5 Blogging Errors Guaranteed to Torpedo Your Campaign

  January 18, 2022 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 7 minutes read
Howler monkey, Mombacho, Nicaragua

Mombacho, Nicaragua


Succeeding usually involves spotting and correcting errors with your blogging campaign.


Spotting errors seems difficult because the ego creates blind spots.


I want to help you identify your blind spots in order to spot blogging mistakes and to make the appropriate corrections.


For example, I fell prey to the common error of publishing thin content. The ego tricked me into believing good content makes for a successful blogging campaign. However, being honest with myself revealed 1000’s of thin posts did not advance my blogging success in genuine fashion. Perhaps I did a good job publishing helpful content. But I rarely did a great job publishing highly in-depth, detailed content.


I spent the prior 3 days deleting 1000’s of thin blog posts on Blogging From Paradise to:


  • unearth my blind spot
  • stop holding my greater blogging success back (I effectively torpedoed my chance to be a high profile blogger by making this mistake)
  • correct my error
  • get clear on my blogging campaign


Own any of these blogging mistakes. Feel the ego sting. Follow the corrections. Thrive.


1: Blogging Mainly for Money and/or Popularity


Blogging mainly for money or popularity seems to be the most common blogging error. Chasing outcomes puts your energy in the wrong place. Focus on the process to succeed. Focus on outcomes to fail.


Obsessing over money or popularity ties you to the outcomes that only come about after you create and connect generously for a long time. What happens if you create and connect for a few days? Nothing happens. Being skilled, credible and seen enough to go pro requires years of blogging work.


Most bloggers quit because they lose motivation. Bloggers lose motivation because they do not see the money or fame necessary to motivate them.


Focus on having fun creating and connecting through your blog. Concentrate on enjoying the process. See outcomes like money and fame as being like extras. Whether you make money or not you will still keep blogging because the work is the reward. Money feels like a bonus; without it, you worry not.


Pay close attention to top pros. I recall a top blogger who freely professed he would still be blogging 15 years into his career if he had not made a penny. That is passion! How many bloggers can make the same claim?


I learned this lesson the hard way. Struggling for years finally clued me in to the fact that I chased profits too closely. I had not focused enough on having fun creating and connecting. More importantly, I lacked the generosity, patience and persistence necessary to thrive.


Eventually I learned my blogging lesson.


Take care of people through your blogging campaign. People take care of you by prospering you and by making you popular. However, the profits and popularity never arrive overnight. Good things take time and generous service.


2: Not Sharing Your Life Story


Bloggers often shy away from sharing their life story.


Being transparent with your personal experiences starves your blogging campaign of the one fact that makes you stand out from all other bloggers: you.


No blogger needs to share personal stories with their communities. But being open tends to form strong bonds with your readers.


People relate to humans. Sharing your experiences can make you appear to be more human to your community.


I pepper both my travel and blogging experiences into my work to allow me to stand out from the blogging crowd.


Be open. Share your personal experiences. Give readers the opportunity to bond more deeply with you. Grow your community. Bond with your readers.


Some bloggers prefer to blog from a 3rd person perspective but others simply fear sharing their personal stories from a self-conscious energy. Others fear being criticized or judged for being open.


Share your personal experiences. Stand out in a world of bloggers who fear being open.


3: Not Sharing Your Blogging Failures


As a rule, most bloggers deeply fear being vulnerable. Some fear being labeled a fraud. Other bloggers fear losing readers for appearing to be a failure.


Not sharing your failures tends to make you less credible. Every human fails. People who hide failures by only listing their successes lie to you. Covering up failure damages your credibility.


I feel relatively clear on my blog because I publish my failures, faults, mistakes and struggles. How could I sleep well at night if I only shared my smiling selfies from all over the world? People need to know the whole story. Talk about how you screwed up. Discuss your struggles. Share your dreams. Stress losses and wins. Be honest in listing your mistakes and victories.


Pedasi, Panama


Talk about your blogging obstacles. Walk readers through the process of identifying and solving blogging obstacles. Give readers a clear picture of what to expect on their blogging journey.


For example, I am currently deleting 1000’s of blog posts from Blogging From Paradise. I struggled to drive a high volume of high quality, targeted traffic for years because I did not exclusively publish detailed, in-depth content.


Owning my error goaded me to mass delete blog posts. Deleting 1000’s of posts felt good to me. I feel clearer already.


Sharing this failure with you helps you to relate to me. Honest bloggers feel trustworthy. People who share their mistakes tend to gain trust more seamlessly than folks who try to hide their failures.


4: Attempting to Master too Many Marketing Methods Simultaneously


I currently focus on social media networking, blog commenting and guest blogging to market my blog.


But I had to spend years learning, practicing and polishing each skill in order to balance 3 different marketing methods simultaneously.


Bloggers err in trying to master 2, 3 or even 5 marketing methods at the same time. How can you do 5 things well if other bloggers focus on doing 1 thing well to rock it out? Pros master 1 marketing channel at a time. On becoming highly skilled through that single method, pros move on to the next marketing method.


Avoid attempting to become a jack-of-all-trades type of blogging marketer. Guest blogging and blog commenting simultaneously and effectively may be possible but mastering each at the same time IS impossible. Give most attention and energy to mastering one marketing tactic over a 3-6 month stretch. Slowly and steadily add marketing channels to optimize your blogging campaign.


Focus your attention and energy because where your focus goes, grows. Concentrate to access genuine power. Learn the in’s and out’s of guest blogging. Develop the skills of building friendships. Write diligently to become clear and confident. Observe various writing voices published by bloggers from your niche. Gradually, blogging buddies will invite you to guest post on their blogs.


Seize these guest blogging opportunities. Write and place detailed, in-depth blog posts. Master guest blogging. Move on to the next marketing method.


Market your blog effectively by patiently mastering marketing channels.


Far and away, SEO-optimizing posts to market your blog through Google seems to be the most dependable form of quality, targeted blog traffic. But driving steady Google traffic demands immense blogging patience, dogged blogging persistence and a general level of generosity rare in the blogging niche.


Beware of blogging error #1 noted above. Bloggers hungry to make money and be popular skip necessary steps to drive Google traffic for a general impatience bleeding through their blogging campaign. An obvious self-fulfilling prophecy follows; you rush the blogging process because you fear not making enough money or being popular enough, skipping all necessary steps to be successful in the process. If you skip the steps to become a successful blogger you fail again and again.


Slow down. Calm down. Become proficient in a few marketing disciplines. Let go everything else. Master a channel or two to thrive as a blogger.


5: Not Spending 5-10 Minutes Thinking through Blog Post Titles


One of my most damaging blogging errors involved rushing the blog post title selection process.


I spent hours writing a detailed blog post but seconds picking the title that potential readers would scan in a split second.


Fellow bloggers make the same error.


Imagine spending 3 hours writing a blog post masterpiece that nobody sees because you spend 5 seconds picking a mediocre or outright terrible blog post title?




Give at least 5-10 minutes to think through blog post titles. Spend time crafting enticing titles. Pick attractive titles. Use numbers to add order to reader minds. Select colorful adjectives and power verbs to appeal to the imagination of your readers.


Scan popular topics in your blogging niche. Why would you stray from what works? Do not intend to copy titles outright but use what works. More importantly, stop using what does not seem to work.


Dwell deeply on the time element of this blogging mistake. Spend at least 5 minutes to pick an eye-catching, clear, click-goading title because you only have a split second to make an impression via the title. Get the click first; then readers can actually see and enjoy your in-depth, detailed blog post content.


Video: How to Choose Traffic Driving Blog Post Titles




Spot and correct each of these common blogging errors. Not IDing these blogging boo boo’s torpedoes your blogging campaign because if you ignore making mistakes you destroy the foundation of your online career.


Blogging successfully is not as hard as you think. But identifying and correcting mistakes sometimes feels uncomfortable to the ego.


Sit with the ego sting as you say to yourself, “Yep; I am making this blogging mistake.”


Own the error. Be with your struggles. Get your head out of the blogging sand.


Correct the errors.


Leave blogging struggles if your rear view window to thrive online.


Your Turn


Have you made any of these blogging mistakes? Or did you discover that you are making these mistakes after reading this blog post?


How did you correct these errors?


What blogging errors can you add to this list?

  1. Marc says:
    at 10:06 am

    Thanks for the link and the mention. Like you, I ignored the need to build an email list for several years, and it was one of my biggest mistakes. One of the things I love about list building is that it is an asset that will keep growing with time, as long as you are actively mailing the list and providing subscribers with something they care about. You may not get instant results, but if you stick with it you will get some great results with a little bit of time.

  2. Nirmala says:
    at 10:54 am

    Hi Ryan,

    You have nailed the topic. I agree with the blogging mistakes that you’ve listed here and your lessons for them are priceless.

    I still do some blogging mistakes like not building the email list, not writing long, meaningful comments on authority blogs and not spending time to go through my old posts.

    I’ll correct these faults as they are due to my time limitations. I feel good that I got an opportunity to learn some helpful lessons through your blog post.

    I always read your effective suggestions. I hope that you and Keli are doing good, thanks for contributing this great post for us.

    Have a good day today!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:13 pm

      List building was almost like my enemy Nirmala. I too had those limits in mind and didn’t think I could do it. Since I started building one I’ve reaped some super awesome benefits. Thanks so much for reading, commenting AND for sharing this on Facebook!

  3. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 1:13 pm

    Ryan, wow, this had to be your best post! I have stuck to one topic after reading one of your ebooks but now I must write longer posts and promote the hell out of them. I’ve always been afraid to over promote my own stuff.
    I preach the 80/20 rule but probably practice the 95/5 rule.
    I’ve just gotten back to commenting on others posts but only if they are really good or relevant. I can’t comment just for the sake of it (lifes too short).
    Thanks for all the great tips and for sharing how and why you do what you do. Love the pics and images too, love nature stuff.
    Enjoy your time there Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:12 pm

      I have definitely been there Lisa. I barely promoted my stuff in the past and even when I did, I limited myself to a few networks. Lesson learned on that front. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

  4. Adam says:
    at 1:22 pm

    Hey Ryan, this is a monster of a post & thanks so much for the mention!

    I know we talked about this recently, but you are right on the money with writing long form content.

    For certain niches, and certain audiences, long form isn’t always the way to go but when you want to stand out and provide in depth resources for your readers – it’s the best way to go.

    Like you mentioned, the key is to take your foot off the content publishing pedal and put plenty of time into the promotion side of things.

    Once we do this, we can grow our audience faster and help more people with our content.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:11 pm

      You were one of the inspirations for the long form approach Adam. I had success with it in the past, then when I opened Triberr I saw your long posts getting so much love. Well done, and thanks so much.

  5. Leigh Shulman says:
    at 2:30 pm

    I’ve made many of them and quite often. In part, I think, because I do too many things, and I just haven’t sat down to make a clear plan with my blogging. That, however, is on my to-do list.

    First, though, I’m running a writing retreat in Costa Rica. And also applying for a writing fellowship.

    So you can see how I keep putting it of. But… it’s time. πŸ™‚ I will finally, finally stop mucking about with my blog and get things going.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:10 pm

      Leigh, that sounds awesome. Where in CR? Kelli and I may head there next. Let me know; maybe we can meet up.

  6. Enstine Muki says:
    at 5:57 pm

    My two hands are up!

    Yes, I’m guilty too and I feel very stupid right now.

    You know Ryan, the only way to figure the error in what you are doing is to discover the right way to do it. Once you change your method, do something differently and get better results, that simply tells you you were wrong doing it the other way.

    I think sharing your practical experiences and results attest to the fact that you found the errors and changed your paradigm.

    I can only say thanks for sharing with us where you failed and where you are currently achieving success.

    Good to copy good method rights? So I’m a copy-blogger right now πŸ˜‰

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:21 am

      Enstine you know I have been there my friend and yep, that is the PERFECT way to put it. Thanks so much for commenting.

  7. Tom Watts says:
    at 11:50 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Awesome post. I agree totally with all of those points – the main one being about promoting in 60 places instead of 10. I feel like that’s where I’m lacking right now! I’d love to write you a guest post length comment, but it’s late where I am and I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep before I get to the punchline. Thanks for the tips, keep em coming!


      • Tom Watts says:
        at 10:14 am

        Thanks for getting back to me, Ryan. I had an okay sleep thank and a little more time to think your article through!

        I have 2 questions;

        1. You say that one of your mistakes was to not post in 60 places (as I already referenced) but then later on you said that you focused on too mastering too many methods at once. Can you clarify if you just meant to focus on building a following in one place at a time then once it’s sufficient move on to the next one? Or did you mean something else by this?

        2. I know you referenced Donna in the part about guest post sized comments – but could you show me an example of one of your own comments? What do you write about? Do you write a similar post to what they’re writing and try to steal the limelight, or do you just reference their points and give them props?

        I think that’s it – sorry for the long comment and questions πŸ™‚


      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 2:54 pm

        Ah that’s great Tom.

        1: Spend maybe 90% of your time working 1-2 channels. For me, that’s twitter and blog commenting. Then, spend like 10% of your time promoting your latest blog posts on sites like Inbound.org, BizSugar, Viral Content Buzz, and say, 30 G Plus Groups and 20 FB Groups. You can do that 10% of the time stuff quickly and easily over the course of the week, and you’ll be on a bunch of other spots to expand your reach.

        2: Perfect timing πŸ˜‰ I just wrote this comment on Pos Pos. This is a fab example.

        Just click this link and scroll down to see my comment:


        No worries, keep those comments coming and thanks so much for chatting.

      • Tom Watts says:
        at 11:08 pm

        Hey Ryan, I wrote a long comment for you earlier in response – but it was on my phone and it went weird and not sure if it actually posted…

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 10:17 am

        Yep, pretty sure it was posted Tom. Did you ask me 2 questions?

  8. Jeannette says:
    at 11:59 pm

    THIS is really good, Ryan! Enjoyed every “mistake” and am finding myself inspired to check my word count. lol

    And it was your practice of this: “Writing Guest Post Sized Comments” that brought me here, so yay for that! πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:34 am

      Jeannette I saw those page views on your posts; you are doing JUST FINE lol. Thanks so much for commenting.

  9. Gilbert says:
    at 7:34 am

    That is why I prefer reading a blog based on actual experience. If you have been blogging for a while, you may have read those several posts saying that to be successful in blogging, you must post regularly. Set a posting schedule be it once a week or once a month and once you chose a posting frequency, stick with it. I will refrain from committing that same mistake. From now on, I will only post when I have something to say of value to my readers.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:33 am

      Gilbert I am with you. Getting the 411 on real experiences makes all the difference to me. Thanks much.

  10. Eyal Katz says:
    at 9:16 am

    I definetely understand why these were mistakes for you but I think that though they are not individual mistakes I do think that they are specific to the stage that your blog is in.

    I’ll elaborate, I think we can agree that at this point your blog is successful. For bloggers who are in the early stages of blog writing your mistakes could be their triumphs. When your domain has virtually no quality content out there for Google to grab on to you haven’t got a chance in hell.

    For bloggers at this stage, I have seen it be more beneficial to write more posts than to write very in-depth, best in topic type posts. If you run a one man show and have virtually no traffic then it’s first quantity then quality. Once you reach your milestone you can start to turn this on its head.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:32 am

      Really good point Eyal. Think of it this way though; when you string say, 5 short blog posts together, into 1 pillar style post, you’ll no longer be a beginner πŸ˜‰ It takes some clarity to do it, but getting through this beginner’s mental block – or veteran mental block too – will help you leap frog so many blogging stages, it’s not even funny. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Kim Willis says:
    at 10:42 am

    Hi Ryan

    Yeah, I’ve made all of these mistakes, and to be truthful I’m still making many of them.

    But I’ve kicked the ‘small post’ habit, forever. My last post was near 3,000 words.

    I know I am not properly promoting my posts. Heck I even forgot to promote my latest post on Facebook, for God’s sake.

    But I am into the blog commenting routine, thanks in no small part to you. And yes, it does work!

    The big standout for me from this post is the point to do with straying off topic. I plead guilty governor! The fact is that my original blog site was like a dog’s breakfast – a mess. A self indulgent free for all.

    Fortunately my new blog has a much tighter focus.

    Thanks Ryan – you rock!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:51 pm

      I’ve seen that with your new blog Kim; awesome. Laser like focus over there which is great. Thank you so much.

  12. Donna Merrill says:
    at 1:54 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Epoch post my friend, and oh so true! Following these leads you have given us will lead us to success. I think the most important topic here to me is build that list! I know I know…we hear it all the time, but it is not a matter of sending your next blog post to your list, it is more than that.

    It is an art form! Those folks that have kindly signed up for your list have to get the most attention of anyone you communicate with. “If I knew then what I know now” lol. At first I was just posting my blog posts…”Lucky you …you can read my blog first..” Big Deal!

    Instead, our list needs to be nurtured, communicated with…giving out more information to them than we ever would on our blogs. And then Whamo…we can give them an offer. Something deemed great because you yourself use it and had success, and your list may too. Just follow that 80/20 rule and its a win win for everyone.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:50 pm

      Donna that’s such a fabulous point on listing building. I have been doing that as well, although this week I just did my post and a free eBook giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Sherman Smith says:
    at 6:31 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    I think it’s good to know for all of us that successful bloggers like yourself are human. Sometimes your readers forget that. But we know that a smarter blogger writes content that their audience can relate to.

    You have brought on some blogging memories that I’ve learned from.. I made the mistake of not putting in effort to build my email list to trying 30 different social platforms out to falling off topic. And no none of this got me anywhere.

    I think the worst was not having clarity and not fixing the blogging mistakes in a timely matter. I had big goals for my blog. I mean big generic goals that had me overlooking and analizung the current little problems that was holding me back. Sometimes when we become so focus on money we tend to ignore what’s more important which can help us attract money.

    But it’s great that you turned things around for yourself. Yes we all still make mistakes but at least we know how important it is to focus and learn ftom them so that we can keep moving forward.

    Thanks for the share Ryan! Have a good one !

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:18 am

      I was in the same boat Sherman. I feel that I made a big shift 4 weeks ago when I published once every 7 to 14 days. Now I think thru each blog post to make sure I’m on blogging tips topic. Thanks so much for the awesome comment.

  14. Tom Watts says:
    at 10:59 am

    Hey Ryan, it’s not letting me reply to the old comments – maybe it’s being marked as spam on your back end? Anyway, it seems easier to start a new comment thread at this point. In response to your last reply:

    Nope there was one after that… I’ll attempt to write it out again;

    1. That’s very helpful, my 90% right now is Twitter, Triberr and blog commenting – the first 2 I have covered but I think I can definitely improve on the commenting part. My 10% is maybe 10 other platforms, so I’m going to focus on expanding that too – thank you.

    2. I checked your comment and understand what you mean now. In fact, at first when I clicked the link you gave me, I thought you’d sent me the wrong one. I scrolled all the way to the comments to see yours and couldn’t, so I thought “maybe it’s still in moderation”. So I decided the read the article anyway while I was there, and by the time I got to the end I realized I had completely skipped over your comment because I thought it was part of the article! It was the “load more” button that did it, I thought that was for the article, but when I thought about it afterwards that didn’t really make sense.

    When you comment do you ever link to your articles in the actual comment? Or do you just use the link tied to your name in the comment options? And if you do, do you just use your homepage URL or do you change it up?

    That’s pretty much the gist of what I wrote – hopefully it posts this time!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:12 pm

      Oh OK, here we are. I stay away from dropping links in the comments itself since most bloggers see this as spam. I’d just share my thoughts and if the comment is good, and thorough, folks will click through on your name. Thanks much for sharing the awesome comment Tom.

  15. Tom Southern says:
    at 12:09 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    This post resonates so much with me. I can empathise with your story. My first 3 blogs failed and I’m not ashamed any more to be open about this and write about it on my blog. Because people like to hear that it’s not all roses and fluffy kittens when trying to make your blog work.

    My failure came from 2 main mistakes: Believing the hype about making online
    being simply a case of picking the money-making keywords and optimising my content and giving up too quickly when this hype turned into no-traffic reality.

    I’ve learned that it’s more about building relationships. This isn’t hype. It really
    works – as your wonderful and generous #FF endorsement of me on Twitter today proves. Thanks so much for that. It was a lovely surprise.

    It all comes to being real, getting used to succeeding and reaching out to people
    who want to know, do or have what you know, do or have and showing them the steps to get it.

    My 4th blog is growing successfully because I’ve found my audience. They’re others who find getting traffic a frustrating struggle.

    A big lesson I’m learning that’s helping this success is to ask questions (or raise them in people’s minds as they read your content), keep asking and use the answers to help the individuals answering and to write content for all the others who were afraid to ask. That’s one way to grow your blog successfully.

    You’re a great example. I love your photos, btw, they’re a nice touch.

    Thanks for taking time to write this epic post, Ryan. Cheers!

    – Tom

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:11 pm

      Tom you’re doing wonderfully now. So many of us have taken the long journey, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the epic comment.

  16. Kari says:
    at 4:16 pm

    I’ve made a ton of mistakes – and still do. The email list thingy has been my biggest mistake so far. I thought I didn’t have a lot of time to work with a list, so I didn’t focus my attention on it too much. But as I watched contests in various niches I belong to, I realized that the people with lists were the ones pulling in the most money. And, when I got turned down by a company I really wanted to be an affiliate for, simply because my list was not big enough, I made the decision to really throw some energy towards it from now on.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:07 pm

      Kari I hear you. I resisted list building until I saw how quickly and easily I could get traffic and sales by building that list. Wake up call, big time.

  17. bukge says:
    at 3:24 am

    Hi Ryan,
    I am new in blogging there for the experience you shared will be very useful for me i am very thankful to you for sharing such a informative article there are lots of new comers who will get benefit from this wonderful article,You are doing a fabulous job keep it up.

  18. James McAllister says:
    at 6:25 am

    Hey Ryan! It’s been a while, how you been?

    #9 really resonated me because it was an issue I went through myself for a long while. I had thought that if I did everything, than surely I’d see the results I was looking for. Unfortunately that meant I never really focused the time and effort to make any one method work well for me – I was mediocre at all of them.

    I’ve been focusing a lot of effort on pay-per-click advertising and while it’s working well for me right now, there is still a lot of room for improvement as always. Looking forward to utilizing YouTube a bit more as well…

    Anyway it’s good to be talking to you here again and always, an enjoyable read! Thanks Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:31 am

      Hey James it’s great to see you again. You’re always shifting, changing, assessing, which is why you’re so successful online. Have a fab weekend.

  19. Brent Jones says:
    at 11:55 pm

    What an amazing post, Ryan!

    “In truth, being defecated upon by the world’s loudest land animal would have been a feather in my Blogging from Paradise cap.”

    ^ That line towards the start made me laugh out loud.

    I liked your point about not blogging just for profit. Too many people do that… create a blog to pursue overnight fame and fortune.

    And it just doesn’t work.

    It takes time (and authenticity) to build trust.

    I just subscribed to you on YouTube because I want to see more howler monkey videos… LOL

    Oh, and Just a heads up that I’ll be on the road until the second week of November — wanted to let you know, so if you don’t see me poking around your blog as often as usual, you’ll know why. Thanks a ton!


  20. Ravi Chahar says:
    at 1:09 am

    Hey Ryan,

    We are humans and make mistakes. But, the point is, are we repeating them again and again?

    In the field of blogging, every blogger has experienced some ups and downs. All do mistakes.

    I have done many mistakes mentioned above. Not writing consistently is the worst case.

    Not sharing others content is a major blogging mistake. Blog commenting is the best activity for a blogger to spread his/her love. But some bloggers don’t take it seriously and fail in blogging.

    Email marketing is necessary. If you want to keep your readers up-to-date then it’s important to send them the reminders.

    All the blogging mistakes you have mentioned are worth to think about.
    I am sure it will help many bloggers.

    Thanks for this great article.
    Have a good day.

  21. Don Purdum says:
    at 1:49 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I really appreciate your transparency and openness. Who among us has not experienced at least on thing you talked about in this post?

    This is why the message is so important and developing that message is vital because it’s the message that dictates the strategies and goals and keeps us focused on the main objectives.

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that just don’t matter and ultimately become distractions.

    Keep up the great work my friend!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:13 pm

      Don, you got it buddy. Being open, honest and truthful with self is the way to make our blogging lives easier. Thanks so much.

  22. Fabrizio Van Marciano says:
    at 4:32 pm

    Hey Ryan I really enjoyed reading this one buddy, I can definitely vibe with your first mistake, that’s something I continuously seem to do at times, when my mind begins to roll off to “I must write more content”, instead of trying to promote the life out of each post, get the social shares, comments, mentions, links etc.

    I have to say though, I’ve grown a bit lazy whilst growing old gracefully, it’s so easy to sit back and think “ah the heck with it, I’ve written a post if people find it then that’s great”. I’m trying to shake that off right now and get back in the saddle of effective blog post promotion.

    Glad to hear you’re building that email list aggressively now, I continuously hear people saying they’ve not yet started doing the list thing, but it’s pretty darn important right?

    Anyway, great post, thanks for being transparent and sharing your mistakes with us, I think that’s something I need to do before the year is out, just layout all the balls-up mistakes I’ve made over the last 12 months, what a list that would be ha ha.

    Take it easy my friend, thanks for inspiring πŸ™‚ – Fabrizio.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:24 am

      Laying out the unclear stuff is that first key step Fabrizio. You’re doing awesome from what I’ve seen πŸ˜‰

  23. Nicholas Scalice says:
    at 11:17 am

    This post really hits home. Great detail, especially with what not to do. I agree with everything you’re saying, especially with specialization and not straying off topic. This is what I’ve struggled with the most with my blog. It started as “business tips,” then morphed into “everything marketing,” and finally, I’m settled on “inbound marketing tools and tech.” I’d say, whenever possible, try to be uber-specific. Yes, your audience might be smaller, but you’ll be able to build more than an audience, you’ll build a loyal tribe. Great job dude.

  24. Adrienne says:
    at 12:01 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    I think we just have to make mistakes or we can’t appreciate where we are. Life is a journey and so is blogging.

    I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made too and I also know that I don’t do some things as aggressively as I should but I also know I’m in the right place at the right time and I’m SO appreciative of everything that I have and where I am today.

    I have my friends to thank for that too and that is my blogging community because I do feel a bond with them all. I also appreciate the heck out of you. We met a good while ago but I also saw something in you that I wasn’t quite ready to just toss aside. It didn’t matter that I didn’t care for your opportunity, I could tell you were a great guy trying to find your way too. I’m glad you stuck with it because you’re where you need to be now.

    Thank you for your honesty in sharing the lessons you’ve learned. I know that so many others will read your post and have some aha moments too. We have to keep on moving forward and learn as we go. We can only hope it’s all good but at times it’s not.

    Have a fabulous week Ryan.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:18 pm

      Adrienne it’s always my pleasure. I too thank you and all of my buddies for getting me on the blogging straight and narrow. Have a fab weekend.

  25. Jasper Oldersom says:
    at 6:19 am

    Hi Ryan,

    We all make errors and like you know, we constantly have to re-adjust.

    I think Brian Dean from Backlinko sends out 200 emails to influencers for every post he writes. He has below 40 pieces of content on his blog, yet he is THE linkbuild guy out there. Promoting is vital, excellent advice πŸ™‚

    Fresh content is very important however, right now i’m on the side of the scale where i’d better ramp it up.

    I keep my topic limited to copywriting for the moment, because I decided that’s where my focus will be. It allows me to grow as a copywriter and will prevent me from spreading myself too thin.

    When Donna leaves a comment on your blog it sure is a treat πŸ™‚ having blogging friends makes all the difference. Even it takes a little while for you to reciprocate, they will surely appreciate it if you do the same for them.

    My blog posts usually don’t get shorter than 1000 words, but I try to keep them a bit comprehensive and leave them with a lesson. I’ll have to play around with 3000+ words though, it might work really well.

    I totally love your books Ryan and i’m sure I will be buying and reading more to come πŸ™‚ At $0.99 they are a steal, my favorite book so far was your blog commenting book, it truly inspired me to take action.

    Telling your own story can be so powerful, you know it and I know it. The most impactful post I read so far was on Adrienne’s blog. Lorraine shared her story and look at all the doors it opened for her. Not to forget, by sharing she and saved someone’s life…

    I’m still failing hard every single day in all sorts of aspects. Sometimes it’s mental game, other times I just put time in the wrong activites. Heck, sometimes I leave blog comments when I feel like I should be writing for my own blog (yep, I need to finish my blog post on power words tonight).

    Happy to be one of your 21 visitors for today πŸ˜‰ (duh, kidding).

    Seems like nothing wrong with that agency…I mean, they created the most excellent website! (again, kidding…there are way too many of half-assed “SEO” agencies out there). I’m trying hard not to depend on Google nowadays.

    Taking ample time to create killer blog titles will surely pay back, another excellent nugget of advice right there. I usually write a title before I start my post but end up changing them a couple of times until I publish them.

    True Ryan, count your victories and your blessings. It’s so easy to take it for granted.

    Your last one cuts me a little, because I told myself I would write a good quality post at least 2x a month and I want to ultimately move to 3 or 4 times a month. Yet, my last one has been almost a month away and i’m the only one to blame. I like it when it cuts a little though…pain is an excellent driver for me.

    BOOM. This was a very enjoyable read and I learned a lot from you yet again.

    – Jasper

    p.s. Thank you so much for your comment and the retweet on my article! Also, I just wanted to let you know the link to Andrew Warner goes to your homepage now.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:49 pm

      Jasper what a comment!!! Thanks so much man and Brian is a fab example in this regard. Noted and changed, thanks for the heads up.

  26. Kabie says:
    at 11:33 am

    Hello Ryan,

    You are one of the few bloggers I for instance knew who was channeling out more than 10 articles per day with your true conscience blog. I have followed you for quite sometime and obviously any advice coming from your end ought to be taken really serious.

    I have learnt my lessons after carefully reading this lovely post of yours. One thing which has obviously ‘killed’ many is the love of money.

    Learning from the mistakes of others is the way to go because we might not live long enough to make all those mistakes ourselves.

    Thanks and please do have a great day.

  27. Chris Hufnagel says:
    at 5:25 pm

    Biggest takeaway, I really need to spend more time promoting my content. I am extremely guilty of the make a post, tweet about it, leave a few comments and move on to the next one.

    With my sites reboot I have made it a goal to spend more time promoting than creating. What is the point of creating all this epic #$*% if no one sees it?

    Great post!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:52 am

      Chris man, I hear you. Let me know how that freely promoting campaign shakes out for you. Thanks much dude. Ryan

  28. Julia Reed says:
    at 4:39 am

    Awesome post, it’s a ‘must-read’ for newbies. Have to admit, I did almost all of these blogging mistakes when I started blogging. But I think we all learn from our mistakes, right?:)

  29. Mark says:
    at 10:15 am

    Wow Ryan!

    What a completely over the top and top rank educational post
    my friend!

    This post could easily and probably should be an entire mini

    You’re referring to them as your 12 extremely critical blogging mistakes, while I prefer to refer to them as the 12 ways to really succeed as a bonafide super blogger!LOL!

    This post is jammed packed with nothing but, real world know how!

    The kin that can only come from being in the trenches and constantly getting your uniform extremely dirty!LOL!

    Thanks so much, for sharing such a truly eye opening and inspiring post!

  30. Vishal says:
    at 1:35 am

    After reading this amazing posts, now I certainly know why the hell I never made my blog work for me and made money out of it. Now, i don’t write blog’s because I got tired of my unsuccessful story and time i spent in writing those posts. But All these mentioned steps like not building a email list and others were common and idiotic errors I had made. I am sure this post would be a more worth to every failed and newbie bloggers.

  31. Kore Duke says:
    at 10:35 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Oh yes I must confess this post is EPIC and I loved reading every bit of it.

    What I loved more is you didn’t just write about your blogging mistakes, you wrote about the leesons you learnt from them. Alot of blogger will benefit from this.

    I make some of these misrakes you listed out. Am guilty of so many things such as not building an email list, not guest posting, and not doing enough promotion for my blog.
    I’ve learnt alot from your mistakes, and I’ll do my best to make them right.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

      • Kore Duke says:
        at 5:51 pm

        Hi Ryan,

        I’d love to share this post but I can’t see any share button.


  32. Way2share says:
    at 10:11 pm

    We are also doing this mistake by not making promo and regular update of blog to maintain readers in our website blog .

    thanks for making such a great post , but it will be good if u mention your mistake in points.

  33. John says:
    at 11:03 pm

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your
    posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog?

    My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would definitely benefit from some of
    the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with
    you. Thanks!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:40 pm

      Your site looks like an insurance site John. How is it connected to pro blogging? Please let me know and we will see. Thanks much.

  34. Faiz Alam says:
    at 8:56 am

    Hi Ryan,

    I’ve visited your site for the first time & looking at the content first make me feel to put my comment here. you’ve not just mentioned your mistakes but you’re guiding others to not to do so. The idea really worked !!!

    Thanks for this (y)

    It’s a good going & have a happy travelling, hanging out & awesome writing for you ! <3

  35. Harleena Singh says:
    at 6:28 am

    Hi Ryan

    I am happy to see that you have learned a lot with your mistakes which is really good. As I already said that You are a Pro Blogger and you will grow like a rocket because you are learning day by day.

    Mistakes has their own importance in our life, we can’t learn new things without doing mistakes. They help us to learn more and grow more.

    I also did so many mistakes and still doing and still learning with them.

    Keep doing mistakes, keep learning from them and keep growing.

    Have a nice weekend. πŸ™‚

  36. Chris DeeWaard says:
    at 12:59 am

    Hi Ryan.

    Great post.

    This was definitely an eye opener for me. I see where I’ve made
    many mistakes in my first year of blogging.

    I plead guilty to all of that you mentioned above. Some more
    flagrant than others.

    I probably have 7 or 8 posts out of 21 that I’m proud of. The rest I consider filler. I did write about some of my early failures and success, but didn’t really tie them to internet marketing too well. More recently, I’ve been more focused, as you saw on my latest
    post about fear. Still not writing huge 1000+ word posts. It will come.

    I will be adding this to my favorites list.

    Have a great weekend…….Chris

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:42 pm

      Chris thank you. I still plead guilty to a few LOL….Looking forward to following your blog. You too!

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