I made a lot of mistakes in 2007. I’m a newb so it makes sense that i goofed on a few things. I consider failure or mistakes as the best educational tool. The important thing is to fail and restart and keep pushing. Just don’t give up and you’ll win/success one of these days. I wanted other newbies to learn from my mistakes, so i’ll list se7en things i would do different if i could turn back time.
1. Don’t pay for shit
I paid for links on Text Link Ads. What a waste of money and what a terrible site. I mentioned this before but i want to mention it again cause it was money thrown away. I bought a link on tylercruz dot com and a few other medium and small blogs. I used the buy $125 worth of links for 25 dollars. Only reason i did it but still a waste of money. I think i got a total of around 30 visitors from that transaction. I almost paid a dollar per visit. Not good! I later reviewed tyler’s blog and he reviewed mine in return. That was free and it brought me more visitors. My point is, don’t spend money in the beginning, cause you’ll learn that there are plenty of free ways to get what you were trying to pay for.
2. Don’t wait or put off things
Joing affiliates and communities ASAP. It wasn’t until my third week that i joined mybloglog. And it wasn’t until a couple of weeks after that when i joined blogcatalog. These communities are crucial for developing relationships with other bloggers and for getting your initial free traffic. Join Digitalforum ASAP cause you’ll have to build up your status to be able to post anything good on their threads. You won’t be able to put your signiture or show off your blog until you pass the 7-14 day probation period. Don’t think you’ll become a better blogger and then start posting. It doesn’t work that way. You have to blog to become a better blogger. Learn as you go.
3. Get your own theme
Nothing says noob more then using a popular wordpress theme. If you customize it, you’ll look more professional. But if you really want to stand out, get your own unique wordpress theme. You can find a programmer to make one for you on scriptlance or elance. Don’t do this until you get more comfortable with these sites. First get a free theme and mess around with it. Then after a couple of months, use your earning to invest in a unique theme.
4. Don’t neglect your rankings
I guess it’s excusable cause i didn’t really know much about all the different ranking systems when i started. But even after i found out that technorati and alexa is important, i didn’t try to move up the ranks. I am now focused on upping all of my stats. Do so when you first start a blog.
5. Write Drafts
I didn’t start doing this until a month ago. If you hadn’t noticed, i have a lot of posts on this site. I wrote half of those on the fly. Do you know how stressful and time consuming that is. If you write drafts, you’ll have posts ready for weekends and holidays. You’ll also save time on days when you have writer’s block.
6. Don’t read the wrong blogs
3 months ago, I only knew of 5 make money blogs. Only 1 was really useful and the other four were informercials disquised as blogs. I got swept away by the picture of the large check. I loved reading about how easy it was to make money online. I was seduced. I continued to reference these wrong blogs. I should have researched more, and found smaller and medium blogs that actually gave practical and specific advice.
7. Don’t get Jealous
I’m a highly competitive person so i naturally compare my blog with others. I sometimes get jealous reading income reports or traffic reports. Instead of fueling me, jealousy got me a little down. I would lose confidence and thought about quiting a few times. Instead of getting jealous, get even. Be confident. Don’t lose hope and just keep changing it up. Continue to do things that bring in traffic and money, and change up on things that seem to hold your blog down. Don’t think that there are only a few pieces of this internet pie. There are billions of people who have never heard or blogging for money. Be the one to tell them about it. It doesn’t only have to be johnchow that cashes in on these people. You have to take on a different approach and work harder. Think of it as a large retail change vs your mom and pop shop. You have to give customer service cause you won’t be able to match the price or reach. Noob bloggers feel unnoticed and neglected by johnchow. Be there to comfort and personally help these people, and before you know it, you’ll have a small but loyal reader base.