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OH!!! The mistakes I have made. I have been thinking about the first couple of years of blogging since November 2011. I am hoping that, by sharing my Beginner Blogging Mistakes, I made, I might help someone else before they make the same ones. I hope by your knowing these mistakes it will save you a lot of time and trouble.
Many bloggers have written posts on How to Start a Blog and what to do. I am hoping by writing this post about Learning from my blogging mistakes it will help you know What NOT To Do. I am hoping this post will help you save a lot of time. I am going to be super honest, hoping either you get a good laugh or you do not make these blogging mistakes.
If you are blogging for fun and never plan on making money with your blog, this post is not for you. I will say that when I started blogging I thought it was going to be just for fun. Until after about a year of blogging, I realized I could truly make money.
First: So, think about the future of your blog and what do you want to do with it in the future.
After about a year and a few months of blogging, I decided to try to make some money with my blog. After researching how to use my blog to make money, I realized all my mistakes. When I first started blogging I had no idea about all the different social medias, how to take good pictures, how to rank higher in SEO or what SEO even was, and on and on. I honestly had so much to learn.
Even though I have been blogging since November 2011, I really did not get serious until February 2012. I had so much to learn! If I could only give you one tip, my advice would be to write GREAT content. Write from your heart! Write about subjects you are passionate about. Check your spelling and grammar! Recheck your spelling and grammar!!
- I was uploading them without sizing them down. This was causing my blog to load slower than a turtle running a race. Who wants to stick around a blog and wait for the posts to load? NO ONE!! In February, I moved from the free WordPress to a Thesis theme. Thank God, I was forced to resize all of my pictures to 645 by 425. I had a couple of thousand pictures to resize. This took a lot of work and tears to resize every picture, but it was amazing how much faster my blog loaded after the pictures were resized. The exception to the size was having one large picture for Pinterest.
- The lighting in my pictures was terrible. Who wants to look at pictures of food that is dark and looks bad? Pictures of food should make you want to take a bite of it or lick the plate. I learned as much as I could about using Natural Lighting when taking pictures. Hopefully, I will be able to write a post soon about Natural Lighting. I would like to show you lighting tips which help me.
- I never filled out the Title, Alt Text, Description, and Link for each picture. People searching the web could never find my pictures. If they got lucky and found one of my pictures, it did not have a link back to my blog.
- Hopefully in part 2 of my beginning blogging mistakes, I will discuss SEO mistakes. Not filling out information about my pictures, was a big SEO mistake.
- I never used a Watermark on my pictures. – Anyone could take a picture from my blog. There was nothing on the picture that said it belonged to “Recipes for our Daily Bread”.
Since I am taking about Pictures on my blog, I have to share how this relates to Pinterest.
- Pinterest is now number one in links to my blog every day. This would not be possible without correcting all my Pinterest mistakes. Pinterest is all about having an eye catching picture. The picture added to Pinterest should make people click to find out more information. Not only having a good picture with good lighting, but having the right size picture on Pinterest matters. Square pictures do not do as well as having a large vertical picture. Close up pictures seem to do better than pictures taken further away. This picture rule is not true when normally taking pictures, but on Pinterest you only have a small picture to sell your product or recipe.
- Have a large vertical rectangle picture to add to Pinterest.
- Socialize on Pinterest – Thank people for pinning your pictures.
- Follow people back when they follow you. Follow lots of people everyday.
- Pin other People’s Pins on Pinterest and not just pins from your blog. I have learned that spamming your pictures will not get you anywhere. I know it is exciting to see pins on Pinterest from your blog, but the goal is for others to pin them. I normally will only pin 2 to 4 pictures a day from my site.
- Participate in Pinterest Group Boards – but do not spam them! When I first belong to group boards, I thought I had to share all of my pins with all of them on the same day. THIS IS SPAMMING!! Now, I only share a pin to one group board and to one of my non-group boards per day.
- Pinterest Blog Hops – Don’t ignore blog hops like I did. Participate!! Network! Make Pinterest blogger friends. You can help each other out! This is a great way to follow other people who will more than likely follow you back. Also, visit their blog and pin from it.
- Make sure you are pinning from the original source. I would pin pictures from Pinterest without seeing if it goes back to a source. In other words, the link may not work. The picture may lead to nowhere. Take time to click on the picture and pin from the original source. Is this not what you want people to do when they see your pictures on Pinterest?
- Organize Your Pinterest Boards – It is important to find what people are looking for easily. Put current seasonal boards at the top. Move out of season boards to the bottom of the page.
- Have a Pinterest Board just for your blog. This blog board should be the first board on your Pinterest Page. Pin each post once to this board.
- When Uploading Pictures to Pinterest – Fill out the description! Add a URL from the post where you found the pictures! Add about 3 broad tags!
If you are beginning to blog or you are like me and trying to correct all of these mistakes, I pray these tips help and they save you hours of work. I wish you and your blog a lot of success! I would love to hear from you if any of this information has helped.
I look forward to sharing more blogging tips!