7 MAJOR Blogging Mistakes to Avoid!

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1.TRYING TO BE PERFECT

A lot of times when you’re trying to be perfect in your writing instead of just being 100% you – your posts seem to either not get as much attention as you’d like for it to have or you don’t get that good of a response (feedback). People can tell when the words are more so of forced and not really flowing like they should. For some people, self-doubt of being yourself in blogging can actually be crippling. Just be you. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, creative, awesome, amazing person that you are!! Remember to write about things that actually interest YOU. Don’t stress and write about what you think people will like. Write about what stays on your mind the most and I promise you the right people will find, follow and keep up with you and your posts.

2. NOT PLANNING AHEAD

Some may not agree and that’s okay but I seriously think planning ahead for your blog plays a big role in having a successful one especially if you’re trying to monetize it! When I say plan ahead, I’m particularly talking about planning your blog posts ahead, writing them ahead of time or even getting on a blogging schedule. The best benefit of planning ahead is that it helps you stay consistent, it keeps your readers interested and your traffic consistently flowing.

3. NO EMAIL LIST OR WAY FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP

One of the things I have the hardest time doing when scoping out a new blog is finding the follow button or email subscription option! Make sure the “follow/subscription” option is clearly visible for your new-coming followers and readers. That’s important.

4. BAD BLOG TITLES/HEADLINES

The one mistake that so many bloggers make (including myself sometimes) is making bad or uninteresting blog titles or headlines. Try to make your titles as interesting as possible! That alone is one of the BIGGEST things that makes your posts attractive!! Titles tell people what your blog is about, they improve the traffic you have coming to your blog, they engage your readers, and get potential readers excited. People aren’t only looking for information online – they also want to be amused, entertained or interested. So going forward, try to keep that in mind when you’re making titles/headlines for your posts.

5. NO PICTURES/IMAGES

A great way to attract more attention to your blog and your posts is to include pictures !!! I don’t know why but for some reason it just makes the post more attractive. People LOVE pictures!! I personally love using different pictures and images from Pinterest but now that I’ve learned how to create my own, I’ve been doing that more! Now, if it works for you to not use pictures/images then stick to whatever is best for you but in my opinion, it just makes your blog a little more lively and fun!

6. TOO MUCH COMPARING

It’s bound to happen. You’re going to compare your blog, your design, your numbers, anything to other blogs. It’s human nature. If you never compare, good for you! You’re a rare breed! Just don’t get caught up in comparing your progress to others. Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Always keep in mind that slow progress is still better than no progress at all! As a matter of fact, instead of comparing your blog to others, see what you can learn from them instead! It’s okay to reach out for help or advice. And when you do make it to success, be sure to drop a rope down for others when you reach the top! 🙂

7. NOT ENOUGH ADVERTISING

If blogging is basically a hobby for you then I’m not talking to you about this particular point but if you’re trying to monetize your blog and grow your traffic then you need to make sure you’re doing enough advertising to get people to actually come and visit your blog. There are several different ways to advertise and get the word out about your blog. There’s always “word of mouth”, you could pass out business cards if you’d like, reach out to people personally and try to get them to support you OR take advantage of social media! I’ve been blogging for five months and advertising through social media is just what works for me! My blog definitely gets more attention through Twitter and Instagram. For some reason, when I share my posts on Facebook, people could literally care less about it but the other social media platforms have been a totally different story for me!!

I’ve actually read a few posts from other bloggers that became upset from not hardly getting any traffic, views, or responses to their site and where ready to give up blogging .. and it just made me wonder if they ever actually took the time to advertise their blog or if they just kind of expected people to read visit and magically start following. One thing I can say about blogging is that it does not always go as you expect and you have to be ready for that. There are people that I really “thought” would support me in my journey of blogging but they don’t and then there are some that I never would have expected to take interest and they have! Once I got it in my head that I was determined to help people all around this world rather than just those that I knew personally/locally, my blog began to really grow and expand !! I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people through both Twitter and Instagram! From sharing my posts with them, interacting and visiting their blogs .. I’ve made some great connections, made some great friends, learned quite a bit and we just help each other grow! Ya know? That’s what the blogging community is about! But you’ve got to be just as consistent in your advertising as you are in your interacting and vice versa or you can just forget it. You won’t go far by being unsupportive of others. That’s for sure! So if you don’t advertise or you know that’s an area you slack in … try it and watch what kind of positive difference it makes for your blog!

 

Now I don’t want anyone to get upset with me! These are just my personal opinions and what I’ve learned along the way so far! I love sharing tips and also taking the opportunity to help those who need it. I appreciate every chance I get to learn from successful bloggers who were once in mine and your places. I just wanna share the love! I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting with me today!

-Jessica

 

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127 Comments on “7 MAJOR Blogging Mistakes to Avoid!

  1. I like this phrase “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”. It is very true and consistence is a very important tool in blogging.
    ” I’ve been blogging for five months” wow girl. Your blog has grow so much in a very short time congrats.
    “NOT PLANNING AHEAD” my biggest mistakes so far, but i am working on it now. It just sometimes i feel like i have to much time in my hands to spare but i find that Thursday is here and sh** am not done editing my posts.

    I genuine like this entire post.

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  2. Hey Jessica I appreciate the information you shared in this post. There are a great deal of folks charging for this information, which really gets under my skin! I’ve come to find many of your suggestions very true as a blogger. Great stuff as usual!

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    • Thank you so much and yes definitely keep going! Keep writing! Getting ahead and staying there will definitely help consistency even if you’re just one post ahead. You’ll always have some sort of content or post ready to be published when you’re feeling stuck, behind or even too tired to write that day. Thanks for stopping by!!❤

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  3. Great tips! Question, do you follow blogs mostly thru email? I have almost 200 WP subscribers but my only email subscriber is my mom. I have links to facebook, twitter, and follow on WP, but I took off the follow via email button because literally no one used it. I started to think that maybe ppl would rather follow on social media or thru WP vs. thru email.

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    • Well , for me it just depends. If I notice that blogger is on WordPress then I’ll usually just follow them on there because easier for me just hit the follow button but if it’s someone who uses bloglovin, blogger or blogspot then I’ll normally subscribe to theirs through email because they don’t have the follow buttons like we do. I have maybe like 20 email subscribers lol. I’m working on building that up but I try to make sure at least some sort of follow button is visual and easy for them to find

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!💕

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  4. Thanks Jessica, great advice as always! I have always been more active on Facebook so I get a bit more interest on there than others. Do you have any tips for using Twitter or how to advertise on social media? I have an account but am not that active on Twitter especially

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    • I’m very active on Facebook; I just don’t have enough support there 😦 I’m super glad it works for you though !! As far as Twitter, the first thing I did was went and found Blogging Pages like BlogLove, UKBloggers, Canadian Bloggers, Bloggers Sparkle, Blogger Club, Bloggers Wanted ..etc just all different kinds and I followed them! Then I would tweet the link to my most latest posts & TAG them in it !!! Alot of times, they’ll “retweet” you post for you and that alone helps get a lot of exposure and traffic. I also LOVE the blogging threads! Sometimes different bloggers that you follow on Twitter will host them and sometimes the Blogging groups that I listed above will host. Basically, it’s where you tweet (comment) your latest blog post on the their thread for everyone else to see it and then you scroll down through the comments and read other bloggers and make new friends! It’s a GREAT way to connect with mannnnnyyyy more bloggers!!
      I hope that helped! I felt like I just rambled a little bit in my comment here lol sorry! hahaha thanks for stopping by and reading! 🙂 xoxo!

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  5. Good advice Jessica. When I first began my blog five years ago, I thought I had a unique idea – a blog post with a one-word title. At that time I was also in a blogging group called “Patch.com” … the person in charge of our blogging group (bloggers from across the U.S.) suggested I make the title longer and more about the post. I told her that I would wrack my brain to come up with a one-word title that was about the post … at first I was miffed but realized she had a point. Then I started adding pictures on her advice. I only had one picture at that time – I sure have expanded since then at to pictures.

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  6. Great advice, especially about working with other bloggers, etc. I’ve been working for close to 40 years now, but just started blogging in January. The blogging community is the first place where I feel like I’ve experienced true, sincere, generous collaboration. I feel like we are all “in this together” and get genuine joy out of each other’s successes. I don’t know what I’d do without my blogger friends!
    Joan Senio
    @joansenio1
    kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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  7. Thank you for the great advice! I often do compare myself to other blogs wondering why I’m not as popular as them, but I never thought about how long those blogs have been up and running! I’ve always heard the phrase, allow yourself to be new, and that’s exactly what I have to do!

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    • You’re welcome!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 & I like that phrase, “Allow yourself to be new.” I really like that!! You got this though! Slow progress is still better than no progress and regardless you’re still doing better than the one who wouldn’t even try!

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  8. Thank you so much for such amazing advice! I started my blog last year and I have enjoyed it so much! I appreciate you sharing how we can make our blogs even better than they are. My goals are to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and offer support and encouragement for other either living with an illness or not! I am never going to forget what you have wrote because I trust your advice as I have seen just how amazing your site is! Thank you again and I hope you have a great week!!

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  9. Thanks for the great post, all of these are ideas well worth considering. I just started my blog three weeks ago, but I’ve found the blogging community to be helpful and welcoming, and I’m really enjoying the ability to share what I create! 🙂

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  11. I quite like reading advice and sometimes even take it – when it comes from folk like you who know what they’re doing … but blogging is a no stress, spontaneous, instinctive release for me … it’s the words and reactions to them that stimulate me – when reading blogs, images, with some notable exceptions, are for me all to often a distraction, even a distortion, of what I see in my mind and and that is everything to me. So, yes, my blog is a low key, non-visual usually succinct, take a few seconds, at most a minute to take in thing, but what you take from it and think, when I get the words right, is quite another thing, and that’s what I love – the ways the minds of others imagine my words to mean? You can tell I’m clearly not hung up on how many follow, I simply enjoy the presence of those that do – same goes for Twitter where I seem to do better! I’m having fun and getting read, a bit, and at my time of life that’s enough for me. All the best. Eric.

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  12. I have read some excellent blogs and with respect to bloggers whose goal is to inspire, or motivate it is my opinion they need to be vulnerable in order to connect.
    I don’t mean to dwell on errors but instead they need to invest enough that reader knows the writer has slipped also, pulled on push doors, made mistakes they should have known better and was just like them , on the way but not arrived yet.

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  13. Very true. And i only opened my blog couple ofnweeks ago… but i can already feel what u talking about. I tried to post 2 times a week. Which was hard since I have a full time job on the side… I tried to be perfect to please everyone, but I wanted to keep my own casual tone… Because what if I swear in my post and i will lose a conservative reader… But now I try to let all this go… because I’ve been struggling lately … with my blog itself. It’s not even about instagram and all… meehh… rough patch ✌🤓
    this is my blog, i would love to read you opinion: http://www.theworldthroughmyglasses.org
    and this is the brand new facebook page for my blog, i just opened it yesterday:
    http://www.facebook.com/worldthroughmyglasses

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  15. This is great, love these tips!I’m happy for how much your blog has grown,it’s incredible!I aspire to grow my blog like you one day.I’d love for you to maybe check my blog out too!Lots of love,keep writing<3

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  17. Thanks for the great article Jessica. I was trying to focus on Facebook to expand my reader circle for a while now and it seems very slow response. Based on your advice I will try Twitter and Instagram and will see.

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