7 Big Amateur Blogger Mistakes & How To Avoid Them [2022]

In this article, I’ll be sharing some very common amateur blogger mistakes that you should avoid at all costs. 

As a blogger, you’re bound to make a few mistakes here and there. But there are some mistakes that can be too costly and hurt your blog in the long run. 

That’s why it’s important to know these mistakes and how to avoid them. I’ve listed all the biggest mistakes along with some helpful tips you should follow to avoid making these mistakes. 

That being said, let’s jump straight in. 

7 Big Amateur Blogger Mistakes

Here is the list of some of the biggest amateur blogger mistakes and different ways to avoid them:

1. Not Publishing Content Consistently

I’ve seen many new bloggers start a blog with so much passion and dedication only to lose it all after a few weeks. 

If you’re guilty of this, then you might face a lot of difficulties in growing your blog. 

If you’re running a blog, you should be consistently publishing content on it. This not only helps you bring traffic consistently but is also an important factor in building an audience. 

Think of it this way:

Would you watch a TV show if it aired inconsistently without any schedule? No, right? 

But you’d definitely watch a show that airs consistently on a certain day every week. 

That’s how you should treat your blog and have a consistent publishing schedule. 

Now, I agree that it’s easy to say this but difficult to follow through. That’s why here are some helpful tips you can follow to avoid making this amateur blogger mistake: 

How To Avoid This Mistake: 

Here are some helpful tips you can follow to maintain a consistent publishing schedule: 

Create A Content Calendar

Building a content calendar will help you publish content on your blog consistently. This helps you discipline yourself as your goal is to publish content according to your calendar. 

You can use various tools for building a content calendar such as Trello, CoSchedule, Google Calendar, etc. I use Google Sheets to manage my content calendar. 

Here’s what my content calendar looks like:

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Once you have a content calendar in place, you will notice that you’re more disciplined and focused when it comes to publishing content on your blog. 

Build A Writing Schedule

One of the biggest reasons why you’re not publishing content consistently is that you procrastinate when it comes to writing. 

There is no shame in this as many bloggers (including me) go through this. Sometimes laziness creeps in and you delay writing your content. 

To avoid this, you can build a writing schedule. Here’s what I mean by this: 

Block your time for content writing in your schedule every day. For example, whenever I’m supposed to write a blog post, I make it my first task in the morning. 

This helps me be focused on sitting down and writing the blog post and not getting distracted by other work. 

You can also take this a step further and block days for writing only. 

For example, if you feel the most productive on Mondays, you can make a habit to write articles on Mondays. 

This way, you can build a habit of writing and be consistent on your blog. 

2. Obsessing Over Traffic & Rankings Too Fast

When I started my first blog in 2014, I would obsess too much with traffic and rankings. My blog hasn’t even taken off yet and I would spend an unhealthy amount of time checking my traffic analytics. 

This is a surefire way of failing big with your blog. 

It’s important to know that traffic and rankings won’t come rolling in as soon as you publish your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 20th blog post. 

It takes time to rank on search engines and for your website to get good traffic. 

By spending all your time looking at your traffic & rankings and wondering what’s going wrong, you’re only setting up yourself for failure. 

Because a lot of bloggers face panic and think they’re doing something wrong. That’s when they start making rash decisions that could actually hurt their prospects of ranking on search engines. 

How To Avoid This Mistake:

To avoid obsessing over traffic and rankings, you should follow these tips: 

Don’t Panic If Your Blog Doesn’t Get Traffic

As I mentioned above, ranking a blog takes time and you’ll not get traffic as soon as you launch your blog. It usually takes at least 6-12 months to rank a blog on Google. 

So, don’t panic when your blog isn’t getting traffic in its 1st, 2nd, or 5th month. Just focus on publishing high-quality content and promote it naturally. 

Stop Checking Your Analytics Frequently

Another way of avoiding the constant panic and worry is to stop checking your analytics. 

Now that you know it will take some time for your blog to rank, there’s no reason to constantly check your traffic stats. 

Check your stats either every morning or just weekly.

Avoid Cheap Traffic Generation Tactics 

When a new blog doesn’t get traffic, many new bloggers get desperate and try cheap traffic generation tactics. 

This could include buying fake traffic, social signals, or investing in mass link building. 

Let me tell you this: 

Doing this will satisfy your ego but it won’t fool Google. 

If you truly want to grow a blog and sustain it for a long time to come, you should stay away from these traffic generation tactics. 

3. Publishing Generic Content

This is an amateur blogger mistake that many bloggers may not know they’re making until it’s too late. 

If you’re publishing low-quality or low-effort content, then your chances of ranking on Google are not very high. 

Search engines reward only high-quality and well-researched content with the top rankings. 

So, if you want to rank on the first page, you should publish only top-quality content. 

You can no longer create content based on what’s already ranking. You have to put in some extra effort to add originality and more information to your content. 

How To Avoid This Mistake: 

Here are some helpful tips for publishing high-quality content: 

Publish Content Only If You Have Expertise In The Topic

It’s always best if you write on topics you have expertise in. If you’re creating content on something where you don’t have enough knowledge, you’ll end up writing generic content. 

That’s why it’s important to cover topics on your blog where you can consider yourself either an expert or highly knowledgeable. 

Stop Copying Others

I’ve seen many bloggers straight up copy the outline of articles that are ranking a particular topic, and write their own article using it. 

This is a terrible way of running a blog as you’re not only ripping off other people’s hard work but also adding nothing new or helpful to search engines. 

Think about it this way: 

If there’s an article ranking on top of Google for the topic “best swimming tips” and you write an article for the same topic by covering the same tips that the top article has mentioned, why should Google even consider ranking your content over the one already ranking? 

Unless you add something new or original, it’s very difficult to outrank your competition which brings me to my next point. 

Try To Bring Out The X Factor In Your Content

Whenever you’re writing an article on a topic, ask yourself this question: 

How can I make my article the best on this topic? 

If you approach your blog content this way, then you’ll focus more on making your article the best instead of rewriting what’s already out there. 

This approach can help you crank out the best articles ever!

Take a look at Backlinko’s blog

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Every blog post he writes is incredibly detailed, highly informational, and simply the best on that topic. 

4. Committing SEO Suicide

I use the term SEO suicide to describe the act of following cheap SEO tactics in order to rank a website quickly on Google. 

The suicide part comes from the fact that many of these bad SEO tactics can tremendously hurt your blog’s SEO in the long run to the point of no return. 

This could include anything such as building low-quality links in bulk, spinning content, having so many technical errors on the website, etc. 

As a new blogger, it’s okay if you’re not an SEO expert. But at the same time, you should be fully aware of what SEO practices you should stay away from completely. 

Because engaging in such SEO practices will not only hurt your rankings but could also have significant effects such as getting penalized by Google or having your blog get deindexed. 

How To Avoid This Mistake:

Here are some helpful tips to help you from committing SEO suicide: 

Avoid Building Backlinks Blindly

Whether you’re naturally building links or purchasing them, you should avoid doing link building blindly. 

Always make sure the links you’re building are high-quality and relevant to your blog. 

Building too many backlinks that are in no way relevant to your blog will only hurt your rankings. 

Don’t Follow Tons Of Different SEO Tactics

There are too many SEO gurus sharing too many SEO tactics and “secrets”. 

But here’s the truth: 

If you focus on growing your blog naturally, you’ll have a higher chance of success compared to following too many SEO tactics all at once. 

Just follow these basics: 

  • Publish high-quality content
  • Build backlinks using guest posts and email outreach
  • Promote your blog consistently 

Unless you’re following these basics, avoid every other SEO tactic out there. 

Don’t Be Too Reactionary When Rankings Rise Or Fall

Don’t react too fast when there is a change in your blog rankings. Ranking fluctuations are common and can cause rankings to rise and fall often. 

In case your rankings fall, don’t take any action immediately. First, try to understand what caused the change.

It could be a Google update or just a random fluctuation. Then, figure out what made your rankings drop. 

If it’s a Google update, try to find articles about the new update and learn more about it. This will help you diagnose the problem and figure out a solution. 

Another helpful tip is to be a part of some SEO communities on Facebook where you can get the latest SEO news and discuss any change in rankings. 

5. Ignoring User Experience

Not focusing on providing a good experience to your bloggers is another big mistake. While it may seem unimportant, good UX is crucial for website rankings. 

A bad UX may also lead to a poor impression on your site visitors which may turn them off and prevent them from becoming your loyal audience. 

Things like page speed, blog design, and elements on the page are important factors for good UX. 

How To Avoid This Mistake: 

Here are some helpful tips to avoid having a bad UX on your website: 

Avoid Using Slow Web Hosting

Bad hosting can slow down your website and can cause many UX issues as well. It’s important to have fast web hosting.

Cloudways is my recommendation for fast yet affordable hosting for blogs. Most of my blogs are hosted on Cloudways as it’s simple and easy to use. 

Focus On Site Speed, But Don’t Obsess Over It

It’s important to optimize your website for speed to make sure your website loads fast. But don’t obsess over speed stats blindly. 

I’ve seen many bloggers obsess over getting 100% scores on many speed testing tools. Obsessing too much over speed can sometimes result in a bad UX too. 

Keep Your Blog Clean & User-Friendly

Make sure your blog has a clean design and is user-friendly for your audience. Having too many elements on your page such as ads, banners, etc can distract readers from the content. 

If you look at this page, you’ll notice that there are no sidebars or distracting elements. With a clean design, your readers will focus on the content more and have a high chance of converting into a subscriber, lead, or customer. 

6. Relying Too Much On SEO

Driving traffic from search engines is very important for running a profitable and sustainable blog. But relying too much on SEO and ignoring other traffic generation methods can be a big mistake. 

What if you lose your rankings all of a sudden? 

Without other traffic sources, you can be in a risky position as search engine rankings are very volatile and any drastic change can affect your blog seriously. 

How To Avoid This Mistake: 

Here are some tips that will help you decrease your reliance on SEO: 

Start Building Your Community

You can build a community on a social media platform such as Facebook or build an email list

Building a community can help you have a loyal audience that will support you no matter what. It also helps in the long run as these loyal fans can also help you make more money. 

You can create a Facebook group and grow it slowly to build a community. Alternatively, an email list is also a good option you can focus on. 

Promote Your Content On Social Media

Besides building a community, it’s always a good practice to promote your content on social media.

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It can help you drive traffic to your blog and slowly build an audience that will visit your blog whenever you share something. 

Join Communities Where Your Target Audience Hangs Out

Be a part of communities where your target audience hangs out. This will help you form genuine connections and learn more about what your audience likes and wants. 

Not only this, but you can also position yourself as an expert in such communities and naturally promote your blog. 

7. Focusing Too Much On Making Money 

Many amateur bloggers focus too much on making money instead of providing value to their readers and helping the audience. 

This mistake could seriously cloud your judgment as every decision you make will be based on how much money you can make from it. 

Yes, many people start a blog to make money online but this doesn’t mean you forget that you’re in the business of helping people and providing value. 

How To Avoid This Mistake: 

Thankfully, you can easily fix this rookie mistake with the following tips: 

Don’t Focus On Monetization Early On

If you’ve started your blog recently, don’t focus on monetization just yet. Focus only on publishing content and growing your blog. 

When your blog reaches a point where it generates enough traffic, then you can monetize your blog. 

Whenever I start a blog, I focus on growing it for atleast the first 6 months. After 6 months, I evaluate the growth of my blog and then monetize it. 

Have A Clear Monetization Strategy 

One reason why many bloggers focus too much on monetizing is that they desperately try different methods for making money from their blogs. 

This happens when you don’t have a clear monetization strategy for your blog. So, build a proper monetization plan and stick to it. 

Don’t focus on hundreds of different methods of making money from your blog. 

Conclusion 

Making mistakes is a part of being a blogger and a human being, in general. You’ll make many mistakes in your blogging career. 

But the important part is that you learn from those mistakes and avoid them in the future. 

In this article, we’ve looked at some big amateur blogger mistakes. Now, that you know about these mistakes, I hope you avoid them in your blogging journey. 

Lastly, if you have any questions regarding these mistakes, feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below.