7 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague

It’s hard enough to get your blog off the ground but if you don’t know what blogging mistakes to avoid, you could sink your blog as quickly as you get it afloat. Wouldn’t you agree?

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I don’t mean to scare you, but I see this so much AND I did a lot of these things so in this article I will help you avoid these mistakes with your blog.

When you are blogging, you want to learn these blogging mistakes to avoid so you do not miss out on blog visitors and traffic

As you are learning these blogging mistakes to avoid, if you avoid only one of these blogging mistakes, you can save yourself a lot of loss. This infographic can be a good reminder and I’ll explain below and by the time you are done reading this blog post, you will be empowered with actionable information that you can use today.

This infographic explains the 7 blogging mistakes to avoid so you can have success with your blog and get more traffic and engaged users

#1 Blogging Mistake to Avoid – Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail – Change This & 10x Your Blog Results

I’m not sure who said the above quote, but I have heard it – A LOT. The truth is that I have done both the winging it “content strategy” and actually planning my blog posts and site structure. I have to say that the latter of the two allows me to operate so much better and gives a better user experience to my readers.

The better your site structure is, the easier it is for your readers to navigate. This means they are going to stay on your website longer, learn more, be more likely to share content and tell their friends and bookmark your website. This also means you are more likely to be favored by Google and other search engines since they want their search users to have a good experience.

When you plan out your blog (which also means checking to see what keywords people are searching), you are more likely to rank on Google. While I have a love/hate relationship with Google, it is an awesome source of traffic when you get it rolling.

The main things you should plan out and add to as you are moving forward with your blog are:

  1. Site structure
  2. Keywords
  3. Blog purpose
  4. How you’re going to monetize

#2 – Writing Less Than Awesome Content – Learn How to Write Amazing Content to Get Better User Experience Ratings

Seriously, how do you create content people are going to love and keep reading?

If you have a certain number of blogs you want to write per month or week, you may get stressed and put out content that is less than your best. Here are the top reasons less than awesome content is one of the biggest blogging mistakes to avoid:

  • People will leave your site quickly
  • No one will want to share your content
  • The search engines will not only penalize this blog post but it can harm the rest of your site

Besides for those things, you won’t be very proud of your work either and remember – how you do anything is how you do everything and… if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

Make sure your facts are right, you are talking to your audience in a way they can understand what you are saying and always deliver a piece of content you can be proud of.

#3 – Images that Are Not the Right Size – Optimize Images for a Pleasing Blog Experience

If you are going to put images on your blog posts, put images that are going to serve you. Currently, images that are 736 x 1128 are great for Pinterest and 1280 x 720 are good for sharing on other platforms. This is why I put the 1280 x 720 image in the featured image and at least one 736 x 1128 image in my blog post.

#4 – Poor Promotion – Avoid This Mistake to Create a Massive Influx of Traffic

I know how you feel. You’ve just finished your blog post and now you have to do more work? You’ve got to get your mindset right.

If you’re going to write a blog post, why wouldn’t you promote it? Do you expect people to start flocking to your website without knowing you even have one? We shouldn’t, but sometimes we do have a little bit of a lottery mentality with our blog posts.

When you publish a blog post, you should have a plan of how you are going to promote your new blog post. This is a major player when it comes to blogging mistakes to avoid so please, for your own sake, don’t ignore this point.

Where can you promote?

  • Social bookmarking sites
  • Social media
  • Forums
  • Facebook groups

Always make sure you follow the rules on any of these sites or you might get banned. We don’t want that, do we?

#5 – Not Using Infographics – Avoid Boring Content and Keep People Reading

Have you ever been reading a “good” blog but it was so boring you couldn’t finish?

Infographics are fun and they help people understand what you are trying to tell them. Charts are useful when you have statistics you want to share with your readers or you may want to do photos and text. Either way, they are very shareable and eye catching.

#6 – Having a Slow Website / Blog – Retain More Visitors with a Quick Site

If your blog takes 3 seconds or more to load, people are going to click away. It drives me bonkers when I am on a quick internet connection but the website is slow. I’m gone. This is how we operate as a society these days. We are not patient with our technology.

#7 – Not Answering Comments On Your Blog – Create An Engaged Community

If you ignore people that comment on your blog, they are not likely to comment again. Building a community in your comments is a great way to show people that you care. While you may not be able to answer all of the comments or you may not be able to answer many when your blog gets very popular, if you’re starting out, you are not at that stage. You need to take the time to answer comments.

These 7 blogging mistakes to avoid are going to help you have more success with your blog and you may want to reference them later. Try pinning the infographic to one of your boards on Pinterest that you can reference when you need it. I have both public and secret boards that I do this with and it a lot easier than finding something in my bookmarks bar.

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Comments

    1. Totally Shawn. 😀 Infographics are great and super helpful for Pinterest repins. 😀

      It isn’t always the big blogging mistakes the cause people’s blogs to be held back. Oftentimes it is the small details of blogging that keep people from getting search engine traffic and social shares.

  1. I have to admit I need to work on promoting on social media. Do you have any suggestions regarding which social platform works better? Twitter vs Facebook.

    1. Tai,

      Hey there. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you aren’t paying to play on Facebook, you aren’t going to get much reach. Twitter is much better for free social promotion. Feel free to let me know if you are trying to do free or paid promotions.

  2. Hi Jessica

    thanks for these really useful tips and reminders. I recently had issues with my images not showing on FB as they were too small but thankfully, this has been rectified.

    I’d love to use infographics on my site. Can you recommend any plugins for this?
    Also, how many plugins can a site have before it starts running slow? Thanks

    1. Teresa,

      You’re most welcome. I had a great time putting this post about how to start a blog for profit together. I am glad that you got your images fixed so you can post on facebook.

      As far as infographics, I use Venngage which has a free version to easily do infographics. I don’t know of any plugins that you can use for infographics, but there might be some out there.

      When it comes to how many plugins you can use before it hurts you site, I wrote this blog post especially to answer your question here: How Many WordPress Plugins Are Too Much? 🙂

  3. Hi Jessica, you have some excellent tips here. What tools do you use to help create your infographics? Have you found some to be better than others? And do you post manually to social media or do you use a tool to help you do that? I currently post everything manually, but there must be a better way. Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      For infographics you can use a tool called Venngage. There is a free version and a paid version but the free version is good enough until you want to do more complex infographics. There are some other tools that you can use but this one is pretty simple and I am no designer. I use PicMonkey if I need to change some pictures up through editing.

      As for scheduling on social media, I mainly schedule on Twitter. My Twitter is a machine. hahah… I use a tool called Social JukeBox that allows you to recycle your tweets through Jukeboxes. I am going to do a blog training about how I do this soon. For Pinterest, I also have a pretty good machine set up. They don’t allow the loop yet as it is in beta but I schedule about a week ahead and let it work its face off. lol I use Tailwind to do this.

    1. John,

      Awesome. It is totally worth it! It is helpful to the users and allows them to be more engaged with your content. 🙂

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