Every successful blogger has been through the beginning phase (the struggling phase, rather) of this adventurous journey on the web. It has never been easy for any one to simply start a blog generate enough to make a living. All the bloggers that are currently making hundreds or thousands every month have all been through stages where their blog(s) hardly generated enough to pay for hosting their websites. I personally started with a freelance writing for a getacademichelp, it was a terrific experience because I was just doing what I like, but also helping students. I could even feel like a student for a while.
Even I started as a beginner (everyone does!). My first blog ever was raajtram.com which was a personal blog of mine. On that blog, I wrote about my own experiences in life and what I learnt from there. It all started with WordPress.Com (as I didn’t know anything about WordPress.Org and how it works!). Since the beginning of my real web entrepreneurship (with this very blog), following is what I believe have been my mistakes and why I overcame the same.
Practiced Unnecessary Commenting
In the beginning, just like every other newbie, I used to practice a lot of blog commenting without knowing the consequences. Well, there aren’t many issues with the same, but there aren’t any true benefits as well. Note that I’m talking about unnecessary commenting – which means commenting on blog posts from where you’ve hardly understood something but you yet comment just to receive a few clicks on your Commentluv Links.
This didn’t make any big difference to my blog nor did it affect the rankings – in-fact it might have improved the same. However, the mistake was that I wasted a lot of precious time which could have been used to write quality content.
Used Informal Tone In My Writing
Although I didn’t use any sort of slang language, my writing style was yet informal than what it should have been i.e. formal. I often used to give examples which should otherwise not be given in those specific articles. However, over time and since the launch of my business, I’ve been quite professional and so has my style of writing.
This change has led to a drastic change in the type of people I interact with – and it’s completely on the positive side.
Changed A Lot Of Designs
Until I was introduced to the Thesis WordPress Theme, I changed a lot of themes on my WordPress based site. The earlier ones were free, while the later ones were premium. However, none of them were as good as Thesis. The reason why I changed my themes in the earlier times was that there were new theme releases and they were free, and I just changed without thinking about anything (imagine!).
However, since purchasing Thesis and hitting the ‘Activate’ button, I haven’t gone with any other WordPress Theme. In fact, my business (ThesisLove) exists because Thesis exists. Yes, I’ve changed the internal designs of my Thesis based site, but after all it’s the same Theme.
All the above just conclude one thing – you shouldn’t be making the same mistakes if you’re yet a beginner. Don’t practice worthless commenting just for the sake of getting a few clicks – it is not going to help you achieve anything. Instead, comment to build relationships. It will help you in several ways. Regarding your writing style, follow my article teaching you about improving your writing skills by reading. Regarding your blog design, here’s what I have to say –
I’ve been using the Thesis WordPress Theme since a very long time, and cannot be more happier. It’s a giant.
Hope this post helps you not to make the mistakes I made when I was a beginner. Leave your insights in the comments section below.