I haven’t been writing a lot of advice posts lately since they tend to take much longer than my regular posts but I wanted to still write them at least once every week or two weeks since I know a large number of you seem to prefer them the most (judging by the spike in numbers, comments etc when I post blogging advice content). I also know some of you find it helpful since I am sort of an OG blogger (okay, I’m just old compared to most of the new bloggers these days. Happy?) and have picked up some valuable information over the years.
Blogging is great but it’s also easy to make some blogging mistakes especially when you first start out.vI generally tend to focus on the do’s but today I thought we could talk about some blogging don’t’s. Trust me when I say I have made more than my share of mistakes when it comes to blogging. For example, I straight up randomly picked my blogs name out of a name generator on Google and now I kind of don’t love it and feel like it doesn’t go with the vibe of my site anymore… But back to the post, here are some major blogging mistakes you should be avoiding if you aren’t already:
Churning Out Content
I say this on a lot of my posts and I’ll say it again, for emphasis- do not just write and post content for the sake of it.
I know a lot of people realise that the more content you post the higher your numbers will be sometimes (depending on other factors too of course). This is a way of spamming the system into thinking you’re more active and popular than you actually are.
Here’s the problem with that though. You’re not actually active or popular. This isn’t your high school experience, bud. The system or WordPress algorithm may be fooled for a little while but over time it will catch on to what you are doing and stop pushing your content. Furthermore, your actual followers will most likely not love the fact that they are getting notifications about a new post being published every five seconds and will probably unfollow you. I know I had to unfollow a couple of bloggers that were clearly just posting every few minutes (literally!!).
My advice is, be yourself, publish content that you are passionate about even if that means you publish less often. You would rather publish quality content and grow slowly rather than spam the system and get a handful of short term followers.
I know most bloggers will answer yes to this but have you ever got those super annoying spam comments telling you to view or follow their blog? Yeah, those really suck. If you are leaving comments like that with your link, I would highly recommend stopping. Like, immediately.
Those comments can be incredibly frustrating and somewhat insulting because it feels like you put so much effort into your content and the person didn’t even take the time to pretend to read your post but instead took the time to leave a comment asking you to view theirs. I have even had some people ask me to go through their blog and tell them ways to improve it when they have never taken the time to even read my posts. That’s quite insulting and most bloggers tend to block or ignore such comments.
Leaving such comments will not help you grow and if anything it will probably repulse bloggers from ever visiting your blog. If you do want to get more followers or traffic, try actually reading some posts and leaving likes or likes and comments if you have the time. Leave a genuine comment I mean, about their content and they will most likely come over to your blog too.
Not Doing Research
Not doing enough research is one of the biggest no-no’s when it comes to blogging.
Before you start blogging or at least in the early stages of blogging make sure you do some research on things like how to grow your traffic, followers and more if that is one of your long-term goals with blogging. I am saying this because I didn’t do that and now I am stuck reformatting and re-writing some of my older posts to make them more SEO friendly.
Not Taking Advantage Of Free Stuff
Did you know that WordPress as well as the internet in general offers a really large number of free stuff for content creators? If your answer to that was no, I have a follow up question. What’s it like under that rock that you’ve been calling home for the last two decades?
But seriously, WordPress and the internet in general offers so many free things it would be crazy not to make the best of it. For example, WordPress offers a lot of free features such as images- why not use some on your posts to make them more interesting? You can also find sites online that help you find the right tags, keywords and more. Use them!
And of course don’t forget to learn how to use all these free features well. The tags feature can make or break your blog- that’s not even an exaggeration. The categories section is super important. The comment and reblog features exist for a reason. Seriously, all these features are so vital for your blog to succeed so use them!
I want to thank everyone for the really great comments and feedback you left on my last advice post. It was my first one in quite a while and I truly appreciated it. I also hope this post was helpful and if it was do let me know because I have enough content to make a part 2 of this post if you guys are interested.
What are some blogging mistakes you have made on your blogging journey? What are some blogging mistakes you have avoided? What advice would you like me to share next? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you!
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