If you are thinking about blogging, or perhaps you already own a blog, then you are going to need to learn about how to maintain it. Maintaining a blog can be quite time consuming, but overall it is necessary if you are going to have a successful site.

Just to preface this post – we are going to be discussing mainly WordPress sites. If you are using WIX or Squarespace or if you built your own website, then some of these tips might not help you. The general idea is the same though.

In this post we are going to go over some of the general questions you might have about maintaining a blog like:

  • What happens if you do not maintain it
  • How to maintain a blog
  • What is Site Health
  • Common Problems
  • Backups and Updates

Lets dive right into what happens if you do not maintain your blog.

What if you do not maintain your blog

What if you ignore your blog? Well lets look at it like this:

If you have a car, and you do not change the oil what happens? Well, the car definitely will not go zoom for very long.

Likewise, if you do not maintain your blog, it will eventually stop running. It will sort of happen like this:

  • Your site health will flag something wrong with your blog or something not updated
  • It will start experiencing problems or not allowing you to do certain things
  • The blog will slow down and start to crash unexpectedly
  • Eventually, there will be a technical error and it could even get taken down

Now, all of these things can be fixed and easily avoided with some general rules. First, do not ignore things that are wrong with your website. These things can quickly stack up and cost you resulting in a:

  • Drop in traffic
  • Drop in Ad revenue
  • blog posts being unavailable
  • Plugins becoming corrupted

If any of the above happens, it can be very annoying to deal with and ultimately these things will effect the growth of your site. High website growth and ranking is the hardest thing to achieve and needs to be done consistently over time, so do not let these things happen to your site!

Maintain a Blog

So then, how do you maintain a blog?

It is actually quite simple. First you will need to become familiar with the backend of your site, but that should not take long. If you are using WordPress, like I mentioned above, the backend will alert you if things are going wrong with your site.

This is useful because it saves you the trouble of digging for problems. Most specifically, the backend of WordPress will give you a “site health” stat that you can use to gauge if you need to fix things or not.

Maintaining Site Health

Maintaining site health is vitally important. You can access the site health of your page simply by clicking onto Tools -> site health in your WordPress backend dashboard. Once you arrive on the page and it loads, there should be a list with everything currently wrong on your website.

If there are critical issues, then they need to be addressed immediately. These issues could be preventing your page from being live, keeping you from updating posts, or simply just be cosmetic errors. Most of the time the issue is that a plugin or theme needs to be updated.

Plugins get updated by their creators all the time to fix bugs, add on new features, or simply to fine tune the code. It is important that your site always has the most update-to-date versions to not conflict with anything on your site.

Most of the other issues that your site health stat points out will usually be non-vital but should still be addressed. Some of the time the issues can be more suggestive in nature and those can be ignored. At the end of the day, you need to always check this metric, fix these issues to the best of your ability, and make sure your site is in top shape.

Backups

Another feature of maintaining a website is to constantly back up your site.

In this post here, I describe why this is SO important. Believe me, you never want to wake up and see your site down without a backup. Most hosting providers will automatically create backups, but it is vital that you do some on your own as well.

Believe me when I say that this experience is frustrating and a huge headache. Save yourself the trouble and back up your website monthly if you can.

Maintaining a Website

Besides site health and backups, you will need to make sure a of a few more small things:

  • Make sure the hosting is paid for and on renewal
  • Confirm that your domain is on renewal and will never be sold
  • Constantly look for bad links on your site and delete them
  • Make sure questionable sites are not backlinking to your site – Google can penalize this
  • Keep posts relevant and updated to keep them ranking

There is so much to do for a website, not including adding more content, building an email listing, building out social channels, and the general tasks. I suggest you work on your site daily if you want it to be successful. If not, then you probably will not see the return you are looking for.

Maintaining a Blog

Thanks for reading our post on how to maintain a blog. I hope these tips helped you in a small way. There is so much to do for a website, but if you take care of it and give it what it needs to grow you will not be disappointed.

How To Recover A Website

The worst thing for a blogger or website owner is waking up, clicking on your website and seeing that it is down.

What a headache.

There are so many things that could be wrong. But it always seems to happen at the worst times when you really do not want to deal with it. On top of that, nine out of ten times it is something within the code, files, or Cpanel that needs to be changed which requires some external help for most people.

Unfortunately, sometimes things get a little too corrupted. This could because you changed hosting providers, messed with some settings, or maybe there was an update that did not sit right with your setup. Regardless, sometimes blogs and websites can get “reset” or completely lose files.

This is horrible. Believe me because I just went through it on one of my blogs: sanfranciscotribe.com

Site Crashes

For me, it happened because I recently migrated files from one hosting provider to another, updated my Php version, and then there was a big update that was pushed out through WordPress. I do not fully understand why, but my entire blog went down for 2 months. Yikes.

This cost me most of my traffic, a bunch of backlinks, and plenty of people contacting me asking what was going on. After I had the time (aka stopped ignoring it), I realized that I had made a mistake in ignoring it. It cost me 25 posts which is a lot considering there were only 200 posts on the blog at the time.

Therefore, I want to share my experience with you and help you understand a few things. First is how to fix this. There is an easy way and a hard way:

  • The easy way – using a back up within the allotted time frame
  • The hard way – using cache versions of pages with google cache or lost webpages

Lets start with the easy way on how to recover a website!

The easy way

The easy way is to simply use a back up of your website.

Website Back Ups

These are generally made every so often by your hosting provider, but I would make sure the package you bought has this feature right now. This is extremely important for several reasons. First, because if your website does go down, you can simply pull the back up version and restore all of your files and posts!

This is the ideal way to deal with your website going down clearly. The best part is the hosting provider can usually do this for you and work with you to fix the issue that caused the problem in the first place

What is a website Backup

Well in short a website backup is just the files being saved that are in your Cpanel to another location on the hosting provider’s server. You can even create copies of your files from the Cpanel and pull them onto your local machine or your C drive to keep a back up yourself.

In addition, there are many plug-ins for wordpress that will do this for you for free!

How long do Website Backups Last

The problem is that typically a hosting provider will update your website backup every 2 to 4 weeks. Some do it monthly, or some only do it when you request it. The backup lasts as long as the files are saved on their server, but once they are updated, then you lost the previous versions forever.

This is what happened to me.

I waited a month to try and fix my site, and when they updated their backup files to my “corrupted” version of my website, my blog posts and everythimg I had done for the past few months was gone.

Therefore, timing is very important in fixing a website. You need to fix it the moment you see it is down or risk losing most of your work.

The Hard way

Now that we’ve discussed the easy way, lets look at the hard way to restore a website.

In short, the hard way is by restoring your website page by page. This might seem easy if you have a small site with only a few pages, but if you write hundreds of posts and you have tons of content on each post it could take a while.

Google Cache

Luckily, I only lost 40-50 blog posts when my site initially went down. After realizing the back up was corrupted as well, I turned to a plug in to do the next best thing. Scrap the Google Cache for my pages previous versions of themselves to get the content on each page. The process is quite simple:

  • You are going to want to download this plug in which will allow you to right click on things and pull up their Google cache
  • Once you pull up the Google cache, two things will happen. Either there will be an error page, or there will be a txt version of the page available from a month to a few months ago.
  • If you get a txt version, then you can simply highlight the content and text, and post it onto a word document. Then simply report the page later.
  • I did this for 23 pages or blog posts in my case and saved 23 posts which was about 50,000 words of content!

I know this still sounds like a lose, but from losing 40 posts to only losing 17, I was very happy. Not to mention each post takes 1-3 hours to complete, it is time well spent saving those posts.

You might be wondering though, why would Google only have Cache for certain pages on your blog and not others?

Well, the answer is those other pages did not rank well. So much so that Google basically did not have versions of them cached. That basically means, they were not ranking anyways and in losing them, my blog is not suffering at all. I ended up saving the pages that were ranking which means that my blog is still healthy and thriving once again!

Web Archive

One of the other services you can use on the web is called the Web Archive. Although, this did not work for me and it might not work for you. I think your website needs to be sufficiently popular, of a certain age, or simply added manually to the archive. Either way, it is worth a shot!

The Last Alternative

If all else fails you might want to resort to your local drive.

If you are like me, then you might occasionally save your posts on word or somewhere in text files during editing. I saved a few and this actually helped me recover a couple of them. While this is not ideal and certainly will not work for everyone, it is something to consider and look for.

Regardless, losing your webpages or blog posts is incredibly frustrating. Overall, I suggest being preventive in the first place.

Recover a Website

Thanks for reading our post on how to recover a website. I know these are not full-proof methods, but they are a start.

At the end of the day just remember that a website is nothing more than files being hosted. Make sure to protect your files, protect your investment, and protect your website! Be preventive by:

  • Make backups on your hosting provider, and locally
  • Constantly update your website and check for site health
  • Be quick when errors do pop up
  • Try not to move hosting providers or get professional help to do so
  • Use a plugin to help make back ups as well

With these tips, you should survive owning and maintaining a website!

Cheers

Have you ever had an awesome business idea and wanted to tell people about it? Maybe you even started that business at one point, but it had trouble getting off the ground so you gave up.

Maybe you even had something on your mind you just wanted to tell people about. You wish you had a place to put all of those thoughts, feelings and emotions. Some where they might benefit someone at least.

Or possibly you just have so much knowledge about something or a specific industry, that you feel inclined to tell people about it!

All of these are great examples of why starting a blog is a good idea. Blogs don’t have to cover one specific topic, genre, or thought process either. They can be molded to fit just about anything you want to discuss or use them for.

For those reasons, I want to write a ‘blog’ about why blogging a great idea for most people to start!

Reasons To Start Blogging

There are a few important things that I can point too that would support this idea. The idea is – that you should start a blogging as soon as possible, and you should not wait anymore. But here are the top four reasons we are going to discuss:

  • Start to learn about websites
  • Figure out your talents
  • Build your audience
  • Learn consistency

Anything you do in life is going to follow a similar pattern to these points above really. There is an initial learning phase, followed by you figuring out what you’re good at, then it is followed by some recognition, and only maintained with consistency.

Clearly, this is a normal process for just about anything you will do in life. Although, we are going to apply it to why blogging is a great idea! First thing to dive into is – learning about websites.

Start To Learn About Websites

Seriously though, if you live in the new digital age and you don’t know much about websites then you are already behind. Websites are so common, you use them every single day, and chances are you spend a bunch of time on them.

Although, besides blogging there are many reasons to start learning about websites.

First, expanding your knowledge is always a great idea. Second, websites can be used for just about anything. People use them to chat, place orders, promote their business, scam people (I don’t recommend that), they work on them as a job, push out ads, run statistics, and multiple other reasons. Personally, I think people should learn about them to expand their possibilities in the work place, and for their own personal business ideas.

Throughout your life, you are probably going to have a few business ideas you want to test out. With this knowledge about websites already in your head, you could potentially save weeks and months of effort on building an effective website to help get your idea out there to people. Really, there is a ton to learn so you might as well start now to give future self every advantage to be successful!

Figure Out Your Talents

As you start blogging, you are going to figure out certain things about yourself.

Maybe you are a talented writer and you never really knew that. Maybe you are extremely creative and can constantly come up with good engaging content for people to read and enjoy. Or you could figure out that you are a natural with web development and naturally understand the inner workings of websites.

One thing is for sure though: you will not be good at all of them.

There will be certain things that you will have to just learn over time, or possibly even seek out some help with. For myself, I am a natural at writing and coming up with content, but when it comes to fixing small issues on my site that require code, I usually need help.

Everyone will be a little bit different. Although, by figuring out what your strengths and weaknesses are, you can know where to start learning!

Build Your Audience

This is one of the things most people really forget about. Building a usable and effective audience on a certain industry or topic takes years to do properly.

It will take you between 2 to 5 years to build a strong consistent audience around your blog, and that is if you work at it. It takes people a long time to build up those popular blogs that you see online with thousands of subscribes, and the person running it has been consistent for many many years to get it there.

On average, you will probably get between 1 to 2 subscribers per 1000 to 2000 unique visits. That means for every one thousand people that visit your site, you might get one person to subscribe and give you their email. For instance, lets say you site reaches 10,000 people a month. That’s only around 5 to 10 subscribers a month which is a great start.

Although that is still only around 100 subscribes a year. In five years, that only adds up to 500 people. You can start to see why consistency and building upon your audience are incredibly important when trying to get a strong blog.

Learn To Post Consistently

Like we were just discussing, consistency is key.

Nothing in life comes to those who work really hard for a short amount of time then give up. Those who work fairly hard year over year at something will be the ones that succeed. Consistently gaining more exposure, backlinks, emails, and knowledge to become a successful blogger.

All of this knowledge and exposure can be applied to any website though. So, if you start blogging today you can skip those years of trouble later on when you want to launch your own business online. It can honestly make the difference in your business failing or succeeding in the long run.

You could start with a sprint from all your website knowledge if you start today. Or you could take your chances and just try to learn it all later. The choice is yours, but I started my journey into websites a year and a half ago.

Already it has paid off as I launch my own business. I am quite happy with myself and the investment I made into the virtual world of websites.

Start Blogging

I hope you enjoyed this post on why you should start blogging today. If you read through it, then thank you for your support as well. We have a ton of useful posts on how to start a blog, things to avoid, blogging basics, and tools you might need. Make sure to check all of them out if you are interested!

As you start your online journey into building websites, hosting stores, and promoting the virtual world, you are going to encounter problems. Some of these problems might be easy to solve like fixing your SEO, finding a good source for photos, or finding engaging content.

These are all things you might expect to be problems and cause you some difficulty now and then. Although, there are problems that will happen that you might not expect to happen along the way.

One of those problems is your websites health. You can think about your website like a car really. Over time, you will need to make updates, change some plugins, delete your cache, and rearrange your content. There are a ton of things that need to be done to a website to keep it healthy and thriving.

Therefore, we made a post to go over a few ways you can keep your website healthy, and what to lookout for!

Why Website Health Is Important

You might be wondering though, why is website health important?

To keep it simple, your website health can directly effect multiple things on your page.

  • Decrease your page speed which could decrease your rankings
  • Prevent new users from signing up for email listings
  • Prevent you from adding new posts to your site
  • Expose your site to bugs or hacks
  • Keep people from seeing new posts
  • Take your site down if you are not careful

There is a lot to do in maintaining a website, but the first trick we are going to go over is how to check the health of your site on WordPress since most of the new online pioneers use that platform.

Ways To Check Your WordPress Site Health

The best platform to use for new bloggers and online businesses is WordPress. WordPress has a bunch of native tools on its backend and one of those is actually a tool that tells you the health of your website.

If you go to Tools -> Site Health on your backend dashboard, you will see a few important things.

The first thing on the top of this list will be the critical issues on your site. There should be a brief definition of the critical problems on your site, and a link to follow to quickly fix them. If you do not see this area on your “site health” page, then chances are your site does not have any critical issues that WordPress can recognize.

The second section on the “site health” page will be recommended improvements. These are improvements that you can make, or simply put off making until a later date. Sometimes, these updates will be required at one point anyways, or pushed out by your hosting provider at a later date without you needing to do anything at all.

I would say, it is a good habit to go through this page once a month at a minimum to make sure your site is not only functioning properly, but does not have any hidden issues you are not aware of.

Besides these issues, there are other things you need to do to keep your site healthy. Here are a few things to consider and know that could effect your website over time if you are not careful.

Decrease Photo Size

A common thing for new bloggers is for them to not compress their images. When you upload images to your WordPress backend, you are actually storing these photos on your hosting site in your hosted files. Over time, if you fail to compress these photos your website can become quite heavy and potentially slow down. Even worse you could out use your storage if you have a basic package.

The worst thing about doing this is the impact on your page speed, and overall website speed. Slow page speed will get you penalized by Google rankings if you are not careful. Here is a picture compression site that I use all the time to compress my photos before I upload them to my websites to keep my site light and healthy!

Deleting Cache

Another common thing for new users to forget to do is delete your website’s cache. Although, I have realized that really this is just a lack of knowledge about what cache is and how it works.

Website cache is really files that are stored for users on your site. When a new user comes onto your website, they store a cache of your website for quicker access to the site, faster roaming, and increased usability. Although, when you make updates to your website, changes to the format, or even upload new posts, people can sometimes not see that on their version of your website.

This is because your website needs to dump all of the cache, and push out the new version of the site with your new posts and changes. There is a great plugin that you can use for this on your WordPress backend called WP Fastest Cache. Download this to your website as a plug-in and use it to delete your cache at the push of a button.

Delete Excess Themes And Photos

When you create a new website on WordPress, it comes with some native themes downloaded for people to use. Although, more than likely you will find your own theme and upload it for use.

If you do this, then you do not need those other theme files on the backend taking up space on your site. Therefore, it is generally best to delete those additional themes to clean your website up. You can easily achieve this in your Appearance -> themes tab.

You can do the same process with additional photos. There will be random photos on your site when you start off, or when you upload a new theme as placeholders. These need to be deleted as well to save space and increase page speed. You can do this easily in your media -> Library tab.

Update Plugins And Delete Ones Not Used

As you continue to blog and push your site to new limits, some of the plug-ins you are using will get updated by their developers and companies that created them. This is usually done to fix bugs, improve use-cases, or simply because the code is outdated and not preforming as intended.

If you go to your Plugins -> Installed Plugins tab you can check on these plugins and update them as needed.

In addition, while you are there it is good practice to delete plugins you are not using. The same way you update them, can be used to also delete selected plugins. This is basically the same as cleaning up your site from non used themes or excess photos. The plugins only take up space and slow down your website over time.

Website Health

Thanks for reading our post on website health. If you do not keep up with your site’s health, then slowly it will lose rankings, performance, and ultimately it could get taken down.

Do you part to keep your site healthy, and it will give you better chances for people to find your posts!

If you found your way to this post, then that more than likely means that you are a blogger!

First of all, I want to say congrats on taking the daring leap to put your ideas, beliefs, and knowledge all online. It is extremely hard to write creatively, manage a website, and continue to research more ways to gain exposure.

If you do have a substantial amount of readers already on your blog, then your next plan of action might be to start making some money!

Surprisingly, this is probably the hardest part of being a blogger – monetizing your website.

Monetize A Website

In order to monetize your website, you are going to have to first decide how you want to do it. There are a ton of different ways, and not all of them will work for your audience. Therefore, you are probably going to have to try multiple ways to monetize a website before one really clicks, or before you have enough streams of income to feel good about it. Here are the 5 ways to monetize a website that we will be discussing:

  • Google Ads
  • Amazon Affiliate
  • Branded Merch
  • Partnership With Company
  • Create A Course

Lets start with the most common way to monetize a website first which is the popular use of Google Ads.

Google Ads

This is the first way most bloggers will try to monetize a website.

It is not a bad way to do it, but there are some tricks and catches that you need to be aware of.

First, when you go onto the Google Ad Sense website and try to put ads onto your website, you will not be able to. That is because Google actually needs to review and approve your website before they will even let you places ads onto it.

In order to do this, you will need to place some code on the back end of your site for Google to confirm the site is yours and review the site content. You will also need to set up a Google account if you do not have one already set up.

The process should only take about a day or so, but more often than not your site will get rejected a time or two. My first time trying to sign up for Google Ads, I had to try several times before my site got approved through the system. I do not really know why this is the case, but if it is for a specific reason then they should notify you in some way.

Once you do get approved, you can go in and select the places you want Google ads to appear, restrict areas where the ads should not appear, and then set the frequency at which ads should appear.

A common question is – how many views do you need to make money off of Google Ads?

Well, this is entirely dependent on your ad types and blog topics. If I were to give a general number, I would say you need a couple thousand unique visitors a day to make upwards of $100 a day through Google ads in some cases.

Amazon Affiliate

The probably second most common way for bloggers to try and monetize a website is through Amazon Affiliate program.

Amazon Affiliate program basically allows you to pass along a custom URL for products and items you discuss on your website. These URLs will act like affiliate links, giving your a small percentage of the profits for each sell made from your links.

The percentage is pretty small and usually between 1% to 5% per item. The lowest threshold of the percentage split out for affiliate links is on technology based items like cameras or tablets and things like that.

You make the most money off of selling basic retail items like clothes or house hold products through affiliate links, but these are the most common products and also the most difficult to sell or rank for in posts.

I would think about Amazon Affiliate as more of supplemental income. If you already include products in your blog posts, then by all means throw some affiliate links in there and you might start generating some passive income from them over time.

From my experience, I would not say this is a viable way to make a sole income from blogging though.

Branded Merch

The next monetization method on the list is through creating your own branded merch.

The branded merch idea completely has to do with the identity of your website. Some people do extremely well with their sites, and gain huge following on social media channels as well. Either on your website or through these channels you will probably have an icon or image that represents your brand. Surprisingly, people will buy merch with your image or icon on it, if they like you enough and follow you closely.

Not only that, but you can also sell merch about specific topics you discuss with certain catch phrases, or symbols of that industry. For example, let’s say you have a blog about farms and farm animals. Well you might be able to sell shirts with different farm animals doing funny things with your logo on it. I know that sounds silly, but it is basically how it works. Leverage your brand and your content to sell items that people might want.

Partner With A Company

The other option is to partner with a company.

This is typically a great option for websites or blogs that like to discuss or leave reviews on specific products or services. For example, your blog could consistently discuss different sneakers. It goes in depth about the shoe creation process, the branding, the prices, it talks about the best companies, and things like that, then you might have a good website for this.

In that example, the owner of the blog might be able to reach out to a few newer sneaker companies and ask them to partner with you.

Once they partner with you, the website can become sponsored by that new brand and include them in certain posts. Lets say you write a post about the top 5 best sneakers to purchase right now. Well, you might be inclined to place them at the number one spot if they are partnered with you.

Or, you might just have an ad on the side of your blog for every post that shows their sneakers and an optional button to “purchase now”.

Typically, when partnering with another company like this you are becoming an affiliate of theirs. But in special circumstances, they will just pay you outright to post about their product, and funnel people to their page giving them massive amounts of exposure.

It all depends on how valuable your audience and reach is to that company on what they’re willing to do in the partnership.

Create A Course

The last way to monetize a website that we are going to discuss is by creating a course.

This also takes a very special website in order to do this, but in general it can be done over a multitude of things. For instance, if you have a blog about trading in the stock market, forex, cryptocurrency, or anything similar, then you might be able to make a course on how its done.

Once you make your course, you can leverage your websites audience to sell it to people. If you do it right, it can take off pretty quickly and make a lot of money for you. In addition, there is a plethora of third party platforms that will let you list your course and get even more exposure to a broader market.

These platforms will obviously want a cut of the profits, but it is in their best interest to promote your course given that it is good and people really want to take it.

Creating a course can be very tricky and take a lot of time. Not to mention you need decent video editing skills and a deep understanding of whatever you are teaching. If you are consistent and patience though, you can definitely get it done.

How To Monetize A Website

Thanks for reading our post on how to monetize a website. There are a bunch of other ways to achieve making money off of your blog, but these are a few good ways to get you started. More often than not, you will need multiple streams of income to make a blog successful, so you might as well start today on a few of them.

We are back at it with another exciting post about – blog posting.

Really, that is what this series is mostly about. How to post on a blog, how to build out your website, how to market your blog, and all of those good things that take years to learn. I do my best to give you all of the information I have learned and gathered, to give you the best opportunity to be successful.

Although, one thing I have not covered yet is general things for blog posts.

Things you probably won’t really be thinking about till you already have a blog going, you’ve made some posts, and you are really not sure if what you are doing is right or even working.

General Things For Blog Posts

To make sure you are doing what you’re supposed to be doing to build a strong and respected blog, lets dive into some general tips to remember.

These are simple things that you can ask someone after they review your blog or simply read a few posts. These are things like:

  • Is your content consistent
  • How long should your posts be
  • How Should You organize your blog
  • Are there too many or too little photos

Each of these topics are common things that most people never really cover. But, not here on the tribe. We are going to dive into each topic and discuss it as it pertains to your blog, and your future.

Is Your Content Consistent

One thing you need to be aware of is the content you are publishing on your blog.

You might not think about it, but your content you publish all needs to follow a similar theme. That theme could be boats, motivation, dogs, how-to tutorials, or really anything that you are passionate about.

There are several reasons for this, but here are a few to consider.

First, your readers will get attracted to your blog through a post you write. They might find it organically on Google, follow a back link from another site to learn more, or simply see your Facebook post for something you wrote about.

Once they are on your blog reading, they might want to learn more about that topic, because clearly they were interested in it. Although, what if you have random posts of differing content all across your blog? They won’t know what to read next and probably leave. Everyone that clicks on your post is interested in what you are writing and will probably leave your site if there are not similar posts. You need to provide consistency, so readers know what to expect.

Second, Google does the exact same thing as those readers. Google will rank you blog based on common content that you write about. Therefore, if you are constantly blogging about horses on your website then all of a sudden one day you switch to cars, Google will probably penalize your car related posts.

Google wants consistency. They want to know what your blog is about and what topics to properly rank it for.

How Long Should Your Posts Be

Another common question for new bloggers is – how long should my posts be?

Really there is no perfect answer, but let me explain it to you this way.

It is possible to have not enough content on a page. In addition, if you have limited content, only a few hundred words, then people who read your posts will have a short time on your site and Google will recognize this and decrease your rankings.

Time spent on page is an important factor that Google uses to rank your posts. Therefore, a rule of thumb in the blogging world is to have posts that are at a minimum of 1,000 words on your site.

This is a healthy amount for you to convey ideas, provide plenty of content, and keep readers long enough on your page to increase your rankings.

Therefore, strive to make longer posts than shorter ones. Although, don’t over do it either. No one wants to read a 5,000 word blog post about your dog. No matter how cute he is.

How To Organize A Blog

Obviously, you are going to need to find a way to organize your blog.

This means if I go to your website and want to read about your favorite topic to write on, then I should be able to easily find it on your site, select a post and start reading. It should not take me 10 minutes to figure your site out.

Again, it should be simple. Please please do not build a lengthy, chaotic home pages with so much on it people get lost.

Make your blog simple. Really, the simpler the better trust me. People have very short attention spans, and if you do not make things obvious then people will not find it.

The entire idea of people landing on your website, is for them to make it to your blog posts. Make it as simple as possible, and then obviously suggest similar posts once they are done with that one to keep on reading.

In addition, make sure to organize your site by topics. This will help tremendously for new people to your site, or people looking just for a specific topic.

How Many Photos Should You Add

A great thing to actually spend time thinking about is the photos you put on your blog.

In general, I would say each blog post needs to have a featured photo at a minimum. This is typically the photo that shows up at the top of your page, populates on social media when you post the link, and ultimately defines your blog post topic.

I would also suggest to add photos throughout your post for several reasons.

One, people love to look at photos. We are naturally drawn to them as demonstrations for the text or simply for clarity for what is being written. Therefore, you need to pick photos that are relevant to the topic or text they are placed around. This means don’t put a photo of a Christmas tree by a sub section discussing your favorite workout routine.

The second reason is because of that time on page statistic that Google looks at to rank your post. If people are spending additional seconds on your post looking at the images or trying to figure out what they represent, that is all adding towards that time on page number that Google looks at. Therefore, images can be very good for blog posts.

I would say on average 2 to 3 photos is enough for a 1,000 word blog post. You can find free photos easily on Canva.com and use them on your site to achieve this!

Blog Post Basics

I hope these tips on general things for blog posts helps you. I would say make the topics we discussed a rule of thumb in your own blog, and you should be very successful if you follow them over time.

Thanks for reading and if you want to continue learning about blogging basics then click here.

As you start to venture into the unknown of websites and all that they entail, you might start to wonder if there is any importance to the links and domains associated with different sites.

In short, yes there is a lot to learn and know about these links are you start your journey. For instance, your website will automatically create links for your home page, contact page, blogs you posts, and anything else you create on your site. You can actually control and manipulate these links, which you should.

We are going to dive into website links, why they are important, what a domain name is, what really lies behind that domain name, and things to avoid with links. There is a lot to learn, but if you do the research now and avoid some problems, then you will save yourself tons of time and possibly hundreds and thousands of backlinks later on.

Lets start of by reviewing website links in general.

What Is A Website Link

What is a website link? Well, it is that address that you copy and paste into the search bar on search engines that takes you directly to a website.

Every single link has several things associated with it that you might not have realized. Most links will have “https://” before them which is very important. The “http” stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Hypertext Transfer Protocol” (HTTP). The additional S on the end in https stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure” (HTTPS).

This basically tells your web browser how to open the page you are navigating to. Most websites are running HTTPS these days because Google made it a necessity. For those sites that do not run it, Google will penalize your search rankings, and you could even be enabling hackers by not adding it to your site. Therefore, it is very smart to update your site to this secure method.

The second part of a link is the domain name. Take for example the website you are on now:

https://honolulutribe.com/

As you can see, the second part after the security protocol is the domain name of the website you are trying to access – “Honolulutribe.com”

The “.com” is another indicator of the type of website you are opening and looking for. This is not as important to know about, but it is important to know that “.com” is the most common type of site and the one most people will naturally try to type into the web browser when searching for your site.

For those reasons, the “.com” websites can cost more than others like “.net”, “.co”, and etc.

The next part of a web link is the page of the domain that you would like to access.

Website Pages

Your website will have a bunch of pages on it over time. Especially if you are writing blogs or continually adding new sections to your business.

Each of these pages will have a unique web link assigned to them that is very important. Those web links will look something like this:

https://honolulutribe.com/photography/

As you can see above, the link will take you to a part of our website that shows you photography blog posts. This is a specific page we created in order to isolate specific posts for ease of people looking for them.

As you can see, every single page and blog post on your site will require a unique web link to assign to it. Luckily, wordpress and most site generators will do this automatically for you, but there is something to know. There are certain generated web links that you will want to avoid.

Things To Avoid For Your Web Links

The first thing to avoid is lengthy web links. Web links that have the generated Php title or even extra characters can really be a pain to deal with, look unprofessional, and make managing your web links a nightmare.

It is best to keep your web links simple and clean like the one you see above. Clearly, just by reading it you can tell it takes you to a photography section of blog post. Pretty simple to figure that out.

Dates In Weblinks

A huge thing to avoid is allowing dates in your web links. When I created one of my more popular blogs, the word press web link generator was adding the date into my blog posts every time I made a new one. I thought nothing of it, but over time I realized something horrible.

Google was using these dates in the web links to compare my posts to more recent posts. At the same time, posts without clear dates were being valued as newer posts over some of my older ones. While that might not seem like a huge issue, it starts to make a difference when your posts get ranked less and less on search engines and your average reader count starts to drop because of it. This is because Google is always looking for new, updated content.

Basically, people will have a harder time to organically find your older posts on the internet if you include dates in your web links.

Even worse, when you go to fix this problem and change your web links to exclude the dates, it changes every single post and page on your website. That does simplify you doing it yourself. Although, what it does not update are the backlinks on other websites across the internet.

Sadly, I had hundreds of backlinks to my older posts that now take people to blank pages on my website that say “post can not be found”. This is because I changed the weblink on those posts to exclude the date they were written, after they had already backlinked to my website.

Importance Of Backlinks

Backlinks are extremely important, and they are the hardest thing to build up over time.

Backlinks are what determine your domain authority which is how Google ranks your blog compared to others. Take for instance if you write a post about horses and you have a domain authority of 20.

That is great and Google will rank you post, but what if another website writes a similar post about horses with a domain authority of 50? Well, their post will come up first on search engines before yours does.

So, backlinks are incredibly important. Losing them is a devastation to your website’s overall health and average reader count.

Therefore, make sure your web links are primed and perfect before you make your posts, or you could risk losing vital backlinks costing you growth and organic search results.

Web Links Overview

Thanks for reading my post on web links. I hope this helps you avoid some of the mistakes I made on my first few websites. Take the time to set up your website properly in the beginning and save yourself the heartache later on of having to change it and losing all of those precious back links.

In addition, I hope this post helped shed light on what web links really are, and how to properly use them.

Thanks again for reading. If you need more information on creating websites, blogging, and getting started then check out this post here.

When you start your blogging journey, there is so much to learn.

From perfecting your craft of writing, to managing your SEO, to building your social media accounts, to updating your website, and more and more and more. Really there is a ton to do and consider. Although, there are certain things you need to be careful of. Certain things could ultimately make most of your hard work useless if you are not careful!

Why go through all the effort of blogging, posting, managing social media, if only to get a few readers after years of blogging? It is not a good idea, and won’t have any payoff in the long run.

Therefore, do yourself a favor and make sure to avoid these 5 blogging pitfalls as you build the best blog your niche has to offer.

Blogging Pitfalls

There are countless pitfalls and ways you can waste time blogging.

I can only tell you about a few that I fell into and had to experience the hard way.

I truly hope discussing these will keep you from wasting your time down the line, and give you an advantage over other websites that you will be competing with. Remember, the goal is to gain as many readers as possible, that way you can monetize your site and quit your day job. At least, that is one of my goals!

Here are the 5 pitfalls we will be discussing:

  • Posting Irregularly
  • Not Using Proper Headers
  • Paying For Backlinks – Over Spending
  • Waiting To Monetize
  • Not Being Active On Your Social Accounts

These are all things I have gone through and had to suffer on. The sooner you fix or avoid these five topics the sooner you will drastically change your blogging post’s impact on the web long-term. Lets dive into the first pitfall – Posting Irregularly.

Posting Irregularly

This is a huge issue for most bloggers, and if you do not post regularly enough, you will basically not get anywhere.

On average, you need to at least be posting 3 to 5 times a week on your blog in order to see any impact at all. I personally know several bloggers that try to post once a week in order to build up their site and ended up wasting 2 to 3 years and not getting anywhere.

You do not want that to be you.

The best way to combat this is to try and make a schedule for yourself. I personally blog everyday, so this is not an issue for me anymore, but I tried to do the weekly thing at first. I quickly realized, that there was almost little to no impact in the amount of readers I was gaining.

Therefore, try to pick 3 to 5 days out of the week to make sure you post a blog on your site. Typically it needs to be between 750 and 1250 words as well to rank well in Google and let people spend enough time on the page reading through it.

Not Using Proper Headers

This is just a simple basic part of blogging that everyone needs to learn in order for your posts to rank at all on Google.

Headers are the bread and butter of blogs trust me.

Usually, Google will categorize your posts based on the titles you put for your blog in your headers. The hierarchy of these categories is directly related to the importance of the header tag assigned to the title.

For instance, your blog will rank for H1 header tags in Google before it ranks for H2 header tags in search. Likewise, H2 titles will rank higher than H3 titles on your blog. Most importantly, you do not want to put too many H1 ot H2 header tags in your blog, or Googel will simply not know where to properly put your post.

Take the time to find the perfect header tags by researching relevant keywords to the post you are creating. This is the best way to maximize the impact your post has and the amount of readers that will find it overtime.

Paying For Backlinks – Over Spending

Another common pitfall for new bloggers is trying to rush getting exposure through purchasing backlinks.

Let me just guarantee you that this will have little to no impact on the domain authority of your blog. Yes, the domain authority is impacted by backlinks, but it is based on an average that is generated over time. That means if you buy backlinks for 3 to 4 months and then stop, Google will recognize this and decrease your domain authority accordingly. Worst of all, it could even penalize your blog if you are not careful.

My best advice is to let this happen organically. Write posts that other people with engage with, learn from, and ultimately want to share to their friends.

In addition, if you provide great content that other sites want to use like statistics or solutions then you will ultimately get backlinks from them writing about your posts.

Remember, organic growth is the best option and really the only solution for long-term sustainability. It will save you hundreds and potentially thousands of dollars from paying for fake backlinks that won’t matter anyways.

Waiting To Monetize

This is something I waited way too long to do.

You need to be constantly looking for ways to monetize your websites at all times. You need to try multiple things out as well with your readers until you find a good match that will not only benefit you, but will also benefit your readers.

This is honestly one of the hardest thing for bloggers to do – monetize your site. I suggest you start much earlier on to try and find some basic solutions before more third-party solutions present themselves along the way.

The best way to get started with this is through Google Ads. Going through this process will also enlighten you to the challenges of actually making money with a blog. It is a lot harder than it seems, so go ahead and start that journey now.

Not Being Active On Social Accounts

My last pitfall to avoid is one that I am prone to myself sometimes.

It is extremely easy just to want to post your blogs on your social accounts and then go to bed. Blogging is hard, tiring, and can really take the energy out of you. On top of that, you have to then find the energy to post on social accounts, interact with people, and still maintain that creative flow.

It is pretty hard to do all of this night after night with little impact for months on end.

Although, I have found that I gain the most followers on my social accounts not from my posts, but from interacting on other posts, leaving comments, and having simple discussions. Those the best ways to grow your following. It takes time, and it takes dedication.

In reality, it will probably take 2 years to build out a substantial following on any social account. I suggest starting that journey today, before you look back in 2 years and feel bad that you never did!

Blogging Pitfalls Overview

Thanks for reading this post on blogging pitfalls.

I have fallen into each one of these pits and wastes hours, days, and even months trying to figure all of this out.

Do yourself a favor and make a personal dedication and habit of always doing more than you think is necessary. Post more than you think you need to, leave more comments then you think you need to, and learn more than you think you need to.

If you do all of that, and are consistent with your posts, then I have no doubt that you will become a successful blogger.

Blogging Tips and Tricks

Small side note, if you are new to blogging then I highly recommend reading about some of our tips and tricks to setting up your first blog.

There is so much to learn, and you can waste a lot of time learning it the hard way, or you can read a few posts from experienced bloggers and save countless hours. The choice is yours really, but I would suggest doing everything you can to help you become successful

If you are new to blogging, you might be wondering a few important things before you dive into the unknown. Some of them might be:

How long until I have hundreds or thousands of readers on my blog?

Once I have all of these readers, can I just take a break or stop blogging?

What is it like to live in a glass house?

Sadly, I do not know what it is like to live in a glass house. But, I do know that it takes awhile to get those readers to your site. It takes months and possibly years of consistent marketing, posting, and SEO to get your blog noticed. Not only that, but it really takes a toll on your personal life, and can leave you wondering when can you take a break?

Blogging Problems

One of the biggest problems about blogging is that you really can not take an long or extended break.

For example, I had somewhere between 500 and 2,000 people visiting my two blogs a day after 9 months of working on them. Not to brag, but I was pretty happy with that. Unfortunately, I got lazy shortly after that and decided to take a month off.

Very quickly my blogging unique visits plummeted back down to between 100 to 300 people a day which really hurt my sites. You do not realize it yet, but every post you are making and publishing builds on top of each other. You need to continually blog if you are going to maximize the momentum you already have established after all of this time.

Therefore, I highly recommend that people do not take a sufficient break from their blogs. You really can not afford to if you are serious about it. Even something as small as a few weeks will effect your daily average views and take you time to build it back up.

Websites are temperamental, and building a popular one takes preparation, consistency, and talent. While I assume you are prepared and plenty talented, the consistency is usually what seperates successful blogs from normal ones.

For that reason, you should not take a break from blogging. Find a way to push through your road blocks, mental blocks, and spark that fire again if you get burned out.

Road Blocks

The biggest hindrance for some bloggers might be things that are nearly out of your control.

In early 2020, my blogs actually outgrew my hosting provider at the time. I was getting so many visits, that the provider shut down some of my sites due to their usage. Not to mention one of my blogs had become a target of a Ddos attack where people were constantly pinging my site to take it off-line.

While this was good in a way, it actually took my blogs off-line and disrupted not only my up-time but my daily visits and postings. It took me nearly a month to fully fix the problem, but afterward the damage was already done. I had lost over 80% of my daily visits, and I am sure Google penalized my sites for the lack of up-time.

Sad as it was, it taught me an important lesson. There are times when there is nothing you can do, but try and fix the problem as fast as you can. In these circumstances, I highly suggest to continue writing new posts on the side. Get extra content and start to expand your social media influence. While this won’t fully combat the loss of readers, it will help once your blog becomes active again.

Long story short, there are many road blocks that can hinder your progress. My advice is not to stop, but to find a work around. Make your own path if there are no paths.

Mental Blocks

Another constant struggle with writers is the challenge of continuously pushing out engaging content.

Building a blog and writing everyday is hard, but coming up with things to say or what to even write about can be a challenge in itself. While there is no magical way to do this or keep up the level of creativity it requires to build a sustainable blog, there are some tricks to consider.

I have a few personal tricks to combat this dilemma.

Mental Block Tricks

The first trick I use is to change up your scenery. Sometimes your writers block can merely be due to the area surrounding you. If you are constantly writing in the same spot, then it can feel repetitive or nuanced after awhile. Change your scenery by going to a coffee shop, sitting outside, or hell go blog on top of your car. What ever gets those creative juices flowing.

My second trick is to piecemeal a post together. This might not be fully clear, but when I start writing a post – I generally do not have the entire thing planned out. A lot of the time I just start with a generic topic and add header tags throughout the page. These tags are just points I might consider relevant. Over time, I have enough sections to start the post and it gives me a sort of road map to tie all of it together. This is more of a general writing tip, but it still helps me when I feel mentally blocked on creating engaging sentences or content on the micro level.

My third tip is a secret that you will almost never guess. Just kidding, the secret is a sort of stimulant. My poison of choice is undoubtedly coffee. Coffee is the magic which helps me work 12-16 hours a day and blog anywhere between 5,000 to 7,000 words a night. That might not sound like a lot, but… you would be wrong. That is a lot of work and writing to do as a hobby. Really though, find what stimulates you to perform. Preferably legal substances please.

Burned Out

The last part that I want to discuss is being burned out from blogging.

Really, this is not specific to blogging, because people can get burned out of anything in this life. Right? Sometimes you just have it up to here with your job, your boss, your family, maybe it’s the drive home, it could be your spouse, or maybe you just hate your cat. Be nice to fluffy.

The POINT IS, you get burned out of things. I get it. But, that is honestly no excuse. Hate me if you will, but it was your decision to build a blog. It was your decision to try and dedicate your free time to creating something you can be proud of and call your own.

Don’t give me excuses of why “you don’t feel like it.” That is sissy talk. Do you want to go back to wasting your time, or do you want to build the best damn blog anyone has ever come across and write to tens or thousands of readers every night?

The choice is obviously yours, but I suggest finding what makes you tick and gett’er done George.

Blog Your Socks Off

Thanks for reading over my tips one how to combat these blogging problems.

Really, it all comes down to your determination to be successful. Your blog is entirely dependent on how strong that is, and your willingness to keep up the work when your mind and body are telling you to take a break. Don’t do it! Keep blogging, keep writing, and eat that horse.

Thanks for reading my blog.

As you start to put pen to paper or really your words to the internet, it is important to learn a few things that you will need to avoid! For instance, there are things you could do to try and boost your website rankings or get new readers that could end up hurting your ranking or even getting it taken down if you are not careful! Not to mention you could end up wasting a lot of money if you are not careful. I want to go over some of the things that I have learned from personally building blogs, websites, and businesses that you need to watch out for!

All of these things I have experienced and at one time had to fix, remove, or just suffer the consequences. Really, you don’t want to waste time repeating my mistakes so here are the top things I think you need to know before you start blogging to keep you from wasting time, wasting money. or getting in trouble.

Paying For Backlinks

The first thing that you might have already thought about is paying for backlinks.

What backlinks are is – places where other sites link back to your site through hyperlinks in text or images. Google uses these backlinks across the web to weigh your websites domain authority. For instance, if a bunch of sites all over the internet, I mean thousands, are linking to your site then there is probably a good bet Google thinks your site is important!

This is pretty much how the algorithm thinks, but there is a lot that goes into it. Not only are the amount of backlinks important, but the type of backlinks are important as well. For instance if you have a site about dogs, then you will be ranked higher if your backlinks come from other sites about dogs or animals. Likewise, if your site is about dogs, you will rank higher for content written about dogs. It makes sense right? If people that rank for your same content are linking to you, then Google thinks you must know more about that subject. therefore, you rank higher!

It is all roped into the algorithm, but the important thing to know is backlinks can hurt you as well. If you pay for backlinks, you will most likely get backlinks to sites that have compromised rankings and penalties attached to them. In addition, these sites will more than likely not rank for things your site does. This means Google will see most of those backlinks as insignificant or even fake! If you have too many of these, Google could ultimately penalize your site.

Google Updates

You might be thinking – that is fine! I will just go around and guest post on other sites like mine then! Unfortunately, that doesn’t quite work either.

Google has updated their algorithm to scrap for guest posts and categorizes those posts differently then organic back links. What this all means is – buying backlinks and guest posting for back links is all a bad idea and could ultimately end up hurting you more than helping you. Now, it is a good way to get started. Although, I really would not rely on either method to building up your backlinks. The best thing to do is to write engaging content that other sites want to use in their own posts.

Something to consider is – Google is constantly updating their algorithm to fight against non-organic links, fake websites, hackers, and more. They are also constantly trying to improve the user experience on Google which means people get the best content every time they search instead of getting fake sites or bot sites looking to take their data.

For those reasons, website owners and bloggers need to be constantly updating their site and striving to become better to set themselves apart form the other fake sites!

Approving Comments

One thing you might have never thought could hurt your website is approving comments on post!

While you probably heard that comments on your posts and website are a good thing, that is not always true. While it is true that comments will help give your posts more recognition and better rankings potentially, they could end up harming your website.

There are certain types of comments that you need to watch out for. Comments that bots look for that could potentially flood your site and make you spend hours and days deleteing them all. Those comments to look out for are spam comments.

Spam comments

Spam comments are comments that bots or phishers put onto your website in order to see if you will allow them to pass through to your page publicly. Once you allow these comments to go through, a few things will happen.

These comments will allow the bots to know they can post more on your site, and you could end up getting hundreds of these spam comments saying who knows what on your site. This is a huge problem because not only will your site look fake and cluttered, but Google will penalize you for these comments. Another kind of spam comments are from other sites and bloggers looking to post on your site for free backlinks.

Basically, these spam comments will have hyperlinks back to their websites in them in order for you to give them a free backlink. Although, sadly these comments are also usually very persuasive and positive telling you how great your website and post is. Even so, do not allow them to be posted on your site.

The best thing to do is limit comments by making every comment have to be approved on your site. This may sound drastic, but believe me it is the best thing to do when you start out. Later on, you can implement a filter for spam comments through a plug-in if the problem is bad enough.

Using Heavy Themes

Using themes in WordPress is highly recommended, especially if you are new to websites. Themes can give you a preset website that looks clean, has decent functionality, and sets you up for success. There are a ton to choose from as well! The best idea is to go over to Themeforest and start searching for your perfect preset website. Beforehand, there are a few things that you need to consider. First off, you need to see if the theme you choose is a lightweight site or not.

A lightweight site basically means there is limited CSS and HTML code in the backend. A lot of the themes you see will have all these crazy functionalities that you could use, but won’t need. More often than not, you will only use a few things on your page and all the rest of the cool gadgets in the backend that you are not using will end up slowing down your website a ton. Remember, Google penalizes sites with slow page load speed, so this is very important.

When I started creating websites, I found an amazing theme that had every cool feature you could imagine. Although, after spending weeks building my site, I found out that is was so slow, most people could not even get it to load. I have to spend more time researching for a new theme, more money to buy that theme, time re-building my site, and a lot of heartache just to get my site where I wanted it.

You seriously do not want to go through all of this. Save yourself some time, money, and heartache by just getting a lightweight theme in the beginning.

Signing Up For Things

While you might think that signing up for feeds to promote your blog is a good idea, then you would also be wrong.

When I started blogging, I quickly looked for the best sites I could sign up for that would pull my posts to output them to tons of people on their platform. Sounds like a great idea right? One in particular promised to do this to thousands of people for a very low cost! All I had to do was upload my RSS feed from my site to the platform and boom! Tons of people reading my blog, except that’s not a reality. Almost all of these platforms are scams and very few are worth your money. One I want to mention right off the back is a platform call Blogarama – it is a complete scam.

Blogarama Scam

I quickly signed up for this site, went through the trouble of connecting it, setting up an account, and more. After a couple of months, I got curious to see where all my posts were popping up. To my surprise, I couldn’t find them anywhere. In addition, when I tried to cancel the service there was no where on my “dashboard” that would allow me to do so. I ended up having to call my bank and manually get the charges denied every month. Turns out, the platform was a complete scam, I had lost money, time, and faith in other platforms.

Not everyone is like that, but really I would not waste time on these external platforms. Stick to the basic social medias and build up your own following. Always direct people to input their email and build your own mailing list. Over time, you will be your own platform for more exposure by using your venues for communication.

New Blogger Mistakes

I hope this list of new blogger mistakes helps your save some time, money and heartache. Unfortunately, I did not have anyone to guide me when I started. I had to make all of these mistakes my self and waste a ton of my resources doing so.

Takes these lessons for what they are worth. There is not exception for writing good, engaging content to build your site the proper way.