One of the most common mistakes that a newbie blogger makes is that he or she doesn’t spend enough time marketing his or her blog. After you write your post, you should market that post. If you’re just starting out, you probably don’t have regular visitors. You probably don’t show up in search engines. That means that your blog post will only be read by you, and your mommy. That’s why you have to actively market you blog post. This is crucial in the early stages of blog development. If you want to make money online, you better market your blog posts. I think you should spend 50% of you blogging time on blogging, and the other 50% on marketing. Making money online is a 50 50 split.
I’ve seen newbie bloggers hold pretty sweet contests. They spend money on the prizes for a promotion that doesn’t get a lot of buzz. This is just bad business. This type of contest is a waste of money. What good is it to give out a prize worth $100 when you only have three visits to that post. That’s why you should check out the contest promotion list that i made up. Blogging isn’t just about writing good content. It’s about getting traffic to you site. Generally speaking, if you write good content, people will come. But, this could take months to years. That’s why you have to actively get people to visit. You don’t want to spend years growing a blog do you?
Manage your time wisely. There are a lot of distractions online. Social networking sites can drain the time you spend online. I think most of the big companies block such sites because it lowers employee productivity. People are addicted to facebook like it’s crack. Make a list of things that waste you time. Know your weaknesses. If you’re the type of person who constantly checks stats, don’t login to google analytics. If you have a facebook (crack) addiction, block it from your browser. You should be spending this time on building links and networking.
Try the 50 50 split. If you spend about an hour a day on your blog, divide that time into two parts. Spend 30 mins writing. This can include posting articles and replying to comments. After your 30 min is us, spend 30 mins building links by commenting on high PR dofollow blogs. This will announce your blog to others and help you get free PR links. Hit up the web forums and start up discussions and thread. Rinse and repeat and you’ll have a nice clean blog in no time.