First of all I would congratulate you that you have decided to join the community of Bloggers.
Do you know common blogging mistakes will make you confess one day?
As a Blogger your life would become more than interesting as there is no boss and you’re going to love it! I made several mistake at starting of this blog and also faced a lot of problem. I don’t want you to face these problems. So before you cover a long miles into it, however, I would like to assist you avoid some regular common blogging mistakes (slip-ups). These frequent blogging misunderstandings are almost a rite of passage, but why waste that time with mistakes you can easily avoid?
Blogging is actually a type of passion where people can share about everything they like. In blogging you don’t have to follow any rule and regulations but without these some common blogging mistakes are made by newbie bloggers. I wrote this article mainly for newbie blogger who start blogging in the hope of getting rich overnight. I Before start blogging I suggest newbie blogger to learn some basics discussed below so that common blogging mistakes are avoided. When I started blogging I also made blunders but there is a philosophy “mistakes makes you experienced”, mistakes gives you the quality of improving on future events. So avoid unknown myths about blogging and be successful to generating some decent income online.
Avoid common blogging mistakes
Although blogging mistakes are many, some can be accepted but others may harm your blogging statics. I will give example of myself only, I started blogging with free blogging platforms BlogSpot (www.pawandiwakar.blogspot.com) and unfortunately every newbie doesn’t know what and how to write SEO optimized articles. So like every newbie I started copying content from other sites and uploading on my blogger blog. Once I understood the blogging legality I stopped the activities abruptly. It is illegal to copy content of other site but if you get permission from author of the articles then you may use freely.
Unknown common blogging mistakes every blogger must know
1. Nicheless Blog
With blogging profession growing rapidly, many newbie bloggers are generated in very short span of time. Actually they start blogging without any specific plan and write on all round subjects. Most of time they don’t know what they are blogging about! my suggestion for newbie blogger is have some knowledge about the blog they want to start. A specific niche get more success than nicheless one.
2. Irritating Blog Design
At the initial stage every newbie blogger try so make the blog look decorative i.e. uses lots of widgets. This is a very common blogging mistakes most bloggers make. Loading more and more widget makes the blog loads slowly which any visitor doesn’t love. I suggest to avoid using third-party widgets and ads. Keep your blog clean.
A simple and professional design always has a long journey with readers. The simpler, whiter space you use, more time reader spends on your site. Ask yourself which type of you read more I am sure your answer would be simple site that is more easy use and navigate. You can use your theme’s default white color to direct your readers to specific content.
I have done case study on many newbie‘s blog and found that they are using a lot of widgets on their sidebar which make the site looking messy. But just because of these widgets many of your reader moves away from your site as they find it difficult to choose the required thing they want.
Are you proud of your sidebar with lot of widgets? That’s good these are also important so don’t try to get rid of widgets but I have a solution for you, you can simply provide link to your important pages from main page instead of showing at the sidebar. Reducing widgets of your sidebar eases navigation for your reader.
If you aim to earn through your blog then please invest some money. There is philosophy “money makes money”. So buy a premium theme and give a professional look to your blog. Elegant themes are best SEO optimized and cheap also. You can also use free theme but be very careful in choosing, customize it and make your blog attractive.
Genesis Framework is considered best for WordPress.
The bloggers who does this common blogging mistakes are not spared once noticed. If you copy content from other site and use it in your site it is called as Plagiarism. I suggest you not to practice this because at that time won’t know what you are doing; you face the result of this practice when you apply for Adsense and Adsense team without considering anything rejects your application. Plagiarism applies to everything that you copy from other site and use it in your site whether it is text, music or photos.
4. Success rush
As far as I know about several successful blogger who are performing very well are really blogging for a long period. The blogging is not a practice of one night, it takes months, years to find some success. And believe me, once you start getting success you will enjoy blogging.
5.Using “click here” instead of keyword phrases for links
Some of my blogger friend uses the link in the style of Government application form.
For information on this topic click here.
In the above link format reader can be directed to any page but if you direct the reader to any unsuitable page, surely reader is not going click on other links too.
But if you write the complete name then before clicking the link reader knows on which page he/she will be directed and starts believing on your site. You always have one benefit of using complete name because it helps SEO to find your pages on Search Engine.
As you also know no one searches for keyword Click Here, so there is no sense of writing this keyword. You can ask yourself, When was the last time you did a search for “click here”?
6.Using a design with a dark background & light text
This is a mistake most of the newbie bloggers make when they start blogging. Think yourself, it would be very difficult for you to read text on the site using dark background and light text on it, but you find it easy to read if anything written on white paper. Same is the case with all online reader. Using dark background with light text doesn’t suit to your reader eyes. You must have gone to some good Hotel, they always try to make us feel better by providing best possible environment, same motive you should have for your readers. I always recommend you to use dark text on light background, reader enjoy it reading.
If it’s not too much trouble: ditch the auto-loading music! Auto-loading music is irritating and amazing, and even it create bandwidth problem. It makes your website slow which can directly reduce your increasing visitor’s number. I am asking you one question, what you will do if you visit a site but it takes 5 minutes to load. I am sure you will not return to this site ever. And I don’t think you really want to lose a reader just because of some stupid music.
You can just predict for a situation of a lady who is just opening your site, unfortunately it doesn’t load quickly because of music; this can be first reason she will never return to your site. Moreover, she didn’t know fact that there would be music; incidentally she had her speakers on high volume, and a sleeping husband (or child) right beside her? I can let you know this: She won’t be back.
8. Blogging with “NO” goal
Behind investing your time and hard work if there is no goal then it doesn’t come in common blogging mistakes, it’s blunder. There should be a defined goal behind every activity. Before blogging ask yourself why are you blogging? if you get reasonable answer then continue blogging. If not, you must first set a goal to be reached before starting your blogging career.
9. No Basic SEO Knowledge
When we search anything on Google, the most relevant pages comes into the first page of search result. This is because of SEO. Every blogger dream to see their pages on first page of Google and these common blogging mistakes most newbie blogger make. They do not learn to write search engine optimized content. With the help of SEO optimized articles you can get organic traffic i.e. visitors directly coming from search engines.
After several updates by Google, nowadays long tail keyword works well in increasing blog traffic but after SEO optimizing.
10. Not Updating Blog
43% of total WordPress website are lying rarely updated. Some newbie become overconfident and start blogging all at once but after few days their confidence goes down and they feel blogging as boring. Now they post once in a week, a month and at last one more WordPress blog lies with no use. Always remember people love reading the blog that are updated regularly. I suggest newbies to think before start blogging and try to avoid this common blogging mistakes.
11. Using Extraordinary English
As we all know each blog can be viewed by any person and we want that, so the English used must be simple enough. So that any one can understand your articles. Because if a visitor doesn’t understand the article on your blog he is never going to return again. Readability is also considered as a factor in SEO and ranking. Before publishing your articles always check grammar and readability.
12. Solo Blogging
Blogging means expressing yourself, your views and whatever you consider spreading. It is not done to keep the thing secret. Blogging is a waste if you are not sharing it with your friends and contactable peoples. For exposing yourself considered joining forum on your niche, it increase your knowledge and polish your concepts. I suggest publishing a post always share on social networks at least.
13. Ditching Pictures( one of important common blogging mistakes)
Experts says “a picture is equal to one thousand words”. Beautiful pictures related to your content attract visitor to your blog, use of picture make your blog interesting and friendly. I suggest you use at least one picture to an article, but be aware of copyright images. You can easily create your own images using picture editors.
Use canva to create images for free. It is a best option.
14. Accepting all comments
A blog’s success is also measured by number of comments it is receiving. If a visitor comments then it means he read your articles and giving his opinion. Sometime comments are sent by spammers like I found your website on search and you have amazing content and many time they comments with their product links. This is going to harm you.
I faced the same issue. I received and accepted spam comments and my comments gone non-functional for other real visitor. Afterwards I recovered from it.
Always use anti-spam plugins to get prevented from spammers. Most considered anti-spam plugin Akismet.
I hope this article helped you in knowing common blogging mistakes. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask by leaving a comment below.