MISTAKES I MADE BEFORE LAUNCHING MY BLOG

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend and are starting this week on a right note. Today I decided to come on here and share with you some of the things I wish I had done before launching my blog. My blog is just seven months old, so I’m still a newbie and it hasn’t been easy, this blogging gig is not a joke but I’m getting a hang of it and learning something new everyday. Blogging has been such a great journey and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way, I now knowΒ why I started blogging and that it was the right decision to make. So now that I’ve finished my speech(clap! clap!), let’s get back to the topic of the mistakes I made before launching my blog.

 

MISTAKES I MADE BEFORE LAUNCHING MY BLOG

1. NOT PLANNING AHEAD.

What I mean here is planning what to do next once I had launched it. I did the whole you must have a few posts before it’s up, check images, SEO and spell checking, all that I wrote in myΒ what you should include in every blog post. But what I didn’t plan for was what to do next, I didn’t think of how I was going to promote my posts, on which platforms I would do that and just how to get my blog out there for others to read, which was a huge mistake that cost me traffic and readers from day one, so note to self, planning is key.

2. JOINING GROUPS LATE

Here is where I really messed up. The mistake was not joining blogger groups before launching, this is so important because you get to learn so much from other bloggers and promote your blog before it’s out which wasΒ something I should have done. Groups in Facebook, Pinterest whichever platform you choose are good for promotion and by the time I launched my blog there was nobody to read it and no one even knew it existed. That was a rooky mistake and since then, I have joined groups that offer great help and information.

3. TOO MUCH RESEARCH

When I decided to start a blog, I read every information I found out there about blogging but I guess I missed the memo where okay, you’ve done your research now start publishing. I had 20 posts before launching so I was like you know ” I’m a pro”, But I was too engrossed on finding out more information on blogging that I wasted so much time researching instead of writing/coming up with ideas and that’s where planning comes to play, so nowadays I try to write consistently and learn as I go. I’m not saying researching is bad, just that it can be destructing from the task at hand.

4. NOT ASKING FOR HELP

When I wanted help to figure out all this tech stuff, my mistake was not asking anyone for help and just trying to fix everything by myself which was a pity because people are willing to help and all I needed to do was find a place to do that. I love Facebook blogger groups and if I had joined them before, then everything would have ran so smoothly and it would have saved me so much time. So learn from my mistakes people, don’t be afraid to ask for help you will get the information you need.

5.HESITATING TO LAUNCH

My blog was ready to launch, but I was hesitating and fearing that it wasn’t right or it could look better. That lasted for a month of me saying I was still making it perfect but the thing is I was comparing myself to other bloggers and blogs which was a wrong thing to do, everyone is different and the fear I had was for nothing because once I launched it, I realised that there was nothing to be afraid of.

So there you go, these are the mistakes I made before launching my blog. If you haven’t started a blog yet, here is a simple guide to do just that. Anything you wish you would’ve done differently before starting your blog? Do tell in the comments below.

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28 Comments

  1. good advice. Eventually I want to have a website instead of a free blog, but for now I’m ok where it’s at. I have a goal I would like to reach before I do the whole putting money into something I may not have enough time for. I loved reading your tips and how you learned from them.

  2. I think every blogger can relate to some aspect you’ve listed above. There are so many things I’ve learnt and discovering blogger groups has been great! Keep up the great work!

  3. I am so guilty of number three. Analysis paralysis is so real! My background is in market research so I’m constantly pouring through information out of habit. I’ve gotten much better at this by segmenting my day and using pomodoros throughout those segments. This has dramatically prevented me from researching too much and making sure I don’t take away time from actually implementing the things I need to do for my blog.

  4. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. I agree with everything here! I redid my blog a few times as I found better themes, better plugins, etc. and wish I would have taken the time to plan and research that all before I jumped in.

  5. With my blog I just went for it! No posts, no planning, nothing! I WISH I would have written a few posts and joined Facebook groups before launching. My experience has been truly trial and error.

  6. I was pretty green when I launched my blog. I didn’t know that “launching” a blog was an actual thing. I had a website developer set up my site, it went live immediately with nothing on it, and I just began posting from there. I operated under the concept “learn as you go.” πŸ™‚

  7. I can relate with not asking for help. I’ve had headaches trying to figure out how to fix things when I mess up. My site went down for several days because of my mistake. I thought people always ask for a fee. Some people from Facebook groups actually help for free.

  8. I guess #3 is so apt in my case. I have been researching for the past 4 months and have acquired a decent knowledge of SEO. Although I am yet to generate a lot of content, so once I do that, I will just start my site. Thanks for these tips.

  9. Yes, I started blogging, with an actual blog, 2 1/2 years ago I was ion almost 3 months before I learned about groups. However, I had no clue there were so many and only belonged to maybe two and they were EN and mlsp groups because those were was who my blog was through at first. I have come so far since then!

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