I came across Olivia’s blog last year and it was honestly a life saver for someone like me who was just setting out in this world all by herself. Her blog is filled with tips and tricks, freebies and words which will calm you down in this mad world. I am more than grateful that she agreed to do this guest post. I hope this one helps you like it helped me, here is Olivia taking over the blog for the day!
With anything new, there will be times when mistakes are made. It’s a given, and blogging is no different. There will be countless times when you’ll make mistakes, and regret them. When I started out blogging, I made so many mistakes, we would be here all day if I listed them. Some of them I have now fixed but some are way past fixing. And this is why I wanted to share this post with you today.
As a way of an introduction my names Olivia and I run olivialucieblake.com. I am a lifestyle blogger who posts on topics such as relationships, self-care, body positivity, mental health and most recently sharing blogging tips. I was so happy to be invited to post Suchitra’s blog today. I hope you enjoy the tips I’ll be sharing with you. So, let’s get into the post!
I actually think it’s fine and healthy to make mistakes when it comes to anything, especially blogging. Thats how we learn. I would never have been able to fix my mistakes if I had never made them. And this advice wouldn’t be here if I’d had made no mistakes either.
NOT HAVING A SCHEDULE
One of the biggest mistakes I have seen new bloggers make [and I did this myself too] is not having a consistent schedule when it comes to posting. People often get scared of the thought of a schedule, because they think it means they have to post multiple times a week which leads to people putting pressure on themselves. But friend, thats not the case.
A schedule could be as simple as committing to posting once a month or once a week. It doesn’t have to be this scary thing. One of the things I regret not doing when I first started blogging was making sure I posted on set days. I posted here, there and everywhere and this didn’t help my blog to grow at all. It’s so important to make sure you’re getting your name and your work out there as often as you can. Make sure your schedule is achievable though. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
LACK OF INTERACTION WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
When I started blogging, I had no idea I’d meet so many amazing people along the way. And little did I know that they would be my biggest supports. I originally started blogging in 2015 and ran a beauty blog. I didn’t interact with anyone; I always had this expectation that if people liked my content they’d come to me. Oh, how very wrong I was. It wasn’t until I came back to blogging in 2020 that I realised how important community was.
The people in your blogging community will come to be your biggest fans, and similarly you should be theirs too. Interaction is a two-way street and it’s what stands between your blog growing or not. So be sure to show other people’s blogs love right from the very beginning of your blogging journey.
AVOIDING LEARNING SEO
Guilty as charged. I avoided learning SEO like the plague when I started blogging simply because I didn’t think it applied for me. Well newsflash, it does. SEO is one of the biggest parts that will play in the success of your blog. Now if you’re unfamiliar with SEO, I won’t go into too much detail because we’ll be here forever. But SEO is what you do to your posts to make them rank higher on google. I really simplified the explanation there but that’s basically what it is.
Friend, please learn as soon as you can what SEO is and how you implement it on your blog and your posts. So many bloggers don’t do this and it causes so much re-work down the line. Now that I have learnt SEO and optimise all of my posts, it means all the posts I didn’t optimise for SEO I now have had to go back and essentially re-do. So please don’t make that mistake I did!
I recently created a 30-day blogging strategy plan, which includes some great SEO resources and other helpful information about blogging. It also includes a 30-day blogging schedule, where all of the hard work and planning has been done for you. Click here if you’d like to check it out, and if you do decide to purchase then please use 10off at the checkout for 10%off your purchase.