We all have so I know you’re saying me me me…
Some of it was probably pretty good but I’m sure a good bit of it wasn’t and we didn’t learn until much later just how bad it really was.
I know that’s the problem I encountered when I started. The advice I was given was little bits here and there and the purpose of that was so that I would apply what I was told, see that it was helpful and then want more advice.
That’s when they got me…they wanted me to purchase their product so I could learn more. Unfortunately for me I got more bits and pieces and never the whole enchilada.
You know though, I don’t think I’ve seen any site, any blog or any program tell me everything I needed to know. Oh I don’t doubt they’re out there now but they sure weren’t when I started.
Worst Blogging Advice Ever
Let’s see if I can cover some of the main ones that I think are just the absolute worst advice I’ve ever received.
- Blogging is easy, even your Mom can do it
- Write about anything, it doesn’t matter what it is
- Don’t worry about the design, it’s the content that’s important
- You don’t need any plugins, who told you that
- If you need images just grab them from Google, they’re free
- Write between 250 to 500 word posts and you’ll be fine
- You have to blog everyday in order to get traffic
- Put some ads on your blog and you’ll be making money in no time at all
- Build the links and you’ll rank great in Google
- You can get away with using cheap hosting, it’s no big deal
So that’s the worst advice I’ve ever personally received but trust me, there is SO much more. I’m sure you’ve got plenty of horror stories to share with me too.
What Tops The List
What I might think tops the list you might not so as bloggers it’s really hard to say. I’ve received so much crappy advice over the years that’s for sure.
I think I have to say though that the worst for me would be that blogging is easy. Although the art of writing posts is what most people think of when they think of blogging, we all know there is so much more to blogging then just that.
For someone that doesn’t look at themselves as a writer then blogging isn’t really that easy. It takes time to build up that confidence that people will enjoy what we write but with time I do believe we all can get to that place.
It’s a craft that can be learned, trust me.
Had I known though all the things that it took to keep our blogs running smoothly I probably wouldn’t be here now. Maybe that’s a good thing though.
Blogging Is NOT Easy
If you’ve been following me for any length of time then you know some of the nightmares I’ve encountered along the way.
Let’s talk about some of the things I wasn’t taught before venturing into blogging:
- How to set your blog up properly, the things that are needed to make things run smoothly
- Your images need to be compressed to help with load time
- Never ever use admin as your username and an easy to remember password
- When you delete your plugins from your blog they remain on your database so beware
- Secure your blog to the best of your ability to slow down hackers
- Code your theme when possible, plugins can cause serious nightmares
- Never upgrade WordPress instantly, give them time to find the kinks
- Invest in a paid theme and some paid plugins, the support is SO worth it
- Do blog maintenance regularly, it will save you headaches down the road
- If you love your blog then beware of who you link to
- Cheap hosting is an accident waiting to happen
- Always, always, always back up your blog
I dove into blogging and had to learn all of this the hard way. I’ve spent entire weekends resizing my images and cleaning up broken links. I almost had my hosting account suspended because my database was too large due to all those plugins that were never deleted that I no longer used.
I’ve had plugins that stopped working that I thought were backing up my blog.
Should You Blog
Although I’ve received some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard and I’ve got quite the list of bad things that I’ve encountered, I’m still here. This month I’ll be celebrating five years. In all honesty I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.
Blogging has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many fabulous people, I’ve built some awesome relationships with some of the most amazing people and it’s helped me with building my business so I can work at home.
It’s been hard but it’s been worth it. If you can believe this, this is actually my 560th post today. Of course last year I deleted 42 posts when I did my spring cleaning so I’m not counting them anymore.
If you’re new to blogging and some of what I shared here freaks you out, don’t be. If you believe you’re here for a purpose and you’re using your blog to make those important connections with those that you know want what you have to offer then don’t you dare throw in the towel. Not just yet because I’m always here to lend a helping hand.
Your Horror Stories
I don’t dwell on the bad things that have happened to me when it comes to blogging. We’ve all received some pretty crappy advice over the years. It’s just going to happen I’m afraid.
What’s the worst blogging advice you’ve ever received? Care to share? Love to hear how some people have steered you wrong.
I always appreciate it when you share my posts too. I’d love to meet someone who hasn’t gotten bad advice. Oh wait, I bet they don’t exit! LOL!!!
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