M4M 004 : 6 Blogging Mistakes I Committed In 2012

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In this 4th episode of the Magnet4Marketing Podcast I take the liberty of sharing with you the six blogging mistakes that I made last year, and what I’ll be doing differently in 2013 to make sure I don’t make those mistakes again…

I hope that you can take something away from listening to this show and implement anything that you learn into your own blogging strategy.  Blogging is a continuous learning curve no matter how long you’ve been doing it, and I’m always learning something new myself.  It’s certainly one of the ‘buzzes’ that I get from blogging and connecting with people online.

So what blogging mistakes did I make in 2012? listen to the show to find out, here’s the list -

  1. Poor use of time management (not using a schedule, not managing my time properly, mixing work with family time, being online in an unproductive manner)
  2. Allowing for too many distractions (TV, iPhone, connection with the outside world)
  3. Taking too many projects on (starting multiple online projects then having no time to work on them, spreading my resources thinly)
  4. Failing to monetize the blog properly
  5. Not backing my blog up properly (backing up as in not making a backup copy of my blog for almost 8 months)
  6. Spending too much time hiding behind my blog, instead of engaging more and making connections with other bloggers and guest writers online

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  • srikanth

    Hey Fabrizio great post. These are the kind of mistakes committed by myself too, it’s good to see them pointed out like this and you can get a good perspective :) Thanks for sharing bro :)

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Srikanth, thanks for your visiting the blog and your comment bro. We all make mistakes in anything we venture into, the most important thing to take away from making blogging mistakes is to learn from them. Have a great weekend mate.

  • http://www.sjfpc.com/home.html Steven J Fromm & Associates

    Thanks Fabrizio for your mistakes. I think I do all of them. The backup of my blog I never considered. Is there a fast easy and cheap way to do this when your blog is a wordpress.com type?

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Steven, thanks for stopping by, we all make mistakes, but as long as you can recognize them and make the necessary changes then you’re onto a winner. A lot of people just plod along and don’t bother to stop to think where they’re going wrong and then they wonder why they haven’t achieved anything

      I now take backing up very seriously. I love to use BlogVault myself and although it’s around $10 per month, it takes care of everything for me. If you’re hosting your blog then I’d highly recommend it. There are other cheaper alternatives like using a free plugin and then downloading the backup onto your computers hard-rive, however you can do very little with a zipped file of your blog sat on your hard drive.

      BlogVault provides a lot of features, i.e.offsite backup and test restore of even migration to another server. They also offer a 7-day free trial, you can of course find out more at /go/blogvault

      As for backing up a blog on WordPress.com they usually take care of their own back up, however if you wanted to create a backup for yourself you can actually go to to tools > export and download an XML file of your blog in your dashboard to save on your hard drive. That’s the only way I know.

      • http://www.sjfpc.com/home.html Steven J Fromm & Associates

        Fabrizio: Thanks for the great information. I just did the wordpress.com backup and it worked easily. All the best to you and thanks again!

        • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

          You’re most welcome Steven =)

  • Sarah Park

    I can relate to the mistakes you have done. Last year, I have very poor time management that is why I’ve wasted so much potential earnings. I mixed work with fun surfing in the internet. I failed to separate my time also with the kids and work. These mistakes I would not want to do again this year.

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Sarah yeah I can totally understand where you’re coming from. My son is almost 10 months old and we have another one on the way in a few weeks time, and things are going to get a little interesting in the household I can tell you. But I’m also in the midst of renovating a room where it will become my permanent office so things should be a little bit more organized and I’ll have better management of my time I’m hoping.

      It’s so easy to mix work with life I know it can be difficult to separate the two, and as a result we can feel as if we’ve not done enough and could have done more to increase earnings, or promote our businesses more, so here’s to hoping for a more structured and productive 2013 for both of us.