We are humans! Humans are bound to make mistakes, right? We are not machines and it is not that we will not make mistakes at all. We should also keep in mind that we are not machines that cannot rectify mistakes on their own. I have made millions of mistakes starting from putting up articles, to the way I promoted my blog but I did rectify them later. I see many newbie bloggers do some of the mistakes that I did and this prompted me to write this article.
Treating Blog as an ATM Machine
Have you just started blogging? Thinking of earning a load full from it? This is the worst mistake that you can ever do. I don’t say that earning money from blogging is difficult but on the other hand only concentrating on money will never get you what you need. I personally believe “Work hard but expect nothing in return”. Many may not agree on this but I believe this from my heart. I was also one curious blogger who kept his motive to earn money from blogging, I never succeeded when I had that in my mind. I had quit blogging for quite some time but in that break I felt what I could have done with blogging other than just earning money from it. From that moment I left the thought of earning but developing my blog which I would never ever forget because that did bring me results.
I had to mention this point because I got a message from some guy (I would not like to reveal his name/id). The mail was as following
I am planning to be professional blogger, part-time for first 3 years, full-time later on. I want you to pls help me in this-
If I am able to get 1,25,000 page views after 3 years of blogging (3 long years), would it be realistically to earn 35000 per month or 800 dollars or 4 Lakhs per year from all including
Other advertising programmes
from a tech blog after 3 years after I achieve 1,25,000- 1,40,000 pageviews. I know from adsense , It cant be 4 $ per 1000 impressions. But after having affiliate marketing of hostgator, themes etc
Which wordpress theme and hosting you would suggest me
What do you expect me to reply to this mail ? I couldn’t but had to.
This is what people are actually starting up blogs these days, i never intrude they shouldn’t but keeping it as primary motive may be just a little wrong.
Ignoring Blog Readers
This point may look very simple but in fact it is a very serious one. Would you ever like to visit a restaurant where a server never takes your order ?certainly you wont right! Then how can you think that your readers will turn up again even after ignoring them to the core?
Simple mistakes that you can do
1) Not replying to Comments
Reply to your comments, if they ask questions or if you have interest in those comments. That will encourage interaction and form a community.
2) Not writing articles on what your readers need
3) Putting Pop-up ads
Putting Pop-up ads is like adding salt to a sweet dish. People get irritated when ads flash on them and lose interest in reading your articles and also coming back to your site. Never ever put pop-up ads on your blog.
A blogger is known for his writing skills and knowledge, many don’t understand this fact at all. This point may be put up a lot of times but to be true this is one of the worst mistake that a blogger can make. This specially happens with newbie bloggers as they don’t know the negatives of copying and pasting contents on their blog.
Not only is this a matter of shame but also it can potentially destroy regular readers. No one would like to read contents which have been stolen from someone else.
This article is written by Sandeep Singh. He blogs at Technoleash, a blogging portal for tech enthusiasts.