Helen Bradford

I'm Helen Bradford, a student whose main interests are business and interior design, so I tend to combine those things when writing. I like to spend my spare time doing fitness and traveling.

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  1. Elvis Michael
    December 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Helen 🙂
    It’s hiiiiiiighly important to spend more time promoting than creating new content. It’s much easier to publish something new because we feel more in control.

    Having “to deal” with others and building connections and interacting is a bit overwhelming for many new bloggers, but it HAS to be done.

    Elvis

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    • missjackie1989
      December 13, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

      Thanks for the valuable information Helen. I am starting a blog soon, and I was wondering how often should I post and I have been trying to figure out my audience. Now I have some good ideas on what not to do.

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  2. Ryan Biddulph
    December 16, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Bingo. On every one.

    Usability is a huge issue. I see it as being a big problem for struggling bloggers, as I have a tough time getting around blogs these days. I make my blog as easy to navigate as possible. Simple, clean design, no clutter, links at the top of the blog, some sidebar elements. A few calls to action here and there, and just plain, good old fashioned, clear content that solves blogging problems.

    I also try to see my blog through the eyes of a 5 year old; anybody with a basic knowledge of being online – and yep, many 5 year olds have that these days – needs to be able to click links and simply get where they want to be, based on my blog design. So far, so good.

    I’d also add that the biggest error I see that newbies make; chasing dollars. So many bloggers are in the game mainly to get money, and to get it fast. They fail to realize that getting money requires you to practice and learn the skill of blogging, daily, over the next 2-3 years, minimum, to become a full time blogger. Developing this skill gets easier over time but is usually highly uncomfortable in the beginning. Not hard per se; hard is trying to do something insanely tough in the physical spectrum, like asking a 90 pound person with pencil stick arms to bench press 350 pounds. Impossible.

    But as a blogger, clicking a button and speaking into a camera during a Facebook Live broadcast is physically easy to do, but highly uncomfortable for most human beings. Not like benching 350 pounds though. If however you do these freeing things daily, even if you feel uncomfortable, over time, blogging gets easier and easier and the traffic and cash will flow in.

    Ryan

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  3. Richard Witt
    December 17, 2017 @ 9:35 am

    Oh yes, I see these mistakes all the time. In particular, the pop up is so annoying. I see so many new bloggers w/ a pop up that comes up within 1st 5 seconds…or even 30 seconds. Why on earth would I sign up for their email list then? It’s so dumb and so annoying. And, writing daily is insane. I go for quality over quantity – just 1 per week.

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  4. Shivam Sahu
    December 26, 2017 @ 3:33 am

    Hi Helen,

    Great list. I’d like to add one! ‘You write in block paragraphs and don’t reformat your post to emphasise certain messages’.

    It’s true that people reading a post/article will skip through to find key messages. Why not make their life easier (and allow them to read efficiently) by making words bold, italic, using bullet points, increasing text font, in order to allow key points to emerge.

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  5. Shadab Alam
    December 26, 2017 @ 10:24 am

    Hi, Helen.

    Bang on information on each and every aspect. These are the majority of mistake beginners always do. The next one from my point of view is SEO. Along with everything we as bloggers should start investing our time & money creating SEO friendly content, Site etc.

    Even investing few bucks on Facebook Ads can help. I made mistake when I was hoping I will attain Facebook presence without investing. I was wrong there.

    As you concluded “if you target everyone, you will end up targeting no one”.

    Cheers for your informative post.

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  6. Vivek
    December 29, 2017 @ 8:25 am

    Nice Article on Blogging Tips Helen

    Keep on and specially keep motivating and inspiring us…..

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  7. JD Aadam
    December 30, 2017 @ 3:13 am

    Thank You, Helen,

    Also, another mistake or false hope that is being fed into newbies minds due to recent evolution in SEO is “You just have to create high-quality in-depth content”.

    Never! Yes, you must create quality contents that readers would love to share, But even if you have written the best piece of content. You must go out and promote that as well.

    Or having a strategy on how you are going to promote even before you start writing can do wonders for you as well.

    Thanks.

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  8. Donna Merrill
    December 31, 2017 @ 8:56 am

    Hi Helen,

    It’s great to read your post. I was busy with my projects, that’s the reason I was inactive a bit, specially reading & commenting was completely off.

    But Anyways, Thanks for the interesting & informative read. Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays.

    A Very Happy New Year Helen! Cheers

    ~ Donna

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  9. Susan Velez
    January 4, 2018 @ 7:59 am

    Hi Helen,

    Great tips and I think that most new bloggers make a lot of these mistakes. I know that I made pretty much all of them with my very first blog.

    I’ve never tried writing content everyday, but I did sit in front of my computer doing nothing but writing content.

    You’re right, promotion is huge for every new blogger. You have to let other people know about your blog and how it can help them. If you’ve taken the time to publish amazing helpful content, you’ll start getting shares.

    This will make your blog promotion a little bit easier. It’s nice when people start sharing your content. But you still need to get out there and promote your content via comments, guest posts, and other methods.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Blogging is a lot more than just publishing amazing content on your blog.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

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