Posts Tagged ‘Blogging Pitfalls’
Successful Blogging is all about strategy.
And there are hundreds of how-tos written to up your game and increase your bottom line.
But, equally important in your efforts is what â€œnotâ€ to do in terms of techniques and time management.
With this being said, here are 4 things to NOT make time for in your blogging career.
1. Worry—How many times have you agonized over your work? Here’s the typical scenario. You pick a topic after much deliberation and debate. Then you write it and revise it. Then you post it. Then you have second thoughts. Then you worry about whether or not it will be well received and responded to. Maybe you should have chosen a different topic or approach, you think to yourself. Sound familiar? Stop the madness! Give your best, then give it a rest! Read More
Question: What is the most common door hackers use to enter your site?
Answer: The same one you use.
It is a little-known fact that much of what we think of as “hacking” and “cracking” is really just social engineering and guesswork. Though blogs can and often do get exploited because of some kind of security issue, your password is your first and best line of defense against attacks.
Yet, far too many bloggers are very relaxed about their passwords. It starts with picking poor ones, continues with reusing them on untrustworthy services and all-too-often ends with one’s site being defaced, deleted or, even worse, loaded up with malware that infects with visitors.
It’s a very dangerous blogging pitfall but, fortunately, one that can be very easily avoided.
With this edition of Blogging Pitfalls, I have to eat a bit of humble pie as I talk about a pitfall I didn’t just fall into, but have had to stick with for five years for various reasons: Picking a bad domain name.
How bad did I fall into this one? Though there are many things I would do differently if I could start blogging over again, I would put this at the very top of my list of things I would change and often times ponder making the change regardless, just sucking it up and moving it.
The reason is simple, my main domain is plagiarismtoday.com. While it seemed like a fine domain when I bought it, it has two inherent problems. First, the site is not just about plagiarism anymore and, second, only a fraction of people, in my experience, are able to spell plagiarism correctly on the first try. This has led to a series of awkward and difficult conversations as I try to pass along my domain or email address to others and has greatly limited my marketing.
It is a pitfall I don’t wish to see anyone else fall in and, unfortunately, it is one that can be fairly tricky to dodge considering how unpredictable domain buying is. However, if you’re willing to take some time when selecting the name for your new site, you can easily minimize the risks.
Given that my previous two posts, on the need to create backups and the perils of choosing a bad Web host were followed by a period of unplanned downtime, which saw BloggingPro rescued by a good backup strategy, I briefly debated making this post about the danger of being hit over the head with a bag of unmarked bills.
Realizing that was silly, the decision was made to return to our regularly scheduled programming. Still, I’ve decided not to tempt fate on this one and talk about an issue that is a bit easier to avoid, advertising and the perils of turning your site into a giant billboard available to the highest bidder.
While every blog that isn’t solely meant as a hobby site needs to earn money to stay alive, slathering a site with ads in hopes of generating ad views and clicks is rarely the best strategy. In fact, it may do irreparable harm to your site and even sink it for good.. Read More
When it comes time to set up a new site, whether you are moving from your free blogging account to a new domain or simply setting up a new blog altogether, there is quite literally no shortage of companies willing to take your business.
With thousands of companies in the hosting game, not counting a nearly endless supply of resellers, there are plenty of places to put your site and, with many hosting contracts for only a few dollars per month, there are some great deals to be found.
However, there are also many ways in which you can go wrong with a host. Not only can a good host have a bad day, but bad hosts can present convincing marketing material that belie the problems and frustrations that await after sign up.
So how do you avoid getting burned by a bad host? There is no easy answer, but this is certainly one blogging pitfall every blogger needs to watch out for. Read More
Everyone knows that you’re supposed to backup your data but how many of us actually do it and, of those who do, how many do it right?
The problem is that far too many bloggers ignore this very crucial security step. Whether it is putting too much trust in their host, not understanding how to backup properly or simply not wanting to put forth the effort, many simply don’t backup their sites and, sadly, often lose months or years worth of work when something goes wrong.
The worst part is that it is a pitfall that can be easily avoided and, thanks to various tools, can be completely mitigated either for free or at very low-cost.
In short, there is no excuse to not backup your site, but there is a lot of reason to worry if you don’t. Read More
Everyone knows thatÂ images help make a good blog post great. Not only do they provide a much-needed visual element to break up the gray text, but they help your content stand out in RSS readers.
Unfortunately though, not everyone has the photography or art expertise to make an image for every post and, even those who do often lack the time or consistently apply it.
So bloggers routinely turn to other sources for their image. Some use screenshots or logos under fair use, others find press photos by the organizations they talk about and still others find licensed works from other aritists.
However, some make the mistake of finding their photos wherever they can and it is a mistake that has cost many bloggers dearly, both literally and figuratively. Read More