When starting a blog, every beginner is bound to make blogging mistakes that an advanced blogger will have learned how to fix already. So I put the question to my fellow experts, the UK money bloggers.
What have been the biggest blogging mistakes you have made?
How did you or do you fix these newbie blogging errors?
Personally, I have been my own worst enemy a few times.
Omg I’ve made so many…
1. Like overloading my website and crashing it completely!
2. Trying to create my own graphics with Microsoft Paint – haha!
3. Assuming that everyone would be flocking to my blog for my posts, when I shared them on Instagram once or twice.
4. Sounding like a robot on social media by overusing a scheduler – Mr Budget unfollowed me saying I was spammy!
My Worst Blog Mistake
My worst blog mistake so far has been to not get involved with the blogging community sooner. It’s amazing how supported I now feel, in my ninth month of my blogging journey. So many people have been able to point me in the correct direction to solve blogging challenges and to head off potential rookie blogging disasters!
When I think what could have happened!
Here are some seriously brutally honest blogging mistakes that my friends the UK Money bloggers have made and have learnt from:
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#1 Don’t compare yourself and progress to the big bloggers out there.
Ruth over at ruthmakesmoney.com recalls, ‘A mistake I had to keep pulling myself back from (& still do, sometimes!) was comparing myself to bigger bloggers and comparing my progress against theirs. Blogging is such a long term thing, and I only felt that I was really starting to gain any real traction after a year – I think it’s so important to recognise this and commit to being in it for the longer term if you’re serious about making a blog a success.
Blogging is such a long term thing – traction comes after about a year.
#2 Learn SEO as soon as you possibly can.
Lynn over at mrsmummypenny says, ‘My biggest and most costly beginner blogging mistake was not doing any SEO for the first 150ish posts on my site.
I literally used to just write and then publish, no pictures, titles, keywords, anything.
Yoast was a game changer when I heard about it. I have paid someone to go back and sort these posts out which has resulted in traffic gains but cost £££.
Michelle over at timeandpence.com agrees, explaining, ‘My biggest blogging mistake was not learning about SEO. If you want to create a truly passive income then SEO is a must! Check out her blog for a wealth of information on blogging and personal finance.
#3 Track your domain authority from the word go.
Claire reflects on her rookie blog mistake:
– I wish I had put the effort in to work on my DA from the beginning.
I didn’t even know what a DA score was until a few months ago and I feel like I wasted an entire year. The DA score determines how good your blog is in the eyes of potential brand collaborations, therefore determining the amount of money you will get paid. You can read her blog here : https://www.dailydealsblog.co.uk/how-to-make-money.
Her post contains loads of easy to action blogging tips for monetizing your blog.
You can avoid this mistake by:
- creating a free Moz account and checking your DA regularly. This free account will give you 10 free checks a month.
- checking your DA as many times as you want through this link from SEOreview tools. It has been updated to the latest version of Moz (2.0)
To give you some idea this is how my DA has grown from a measly 3 to 16 in 7 months.
You may be wondering now:
But how do I grow my Domain Authority?
What is Domain Authority anyway?
Ok, so here is some help from SEOPRESS, who have explained how MOZ calculates Domain Authority means and what Page Authority is also:
How Does Moz Calculate Domain Authority?
Domain authority is scored on a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being the worst, 100 being the best)using an algorithm designed by Moz. Its logarithmic scale means that it’s much easier to improve your score if your domain authority is at a 20 or a 30 than if it was at a 70 or an 80. Domain authority between 40 and 50 is considered average, between 50 and 60 is considered good and over 60 is considered excellent.
So how does Moz calculate this and how can I improve my blog’s authority?
Moz says that it calculates DA by:
evaluating multiple factors, including linking root domains and number of total links, into a single DA score. This score can then be used when comparing websites or tracking the “ranking strength” of a website over time. Domain Authority is not a metric used by Google in determining search rankings and has no effect on the SERPs.
Yak let’s put this into English! – Moz calculates by:
How many good quality backlinks your website has.
I have guest posted on thehumblepenny. See it here and Ken the creator has very kindly included a link back to my blog, so that readers can come to my site. This is an example of a great quality backlink because his site is known and trusted by Google.
Moz looks at the backlinks pointing back to your site and judges them also on how good quality they are.
So you one great quality backlink is soo much better than ten lower quality links.
This a measure of how closely you are operating alongside these sites, which you have earned the backlinks with. This is scored from 0-10. Ten is the most trustworthy site. If a great quality site such as .edu or .gov links back to you, this is considered to be a trustworthy site and will increase your Moz Trust score.
There are a few ways you can do this:
1.You need to choose a great domain name when you set up your blog ideally. It needs to ideally reflect a keyword associated with what you are going to write about.
Click here to read a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a money making site and how to set up your blog.
2. Make sure when you write blog posts, that you have links to your other content, if it is relevant.
You might have noticed how I have done this throughout this post with things I think are related and useful for you.
(Top tip – set up your links to open in another window, so your reader stays on your original blog post).
How to Create Links Within Your Blog Posts
Click on text that you want to use to link
Create a link to other relevant content, in WordPress
As you can see, the url box just pops up, so paste the url in the box. Then click the blue arrow button. (It’s like an enter button)
Next click the grey settings button next to the blue button and you should get this box.
The only final thing to do is to check the box saying open link in new tab – done!
Be sure to pin me for later!
There are other things you can do to build your DA:
3. Get rid of old,broken, bad quality links.
4. Make your site mobile friendly
5. Over time, become an authority in your niche.
The bloggers featured in this post are all exceptional examples of how to do this over time. I am presently reading their blogs and constantly learning how to craft my blog’s niche by following their example, but by being unique.
#4 Focus on one social media channel at a time until you master it.
At the beginning stage of blogging in particular, Francesca says, although for quite a while after as well – I was trying to focus on too many social media channels all at once and getting nowhere with any of them.
I took from this (and advice from successful bloggers), that it is best to focus on one or two social media channels and do them really well. She has created an excellent post, with tonnes of blogging tips for new bloggers.
It is best to focus on one or two channels at a time.
#5 Learn how to use Pinterest early on
Nicola over at mumonabudget has recently written a post reflecting on her early blogging mistakes.
She explains, ‘ I think one of the biggest mistakes I made was not making the most of Pinterest at the start – I wish I had made Pinterest-friendly graphics for my posts as I went along instead of having to go back and do the horrible task of editing them retrospectively.
Read my post on creating stunning Pinterest graphics is also super-useful for avoiding this blogging mistake early on.
Personally, I also can recommend a fabulous ebook, written by Ana, over at thesheapproach.com
She regularly updates her ebook on the latest Pinterest strategies that will build your traffic. By implementing her strategies, I have seen my blog traffic more than double over the last 4 months.
Ana was lovely enough to provide me a coupon code for my readers. This special may go away soon, but you can use the code, TSA5OFF, towards her e-book and get $5 off when you purchase her e-book using my special link! The price is so cheap for what you get and you get a TON of value from Ana’s resource!
On top of that, you get over $50 worth of FREE bonuses here!
#6 Write longer blog posts
Short blog posts are not great for SEO and they can’t be found.
Victoria, who blogs full time, opens up saying, ‘My biggest rookie blogging mistake was writing really short blog posts! I had no idea that they had to be a certain length for Google to even pick them up. I used to write lots of short 200 word blog posts which is not good for SEO and I had no idea they couldn’t be found at the time.
Google likes longer in depth content and so I now write 500 words minimum and often 1000-2000 words. Read her brilliant article on things to remember when you start blogging here.
Her story is really inspirational – beemoneysavvy covered how she achieved the ultimate – a full time blog income!
Another course that may be of interest is this 5 day FREE SEO Bootcamp from Mike. The link will tell you that his main course is reopening for May 2019, but if you sign up, he provides you with a great taster of excellent SEO practice.
I fully intend to take his course in May 2019, and when I asked, he quoted me approximately between $269 and $299 dollars. I’ll let you know what I think, and whether I recommend it when I have taken it.
#7 Enable your readers to share your content.
Fiona, from savvyinsomerset , the UK’s best frugal and thrift blog 2018, shares her biggest blogging mistake candidly.
‘I didn’t have share buttons set up! I think most people remember to do links to their own social media channels but forget to make sharing their blog posts easy for the reader. It’s also worth making sure the twitter share button tags your twitter account when someone shares so you can thank them – it’s a great way to see who’s sharing your content and start connecting with them.
Here are examples of share buttons from budgetingisachallenge. I thoroughly researched the best plugin to use because social media share plugins can slow your site down massively.
Here you can see a snip from at the top of my blog post. Under my featured image are my share buttons.
I use Juiz Social Post Sharer, a WordPress plugin.
When researching this, I found this amazing blog post by WPhive, where they had tested the load times of each sharing plugin.
Juiz came on top with a load time of 0.909 seconds.
Source : wphive.com
#8 Don’t play with things you are not sure how to fix!
Helen from thecomplainingcow kindly advises, ‘Don’t play with things you don’t understand!
What may seem like a simple clean up and change of a plugin unless you are sure of what you are doing don’t do it!
Only change something if you are confident you can undo it.
Helen says that ‘ I nearly killed my site last year resulting in Google not picking up any of my posts and losing two thirds of my traffic. I’m still recovering from it!’
Read Helen’s blog here – it is so inspiring how much of a successful blogger she is. Her achievements include: appearing on national television and radio, detailing consumer rights and how to complain.
#9 Be yourself – you have a unique offering to bring to the world.
Jane at the shoestringcottage reflects, ‘My mistake was for a short while trying to copy some of the more successful bloggers rather than being authentic.
I had more page views and commentary than some of those bloggers but lost loads trying to be someone I wasn’t.
Now I am back to being me and enjoying the process a lot more as a consequence. Because for me blogging is a fun hobby and it’s not just about the money. Check out her blog for all sorts of money saving tips and tricks.
Be yourself and share what you love
#10 Be confident enough to charge what you are worth.
Emma who blogs over at beemoneysavvy shares her biggest blogging mistake.
‘When I first started blogging I would accept any amount of money for a sponsored post/ad.
I’ve now learnt to value the time and effort I put into my blog and will only accept sponsored posts that I truly believe will benefit my readers.
Go over and read Emma’s website – I found the stories about full time bloggers particularly inspiring.
Think about what is truly valuable to your audience.
#11 Try not overload your blog with plugins.
In terms of rookie errors Sara (Money Blogger of the Year 2017, from debtcamel says, ‘At the start I just added a plugin when it seemed useful.
After 6 months I must have had well over 40. They all slow your site down! I couldn’t even remember why some of them were there when I pruned them after a year or so.
You can find her amazing content focused around debt and how to manage and eliminate it here.
Too many plugins will slow your site’s speed
#12 Stay focused on the key topics of your blog.
Sara also shared this pearl of wisdom
– I also wrote about some stuff that wasn’t really on topic. It’s a waste of time. Google doesn’t like you more when you write random stuff. Don’t think you HAVE to write something today – if there isn’t anything you want to say, don’t bother!
#13 Do keyword research.
My biggest blogging mistake, shares Katy, was not doing keyword research and using all sorts of random phrases and nonsense. Read her comprehensive content on money making and saving over at katykicker.com
At budgetingisachallenge, I have been advised by Cora, over at, to use Keysearch. She reviews it here, and has used it for a considerable length of time.
Here is a screenshot of my Keysearch.
I type in my keyword to Google and see what my top competitors are. I then search them on keysearch and this is what comes up.
#14 Choose your blog name carefully.
Emma, who has successfully made blogging her full time career, recalls, ‘My biggest blogging mistake was using two trademarked names in my blog name. It was fine for a few years and I made money, but once my blog gained in popularity I received a cease and desist.
Although the company worked closely with me and allowed me a lot of leniency, it was terrifying. It was the best thing ever for my business though, but I can’t believe how stupid I was. Read her informative blog on all things finance and money making, over at emmadrew.info
She also has tonnes of tips and blogging tricks for you, that she has kindly shared. Two articles I am finding particularly useful right now are her affiliate marketing article and how to earn money from Mediavine.
#15 Blog Post Structure is important.
Lesley , over at thriftylesley.com says, ‘I’ve learnt masses in the time since I started. I liked (and still do) just blahing on to readers. My early posts have no structure, no SEO, headings or featured image. As I write about cooking on a budget, it would be very difficult for anyone else to go back and put images in.
But as Emma above always says, progress not perfection and I improve a few posts every week (there are 100’s of them) I don’t think it’s realistic to expect to start off doing everything right, there is SO much to learn about blogging.
Lesley has worked very closely with the Money Advice Service and has provided me with a few stunning ideas and inspiration for carrying on with my blogging journey.
#16 Be consistent with your graphics.
Hayley explains that she wasn’t being consistent with my graphics.
I realised too late that having different styles/colours/fonts etc didn’t look very professional or particularly nice, and having to go back and change them all is SUCH a faff, I still haven’t finished updating them all! https://missmanypennies.com
Graphics make your site look professional and are a must for Pinterest.
#17 Check your permalinks.
Mindovermoneymatters says, ‘ My WordPress permalinks were originally set to /date/postname. Now its a big faff to get rid of the date. Wish I’d have known from the start.
What I thought I was going to do has evolved as I’ve learnt more so its good to embrace the huge learning experience and take any pressure off yourself, its long term and something I enjoy’.
You may be wondering now:
But what are permalinks?
How and why can I change them?
This article from WP Explorer is absolutely fab and guides you through how to change your permalinks (links to your blog posts).
- If permalinks are left with date/post name at the beginning, this will not tell a search engine or a reader what your post is about
- Permalinks need to be constructed so they give Google an idea of what your post is about.
- They tell your audience about the content of your post.
- They are a unique identifier for each post you create.
#18 Reach out and ask for advice.
Mindovermoneymatters goes on to say, ‘Also know its okay to ask for help. Join a Facebook group or reach out to your favourite bloggers – everyone in the UK Moneybloggers’ Facebook group is lovely and supportive and happy to share their knowledge – it’s quite overwhelming sometimes, and wonderful’. You should give this blog a read as it aims to help you make minimal tweaks to your lifestyle and still reach your financial goals.
I hope this has helped you if you are a beginner blogger looking to avoid the common blogging errors many make. If you have any questions be sure to ask in the comments below.