Don’t Make These Blogging Mistakes!

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Blogging has become a business model that every online user wants to do because of the immense benefits it offers.

I have started blogging in the year 2010 when I was having a day job. I have managed to do part time blogging along with my day job until March 2015. Finally, I decided to plunge into full-time blogging, and now I am a full-time blogger who works from home like a boss.  I am now enjoying my life to the fullest.

Reaching to the level where you can earn a living from blogging, you must need to work very hard with consistency. I have been working with great consistency over the years.

Like every human being, I too made so many mistakes. Few mistakes were good to make because they taught me some great lessons, but few were silly ones that must not be done.

In today’s blog post, I am sharing those blogging mistakes that you must not make if you really want to succeed in the blogging business.

Below are those mistakes you must not make:

1. Lack of Consistency

Consistency is the success mantra for every business and so is for blogging as well.

Thousands of new blogs are being created, and an enormous number of blog posts are being published every day. In such situation, if you lack consistency then succeeding will be tough.

Consistency doesn’t mean writing and publishing every day rather it means to stay connected to your blog. Do work on your blog every day such as you can comment on other blogs, do keyword research, get topic ideas, network with other bloggers, think of new ideas, and many other tasks.

In any case, you should not break your consistency because it is the foundation of success.

Every single minute when you are not working, someone is beating you in the competition. Therefore, work as much as you can in a consistent manner.

Working for 15 hours a day and then not working for next three days is a bad way of working. The good way is work only 8 hours a day but do it every day.

2. Copying content

If you are copying others’ content and putting on your blog, then this is the biggest mistake you are making. By doing this not only you are destroying your reputation but you also invite Google to penalize your blog as Google’s Panda algorithm is intended to penalize the blogs with copied content.

This mistake must not be made under any circumstances.

3. Ignoring SEO

SEO is indeed the most important things to do for a blog because it’s tough to get organic traffic to your blog consistently without doing SEO.

Many bloggers think that content is the king, so they don’t need anything else other than content creation. It’s correct that content is the king, but it is also true that SEO is queen. Thus, you need to take care of queen as well to support the king.

If you are still ignoring it, then stop making this blogging mistake and start doing SEO of every blog post you write. A helpful explanation of On-page optimization I have shared that you can read here by click here.

4. Over-optimization

There are many bloggers who ignore SEO as I have mentioned in the previous point whereas there are many other bloggers who do over-optimization of their blog posts. This is also a big mistake because over-optimized articles are written only for search bots and not for the humans. Thus, it cannot give a good reading experience to readers, and that may result in loss of readership.

Above all, Google has some penalties for over-optimized blogs and blog posts.

So stop making this mistake, and start writing for humans in a natural way. Do a little bit of SEO in a way that it doesn’t break the flow of the content.

5. Not using general English words

Many bloggers who have excellent command over the English language always use uncommon words to impress the readers, but this doesn’t impress everyone because not all of your readers know the meanings of such uncommon words. Thus, they have to find the meaning of that word first to understand your article. This provokes them to stop reading your blog.

Therefore, stop using uncommon words, and use general English words, which is easily understood by almost all of your readers.

Your motive should be to make things easier that everyone can understand the content just by reading once.

6.  Not proofreading your content before publishing

I have been a guilty of this mistake for many years. I was just reading my written content once, and publish on the blog. That was the biggest mistake I was doing but thank God I corrected my mistake, and now I read my blog posts 3-4 times after writing. And then I also use Grammarly to find if there are any errors in the article.

Doing these makes my blog posts error free. So, stop making this mistake too. Start proofreading your content many times before publishing because it helps you find the errors in the content.

7. Not using your real photo everywhere

One of the biggest mistakes I notice many bloggers are committing that they don’t use their real photo in their Gravatar, social media profiles, and on other sites.

I recommend that use your own photo, and probably the same photo as profile pic everywhere online so that you will be easily recognizable.

Using your real photo builds up the trust and credibility. Recently, I have stopped accepting friend requests from those who don’t use their real name and photo because I cannot trust them who do not want to show their faces. It’s not only me but many good bloggers, and business persons don’t trust such people, and that is where you can miss a lot of opportunities.

Thus, use the real photo of yours online to be recognizable easily.


Though making mistakes gives you experience, you must not make the silly ones.

The blogging mistakes mentioned above are the ones that you must not make because these can create hurdles in your blogging journey.

Which blogging mistakes are you doing? Have you learned from your mistakes?

Share your thoughts in comments. Thank you for reading!

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62 Responses to "Don’t Make These Blogging Mistakes!"

  1. Ikenna Odinaka says:

    These are nice tips pointing out mistakes, the fifth point being the most important.
    I think another mistake bloggers (new and old) make is not focusing their blog to a niche. A general topic blog will require several times more work to succeed than a niche focused blog.

  2. Raj @ Social Media Guide says:

    excessive bookmarking will not only earn good results but also throws into troubles as search engines like Google, BIng will penalize the blogs/websites which do keyword spamming.. so one needs to play safe in this area…

  3. sibin says:

    Thanks for useful information’s.
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  4. Eric Murphy says:

    Agree with Raj. Too much doing SEO is bad.

  5. Imran Soudagar says:

    Nice article Atish, will keep these points in mind when I start blogging. Thanks for the awesome post.

  6. Atish,
    Nice article and thanks for sharing. The points you have mentioned make sense and I like the 4th one- Excess SEO. Good one. Most start up bloggers thrust down more comments and posts at initial stage and may end up over there. Thanks – Manickam

    • Atish Ranjan says:

      thanks Manickam, you are most welcome to TechTricksWorld. yes too much SEO is always put a bad impact. even “excessof everything is bad”.

  7. How the excess use of keyword can have adverse effect on the Seo of the blog ?
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    • If you put excess keywords in your post then the post is known as “SEO Optimised content” which is hated by google. acccording to google panda algorithm:- Content should be written for readers not for the search engines. and putting too much keyword is called keword stuffing. If you do so then google might penalize you and your blogs ranking will be suffered in search pages.

  8. Alan Smith says:

    According to me lack of consistency and copy and pasting content are the big and silly mistakes that every bloggers have to avoid otherwise they will not get desired result. One more mistake that some bloggers do is never linking to old posts. According to my opinion, if you are linking to your old post, it can be helpful to prove your point. Those links drive traffic to those older posts and last these links are one of the best ways to direct Google spiders through your site.

  9. Thanks Atish Bro for These useful Tips and after reading this article i realize my mistake and i admit that i too had done mistakes as mentioned by you! Lack Of Consistency, Not Doing SEO ,Lack Of Research.! and i wanna add one more thing this happens because i have lost my confidence regarding my blog and don’t know what happens to me.. :'( suddenly. Whenever i’m trying to write on some topic m totally blank and my mind stops working and can’t write anything :'( :'(

  10. Nirmala says:

    Well explained mistakes by you Atish!

    Yeah, post consistency is required for the bloggers to make their blogging to next level.

    I never copy n paste content in my posts and never hit publish button with proper research.

    Another great mistake which usually done by the bloggers is writing unknown things. This should not be done as it would decrease their reputation and result in loss of readers.

    Thanks for writing the mistakes Atish, hope it is very useful for the newbies :)

  11. Nilesh says:

    Great tips Atish bro. Some mistakes I do is in this list. Will surely correct ASAP!!! Very informative.
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  12. Hi Atish,
    truly incredible. Really love this as I will try to implement these now onwards. these things never grab my attention earlier I don’t know how . but now I will try. Thanks a lot

  13. Kristine Roosevolt says:

    I seriously didn’t know that many of the things you mentioned above were serious mistakes. I had been doing many of these. But from now, i will take care of these things very well.

  14. Priyanka says:


    I trust the single greatest error bloggers make is covering an excess of subjects. Numerous bloggers need to engage as wide a crowd of people as would be prudent, so they expound on a bunch of subjects.


    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:


      Yes, that is also a problem but that is not a mistake I think. In fact, single niche, multi niche blogging are the types of blogging. Both work well.

      Thanks for the comment.

  15. Hi Atish,

    What a wonderful post on silly mistakes we can make.

    We must be consistent with our work, the same way we would do if we worked for someone else. A great way I stay focused is to write out my daily goals out the night before. When I get up in the morning, I know exactly what I need to do. It works great.

    Copying content is a definite no, no.

    Ignoring SEO will not help your blogging. It is something we all need to do.

    I always use plain english so everyone can understand what I am writing.

    All of these tips are great and must be taken into consideration.

    Thanks for sharing Atish and you have a wonderful rest of the week!

    Linda Schrier recently posted…How to become a better blogger?My Profile

    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:

      Hello Linda,

      Thanks for sharing your views. Using plain English the best thing every blogger must do because not all of your readers are from the native English speaking countries.

      I am glad that you liked this post. Thanks for coming by.

  16. Leora says:

    That is so great that you are now doing full-time blogging.

    I have been blogging a lot less. I was very busy with a few projects over the summer, and family also always comes first. I don’t know if I will ever have the energy to do lots of blogging, even if I do everything on your current list. But I like the idea in theory.
    Leora recently posted…Local SEO for Local Business: Citations and NAPMy Profile

    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:

      Hey Leora,

      Glad to see you on my blog again. Yes, I am a full-time blogger and running my business from sitting at my home.
      I can understand that when you are busy with some projects, working on blogs gets delayed. I am sure you will be doing something on your blog.

      Thanks for the visit and comment Leora.

  17. Hi Atish,
    These are the basic tips but very needful tips for every bloggers…
    It’s pointless to go further without working with these tips first.
    It’s good to follow these steps especially newbies must follow these tips in order to become a successful blogger.
    Thanks for shared this post and keep up the good work.
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  18. Hi Atish Bro,
    impressive post indeed here ! Actually nice to see that you are in blogging field from 2010 and still working continuously i am also in blogging from 3 years but i feel very lazy when i start writing article .
    So again thanks for motivating me and i hope now i will back to work with more stamina . :)

    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:


      Thanks for coming by. Yes, I have been online from 2010 but I never felt lazy while blogging. The only reason is I just love it. I am sure you will try to do better and leave your laziness behind.


  19. Hi Atish,

    Congratulations of being a full time blogger. I know you will be skyrocketing in no time at all.

    As for these blogging mistakes not using your photo everywhere is one of my pet peeves when I see a blogger doing this. It only confuses people. We, as bloggers are on many other platforms as well and if we are not using our photo, there will be no “attraction” marketing.

    The other huge mistake is not being consistent. We have to decide how many times a week we can put out a blog post. For me, it is once a week on Monday’s. So my followers know that’s where I am. If I am late, I get emails and PM’s on Facebook asking me If I’m OK. Goes to show how our followers depend on us.

    Thanks for these tips!

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    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:

      Hello Donna,

      Yes, using images is important, and consistency is the key for any business.

      When it comes to posting schedule. I am not able to keep it up on this blog because its a kind of mixed niche blog, and at times we need to publish latest gadget posts and all so. But yes, making a schedule is very important.

      Thanks for all of your good words Donna. Hope you are enjoying the week.

  20. Hey Atish,

    I really like the fact that you advise to stay connected with your blog each day!

    There are a lot of bloggers that would confuse this with publishing a blog post everyday which is far from the fact. It’s beneficial to work on you blog, comment, add /remove plugins, testing opt in forms, etc…this will keep you ahead and help fulfill your goals.

    Also proofreading is a must! I don’t know how many times I looked back at my post and just shook my head. It was shameful to see the mistakes but I should have proofread them or use a tool like Grammarly.

    These tips are defintely needed and I appreciate you reiterating them!

    Thanks for sharing and you have a great day!
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    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:

      Hello Sherman,

      You are right that most of the bloggers confuse this with daily posting. Just writing and publishing is not blogging.It needs a lot of work to do. from 6 months, I have been working on to repurpose my old low quality articles, and I work on it everyday.

      Thanks for liking my post, Sherman. Thanks for coming by.

  21. Jak says:

    We fail our way to success and that is why only 3% of us are truly successful because the other 97% give up when they hit obstacles. I learn a lot in this post Ranjan

  22. [ Smiles ] I enjoyed this post!

    All bloggers should know by now that Google loves original content; therefore copying someone else’s content is forbidden.

    Also, a lot of new bloggers make the mistake of not having their blogs optimized for SEO.

    And, anyone who uploads an article to their blog without proofreading it first is taking a huge risk of embarrassing themselves online.
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  23. Ravi says:

    I often forget to write blog articles for my blog because of the busy schedule of studies. I’m a part time blogger and this makes me a little inconsistent in writing blog posts.
    But I’m trying to get into a habit to write atleast once a week.

  24. Hi Atish,

    Your compiled a good list of mistakes commonly made by most newbie bloggers. The post helps anyone to rethink about their own strategies in order to get rid of any mistakes they are still making.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great time.

    Reji Stephenson

  25. dewi says:

    oh no, I still use the above, I am not good at writing but I can still learn

  26. Radha says:

    Awesome Post I am not making SEO optimization much, will concentrate from now onwards…
    Thanks :)

  27. Awesome work!

    But I think, Now a days google is not considering about the back links, which are crawled from blog commenting websites.

  28. yeah Atish i agree with you, But its lagging now a days right ?

  29. anchal joshi says:

    These are some good tips. Although i never knew that not using my original photo on social profile would affect my blog. Well thanks for sharing everything.

  30. William says:

    thanks for the post. I’ve been meaning to start a blog but I guess writer’s block took over, or not knowing what to write about or how to begin. Hopefully I will begin to start blogging soon.

  31. Mike says:

    neatly stated points! some bloggers also make the mistake of ignoring mobile responsiveness. optimizing only their website pc view, this alone couls send visitors away as 80% of website users are making use if mobile phone to access thier desired pages.

  32. Hi Atish,

    I totally agree that some people are either not doing SEO or are overdoing it. You need to focus towards the middle of the spectrum, find the balance. Do enough to keep you floating on the first pages of Google for your specific keywords.

    One other issue is people often mix too many keywords on their website. FOCUS is key. Don’t make your pages compete against each other.
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    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:

      Hello Rhonda,

      Welcome to my blog. Yes, you got it right. We need to do everything in limit and in a balanced way to be in the competition.

      Enjoy the week ahead.

  33. Rebecca Johnson says:

    This is really an important article that every new blogger should learn before continuing on their blogging adventure. These are great points that should be keep as a reminder in writing a blog. Thanks for sharing.

  34. This was a great and I paricularly enjoyed the “not using general English words” section.

    When I started my travel blog, I had that thing of trying to impress my readers with fancy writing, but today I feel a natural language is much more engaging and does better in Google rankings.

    Have a great day!

  35. emmily says:

    nice suggestion, specially the over optimization mistakes which we do with our key words. i appreciate your efforts.

  36. Hi Atish

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article here with us.

    Actually these are those mistakes which almost every blogger do.

    I had also did so many mistakes like copying articles from other blogs.

    I can remember those days when I was very much new to this blogging world and I purchased a domain name without thinking about the niche of the blog.

    I purchased the domain name and then I thought that On which topic, I should make my website then I thought that I’ll create an another Wikipedia.. Haha lol

    And I started copying articles from Wikipedia. After putting efforts so many days, When I saw that no result is coming out then I decided that I’ll make a top 10 lists site where I can list top 10 things of every topic and again I started copying articles from a site named Listverse.

    I did like this till 7-8 months because I was very much new to all this things and I even don’t have any experience of writing articles. My English was also not good.

    Haha I know It still not good But currently I am able to write few lines But at that time, It was so difficult for me.

    I did copy pasting till 7-8 months and when I noticed that I am just wasting my time and nothing then I started finding the reason behind not getting traffic on my site.

    Then somewhere I found my mistake i.e. Copying articles from other site.

    On that day, I learnt that Google never ranks copied articles.

    So I made a decision that I’ll never copy any article and will write article myself.

    In starting days, It was so difficult for me to write an article. I first write article on my notebook and then later type in WordPress.

    After doing this few days, I tried writing directly in WordPress and any how I completed my first article in WordPress. Later I continuously did practice and it became common and easy for me.

    Now I am complete able to write in WordPress directly because Practice makes perfect. Right? 😀

    There are also so many mistakes which I am still making which you have listed in this article and I am trying my best to stop doing those mistakes.

    Thanks for sharing such a great piece of content with us.

    Happy Blogging 😉

    • Atish RanjanAtish Ranjan says:


      Everyone does mistakes, and that’s how people learn. I am glad that you have learned from your mistakes. I too had learned everything by working every day.

      Practice surely makes a man or woman perfect.

      I can see that you have now improved English. I am sure it will improve even more if you continue to work hard.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your story.

      Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  37. Hi Atish,

    Nice post, as a part time blogger, i’m having many time difficulties to do blogging.. In the less time, with few mistakes makes the blogging worthless. This post makes me to avoid some of the mistakes i’m doing currently. Thanks for the blog spot.


    Ashok Udhayan

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