Making a Part-time Blog for Designers


It’s almost a definite thing that if you are a professional designer, you have your own blog as well. Some of them are just personal and some make it as side income resource.

But as you know, it’s important to know what to do in blogging, but it is rather more important to realize what to avoid. Today I’m describing some of the basic mistakes to stay away from; unfortunately amateur bloggers don’t have insufficient knowledge of this field so they do make mistakes.

This is a list of practices that every blogger should follow and avoid some common mistakes that could slap you with a big setbacks, once your blog has become famous.


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In this section we’ll set our approach towards making a successful blog. I personally think that this is the most important part of making a blog. If the foundations are strong, the building would also be.

Fun + Time = Blogging = Money

This is the most essential thing on which your whole blog will stand, the topic of your blog. Only a few blog just for fun these days, monetary motivation has become quite common.

Since everybody want to earn from it, they don’t really try to make a blog on a subject they like, rather create a blog on something which has more potential for advertisers. This is the Biggest Mistake. I have seen people earning considerable income from blogs about Dog Food reviews and Horse Breeding.

The Right Way: Make a list of topics you love. Then find a middle-ground between expertise and likes, for example if you have three topics, banking (your job), camping (your hobby) and baseball tips (a topic you love). Choose the topic where you excel and that also should be your topic of interest so that you don’t get bored working on it.

Know Your Limits

If you are not a programmer, choose simple blogging platform instead of a professional’s pick. Blogger and WordPress should suite everybody.

Give it Time

This is also one of the very common phenomena here. Blogs don’t start to earn you from the very beginning. You’ll have to give them hours and hours to fill them with content and to promote them.

User Friendly – Not Ad Friendly

Numerous new bloggers do this and add too many advertisements in the template. This offends visitors and repents a great deal of your traffic, just keep the ads aside. Take Designzzz for a perfect example.

Becoming a Geek

No no, you don’t have to become a geek to be a successful blogger, but it is a nice idea to know the basic concepts of HTML (the basic coding language in which websites are written) and Search Engine Optimization.

Running Successfully

Mistakes in blogging and tips to avoid them

Post Frequency

One of the most common reasons which make a blog FLOP. You must have a frequency of publishing your posts. You don’t have to publish too much, even one post in a week could be enough, but there should be a routine so that your readers could also schedule a visit to your website. If you start to publish an article daily and later… you lose the momentum and consequently, you will lose a massive amount of readers.

Be Efficient, Not Quick

Never rush to complete and publish a post. Your posts must not contain any mistakes or dis-information. This will hurt your blog more than anything.

Trying to Look Too Professional

You should always remember to be connected with your readers. And for that you should have an opinion. Be distinct in what your thoughts are. This thing is something you MUST follow if you are reviewing anything.

Copy and Paste

Never ever copy any text content from anywhere – apart from explicit or important citations. It is almost same as stealing, even from Wikipedia, where rights are not reserved, it is not good for the authenticity of your blog that you copy stuff.

Keep Circulating and be Social

For example if you have a blog about HR, visit other HR blogs frequently and keep commenting. This will not just not enhance your contacts, but also inspire you a lot and you’ll never run out of ideas.

Limited Self Promotion

It’s good to promote your articles in social media once in a while, but if you just keep on promoting your website everywhere, you will be banned and so will your domain name.

Not Coming to Designzzz

This is the worst sin you can commit! Bear in mind to visit for latest trends, guides, tips and tricks in the field of designing. (I just couldn’t hold myself to publicize Designzzz)

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  1. Faisal khan December 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    great post… can i share it on my blog with link 2 your site?? and yes blogging has made me a complete geek & i can’t even think about earning money from it in next 10 months… :'( help me out..

    1. Tayyab December 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

      Well Faisal bro
      yes you can post this article if you give Designzzz a link also.
      It’s nice to know that you have a blog but earning from it requires a lot more than just a .com, I’m afraid blogging is not one of our targeted subjects but I guess I might be able to help you out if email me. my email ID is tayyab[AT]

  2. Tayyab March 26, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Well, yes it is an old article so I should give you some updated info.

    First of all, yes, in post-penguin era, you should not list your website in every directory you find. Only the directories which matter, which have credibility should contain your link. Links from blacklisted sites create negative impact.
    Limited Self Promotion…. Hmm….. Sometimes what people do is that they promote the hell out of their every post. For example, when they share it on all their social media accounts, tag the post with as many people as they can and request all their friends to vote further. This is a poor marketing strategy. The same people voting for all your posts. Poor.

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