One type of blog post reigns supreme on the amateur blogger circuit.
This post centers around how to create a viral blog post. How to hit each and every post out of the park.
Of course, these type of posts are OK to publish once in a while on top level blogs but on amateur blogs they seem to pop up every other post.
This is a common, greedy approach followed by struggling veteran and confused newbie bloggers; they want to squeeze as much traffic from each and every post so they don’t go broke. Or so they can make enough money through small ticket income channels like Adsense, to put food on the table.
Nothing screams “amateur” like trying to manipulate people and conditions with the prime urge to get as much as possible, traffic-wise, through each and every post, because deep down this is driven by a fear-based terror of….NOT ENOUGH!!!!
Here’s how to accelerate your blog’s growth:
- ask your readers what they are struggling with through your email list and social media accounts
- record their answers aka struggles
- build every single one of your blog posts around these struggles
Ask. Receive answers.
Solve problems through every blog post.
This is how to earn a full time income through blogging. Solve a specific problem for your targeted readers.
2:Refusing to Pay for a Domain, Hosting and Theme
Without fail, this is a chief amateur blogger mistake that holds back serious, exponential growth.
The analogy; imagine opening a bagel shop in your bedroom, inside of your parent’s house, with a cheesy looking “Bagelz R Here!!!!” sign on your parent’s front lawn. This is like using free hosting solutions like Blogspot to sell anything online.
Now imagine paying money to rent out a storefront in the highest traffic area in town, where bagel lovers walk and drive, with a large, clear “Biddulph’s Banging Bagels” sign in front of this impressive storefront in a high traffic area of town. This is like buying your domain, hosting and theme.
In your parent’s house bedroom bagel store, you will sell zero to 1 bagels. If your dog is hungry. And has access to money.
In the rented out storefront in the high traffic area you will sell a *ton* of bagels. Or tons. Literally.
Pay for your domain and hosting. Use a premium hosting package. Buy a premium theme. Go straight from jayvee to the pros.
3: Not Treating Your Blog Like a Full Time Brick and Mortar Business
That is a conservative estimate of how much time I have spent on my blog during the past 9 years.
I have worked on it almost every day. Some days, a little less than 8 hours. Many days, beyond 8 hours. Toss in the personal development time I spent getting my mind right for blogging and the number skyrockets.
Amateur hour, junior varsity bloggers believe spending 1-2 hours a day on blogging will yield a full time income.
Serious pro bloggers understand that running a kick butt blog that gets featured on the top blogs and new sites on earth, and that yields a full time income, is like running a thriving brick and mortar business. 8 to 10 hours a day, every day, doing intelligent, business-building, sometimes uncomfortable things to make it work.
4: Putting Monetizing on the Backburner
Are you struggling terribly to make money through your blog? How many income streams have you opened? None?!
1 weird habit cripples aspiring bloggers; backburnering monetization. Or, putting off opening income streams until next week, or month, or year. Meanwhile, financial struggles mount. All while you dawdle about monetizing, explaining why you feel it’s a bad idea because you believe your readers will be annoyed at the fact you actually want to earn money through your blog.
Begin monetizing from Day 1 as a blogger. Even if you don’t open an income stream on your blog learn the in’s and out’s of 1 income stream from your newbie days. Add 1 income stream every 3-6 months. Monetize. Prosper.
Monetizing intelligently adds credibility to your blog. Raise a few eyebrows. Write an eBook. Exit Amateur Hour to head toward the Blogging Big Time.
5: Blogging about any Topic that Interests You
Have you ever met a successful lawyer who’s also a doctor who’s also a CEO of a technology company who’s also a professional basketball player?
If not – and on planet earth, nobody has ever mastered all of these disciplines simultaneously – why do you think you can know blogging better than Darren Rowse, making money online better than John Chow, how to be a digital nomad blogger better than Ryan Biddulph (weird 3rd person reference) and how to inspire folks better than Tony Robbins?
Specialization is the great secret to human success. Offline. Online.
The only way to become a pro blogger is to do 1 thing really, really, really well.
What tips can you add to this list?
Ryan Biddulph owns the website Blogging From Paradise. He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.