For newbie bloggers, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of amateur blogging. With so much information available online, it’s easy to make mistakes that can hinder your success as a blogger. 

In this guide, I will share with you an ultimate list of 31 common amateur blogging mistakes and how to avoid them. 

No, they are not any terrible mistakes that will put an end to your blogging career, but they are common pitfalls that can make your journey to become a successful blogger more challenging.  

So, fellow amateur bloggers, grab a pen, a piece of paper, and let’s get started!

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1. Have No Clear Niche

One of the biggest mistakes amateur bloggers make is not having a clear niche or focus for their blog. Lifestyle blog, for example, is an extremely broad niche. 

It can be anything from healthy lifestyle to travel lifestyle. While it’s great to cover a variety of topics, having a specific niche helps you build a targeted audience and establish yourself as an expert in that field.

When you have a specific topic that you are passionate about, it becomes easier to create content and attract your target audience.

How to avoid it:

While it’s tempting and easy to cover a range of topics, try to narrow down your niche to something specific and unique. Don’t wait until day 1 to do it – it should be from day 0. 

Think about your interests, what you are really good at and what makes you unique. This will help you identify your niche and build a solid foundation for your blog.

But also, niching down doesn’t mean you have to really take the unbeaten track, especially if it’s not something you are passionate about or if the topic has little to almost no audience. 

Remember, you still want your blog to be profitable and attract a decent amount of readers. So make sure to find a balance between your passion and market demand.

2. Rely Solely on Free Hosting

Free hosting may sound really great in the beginning when you just started out and would like to test the waters. 

But when you’re serious about blogging, it’s important to invest in a self-hosted platform that gives you full control and ownership of your blog.

Free hosting platforms usually have limited features, customization options and can even disappear overnight without any warning. This means losing all your hard work and content.

How to avoid it:

Investing in a self-hosted platform like (not to be confused with will definitely give you full control and ownership of your blog. It also allows for more customization options, better SEO capabilities, and the ability to monetize your blog.

If budget is a concern, don’t worry. There are many affordable hosting options available and some even offer plans specifically for beginner bloggers.

One of my most favorite cheap hosting providers is Mocha Host as it’s affordable, reliable and user-friendly. Plus, they also offer a free domain and free SSL certificate for the first year.

In case you ask, SSL certificate is really important as it encrypts the data being transferred between your website and your readers’ devices, making it more secure.

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3. Inconsistent Posting Schedule

Failing to maintain a regular posting schedule can result in loss of your readership. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common mistakes amateur bloggers make.

Your readers will expect new content from you on a regular basis. If you go weeks or even months without posting, they may lose interest and stop following your blog altogether.

Consistent content also means better visibility in search engines, as they love fresh and relevant content.

How to avoid it:

I know that time is the biggest deal here. Not all of the bloggers are full-time bloggers, meaning they don’t have the privilege of dedicating their whole life into blogging.

So, the easiest way to avoid this mistake is by planning ahead. Create a content calendar and schedule your posts in advance.

This will not only ensure that you have consistent content, but it also allows you to focus on other aspects of blogging such as promoting your posts and engaging with your audience.

You can start by planning to have one blog post per week, and stick with it for a few months. As you get more comfortable and efficient with your blogging process, you can increase your posting frequency.

4. Low-Quality Content

Publishing hastily-written or poorly researched articles can harm your blog’s credibility and drive away readers.

While it’s important to post consistently, quality should always be a top priority. Your content should provide value to your readers and showcase your expertise on the topic.

If you’re not a writer by nature, that could be quite difficult. Of course, if you have the budget for freelance writers or AI tools to assist with content creation, by all means, go for it. 

But if that’s not the case, don’t worry. Writing is a skill that can be improved with practice. No one started out with the perfect writing skills or style.

How to avoid it:

Take the time to research and write your content thoroughly. Use reliable sources, fact-check your information, and provide visual aids such as images or videos where necessary.

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from friends or fellow bloggers. And always proofread and edit your content before publishing.

Remember, quality over quantity. It’s better to have fewer well-written articles than many low-quality ones.

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5. Neglect Proofreading

Proofreading is the final step to ensure your content is polished and free from any grammatical errors or typos. 

Neglecting this step can make your blog seem unprofessional and may discourage readers from coming back. 

Imagine reading from a niche blog with full of spelling and grammar mistakes, would you continue reading or trust the information provided?

How to avoid it:

Always take the time to proofread your content before publishing. You can also use tools like Grammarly or have a friend read through your post for any errors.

Remember, even professional writers make mistakes, so don’t be too hard on yourself. But if you consistently struggle with grammar and spelling, consider using tools to help you improve your writing skills. 

After all, presenting a well-written and error-free blog post will earn you credibility and trust from your readers.  So it’s worth putting in the extra effort to proofread your content before publishing.

6. Long Paragraphs

In the world of smart phone screens, be mindful about how long your paragraphs are. Reading a wall of text can be daunting and overwhelming for readers, especially on a smaller screen.

Writing for blogs is totally different from academic writing or writing for printed media. You really don’t have to follow strict rules when it comes to paragraph length. Just take this blog as an example. 

Although I tried to make it make sense each time i hit the Enter button to form a new paragraph, I’m pretty sure that you noticed how short they are, and sometimes, how non-sense they are to split like one paragraph into two. But it’s easier to read and comprehend, especially on a mobile device.

How to avoid it:

Keep your paragraphs concise and no longer than 2-3 lines (on a desktop screen). This makes it easier for readers to follow along and digest the information without feeling overwhelmed.

You can also use subheadings, bullet points or numbered lists to break up your content and make it more visually appealing. This helps readers scan through the article and locate specific information easily.

Also, if you have a lot of text with no visual aids, try to break it up into multiple smaller paragraphs. This will make it seem less intimidating and easier to read.

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7. Ignore Headlines

Headlines are the first thing readers see when browsing through your blog, so they need to be attention-grabbing and informative. And the first headline your readers will see is the title of your blog.

Many bloggers make the mistake of neglecting their titles, which can result in low click-through rates and less traffic to their blog. 

Ignoring headlines or using generic ones can make your content seem uninteresting and less likely to be clicked on, leading to missed opportunities for new readership.

How to avoid it:

Take the time to craft catchy, relevant and informative headlines that will intrigue your audience and entice them to click through. 

You can also use headline analyzers or refer to popular blogs in your niche for inspiration on creating effective titles. 

Your title should accurately represent the content of your post and entice readers to click through and read more, and avoid click-bait tactics. Remember, first impressions matter, and your headline is the first impression your readers will have of your post. So make it count! 

8. Overlook SEO

When I started my very first blog in 2016, I did know about SEO (search engine optimization) and its roll on getting traffic to my blog. 

However, I was so focused on creating content that I completely neglected SEO and missed out on potential readership. I was so naive to believe that as long as my content was good, readers would find it. 

But a blog without any SEO optimization is like a car without an engine – it’s not going to go very far. All the hard work you put into creating quality content will go to waste if it’s not properly optimized for search engines. 

How to avoid it:

Take some time to learn about SEO and how it works. This includes using relevant keywords, optimizing your title and meta description, and building backlinks from reputable sources. 

You can also use plugins like Yoast SEO or Rank Math to help you optimize your blog posts for search engines. 

If you think it’s better that you take a course and learn SEO from scratch, I can highly recommend the Stupid Simple SEO course by Mike Futia. I took it myself and it has helped me tremendously in improving my blog’s traffic and visibility. 

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9. Not Know Your Target Audience

Not knowing your target readers can result in content that doesn’t resonate with anyone. It can later lead to a lack of engagement and readership, as well as missed opportunities for partnerships or collaborations with relevant brands.

For example, if your blog is about fashion and beauty, but you consistently write in a technical and scholarly tone, it may not appeal to your target audience of fashion-forward individuals looking for style inspiration.

How to avoid it:

Before creating content, always consider who your target readers are and what they are interested in. This includes their age range, interests, and reading preferences. 

Ask yourself who your target audience is. Are they young adults, stay-at-home moms, or entrepreneurs? Where are they from? What is/are their interest/s? 

You can also use tools like Google Analytics or social media insights to understand your audience better and tailor your content to their interests and needs. 

10. Neglect Reader Engagement

Reader engagement here is not just about getting likes and comments on your blog or social media posts. It’s about creating a community of loyal readers who are invested in your content and look forward to more from you.

Neglecting reader engagement can lead to a lack of trust, decreased readership and even lost opportunities for collaborations with brands or fellow bloggers.

How to avoid it:

Always make an effort to engage with your readers in your own blog through the comments section, social media, or email. Respond to their comments and questions, ask for their opinions and feedback, and create content that resonates with them.

You can also collaborate with other bloggers in your niche to cross-promote each other’s content and grow your audience together. Building a community of loyal readers takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it.

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11. Inconsistent Branding

Branding is not something just for big corps. When you blog, you’re essentially building a brand – your personal brand. This includes everything from your blog’s name, logo and design to the tone and voice of your content.

Having inconsistent branding can make it difficult for readers to recognize and differentiate your blog from others, leading to confusion and lack of trust.

How to avoid it:

You can start by using the same logo, color scheme and tone in all your blog posts and social media accounts. This will make it easier for your readers or other people to associate your content with your brand. 

Take some time to define your brand’s voice and stick to it throughout your content creation process. This will help establish a strong brand identity that resonates with readers and helps you stand out from the crowd.

Also, be consistent in the type of content you publish and the frequency of your posts. This will help establish a regular readership and keep your blog relevant. 

12. Use Copyrighted Images

Using images without proper licensing can lead to legal issues, causing headaches and potentially damaging your blog’s reputation.

However, many new bloggers make the mistake of using images they find on Google without checking if they are copyrighted or not. 

How to avoid it:

Use stock photo websites like Unsplash, Pexels or Pixabay that offer high-quality images for commercial use. 

You can also purchase a subscription to websites like Shutterstock or Adobe Stock for a wider range of options.

If your blogging approach are more feminine, go for styled stocks and mockup sites like Haute Stock, Styled Stock Society or Ivory Mix.

You can also use your own photos or create graphic designs using tools like Canva or PicMonkey, ensuring that you have complete rights to the images. 

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13. Neglect Mobile Optimization

Nowadays, people consume content on their mobile devices more than ever. Neglecting to optimize your blog for mobile users can result in a difficult and frustrating user experience, leading to high bounce rates and decreased readership.

Plus, mobile optimization is also an SEO ranking factor, so it’s important to get it right. The last thing you want is for your blog to be buried on the second or third page of search engine results because it’s not mobile-friendly.

How to avoid it:

Make sure your blog’s theme is mobile-responsive, meaning it automatically adjusts its layout and design according to the device being used. 

Test your blog’s loading speed on different devices and optimize images and videos for faster loading times. You can also use Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test tool to check if your blog is optimized for mobile users.

Lastly, always consider the user experience when creating content and avoid using too many pop-ups or ads that can hinder mobile users from accessing your content easily. 

14. Overload with Ads

I know, I know! We have to monetize your blogs at some point, and showing ads is the easiest way to do so. But, overloading your blog with ads can be a major turn-off for readers and result in a cluttered and distracting layout.

Imagine trying to read an interesting article, but being bombarded with pop-ups and banner ads every few seconds. It can be overwhelming and make readers want to leave your blog.

How to avoid it:

Be mindful of the number and placement of ads on your blog. Don’t overdo it, and ensure that they don’t interfere with the user experience or distract from your content.

You can also consider other forms of monetization, such as sponsored posts or affiliate marketing, to diversify your income streams without relying solely on ads. Always prioritize the user experience and make sure your blog’s layout is clean and easy to navigate. 

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15. Overuse Jargon

Avoid technical language that your readers may not understand, especially if your target audience is not familiar with the topic you’re discussing. Overusing jargon can make your content difficult to read and comprehend, resulting in a high bounce rate.

Depending on your niche, using some industry-specific terms may be necessary, but make sure to explain them in simpler language for those who are not familiar with them.

How to avoid it:

Always keep your audience in mind when creating content. If you’re targeting a general audience, use simple and easy-to-understand language. 

If you need to use technical terms, provide explanations or links to definitions or resources for readers who may not be familiar with them. 

It’s also a good idea to ask a friend or family member who is not in your niche to read your content and provide feedback on whether they found it easy to understand. 

This will help you strike a balance between using relevant terms and keeping your content accessible to a wider audience.  

16. Neglect Social Media

I always have a love-hate relationship with social media. On one hand, it can be a powerful tool for promoting your blog and connecting with readers. On the other hand, it can also be a major time-suck and distraction.

Neglecting to have a social media presence can hinder your blog’s growth potential and limit your exposure to potential readers and collaborations. 

While they should not be the sole focus of your blogging efforts, social media platforms are valuable tools for driving traffic to your blog and building a community.

How to avoid it:

Choose one or two social media platforms that you enjoy using and where your target audience is most active. This will make it easier for you to engage with them and promote your content. 

Schedule posts in advance using tools like Hootsuite or Buffer to avoid spending too much time on social media. 

Also, make sure to interact with your followers and respond to comments and messages to build a genuine connection and foster a loyal readership. 

Utilizing social media can also help you stay updated on industry news and trends, which can inspire content ideas for your blog. 

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17. No Email List

Building an email list is crucial for long-term reader engagement. Social media algorithms are constantly changing, and you never know when a platform might disappear entirely. 

Having an email list ensures that you have direct access to your readers’ inboxes, allowing you to promote new content, products or services directly to them.

How to avoid it:

Set up an email marketing service like Mailchimp or ConvertKit and create opt-in forms on your blog to encourage readers to subscribe. 

For me, I love Flodesk, an email marketing service perfect for bloggers and creatives. They offer a fixed price for the subscrption, regardless of the number of subscribers you have. 

Offer incentives for readers to sign up, such as exclusive content, free downloads or discounts on your products or services, etc. is always a great way to entice them.

Don’t forget to regularly send out emails to keep your subscribers engaged and informed about new developments on your blog. 

18. Ignore All the Analytics

Not tracking your blog’s performance can prevent you from making necessary improvements. Although the analytics paralyzes the blogger in me, I know it’s important to track my blog’s progress and understand what resonates with my readers.

Analytics can provide valuable insights into your audience demographics, popular content, and traffic sources. It also helps you identify areas for improvement and set goals for future growth.

How to avoid it:

Set up Google Analytics or use built-in analytic tools provided by your blogging platform to track your blog’s performance. 

Make it a habit to regularly check your analytics and analyze the data to understand how your blog is performing and what changes you can make to improve it. 

Also, use A/B testing for elements like headlines, call-to-actions, or layout changes to see which version performs better with your audience. Use this data to inform your content creation and blog strategy

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19. Inconsistent Voice

Unlike branding, voice is something that should remain consistent throughout your blog. Readers come back to your blog not just for the content, but also because they enjoy your writing style and tone.

Switching between formal and informal language, or using a different tone in every post can be confusing and off-putting for readers. Although you may not have a set writing style, having some consistency in your voice can help create a strong brand identity.

How to avoid it:

You should develop a distinct voice and tone for your blog that aligns with your brand and resonates with your target audience. 

For example, if you blog about mom’s life with scientific twists, you can use a fun and relatable tone while still maintaining an informative approach. 

On the other hand, if your topic is more serious, you may want to use a more professional and authoritative voice. 

Whatever style you choose, make sure to stick with it throughout your content to maintain consistency and build trust with your readers. 

20. Lack of Originality

When it comes to originality, there is a fine line between taking inspiration and copying. While it’s perfectly okay to draw inspiration from other bloggers or industry leaders, outright copying others’ content or ideas can harm your blog’s reputation.

For many bloggers, including the beginner-me back then, it may be tempting to replicate successful blog posts that have gone viral. But remember, what worked for someone else may not necessarily work for you.

How to avoid it:

Take inspiration from other bloggers and industry leaders but put your own unique spin on things. Your personal experience, your own voice, and your perspective are what make your content original.

Researching and understanding your target audience, their needs, and interests can also help you come up with unique ideas that cater to them specifically. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, as long as it aligns with your brand and resonates with your audience. This will help you stand out in a sea of bloggers and establish your own unique presence in the blogosphere. 

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21. Misuse Affiliate Links

Over-promoting products can harm your blog’s credibility, especially if it’s not relevant or useful to your audience. 

Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your blog, but misusing it can backfire and create a negative image for your brand. Also, pushing it too hard will make you look very sale-sy and turn off your readers.

How to avoid it:

Only promote products or services that you have personally tried and can genuinely recommend to your audience. 

Be selective with the affiliate programs you join and make sure they align with your blog’s niche and values. If you can skip the affiliate links, do so, and promote other resources such as your own products or services instead.

22. Not Optimize for Speed

Slow-loading pages can frustrate visitors, thus impacting your blog’s user experience. Did you know that a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load can lose up to 40% of its visitors? That’s a significant number!

The reason can come from different sources like large image sizes, too many plugins or widgets, the theme itself, etc.

How to avoid it:

First of all, check your blog’s page speed using tools like Google PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix. These tools will provide you with suggestions to improve your site’s loading time.

Some quick fixes include compressing images before uploading them, limiting the use of plugins and widgets, choosing a lightweight and well-coded theme, and minimizing redirects. 

An easy & quick fix is using WP Rocket plugin. This plugin is a caching plugin that can help reduce page loading time, making your blog faster and more user-friendly. 

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23. Ignore the Importance of Visuals

You need not only text, but also visuals to enhance your blog’s appeal. Visuals not only break up chunks of text and make your content more engaging, but they can also convey information that words cannot.

The problem with visuals is that they are often overlooked by bloggers or not given enough attention. 

Many bloggers tend to use free themes and generic stock images, which can make your blog look unoriginal and lack personality.

How to avoid it:

Invest in a premium theme for your blog will not only give you more control over your design but also often includes premium stock images for you to use. Plus, you will not get broke just by buying a proper theme. 

Premium themes for WordPress vary from as low as $39 to as high as $200. You can also hire a designer to create custom graphics, but if you’ve just started out, just keep it low key!

If your budget is limited, you can also use free stock image sites like Unsplash or Pexels. Just make sure to choose images that align with your blog’s topic and tone.

You can also create your own visuals by taking photos, making infographics or illustrations, or using AI tools like Jasper Art or Adobe’s Firefly. 

24. Overlook User Experience

Think about the last time you quit a site just because it was not user-friendly at all. How was your experience? Do you remember how frustrating it was to navigate through the site or find what you were looking for?

Your blog’s user experience is crucial because it can either make or break a visitor’s impression of your brand. If they have a bad experience, they are unlikely to return or recommend your blog to others.

How to avoid it:

Simplify your blog’s design and layout to make it easy for visitors to navigate and find what they need. Make sure your blog is mobile-friendly as more and more people are accessing the internet through their phones.

Optimize your blog’s search bar, categories, and tags to make it easier for visitors to find content they are interested in. Also, regularly check for broken links or errors on your site, and fix them immediately.

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25. Forget about Investment

When it comes to blogging, most of the time, people think about it purely as a hobby or a way to express themselves. While that may be true, it’s important to remember that blogging also requires investment – both in terms of time and money.

Easy example of little to no investment would be starting a free blog on platforms like WordPress or Blogger. 

You’ll then have a free domain, which looks like this – or While this can be a great starting point, if you’re serious about blogging, it’s important to invest in a self-hosted blog with a custom domain name.

Later on, lack of investment will reflect in the fact that you don’t want to buy any tools or software, which could improve your blog’s performance. This could also lead to a lower quality of content and less engagement from readers.

And finally, investment can be for yourself as a blogger as well. Courses, conferences, and workshops can help you improve your skills, learn new techniques and stay updated with the latest trends in blogging.

How to avoid it:

First thing first: Invest in a self-hosted blog with a custom domain name for a more professional look. Namecheap is always my go-to for buying domains.

Don’t be afraid to invest in useful tools and software that can help you improve your blog’s performance, such as SEO plugins, social media management tools, or website speed optimization services. All of them can improve your blog’s performance and make your blogging process easier.

Then, when it comes to buying courses, you can decide whether to wait until you know exactly what you need or invest in a more general course that can give you an overall understanding of blogging. 

Attending conferences and workshops is also a great way to network with other bloggers and learn from their experiences. Remember, investing in yourself will only benefit your blog in the long run.  So, always be willing to learn and improve! 

26. Not Network with Other Bloggers

Building relationships with fellow bloggers can help grow your audience. Yet, many bloggers overlook the importance of networking and collaborating with others in their niche.

Networking can lead to guest posting opportunities, joint ventures, and collaborations that can expose your blog to a wider audience. It can also help you learn from other bloggers’ experiences and gain valuable insights.

How to avoid it:

Be proactive in reaching out to other bloggers in your niche. Follow them on social media, engage with their content, and offer to collaborate or promote each other’s work.

Attend blogging conferences and events to meet and connect with bloggers in person can also be a great way to network. Just remember to be genuine and offer value before asking for anything in return.

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27. Fail to Update Old Content

If you’re a new bloggers, maybe you don’t have a lot of old content yet. But as your blog grows, you may find that some of your old posts are no longer relevant or up-to-date.

Many bloggers chose not to update old content, thinking that it’s already been published and shared. However, keeping the outdated information on your blog can harm its credibility and authority.

How to avoid it:

If your blog topic requires frequent updates, make it a habit to revisit and update old posts regularly. This can also help improve your blog’s SEO as search engines favor fresh and relevant content.

If the information in your old post is no longer accurate, consider rewriting it or adding new information to bring it up-to-date. 

You can also repurpose old content into different formats like infographics or videos to give them new life and reach a different audience. Don’t let your old content go to waste – keep it relevant and valuable! 

28. No Content Strategy

Even if you just blog for fun (c’mon!) or as a hobby, having a content strategy can help you stay organized and focused. But many bloggers don’t have a clear plan for their blog’s content.

Without a strategy, your blog might lack consistency and direction, which can confuse readers and make it harder for them to understand what your blog is all about.

How to avoid it:

Take some time to define your blog’s purpose, target audience, and goals, preferably in the very beginning. This will help you create relevant and valuable content that resonates with your audience.

Plan your blog’s content in advance by using a calendar or spreadsheet to keep track of topics, publishing schedules, and promotions. Consider incorporating different types of content like videos or podcasts to add variety and appeal to different audiences.

Lastly, regularly review and analyze your blog’s performance to see what’s working and what’s not, and make adjustments to your strategy accordingly.  

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29. Ignore the Legal Aspects

Blogging is not like operating a business, so you don’t have to worry too much here. But still, you need something to back up your blog business, like legal pages or policies.

If you overlook the legal aspects of blogging, you run the risk of facing serious consequences such as copyright infringement or privacy issues. This can damage your reputation and even lead to legal action against you.

How to avoid it:

Make sure to include essential legal pages on your blog, such as a disclaimer, terms and conditions, and privacy policy. These are the three most basic legal pages that every blog should have to protect you and your readers.

You don’t need to consult a lawyer if you’re a starter or an amateur blogger. Start by using the Legal Pages package offered by A Self Guru – a lawyer-turned-blogger who offers affordable legal templates specifically designed for bloggers. 

If you plan on monetizing your blog in a bigger scale, it’s best to consult a lawyer or seek professional advice to ensure that all aspects of your business are legally compliant.

30. No call-to-action (CTA)

A CTA is a statement or request that prompts readers to take a specific action, such as signing up for your email list, leaving a comment, or making a purchase.

Many bloggers neglect to include CTAs in their posts, which can result in missed opportunities for reader engagement and conversions. You know, how many people just visit your blog, read the post and leave without interacting in any way. 

How to avoid it:

Include a clear and compelling call-to-action in every blog post, preferably at the end. It can be as simple as asking readers to leave a comment or share your post on social media.

At the end of each blog post, invite readers to join your email list or follow you on social media. You can also ask for their experience on the topic or ask a question to encourage discussion.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different CTAs and track their performance to see which ones resonate best with your audience. The more you engage your readers, the more likely they are to become loyal followers and customers. 

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31. Give up Too Soon!

Blogging success takes time, and tat’s where most bloggers fail. They expect quick results and give up when they don’t see immediate growth or success.

But the truth is, building a successful blog takes hard work, dedication, and patience. It’s not an overnight success story, but with persistence and consistency, you can achieve your blogging goals.

How to avoid it:

Set realistic expectations for your blog and focus on creating quality content consistently. Don’t get discouraged by slow growth or lack of initial success – it’s all part of the process.

Also, be extremely realistic here and think about your long-term goals. Blogging can become a sustainable career if you stick with it, but it takes time to get there. Don’t give up on your blog too soon – give it the time and effort it deserves, and you’ll eventually see the results. 

And the Most Critical Mistake: Underestimate Yourself!

First-time bloggers tend to underestimate themselves. So did I. When I thought I would like to make this blog a side hustle and earn money from it, I was so unsure and unsecured. 

I didn’t promote my blog enough to my readers and potential clients, I wasn’t sure if monetising from a blog was really a thing, I was afraid that people would laugh at me and ask who I thought I was to ask for collaboration… 

Even when I got my very first client, I didn’t know how much I should ask for and ended up agreeing upon their price. I underestimated myself. A lot.

My advice: It’s a long journey from writing a blog to making money from it. Stay focus, stay passionate, and good result will come.

Then one day I found this article which made me realize how cool it can be to be a micro-influencer, especially when I have a nice niche with a very engaged and loyal community supporting me. 

As the other fellow travel bloggers (who write in my mother tongue) have different niches or focus on their blog, mine stands out and attracts companies that share the same customer target. 

My confidence was boosted, and things started to snowball.

To Sum It Up

While many professional bloggers make it look easy, the truth is that blogging takes a lot of effort and hard work and patience and dedication and… well, you get the point.

Avoiding these common blogging mistakes can help you establish a strong foundation for your blog and set yourself up for long-term success, although it can come quite late for many bloggers.

Remember, everyone makes mistakes – it’s how you learn from them and improve that truly matters. Your blogging journey will be full of ups and downs, but don’t let these mistakes discourage you from achieving your goals.

Keep learning, experimenting, and creating – and your blog will flourish soon, or at least as soon as you really pour in the hard work. So, keep blogging and success will come your way!

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