Blogging takes quite a lot of skill, practice, patience, and effort on your part to give you the desired result. I’ve found many bloggers failing because of not making the right choices. Though mistakes cannot be avoided totally, I think some of the major ones can be prevented, if you know about them. Being new to blogging, every aspect of the post may look overwhelming to you. I’ve summed up 8 common mistakes you can very well avoid and get your site running smoothly.
1. Not focusing on the design
I’ve seen many bloggers not paying attention to what should and what shouldn’t be on their site. For instance, the Meta widget does not do anything to your site except for misleading the visitors to your blog. Similarly I’d strongly recommend avoiding using general tag clouds like Yahoo, Google, tips etc as they do not have much SEO value. A good layout and premium theme will work wonders to your blog and make your site impressive, which is what you need to do as the first step.
2. Common domain name
Though free domain names may look attractive, I don’t think they add any value to your site. The kind of exposure you want will not occur, if you do not customize your domain name. What I suggest is every blogger should have the appropriate control over his site and make it look professional, which a free domain name cannot do.
Though much has been said and done on this matter, I feel that plagiarism effectively kills whatever ranking you had targeted on. I’ve noticed that blogs with quality content stand out appealingly and always attract visitors. What I suggest is that if you do want to publish content from other sites, you can always cite the source as reference or acquire author’s permission. This will add a genuine look to your post.
4. Improper quality control
Content that is not checked for grammar and spelling errors, using complex terms, not giving sufficient information are some of the frequent errors that most bloggers commit. Apart from these, not updating the posts regularly and giving monotonous and run of the mill stuff also make visitors shun your site. I’d suggest using content that is fresh, innovative, and frequently updated, so you do not bore your visitors and retain their interest totally.
5. Long drawn and boring content
However interesting your content is, if you present it in long paragraphs without any bullets or number system, the readers will soon lose interest easily and move over to other presentable sites. What I propose is make your content presentable with right titles, subheadings, and bullets. And don’t forget the images. I’ve found that people look at the images first, then the title, and finally focus on the content. Make sure you have your priorities right.
6. Flooding the post with ads
This is like putting a cart before the horse. Advertisements are very distracting and visitors will move on to other sites without reading the content. If you want to profit from your blog, I think the best way is to first increase your visibility and then start posting the ads. This would give them more credibility and the response will be heightened too.
7. Not filtering comments
This could well end up in spoiling your reputation permanently. Don’t allow visitors who do not share genuine information or comments. Use good spam filters and make sure only the legitimate comments are seen.
8. Not using share buttons
This is the last but not the least one you should focus on. Social media is seen as the best way to get instant success. Not using the share buttons is like blocking traffic to your site. I’d suggest using sharing tabs of all the popular social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
With millions of blogging sites out there, being seen can become a big problem. To attract visitors, you always need to look different and refreshing. As an amateur blogger, the best way for you to go about it is identifying the pitfalls and correcting them promptly.
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