Are you making mistakes newbie bloggers make? Maybe you’re just starting out with your travel blog or are you a veteran travel blogger who needs some reassurance (or a kick up the bum). The travel blogging world is constantly changing and mighty morphing. If you don’t keep up, you’re gonna get in trouble (sad but true…because I’m starting to get into hot water myself). There are plenty of blogging mistakes to avoid. Here’s 10 Mistakes Newbie Bloggers Make That You (And I) Need To Stop Now.
I feel I haven’t spoken to you truly…personally…seriously in the last 7 months. Teacake Travels became successful because I do what the hell I want, honestly pulling back the curtain on my mistakes, triumphs and experiences so that YOU can be empowered, inspired and determined to reach your full potential through travel.
Teacake Travels is not your usual bikini beach babe blog. This blog is covered in mud, sweat and tears to show the world that women freaking rock. I’ve been making the mistakes newbie bloggers make and not being the real me. No personal stories = no Teacake Travels. So why the hell haven’t I been doing what I’m good at?!
Takeaway: Show the real you. Your readers will respect you for it.
As a newbie blogger, you and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) are going to have to be friends. Not sure what SEO is? It’s about finding phrases and words that google users are searching for (and other competing travel blogs aren’t using so much!) so your blog turns up in Google’s results and readers come and visit you! I use Keysearch for SEO (20% off code KSDISC) and highly recommend it! It keeps me at the top of Google and in front of you. Check it out!
Without SEO, your blog will be left collecting dust. Bummer. Most importantly though, do not let SEO become your enemy. Yes, it’s good to be at the top of Google but you must still write about what you’re passionate about and what you love. ‘How To’ posts and Top 10 ‘lists’ do very well but there’s only so many you’ll be able to write before you start going bonkers.
Takeaway: You need SEO but don’t let it kill your creativity
When I started Teacake Travels, I wrote a blog post everyday. That’s pretty crazy looking back on it but a) I was obsessed and b) it did nothing but good for getting myself out there and for people to take notice. I don’t recommend going this bananas but don’t make mistakes newbie bloggers make by not having enough content. Make sure you have around 5 blog posts on your site before you start promoting yourself so readers can see what you’re about and can get to know you.
After that, whether you want to write once a week or three times a week, make sure you stick to a blog post schedule so your readers will continue to come back to your blog, expecting new content.
Takeaway: Choose the days you’re going to post and stick to it
Travel is freaking unpredictable, especially if you travel like me, going wherever the wind takes you. Renowned as a ‘Yes Woman’, if something comes up that is going to put me to the test, I’ll grab it by both horns and go. We have both just established that we NEED CONSISTENCY so what you gonna do when you need to keep up with your social media, emails and blog posts everyday but you’re stuck in a field somewhere? Plan Ahead! Here’s how…
Save yourself a ton of stress and headaches by having your social media and blog posts planned 2 weeks ahead. I use the following tools to keep up with it all.
Skyroam (10% off code TEACAKETRAVELS) saved my ass on the Mongol Rally when I was in my car driving for up to 18 hours a day with 4 other women across 21 countries. They provide 24/7 portable WiFi enabling you to stay online and on top of your blog. 100% necessary for adventure travel bloggers!
Social media is crazy. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat AND Pinterest?! That’s a lot to keep up with everyday! Here’s how I do it. I use Coschedule to schedule all my blog post promotions, Buffer and Revive Old Post to keep my twitter tweets stocked up and Tailwind to make sure my pins are ahead of the game.
Takeaway: Be organised by scheduling your posts and social media ahead
OK, you’ve got your scheduling tools and portable WiFi but you and I know that you’re currently busting your balls working on your travel blog. If you’re a solo traveller too, oh boy, running a one man ship is tough eh? I can sympathise! You’re working way too hard so for crying out loud, get someone and something to help you out! Don’t make the mistakes newbie bloggers make by burning yourself out too early.
Use Fiverr to get someone to take care of the technological stuff. Tweaking your blog design? Trying to get html in there? Want to optimise your pages and make your site speed super fast? You could spend hours trying to work it out or you could just ask an expert to take care of it for you from as little as $5. Sorted.
I also have a VA (virtual assistant) to do tasks for me that don’t personally need ME so that I can get on with writing awesome posts and responding to your messages personally.
Use Massplanner for growing your blog audience. Massplanner is fantastically insane for everything it can do for your blog. I use it everyday to grow my social media following, keep up to date with the latest Facebook groups, organise my work and be a travel blog boss. I can’t fit into this paragraph everything it does. Wonderfully ridiculous. Check it out!
Takeaway: Outsource everything you can
You have a newsletter right? If you don’t, set one up pronto matey! Newsletters are super awesome because when someone signs up to you they’re saying, ‘I like your blog enough to give you my personal inbox space’. That’s deep man. Especially in this day and age where we are all crazy busy. It means you can talk one on one with your readers and really get your message out. If you have signed up for my newsletter, thank you! If you haven’t, do it! I’ll give you travel tips, bargains and advice, all with a strong dose of girl power.
Takeaway: Set up a newsletter and use it!
Video and YouTube are king. If you’re presented with a choice between watching video or reading a blog, which one are you gonna go for? *Sad face* I’ve just started working on creating video content for YouTube but in the meantime you can catch me everyday on Snapchat!
Takeaway: If you’re not making video content, try and broaden your horizons
Every time I open my gmail I’m like ‘Oh holy hell!’ It can become overwhelming very quickly when people are emailing you with questions, business propositions and ideas. You need to get organised quick to keep on top of it all. Don’t make the mistakes newbie bloggers make by leaving it all there to pile up. I use the inbox zero technique and it helps tremendously. I also use templates to copy and paste essential information I don’t want to keep retyping. Saves a ton of time!
Takeaway: Learn how to get to inbox zero
There are a ton of travel blogs out there and like it is in most areas of life, it’s not what you know but who you know that will help you make your travel blog a success. Be 100% genuine, nice and helpful. Make friends with other travel bloggers out there who you admire. The travel blogging community are a lovely lot, willing to help each other and I’m always happy to help too.
Takeaway: Reach out to your peers and make friends with those you admire
Travel Blogging can be overwhelming. Mistakes newbie bloggers make are feeling stressed out by it all and quitting too early. Do you have no idea where to start, what to focus on, what to work on now and what to leave till later? I’ve spent endless hours trying to work it all out and wouldn’t wish it on you to do the same. I’ve found the Travel Blog Monetization Course to be the best step-by-step guide on how to take your blog from zero to hero and it has saved me a ton of time. Check it out to be the most productive you can be.
Takeaway: Take things in bite-sized chunks and get advice from the experts
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Wishing you all the best with your travel blogging and getting on the right track, never to make these mistakes newbie bloggers make ever again!