Blogging mistakes can prove to be dangerous.
When you want to build your career as a blogger or when you are already a blogger. In both cases, these mistakes are harmful.
We all surely learn from our mistakes but there is a certain limitation to everything.
Do you know that when we talk about earn money online, blogging is among the top preferences of people?
Okay, so here is a situation that is a nightmare to every blogger. And surely you don’t want it to happen with you
You wrote an excellent blog according to you, publish it and it didn’t work out well. It didn’t get the love and appreciation you expected.
You would feel disheartened, isn’t it?
After all, you have put your heart and soul into creating the blog.
But alas! it didn’t work out.
But what can be the reason behind it? Why didn’t it worked out?
Everyone loves to read blogs today, be it related to news, business, entertainment. Everyone reads blogs!
Then, why on earth your blog got ignored.
When it comes to business, blogging is done by every marketer whether big or small organization. Blogging has numerous benefits. It’s an effective inbound marketing strategy.
According to the latest stats, numerous marketers feel that they are not able to create engaging content
As you can see in the image above almost 73% of B2C Content Creators want to make more engaging content.
Okay, so do you also feel you are making the same mistakes?
Well, certainly You Are Making!
Check by yourself in case, you are making these mistakes you must stop immediately!
So, let’s get straight into the same –
BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID IN 2020 AS A BEGINNER –
#1. BLOGGING MISTAKE – NOT BEING REGULAR
When we are going to discuss blogging mistakes this is going to be on the top of our list. Not being consistent is one of the top reasons why people are not able to get results from blogging.
Composing blogs once in a blue moon never helps. As a blogger, it is important to be consistent. You can choose your definition of being consistent. It can be once a week, or it can be twice a week. It depends on you. But keep in mind to stay consistent.
When you are regular when you are providing your customers with what they want. It will boost your website traffic. It will boost your rankings on the SERPs, it will get your business more customers as well, you see there are numerous benefits.
If I talk about my experience, then initially, I didn’t ever take ”we should blog regularly seriously”. I had numerous tasks to do, so I ignored it. I was like Oka! this can wait.
And it dropped my ranking. It feels really bad.
I promised myself that I am never going to make this mistake again! Now, I blog every other day seriously.
#2. BLOGGING MISTAKES – THINKING THAT YOUR EVERY BLOG WILL GENERATE HUGE TRAFFIC
Expectations lead to disappointments Oops!
Common people! This is unrealistic.
As content writers, it is obvious that we want the best results for every blog written by us. We want to get viral, get thousands of shares and comments, etc. This may sound exciting but it is unrealistic. It’s like sitting by the analytics and waiting for miracles to happen every day.
And then that doesn’t happen and you are all disappointed! That’s again a waste of time and energy. Your every blog post will not get miraculous results. And that’s okay! This is not an excuse.
Remember, blog consistently and with all your heart!
The solution? Use Google Trends
Here, you will find tons of topics that are trending worldwide. What’s next?
Choose a trending topic that matches your website niche. And write on that (Secret – It will increase the chance of your blog going viral)
#3. BLOGGING MISTAKES – USING TANGLED TEXTS/ TOO MUCH MISTAKES?
We have seen this there exists numerous people who think they need to become a Shakespeare to be a successful blogger. Thus, they use complicated words and sentences in their article to look smart.
I mean what’s the point in writing something that your customers are not able to grasp? This is one of the blogging mistakes you should never commit, it’s a blunder.
Think of this, you are reading an article on the web that is too complicated words and sentences for you to grasp. Would you like to read that article? That’s the point
Your article must always have simpler words and sentences so that your audience can understand what you are trying to convey.
Using tangled words and sentences can make you look intelligent but it’s a useless thing for you to do. Your readers are not getting what you are trying to say then what’s the point? Always make sure that your blog is readable.
Now, the second part of the story, too many grammatical, spelling errors, meaningless sentences. Would you like to read such an article?
So, before publishing always go through what you just wrote and edit everything unnecessary. Edit the errors, complicated words, and sentences, meaningless sentences.
In short, Edit! Edit! Edit! Every time. Never skip this!
#4. BLOGGING MISTAKES – POOR BLOG STRUCTURE/SHORT ARTICLE
Another blogging mistake for you to avoid. There are already millions of contents already scattered on the web. Recently I was reading a blog on the web. After reading the first paragraph I understood the blog was written by some layman. It had two big mistakes. First, it has poor structure second the article was short. (it was not even ranking)
To succeed in blogging, your blog must have a proper structure otherwise, it will surely get ignored by your audiences. If your blog is lacking this we would suggest you use the formula of APP that is (Agree, Promise, Preview)
First of all, your blog should have a relatable introduction, that your customers can relate to that’s the first part of APP (it’s Agree)
Secondly, now that your customers agree with you, then promise them that you have a solution that can help them. This way your readers will stay hooked with your blog. After all, they want the solution to their issue and you have promised that you will bring it. It’s the second part of APP (it’s Promise)
In the third part of the story, it’s the solution your readers wanted to know. You promised to provide them the solution. Then, in the end, you provided them the solution. Now, that’s how you can delight your readers with your content. It’s the third part of APP (it’s Preview)
The second thing of the heading, short article…
When you desire to rank on the first page of SERP. Short blogs 400-700 words (approx) never works. Go and check out the blogs ranking on the first page of SERP. And you will surely find one thing in common, those blogs are long and insightful. Short articles never rank on Google.
So, if you were writing short articles, time for you to stop and start writing long articles!
#5. BLOGGING MISTAKES – YOUR BLOG IS NOT ACTIONABLE
It does not provide a step-to-step guide.
Beginners lack this in their articles
For instance, a blog talks about ”lead generation for small businesses” but then the blog talks about the theoretical part of the lead generation. It is not providing the step-to-step guide through which small businesses can generate leads.
Your readers want the solution to their problems if you are not able to provide then what’s the point?
Explain everything to your readers step-by-step.
Second thing, your blog is all theoretical.
How can your readers believe you then?
You must provide proof to your readers that can support the data you are providing. Got the point?
#6. BLOGGING MISTAKES – YOU ARE NOT USING ENOUGH DATA TO PROOF WHAT YOU ARE SAYING
For instance, you wrote a blog, a long-insightful blog. Now, tell me the reason why your readers should trust what you are saying?
Got the point?
In your blog always make sure to provide statistics and data to support what you are saying. When you don’t have any evidence to support what you are saying.
In this case, why on earth people will trust you? They will go and read some other blog which can show them the evidence that proves whatever they are saying is true.
In whatever topic you are writing, make sure to research about it. And collect shreds of evidence and data that can prove whatever you are saying is true.
This is the only way to get people to trust you.
Show proof always, that can support your blog.
If your content is all theoretical, without any data. It might not work.
#7. BLOGGING MISTAKES – NOT UNDERSTANDING YOUR TARGETED AUDIENCES
The internet is a gigantic place for millions of users worldwide. Do you think everybody is your audience?
I would call this one as a blunder.
When you want to be successful as a blogger you need to know who your audience is, their age group, preferences, etc. just like you know your name. You must know these details as well.
Here, you can be as specific as you want to be.
First, spend time knowing and understanding your targeted audiences. Then, you must create a strategy so that you can provide your audiences with the content their heart desires. Providing your audience with the solution they want. That needs to be your goal as a blogger.
Never assume that as soon as you publish some content on the web. Immediately your audiences will know that. This way, things never happen.
You will have to use the right marketing channels so that your content can reach your audience wherever they are present. The communication needs to be correct.
Blogging is always presenting the right content, using the right marketing channels at the right time to the right audiences.
#8. BLOGGING MISTAKES – NOT TAKING KEYWORD RESEARCH SERIOUSLY
You are doing blogging for a purpose, isn’t it?
You are not doing it just for fun. In the long-term, you must be having something in your mind, either you want to monetize it or build a brand around it, etc. The bottom line there must a purpose behind it.
As we already understood in the previous section, everyone using the web cannot be your audience.
And of course, in your blog, you must want to attract the right kind of people. You want people to buy from you, be your regular readers, etc.
You don’t want to attract those people, who will come, read a line or not. And might not ever return. You want to attract the right ones to your blog.
Well, the Internet is a gigantic place. There, are tons of blogs here who desire to attract your audience.
So, how you are supposed to stand out from the crowd.
Answer? Simple, by doing Keyword Research.
Well, as I already said there are tons of websites out there. And most of them underestimate the value of keyword research. They simply write a blog and then they wait for miracles to happen.
To be honest this strategy never works!
Keyword Research is always important. It will help you understand what your audiences are searching for. What keywords you must choose and what to avoid.
In this intense competition. Keyword Research is a must! Something you must never avoid!
#9. BLOGGING MISTAKES – STARTING THE BLOGGING JOURNEY WITH FREE BLOGS
Tell me one thing first? Are you serious about blogging? I mean do you want to pursue it for the long-term?
Numerous individuals have this misconception and they think creating a WordPress site is difficult.
Well, the truth is within like just 5 minutes you can create your WordPress site online. It’s easy as a pie. No rocket-science for sure!
If you are serious about blogging or the other way round you must go with WordPress. This is the preferred site for building websites. Trust me! it is very easy to use as well.
When you use fee blogs. You will always live with the fear of losing your content. Within the blink of an eye, you might lose your content.
It can be because you knowingly or unknowingly violated the guidelines of the specific platform.
Boom! all your hard work is gone. Now what?
You certainly don’t want this to happen, isn’t it?
When you want to pursue blogging. I will highly recommend you to go with WordPress. There’s is no rocket-science behind building a website with WordPress. It is easy to use.
#10. BLOGGING MISTAKES – YOUR CONTENT IS PLAGIARIZED
Trust me! Plagiarized content never works.
Think about it, this way copying somebody’s answer in the examination. Does it work? No! isn’t it?
The same goes for online content. Plagiarized content never works. Google hates this. And if you continue doing this practice. You might end up losing your website. That means your website getting penalized by Google.
A nightmare, isn’t it?
You surely don’t want to lose your website right? If so, then avoid copying other’s content.
Share what is in your head with your audiences. Research and come up with more unique content. Backed up with powerful data. Share your thoughts, add your words to it. What’s the point behind copying other’s work?
In case, you end up copying a quote or anything from another website. Make sure to give them credit in your blog. Be it an image or some quote. Don’t end up copying. If you are mentioning something on your blog that does not belong to you. Give them credit instead.
#11. BLOGGING MISTAKES – YOU THINK YOU DON’T NEED TO EDIT OR PROOFREAD.
Already mentioned this in #3.
This is a blunder. Publishing your content without editing and proofreading can damage your image online. And you might end up losing your audiences.
In case, you think that whatever you write, has to be great. And it can never have mistakes. Then, you are wrong this time.
Everything you write doesn’t mean that it is right to publish that.
Everyone needs to edit and proofread their content before they hit the ”publish” button.
This is not just for beginners. This applies to experienced writers as well. They are habitual of this work. And they never miss this.
They make sure to always read and proofread once they are done composing the content.
If you want to succeed online and stand out from the crowd. Make friends with editing and proofreading. Blogging is incomplete without these two aspects.
#12. BLOGGING MISTAKES – TRYING TO MAKE YOUR EVERY BLOG UP-TO-THE MARK
Well, in case you are working hard on this.
Get it straight. This will never happen. No blog is perfect.
One will always end up missing one thing or the other.
Trying hard to make your every blog up-to-the-mark. Postponing it, editing it is not the solution.
If I say, then every time I read one of my old blogs. I end up thinking of hundreds of things I could have added to the blog. And this happens every time. As I just said no blog is perfect.
Postponing blogs never works. Sometimes it necessary to just hit the ”publish” button. Rather than doubting what you just created.
If you are searching for ways to make your work perfect. Then, this is going to be a never-ending search. You will not reach any conclusion at the end of the day.
Write the content, make it all correct, edit, and proofread it. Then, without second-guessing. Just publish it. Don’t keep on postponing it.
After publishing if you feel there are errors you can just edit it. No issues with it.
But the bottom line is, don’t run to make your blogs perfect.
#13. BLOGGING MISTAKES – YOUR TITLE IS MEDIOCRE
Well, why you are writing a blog?
The answer is simple, for people to read it, share it, so that people can share their thoughts on the topic, etc.
Well, the attention span of people today is too short which means you have got only a few seconds to grab their eyeballs. Otherwise, you will end up losing them.
Let us take two examples here, choose the best one –
Title 1: Blogging mistakes everyone should avoid!
Title 2: Terrible Blogging Errors To Avoid To Thrive!
Which one you’ll choose?
Of course, the second one, isn’t it? Because it’s more appealing.
That’s the thing with titles. In case, you use a dull title then rest assured people will ignore your blog. You’ll have to write appealing titles for your blog, for people to click on it to read it!
When you want to build your readers, your audiences. Make sure to always write exciting and appealing titles. Don’t make it too long as well. Short ones work best!
BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID – FINAL WORDS
When you are already investing your time and energy into something. So, it’s always a wise choice to adopt the best practices, isn’t it?
As we already said, blogging is an important part of the online culture.
When it comes to blogging related advice. I’m damn sure you’ll have a bunch of them. The above-discussed are some of the very basic mistakes. I’ve personally seen people making!
You cannot succeed through the blogging journey overnight. This will never happen! You need to be consistent. As it is a long journey.
After you have stepped into the blogging journey. You’ll want to see certain results through it, isn’t it? So, when you want results. First, it is important to follow the right practices. As the competition is intense.
Following the right practices will always take you towards success. So, make sure you do so!
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