Too often bloggers complain that after a great start, a year later their blog is as dead as can be. This is a common problem that almost always revolves around a small list of common blogging mistakes made by the bloggers.
A blogger can sit back and expect the blog to do all of the work for him or her, which is a terrible way to approach blogging. A successful blogger would tell you that great blogging takes a certain amount of dedication and hard effort to make it work.
You have to put effort into a blog to sustain it, especially after the first month or so of completing the design. Many people work so hard during the initial design phase that they get lazy after it is complete.
Why am I writing this post?
Well, I have been through this situation and almost did all the mistakes mentioned here. I am not a successful blogger, the reason behind this is these blogging mistakes.
To avoid this happening to your blog, check out these 5 blogging mistakes that can kill your blog.
One of the biggest blogging mistakes a blogger can make is to “forget” about posting. The most successful blogs are updated with new posts at least once a day. Some larger blogs are constantly being updated.
Google spider (web crawler) tracks your posting frequency and it creates a pattern of crawling your site. A regular or consistent update makes web crawlers think that your blog is still alive.
You should try to create new posts as often as possible. If you miss a day here and there, it will be no big deal. However, if you miss a week or more without posting, you might as well consider the blog dead already.
frequent updates play as a reminder to the web crawler to crawl your website or blog. If you stop updating or posting, after a certain time, the web crawler would not crawl the site as it is not in its practice and it would think that your site is as old as earlier.
I did the same mistake in the past. Sometimes I used to write multiple posts in a day and sometimes a duration drought.
You have to take a few moments, even as few as five days to create interesting posts or content. If you are writing short and concise posts like you should be, this should not be that challenging.
A new blog is much easier to rank in comparison to a dead blog. So, don’t miss your streak.
It is easy to keep your blog updated if you make it a priority.
Most bloggers today do want to make a profit from their blog. This is a trend that can get out of control quickly. However, If you are interested in adding ads to your blog, do so with caution.
There is nothing wrong with a few appropriately places ads that offer viewers links to places that correlate with your blog’s content. However, adding a massive amount of advertisements to your blog is a mistake.
If you have a bunch of flashy ads on your blog, your content will get lost within the flashes. Therefore, you should always limit your ads to three or fewer per page.
Make sure you place them in appropriate places that let your content shine through. Don’t allow enormous ads to fill up your pages either. They will simply annoy readers.
I did this mistake with my first blog. When I got my Google AdSense approval, I had only one thought in my mind and that was to earn money fast. So, I put lots of ads on my blog. Nothing happened, but my AdSense got suspended.
Be smart about including advertising on your blog!
Looks do matter when it comes to your blog. The more professional and crisp your blog looks, the more your readers will take you seriously. This would finally lead to a better conversion.
If you are interesting in boosting traffic, you should try a more serious layout or presentation for your blog. If you can afford to hire a professional, you should.
If you choose to do it yourself, you must make sure the end product is good. If you have a sloppy blog that looks “homemade” you will not likely have a great response.
Try different layouts and approaches to see what gets you the most traffic.
Pictures help a lot, and can add a ton to your blog and draw in more readers. However, when done excessively, much like ads, pictures can drive people away.
Excessive use of pictures on your blog would result in slower site speed which directly impacts your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
The main reason too many pictures can ruin a blog is because there are many web surfers who still use slow internet connections. When they try to load your page, it will take an excessively long time to do so.
This in turn will likely drive them and anyone else with this problem away.
Try limiting to a few pictures per page.
Everyone knows that the web is a place where you can freely express yourself. However, if you want your blog to survive, you might want to think about that freedom of expression.
Freedom of expression, is quite a good thing but it has its own limitations. You can’t express anything to anyone if you want no conflict.
The best way to express your freedom is to express it to those who is like-minded to you. This will lead you to write an appropriate content. It is advisable not to use an inapprpriate content on your blog. I am 100% sure this blogging mistakes will kill your blog.
What is inappropriate content?
Writing an article on chicken or mutton diet to a vegan or animal lover is an inappropriate content. Targeting a carpenter with an article on windows PC is an inappropriate article.
Although you should always say what you feel, you can do so in appropriate manners on your blog. There are ways to say anything on your mind, without using profanity or any offensive lingo.
If you want your blog to be successful, you cannot be inappropriate with your content.
Blogging is not a sprint, it is a marathon. A long run journey. In a long journeys, there are a lot of chances to make mistakes.
But every mistake and every failure gives some learning. I expect from you to learn from these 5 blogging mistakes that can kill your blog.
Wrapping it all in one statement, be consistent and post frequently, don’t overuse ads, get a professional look to your website, optimize graphical usage, and use apprpriate content.