Two Blogging Mistakes That Brought Me Success

Costly mistakes can ruin your life, but does it mean that all mistakes are bad?

This post is going to challenge everything you already know about making mistakes.

Do you always see the ugly aspect of mistakes and conclude that nothing good will come out from that muddy water? Trust me, when I started blogging, I didn’t get it right.

The truth is that I’ve even condemned most of what I did in 2011 and thought that I wasn’t qualified to do business online. Has it ever happened to you before?

My question to you is this: what mistakes have you made in your blogging career that you’re still dwelling on?

You can’t change the past, but you can always do what you’ve in your good book today. So, stop whining over spilled milk and go get another one.

Here are 2 blogging mistakes that have ushered me into a greater success in 2012.

Writing low-quality content

In 2011, most of the content I wrote lacked quality. They weren’t utterly rubbish or fillers, but those articles and blog posts are too generic, no voice or practical ideas to act on.

That year, I learnt about bum marketing method and decided to give it a try. I stuffed my articles with long-tail keywords – it was terrible!

At the time, I wasn’t even concerned about market research or knowing what my target audience wants.

I just kept writing and got little or no results that year. But isn’t it surprising to note that writing low-quality articles can actually help you become a better writer.

And because I gave myself completely and wrote articles daily, I got better over time. Yes, the articles wouldn’t win any Pulitzer Prize Award, but nonetheless it enhanced my writing skills.

Fast forward to 2012, I had already started a freelance writing business. If I didn’t train myself to continually craft low-quality content in 2011, I’ll not have the confidence and will and skill to write good content for my clients in ’12 and ’13.

Forget what everyone is saying and get back to writing. It doesn’t matter how awful your articles and blog posts reads, go ahead and write all the rubbish for all I care. I can assure you that gradually, you’re going to improve and this would happen unconsciously.

I’m telling you this from a personal experience. I’ve had my own fair share of low-quality content in the past. But today, I’m a better writer and continually learning. The mistake could be anything, even running your email marketing campaign. Just try and learn from it.

Guess blogging on PR0 – PR2 Blogs   low quality blogs

To be honest with you, I’m pretty known in the blogosphere as a guest blogger because I’ve been featured on several A-list blogs.

Over 750 of my posts are published online. See my portfolio page here.

But did you know how I started?

Due to ignorance and lack of confidence, I was writing and getting my guest posts published on newly launched blogs.

You know, it was easy and still easy to get your guest post accepted by an upcoming blogger who wants fresh content.

Most of these upcoming bloggers don’t even know what to write or how to write it, so they will be more than willing to work with you.

Every week, I wrote about 20 guest posts, of course on generic ideas and nothing spectacular and about 18 would be published that same week. But the good part is that I always add my author bio and a link back to my blog.

Yes, I agree that PR0 – PR2 links might not have much SEO value when compared to a PR4 – PR9 website.

But that notwithstanding, I continued in my quest to dominate my niche. I was enjoying it, because my posts were getting published 98% of the time.

I can’t possibly guest blog in a PR0 – PR2 blogs today, because SEO is based on authority and I need targeted traffic as well. But I’ve done it before – made all the mistakes; I agree.

Fast forward to 2012, those PR0 blogs after Google released their Panda update got higher pageranks and increased organic traffic by 210%.

I really can’t say why or how Google rewards websites. A lot of factors must have contributed to the increased pagerank.

And remember, I had my author bio; anchor links and homepage links on those blogs. My rankings also improved and so was my traffic – till this day.

Not all mistakes are bad!

As a blogger, may be you’ve made terrible mistakes in your business and you’re kind of regretting or blaming other people and the software you used, please stop. It’s time to take full responsibility for every result and failure you have.

Don’t just look at the instant reward that didn’t come to you. Begin to consider what those missteps could bring to you – in the areas of traffic, sales, conversion, subscribers and the likes.

This post is not encouraging you to go and write low-quality content or guest blog on PR0 websites, on the contrary, you’ve to learn from my mistakes and readjust your marketing style.

Don’t give up blogging just because you’ve made mistakes in the past.

Acknowledge them and move on with your career. The future is not for those who cry, whine or complain over what they didn’t achieve. And let me leave you with this quote from my role model:

“Tough times never last, but tough people do – Robert H. Schuller”

Have you made mistakes in the past that’s stopping you from moving forward? Please share your comment in the box and let’s talk about it. See you at the top!

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25 thoughts on “Two Blogging Mistakes That Brought Me Success”

  1. Very Informative post. Thank you very much sir for sharing with us!

  2. Erwin says:

    Hi everyone,

    we all make mistakes some very costly some not. But the key is to look at this mistakes and learn from it.

    If you and me are repeat this mistakes it is the worst case.

    So lets do mistake but treat them as a lesson and never do it again to achieve success.

    Thanks Michael for this reminder.

    All the best and see you on top.


  3. John Gibb says:

    hey Michael

    like everybody else, I’ve made some silly mistakes… the most recent one, and biggest was not taking good care of my 200+ blogs… and I got hacked.

    You know when bad things happen at the wrong time?… now I learned how to better protect my WP blogs, and back-up all files… I was about to sell a big site, and just found it got hacked… that was a major hit to me!


    1. Hey John, I feel for you so much. Protecting your blog is so vital, especially when they’re your money makers.

      I wish you all the best as you go about restoring the files.

  4. Basicsailor says:

    Yes we learn and grow on our mistakes.:) Michael would you gust post on my blog?

    1. Yes I can write you a decent post. Get in touch with me via and let’s discuss your topic.

  5. Norm says:

    Hi Michael,

    You are so right. When I first started copywriting I really sucked. Then only over time/practising, feedback and reading other peoples sales copy I continued to improve and get better and better and my sales pages started to get better. But it can be very disheartening, it is not from lack of trying just that perhaps lack of guidance and experience.

    Keep working at it everyday.

  6. Quincy says:

    Hi Michael great post. I have recently started my blog from the Netherlands, where give information to men and women above 30 to get back in shape.

    I am 30+, and need to lose about 45 kilo’s, and get back in shape. As I am getting leaner, learning more about food, I hope to be able to provide great content, with a lot of value, brought with my personality.

    From August on I will write 3 articles per week, so I hope that in one year, my writing skills have increased a lot.

    Thanks for the great post,


  7. Hi Michael,

    I couldn’t begin to count the number of mistakes I’ve made and probably am still making. But the key is once you’ve identified your mistakes you must learn from them and endeavour to not make them again.

    Mistakes are only damaging if you allow them to hinder you. It’s like John says in one of my favourite videos of his: there aren’t problems, only opportunities. If you view your mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than a stumbling block then you’ll be much more likely to succeed.

    Thanks for insightful and useful post as always, Michael 🙂

    Kind regards,

  8. klint says:

    I have a good time reading your post, sir John. I’m kinda newbie when it comes to blogging, i’m still new to blogging world. And would like to lear a lot from you. thanks for this post from your past mistakes that I should learned through you, more posting to read from you.

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  10. Liton Biswas says:

    If you do anything you’ll certainly make mistake. They won’t make any mistake who don’t do anything. Making mistake isn’t a bad thing. The bad thing is, not to learn lesson from that mistake. The more lesson you’ll learn from mistake, the more you’ll be better.

  11. Dima Midon says:

    Hi John! I think you just wrote about something which has different names 🙂 butterfly or boomerang effect, or reaction in physics. Everything we do will be a small part of a big project and everything will come back with a small part of force. Keep writing good articles – i’m very pleasant to read and be inspired from them.

  12. I. C. Daniel says:

    I was thinking to start a professional blog, with Thesis but I encounter some problems, not financial problems, more like writing problems, I’m afraid one day I lose my ideas and interests into blogging due to small amount of earnings or lack of earnings.

    What would be your advice regarding this aspect?

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  13. Hey, Daniel,
    I am not a professional copywriter, I write just for pleasure, but I can assure you, that if you are really interested in your subject, if you are open-minded and curious, you will not run out of your ideas! And also, write a post when you really have something to say, no post for a post.

    Hope it was useful to you,

    Best regards from Argentina

  14. Susan Velez says:

    I think we all make mistakes in our business when we all get started. As long as we learn from our mistakes then that is good.

    I still find myself making mistakes when I am blogging. This is something new to me and I am learning how to become a better blogger.

    Providing valuable content is definitely something that can help you get more readers. Thanks for these tips, I will definitely implement them in my blog.

  15. faisal says:

    But wont guest blogging help in making you known.

  16. Mayank says:

    Mistakes are a part of every successful and unsuccessful person’s life. Its just that some people learn from them and some don’t and as Albert Einstein said “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”

  17. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for sharing! It just goes to show that it is entirely possible to turn a negative into a positive and learn through the mistakes you make. I don’t think many people have become successful without making some mistakes along the way.



  18. Apollo says:

    Thanks for the insight. Starting out and trying to do everything and write at the same time is really tough… still is actually. But it’s good to know that everyone goes through this, or at least one of the best did. Thanks again.

  19. Merle Moore says:

    I am new at blogging, only a few posts. I thought I could never do it. I decided to be myself and tell it like it is. I have told about bad experiences and my own failings to be successful. The purpose of my blog is to interest those who have had similar experiences and encourage them to learn from me as I prove that my new promotion is profitable. I am not urging them to join me until I can truthfully report success.
    I find that inspiration to write is growing. I can just relax and be myself. New ideas just keep coming and the number of readers is increasing. I think I’m getting hooked. MJM

  20. Keith V says:

    Everyone knows that writing good content is the best way to get success in blogging, but some just don’t have the passion for what they’re writing. Thanks for sharing and you’re right about making every mistake into a lesson. Thanks for your insights and past experiences.

  21. Totally agreed. Just go on and make mistakes. Post whatever content you want to post, of course with the highest possible quality.

    I’m bumming all my articles and blog posts as well. Just whack as many as possible, and the results will clearly be shown in the future and many years to come.

  22. Bryan Hee says:

    I’m strongly agreed that writing low quality articles actually help you to become better writer. Practice make perfect. Dare to write your first article.

    To your success,
    Bryan Hee
    Follow me on Twitter

  23. Hey Michael…

    Never underestimate the potential of new blogs, based only on their *current* PR…
    Naturally, all blogs/sites start from scratch, but getting YOUR content/profile/link there will pay off hefty on some of them, after a while, when their rankings would start increasing and they would eventually get their PR.
    And that will stay locked there.

    As a matter of fact, Google (and other SEs, just alike, I suspect) Would consider a broad spectrum of backlink sources as something natural, while on the contrary, a series of high PR, do follow only backlinks as VERY un-natural.

    Not to mention, websites attract traffic through many venues, so organic search traffic would depend on rankings, but direct traffic from Social Media sites, paid traffic from ADs and recycled traffic from email marketing would not depend on the PR of said websites/pages and could bring you, as guest blogger, lots of traffic as long as the site’s owner actively maintains it and promotes it.

    Steve ✉ Master eMailSmith ✉ Lorenzo
    Chief Editor # eMail Tips Daily Newsletter

    If you want to write a guest blog on one of my sites, DO contact me 🙂

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