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27 Dumbest Mistakes New Bloggers Often Make

A list of 27 dumbest mistakes that make a new blogger look like an incompetent fool, drive readers away, and set the blogger in the course of failure.

Let’s see.

You want to start a blog. You have big ideas, and lofty goals, like, you’ll tell your story and save the world.

And you’ll make a whole lot of money, quit your job, and move to Bali where you’ll spend the rest of your life and be zen.

So you plunk down on a chair, all determined, buy a domain, hosting, set up a blog, and start punching away on your keyboard, one blog post at a time, right?

Easy peasy!

And then, after a few weeks, or maybe after a couple of months, you start to realize that something is missing.

Something just isn’t right!

The money isn’t flowing in as fast as you thought it would.

You hardly have readers, and even the ones that do land on your blog, do not seem to have any interest in anything you have to say.

The result?

You’re screwed.

Start Your Blog with This Massive, 52-Point Blog Launch Checklist

A blog launch checklist for starting your blog the right way from the beginning so you can focus on growing your blog later without worrying the small technical details | The Side Blogger #blog #blogging #bloggingtips #wordpress #wordpresstips

Planning to start a blog?

Then this WordPress blog launch checklist is for you (and yes, it’s more useful to those starting their blogging journeys with WordPress, over other platforms.)

Here’s something to consider:

Blogging isn’t exactly a piece of cake. It’s not rocket science, but successful blogging requires patience, determination, and a can-do attitude because you’ll be learning a lot as you go, and unless you are committed to it, you’ll feel overwhelmed soon enough and you’d want to quit.

Now, I do not say this to discourage you. It’s the opposite! I say this so you know what’s coming. I say this so you can be prepared for the long hours and the hard work.

And when you’re well prepared, the journey ahead becomes just that much easier.

And that’s precisely why, in this blog post, I’m about to share with you a WordPress blog launch checklist of 50+ small details that you need to check off your list BEFORE you launch your blog. By going through this list as best as you possibly can, you’ll make your blogging life a lot easier in the days to come, I guarantee that!

Oh, and in case you’ve already launched your blog, it’s still a good idea to run your blog through this list and see if you’ve got everything covered. Better late than never, eh?

So, let’s get started, shall we?

How to Start a WordPress Blog with SiteGround Hosting in 2019: A Step by Step Guide

A step-by-step guide to setting up a brand new blog with self-hosted WordPress on SiteGround | Blog to Biz

Update: This post has been edited on February 18, 2019, to reflect the latest WordPress best practices.

I may sound like a broken record, but I’ll say this as many times as I have to… I’ll shout it out loud from the roof of a tall building with a megaphone if I must…

WordPress is THE BEST platform for any and all serious bloggers. Period.

So, in this blog post, I’ve decided to give you a run-down on why I believe you should choose self-hosted WordPress as your blogging platform from the get-go, and exactly how you should set up your very first blog.

Speaking of self-hosted, I’ll also talk briefly about what it means to have a self-hosted WordPress blog/website. This seems to confuse a lot of people, so spending a few minutes to shed light on this topic seems reasonable.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated As a Newbie Blogger When Your Blog Is Not Yet Making Profits

5 ways to stay motivated as a newbie blogger when your blog is not yet making any profits | The Side Blogger #blog #blogger #blogging #blogtips #bloggingtips #beginnerblogger

I’ll be honest with you, I love making money on the side; always have.

If someone gives me 5 bucks for taking a photo, it excites me. Money is, how should I put it, the simplest way to show that my work has been validated. In other words, it’s a way to show that I have been validated.

Validation, my friends, is one of the two most important factors for us to continue to do anything. It is our greatest motivator. I know the fad is to pretend that we don’t care what others think of us, but let’s be honest, we ALWAYS care about what others think of us. Maybe not in a toxic way, but in some level, we seek validation from those who matter.

For example: as an engineer, I seek validation from my team manager. As a student, I seek validation from my adviser. As a blogger, I seek validation from my readers. When I take a photograph, I seek validation from either the subject or the intended audience.

Without validation, we’d lose interest soon enough. Now, the volume of validation required to continue the grind may be different for different people, but validation itself is a requirement none the less.

How To Grow Your Email List As a Newbie Blogger (+ Free Canva Templates)

Ever wonder how other bloggers and small business owners grow their email list? Demystifying the email list mystery in this blog post, one step at a time | The Side Blogger #email-list #EmailList #Newsletter #Email #Blogging #Blogger #Email-Marketing #Marketing #Small-Business #Growth #Online-Business

We all hear it or read it on other, popular blogs about how important it is to grow your email list. But why?

Let me tell you what happened not too long ago.

A few days ago, I realized that someone was creating Pin graphics that have nothing to do with The Side Blogger, yet was linking these graphics to this blog. I promptly proceeded to report the Pins and the user. In less than 24 hours, this person’s account was deleted along with the Pins.

Why do I tell you this story?

As much as I LOVED Pinterest’s prompt attention to my needs in resolving this issue, I also realized how easy it was to get your Pinterest account suspended or deleted.

A few months ago my Facebook account was suspended for a couple of days while I had to go through the painstaking procedure of proving my identity before the account was restored.

These things happen all the time. Social media is great and useful for growing your blog and business. But the truth is that you have no ownership over your followers or your content. They can be gone in a moment without so much as a notice.

And that is exactly why it is so important to invest time and money in building and cultivating¬†an email list. …

How to Come Up With Brilliant Blog Post Ideas That Never Fail with These Two Free Tools

How to use Spyfu and Buzzsumo to come up with winning blog topics that never fail | The Side Blogger

Imagine this: you write a blog post, then hit publish, and voila — hundreds of comments, shares and email sign-ups from just one blog post!

Now imagine this happening every single time you publish a new blog post!

Only if!

One can always dream, huh!

You see, blogging is hard. Creating quality content consistently is one of the hardest challenges a blogger faces every single day.

And if you’re a brand new blogger? Uhh… what can I say, except that, you’ve got work to do, my friend!

With that said, today I’ll show you a pretty neat trick to come up with content ideas that’ll be popular with your audience every single time, WITHOUT FAIL! How do I know? Well, keep reading to find out! …