7 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague

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With 90% of all organizations using content marketing to get in front of their customers — your blog is up against a lot of competition!

 

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.

 

(Learn how to start your blog)

 

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.

 

No-Brainer 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 these points below.

 

By the time you are done reading this blog post, you will be empowered with actionable information that you can use today. Keep reading to get the goods.

 

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 – Not Having a Content Strategy

 

“Fail to plan and you’re planning to fail.”

 

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 or 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

 

When it comes to site structure, you need to think about how people are discovering your content. You can look at your Google analytics to see where people are finding your content post. For instance, this blog post was super popular on Pinterest.

 

This gave me two important pieces of information. One piece of information was that people were entering my site here so they most likely were bloggers or would-be bloggers. Since I knew they were coming from Pinterest, I could also assume they were considerably savvy online.

 

This information allowed me to make sure I set my site up in a way that would allow them to progress through it to get to my desired end result. At this time, my desired end result is that they are going to read through my resources and find some goodies they want to purchase and I’ll make a commission.

They have a great product or service and I get a commission for referring them — fabulous and a win-win!

 

Keywords will come into play whenever you are planning out your site structure as well. You need to know what keywords you’ll target before you start writing your blog posts.

 

Don’t skim over your blog purpose. If you don’t figure out your purpose for your blog, it is going to be difficult for you to make decisions for your blog. Determine your purpose and make decisions based on what is going to help get you there.

 

Monetizing is another important one you shouldn’t gloss over. If you don’t know how you’re going to make money with your blog then it is likely your business is going to go under from lack of capital.

 

#2 – Writing Less Than Awesome Content

 

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.

 

A note on people leaving your site quickly because of less than stellar content — If people come to your site and quickly bounce away, this is going to increase your bounce rate. Your bounce rate is what percentage of people come to visit one page on your site and then bounce away after reading the information.

 

People bouncing from your site isn’t necessarily bad because they could have found what they are looking for right away but you really want people to stay as long as possible and click through the website.

 

Great content makes people stay on your site which also increases your time on site stats that also play into the ranking of your website.

 

#3 – Images that Are Not the Right Size

 

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.

 

It’s important that we make it as easy for people and search engines to share our content in an appealing manner. Having those proper proportions is a must to win with images.

 

#4 – Poor Promotion

 

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.

 

This is one of the common mistakes business owners make.

 

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. As long as you are following the guidelines, you can share to your heart’s content.

 

When you promote your website with any of these methods, you can boost your promotions by interacting with other people on the platform. Don’t be spammy but show interest in what they’re talking about and get to know them. If your blog comes up in conversation, feel free to share it with them.

 

#5 – Not Using Infographics

 

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.

 

You can make a simple infographic on sites like Canva or if you’re super talented, you might even use photoshop. It doesn’t have to be perfect — your goal is to get your message across to people so you can help them.

 

#6 – Having a Slow Website / Blog

 

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.

 

If you’re using the WordPress CMS, make sure you don’t have any unnecessary plugins that you’re using or you’re going to bog down your site. You should also make sure that you have the best hosting available and that you’re using a content delivery network AKA CDN.

 

Content delivery networks delivery your website from the closest location possible to the person that is querying your website.

 

#7 – Not Answering Comments On Your Blog

 

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 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.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Shawn Jones on May 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Great post! I really need to start incorporating info graphics into my strategy.

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on May 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      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.

  2. Sophie on May 3, 2018 at 2:02 am

    These are all ahmazing tips and super easy to implement (which I love). Time is of the essence, especially as entrepreneurs!

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on May 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Totally. There are some complicated strategies and things that are great for our advancement, but oftentimes it just makes us procrastinate on doing anything. lol :0)

  3. Taianne on July 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    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.

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on July 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      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.

  4. Teresa M on July 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    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

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on July 7, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      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? 🙂

  5. Melissa on July 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    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!

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on July 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      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.

  6. JOHN MULINDI on October 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I haven’t used infographics on my blog yet, but I think it is high time I start implementing it on my site. Thanks for sharing these blogging tips.

    • Jessica Lauren Vine on October 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      John,

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

  7. Allan Marston on July 19, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Excellent post Jessica. I learned a few things. But I still don’t know how to put together an infographic or where to get one from.
    And how the heck do you use social bookmarking sites? I didn’t know that was a thing.

    Happy Birthday to your little guy.

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