4 Boneheaded New Blogger Mistakes

January 5, 2018
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Walking through the ‘hood in Bali a few days before the wicked accident.


72 bastard monkeys dug ice picks into my back.


Or at least it felt like that.


I tried twisting out of bed. Pain. Wicked, brilliant pain.


I yelled for Kelli to help me up.ย  She lifted me up by the shoulders, gingerly shifting me so I could use the restroom.


2 days earlier the source of my agony transpired.


Newbie Blogger Mistake and Bali Motorbikes


We cruised along the road in Bali on a motorbike. I saw a street dog who had been clipped a few minutes prior, mangled paw dangling, sitting by the side of the road.


As I shook my head at slopping driving – irony alert – I made the biggest motorbike mistake you can make. I took my eyes off of the road.


A split second later I noted a box truck that spun out in front of me. Why would a box truck spin……OOOOHHHH SHIT!


Black out. Then I woke up not being able to breathe. Eyes popping out of my face like the character from Total Recall, it took me 20 seconds to find my wind. Then the pain set in. Then nausea.


By making a newbie motorbike mistake of taking my eyes off of the road – even though I was a bit of a motorbike vet – I missed spotting the oil slick in front of me. Eyes off the road, I hit the oil slick around a tight curve and flew Superman style, hitting the ground chest and shoulder first.


After periods of excruciating pain I eventually recovered a week later, being fully on bed rest for the 7 days span. I sport a shoulder scar to this day.


My newbie motorbike mistake could have cost me my life.


These newbie blogger mistakes will cost your blog its life unless you own, embrace andย dissolve these boo boos.


Benefits of Correcting these Errors


Correcting these mistakes cuts your learning curve by eons. Or years.


  • build your blog on a rock solid foundation
  • leap frog common new blogger errors
  • get on the straight and narrow to developing your expert status
  • develop an invaluable fearless streak


Let’s address these mistakes to help you feel the relief of overcoming these common boo boo’s.


1: Trusting Amateur Blogger – or No Blogger – Advice


This one is pretty dumb.


I speak to bloggers who nod at my 10 years of pro blogging advice. Then they turn around and listen to their spouse, or dad, or someone who has 0 years of pro blogging advice, and trust them implicitly, while my decade of experience goes out the window.


If you wanted to invest your nest egg for retirement, would you trust a garbageman or investment advisor with 10 year’s of experience?


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Listen to the guy who picks up the phone to do big money deals all day; not the dude who picks up banana peels all day.


Follow the advice of professional, established bloggers. Do not follow the advice of people who have zero experience blogging.


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2: Cover Every Topic Known to the Universe


I once spied a blogger who covered about 32 topics.


I shit you not.


Me, thinking: “So…what do you do?”


Multiple Niche Blogger: “Well….I am into affiliate marketing, network marketing, making money online, internet marketing, alien marketing,ย  minkie whale breeding, self help, personal development, personal hygiene, taking things personally, drop shipping, dropping deuces and a few other niches. I do a pretty shitty job with each, because, well, one human being cannot master 45,543 different topics, and of course, 1 human being would master 1 topic well (see any successful person in life) but in the same regard, I fear letting go all these niches, so I figure, why not cover more bases than Barry Bonds or Justin Bieber after he hit puberty?”


New bloggers, pretty, pretty please, do one thing well.


People love specialists.


Generalist? Nah, folks tend to see them as jagoff’s of all trades, master of none.


3: Unreal Expectations


5 minutes ago I just watched Kyrie Irving and the Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.


I followed Kyrie’s career since he was a junior at St. Patrick High School here in New Jersey. He practiced an unbelievable number of hours as a high schooler. He estimates that number to be 10,000 hours before he was 18 years old.


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Of course he is one of the best players on earth. But he had to practice some 20,000 hours or more, before he became one of the best players on earth, in his mid 20’s.


He makes millions and millions of dollars because he put in 10,000 to 20,000 hours of basketball practice. All that practice helps him do things with the ball nobody else on earth can do, from his insane dribbling to fabulous shot making ability.


What makes you as a newbie believe your blogging skills are developed enough as newbie, who has barely practiced, to make a cent through your blog, today, or, over the next 6 months?


You begin making a few bucks when you get really skilled after you diligently practice blogging and you earn a full time income after spending years blogging, practicing, creating and connecting for thousands and thousands of hours.


When you become a highly skilled blogger after thousands of hours of practice, money will find you easily. Not after 5 hours of practice, but after thousands of hours, which takes years.


4: Cowering to Fear


I know this journey feels scary guys.


Being a newbie 10 years ago, I feared publishing posts to a chorus of crickets. Then I feared people finding my blog and criticizing me.


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Success found me when I followed my passion and dove into my fears, again and again and again and again.


When you face a newbie blogger fear, be with it. Feel it. However scary, the fear energy dissolves if you will just feel it. Do not turn around when faced with fear. Most new bloggers do this and struggle for years on end, all because they allow fear to bitch smack them, versus being with the energies, eating a dooky sandwich, and moving forward from a more loving, more fearless, more inspired, more successful energy.


Your Turn


Have you fallen prey to any of these new blogger mistakes?


What tips can you share for defeating these devilish newbie blogger demons?


What other newbie blogger boo boo’s can you share?


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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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  1. Amen Israel; I got bad information for years until I came across guys like Darren Rowse and Zac Johnson. Seeing how you’re commenting awesomely on my posts and learning quickly you are doing great right now. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I really understood the fact that almost all newbies make serious blogging mistakes while starting out online and I made the same mistakes too when I started out, even till recently. Making blogging mistakes is one thing, listening to or taking professional advice from highly successful bloggers is another. I was almost like that before I got fixed out someday.

    It was a frustrating issue which occurred in the past with my progress online that led me into getting corrected now and doing things the right way. I was busy writing articles over and over again, not minding audience and social engagement at all. It was a comment I received on one of my blog posts that truly opened my understanding and put me in order right away. I feel for the hundreds of bloggers who are still making the same costly mistakes.

    I feel for those bloggers out there who still do things in the wrong way. It’s certain that achievements will be very slow, not rapid at all, when it comes to receiving rankings. How I wish people can come across a platform like Blogging From Paradise before missing the road totally!

    Building out your site with quality content while engaging visitors both on your site and socially will speed up the overall site ranking. This is a great way to become a successful blogger in no time.

  3. The thing is too Preeti when you do open up and share your stories along with your teachings – from Day 1 of your blogging career – all else falls into place nicely. Teach and be authentic. Thanks for the rocking comment!

  4. It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth: When people first start out blogging, they think that their audience will be inherently interested in their stories and their interests … but that’s not the case. It’s no knock against them as a person — it’s just that when you’re new, no one is interested in you and your experiences. People care way more about what you can teach them. I felt this experience when i launch my venture Gleamdiva(http://gleamdiva.com/).I i started writing blogs (soon after i launched) on beauty care, fashion etc.I write few on my website too.
    Even though people don’t really care that it’s you that’s writing the post, you can infuse parts of your personality in your writing to make them feel more comfortable with you. How you do that is entirely up to you. Some people like to crack jokes, some like to make pop culture references, and others have a way with vivid descriptions.

  5. Crazy, right Adeel? Fear goads us into doing strange things. Gotta stay on point to succeed. Thanks for the comment bro!

  6. Adeel Sami Says:

    Hey, Ryan!

    That second example is so funny!:D

    Yes, I have seen so many bloggers really covering about every single topic one can think of.

    I meant seriously!!

    How come one can just write on all these topics???

    That’s totally insane! Totally!!

    At the moment that blogger finished writing on the financial topic, on the second day he hit the topic of health.

    That’s so funny!

    I think only alien could do such things!

    Or the mind can fry up!

    I loved every bit of it, Ryan!

    So pointing and right review you did!

    ~ Adeel

  7. That is a tough one Rhonda, because they have the keys to your cyber home and then, you find out they are not who they claim to be. Thanking the stars my web developer is sensational. Skilled, trustworthy, compassionate and responsive. All around awesome dude. Thanks much.

  8. Rhonda Albom Says:

    Those are all good things to watch out for. I think my biggest mistake was trusting somebody to admin my blog who I thought was an expert. There are all different levels of capability out there and I suggest going with quality. If you are not sure, ask those who know and read. Thanks, Ryan.

  9. Will do Ron!

  10. Ron Tuch Says:

    That’s incredibly smart Ryan. Let me know when it goes live and I’ll be happy to share with my audience. Glad we share the same perspective!

    – Ron

  11. LOL Garen! I love that analogy. Spot on assessment dude. Follow advice from people who devote years of their lives to learning some craft. Follow their advice. Feast on their knowledge. Do not bother with people who have zero experience in that area. I recall a dude who lost his shirt in a stock market crash. A skilled advisor told him to get back in, but to start slowly. He said “never again” and the dude was a millionaire who worked menial jobs just to get health insurance. Listen to pros, don’t trust people with zero experience in that area.

  12. Good deal Janice! You are shining so brightly in the blogging niche. Onward and upward.

  13. Thanks Janice ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Much appreciated Stu ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes I did as it happened many years ago. Still have the scar for a good travel and blogging story ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Amen to that Vijay. Get clear on your intent. Persist. Goodness will flow your way.

  16. Vijay Sunder Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Totally agree with you, I have been experimenting with blogging since long, ran and shut many blogs. My first blog was a political community on the then Orkut based social network creation site – ning. Blogging indeed is a rigorous journey but nevertheless a rewarding one, the point being one should go on and on.

    Cheers & HNY

  17. Garen Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I agree 100% with the taking advice from people have been doing it for awhile rather than your neighbor’s pool guy. One prime example of that is when youโ€™re sick and go to the doctor. The doctor prescribes you some โ€œgood shitโ€ and you get well quickly. Then, one of your friends tells you to completely quit taking it because it made their pecker fall off.

    Okay, maybe this is a hypothetical scenario. But, a doctor specializes in health and you should follow their advice. A professional blogger specializes in blogging so you should take that to heart.

  18. Stu J Brown Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Happy new year dude. Hope you made a full recovery from that motorbike wipeout!

    The fear has to be the favourite. Blogging isn’t easy and people succumb to defeat too easily and too often sometimes! It’s absolutely fine to be defeated, but use it, learn from it and bounce back!

    Good read, thanks man.

  19. Janice Wald Says:

    I tweeted and stumbled your helpful post.

  20. Janice Wald Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    I use to do all of these! Now I know better and make sure other bloggers know better too. Off to share!

  21. Hi Ron,

    “The reality is fear kicks in and they want to have someone tell them what they want to hear to feel comfortable as opposed to going down the unknown, scary road to success.”

    Brilliant man. Really, really smart. I am considering writing a blog post or creating a video on this very topic. Folks listen to amateurs or people with no experience because it gives them an out, an excuse, a way to avoid their fears and to duck the uncomfortable but freeing stuff we all do to succeed. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Hi Freddy, I went through this beginner blogger block too buddy. Big-time. I rarely treated blogging like a business. I would publish a blog post and then….do thing LOL. No networking. No serving, really. I did not even open income streams. Insanity when I think about it. But I also know many new bloggers fall into the same boat. Thanks for the rocking comment brother!

  23. Bingo Moss. This is how we do it. Learn 1 thing really, really well. Turn around and teach the 1 thing. Be an expert, a master of 1 trade and you will start your blog on the right foot. Thanks my friend!

  24. I like it Vishwajeet. Facing failure is the most important step in the process. I had to admit I made these mistakes before I changed course. When you own it, you can be free of it. Thanks brother!

  25. Hello Ryan,

    Happy New Year Man. You are absolutely right. Foundation of a blog is very necessary. Nobody can sustain or grow their blog without a rock solid foundation. These are some of the blogging mistakes that newbie bloggers are often make in their blogging journey. But as you know failures is our footprints of success. Before the success we have to face the failure as it will teach us some lesson and helps us to sort out our weaknesses. Thanks for sharing this great insights.

    Have a Great Day ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Moss Clement Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Glad to be here again. The period here are remarkable, no surprise why you’re an expert and pro-blogger.

    I vibe with the concept of correcting our blogging mistakes. It presents you as an expert, a professional blogger, and will gain you the trust of your readers. There’s more though.

    However, the idea of covering everything niche topic is unprofessional. As you pointed out, a person cannot possibly master everything in the market-place. Be selective, concentrate on one topic, master it then you can choose one more to expand your horizons.

    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Ron Tuch Says:

    Hi Ryan:

    Some great advice in here man! It’s so crazy how many people take advice from amateurs in all industries. The reality is fear kicks in and they want to have someone tell them what they want to hear to feel comfortable as opposed to going down the unknown, scary road to success.

    I’d also add that it’s okay to specialize in more than one thing once you’ve learned, applied & built success from the first, but still, you are specializing as opposed to covering many topics.

    One thing I’ve learned is that you need at least 10,000 actionable, emotionally invested, consistent hours to be an expert. It’s one thing to go through the process and it’s another altogether to dedicate yourself to it. Hopefully, people can throw their fears aside and learn from your experience! Keep doing what you do!

    – Ron

  28. Hey Ryan!

    Happy New Year man! I hope you had a great time this past holiday season wherever you might be!

    I like the way you started this blog post. You’re a master storyteller!

    I can say that I’ve made all of these blogging boo boo’s. And I think these are very common newbie blogging mistakes.

    One big newbie mistake, I would say is the Fear thing. Blogging out of fear and with fear. When you are blogging just for the money, that comes from the fear of not having enough and fear of the future. It’s interesting how success happens. When you swtich you energy from the fear of lack of abundance to a love energy for helping others and being of servive on this earth no matter what, that’s when you create your success.

    One quick newbie blogging mistake I would add here, is the fact that most of us as new bloggers don’t treat it as a real business from the very beginning. And what I’m really trying to say here is that we are not organized and self-disciplined with it as we are with a normal 9 to 5 job. Blogging is a real business, and you should treat it like one from the beginning. For instance, a blogging schedule and a laid out plan for promotion should be in place to kick off your niche blog. And of course, you must follow your plan with consistency.

    Thanks for sharing another episode of your life along with valuable blogging tips man!

    Thanks to the Universe you are still alive after that accident!

    Best regards! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. I left a thought.