Blogging mistakes to avoid – blogging is no more unique, just about everyone does it. It is no more a personal diary, as people have realized that it is also a great way to make money. However, many people try to “make money from blogging” only to give it up down the line.
The initial stages are always challenging, that many people quit blogging and just give it up down the line, as they’re unable to handle the challenges it poses. We have listed a few of the “blogging mistakes to avoid,” so that you don’t fall into the blog trap.
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Not Updating The Blog
You set up a blog, and is all excited about your new posts and the comments that follow. This continues for a few days or maybe a few weeks. Then gradually the excitement starts to die down and so do your posts.
Gradually the blog is completely forgotten. That my friend, is the red alert!
Please remember not to ever fall into this trap. It would be better to hire a person to write the blog posts for you. Just remember that nothing kills a blog faster than the lack of updates. You must post frequently, to notice any change in traffic. You'll thank me later!
Try and maintaining at least one good post per day, or try allocating half an hour for your blog each day. A blog that is updated regularly keeps moving ahead and is abuzz with thoughts from you and comments from your readers.
No one wants a dead blog! Or, do we?
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Blogging Only For Money
Many people are curious and ask us whether they could make money through blogging. We tell them, “Yes, it’s possible to make money through blogging,” but the reality is that, most people who write blogs exclusively to make money, really don’t make any money.
Get it? Or is it confusing?
This is because blogging is an organized, disciplined and an ongoing process, where fresh content is always necessary. The sooner people forego this due to other commitments, they just lose out. This is one of the reasons why more that 90% of the bloggers do not make money from blogging.
Also, do not think when people tell you that blogging only for money is bad. It is just that you expect results too soon, and invariably cave in, and forget about it. You do this regularly and will be shocked to receive your first check, and can't help thinking whether this was due to your blogging efforts.
So, go ahead enjoy blogging – think of it as a part time hobby. There is also no harm if you lose your spontaneity – just have a back-up blogger or writer ready to write those posts for you.
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Proofread, Proofread and Proofread
Always proofread your blog post prior to publishing it. We all make mistakes while typing and therefore checking your post once again before posting, is a great idea. What I mean to say is that all of us make mistakes while chatting with friends, and we take it for granted that our friends would understand what we’re trying to say. However, in a blog post, one cannot overlook this mistake, a post needs to be proofread at least twice, before posting. If we write something at night, we can just save it and read it twice in the morning before posting. You will notice the difference.
Of course, recently, there have been a number of blogs that have wantonly come out with posts that contain mistakes – but they can afford to do so. This is because, this is their USP (unique selling proposition). In other words, they are writing for their friends. Their friends tend to understand their slang and mistakes better than correct perfect sentences. In other words, it is slang what sells. But this can be applied to only a small percentage of people (generally the younger generation). Besides, we also need to have a large reader base or friend base for the success of such a blog.
Be Personal – Write To Connect
This is another important aspect that you have got to remember. “Writing for a blog” and “writing an article,” are two distinct styles.
Blogging is more personal. Blogging is like having a conversation with ones’ inner self and also with a virtual partner. It is not like lecturing a room of students on a topic. While your knowledge of the topic would be appreciated, you lose out on the personal side if you become too preachy.
So write for your readers but don’t get too personal.
Control your language, no f’s and sh*t and other lose slang. Whatever said, people respect you more without it.
For instance, I received this feedback a few months back, from a client when I took on writing about a product which I knew quite well, but didn’t quite fathom my reader-base.
Here is the feedback, I received from him when I sent him my draft post for review.
- “You've got to stop writing like you are teaching a class. Write as if you’re actually talking to me. As if, you’re talking to someone at a kitchen table. Relax and make it easy to understand. If you’re writing for an Industry magazine, it's perfect. You’re writing for a blog. It's got to feel like a blog. People don't' write blogs with hours of research, they just sit down and write. So write using casual language.
- Start using contractions. We tend to use many contractions. It is = it's, I would = I'd, Should not = Shouldn’t and I have= I've. This will make it sound more conversational. Again, make it easy to read.
- I can't critique the structure, because you didn't end the article at 400 words and put an ending to it. But as far as I can tell, the keywords were placed very well.
- You are missing the point of the reader. You wrote about big companies using the product, but if you read the product description, our target market isn't big companies. It's small little businesses, 1 person realtors, 5 person accountants, and 10 person contractors. You tend to be boring when you talk about big business, because the reader doesn't care about big business. However, you can use big business as an example, but talk to the reader and tell them what's in it for them. The small business guy, the entrepreneur, the start up business. Those people are the targets NOT big businesses that you spoke about.
- Again your writing is really amazing, it just needs to be tweaked a little.
Well there you are – So being more personal is a key to a good blog. I hope you’ve got the point.
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Respond To Comments
It is very important to respond to comments. Consider it as the magic portion for your blog. It’s that important! This is what brings back readers. Successful bloggers always interact with their readers and they try to establish a link or a connection with their readers. Once you establish a connection with your readers, they will often drop by your blog to check what you have written recently.
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Not Being Original While Blogging
Another key point to the success formula is to “be original.” If you find some interesting topic in some other source, say a blog or a website link – give them credit. It gives your blog a lot more value.
You don’t need a small post to ruin your reputation. You may have not realized and could have been carried away by the source – but sometimes the feedback could be nasty. So try and be original.
It is funny, when people say that blog posts have been copied – people would most probably be only happy to have their topic copied, if proper credit was given to them. Be original, write for your readers.There’s no rush or shortcut to success. Take one-step at a time and strengthen the bond between you and you reader.
Blogging Mistakes To Avoid – Writing For The Search Engines Instead Of People
People get carried away by KEI (keyword density index), key phrases, tags, keyword density, making sure that it is Google friendly and the rest of the jazz. But what they tend to forget is that it is people who would be reading their posts and not search engines. Your first priority should always be your readers, don’t leave the SEO and keyword densities completely, but readers come first.
When you proofread your post for the post for the second time, check for the keywords and their positioning and basic optimization, i.e., opening, end and the middle should be optimized well with the main keyword. That’s more than sufficient.
Not Being Passionate About Your Topic
Successful bloggers are always passionate about their topic and they also maintain a high blog posting frequency. Now if you have ten blogs and you say that you are passionate about all of them – how will you be able to maintain your blog posting frequency?
It’s practically impossible!
Fewer blogs written with decent degree of PASSION can take us a long way.
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