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Beginner Blogging Mistakes Part-1

Beginner Blogging Mistakes Part-1

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Beginning Blogging Mistakes Part

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 HopsDon’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!


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26 Responses to Beginner Blogging Mistakes Part-1

  1. Thanks for your candidness, Diane! I definitely learned a few things from your post. I’ve been keeping a close eye on SEO for my posts, but haven’t looked as closely at that for my photos. I feel like I better go back and work on that. Thanks for the motivation!

  2. Great tips Diane! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can’t wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!

  3. Coming over from the Friday Pin Fest. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’m a new blogger and I know taking pictures is my weak point. I don’t have a fancy camera, but I do have a decent one that I just don’t know how to work…lol.

    • Erlene,

      I am going to do a post just on taking pictures. I am no expert and do not even use the setting on my camera but I have learned some tips that really help.

      Thank you so much for stopping by,
      I look forward to checking out your blog.
      Diane Roark

    • Hellie,

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my blogging tips. It was hard for me to write this because I know I still have so much to learn. I am just hoping it helps someone from many hours of redoing things.
      Diane Roark
      I look forward to checking out your blog.

  4. Diane, these are AMAZING tips! I am printing them out to tape in front of me so I can try to follow your very useful information. THANK YOU for taking the time to put this together and for sharing your knowledge.

    • Carrie,

      I hope it helps someone from having to spend so much time redoing things on their blog. I have been blogging 2 years. I still have so much to learn but I feel like I need to save other bloggers from a lot of tears.

      Diane Roark

  5. I have made these same mistakes. I recently switched from a to a self hosted site. January was a whirlwind as I had to learn all these new things; SEO, pictures, etc. I wish they could forward every new blogger a guide like this. As a newbie, you don’t know to ask. Thanks for posting this and I look forward to part 2.

    • Nicky,

      When I switched to a self hosted site a year ago in Feb., I was so lost. I have learned a lot through tears. I hope I can save others from a few tears.
      Blessings and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment.
      Diane Roark

    • Dawn,

      If you are resizing old pictures already on your blog, use wordpress. When you are in media, hit edit picture. At the top you will see resize picture.

      I use PICMONKEY to resize all my new pictures before adding them to my posts. They have a free version that works well.

      I hope this helps! If you have a lot of old pictures on your blog to resize, it will definitely speed up your blog. Make sure to put in the descriptions for SEO searches.
      I spend many hours crying because of how much I had to redo on my blog. It can be overwhelming.

      I hope this helps. If I need more help, please ask!!
      Diane Roark

  6. I did the same thing with my pictures! Ok, I knew to make them websized, but I was using a plugin that pulled photos for me and named them stupid things 2485626395! Eeek! I figured out this year that this plugin was the cause of some of my biggest formatting issues, so I deleted it. That’s when I noticed what it had been renaming my photos! No one’s going to find this stuff.

    I’m slowing updating my old posts now. What a pain!

    • Denise,

      Oh, the mistakes we make!! I have cried many days about all the work I had to redo because of dumb mistakes or NOT KNOWING. I started blogging because I love cooking. I had no idea what I was getting into BUT I REALLY DO LOVE IT NOW. Hopefully, everyday will continue to get better.

      Thanks for leaving me a comment. I will stop by soon!!
      Diane Roark

    • April,

      I always tell myself I have so much to learn their is NO Way I could help someone. If it helps in anyway, I thank God for encouraging me to write this post.

      Blessings and I look forward to checking out your blog,
      Diane Roark

  7. These are so wonderful tips for Pinterest. As you know I love Pinterest, too and seriously a great source of traffic now for me as well, because I try to do so much of what you listed above now, too. Isn’t funny how we all learn from our initial blogging errors and love how we all share our knowledge with each other, too! Hope you linked this up with us today at the Pin It Party and pinning, too for myself 🙂

    • Janine,

      I did link it up. I had great doubt about writing this post. I do not think I know enough to help others. A lot of days I just cry from all of my stupid mistakes that cause me so much work.
      Thank you for being encouraging.
      Diane Roark

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