10 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

Us bloggers like to give tips and advice on what to do for your blog but what about what NOT to do?

INCONSITENCY

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.

MESSY POSTS

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.

NO VARIATION

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!

You can get some blog post ideas here! There’s other freebies too!

LITTLE TEXT

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? 

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.

5 Comments

  • Reply Joanna October 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you, I’m working on growing my blog so reading tips like that is very helpful. I definitely need to be more consistent with my blogging (although I’ve reached the point when I do not post less than 2 times per week, so it’s progress for me). My main concern is whether my post ideas will be interesting to my readers; I can come up with many, but I’m never sure which ones should appear on the blog. Maybe I’m too picky or too much of a perfectionist, but I don’t like to post something if it doesn’t live up to my expectations. Do you have a similar problem? If so, how do you deal with it?

    http://stylestandpoint.com

    • Reply Laura October 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment! I write my ideas down and then go back and see if it fits in with my blog and whether it’s of any use. Then I draft it and keep going back and re-read it. If I’m 100% it’ll get posted 🙂 so my advice will be write it and go back and make sure you’re 100%. If you post 1 a week but it’s awesome than that’s better than posting once a day but it’s not great 🙂

      • Reply Joanna October 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

        Thank you for those tips, I’ll definitely try them out 🙂

  • Reply Brenda Smith April 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I would must say that you just rocked in this article. 😀

    It doesn’t matter, In which field you are working. You would definitely make mistakes and these mistakes will help you to learn something new. So we should never afraid of doing mistakes.

    In this article, the blogging mistakes which you have mentioned above are very much common which most of the bloggers or webmasters make when they start their blogging career.

    When bloggers like me do mistakes then It is obvious that they can’t generate that result which they want because of that mistake. When It happens, they again start doing all the things and tries to find what they did wrong in previous turn and then they find their mistakes and learn from that mistake.

    So some how, mistakes helped us to learn new things. Right? 😀

    Most of the people think that doing mistakes will give them failures which they never want but they should understand that every successful person makes mistake at their initial stages and learn from them.

    Every successful blogger copied others article once in their blogging journey but later they learned and started writing by themselves.

    I would like to give a great Thanks to you for covering these amazing blogging mistakes which people can use to learn from them. 😀

    • Reply Laura April 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much! xxx

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