5 Common Misconceptions Newbie Bloggers Have about Blogging

This is a guest post by Harshit Singhal.

The popularity of blogging has recently erupted in the last few years and many new bloggers are coming on the scene. However most of them have a lot of misconceptions about blogging, probably because they have only heard about the success stories of probloggers, while never really bothering to delve into some ground realities of blogging.

So let me share with you the five most common misconceptions newbie bloggers have about blogging. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of the common pitfalls that are associated with blogging, so that you can avoid them and come out on top in the end:

Blogging is Easy Money

This is undoubtedly one of the most common misconceptions, not just about blogging but about about any other online business as well. This generally happens when people come across income reports of successful bloggers and get lured into thinking that they can emulate the same without any apparent difficulties.

However what they don’t realize is that the so called probloggers that they read about all over the internet have also gone through many struggles in their blogging careers and have had many ups and downs in their journey. If there is one thing in blogging that you can be sure of, it is that you will have to persevere through many difficult periods and not let the circumstances get the better of you.

Blogging Doesn’t Take Too Much Work

Well to be honest, when I was starting out, I too used to believe that blogging is a piece of cake, and any Tom, Dick or Harry could start a blog and make money from it. However, the reality couldn’t have been any different! Not only did I find it extremely hard to keep churning out quality content on a regular basis in the initial period, but the lack of visitors also dampened my motivation to continue on.

Now that I’ve been blogging for almost half a decade, I’ve come to the realization that nearly every blogger jumps to the scene holding this misconception, which eventually makes the difference between their success and failure later on.

Your Writing Skills Don’t Matter

This is another popular misconception that plagues the mind of aspiring bloggers. Although writing seems to be an easy task, anyone who has to write on a regular basis would tell you how difficult it is to produce quality content on a daily basis, since writing involves a lot of background research as well, and you need to know exactly what you are trying to convey by your post.

Not only that, you need to be well aware about the topic that you are writing so as to do full justice to it and give quality information to your readers. Also it’s important to maintain a regular posting frequency so as to increase your readership and give people a reason to keep returning back for more quality content.

Visitors Will Start Flocking To Your Blog

Most newbie bloggers presume that as soon as they start adding some content to their blogs, traffic will automatically start flowing in, without the need for anything extra on their part. If it were this simple, then every blog would have been averaging thousands of visitors a day, but it just doesn’t happen this way.

The traffic takes time to start coming in, and for the initial few months, all you should expect is a trickle of visitors, if anything at all. However if you keep working on the other aspects of blogging consistently, such as building backlinks, networking with other bloggers and interacting with your readers, and keep repeating the cycle without fail, then you will eventually reap the rewards of your hard work.

Design Is More Important Than Content

While most new bloggers tend to refrain from spending money on their blogs, especially in the initial period, there are quite a lot of bloggers that treat the design aspect to be more important than content. As a result of this, they spend a good amount of money in ramping up the designs of their blogs while ignoring the importance of quality content.

Let me give you an example of one of my friends since it seems apt to be discussed here. He started out with a catchy domain name and spent hundreds of dollars in buying a premium theme and then customizing it as per his taste. Since he had a limited budget, he ended up spending all of his saved money in the first year of blogging itself, never worrying about creating quality content instead. Eventually he lost every penny in his pocket and still hadn’t made any income from his blog, so he decided to quit.

While this might sound like a sad story of an aspiring blogger, the truth is that there are so many examples of bloggers who followed the same route and failed to make it big. No wonder why experts say content is king!

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  1. says

    hello harshit,
    nice article. these are the things which a newbie thinks when he starts blogging. when i was new to blogging i used to think that bloggind and we need not to write good content and all this. but then i realized what blogging really is?
    thanks for the article,
    and i’d like to add one more thing . please check the commentluv plugin kristi. i think its not working. at-least not for me

  2. says

    I found out that blogging can be more intensive and ritualistic than I had thought at first. It seems like a good creative outlet for businesses or individuals, but it takes a lot of work to build up a blog. I completely agree with these misconceptions. The one about how you don’t need to have good content is such a complete fabrication that I’m surprised new bloggers adhere to it at all. Design can only take you so far.

    • says

      Design is important but Harshit is correct that content is more important. This is because many people are never going to visit your dot-com site but read the content via RSS or email. Few will click through to comment. So don’t worry about what’s beyond the sentences. Focus on the words. :)
      Ari Herzog just posted Create More With Less

  3. says

    Great piece, Harshit.

    These are definitely some common misconceptions about blogging and I believed many of them when I first got started online nearly 8 years ago.

    I would say that the two most important things that a new blogger should focus on is:

    (1) Creating insanely valuable content and
    (2) Building solid relationships with top bloggers in your niche

    These were the two main things I focused on when I relaunched my blog back in September of last year and I was able to create a significant amount of traffic and create a rather engaging community very quickly.

    Blog design and everything else comes after content and relationships. I wish more newbie bloggers could grasp this concept.

    Thanks again for writing this post. I appreciate you sharing your insights on this topic with us!

    Ti

  4. says

    Hey Kristi, you are right, these are the top 5.

    The thing with number 5 is that in a way design and content can be equally important. But the misconception is what is great design. Typically for a blog is just means it reads well, looks professional (or decent at least), and the navigation is easy. No rocket science there. What is deemed is some minds as great design simply means overkill. Because in the end, if you blog looks horrible, no one will get as far as the content. And at the same time if you spend thousands making it look pretty, crappy content won’t change that for you reader.

    As usual, great post!

  5. says

    Hi Harshit, well put – all are highly important stuff! Yes, easy money, overnight success, overnight pay checks and overnight flood of traffic is what most newbie bloggers or to-be bloggers think about blogging. Unfortunately its always late when they actually realize none of those are true – some accept and move on to work on their blogs; some just fall apart.

    Thanks for the heads up!
    Jane just posted How To Become An Influential Blogger

  6. says

    That is one of the dumbest mistakes new blogger make when they start in the blogging industry.

    It is going to be easy money to make.

    It is true that the money is really great from this stuff, but in reality, it is just as hard as the next aspiring artist coming up the ranks.

    Excellent article!
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  7. says

    I have had a few friends ask me if there is something that they can do online (website) where they could make a quick and easy fifty to one hundred dollars per month. I don’t like to discourage anyone, but I tell them it’s not usually that fast and simple for most people.

    There is so much competition out there now that I think maybe a lot of people don’t realize how difficult, how much time, and work it can take to be able to rank well. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight. I usually tell them to read up on and learn as much SEO as they can.
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  8. says

    Hi Harshit,

    I see a lot of people who think blogging is just another passive income stream, and they jump straight away to creating a blog.

    A blog is something you need to consistently work on. It takes time and effort to build a community around your blog.

    The design of your blog is important but creating useful content that people will enjoy reading and sharing is far more important than any cool design or premium theme.

    One step at a time.

    Great post, really enjoyed reading it. Have a great week.

    ~Philip
    Philip just posted WordPress SEO: The Ultimate Guide

  9. says

    I love your post, but actually I do think blogging is “easy money” — at least given the options of working some 9-5 grind in a cubicle. :)

    However, I teach workshops on how to make money blogging and I START with the fact that most of the people there will jump in with excitement, only to drop out somewhere between 0 and 3 posts. Seriously, they can only eek out three measly posts before they give up!

    So it’s not so much that it’s not “easy money” but that it’s not magical falling from the sky money. :)
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