Are You Destroying Your Own Blog?
The answer might surprise you…
As much as I love WordPress, there are a number of issues with this platform. The biggest challenge I have noticed is that with every update WordPress gets less and less user friendly. Look at the “Block Editor” or the updated algorithm that has messed up the stats of so many content creators.
That’s why it’s easy to make mistakes you may not even know you are making. You may not even be aware that there is something wrong with your blog until you check or someone kindly points it out to you in your comments section.
I wrote a post about blogging mistakes a while back and it was wildly popular. It currently has like 600 likes which is insane. But it does tell me that this is a topic that my readers find helpful or useful and so I thought I would do a more updated version of this post. Especially since the algorithm has changed since that post came out.
Most of these mistakes are not major and are easily fixable so don’t be worried. You just need to double check everything and probably make some small adjustments if you are making any of these blogging mistakes. Here are some ways in which you may be destroying your own blog that you need to be on the lookout for and how you can easily fix these issues:
Check Your Settings!
I can not emphasise this one enough (hence the exclamation mark) because WordPress makes changes every few months and those may effect your settings. For example, I have noticed a number of the people that comment on my posts have profiles that don’t lead to their blog. Some of them lead to an error message, others lead to random pages and some to their older pages/domains.
If you have even a minute, go to your account setting (you will find them on your “Profile” page) and make sure the details under your “Account Information” are correct. In particular, make sure that the “Web Address” section has your actual address/domain on it and not something random.
If you are not sure whether your profile leads to your site or not, go to any comment you have left and click your name. If it leads to your site that’s perfect and if not you need to check your settings. If you are new and haven’t left any comments yet, feel free to comment something below to see if you are directed to the correct site.
It’s important that your site leads back to your page because that’s how other bloggers tend to go over to your page. If you leave a comment on someones site they need to be able to leave a comment on yours. If people can’t find your page because it redirects somewhere else, you will lose a lot of traffic.
Another example is Jetpack for self-hosted sites. If your site is self-hosted and you would like to continue to be a part of the WordPress community please make sure your Jetpack is connected because without it people will not be able to like your posts or comment the same way one can on non-self-hosted sites. This could again make you lose a lot of likes and comments.
These are just two examples, but there are a lot more little settings that could mess you up. Take some time to go through all your settings once every two or three months just to make sure everything is as it should be. It’s important to do this regularly because let’s be honest- WP malfunctions a lot and some of the changes they make are wack.
One thing that can make or break your blog is how you use your features. WordPress provides content creators with a number of features. Depending on what plan you have chosen, you may have more or less features. Plugins, for example, are only available on some paid plans and not the free one.
However, features like media, tags, categories and publicise are available to everyone regardless of what plan you have chosen to use. These few categories may not seem too important especially if you are a newer blogger but the truth is that they are absolutely vital for your blog.
Let’s take tags and categories, for example. Tags and categories are how your content reaches readers. If you don’t use tags or categories, the WordPress algorithm has no idea who your target audience is and consequently will not push your posts. On the other hand, if you do use tags and categories well, the WordPress algorithm will know exactly who to push your content to and you will get a good amount of traffic from these tags/categories.
Related Post: How To Use Tags Correctly
Being A Bad Commenter
Say what you want about WordPress but this platform has one of the best communities on the internet. The majority of people on here are supportive, friendly, open and kind. I have had so many incredible conversations with lovely people here and I have even been able to make a number of wonderful blogging friends which is something I am always grateful for.
Rubbing people the wrong way or just being generally awful is not going to work well with WordPress the way it does with social media. For the most part, we try to be respectful here and even if we disagree we try to do it in a friendly or at least respectful way.
If you are leaving comments that could be offensive, you are going to isolate yourself from this community which will lead to your blog not growing much. If you are leaving spam-like comments with links or telling people to view your blog or like your posts or something, people are most definitely going to delete your comments or even block you. You’re just going to end up isolating yourself and your blog instead of getting more traffic.
Be mindful of the comments you leave. Try to remember to be respectful and friendly. This is a place for content creators so your comment should be about their content not about your blog.
Related Post: How To Get More Comments On Your Blog
SEO & Algorithm
“SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.”- moz.com
I have written about how vital SEO and the WordPress algorithm are for bloggers looking to grow their site so many times so I won’t bore you by going into all that again. But, did you know that just as your blog posts can be SEO/algorithm friendly they can also be SEO and algorithm unfriendly?
That’s right my friends. The annoyances that are SEO and the WordPress algorithm just got even more annoying. Having posts that are SEO unfriendly or/and algorithm unfriendly can not only decrease your traffic and growth but it can actually damage it. These posts will not only be suppressed from new audiences, it may also cause WordPress to suppress your posts from your loyal followers/readers. It may not show up on their “Reader”, they may not see it on the “Tags” section and more. That’s why it is important to try to make your posts as friendly to the algorithm as possible.
Search Engines may also suppress your content if it is not SEO friendly. This means, that it will not show your content on the results of certain search phrases/words or it may not even show your content at all if it is really SEO unfriendly.
I know SEO and the algorithm can be both confusing and time consuming. Especially going back to old posts and trying to fix them. However, if you are trying to grow your site, it is necessary. It can lead to much better traffic, a larger following and even increases in your Domain Authority. If you feel as though you don’t have the time to make all these changes yourself or do so much research, look into hiring a blog manager. I offer blog management services myself and if you are interested feel free to check out my services page by clicking here.
Related Post: SEO For Dummies
Related Post: How To Use The Algorithm To Grow Your Blog
Being Sporadic And Inactive
This is a huge no-no. When it comes to publishing content, you want to try to have at least somewhat of a schedule. I understand that not everyone has time to post everyday or even every week. Even if you post once a month try to post on the same day/date and time.
There are literally thousands of content creators on WordPress and most people follow multiple blogs. If you want them to see your posts you need to make sure they know when you post so that they can stop by your blog and interact with it. If you post randomly, they’re probably going to miss your posts or even stop checking your site altogether.
Schedules are tough for creatives, trust me I understand that. However, they are great for technology because the algorithm loves it when you post at optimum times. It allows it to better understand your content and your audience and push it to the right people.
So even if you don’t have a really specific schedule, try to have some sort of schedule your readers and the algorithm can rely on.
Related Post: How To Schedule Your Posts
I really hope this post was helpful especially for newer bloggers. I think some of the things I mentioned may be obvious to older bloggers but newer ones may still not know since they are not used to this platform. If you have any thoughts or question please let me know in the comments below.
Was this helpful? What blogging mistakes have you made? What are some blogging mistakes you avoid? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you!
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120 thoughts on “5 Mistakes That Are Destroying Your Blog”
Thank you so much for this! I really struggle with schedule. After I spend hours writing a post, I just want to hit publish and be done. I always tell myself I should schedule it for a future time so I am consistent, but my desire for instant gratification always wins. 🙁 OK. I am going to be more disciplined starting now!
I absolutely know how you feel. I spent a few years posting irregularly before figuring out my schedule. Creating a post itself is a lot of work and sometimes it’s just so satisfying hitting that publish button after all that. But scheduling is way better in the long run. Good luck!
Thanks! cool tips! I tried the click on the link idea. Now I have no idea where I am…but it shows my info and links…something about Gravator…I’m not sure if it is good or bad. 😂 Not made for old bloggers or old bloggers not made for it. Will try it on computer and see what I can find out.
Whew…ok I see someone else it does the same…always assuming theirs is right. Will try one of yours. Cool 😎
Oh no sorry about that! Did you click your link on the comment (like your name) because it doesn’t redirect to your blog it directs to your Twitter page.
No, for a lot it sends them to the Gravitor page…which is cool….but mine was a terrible terrible mess. I’m still working on changing it. When I say terrible mess…I mean totally unbelievable beyond awful mess. Thanks for the tip. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but you definitely saved the day!
I hope everything gets fixed soon!
I’ve noticed over time that many avatars never lead to the actual blog, not cool. I post five times per day these days, what are your thoughts on this, Pooja?
Yeah I’ve had that issue too and it sucks. I think five times a day is fine as long as you stick with that number and don’t post at random times. With photography blogs posting more often is generally fine. I always discourage posting too often for people who create really long posts.
Great info, Pooja! 💞 I can’t stand the block editor either but the WP community keeps me around. I also didn’t know about Jetpack with self hosted sites so that’s great info if I ever switch.
Thank you! 💕
Yeah, the block editor is hated by most lol. Yes, connecting JetPack is vital especially if you want to stay a part of the community after switching to self-hosted. Do keep that in mind if you ever decide to move to a different host.
Haha, I think I have made all the mistakes you mentioned above. We really need to be more vigilant…
Oops lol. If it makes you feel any better I’ve made all these mistakes too which is how I learnt about them. We have to be very careful with WP especially since their platform is always changing and not well maintained.
Guilty as charged 🙈 I am sporadic and I don’t stick to a schedule. It starts off well but then kinda goes downhill, and we all know how that ends lol I tend to bite off more than I can chew with overly ambitious goals, but then often fail to execute a long-term plan.
I’ve told you my friend that now you need to change your strategy a little. I know it’s exasperating that views are not coming. But, you need to be consistent and interactive. Just like you commented here. You need to show interest on others sites and trust me people will return.
I’m interactive when I’m near a phone. Crazy thing is I spend more time offline than online. You do have a good point though. Input equals output.
If it makes you feel better I did that for years before I figured out a better schedule I can stick with 😭
I think making smaller, more achievable goals will definitely help a lot. I made the same mistake with bigger goals and that just messed me up even more. I ended up taking a break for a few months because it got too overwhelming.
Sometimes breaks are a good thing! It’s a great way to recharge. I’m glad that you found a schedule that works for you. 🙂
Yeah I think breaks are necessary sometimes especially when you’re overwhelmed. Thanks 🙂
I think this blog is very useful and I’m saving it so that I can learn more about each points individually.
I need more knowledge about SEO, and I will read your other blogs for that.
Also, I wanted to know your opinion about if wp is now dead? Like many people complains that they are not getting decent traffic and things are getting boring. Do you agree with it?
I personally feel that a lot of my followers are missing. Maybe it’s time for me to find new people.
I generally visit 1-2 new sites regularly and give them genuine appreciation. If they are kind enough they return back the same attention. What should I do to get more such loyal readers (specifically from wp)
Thanks so much.
I don’t WP is dead, I think it’s just a lot harder to grow and use. Like you need to put in more effort than before. I don’t get bored since I always have comments to reply to but I can see how that can happen to smaller bloggers.
I have the same issue with my regular followers missing or not blogging anymore over time. The key is to continue trying to gain more followers to replace these.
I have a post on getting loyal followers that may help: https://lifesfinewhine.ca/2020/05/07/5-ways-to-get-loyal-followers/
I think you have a blog for my every problem.
That shows your knowledge and creativity.
Thank you so much. Will read it. Need it a lot.
Thanks and hope it helps.
Does….does my avatar link to my account??
Great read, as always!
It does! Thanks so much 😄
Well said! 👍😁
Thanks so much! 😄
You are welcome 😊
Nice one ❤️
Thanks so much ☺️
Great tips, Pooja.
I really needed them😊
Thanks so much, glad to hear that 🤗
I am an older blogger and even I learned something new. To check the settings regularly. I didn’t realize WordPress messes them up once in a while. Thanks for the great info, Pooja!
I’m so glad this helped. My pleasure!
This post is so helpful, Pooja, thank you! I’ll make sure to rectify these mistakes as soon as possible.
I’m so happy to hear it was helpful! Good luck!
Thank you for the heads up, I had not considered some of these.
Happy to help other bloggers. After a lot of mistakes I’ve been able to learn these things and if I can spare someone from making those mistakes I’ll try to.
This is so helpful. Thank you so much. I gotta note it down.
So glad you found it helpful.
You always give such good blogging advice. Pooja for dummies 😊.
Haha thanks so much- if it makes you feel any better I’m usually a dummy when it comes to blogging too I just make mistakes and learn 😂
Quality ideas and smart advice
Thank you so much.
I LOVE what you had to say here. Thanks for the advice because I now have a few things to check on!!
Thanks so much, I hope everything is good with your blog but in case it isn’t I hope this helps fix the issues.
I really appreciate this post! Fortunately, I don’t do any of these mistakes. I do wonder when I know I’m going to miss a post though if it’s a good idea to briefly post at that date and time to say “No post this time”. I mean, I missed a post last weekend because I have been taking advantage of the Stampede. I posted it on my IG story, but didn’t post it here and I wonder if it’s a good idea to do a small post saying, “No post this time” and why
Happy to share it!
Glad you aren’t making any of these mistakes. Yes, I would recommend making a short post informing your readers. Not everyone is active or even there on socials so it’s a good idea to share that on WP too. Plus, to the algorithm it would count as a post.
Thank you very much for your insight! I shall do so next time! 🙂
You’re totally welcome 😄
Glad you think we’re supportive, friendly, open, and kind! So are you!
Aww thanks so much!
Thanks for this! I’ve always wanted to start blogging but felt intimidated by all there is to know about “doing it right.” Maybe some day soon!
It can be scary but honestly blogging is all about learning from your mistakes. That’s how you get better at it and soon you’ll be a pro before you know it!
I didn’t about the Jetpack thing. I just check the Jetpack setting and now it is showing Jetpack Powered in the WordPress app.
Oh that’s great. It’s important to have that connected otherwise your blog will get a lot less WP traffic.
Thanks for the heads up!
Happy to help!
Just realized my name link showed an error…
Oh no, well at least now that you know you can fix it.
and I did.. thanks to you : )
You’re very welcome 🙂
Thank you so much pooja for such an helpful and necessary post:)
My pleasure- glad you found it helpful!
Ah, not so related, but, how can I post a music or record to Spotify. I’m impressed when seeing your radio.
You need to create an account and then upload your content from it. Hope that helps.
I never even knew I was this ignorant to WordPress’ Algorithm until i read your post! Awestruck!
I’m so happy you found the post helpful and don’t worry I used to be like that too. You just need to do your research and learn!
Ah, Thanks! I had an account already. Just because I can’t upload directly by the browser. I need to install its software on a computer or an app on a smartphone.
Yeah unfortunately you do need the app. I had to get the app too.
This was definitely so insightful Pooja – I just went through some profile settings just now because of this 😆 I 100% need to start working on my SEO, eventualllyyy I will 😂
Lol hopefully everything was okay! SEO is the worst but it’s also great for traffic 😫
Blogging consistently at the same time is my biggest struggle! Thanks for the helpful post!
It can definitely be a struggle- it was really tough for me too especially when I was studying while blogging. Thanks and glad you found it helpful!
I write for a living, so all the time spent at a keyboard can really add up. I don’t post as consistently as I want to, but I’m all-in on the community aspect. I love the connections I’ve made through WordPress, and continue to read and comment even when I slack on writing 😂
As a freelancer my life is in front of devices too so I get the struggle for sure. I love the community too and I honestly think that’s what keeps most of us here lol 😆
Changes and changes and changes!
Great post Pooja!👍🏾
Haha loved the SWS! Thank you ☺️
In summary, every problem is a human problem… The blogger.
Thanks for all the helpful tips Pooja! I know that I’ve learned so much by reading your posts over the years (wow, it has been that long!).
I need to work on setting a time to write, in a place I can’t be distracted. I think this will fix these mistakes I make in the post.
Yes, usually the blogger is the problem lol! JK 😂
I know, it been a long time but glad the posts have been helpful. Yeah having a quiet place to write helps a lot.
Yes, great article and tips. I actually found that someone had redirected my url to a site selling viagra. I got it fixed but if I use the url in Facebook it’s gets flagged and I get a violation that puts me in Facebook jail. Unfortunately, there isn’t anyone at FB that can assist so when old posts are reposted, I am back in jail – frustrating to say the least.
Oh wow, that’s awful. Glad you were able to fix it on WP at least. These things do happen so we have to be very careful.
Educative posts, thanks for this
My pleasure 💖
Oh wow! Going to my settings now! Thank you girlie.
Hope everything is good with your settings and if not at least you know now!
Thankyou for a very detailed breakdown on the mistakes that we are unaware of…. it’s the small details that can make all the difference
Thank you and I totally agree, it’s the small things we miss that make a big difference.
Thank you for the great tips!
WOW! What a great post! Especially as a new blogger, I’m so thankful I found your posts (I wouldn’t have if you hadn’t found one of my posts first through my tags. Like you said, tags and categories really must be important!). Now it’s your fault that a have about five million more tabs open from all your other amazing articles that I still need to read. XD <3
Thanks so much! I’m so glad you found this post helpful and hope you feel that away about the other million too lol.
I’m sure I will!
Great tips! I know the hardest part for me is to post regularly ahah, but I’m trying to be better 😂
That’s the tough part haha!
Thanks for these helpful tips! Scheduling seems like an easy one but it’s challenging for someone who has an attention span like mine lol. Thanks for sharing.
Lol I definitely know what you mean and it’s something I struggle with too (it took me like a year to get used to scheduling posts lol). Thanks for reading!
Pooja. You are a constant and amazing resource for bloggers.
Thank you so much. Happy to help fellow bloggers.
Such great tips- and I need to improve in pretty much all of them 😬🤣
Lol, well, good luck!
Very useful post! I have a question. I don’t really use the category feature. How does one properly categorize posts? I do use tags though.
majorly important! ”
” I have noticed a number of the people that comment on my posts have profiles that don’t lead to their blog. Some of them lead to an error message, others lead to random pages and some to their older pages/domains.
If you have even a minute, go to your account setting (you will find them on your “Profile” page) and make sure the details under your “Account Information” are correct. In particular, make sure that the “Web Address” section has your actual address/domain on it and not something random.”
Yeah it’s annoying not being able to see their blogs and it’s probably not helping their growth so I thought I would mention it!
Heyy, I just discovered your website and it is soo helpful for a new blogger like me. Thank you for such useful and detailed articles on blogging.
I’m happy to hear it’s helpful!
Thank you for this post! I wasn’t aware of how much they changed the algorithm. Very helpful 😃😃
Yeah it’s changed a lot recently and happy to help! 😊
Thank you for posting this. It’s so helpful😊
So happy to hear that! 😊
Post has good information! Thank you for your interest in my blog and your great comments.
Keep moving forward you are doing such a good job. Stay in touch.
Thank you so much! And yes, definitely stay in touch.
This was a very informative read! Thank you for sharing these helpful tips.
Thank you so much, glad you found it helpful!