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Top 10 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Blogging Today
If you're a newbie blogger, then you can be easily forgiven for making some of these mistakes. But if you're an experienced, aged and advanced blogger, sorry but there's no excuse for you! However, everyone learns at their own pace, and quite often, it's knowing these things that makes all the difference to how you blog. So to help you become a better, smarter blogger, here's 15 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Blogging!
Blog Mistake #1 Trying To Be Perfect
Look, nobody is perfect. We are all but human. Your readers aren't perfect, (even if some of them think they are). And nobody likes people that think they are perfect (although some are amusing to watch and listen to). But just be real! You're not perfect, and it's okay to make mistakes. That's what it means to be human and people like humans because they are human. Sure, strive for perfection, but just agree that you'll never truly be 100% perfect and that's okay! People will accept you for what you are, grit and all.
Blog Mistake #2 Not Planning Ahead
Any good blog plans ahead. A good blogger will plan posts ahead of time so that he/she has something to write about on any given rainy day. Think about the direction your blog is going in, and then think about if your content is planned out ahead of time so that you'll never run out of things to blog about.
Blog Mistake #3 No Email Subscription Form
Most big blogs capitalise on their readers by getting them to subscribe. If your blog doesn't have some basic simple form for people to subscribe to then you're losing out and leaving money on the table for your competitors to collect. Likewise, you can be sure they'll be trying to capture their email addresses so you should too!
Blog Mistake #4 Treating Your Blog Like a Hobby and Not a Business
Okay so it's good to have hobbies, and blogging can be a good hobby to have. But people take their time seriously online and they want to know they're being taken seriously when they visit your blog. And by seeing your blog as a hobby and not as a business, you'll find it harder to do those things that take your blog to the next level. However, think of your blog like a business and it will be much easier.
Blog Mistake #5 Bad Blog Titles
The titles of your blog posts are one of the first things that people see. They should be well formatted and structured, they should be clear and concise as to what the blog post is actually about. If possible, Try To Use Capitalised Blog Title or at Least Capitalise all the Important Word Like This!
Blog Mistake #6 No Images
Blogs aren't just for writing articles that are text only. Blogs are multimedia sharing platforms and they are perfect for sharing and displaying images. But some bloggers fail to use images or any at all and this makes their blog suffer. So try to make your blog visually appealing and attractive by adding more images to your posts (and don't forget the ALT tags!).
Blog Mistake #7 Paying Too Much for Your Blog
A blog should be a cash cow and supplemental earner or even main income producer. But some people pay too much for their blog! They pay too much in hosting fees and other stuff as well like advertising, marketing and promotion. And while those things are good to do, do them too much and you could be running at a loss. Never run a blog at a loss it's counter-productive.
Blog Mistake #8 Too Much Thinking - Not Enough Doing
Are you forever thinking up great new blog post ideas and things you can do for your blog to build more traffic to it? Then great! But are you actually doing those things that you've been thinking of? If not, then not so great! When it comes to blogging, it's all about action. So do less thinking and more doing and then you will see the benefit from it.
Blog Mistake #9 Not Monitoring Traffic
You need to monitor your blogs traffic such as direct (referral) and organic (search) traffic daily, weekly and monthly. This will help you to see and know where traffic is coming from and for what. That way, you can focus on doing those things that brought in that traffic in the first place. Whether it's doing more blog commenting, forum posting, or writing content based on the keywords you're being found for!
Blog Mistake #10 Not Having a Blog Ideas List
Every good blog has a list of ideas of things it needs to do or should do to find more success in the blogosphere. That could be a huge list of ideas on your computer or even those you've written down in your notebook while commuting to work or something. But if you want your blog to be known as one that is always coming up with new ideas, then put together a list of ideas for your blog.
Blogging doesn't have to be full of mistakes but a lot of bloggers do make these mistakes and more when blogging today. But all you have to do to avoid making these same mistakes is to learn from them and then avoid making them yourself!
What about you? Have or do you make any of these blogging mistakes?
What other blogging mistakes do you make or know of?