10 Most common Blogging Mistakes to avoid as a blogger(Last Updated On: February 16, 2016)
Hi Guys, I am back again here with an interesting post. Last time, I shared a tutorial about Fiverr and this time, I am going to share my views on the blogging!
As you know, Blogging has got popularity as a great online business that allows someone to get exposure in this online world. Also, it has become an excellent way to make money online. Isn’t it?
If you’ve started your blogging career OR thinking to start, you’ve to read these mistakes that I’ll share in this article. Promise me, you’ll not do these mistakes again :D?
I am listing some of the most common mistakes that you should avoid in blogging:
- 1 #1. Lacking a Strong Blogging Niche
- 2 #2.You Think you Need to Publish Daily
- 3 #3. Publishing As Soon As the Writing is Done
- 4 #4. Trying Black-hat tricks to rank in search engines
- 5 #5. Inconsistency
- 6 #6. Not Engaging with the Readers
- 7 #7. Focusing on quantity instead of quality
- 8 #8. Not joining the blogging communities
- 9 #9. Not Promoting Your Blog Posts
- 10 #10. Your views?
- 11 About The Author
#1. Lacking a Strong Blogging Niche
To decide your Blogging niche is one of the most important parts which many beginners don’t consider much. Either they think it is ok to blog in any topic, or they choose to blog on multiple topics at a time. As a newbie, it is not possible for anyone to master in almost all subjects, unless you are a genius to write on any topic. So after some time, all or most of those blogs die an unnatural and immature death. This is essential for every blogger to choose a good niche that is profitable.
#2.You Think you Need to Publish Daily
OMG, This is one mistake which many newbies make. In the start, I used to post every day. And for some reason, if I was unable to write in a day, I used to feel guilty thinking, my readers will be waiting for my article. But the right thing is, until unless you build a strong readership with some excellent blog posts, no one is waiting for them.
It is rightly said:
Don’t write everything OR anything which will not benefit your readers. Rather, try to research as much as possible for your blog post, make it more engaging for the readers and also optimize it for the search engines to reach a wider audience.
#3. Publishing As Soon As the Writing is Done
Almost 99.9% of the newbies make this mistake. During the early days of my journey, I made this mistake and learned that writing posts and publishing without proofreading impacts badly.
Find some time to edit your blog post & shape up your article. Fix typos, incomplete sentences, grammatical mistakes, & increase overall readability. Use Grammarly to proofread your blog posts.
#4. Trying Black-hat tricks to rank in search engines
Some bloggers try black-hat methods to get better rankings on Google and other search engines! These black hat tricks can help you instantly but can destroy you for a long time. The tricks include the spammy ways such as generating fake traffic to rank higher, using Softwares for automation, etc.
I agree that black-hat tricks work. But, remember, these tricks work for a short interval of time and can cause a permanent disaster to your blog’s SEO. Like, you might get penalized, and your blog will not appear in SERPs for the lifetime. There are some methods to recover, but you know that prevention is better than cure.
Only implement the white-hat SEO techniques that are shared on top SEO blogs like:
Repeat, don’t implement the black-hat techniques!
The biggest mistake any newbie makes is inconsistency. Inconsistency works as a killer for the blogging career. You’ll realize it soon if you’re new in blogging. I realized it after a long time since the start of blogging journey!
Neil Patel, a giant content marketer says:
“New bloggers also face this as it is hard to blog on a consistent basis. Without doing this it will be hard for you to grow your blog.
Years ago I took a month off of blogging. When I did this my traffic didn’t just drop, but it took me roughly 3 months recover. In which after 3 months of consistent blogging, my traffic returned to the initial amount I was at before I took a month break.
If you want to fix this, you’ll have to set specific time aside just for blogging so that you can write your content in advance. If there are holidays or if you get sick, you’ll still have content to publish.
To help with this process you can use a content calendar. In addition to that, every time you have a new blog post idea store it in Evernote or any note taking application” – Neil Patel
#6. Not Engaging with the Readers
Comments are a way where blog readers share feedback or views about the blog post. It’s a mistake that many bloggers don’t engage with their readers either through the blog post or comments. The result comes out as no improvement in readership, and the blog dies simultaneously.
The solution is to make sure that you write engaging posts that interact with readers quickly. Increase the readability of blog posts and make sure you engage with your blog readers via comments. Reply them and treat them as one of your best friends!
#7. Focusing on quantity instead of quality
Many bloggers make this mistake. They keep on publishing the blog post just to increase the quantity of blog posts, but they don’t consider the quality (the most important factor). The quality blog post is always better than crappy ones that have words with no power or truth.
Dag Holmboe, CEO of Klurig Analytics says:
I think a lot of bloggers focus on quantity versus quality and I think this is the biggest mistake. There is this theory that states that you need to blog a few times a week to make your blog always seem fresh; both from the perspective of human consumption and also from a search engine perspective. The advantage is a gain in quantity—perhaps also a gain in page rank—but there is a loss in quality.
A good, in-depth blog post takes time to research, write and edit. Unless you’re a larger company with a team of professional writers, there’s not enough time in the day to do this well; thus there are a lot of blogs with underperforming material.
Focus on quality instead of quantity.
#8. Not joining the blogging communities
Oh! This might not seem to be a mistake but, blogging communities and forums are a must thing to join for every blogger. Why?
The answer is simple, almost in all blogging communities, there exist bloggers and experts that can help you grow faster. The main advantage of blogging communities is the bloggers that exist there act as motivation for every newbie. Once you see a blogger growing, you’ll start giving more heed to your blogging career and simultaneously, you’ll grow faster than enough.
The solution is easy, join top blogging communities and start connecting with like-minded bloggers and grow fast as a blogger.
#9. Not Promoting Your Blog Posts
This is a mistake, yes, this is a mistake. Many newbies just write the blog posts and publish. After that, they sit back and relax! They don’t promote the blog post. They don’t understand the real importance of promotion. They don’t know that promotion is the only thing that can let them grow!
Be serious in the promotion. Promotion is the main thing that can give you exposure. You can use social media, online forums, etc. for promotion.
#10. Your views?
This was all from my side. Is there any mistake, I forgot to mention? If yes, share with me in comments. I’ll be waiting!
Recommended Readings :
- Blogging Series Overview [Complete Guide to Blogging]
- How To Make Money from Blogging
- How to Get Traffic to Your Blog?
About The Author
Muhammad Ahmad is a blogger, SEO expert & a Graphic Designer. He is the owner of a tutorials blog Tutorials Fist
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