Mistakes that bloggers make

Bloggers make mistakes all the time.  But most of them are easy to avoid, and even easier not to create in the first place.

Mistake one – not sticking to the topic of your blog.
Blogs are designed around a theme – and the more focused the theme, the more likely you'll attract interested traffic.  Most new bloggers however either 'cast around' for a theme, hoping to hit on something that works, or are just scattered in general.
Solution – keep your posts as focused as possible on the overall topic that you set out for your blog.

Mistake two – Not driving traffic to their sites.
Blogging isn't just about posting content.  Unfortunately, most people think that 'if they build it, they will come' and that's simply not true. not updating often enough – most bloggers start out really well – they write lots of posts and then, it tapers off.  They become discouraged, or worse, they think they aren't doing 'it right'.  Blogging needs just as much attention as any other site, sometimes more so – and like most sites, unless you hit on something really big, you'll find that you don't make much of an impact at first.

Driving traffic to your site CAN be fairly simple though – you can do it by taking part in other sites, and using your url in your sigline, you can comment on other blogs, or bookmark your site – with wide exposure you'll gain far more traffic than simply relying on SEO.

Mistake three – not connecting with others in your niche 
Solution - its important to contact others in your niche, because it gives you a chance to participate in link exchanges.  One of the best ways to do this is 'mutually' recommend one another's sites – you can do this, quite simply, by asking the site owner to review your site, and you can do the same.  That way, you'll build a more valuable 'link base' for the person you're reviewing, and though they are creating a two way link exchange with you, the review style link exchange is always more valuable.
No matter what mistakes bloggers make, there's always a way to fix them – by working on the solution, you'll find that implementing the solutions will help immensely.

The five most important things to do with a new blog

No matter where you blog, or what you decide to do with your blog, there are a couple of 'must do' steps.

Step one – make sure you've configured everything. 
 There's nothing worse than having done 99% of the work, only to be let down by the final 1%.  To ensure you've got the best fighting chance to get the best attention for your blog, you should fill in everything that you can.
This includes any profile settings, and in the case of Wordpress, any plugins or other information that needs to be completed – many plugins and themes require some work to make them usable.

Step two – pick a theme and stick with it.  
You'll need to pick a theme that you like and upload it.  Making your blog stand out from the rest is a major step in retaining traffic.  More importantly, if you make it yours, the you're more likely to work on it more often.
 Adding a theme also makes you appear LESS like a spammer – most spammers don't personalize their blogs – they stick with a couple of default themes and don't add much personal information.

Step three – Write some content.
When you're ready to upload the content, you should set it up to create a great archive.  Create at least five posts and upload them to your site.

Step four – Promote that content – 
once you've got a nice stock of content up start promoting your blog.  Consider using your posts on article sites, exchanges and more – you'll get more traffic if you diversify, so remember to add your site to bookmarking sites – and, encourage your readers to do so too.

Step five – have fun!
Blogging, ultimately, is about connecting with readers and will give you a reader base to discuss your work with – but it will also allow you to express yourself, make friends, and spread your expertise over the web.  But most of all, blogging is enjoyable, so always keep it that way, and have fun!

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