Us bloggers like to give tips and advice on what to do for your blog but what about what NOT to do?
Posting once a week isn’t going to build your audience. Posting twice a day is just annoying. Your readers should know when to check your blog, so post regularly and at a time which should be expected by your audience.
A pet peeve when I look at a blog is poorly laid out articles with images of different shapes and sizes all over the place. Good sized, high quality photos can keep a reader interested.
LACK OF LINKING
Sharing a product with your readers? Link it! It’s so frustrating to be recommended a product with no link to the website where it came from or for the product itself. Oh and SEO (okay, I’m cheating by adding an extra one in here). Linking and using SEO tools (e.g. tagging) will help your search rankings.
POOR GRAMMAR AND SPELLING
Part of the reason I got Amy in on the blog is so she can proof-read my work. I’m not going to lie, this is my issue. I write and forget to check. Don’t do the same! It puts people off reading your content. But hey, we’re human! Take some time out to have a look over your post. Probably a few hours after you write it.
Although I say you should be consistent in posting, you should try to mix things up a little. Doing the same thing for every post can get a little dull and predictable, so change topics every now and again. Variety is the spice of life after all!
One or two sentences doesn’t feel like a blog post to me. I like text to accompany images not just, “Hey everyone, here’s what I wore today.” Discuss things in detail and get personal with your readers.
TAKE ANY SPONSORED WORK
Just because you’re being offered something for free or money, doesn’t mean you should take it. I apply for sponsored work that I feel I can combine into my posts. If you’re a fitness blog, why would you want some free lipstick to review? If it doesn’t fit, ditch it!
EXPECTING VIEWS WITH NO EFFORT
Getting blog views takes a lot of work. Scheduling social media and promoting throughout the day on various platforms is a must if you want anyone to look at your page. No one will find it from nowhere (much to my great sadness!).
NOT THINKING ABOUT THE READER
This is a common one that gets brought up in blogging tips. Giving the reader something they can use is incredibly important. Even if it’s just to inspire! A fashion bloggers job for example, is to give tips on style, clothing combos and advice on where to get the best looks. Not to simply show off their outfits. People want to see what will help them, because we as a species are selfish 😉
NOT STANDING OUT
Doing what everyone else is doing is fine, but you need to stand out from them. Make yours better, shinier, sexier (okay, maybe not that one… or maybe you should!) Anyway, the point is creating your posts to suit your personality is very important. Here are five ways to make your blog unique.
There we go then, mistakes to avoid when you next write up a blog post! Do you have any tips?