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Amateur Blogging And How To Avoid Mistakes As A New Blogger (+Free Blogging Ebook)

3 years ago, I started my second blog – to say that I was committing amateur blogging mistakes is an understatement.

Amateur means being incompetent, and we don’t want like hearing that word, right? If you’re someone new in something, you are labelled as an amateur and in the blogging world, you’re doing amateur blogging.

But you shouldn’t just accept the fact that you’re new, you’re contented with that and do what amateur bloggers usually do.

When I started blogging, I didn’t know what I was doing if I’m being honest. Yes, I was an amateur, and there’s no shortcut before than to experience that phase so I could learn.

But I don’t want you to live through that if we could help it.

amateur blogging mistakes that you should avoid as a beginner blogger

I know you have such moments when you simply say; I wish I knew these things before I started blogging. 

Just like me when I finally realized my mistakes years after creating this blog.

So in order to help you as a new blogger, this post comes with a free ebook recommended for beginners.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission – at no extra cost for you. 

So how did I start amateur blogging?

I was still in high school before when I first heard about bloggers and bloggers, and I found it amazing that people could make a video of themselves putting make-up on or ranting things openly through their site.

As much as I love writing, and using it to release some emotional baggage as a teenager, I couldn’t imagine myself publishing it for people to see how I feel or how I am.

Aside from notebooks, I have used my laptop to write and rant, without knowing that after 10 years, I am doing what I thought would be impossible.

So, in 2018, I put up my blog through WordPress, but before I did it on this platform, I have also considered other platforms like Wix and Jimdo. In fact, I have already started on Wix, but not self-hosted.

That was a waste of time.

I even forgot about it, like how a typical amateur blogger does.

To avoid amateur blogging, learn these before you blog:

– Choose a suitable domain name

Some say domain name doesn’t really matter as long as you have good content.

But for me, I still followed what I liked. I jotted down some names that would be suitable for my blog.

The wise thing to do is to check these prospective names on https://www.domain.com or on namecheap.com where you could also buy domain names.

It is heartbreaking and frustrating sometimes when you come up with a good name that you really like and after checking it, it’s not available anymore.

Pondering over a name for days doesn’t give you a guarantee that your blog would be noticeable and would gain an audience, fast and easily.

People have different lines on their palms, that luck of blogging after a couple of days might have worked on others, but not on you, or on me.

So choose a domain name that you won’t regret buying and using after years of blogging.

– Choose your platform where you want to blog

Now that you have a name for your blog, decide on which platform you would do it.

Regardless of how I have liked Wix when I decided to make a blog and use Wix as a platform, I didn’t read many recommendations about it.

What I like about Wix is that it’s easy to edit, with no HTML codings which I have experienced on WordPress. 😉

But in the end, I still did it on WordPress (self-hosted, more on that later)

What I could also recommend using, or maybe if I didn’t opt for WordPress, I might have used Squarespace. I find it so neat and so simple elegantly. Check out this website builder here.

You have now your domain name and you’re on your chosen platform. Let’s say, on WordPress, it would look like this: www.iwanttodoblogging.wordpress.com.

Did you notice something? Are you satisfied?

Well, seeing my then blog with WordPress on it, I had decided I want to really own my blog and brand it as mine. 

I’m sure you would want that too.

That’s why I purchased a web hosting plan.

– Self-host your blog

What is self-hosting by the way, and why should we self-host our blog?

I am not tech-savvy, but I will try to explain it in my own words.

Self-hosting is when you purchase a web-hosting from a web host company like SiteGround and Lyrical Host.

Here are the top reasons why you should self-host your blog:

  • You can do anything with your blog because you own it and you’re not dependent on the platform where you built your blog.
  • You can monetize it through ads, for example, whereas if you’re on a free plan on WordPress you have to pay to remove ads that WordPress published on your site (that you can’t even monetize!)
  • Your blog looks more serious and professional and your readers and visitors will also see it that way.
  • You have a lot of free themes to choose from if you can’t afford to pay for a paid theme when you’re still a beginner blogger.

What is Web Hosting? It is a service that enables your website or your blog to be found by users on the Internet.

I had a hosting plan before on One, but I have read many recommendations about using a hosting plan.

There are these three hosting services that I have often read on Google search and Facebook groups, namely: Bluehost, GoDaddy, Siteground and Lyricalhost. 

I was using the GrowBig plan from Siteground (in the second year of blogging) and they also offer a free service for transferring your domain from your old web hosting if you buy this plan and the GoGeekplan.

Currently, I am using the hosting service from Lyrical host which I could only recommend.

Use the code CLYDE10 to get 10% off your first hosting plan payment.

You have a domain name already and a hosting plan, this would look like this www.iwanttodoblogging.com/net/org depending on what kind of domain extension you would use.

If you’re still in the amateur blogging phase, you shouldn’t hesitate in transforming your blog into a self-host one.

What could be missing? It looks empty and feels empty right?

– You need a design and a theme

Before, I have used free themes, but I wasn’t satisfied with their limited features.

Sure, you could buy the premium versions, but when you could buy a whole package of a theme that is cheaper than the premium version, why not go for it, right?

I have decided to have a clean and simple look, and I found it on Rima from Themeforest. I had no complaints; I was satisfied.

It has a lot of plug-ins and features if you would like to know more about it and the themes, check it out here. And oh, it was only below $25!

Yet, I wasn’t patient and I could have educated myself more about WordPress and the world of blogging and coding.

I want to get started already with a ready blog so I could concentrate on writing.

Realizations that hit me hard during my amateur blogging journey:

  • Blogging would cost you money if you wanted to monetize it in the future and if you really want to get serious in bloggers and be taken seriously be readers, visitors, prospect clients and customers and search engine.
  • Apart from investing in it, you need to work on it like how you treat your job.
  • Like your job, blogging must also be mixed with fun, or else you’ll get burned out and be pressured. That’s a no-no.

If you have noticed my blog before, or if you’re familiar with the themes from Themeforest like Rima, you could have already detected that my theme is not from Rima anymore.

As I have said, I wasn’t that patient. That’s why I hired a web developer for designing my site, and I just had to say what I wanted to be done on my blog and how I wanted it to be.

Not more than $100 and I have a fresh look for my blog. Still, it cost me money, yet, I didn’t regret it.

Blogging is not cheap, else, you may get a cheap result too. 

I also bought another blog theme before called Victoria from Bluchic which is very easy to edit and customize since it comes with a guide too.

Check out their other themes which you would surely love!

Now I’m using Peachy by HeartenMade which I really love!

Now you may have a gorgeous blog, but would that suffice?

– Your blog should be GDPR compliant

Maybe you have heard about this on the net.

So is your website or blog GDPR compliant?

I didn’t know about it before but engaging with other bloggers brought me to reality. It is a regulation that protects the personal data and privacy of EU users.

Although this GDPR is applicable for the personal data of EU residents, this regulation is being enforced worldwide that collect this information.

For more information, check it out here.

What I find so shocking is to have discovered that if your website is non-compliant, you might pay $20 million, according to the Internet search result as my source.

I should have known that I would still consider making my blog legally compliant and protected. There’s a blogger and a lawyer, Amira, who sells a legal bundle that is GDPR compliant already.

Buying this bundle will be worth your budget which consists of Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and Terms, and Conditions, plus there are 9 bonuses included in this bundle.

You could read her blog post about protecting your blog and online business in 3 ways. Here’s the link to her post

legal bundle for bloggers

Are you ready to protect your blog before you pay for a penalty or Buy Privacy PolicyDisclaimer, and Terms and Conditions now before it is too late?

Now that the blog is already legally protected, you may ask yourself, ‘‘what now?’’

Before I launched my blog, I had only drafts of articles that I wanted to post once my blog is ready.

Draft. That means not yet finished. I thought that was a mistake. I could have written more before I publish my blog.

– You will struggle in writing

I am sure I am not alone in this dilemma. Yes, you could write, you’re good at it but every now and then, writer’s block hit you.

Before deciding to type on your laptop, you have already ideas on your mind, your brain is already drafting and typing in advance.

Now you’re all ready and set everything, you’re frozen on your seat, and don’t know how to start the sentence anymore. 

It really sucks whenever it happens to me. Sometimes, it’s rather better if I write randomly.

Once ideas come, I have to write them down immediately.

There are some mistakes when I wanted to write and couldn’t come up with a single sentence. It could be my focus or my environment, which is the primary culprit why I am having writer’s block. Sometimes, it depends on time.

Waking up today, I decided I have to do my chores first before I dive into my laptop. It is sometimes too irritating when I am typing and realizing how messy my room or my desk is.

It drives away my concentration and my pleasure in writing.

What I find so suitable for writing is the morning after waking up, unless there are still more chores to be done or late evening, but not too late that my eyes are already heavy, and the lids droop already.

amateur blogging mindset -blogging is just writing
Foto von Andrea Piacquadio von Pexels

There may be simple things, but they play a big role in blogging which I should have considered before starting it. I have always this want to write, but sometimes the brain won’t cooperate with what my heart is telling.

But if you don’t want to stay in amateur blogging stage, you wouldn’t want to write things that are not and may not be relevant to your blog – unless you’re blog is about you and your life.

READ RELATED POST: 5 BEST THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU SUFFER FROM BLOG BURNOUT

– Blogging is not always about you

Yes, you own your blog; you have chosen the name, and you have paid for it.

But darling, it’s not always about you.

I have told myself exactly the same thing after realizing it. If I want to monetize my blog, then I don’t have to publish my emotional baggage and rants every single day. Some people don’t want to read those things.

How can I earn through them?

You could post some personal things about you, especially if your blog is about more on personal and fashion, but if your blog or domain name is about business or something educational and all your posts are about relationships and moving on tips.

Hmmm….maybe you have indeed made a mistake already in step number 1 in making a blog.

I might have forgotten to emphasize it, but choosing a niche before starting is also very important.

I have decided before to focus only on health, but I have realized I have a random mind and a spontaneous personality.

Not being able to focus on one subject, I have settled to have different niches on one blog, hence I have this name.

Some choose their niche before they start a blog, some don’t and follow their heart.

But if you have a blog and you don’t have a niche, you can read about a post blogging without a niche.

– Blogging needs maintenance

Like many engines, blogging needs maintenance too. I am not sure about other platforms, but on WordPress, some plug-ins and WordPress itself need updates. You need to see that your blog is still working, or still active.

Domain and hosting should be renewed too, if you only purchased the 1-year plan, or else you would lose all of it.
Your blog is not published for nonsense. It has a purpose, it’s for people to visit and read.

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It’s not only for reading purposes, but it may also provide entertainment, information, and solutions.

Getting an audience or visitors for your blog is a wide topic, but the key points are social media.

I use Facebook Page and Groups in promoting my blog, I post on Instagram and also on Twitter, but they’re not enough. For some, that social magic works.

There is Pinterest, which I work on also because I heard it’s very effective in growing traffic.

– Blogging is not that simple as I thought it is. 

Blogging is just writing -if you think that way, I tell you that this is a very amateur blogging mindset.

If you’re serious with blogging, want to make it a business soon and don’t don’t want to be tied to amateur blogging, you should know by now that there’s more to blogging than what you fantasize about.

You can associate blogging with writing, home office, or writing on your laptop holding a Starbucks’ coffee, but blogging doesn’t end in writing.

That’s actually the start of what’s more to come.

Related post: Disadvantages of Blogging You Should Know Before You Start A Blog

Blogging is just part of a cycle – start a blog -research for a topic – keyword research- marketing or promotion.

To some, marketing a blog is one of the most challenging tasks of a blogger.

Aside from using Pinterest to drive traffic to the blog, SEO plays a big role too as well as google keywords and ranking.

There’s also another story about growing your email list and subscribers, and how would you make people sign up to subscribe.

Regarding these matters, I have to read more and start working on them already.

Your post may be very helpful with your own photos, but it doesn’t show on Google’s first page. I should have realized; these things matter before I started this journey.

But I didn’t regret it, or I have not even considered quitting. Education is key, that’s why I need to read more about WordPress, HTML, and other things related to blogging.

Patience is a virtue; remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

As mentioned above, if you want to blog, it is better to know from the start or before you start, if you would survive blogging and for you to avoid amateur blogging practices.

Therefore, I have created this mini-ebook which would be really beneficial for aspiring bloggers, or if you wanted to start with this journey.

What’s your experience? Why are you blogging?

Did you regret choosing this path and how do you manage it? I would love to know about your story too.

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29 Comments

  1. Great read here! I have been blogging for 6 months and it has been quite the journey and learning experience.

  2. Hi Clyde,
    I feel the same way, but it’s all worth it. I have had many struggles at the start, but we live and we learn 🙂

  3. I loved this post! You really cover what it means to take blogging seriously and that it actually takes work. I also used to use wordpress.com before going with wordpress.org on siteground — it’s changed my blogging game!

  4. It’s good to know that we all go through the same problems and considerations. Blogging can sometimes seem like a lonely pursuit.

  5. They are great tips for anyone that is beginning to blog or to those making some changes to their blogs. Thanks for this info!

  6. I’ve blogging for 1 year now. I dont regret choosing this path at all. I can relate to everything you’ve mentioned, i love writing, I wanted to have my own voice so I decided blogging, I had my moments of burned out, questioning and all the self doubts and There’re so many great moments too! Learning something new everyday It’s all the process “the journey”. Just don’t give up. Great post! 💕

  7. Blogging is truly so much more work than I ever thought it would be, but I’m obsessed haha! I love my blog & blogging so much. Next week is actually the first anniversary of my blog, which really excites me. I wish I would have started with Yoast SEO from the beginning. I finally started about a month or so in, mainly because I just didn’t know. There is just so much info out there it’s so easy to get overwhelmed…I still feel like that often!
    -Madi xo
    http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

  8. I love all of these. I owned a blog before but didn’t really took it seriously. It took me three years to finally decide it’s time to move on to another blog. Now I am more committed in my new blog and hopefully it will inspire more people as well!

  9. Hi – thank you for your informative post. Yes I agree with you that blogging is not an easy journey. Once you have passed the yearly milestone – it does help. You need to keep yourself continually educated and find what suits you and your way of “giving” to the world out there. I do proofreading and editing for some where English is not their main language and I appreciate your wording (you do get the message across) – but we have to remember we are after organic reach for our posts too. So supplying good content is the aim. But – Mr. Google also likes checked proof-reading and grammar. I’m afraid I find it difficult to check my own (don’t we all) and have gone back on my posts and found mistakes. But I’m working on it! I hope you gain a good following and know that you will improve over time!

  10. I can completely relate to this. I’m still a newbie in blogging and I’m struggling with lot of things. Made lot of mistakes but I guess that’s how you learn.

  11. There is so much to starting a new blog! This is definitely a great wrap up on all the things that you could change in the beginning if you could go back. Thank you!

  12. LOL you right and if some could tell you it is a full time job and never ends. plus it is all consuming and you will become a crazed blogging addict….yeah I feel ya.

  13. You’ve covered all the points that one needs to know about blogging before starting out. This will act as a great guide for new bloggers or people who are wanting to take the plunge.

  14. Such amazing info. This is really good for those who are new to blogging. I agree with each of these points, especially the writing struggles. I find it difficult to be consistent and this is and has been my biggest challenge so far.

  15. Awesome post with actionable tips for new bloggers to take! Thank you for featuring me and my Legal Bundle in your post, Clyde 🙂

    -Amira at ASelfGuru

  16. Great information. You always bring us up to date information, stated in easy to understand. I appreciate that and I look forward to what is next.

  17. You’re so right; that blogging is not as easy as it seems. But as far as knowing some of these things before you start; we’ve been blogging for nearly 3.5 years and some stuff you can’t decide without actually being in the throes of blogging. How would I know what I LIKE to consistently write about that others might like and that I want to monetize until after I have spent time writing, publishing, and refining our message? And how were we to know how much work blogging is—besides the writing—until we were actually engaged in doing it regularly? And now, three years after choosing Wix as our provider, we are finally having struggles which make me say that maybe we should have chosen differently. But when we started, I tried WirdPress a few times and couldn’t even figure out the basics, so I chose easy (since i didn’t even know how long we’d want to do it)…. Thanks for giving new bloggers something to think about, but I read ALL these kinds of things in advance and still had to find our way organically.

  18. Yes! Blogging is alot of work, and there is so much to learn. I have been at it for 7 months and haven’t really made any income yet. But i have learned alot about writing and the great google algorythm so it has been worth it.

  19. A good beginning is half work done. Thanks for such a valuable piece of advice. I really find the tips helpful. Also, according to my personal experience a fresher blogger my understand the importance of proofreading.