I have been blogging for a little over six months now ( I can’t even believe it!). Although I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, I have learned a lot about blogging since the start of this journey. I have also figured out common blogging myths that I thought were true when I first began blogging.
I didn’t really know anything, so that isn’t saying much.
In this time, I have read a countless amount of posts and articles about how to become the “best blogger” and many are just completely false. While finding my way through the crazy internet, I have learned which tips are true and which are completely false. There are also several common blogging myths that new bloggers have in their head as truth, so I want to bring light to them as well
1. You need to have an established (narrow) niche
I cannot express how much I disagree with this. As a lifestyle blogger, there are so many different topics from self improvement to fashion that interest me and I love to write about. I have read numerous times that the more narrow your niche is, the better your blog will do. While this may be true for some bloggers, like fashion or food bloggers, I don’t believe this applies to everyone.
I think that in order to have a successful blog, you need to establish the demographic of your target audience. Therefore, as long as you are creating and posting content that will interest your intended audience, you will succeed as a blogger or entrepreneur. As long as you don’t have a blog that posts about puppies, airplanes, and recipes all in one place, you will easily find people who are interested in what you have to say.
2. People will stumble upon and flock to your blog
This seems to be a common thought with new bloggers…I know I thought this was true. Just because you put something out on the internet, does not mean it will get found. In order to get noticed, you need to constantly network with other bloggers and share your content all over social media. I have found such an improvement in my blog traffic just from Facebook, tweets and high-quality images on Pinterest. For you to get noticed, you need to put in the work and present your content in front of your potential readers. Don’t wait for them to come to you…because you will wait a long time wondering where they are.
3. Quantity is key
WRONG. Actually quality is key. So many bloggers state that if you post everyday, you see a larger inflow of traffic. Well, if you post crappy posts everyday just for the sake of getting content out there, you will not see positive results. If you are not able to post high-quality content everyday, decrease the number of posts you write so you have more time to put into each post.
4. Blogging is easy
HA. HA. HA.
As much as I have fallen in love with blogging, there is still so much work that goes into it if I want it to be successful. Between planning posts, taking pictures, publicizing on social media, and networking, there is always something I could be doing on my blog.
People tend to have this common misconception that blogging is a “get rich quick” scheme, which is completely false. In order for a company to want to work with you, you need to have a significant amount of page views and social following, which takes a good amount of time to build. I have been blogging for over 6 months and it still feels like I’m a complete newbie.
Blogging is also hard when you hit a writer’s block and you know you want and need to pump out more content. There is also a thing called “blogger burnout,” which is a real thing, guys. Sometimes you will end up working so hard that a break is much needed for your writing and your sanity. I typically try to prevent skipping on submitting a post by writing a decent amount when I am in the zone and can pump out great content in a short amount of time. This way, I will have content available on my “off” days.
5. You need to be on every social platform
If you are too focused on being present on every social media platform out there, you will never be able to put the amount of quality that each one needs. It can be beneficial to try out different platforms when you start blogging in order to see which ones work best for you.
For example, Pinterest is my top referral site, so I have begun to invest more time and effort into it because it has been more beneficial than any other platform. I still schedule posts here and there on Facebook to be present, but I don’t put too much time into it because with the new algorithm my posts don’t reach as many of my followers, which is kinda a bummer ):
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