This is a guest contribution from Gary Newell.
I started blogging almost two years ago and since then, my blog has grown considerably.
I have learned a lot in a relatively short period of time and I want to share five of my biggest mistakes so you can avoid falling into the same traps.
1. I didn’t link to my own articles
For well over a year, I would write articles and post them on various news sites and social media networks.
This isn’t a bad thing to do but I never linked to other articles I’d written so people bounced off my website very quickly.
For a while I couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t click on the menus at the top or click on the links in the “most popular posts” section in the side bar of my blog.
The truth is people clicked on my article in the first place because they may have been mildly interested in the title. I needed to give them a reason to stick around. And so do you.
It is up to you to sell your blog posts with great titles but then you need to try and sell other blog posts on your site. By not linking to your own articles you are just giving readers an excuse to leave.
2. I sold an outbound link to another site
There are various ways to make money from blogging but selling outbound links is not one of them.
There are a huge number of sites that provide lists of how to make money from your blog and some of them suggest selling links. I think this is bad advice.
Selling links is a sure fire way of annoying Google so selling one link for $10 isn’t worth plummeting to the bottom of Google’s rankings.
Another danger I discovered when I sold outbound links is other sites selling the same link, reducing the value of the link. I also realised the site I was linking to had a dozen pages of bad reviews. I quickly retracted the link and refunded the purchaser!
3. I spammed social networks with links
If you read the get-hits-quick guides for getting visitors to your blog, they will often say that you should embrace the social networks. I posted all my blog posts on social media before I realised the “trick”.
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