16 Common Blogging Mistakes To Avoid!

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Hello people, Welcome back to Gorgeously Flawed. Today, I am going to write about some of the common blogging mistakes we all have made or are still making! I am not a blogging expert – even I have made a few (actually many) mistakes in past. Most of the people don’t know that I started blogging back in 2011, but I had to delete most of my posts between 2011-2013 so that I could start over without any mistakes. I have learnt a lot about blogging in all these years and from now on, I’ll try to write blogging related posts that’ll be helpful for new bloggers. Let’s start with this one!

 

 

 

 

16 Common Blogging Mistakes To Avoid!

COPYRIGHTS RELATED

1. Using Copyrighted images/Using images without giving proper credits to the owner(s) 

New bloggers won’t relate to this because they all know it’s against the Google’s policy, but people who have been blogging from a long time have surely made this mistake at least once in their life. And by the way “Google Image Search” is not a valid source for pictures! I have seen SO MANY bloggers writing “Source – Google image” below pictures as credits!

I either make the pictures by myself with PicsArt (it’s a great app for editing) or I download them from copyright free sources like Freepik.

2. Copying content from other sites without giving proper credits

Google can detect content theft even if you have altered it. It’s better to give credits rather than getting penalized by Google!

3. Not watermarking your own pictures/pictures created by you

You should always watermark your photos to prevent their misuse! You can even protect your text content, here’s the tutorial on how to do it.

 

WRITING RELATED

4. Writing a “masterpiece” but not checking for grammatical errors

You should always double-check your content for grammatical errors/spelling mistake before posting it. I recommend using PolishMyWriting, PaperRater & Grammarly

5. Focusing on “quantity” instead of “quality”

What’s the use of writing a 100000 words post when it has no meaning? Make it short and sweet. (Look at the irony, I am writing this while making the same mistake on this post :P)

6. Using SMS language on your post/comments

No1 vil lyk 2 read ur content if yu rite lyk dis! A normal person will instantly lose his interest in your blog if you write everything in short form. Trust me but I have never ever used SMS language on my blog, at least not intentionally!  ?

7. Being inconsistent

Being inconsistent can affect your blog traffic. You might even lose your followers! So whenever you have free time, write 2-3 posts and schedule them for alternate days, then sit back and relax because they’ll be posted automatically! 🙂

 

SECURITY RELATED

8. Using templates from not so reliable source.

You should always be careful while choosing a template for your blog, no matter whether it’s free or paid. Your blog can be hacked easily if you are using templates from 3rd party websites. I used to use BloggerCandy’s templates when I was on Blogger blog. Right now, I’m using themes listed on WordPress itself.

9. Using weak password

Since we bloggers are always on hitlist of hackers, we need to be careful with our login IDs and passwords. Try to use a strong password containing a mix of upper and lowercase letters and symbols.

10. Not enabling 2-step verification factors

Nowadays many sites are offering 2-step verification service so make use of it! It will help to keep your account secure.

Read –  How to be safe while using 2 Step verification on your Google Account

 

PROMOTION / SEO RELATED

11. Not promoting/over promoting(aka spamming) your content on social media

I have done both of them (I still spam.. I guess.. or maybe not..  -zipped-). Not promoting your content on social media will give you zero traffic from there, whereas spamming or over promotion will result in high traffic, BUT many annoyed followers!

12. Neglecting SEO

Proper SEO tactics will help your blog to gain popularity and score you some genuine readers and followers! Ever since I have switched to WordPress, I have been using Yoast’s SEO plugin which is a great help for me! I’ll write about more such plugins and tools in my next post.

13. Using Black hat SEO techniques

I have never done this one! It can get your blog banned in a second! Check out this post -> 17 Black Hat SEO techniques to avoid.

 

COMMUNICATION / READERSHIP RELATED

14. Not making “About Us” or “Contact Us” pages.

Such pages are one of the most important part of your blog. What if a reader or a PR person is trying to reach you? They won’t be able to find any sort of information where they can contact you or read about you.

15. Not replying to readers’ queries and comments

This one is a major turn off for me! I know that it’s humanly not possible to reply to all the comments, especially if you receive lots of them but you can reply to at least some of them! It will take merely a few seconds.

16. Not joining blogging communities

Blogging communities like IndiBlogger, BlogAdda, BlogLovin etc will help you to interact with brands and bloggers of your niche.

I hope that this post will be helpful for newbie bloggers! I will keep updating this post with more “mistakes”! ? Have you ever committed any of these mistakes? Let me know in the comments section below! (Don’t feel ashamed because I have committed most of them too! ?) Subscribe to my blog using the subscription box below to receive more such exciting updates from me! (I won’t spam, I promise!) Rate this post if you like it! It will encourage me to write more such posts. 🙂

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I myself have committed some mistakes, one being inconsistent, but at this moment I have 6 scheduled posts 🙂

  2. It was a very good post and I learned a lot from it! I don’t think you wrote too much, since the content is relevant – I mean, it is something that should be explained. I write a few lines, because I know most people don’t read. I used to answer to every comment, but since my eyes got worse and worse and time is a constraint I am answeing just a few, for the same reason – when people don’t read even the few lines I wrote and comment something that is not really true, just because of the pictures 🙂 But it’s fine, I know it happens and I am OK with that 🙂 I am eager to read the next post!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    • Thank you so much for the rating Denise sis! 🙂 I understand that it’s not possible to reply to everyone’s comment, you don’t have to go out of your comfort zone to do that! I have terribly weak eyes too : (

  3. I’ve stumbled along the way, and I still fall sometimes, but I can’t deny I love blogging. Your post will truly be helpful for anyone who faces a problem or hits a roadblock.

  4. Needful tips for many bloggers, these days after creating of blog immediately the task going to be promotions, and many guys have been caught for over promotions by google penguin, Good tips, thanks for sharing

    Regards,
    Ajay Kumar K

  5. I’m not very active on blogging communities or social media 🙁 i need to improve this..
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    http://twosomelife.com

  6. I really appreciate your hard work the way your website looks. I am a big fan of your website and work.
    Whenever I’ll give a new makeover to my website I know from where to get inspiration. ??
    Very helpful tips for new bloggers like me. ?

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words, Ms.Chef. Thanks for supporting me always! It really means a lot to me. ❤ Whenever you’re giving a makeover to your website, just ping me! 🙂

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