4 Digital Marketing Errors to Avoid At All Costs as a New Blogger

4 Digital Marketing Errors to Avoid as a New Blogger

Stepping into the world of digital marketing can be a daunting experience. It is especially if you are creating a blog for the first time. While you might be interested in the latest marketing trends and are eager to apply them to your small business blog, there are other factors to consider as well.

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As a newcomer, you may only get one chance to make a good first impression on your readers. No matter what you plan to market, there are several common blogging mistakes you can avoid. These mistakes might cost you time, money, and clients.

 

1. Failing to Plan Before You Launch  

Creating an engaging blog connected to your business can be a creative and enjoyable endeavor. However, one of the most common mistakes most new bloggers make is to rush through the process. They do this so they can launch their content as soon as possible. To create a blog that will attract as many readers as possible, it is important that you plan out its details first.

The planning process does not have to delay the launch of your blog. Give yourself enough time to consider the factors that might make it successful.

ask questionsYou can ask yourself a variety of questions, such as who your readers will be, what kind of content they will be looking for, and how you plan to reach them. Planning both short and long-term goals for your blog can help you feel more confident about its quality.

2. Ignoring Mobile Convenience

As you map out your blog, your top priority may be quality content presented in such a way that it grabs your readers’ attention and gets them interested in your product or service.

However, failing to optimize your blog for mobile users may lose readers before they can even get to your site. Recent statistics show that the number of mobile shoppers has risen steadily in the past five years, and if your blog is not mobile friendly, you could be shutting out potential customers.

Likewise be sure all your social share buttons work well on mobile and not just on desktop! I’ve seen too many mobile sites where the share buttons cover the content or are hard to use.

Before you launch your blog, it is a good idea to test it for mobile capability. Loading speed and ease of use on mobile devices are usually two factors that customers want most . They are important when they view a website on their phone or tablet. Therefore you may want to focus on those two during the testing phase. Therefore this is one of the biggest digital marketing errors one can make.

If you are not sure if your website or blog is mobile friendly check out the Google mobile friendly test here.

mobile test

3. Misunderstanding Your Audience

Quality content and clever on-site advertising might not amount to much if you fail to target the right audience. Using the wrong type of language or missing the mark in realizing who you are trying to reach can plunge your blog into anonymity. Finding your audience and understanding the type of content they might be looking for can be one key to the success of digital marketing via your blog. If not it could lead to fatal digital marketing errors.

Going to the source can help you understand your audience better. Ask your current readers what kind of content they want to see on your blog. Or how you might improve it. This can show them that you are interested in their wants and needs. It will make a better and more meaningful connection with the people supporting your small business.

4. Ignoring Customer Communication

It is now easier than ever to make your own website and customize it to the needs of your small business. However, how you use that site to reach out to your customers can be one of the cornerstones of your success.

When readers leave a comment on a blog post, it is important to respond promptly. Respond even if they have a complaint about the content. Responding thoughtfully and taking the time to thank a reader or doing your best to resolve a complaint can go a long way in building positive customer relations and your online reputation.

Creating a blog to boost your small business can be fruitful and create buzz about your products. However, careful planning and taking time to consider your audience can increase your chances of success. It will avoid making these digital marketing mistakes.

I’d love to know in the comments below which of these digital marketing errors you have made when you started to blog.

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 10 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • Hii Lisa..

    Such an amazing article. I am new in the field of blogging. Your points are very good. It will be very helpful for me. I really love the way you presented this post. I learned a lot just by reading your Post. There’s so much to learn in order to be successful in this field and it is so amazing that there are so many learning materials and tips out there such as this article.

    Being a new blogger this post is just like gold to me. Thanks for sharing such insights. Great Work. Much appreciated.

    • Hi Chandana, thank you. Oh yes, I try to keep it simple here so beginners can understand. I remember when I first started and landed on a complicated post – I would shrug my shoulders and go off to something else. It’s a lot to learn all at once even more so today than 7 years ago when I first started. I still learn something new at least once a day sometimes a dozen times per day! Thanks for coming by Chandana and good luck with your new blog. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Coming over from Bren’s blog (and I happen to stumble on Bren’s blog thanks to Donna’s blog) — Some networking that one 🙂

    You mentioned “digital marketing” and I was hooked. What can I say? I have a weakness for that one.

    The rush of marketing and advertising is such that although it’s the customers are looking to get to, we ignore them when they get anywhere close to buying from us. That’s why, I am so happy with the paradigm shift in customer behavior itself, the various touch points that customers can possibly go through before they spend a dollar, and the fact that social media can literally rip brands apart (if they dare to ignore).

    Because customers are so important, I also like the simultaneous rise of Facebook Messenger and for brands having to get into “talking” mode finally.

    Will be a regular here 🙂 Keem em’ coming.

    Ash

    • Hi Ash, welcome to Inspire to Thrive! Oh yes, I understand that weakness. It is amazing how much and how quickly marketing has changed. You are right, social media can made a difference today.
      Do you use Facebook messenger for business now?
      Thank you so much for coming by and have a great evening Ash.

  • Hi Lisa,

    This post has covered some major digital marketing warnings for new bloggers. Speaking to a wrong audience is just like going in an opposite direction where no one is interested in listening to what you have to say. Many bloggers struggle with this and they later found out who they were speaking to. Were they really interested? So, the marketing efforts literally begin by targeting the right audience, and connecting with them.

    The mobile experience is also the real thing today. Consider Pinterest or Facebook, the usage is more via mobile. So, it is critical.

    Thanks for spreading the knowledge.

    – Arfa

    • Hi Arfa, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. You are right, it does make one go in the wrong direction. Why waste time writing if you are not targeting the right people? Mobile is very much a thing today. Most traffic online is coming from mobile today. It’s amazing how fast that it happened too. You are welcome and thanks for coming by Arfa. Have a great new week!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Failing to plan and misunderstanding the audience are real two biggies, that can result in long term damage to one’s digital marketing efforts. Misunderstanding the audience also boils down to identifying your ideal target audience, which most marketers miss right away – or rely on guess work.

    Thanks so much for brining up the dangerous mistakes!

    Cheers,
    Jane.

    • Hi Jane, Yes, those surely are the 2 big ones in digital marketing. It can be a difficult at task especially for newbies in the field. Thanks for coming by Jane on this one! Have a wonderful day ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Though there can be a long list of points to take care of, you have concentrated on the most essential ones. These are the errors one cannot afford to make. I agree that planning for the long as well as short term for the blog is the way to feel confident about its quality. Running a survey is another way one can get clear about the needs of the readers and plan content accordingly.

    It is really helpful that you pointed towards the most common error with sites i.e. their design not being compatible with mobile display with things like share buttons covering content. Loading speed is another issue.

    Thanks for this is very helpful article which makes us careful about the biggest errors one can make with a blog. Have a great day!

    -Naveen

    • Hi Naveen, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Oh yes, I am amazed how often I come across blogs on my mobile device and I can’t share from it or find their content as it is hidden by their share buttons. I try to always check my posts via my mobile right after publishing. I often find errors that way too. You are most welcome Naveen. I appreciate your coming by and have a great week ahead.

  • Lisa,

    I have planned my launch of new blog, but I also go along as I write new blog posts and add more content to the site.

    Talk soon again about adding satellites to my hub.

    • Hi Martin, I finally got a look at it. Don’t forget to add your social media icons and share buttons. I could not share from your post. I loved your graphics 🙂 And the content was really great too.

  • Hey Lisa!

    The big ones for me here would be failing to plan and misunderstanding your audience.

    You gotta have a proven plan to follow. A blueprint to get the desired results. This is a must, not an option.

    Also. do your research to learn more about your niche audience. One thing that I do is Survey the people who subscribe to my internet marketing blog. This helps me understand the people who land on my blog a lot better. I’d highly recommend doing the same.

    Thank you for sharing these helpful blogging tips!

    Best regards! 😀

    • Hi Freddy, oh yes we can’t reach any goals without a plan in place. Do you get many people that take the survey Freddy? I did a few and didn’t get a lot of folks taking the survey. I need to work on that one.
      You are welcome. I appreciate your taking the time to comment and have a great rest of the weekend Freddy.

      • Hey Lisa!

        I would say about 1 to 2 people out of 10 would actually fill out my survey when subscribing to my list. I don’t think people actually like doing this, especially if the survey is a bit long.

        But, the few responses that I get are honest and they do help me learn more about the type of people in my list.

        I think what we need to do is work more on improving the questions and the flow of the survey.

        I’ll share some tips once I improve the way I do it.

        Let’s keep on blogging and rocking! 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,

    So true that there are more mobile buyers now than in the past. My blog and sales pages both are mobile ready. Within the past several months I see more purchases of my products and services via mobile phones. This is why it is so important to have our blogs and other things such as email, sales pages etc. be all mobile adaptable.

    As for customer communication, it is first and foremost that we attend to that issue before anything else we do online. When we value our existing customers, we form a good bond with them. In return they will be likely to recommend us to their friends and followers.

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna, oh yes mobile is really taking over desktop these days. It’s great that you can see that now with your analytics. I can’t believe how many websites today are still not mobile friendly! I’m not sure what they are waiting for.
      Oh yes, good old references and word of mouth is still very important today Donna. It’s one method that has survived over the years. Thank you for coming by and I do hope you are feeling better.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I love the fact that you are able to present the major digital marketing mistakes to avoid. Yes, the areas or mistakes mentioned in your article are critical to your digital marketing success.

    However, other mistakes to look over out for and avoid are: Paying less attention to SEO. Some say SEO is no longer relevant. Is that true? Not at all. SEO has become even more interesting and very much essential to digital marketing success.

    Another mistake many marketers are overlooking is, “taking Shortcuts.” What do I mean by shortcuts?

    Paying for links – black hat techniques, buying followers, etc. and if your SEO expert recommends , stay away. At the end of the day, these shortcuts will hurt your website’s ranking and also cripple whatever digital marketing success you might have achieved.

    More is the issue of creating low-quality content, Google hates that. Creating such content has the potential to hurt your rankings as well.

    Thanks so much for sharing Lisa!

    • Hi Moss, thank you. Oh yes – SEO is still relevant but just different today than it has been in the past. Shortcuts are like the old black hat SEO tactics from years ago too. They are no longer relevant today and could cost you too.
      One thing about low quality and high quality content, I wish it was more black and white. It can be a gray area. What may be high quality for some may not be for others, you know what I mean?
      Thanks Moss for coming by and for your input on this one. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • [ Smiles ] Lisa, it is absolutely insane to ignore customer communication.

    Also, if a blogger doesn’t understand his or her audience, they are going to have a very hard time in the blogosphere.

    Thank you for another insightful blog post!

    • Hi Renard, Yes, that is for sure! It’s not always easy to understand your audience at times. You really have to listen more and ask more questions. You are welcome Renard and have a great Friday and weekend ahead.

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