7 Ways to Prove If You Are a Blogging Newbie!

Blogging Newbie
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When it comes to newbie bloggers, there’s always one thing that trips them up and keeps them from being able to claim that authority.

That mistake is what I call ‘newbie syndrome,’ and happens when a newbie blogger tries to act smart, but looks dumb, and as a result never completes…

Their Ascent to the
Top of the Ranks!

Here’s what I mean:

1. Still Using the Default Theme

Look, themes aren’t that expensive, even when purchased or designed custom, and in this day and age when every detail matters there’s no excuse for sticking with a free theme.

To those of you who say building a custom theme is expensive, I say that’s the price of running a business.

You’re either a business owner or a novice, and if you are the latter, then you have nothing to complain about. If you are a business owner, then it’s time to act like one.

Browse sites like Dribbble, Forrst, or Creattica and look for designers that catch your eye. If you try hard enough, you’ll find someone that can do it on a budget, and still create…

Amazing Results!

2. Still No Fucking Logo

99 Designs has made the process of getting a logo very easy and affordable. Additionally, if you look through the sites I just mentioned above, you’ll probably be able to find a logo designer for similar prices.

The truth is every single business should establish itself as a brand, and part of branding process requires a custom logo treatment. I’m sorry, but coloured text with a shadow…

Doesn’t Make Up
to Be Logo!

3. Still Using “Uncategorized” While Posting Content

I know WordPress makes it incredibly easy to start a blog, which is great, but that’s absolutely not a reason to skimp on the details.

You’re saving time by using a great CMS, so use that saved time to learn more about how it works, and how you can customize it.

Every blog should have its own set of categories, and ‘Uncategorized’ should NOT be one of them. Fixing this issue takes just two seconds…

Delete it Or
Rename it and
You’re Done!

4. Still No Fucking Comments

Having a blog with zero comments is like posting a big sign that says “I’m still new here.”

You can test your audience’s willingness to engage by asking them to reach out on Twitter and Facebook. If you can build up some engagement on your Facebook page, then…

You Can Probably
Do it On Your Blog Also!

5. Still No About Me Page

Tell me why you, as an ‘authority blogger,’ do not have an About Me page that explains why people should take the time to read your blog, let alone give you money?

Even if you aren’t selling anything, and maybe want to place ads on your blog, potential advertisers will still want to know more about you. Remember having an About Me page is…

Essential to a Successful Blog
Period!

6. Still Have Not Tried Guest Posting

Many people fail here because they are too scared to reach out. That’s pathetic. You’re a professional, being afraid is not an excuse.

The same goes for those of you who just can’t seem to write guest posts deserving of an audience. Clearly if you are going to be a professional blogger, you need to become a proficient writer.

If not, then you either need to accept defeat and try something else, or…

Write Until
You Are Good at it!

7. Still Figuring Out What to Write On Your Next Post

There’s no better way to write piss poor content than by waiting until the last minute to crank a blog post out, without the time to edit, and hitting publish.

Unless you have a legion of associate editors and writers, it’s very important you have and maintain a list of upcoming topics to write about, and better yet an editorial calendar.

Thinking forward like this allows you to take the time to write about topics when you’re excited about them, while allowing additional time for editing and review.

Unless you’re a beat reporter against the clock there’s no reason to…

Crank Out Shit
Just for the Sake of it!

So if you can get past these 7 newbie syndrome, you’re doing something right. I won’t promise success, but I can promise you’ll have a chance of looking like you know what you’re doing, and thankfully that puts you ahead of the 99% who don’t.

Comments

  1. says

    Many of the new bloggers call themselves CEOs and Founders just by making a .blogspot blog or buying a mere domain. They don’t even spend time consider to fix the points you’ve mentioned above

  2. says

    Your photo illustrations are wanting….just saying! Anyway i agree with most of the things you have mentioned. The mistakes are quite often and npw are costing millions of bloggers cash.

  3. Luis says

    All these are great points, Wong. Especially the ones like defualt themes, no logos, and uncategorized. These are just enormous signs that: A) You are new to blogging and your blog is also new. Or (even worse) B) You just don’t care enough to make your blog look at least somewhat proffesional. If you don’t care enough about your blog to make it unique, why should I take time out of my day to read anything on it? If I see any of the aforementioned traits, I’ll probably assume the blog has no valuable information anyways!

  4. says

    Hi Bad Blogger,

    I am also newbee, just completed 3 month , but i don’t use any default thing. Well that is true most newbee blogger do, But only those who just blog for making money.

    For me blogging is passion and i want to get famous in this field , because of that i an blogging ,money is secondary thing ,which is need for maintaining my blogs.

    Great article bad blogger

    Regards
    Shan
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  5. says

    I’m using wordpress blog, no much more free themes for me to design and get more comments. But I’ll try your ways, thanks so much!

  6. says

    Well shit. I’m still a n00b. Well only 1 out of the 7 you have listed anyways. Still haven’t Guest Blogged (technically) yet! Its not really fear though that gets me. Its the fact that I just haven’t done it yet. No excuses besides laziness I guess?

    Oh, you forgot one. NO FUCKING GRAVATAR. This is my largest pet peeve I have on my own blog. I end up trashing 99% of the comments I get from other Bloggers because they simply do not have a Gravatar! I pisses me off to no end! Nothing says your a n00b by not having one of those if your going to comment on anyone’s site!

    But I am doing everything else! Great article as always Wong. I still drop by here often but don’t comment much!
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  7. george says

    My next comment maybe deleted but it definitely be read. Yes the visitor would be gone. But i took the time to comment and tell you so that others may not face the issue and that’s the mistake I did.

  8. George says

    If somebody goes to your blog the first time and isn’t able to read anything then wouldn’t his reaction be i can’t see anything. That’s just what i did. Because of the colours i couldn’t see anything. Next you should use me as an example to teach others politeness because you’re the most polite person when it comes to replying to comments and receiving criticisms.

    • says

      Ya his reaction will be “I can’t see anything” but the next step is I’m gone…
      And don’t play around with words like saying I’m the most polite person, don’t be sarcastic when you already done something wrong and still stand like as though you are innocent…
      Go ask any professional blogger and they will sure laugh at the way you comment because you are just ridiculous.
      My readers know the way I deal with people… and I don’t expect every single soul to agree with me… but this is my blog… I have all the authority to do anything I want…
      So if you still want to argue about how you are innocent… and go one round of being sarcastic… then you are not welcome here…
      And seriously you don’t even know how to reply on my blog… that’s shows you are unaware of your surrounding…
      Sorry but I do not have time to reply to anymore to you… next comment of yours will be deleted…
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  9. George says

    Hi i didn’t want to be involved in this way. The only reason i stayed behind is because of your comment of targeting me. I don’t care whether you believe me or not. I wanted to read the stuff on your blog . When that didn’t happen i informed you about that. That’s it… It maybe because of my internet connection. I already said it happened only twice. Not everytime i visited this blog. I am not doing any marketing as you are saying.

    • says

      Well… what if someone suddenly go to your blog and comment… saying “you had very bad use of color” what is your first impression?
      Don’t tell me you will be grateful of him telling you that…
      Seriously, if you are a professional you should know every word and sentence you put out is crucial to your reputation.
      I always take advice from other people but if someone just tell me I use bad colors… then you are not just insulting me but also my designer and my programmer.
      So sorry, but I had to really use you as an example for my next “Bad Case Study” because from your mistakes then people will learn to be more smart and polite in the way they speak.
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  10. George at seekdefo says

    Hi you may not like to believe me but it happened a second time and i took the screen shots. I found the comment box with great difficulty. I also sent you a message from the contact option about it. I need your email address. Why i said about colours is that i didn’t want you to lose visitors because of the error. But it doesn’t happen always.

  11. george says

    Hi I’ll be looking forward to that. Hope I get a free critique. Honestly the first time I came here, the post was like if bulbs had gone off. The black which was supposed to remain in the sidebar and back ground had completely over powered the post. I didn’t know it was in error. I understood only when i came again.

    • says

      Well… you won’t get a free critique but the worst critique that might just destroy your business… because to be honest I don’t like people like you who likes to write stupid comment.
      Sorry if it hurts you, but I’m not new in this business… so don’t try any stupid marketing method on my blog saying “Can’t see anything on this blog. Very bad use of colours” because if you can’t see then how you comment…
      You think I’m a “NEWBIE” ?
      ROFL… sorry dude… the way I see you do your marketing… you are obviously even worst then a newbie.
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  12. says

    Hi Wong,
    A really good blog must be lit by a strong personality, honesty, knowledge, and one intresant topic, as your and several other great bloggers like Brian with Blog Engage, Hesham with FamousBloggers ect.

  13. says

    I find that when I work with clients who struggle to figure out what their next blog post is going to be, that not only does it scream that they are beginners, but it also makes it very clear that they are only out here hustling — not really building a business that they “know” or that they “love”. If they were, coming up with and planning a basic editorial calendar would be child’s play!
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  14. says

    Hi Wong,
    Cool post. When I visit a blog, chances are high that I return immediately if the site is having some common/default theme. And, the same applies for logo too. I don’t why some blogger’s don’t feel like having a logo. Out of the 7 points you mentioned , I still fails for the last point. I still use to wonder about what to write next.
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  15. says

    Well, all your points are valid, but someone does not try guest posting till he has settled his blog with a pretty much amount of content and looking to promote it. I myself tried my first guest posting after around 8 months and in those 8 months, i had never been called a newbie by my friends nor i felt this ever. Starting a guest post does not mean that you are getting experienced and you are trying new ways to get success in this blogosphere, it mainly mean that you have got some extra time out of your blog and your blog does not need that much special attention as it needed on the launch day..
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  16. Tammy Howard says

    Speaking of style, a lot of blogs are moving from cluttered to clean. See angryrobot.ca for an example. It’s one single column of text, without a lot of links and distractions. Most blog readers find a post from a search engine, and all they want to do is read that one post, not everything else. So you want landing pages without a lot of distraction. Use a different stream (FB/Twitter) to conglomerate all of your posts into one index. Twitter is now more about linking to other content rather than firsthand posting.
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  17. says

    You definitely nailed it–Back when I was starting out, I found myself committing the same mistakes and it was terrible because I had no mentors or what not. Thanks for raising these points, there’s simply no excuse for unprofessionalism regardless if you’re new or not. Thanks for sharing!

  18. says

    The ideas you have shared was right. Most newbie nowadays do not know the things they need to do when they were blogging. Thinking that it can help them in order to become more capable in blogging.
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  19. says

    The Points you mentioned are damn true. Newbie never wants to waste their money on Premium themes or logos. When a pro blogger will land on any blog of them (By chance) then themes gives very clear impression that how will be the owner of this blog.

    Having a decent and catchy logo is also must because it is a brand for you and people remember the logo. So we must work on the logo and should select experienced logo designer to make compelling logo.

    About me page is the most access page of any blog and if you are missing it then you are missing big thing in blogging. Because everyone wants to know about the owner.

    I loved each and every point as you have mentioned all the things very clearly.
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  20. says

    HI Wong,

    Well first of all i would like to thank you for the amazing post, by reading it i can know is their any newbie habit in me. And the first thing which is very important to every blog is an attractive theme and a good logo which defines the nature of blog and owner of blog.
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  21. says

    Hey Wong,

    Certainly these are some easy points to notice while judging if a blogger is a newbie. But many of these things can be corrected before starting your blog and as far as comments are concerned, you’ve mentioned valid point.. through guest posting you can easily attract targeted audience.
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  22. says

    Hi Wong I loved this one! you hit some big points here! The first thing I had to do to bring Blog Engage to the next level was the unique them and then logo. these two elements must be done to be taken serious.

    Anyone still using the uncategorized category HAHA that is a joke I have seen it a few times. It’s rare when you see that but it happens with new bloggers.
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    • says

      Well… I had seen it a lot of times and guess what… a few weeks ago there is a blogger that actually send me a message asking me to vote for his post on blog engage about how he make a sum of money online using Adsense… and when I check his post… it was totally bullshit… because while his post content does make sense… you know what kicks me off? Yes… all the post was on “uncategorized category” and there is only a few comments on his post… wonder how he lie through about adsense… seriously his just another bullshit.
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