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So you call yourself a blogger. Odds are you’ve discovered that the road to readers and advertisers is paved with good intentions. However, even those of us with the best intentions can make some dumb blogging mistakes.
Presumably you understand that crappy writing and bad grammar won’t get you far in the blogging world. We also assume you understand the value of proofreading everything before it goes live and utilizing behind-the-scenes tools such as tags and SEO. Beyond knowing the difference between their, there and they’re, and not slacking on the SEO there’s a few other ways to elevate your blog above the rest of the chatter.
Here’s our list of some common blog traps, as well as tips on how to mistake-proof your career as a pro blogger. Read More
Having a blog is an excellent way to gain experience as a writer, or to promote your business or products. However, everyone has a blog now. So, in such a competitive market, how do you make your blog stand out? Regardless of how valuable and innovative the information is that you have to share with the world, it is never going to be appreciated if your blog is guilty of some of the most common mistakes.
Too Much Text
Unfortunately, one of the first notions you must learn to accept is that people do not like to read, especially on the Internet. What most people do with online articles and blogs is scan. What this means for you is that you do not want to have large blocks of continuous text.
Your ideal blog post will incorporate breaks in the text, subheadings, lists, and pictures. You need anything to break up the monotony of long paragraphs. A well formatted blog post will be much more appreciated by your busy web surfers. If you have pieces of information that you think are very important, it is a wise idea to make them bold, italicized, or hyperlink them in order to grab the scanner’s attention.
It sounds painful, doesn’t it?
And that’s the funny thing about blogging: while most of us do it because we find it fulfilling, we also drive ourselves crazy making common mistakes.
But fear not.
In this post we’ll look at 7 common blogging mistakes and how you can overcome them TODAY.
Ready? Then let’s roll…
Mistake #1. Forgetting the USP
Your Unique Selling Proposition (or Unique Value Proposition) is what separates you from, well, every other blog out there.
For example, let’s say you’ve got a travel blog. You need to develop a strong USP to differentiate. A few ideas would include green travel, solo travel and budget travel for couples. Each of these identify an audience for your content.
A USP should be no longer than one sentence long and describe exactly what your blog is about. If you don’t already have a USP, do this first! Read More
There’s an old maxim in blogging that you are only as good as your last post. But what if your last post was utter garbage?
What if, rather than turning out your best work of all time you published something that immediately wish you could disown, set on fire and bury? Maybe it was riddled with factual inaccuracies that, in hindsight, seem obvious or maybe you said something without thinking that turned out to be offensive and/or insensitive.
No matter what your error ends up being, every blogger will make mistakes and some of them will be quite ugly. Even when we are careful, we sometimes say things we don’t mean, get facts wrong and generally screw up.
So with it being a question of “when” and not “if” you make a mistake, the question then becomes what do you do about it? If you can’t avoid mistakes, only minimize them, you have to be able to recover from them, otherwise, one blunder can turn into a landmine that can sink your site.
Writing great content is essential to attracting visitors to your blog and keeping them on your blog for more than a few seconds.Â The last thing you want to do is drive them away before they even have a chance to read that great content.
If you want to drive people away from your blog quickly, do the five things listed below.Â If you want people to stay on your blog long enough to read what you painstakingly wrote, avoid the five things listed below at all costs.
1. Frighten them with sound.
Want to drive people away from your blog faster than you can say ‘boo’?Â Add an audio element to your blog and scare their pants off when they arrive!
2. Test their patience with slow loading images.
Want to really annoy people who visit your blog?Â Fill your blog with images and don’t bother to save them to web-friendly sizes, so they take forever to load on screen.
3. Stop them in their tracks with barriers and gateways.
Want to put on the brakes before visitors can read a word of your content?Â Require visitors to register with their names and email addresses to view your content or access parts of your blog.
4. Block your content with ads.
Want to really irk your visitors?Â Cover your content with pop-up ads, floating ads, or expanding ads.Â Not ready for interactive ads yet?Â No problem.Â Put so many ads on your blog that it’s impossible to find the real content amid the clutter.
5. Ignore them by never updating your content.
Perhaps the easiest way to drive visitors away from your blog is to do nothing at all.Â That’s right!Â Don’t bother updating your blog.Â Don’t respond to comments.Â Forget it exists, and visitors will, too.
What drives you away from a blog before you even take the time to read the content?Â Leave a comment and air your grievances.Â We’re celebrating Festivus early this year.
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Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?
Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.
1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.
If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links.Â This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on.Â Links should enhance content.Â They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.
2. Only talk about yourself.
Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional.Â No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services. Read More