Biggest mistakes i made in 2007

seven.jpgI 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.

31 thoughts on “Biggest mistakes i made in 2007

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  2. Chica

    I believe you are the only money making blog I read, at least regularly. I am not interested in getting full on out there in the bloggy world making money, I am just interested in keeping my position as a personal blogger who has some post in between that make me a few bucks here and there. I know right now that my pagerank is 0, and I think it was -1 before.

    I think qwith the way your blogging, you’ll “seduce” others into what you do as well, because you keep it real, and don’t sound like a broken record, like so many other blogs.

  3. missburrows

    Thanks for the helpful tips. Although I am not really out to make money, I would like to up my traffic. Another good tip would be to take some time to choose a blog name, and to post your link policy.

  4. Ton

    That jealousy is something I feel pretty frequently too. I’m working on trying *not* to see every other blogger as competition, but it’s tough.

    Thanks for this list dude!

  5. DCEast

    Great tips man. I’ve been trying to start up a blog and I’m not sure what to use or what to write about, but I am highly interested in this world. I love this blog, I read it every day. Keep it up BloggerNoob!

  6. Felix

    You have an interestingly honest approach to blogging I like. I didn’t have the privilege of reading about rankings when I first started mostly because I didn’t really have much time to commit to research. I thus was lucky to stumble upon Mybloglog and my journey began. I made some friends who bothered to let me know when something new came into the blogosphere like Entrecard. With all these working, my ranking gradually grew. I started blogging in Aug 07. My Alexa then was about 4.5 million, today its 700 thousand plus and dropping. Really refreshing and all without paying for any hype and just few posts. Whats my secret?…hmm

  7. witchypoo

    Thanks for the tips. I grabbed MyBlogLog and BlogCatalogue because it intrigued me to see my avatar on someone’s site. I thought others might enjoy it as well. I have quite a few extra visitors from social networking sites, and have discovered some new blogs along the way. I’m getting some from StumbleUpon as well.

  8. kexbrown

    Hey this is excellent advice. Two more that might be useful, get involved with Entrecard as soon as possible and Stumble early and often. Thanks for the post.

  9. the noob Post author

    chica- wow. u flatter me. you really flatter me. you’ve left me speechless. without speech. thanks chica.

    missburrows- yes. blog name is very important. what do you mean by link policy? like disclosure?

    ton- yeah, the biggest challenge is with yourself. just don’t quit.

    dceast- thanks for your kind words. hope to see ur blog up and running soon

    tom- hmm. off the top of my head, doshdosh, but sometimes it gets pretty long and boring, garryconn is pretty good. bloggerunleashed is good. it all depends on your personal taste. oh yeah. johncow is good.

    forest parks- merry new year to you too. no problem. hopefully you’ll start making some nice pocket change soon.

    tondy- you’re very welcome tondy

    felix- good to hear felix. thanks for saying i have an honest approach. i think it’s cause i don’t give a shit. don’t want to make this blog corny or i don’t want to be a kiss ass to other bloggers or visitors of this blog. just trying to be straight and keeping it real word up G

    witchypoo- yeah, i should have mentioned that too. it’s fun to see your mug on someone else’s blog.

    kexbrown- yup. entrecard is good. and of course stumble. thanks for the comment

  10. JTPratt's Blogging Mistakes

    You should add #8 – BE UNIQUE! Find something to set yourself apart and “brand” yourself to be all about that all the time. Sure you can be a “make money online” blog – but what’s your specialty? Niche sites? Adsense? Affiliate programs? eBooks? Audio or Video? WordPress themes? There is always a way to be unique and be successful by setting yourself apart from the rest of the blogging world (100 million+ blogs and counting!).

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  12. Crystal

    Unique tips, loved them. I think I’m in the same boat as Chica up there because I don’t think I can handle all-in niche blogging as a hobby. It’ll be like having a parttime job with a few thousand people out there judging you, don’t think I’ll survive. But you certainly did, congrats.

  13. Christine

    Great advice and suggestions! I am going to enjoy reading more of your Blog and learning from someone who has become a PRO!!!

    Best,
    Christine

  14. the noob Post author

    crystal- i get your point, but the way i look at it…why not get paid for blogging. If you enjoy blogging(most days i do) wouldn’t it be a plus to get paid.

    christine- i’m still learning as i go here, but thanks for your encouraging words

    almakos- depends on what ranking system. for example, google pr- i think you need to slowly build up links to your site. Also, it helps to have a lot of posts. updating frequently and not being obvious with your link sales usually helps. alexa, it is also a combination of traffic and links, technorati, links…so basically, you need links, links, and more links.

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  16. m.dinesh

    They are some really great tips bloggernoob.
    Till now I din’t know the importance of mybloglog, I thought it was just for some extra finish to our blogs or some traffic generator utility. But you gave me a good idea that we can even build relation ships.

  17. the noob Post author

    macedonian girls- that’s the idea πŸ˜‰

    m dinesh- thanks dinesh. blogcatalog is way better then mybloglog tho. but yeah, u get the idea.

    gail- yeah, that’s a lesson about anything in life. don’t put off on doing dishes, don’t put off payments and don’t put off important calls etc. πŸ˜‰

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