Blogging Mistakes: My Top 3 + One Amazing Resource

When you start out as a blogger you are usually inspired by someone else’s blog. You see how amazing and inspiring they are and you want to do that too. You have the goal of helping people in your niche and you hope to eventually monetize your blog. Does that sound about right? Yes, that was me too and I wish I could say it worked out that smoothly! But of course there were (and still are) some bumps along the road. So I wanted to take a second before 2017 gets rolling and reflect on my biggest blogging mistakes in the past two years.

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Blogging Mistakes

Mistake #1

Not monetizing right away. I played by some imaginary rules and figured I needed a respectable sized email list and excellent traffic to my blog before I monetize. I should have just used the mantra, “Good is better than perfect.”

I was already a respected leader in my industry due to my social media presence and my willingness to help others in my niche for free for a very long time. I should have used that an at least started affiliate marketing earlier. I literally made nothing on my blog the first year. I made just enough to cover my costs.


What would I do differently?

  1. Look for products I liked, used and enjoyed, and become an affiliate.
  2. Learn all I could from courses and books about affiliate marketing.

Mistake #2

Not having good time management. Having a new blog is like having a newborn. It really takes so much time learning everything you need JUST to get up to par. Between the time investment and the monetary investment you can end up drained, business broke, struggling with weight gain, and your family mad at you. That may or may not have happened to me! 😉


What would I do differently?

  1. When you are in the planning phases of your blog sit down and learn some time management techniques.
  2. Learn how to put yourself and self care first. Starting a blog will take many hours of sedentary work that you should account for lest you want to gain weight!
  3. Learn how to prioritize and be productive, not just busy.
  4. Set boundaries with your family and yourself. Work time is work time and family time is family time.

Mistake #3

I had no idea what professional blogging meant. A professional blogger is a blogger who is getting paid for their work. I had been blogging for an area newspaper where I had an editor and did very little marketing of my own. For some reason when bloggers start out they think if they write it then people will read it. If you are a year or two into the blogging journey then you know marketing your blog takes up 80% of your time. I wish I had learned more in the beginning about email marketing, online marketing, building a good foundation, brand awareness. SO. MANY. THINGS. I didn’t know about and had to learn the LONG. HARD. WAY, not to mention spending thousands of dollars.


What would I do differently?

  1. Pick a few really good blogging coaches and course to invest in.
  2. PLAN what I need to learn, how long it will take, and what is my ROI.

If you have any blogging mistakes you would like to share we would LOVE to hear about them in the comments!


41 Replies to “Blogging Mistakes: My Top 3 + One Amazing Resource”

  1. I agree with the first one – that is one aspect that a lot of bloggers commit a mistake on. Some of the newbies fear that it would be difficult to monetize the blog at all until you reach a certain number of followers or readers, but I do think that you can monetize it if you have a good purpose for your writing and you can compel your readers to support the brands you support!
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  2. I have been blogging for almost a year and am just starting to think about monetizing. I have looked at this bundle this morning….but it seems almost overwhelming? I’m going to spend some time checking out your blog….:)

    1. Hey Jen,
      You can check out the reply I just wrote to Chloe. The Ultimar Bundles team didn’t want people to feel overwhelmed so they created a users guide this year! It will help you know where to start and how to prioritize. If you do decide to go for it i promise you won’t be sorry! I already had a few of those resources in the bundle and I paid way more for each one! It really is a great deal! You can always join my blogging group on FB and ask questions too. ?Hope this helps!
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  3. One of my early mistakes was not having a focus or a niche. I blogged about organizing, I blogged about the organizing industry, I blogged about the VA industry, I blogged about working from home, and I threw a bunch of random stuff in there as well. When I took a blogging course, I realized almost immediately what I was doing wrong, and that’s when I launched Your Organizing Business.

  4. Blogging is a business too. The blogger has to acknowledge all the different aspects and functions, work on each or delegate. After a while, to acquire more visitors, my processes start to look more and more like a business. I think how to get better research, planning, organization, productivity.

  5. These are all certainly true. I made the first mistake too. I also never found the time to make my blog as great as it could have been. I still blog but it’s more for hobby now until I free up some time. My current job takes up between 10-12 hours of my day so making sure you have the time to devote to a blog is the number one thing people should consider when starting one. Great list.

  6. Really wonderful list! My husband and I have been blogging for just about 3 months and have seen some growth, but there is so much to learn! And you’re right, marketing takes so much time!! Time management is kicking our butts right now! 😉

    1. Hi Chloe,
      What do you think is holding you back from purchasing the kit? I’ve been looking through the products for a few weeks and there really is some amazing stuff that is great for beginning to intermediate bloggers.i love it because there is such a wide variety of topics covered. I would go for it simply because I know how much money and time I’ve spent in the past three years on blogging books and courses. If this package was offered when I was starting it would have been a huge gift. I’m an intermediate blogger and I still find so many resources! You should go for it! Just my two sense! ?

  7. 2 years I and I still haven’t monetized my blog (AdSense doesn’t count because the ads don’t get any clicks) I always felt my blog couldn’t stack up against the other Style Bloggers on monetizing sites but I really need to get that sorted. Great post! Really helpful and what I needed to hear/ read! 🙂

  8. I recently started blogging and it’s been a bit difficult for me to keep a schedule. I really need help with that. When it comes to monetizing, I thought I first had to build up a substantial following. Thanks for writing this, I enjoyed reading it. Awesome tips!

    1. Hi Tiara, as far as a schedule goes you really have to make a commitment and set some boundaries for yourself. That really helps. As far as monetizing goes it really depends if you have an active social media following. There is no reason what you can’t start affiliate advertising right away and recommending good products you use to your followers. 🙂 Would love for you to join my FB group for bloggers:
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