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!
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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. 🙂