Avoid the 7 Most Common Blogging Mistakes

Blogging is more than just a fun activity, it’s also richly rewarding — assuming you know your stuff. Getting paid to do something you enjoy is always great, but new bloggers who think they’re going to start bringing in advertisers and fans right off the bat often make the same blogging mistakes. Following is a list of 7 of the most common blogging mistakes, which are easily avoided if you’re aware of them.

7. Neglecting Your Niche

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Your blog should be based around a particular theme, niche, or idea. You can go with a broad theme, such as food presentation and photography, celebrity gossip, or advice and tips. Mom blogging is a popular choice as well, if you’re interested in reviewing products and sharing your day-to-day life. Check out popular blogs in the same spectrum, and try to fill a void in that area.

It’s often better to choose something more specialized, however. For example, if you want to start a blog based on DIY projects, have a specialty. Refurbish furniture from a specific period or only use one color scheme. If you choose to blog about food, make it your own. Share family or ethnic recipes, focus on lunches or soups. Or if you start a celebrity news site, put a different spin on it than everyone else. Give people a reason to read.

6. Forgetting About Social Media

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You can’t just start a blog and expect to get a ton of readers. You might have the best content on the Internet, but if your friends and family are your only readers, you won’t get very far. Take it to social media. Create a Facebook page for your blog, start a Twitter account, manage a LinkedIn profile, get Google+, and start a Tumblr as well (especially if you want to grab a younger demographic). Share information about your latest posts, along with pictures, funny anecdotes or serious stories.

5. Choosing the Wrong Blogging Platform

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What’s your domain? Who’s your host? What platform are you using? If you don’t know the answers to those questions or don’t understand them, you’re already making several blogging mistakes. When you decide to start a blog, you have two real choices: create a causal blog, or create serious revenue-generator.

If you’re just blogging for fun, sign up through WordPress, Blogger, or even Tumblr, customize your colors and photos, and get started. But if you want to make money, learn the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org — the latter is necessary if you want your own domain. You’ll need to find a host, register your domain, and then start customizing your layout.

Think about hiring out the customization work unless you’re good with web design, HTML, and CSS. Whatever you do, make sure your site looks good on desktop computers, tablets, and even the most affordable cell phones whose screen sizes maybe only as big as their cost. Don’t make your layout too busy, though. Stick to a single color scheme, avoid loud or obnoxious pictures, don’t play background music, and make sure the text is easy to read.

4. Going Down the Blogging Road Alone

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Sharing posts, blogs, and pages from other bloggers is also incredibly important. Why share? Because if you share stories from blogs in the same niche, then they’ll likely do the same for you. Their readers will notice and then head over to your blog to see what you have to say as well.

In addition, don’t write everything on your own. You don’t have to hire a bunch of other writers, but you should try to seek guest posting opportunities. Try to share posts on blogs that have large followings and solid rankings. By doing so, again, you’ll grab the attention of that fan base. If you invite popular bloggers to submit guest posts on your blog, their readers might come over to your page too. This is known as “karma blogging,” and neglecting it is one of the biggest blogging mistakes most newbies make.

3. Imagining Money Will Magically Appear

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Money doesn’t grow on trees and it doesn’t come through the Internet by magic either. If you want to make money on your blog, you have to sell advertising. You might pitch yourself to businesses and companies so they’ll advertise on your blog or you can sign up for Google Ads, which helps put you in touch with advertisers who want to share their products and services on popular blogs. Fellow bloggers might want to buy ad space as well, so that’s another instance where karma blogging could benefit you.

2. Making SEO No-Nos

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is constantly changing. You don’t have to take a class or pay money for an expert content writer, but you should spend some time researching SEO best practices. Many bloggers mistakenly believe that if they stuff their blog posts with nonsensical keywords, they’ll hit number one in search engines for a given topic. That doesn’t work anymore.

Instead, always write engaging content that makes thoughtful use of keywords. If you’re selling something, like homemade jewelry, then use phrases like “homemade jewelry,” “DIY jewelry,” “artisan bracelets,” and similar phrases in your blog posts — but only when they make sense. Share pictures, use subheadings, write eye-catching titles, and prove yourself as an expert on your topic.

1. Ignoring the Importance of Comments

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Just as sharing is important, commenting is important as well. If you comment on other blogs and social media in knowledgeable, thought-provoking ways, you’ll also look like an expert. People will answer your comments, they’ll come to your blog, and you’ll increase your audience. You’ll become part of the blogging community in your niche, which leads to more readers, more money, and a better reputation. This increases your blog karma as well, and keeps your name out there.

Lots of people have blogs, but if you provide exciting, engaging content on various platforms, you’ll go far. What are some of the techniques you’ve used to make yourself a successful, knowledgeable blogger? If you are a newbie blogger, donít you think itís time you started avoiding these mistakes from now?

Reources:

http://dannybrown.me/2011/10/17/12-common-mistakes-new-bloggers-make/

http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/12-common-blogging-mistakes-to-avoid.html

http://ajnabii.com/make-money/10-mistakes-bloggers-make.html

http://12most.com/2011/07/21/12-common-mistakes-bloggers/

http://boostblogtraffic.com/launch-mistakes/

About the Author

Shaun Chatman is a well-published author on many authority sites. He lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or advising friends on SEO, online marketing tech, gadgets, finance and travel.

About Shaun Chatman

Shaun Chatman is a well-published author on many authority sites. He lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or advising friends on SEO, online marketing tech, gadgets, finance and travel.

Comments

  1. Rasheeda says:

    This was a very helpful read as I am a new blogger myself, currently working on my first blog for a up and coming non profit organization. Thanks!

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      Hi Rasheeda,

      I am glad you enjoyed reading it and found it helpful. All the best for your first blogging venture!

  2. thanks for sharing. its good informations lol :)

  3. i think guest blogging is ignored by most of the bloggers …it,s big mistake.
    thanks ..it is useful article

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      I agree, Gaurav. But guest blogging should be mutually beneficial. Paid link insertions, spammy links, and low quality of content have all to be blamed. Back links are essential, yes, but not at the cost of quality content. However, I am seeing a lot of guest bloggers and site owners abusing what was once a successful way to provide quality info and get backlinks.

      Luckily, there are still guest bloggers and fantastic site owners like Melanie who put quality above immediate profits. I am just citing one example; there are many more.

      Thank you for reading!

  4. I wasn’t conscious about guest blogging. That’s a reminder for me. Thanks for the step by step suggestions.

    Off topic: I want to build a popular community blog. But have no idea as a new blogger. Any tips please?

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      Hi Jewel,
      Guest blogging is great for a site owner as well as a writer/company if you know how to use it and not misuse it.
      As for advice, I think you were asking Melanie, the owner of this blog, and not me? I am no expert, and the best person to advice you on this is Melanie herself cos the success of her blog speaks for her.
      For starters, just avoid these common mistakes, and I think you’re set. :-)

  5. Hahaha.. So true and the pictures you attached with these points are incredible… Most of the bloggers fail to the reason because they want money and blogging is not all about making money… SO we must take care of all these things to get success in our blogging career.

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      Sajid,

      Well said! My mantra would be ‘Passion’, and everything else will follow :-)

      Thank you for your kind words; much appreciated.

  6. thanks for share.
    nice ….

  7. So simple. So true. So easy to forget. Thanks for putting the basics together in one post! Off to share this with 3,000+ bloggers @ Sverve!

  8. I agree with all the points. In fact I have been guilty of almost 6 of them myself. The key message would be make it easy on your readers!:)

  9. Social Media is very hard to neglect now a days due to its unlimited potential. Also, you have to be patient for your blog growth.

  10. Right Saun, you have mentioned them all in the correct order. The most important of all these days is Social Media. Most of the people around the world are using one or the other social networking site and to gain exposure, it’s really a must to be social.

  11. Good post and solid advice!

  12. This web was a very helpful read as I am a new blogger myself.
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  13. great article as usual thanks for this informative share this article explains about Common Blogging Mistakes… great keep going

  14. Oh now I understood wher ei am lacking.. From 1 week I am asking people that I am writing quality posts but I am not getting good amount of traffic.. The thing I am lacking is Social media promotion ! Tanks a lot Shaun! I owe you a lot :D

  15. You outlined some great points.

    I think the reason why many people tend to make these mistakes is because they get overwhelmed by everything that you have to do when you start blogging.

    If it is their very first time starting a website, they are going to be scared and not know what to do.

    That is why I think having a blogging buddy who can help you through these types of things is a valuable.

    Many people don’t go this route, but it is worth it.

    Great post.

  16. great tips esp. on the guest blogging. I should try that. also agree on money doesn’t magically appear. some people think that once you have a blog it will automatically earn. thank you for sharing, very helpful for a newbie like me.

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      Haha, that’s like saying having a car will automatically take you to your destination. Somebody’s gotta drive! Glad you found the piece useful, and hope it takes you to your destination faster.

  17. thanks its nice post

  18. Great information – thanks! :)

  19. Great information for new all bloggers really. Even when people have been blogging for a while they sometimes forget (or never knew) these important points. I love the point about money not growing on trees. It takes time, a lot of effort, and focus to earn an income from blogging.

    • Shaun Chatman says:

      Jessica, spoken like a perfect candidate for blogging. Looks like you’re in this for the long haul. All the best to you!

  20. Shaun Chatman says:

    Thanks, Ade and Adam :-)

  21. Thanks so much for these great tips. I am always trying to avoid pitfalls and make my website the best i can. These tips should really help.

  22. Thank you for making this easy to understand. Nice and concisely said. I guess I need to brush up on my SEO. Thanks for the tips.
    Jodi

  23. Nice post. Hitting publish on your blog post is not the end. Nobody will come rushing to your blog if they don’t even know about it. Use social media to your advantage.

  24. Number 7 really speaks to me, and is one of the main reasons why I prefer creating niche website rather than blogs. Unlike blogs, niche sites aren’t expected to be constantly updated, so you can make a passive income with little work after the website is completed.

    If you do decide to go with a blog, make sure it’s a niche you’re passionate about so you don’t run out of content ideas, or get bored with your websites subject.

  25. This was very useful. Thank you very much.

  26. Wow an excellent and very detailed informative blog post explaining to us bloggers out there what to avoid. This will hopefully make us all successful bloggers like yourself!

  27. Blogging should focus about sharing information on things that you are familiar with, interested in and actually know about. If you don’t have a clear direction about topics you want to write, then it will be hard to create relevant and engaging content.

    If you stick to your lane, it will be easier for you to interact with other bloggers who share the same interest. People will be convinced that you are an expert on a particular subject and they will visit your blog for tips and advice. Social media should also come hand in hand with blogging as it will increase the visibility of your posts and attract leads.

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