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70 “Dumb” Blogging Mistakes You’re Likely to Commit

41. Using poor images.

Good images attract good amount of people.
Poor It’s poor as it is.

42. No archives page.

What if a reader loves your content so much he wants to spend a couple of hours reading through it? Make it easy for him to get to all the articles in one place. Try this plugin to create a “Archives” page.

Archives

43. Cluttered sidebar.

Keep it simple, clear, uncluttered, and  minimal.
He's cluttered! He’s cluttered!

44. Specific niche.

Now is the time, almost every blog niche has got it’s masters. Still, you could survive, more likely, when you opt in a specific niche (or say, sub niche). Example? Internet marketing is a flourishing niche, when you select sub niche of it, it might be psychology marketing, landing page optimization, or search engine marketing etc. you’re more  likely to master it, easily.

Internet marketing

45. Too many posts on the front page.

It’d be better if I put it separately as well. It may cause slow loading site, TOO much choices (this may make them pick none) etc.

A lot of things

46. Hiring an SEO.

When it comes to improving something else, you also risk making it worse than it currently is. Do for humans, not SEO.

Hire me

47. Not proofreading.

Who would read your copy when you yourself don’t want to bother reading it, again?

Proofreading

48. It takes time.

Blogging is not a get-quick-rich scheme. It takes consistent efforts, time investment, hard work and a bit of common sense to be better at it.

Patience

49. Too many checkboxes.

CommentLuv, mailing list, GASP check box, notification  check box and etc. WHY so many options? Cut it to half, and ensure you make it easier for your readers to leave a comment even while they’re groggy ;-).

Tired of checking

50. Selling links.

Chances are you can get penalized by Google’s Penguin update and spend your followed days in Google’s Jail.

Selling

51. Buying links.

Why buying? I’m honestly even against building links.

Buying

52. Accepting paid posts.

One of the terrible mistakes committed that make it harder to survive from Google’s algos.

Paid articles

53. No call to action.

Your reader has finished reading one of your articles, what’s next? Direct them where to go and what to do. Add a call-to-action at the end of each article (preferably), where you tell readers what to do next.

Call to action

54. Writing what you like.

Write what readers want, preferably, NEED. Not what you want to or find easier to.

I like it

55. Not reading.

Successful people are always eager to know. They’re hungry to know, all the time and spend a portion of their time while reading books, articles etc.

Books

56. No research.

Most of the content I find is not well researched. And meat is just what the author do knows. You do nothing wrong if you add relevant facts with yours, and that by researching. You’ll find less content that is researched well, so you’re more likely to stand out.

Research

57. Being serious.

Try NOT to be too much serious while you write. Write as you talk and try to entertain your readers. Be you.

Serious

58. Giving up.

When you think you CAN, then you’re capable of that. Think you CAN.

Giving up

59. Using pirated themes.

You take risk when you do this one. Think; why anyone would offer you a premium theme for free? Perhaps, they’ve added malicious codes that may expose your site to hackers, can’t that be?

Jack Sparrow

60. Not investing MONEY.

You’ve it, so invest. No excuses. You’ve to make a few purchases and have to pay regularly for web hosting, domain name etc.

Investing

61. Pushing the words UP.

Keep things brief, simple and to the point, without the fluff (excessive words). Though you will be ranked better for lengthier article, but you cannot keep the readers as happy as you could by keeping things to the point.

Words up

62. Not getting to the point.

Talking about other stuff, going off the topic, adding fluff, trying to push the words count and instead not getting to the point (that you should), is not good practice. Get to the point.

Whats the point

63. Being afraid while linking out.

Often, we are afraid if we link to others they’ll get stronger, or this may harm your SEO (I don’t know how). Don’t be afraid, and link to other relevant content which could give readers more on the topic and be resourceful.

Afraid to link out

64. Fill the captcha!

To get rid of spammers, use plugins like Akismet, GASP etc. Showing captcha isn’t that good option, you lose more than you would avail.

Captcha

65. Reading spammers.

Have you got that much time, so you’re now reading spammers? Don’t prove to be silly!

Spamming

66. Cluster of tags.

Many bloggers, probably more than we can think of, keep a cluster of tags in the sidebar. It’s the part visitors often neglect. Don’t let them neglect and get it removed, so they don’t even have to bother neglecting ;-).

WP Tags

67. Being stats-addict.

Positive feelings begin the addiction. Watching stats, people coming to your blog, all this stuff give us positive feelings. And so become addiction, eventually. This is one of the biggest time-wasters for a blogger. Install this extension, you’ll get to know where your time flies.

Addiction

68. Expecting success overnight.

Overnight success comes to those who work harder. And by hard work, I mean the work that had been seemingly impossible to have done. Toss your expectation into the ocean.

Expect nothing

69. Not taking risks.

So you’re afraid if you fail, and not taking the risk? Biggest risk is not taking risks, says Mark Zuckerberg.

Risk

70. BIGGEST MISTAKE is … not making mistakes.

Fail, hold on, try again, now iterate. Over time people will remember the value you provided, and will forget what mistakes you ever committed. And of course, time will bury mistakes.

Biggest mistake

The biggest mistake you can make is not making any mistakes. — Mark Zuckerberg

I hope you didn’t miss the biggest one while you skimmed (I know many of you did). If you didn’t, just don’t commit that one essentially, let the rest flow. Let others happen, they’re not as much to-be-avoid as the one biggest.

It’s your turn now, let me know other blogging mistakes that you either have committed or you think is a mistake.

Author: Mairaj Pirzada is freelance writer, nature fan, minimalist design lover, student and future photographer. Find him on Google+ as well, be friends there.

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24 replies on “70 “Dumb” Blogging Mistakes You’re Likely to Commit”

Yes, I thought this is the most valuable article I am reading ” Very good written and ya there are number of mistakes which I do also Commit :P
Thanks for sharing these valuable Tips :)

The article is a must read for every blogger and you have done an amazing job of rounding up almost everything which is being ignored by most of the people who strive hard to success (even successful bloggers do commit many of these mistakes) but still there should be one article like this as it helps like a self check for every blogger before doing anything.

PS: I can’t see the images in this post, please check if it is working for every one.

Here is the list from where you can get success as soon as possible and these are the these kind of mistakes which you should notice on any how in blogging field as well as for other profile.

Well most of the mistakes you have write here all about those people who want money from the day one the start blogging and some of them are from those we are newbies as you are right there are non who do no make mistakes but learning from mistakes make you strong and perfect.
You have mentioned all the possible mistakes which could be accord thank you for sharing this.

Well put Mairaj. Happy to see your Guest Post here.
You really know how to treat your readers and make your blog feel more Homely.
I really liked the part where you talked about annoying ads.
Congrats :)

Great post! The rules 1 is very important, at my beginning I just wanted to write to write and it was a mistake, just write to express yourself and to give your best on a special topic.
I really liked the part about the annoying ads too…
Thanks :)

What else could I say except thanking? Let me know if any (that wouldn’t be bad I guess).
Thank you.

Hi.. Mairaj
I am not agreed with one point that is traffic is not important. The truth is without traffic nobody can stand in blogging.If your not giving the importance to traffic then why you are talking about SEO and other stuff all other stuffs which you are discussing here only for traffic ..Am i right ???

I want to tell something, you know what you need to make schedule and force yourself to post, otherwise you will be sooo lazyy, and if u keep up with the schedule then you will be on the TOP, dont care about readers, care about Google bots, so if you love bots, bots will love you back, then automatically you will be on the top and when you are on the top then people will HAVE to come to you.. ;)

superb post, being newbie in blogging I’ll try to avoid the mistakes you mentioned.

poor images look silly I know, but they increase load time as well. I also hate too many check boxes :P

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