As someone who spent years trying to learn the ropes and struggled, bit by bit, to get success with my websites, I know what it’s like to be ‘dazed and confused’ so to speak about what to do and, just as importantly, what NOT to do.
Here are 3 things to watch out for to make sure your blog doesn’t fail.
Don’t Buy Links, Shares, Like, Comments, or Anything Else Sketchy
The first thing to avoid is to make sure you don’t pay for any sketchy work for your site.
What does sketchy include? In my mind, anything that is trying to game the search engines to make them think you have more “real” activity than you do.
That includes link schemes and social media schemes, as well as comments.
While each of these helps show that your site has authority, they all need to come naturally in order to be effective.
Don’t Copy Content
Most people know that they can’t simply copy and paste content from one website and put it on their own (this violates duplicate content policies and maybe even some copyright laws) but many people don’t realize that the same principle holds true for paraphrasing and regurgitating.
If you’re trying to find new material for your blog, don’t search for a post in your niche and then parrot back that post. By all means, reference it, summarize, acknowledge that it exists, but also be sure to include something extra of value.
Don’t Give Up!
Finally, the biggest reason blogs fail is because people give up just when they’re on the cusp of seeing results.
Persistence and consistency through the early days of your blog will make a world of difference when it comes time for your payouts down the road.
This is why joining a community is so important; it’ll help you get through the rough patches and on to success!
Just stick with it! It’s your surest route to success!