How did they change my life?
Well for starters, they taught me how to build my body and mind. But more importantly, they taught me that an average man could make a great living for himself without having a “job”.
The creators of those websites didn’t trade their time for money at some shitty 9-5 gig. Instead, they filled their lives with the things they loved while helping other people in the process and making boatloads of money.
They weren’t tied down to any one geographical location, the world was their playground, and they didn’t have a boss telling them what to do.
Once I realized what was possible in the realm of online business, one thing became very clear to me… I wanted in on that lifestyle and I was going to get it!
No matter how long it took. I was going to join them on top of the mountain.
A Long Journey
A couple of months after I had discovered my purpose in life (helping others with my own badass website) I got to work learning everything I could about how to build a blog.
Since I had no prior knowledge on website building, I had to start from square one. I had no idea how websites were actually created, what web hosting was, or how people actually made money online. Back in those days, there weren’t any drag and drop website builders and Youtube wasn’t quite as helpful a resource as it is today.
Learning everything from scratch was a long tedious process, but eventually, I acquired all of the knowledge necessary to put a decent looking website together. The only problem was that I had no idea how to write compelling content and I had absolutely no confidence in my ability to help others. I constantly thought to myself –
I’m just some kid from upstate New York. Why in the hell would anybody listen to me? What do I have to offer?
Unfortunately, my self-confidence issues caused me to start and quit many blogs during the next several years which held me back greatly and put me in a position that I didn’t want to be in at that stage of my adult life.
However, One day in 2017 I finally woke up and got my shit together. I was fed up with living an average life and on top of that, I was unexpectedly fired from my cushy corporate job, which really lit a fire under my ass.
And thus, Success & Strength was born. Since then, I’ve been able to build the blog of my dreams and help others change their lives for the better. Waking up every morning and seeing my website traffic grow daily is one of the best feelings in the world and I’m so happy that I finally took action.
BUT, it took a long time for me to get to this point and I’ve made MANY mistakes along the way. So many in fact that I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through. Which is why I’ve decided to create this post…
The 12 Biggest Mistakes That All New Bloggers Make
Blogging Mistake #1 – Starting A Blog Out Of Pure Desperation
You should never attempt to start a business when you are in a desperate state of mind! Especially a blogging business!
Because it will take years of hard work before you start to see any payoff from a financial standpoint. Seriously, could you imagine the hell you’d put yourself through waiting that long for something good to happen?
If you are truly unhappy with where you’re at in life, try making a few small changes that will improve the quality of your life FAST (maybe get a job that makes you happier) and then work on your blog for a couple of hours a day on the side.
DO NOT start a blog with the hopes of making a full-time income within a couple of months.
THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!
Blogging Mistake #2 – Trying To Be Too Original
Look, in the beginning, you aren’t going to be some innovative blogging genius who writes about topics that have never been discussed online.
The internet and blogging have been around for some time now (25 years) and everything and I do mean EVERYTHING has already been written about hundreds if not thousands of times before.
It isn’t originality that gets you noticed in the blogging world, it’s your own unique perspective that does.
Just pick a topic that you know and write about it in your own unique voice.
Blogging Mistake #3 – Not Writing Enough
If you want to build a following and eventually make money from your blog, you’re going to need to produce a steady stream of content.
Now, you don’t have to go crazy and write a new post every day, but you do need a solid base of at least 50 posts before you start to get any traction in the search engines.
Personally, I recommend writing for at least an hour every day. Doing so will improve your writing skills and ensure that your content production stays on par with where it needs to be.
As a new blogger, you should aim to create at least one brand new high-quality post every week.
Blogging Mistake #4 – Giving Up Too Early
Believe or not, the reason why most blogs fail isn’t because of poor writing skills, bad ideas, or bad SEO practices. Most blogs fail because people give up!
Because of a lack of information. There isn’t a concrete timeline that lets people know when certain things should start happening for their blog and that discourages a lot of would-be professional bloggers.
See, most people don’t realize that building a successful blog often takes years. They have no idea that not having any traffic after a year is completely normal and to be expected.
Every business model has barriers to entry. And for blogging, the barriers to entry are TIME and PATIENCE.
Since blogs are extremely cheap to start and easy to monetize (once you have an audience), something else (time) has to stand in the way of success. If there were no barriers to entry, blogging would be too easy and everyone would do it.
BE THANKFUL that building a successful blog takes a long time because that is what weeds out 99% of the competition.
As long as you do the work and wait, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be successful at some point.
Blogging Mistake #5 – Not Having A Solid Backup For Your Website
Whether you use WordPress or any other content management system, something is eventually going to go wrong with your website. Worst case scenario, an update will cause you to lose your whole entire blog.
You must make sure that you always have a backup of your website at all times. Doing so will allow you to bring your blog back to life with the click of a button.
I use WordPress to manage all of the content here on Success & Strength and I currently use the Updraft Plus plugin.
Blogging Mistake #6 – Choosing A Blog Topic That You Aren’t Passionate About
One of the biggest mistakes people make when creating a blog is picking a topic to write about solely based off of how potentially lucrative the topic is.
Building a website around a topic that you have no real interest or knowledge in is a great way to set yourself up for failure!
Blogging, just like any other successful business, is all about GIVING! When you help others achieve their goals by sharing knowledge on topics that you are passionate about, the money will eventually come.
Don’t try to be like all of those affiliate marketing “gurus” on Youtube. None of those fakers make any real money from affiliate marketing anyway.
Instead, they make all of their money by selling bullshit courses to suckers who don’t know any better.
Blogging Mistake #7 – Starting Multiple Websites At The Same Time
Some people who learn about the money-making potential and freedom that a blogging business can bring think –
Wow! Why start one blog when I can start five! Then I’ll really be rolling in the dough!
While this may work in theory, it rarely works out that way in reality. Starting one successful blog is hard enough, but when you try and divide your efforts between multiple websites, your chances of succeeding become non-existent.
My Advice – Focus all of your time and effort on creating ONE successful website. Once you succeed at creating one successful site, you can branch out and create others.
Blogging Mistake #8 – Writing Low-Quality Blog Posts
While it may seem tempting to sit down and pump out a bunch of content FAST, that tactic will get you nowhere… unless you’re a naturally gifted writer.
Each and every post that you publish on your website should be easy to read and full of valuable information. A great blog post answers any questions that your reader may have on a topic while entertaining the reader at the same time.
Personally, I don’t usually publish a post until it’s gone through at least 50 revisions. Creating quality work takes time and the process shouldn’t be rushed.
Make it your goal to only produce greatness.
Never publish just to publish.
Blogging Mistake #9 – Not Letting The World Know That You Exist
One of the biggest mistakes that I made early on as a new blogger was not letting people know that Success & Strength was here.
Once you have a solid foundation of quality blog posts on your website and a decent looking user-friendly design, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands if you want to get readers.
On average, articles take about 35 weeks to be ranked properly on Google which means that you won’t be getting any search engine traffic for a while.
So, how do you get people on your site?
Visit other blogs, leave comments that spark discussion, email other blog owners and tell them what you like about their work. It really is that simple.
Once I finally started networking with other blogs and leaving comments, my traffic exploded and I got my first couple of email subscribers. I only wish that I had done it sooner.
Quick Tip – Only interact with other blogs that are about the same or similar topics that you write about. There is no point in visiting and interacting with a women’s tennis blog if you write about men’s fitness and masculinity… Unless the owner of the blog is hot and single. At that point, I say go for it.
Blogging Mistake #10 – Poor Housekeeping
And I ain’t talking about cleaning your room. I’m talking about doing things like –
Rewriting poorly written posts that you published in the past.
Updating your posts with new information that you’ve discovered.
Fixing old links that no longer work etc.
If you want your blog to be the best that it can be, you must keep your house in order. Personally, I pick one day a week (Sunday) and fix anything that needs to be updated.
Blogging Mistake #11 – Outsourcing The Creation Of Your Content
Once people learn about blogging and the potential of the content creation business model, most of them want in. The problem is that most people go about it the wrong way.
Instead of creating content about topics that they are both passionate and knowledgeable about, they decide to pick a generic topic and hire a bunch of low rate writers from Upwork to create their blog posts.
The problem with that approach is that it isn’t genuine. Instead of creating a blog that is unique, entertaining, and helpful, people get greedy and throw together a bunch of mediocre outsourced blogs.
Websites that nobody visit and thousands of dollars wasted.
If you are going to get into the blogging game, make sure that you actually have something to bring to the table. If you are just out to make a quick buck or passive income, try something else.
Blogging Mistake #12 – Boxing Yourself Into One Specific Niche
This was by far the biggest mistake that held me back for so many years in the blogging game. I would get an idea for a blog about a specific topic, buy a domain name that was linked to that topic, and try to create blog posts about that topic only.
I have many interests in my life and therefore I enjoy writing about many different things. I am not just some one-dimensional human who only does one thing all day every day and chances are that you are the same way.
The solution – Do what I did here on Success & Strength.
Write about anything and everything that you have knowledge on, divide your blog posts into categories, and let people who have all kinds of different questions find your website.
Here on Success & Strength, I currently write about 11 different topics. And guess what?
Each and every one of those topics provides me with daily traffic from Google.
As long as your writing is clear and concise, each and every blog post that you write will become its own mini niche site.
Don’t listen to the jokers who tell you to only write about one topic. They are only holding you back.
Even after reading this expertly crafted post, you’ll still make mistakes once you decide to start your own blogging journey.
However, as long as you learn from them the first time around, they will mold you into the person that you have to be.
As long as you roll with the punches and keep going no matter what, success will eventually come running to you like a desperate teenage school girl.
Just do the work and be patient.
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