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5 Things Not To Waste Your Time On With Your Blog

Do you currently own a blog? How many hours do you put into it each week? 10? 15? 20? 30? Do you feel that you are 100% productive with your time, or do you sometimes feel like all your efforts are getting you nowhere. After a couple years of blogging, I think I’m finally figuring out what’s important and what’s not when it comes to blogging.

5 Things Not to Waste Your Time On

1) Your Site’s Theme

I know a few bloggers that are continuously changing their theme. One day they hear of a new theme that’s supposed to be great for SEO, so they immediately alter their site with that theme. In a few months there’s a theme that is visually amazing and seems to be lowering the bounce rate of new visitors, so you you switch your theme again….

Sure, it’s a good idea to have a visually appealing theme, but it’s best to do your research early and then just stick with your theme for a while. All of those extra hours spent changing a theme over and over can really add up, and what’s the value in it? Hardly anything. I started with the free theme, Atahualpa (through WordPress), and I still have it today.

2) Your Stats

Google Analytics is really fun to look at everyday, especially if your site is growing, but does it add any value to your site to look up your visitor stats? Nope. Limit your stats check to once a week.

3) Change Your Pages

Sometimes it can be tempting to delete and rebuild a few of your pages on your website, but I would caution you to think it over first. It can take a while for Google to recognize your page as PR worthy. If you get rid of it and start from scratch, you’re also getting rid of your page rank for that page. If you absolutely have to change something, just make a small tweek rather than wasting your time on an entire page rebuild.

4) Advertisements

In the beginning, every blogger think they’re going to make thousands of dollars in the first week, so what do they do? They figure out how to put Google Adsense on their website and they watch the tracker to see how many clicks they’re getting on their ads.

Typically, these ads attract nothing more than cobwebs and don’t get clicked on for at least 3 months. If they do, they’re earning a whopping $0.01 per click.

Don’t waste your time trying to alter the ad to make it more appealing to the visitor. The reason you aren’t getting clicks is because you don’t yet have visitors! Spend your time writing quality content and your ads will attract a ton of attention later on.

5) Spam Comments

For my first few months, I had a ton of comments! The only problem was, it was from spam robots. I bet I spent 20 minutes each day deleting them from my comments section, but then I realized that I could simple install a plug-in that would ask my readers to check a box that said, “I am not a spammer” (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin). Suddenly, my spam comments plummeted to only a couple a day and I had more time to take care of the more important items with my site.

Are you guilty of any of these? What do you spend most of your time doing?

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11 Responses to 5 Things Not To Waste Your Time On With Your Blog

  1. Jonny says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. But, unfortunately I spent more than 30 hours designing finwancewand, now the site’s look more professional.

    Thanks
    Jonny

  2. I didn’t realize my first few spam comments were spam until I realized they all write the same generic phrase about the great content and that they will subscribe and visit again. Fool me once, shame on you. What about the “new user registration” notification from WordPress? They’re always signing up. I’m still trying to figure out how to handle spammers. I get a lot of generic inquiries offering guest posts too.

    • Derek says:

      I actually have never had the “new user registration” notification. That sounds pretty serious though – you definitely don’t want anyone gaining access to your WordPress site, because then they basically own your blog and all of its content. If you’re having trouble finding solutions to this spam attack, let us know and we’ll do everything we can to help. Just reach us through our “Contact Us” tab. Thanks!

  3. I have actually receive a few 2ish dollar clicks on my AdSense which isn’t much but isn’t a complete waste.of time but I may be abnormal. I picked a theme and will be sticking with it until I hire Andrea to redo my blog.

    • Derek says:

      2 dollar clicks on Adsense can happen, but it will be spiratic for sure. Just make sure you’re not worrying too much about advertising in the early stages. If you focus on increasing your readership, it will come later – trust me.

  4. I think pages are a lot more important that you think. I’ve found that having several landing pages with your top content by category is very helpful for visitors, especially first-timers.

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  6. Buck Inspire says:

    Terrific list! I’m guilty of all of those. I would add spending too much time on email and other social media like Twitter and Facebook. You asked a great question. Are these tasks really improving your blog? Writing quality and building relationships are key!

    • Derek says:

      I’m guilty of quite a few myself. 😉 You’re right on the money with quality and building relationships. Without these, it’d be really tough (if not impossible) to get your blog off the ground.