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7 Reasons You May Not Be A Successful Blogger

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We all want to be a successful blogger. Everyone wants to succeed in whatever they involve in. That is sure! I have seen some blogs that were constantly updated and the admin suddenly stopped. What could have caused it?

 

Blogging is more than just what most people think it is.  Blogging is a platform we do three things. Viz: Share information, entertain and teach. Previously, blogging used to be a process where people share their day to day activities, though some still do it, but at present, people are now conveniently doing their businesses on their blogs.
Success in blogging means different things to different people. To some, it may be money, large number of readership, impacts and so on. But whatever your definition of success is as a blogger, have it in mind that success is not easy to come by.
No one is perfect and no one will ever be. If you are into blogging or planning to do so, these are some of the reasons you may not be successful.

7 Reasons You May Not Be A Successful Blogger and What To Do

1). You lacked information before starting

Whatever you want to venture into, it is of utmost importance to know some things about it. Before you go into blogging, take your time to learn from those who have been doing it and learn from their mistakes so that you won’t make the same mistakes.
Surround yourself with people who know enough to teach you and read more about blogging. IF you don’t have, read about it. Blogging is not something you do and make money the same month you start. If you don’t equip yourself with enough information before you start, your chance of being a success is slim.

“Learn first and earn later.”

2). You start because of money

We all love money! Who wouldn’t? Blogging is not a thing you start because of money. If you do, you wouldn’t be able to do it for long, you may be discouraged because you won’t make the money easily as you thought you would. Look beyond the assumption of people around you.
Don’t start today and hope to be like Lindaikeji or Shoutmeloud  tomorrow. It takes time. If you stop blogging because AdSense terminate your account, you shouldn’t have tried it at all.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, start it because you love to share stuffs with people. I bet it with you, over time, you will get the reward.
Reasons you may not be a successful blogger

3). You don’t have the passion

You must be passionate about your blogging career. It is your passion that will keep you going. You must be able to wake up in the morning and work on something you are passionate about. If you lack the passion to keep your readers updated, you are not likely to do it for long and you won’t be successful. If you don’t love what you do, it’s not right for you.
“Universe will not pay you for being a good writer, editor, designer, blogger etc. Universe will pay you for being consistently good in whatever niche or field you choose.” SirPhren

4). You don’t have purpose for your blog

What is your aim of starting the blog in the first place? If you don’t want to give up four months after you started blogging, you must be purposefully engaged in your blogging career.
Your purpose(s) is(are) the goal(s) you have for your blog. Either to make positive impact, make money, or make a name for yourself. Make sure you blog serves its purpose.

5). You don’t update yourself

To be a force to reckon with in whatever niche you blog on, you need to constantly update yourself. You must be able to know little things about everything. For instance, if you blog on technology, you are expected to be vast in that area so as to give your readers the best. If it is otherwise, your readers may lose interest. When you are outdated, your chance of abandoning it is high. EXCEPT you want to continue copy and paste which you may sued for.
Make sure you keep yourself updated. The more you know, the more and better you write.

6). You don’t want to spend money on your blog

Have seen a lot of bloggers who only want everything free. It is not all about freemium (Kennedy Prosper said). They need people to write good contents for them, they want it free.

When you are not ready to spend on your project, you won’t enjoy it to the fullest, and your chance of abandoning it is high, extremely high. When you spend on your blog, you will be forced to keep working on it because you wouldn’t want your money go into waste.

See your blog as your business that you must invest in to get the result later on. If you call it your passion, you must be able to spend at least certain amount on it.

7).You Don’t Read About Successful Bloggers

Take your time to know about those successful bloggers in your niche. What keeps them going? Read their blogs and learn from their mistakes. Know what makes the GREATs great.
Don’t ever think you don’t need to read other people’s blog, those in the same niche with you or not. You have to keep reading! Even with that, you can get new post ideas for your blog.
To be successful as a blogger, you must be able to do it for a very long period of time and be ready to dish out original contents to your readers. To keep pushing, you need to be determined and be passionate about.

Conclusion

If you are reading this as a blogger, or about-to-be blogger, my passion is to make sure you achieve the best out of your blog. Take the time to answer this question; What do I want to achieve with my blog? And let the answer keeps you going. Strive to be a successful blogger.
How have you been keeping up with your blog? What keeps you motivated? Feel free to share.
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Common Domain Name Mistakes Made By Bloggers

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When you start your blog/website, you will need a custom domain. With a custom domain, you will be seen as a blogger or online business owner who takes the blogging serious. Even with this, there are some common domain name mistakes some of us bloggers have made or are making presently.

 

In this article, I will be sharing with you what domain is, how to choose and buy a domain name and domain name mistakes I and others have made.

What is domain name?

Domain name is your personal web address on the internet that you will be globally recognized by. It represents your blog, brand or business. E.g www.justasknurse.com, www.fellownurses.com etc.

How to choose a domain name

When starting your blog, [read how to start a blog here] you will need a custom domain name. But the issue is, how do you choose and buy your domain name?

In choosing your domain name, there are some things you should consider. Viz;

1). Research your domain before registering it

Before you just go ahead to choose a domain name, perform keyword research on it. Findings revealed that a domain that says everything about your niche perform better in SEO than domain that’s not. If you want o use your name or nickname, search it first on google to see if its been used for a similar niche or not. I made this mistake then.

2). Buy from a reliable domain registrar

When buying your domain name from any registrar, look out for the ICANN and Whoisguard policy. Are they free and included? Whoisguard privacy protects your info on the internet. Namecheap offers free Whoisguard privacy for life.

3). Take note of the renewal fee

Normally we are tempted to pay for the first year alone. Domain can be sold for you at £.9 but what about the renewal fee? Will it be that amount? Will you be able to afford? Consider this also

4). Don’t use punctuations in between domain name

One major mistake you can make is having hypen (-) in between your domain name as in www.i-am-sirphren.com. Remember, if your visitors typed it without the hypen, it won’t give them their expected result.

5). Do not use difficult-to-pronounce and too long address or name.

Make sure your domain name is as short as possible. Having a too long name may be discouraging to your audience.
Apart from making it short, make it a name that is easy to pronounce. Using a name difficult to pronounce is out of it. As at the time of writing thus post, am unable to remember a domain name of a blog I came across months back. You know why? I can’t spell the name let alone pronounce it.

How To Buy A Domain Name

To buy your domain name after you might have considered some vital points, as I have pinpointed above, you will need your;

1). Email: Either Yahoo or Gmail
2). MasterCard or Visa card details or Paypal account. 
 
3). Home/Office address
Then, proceed to Namecheap choose and buy your domain name.
Common domain name mistakes

Common Domain name mistakes made by bloggers

From when I started my blogging journey till this moment, I have made some mistakes, especially with domain name and I have seen other bloggers make some.

Sometimes, what we don’t know, we don’t just know it.

Some of the common mistakes are;

1). Relying on free domains

I recently wrote on the benefits of custom domains on your blog. You may want to read here. Sitting on free domains e.g SirPhren.blogspot.com or sirphren.WordPress.com is not the best way to go.
Using free domains make people look at you as someone who is not serious about the blog and may not want to partner or advertise with you. Apart from this, if google or WordPress mistakenly delete your blog, you have lost all your articles.
When I started, I thought it was cool to have free domains, but Alas, it wasn’t.
Thinking about starting your blog, start with a custom domain.

2). Buying non .com extensions because they are cheap e.g .tk, .us, .online, .website, etc.

I made this mistake last year and have seen some of my friends do the same. If you are creating a blog for an organization, it is cool to use .org. The best extension you can use is .com. You know why? Because that is what people are used to!
You can even prevent others from buying them by buying and redirecting them to a single domain (if you have the means).
Bloggers to go for .us, .tk, .online because they are cheap and because a company is using the .com version of the domain. If the .com version of your domain is taken, rack your brain for a new one. Don’t forget sirphren.online is different from sirphren.com

The unfortunate thing sometimes is hoping to buy the .com extension later and find out that it has been taken! Like one of my friend did. He had to buy a different domain.

When you extend your domain to your country alone e.g .in, .uk, .ng etc, only people from your country will see your blog on search engine when you start ranking.

 
About .com.ng and .org.ng
Another mistake is buying this kind of domain because you see other popular blogs using it. Not knowing that they have the .com extension redirected to the .com.ng
If you are using .com.ng (the ng stands for Nigeria), check the .com version of your domain and see. Another person may decide to buy the .com version and start competing with you if it happens to be the same niche as you.
Remember, sirphren.com is different from sirphren.com.ng or .org.ng or .co.uk. You get what I mean? Good!

3). Paying for a year and hoping to renew in the subsequent years

Another mistake I made was paying for one year when I could have paid for 2-3years. A .com domain usually cost $10.98 on domain in the first year. Buying for two years will be roughly $22. Now that I have bought for just a year, renewal is $22 alone! Which could have covered the cost of two year’s domain.
When buying your domain name, have the renewal fee at the back of your mind.

4). Buying domain name very similar to competitor’s name

Just this year I saw this. Someone bought a domain 9jaloaded.com.ng. And I wondered how he would rank by competing with Naijaloaded.com.ng.
Before you jump at your domain, check out who your competitors are and the niches they are in.

5). Changing domain name often

The older your domain name, the higher your domain authority (if you do it right). Changing your domain name will do more arm than good. Assuming your DA is 30 before you change domain. You will have to start from zero again. Not only that, you will have to update your details on social media and even with your visitors.
I made this mistake, don’t make such. They are costly.

Conclusion

In this post I have tried to highlighted what domain name is, how to choose a domain and the common domain name mistakes made by blogger.
Your domain says a lot about your blog. Reduce the mistakes to minimal.
What other domain name mistakes do you think do you think bloggers make? Feel free to share with me.
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