If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, I want to share the 5 mistakes I made when I started my blog. Blogging is a fun way to share your thoughts, ideas, and talents. However, if your talent isn’t coding, WordPress knowledge, or SEO, it can be challenging. Here are the 5 mistakes I made.
- I didn’t start out using WordPress.org
- My first blog was on blogspot.com and it was a huge waste of my time and energy. It was free and I didn’t know better. I eventually found out that I didn’t own any of my content and that I wouldn’t really be able to monetize my site. Luckily I found out pretty early on and had a new site design that was on the WordPress.org platform. You have to pay for WordPress.org but it’s worth it. Also, don’t be fooled by WordPress.com which is a free platform. There are many limitations with that as well. Do your homework!
- I paid way too much to have my first website designed for me.
- I can’t even say how much I paid to have my first site designed for me because “Handy” reads my posts. By the time that I finally was able to take my blogging seriously, my site was dated and didn’t do any of the things I wanted and needed it to do. I recently rebranded my site and I purchased a theme from www.restored316.com. I actually have the Anchored Theme and I love it. You can customize it (very easily) to be your own. It was also so inexpensive compared to what I paid to have my first site built for me. I actually love Restored 316 so much and their customer service is amazing. I recently purchased their digital Business Planner and I love it too. If you want to read about when I changed my blog look, you can find it HERE
- I spent quite a bit of money over time getting sucked into classes that ended up just being people giving me very little information and tried to up-sell me on something else. Do your homework and get referrals. Don’t be sucked in my slick Facebook or Instagram Ads.
- You can get some great FREE information from Abby & Donny Lawson at Just A. Girl and Her Blog. They also have great links to affiliates that they suggest and then walk you through the whole process of setting up a blog.
- The best money I have ever spent is just recently when I became a member of the Mastermind Group with KariAnne at www.thistlewoodfarms.com
- I didn’t commit the time to be consistent. I now blog consistently twice a week. My posts aren’t always the best or most informative but they are consistent and I’m seeing results. Consistency is key!
- I wish I would have found someone (a virtual assistant) much sooner to help me with the technical stuff. I just recently hired someone to who I pay a small monthly fee and he hosts my blog, handles all of the back-ups and updates. He helps me with all the back-end stuff that I don’t understand. I can’t tell you how many hours of frustration that I’ve spent trying to fix issues with my site. He is worth every penny! (Jeff @ The Webs We Weave)
So if you’ve wanted to start a blog, I say – Go for it. We are the newspapers and magazines of the future. Bloggers offer advice, instructions, inspiration and knowledge to the masses. I wish someone had given me some of this advice when I started my journey.
Peace & Happy Blogging!