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
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.
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?
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