Becoming a successful blogger is not a day job, no one wants to get ruin during his blogging journey and that’s why every blogger needs to be cautious of things that might hinder his or her blogging success.
In this post, I will be talking about things that can hinder your blogging success, and I will list them below:
1. Not Giving Readers Their Main Food: This might sound somehow to you, read on and you will get what I am talking about. How will you feel, when you visit a blog and find out that the blog owner is not feeding you with quality content? I’m sure you will feel bad.
Failure to post quality content will make you lose readers and also lose traffic to your competitors, and I guess you know what that means, this is one of the things that can hinder your blogging success. Provide quality content for your readers, content that will make your readers visit your blog every now and then. As long as the blogosphere still remain blogosphere “CONTENT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE KING” take it or leave it!
2. Untidy blog design: I always love blogs that do have a simple, neat and nice design. It is not until you start slapping your blog with rough colors, that don’t match together, design that makes your blog look untidy.
So try to make your blog look simple, yea it’s all about making it look simple, clean and easy for navigation. In case you are having problem with your blog design try to hire a designer or if you have a friend that can help you with the tweaking ask him or her to render you help.
3. The wall of text: Huge walls of text aren’t sexy. There is nothing more annoying, or less appealing than trying to read a huge block of text. Your keyboard has an Enter button for a reason. Breaking up your posts into multiple paragraphs, sections, and throwing some lists in there will greatly increase the chance of someone actually reading your entire post and decrease your site’s bounce rate.
Imagine if this entire post was one big paragraph with no breaks in between. You probably would’ve hit the back button before you even really dove into this great article! Some great ways to avoid creating the dreaded “Wall of text” are:
Create sections with headings (use your h2, h3….. headings!)
Make some bullet lists like this one 🙂
Add pictures in between paragraphs
Use bold and italics to spice up your text.
4. Social Media Marketing: I’ve seen way too many people advise bloggers to make sure they create as many social networking accounts for their blog as possible. I’m urging you not to.
Instead, focus on just the key websites that will drive traffic for your blog and where your readers most likely engage. For instance, Twitter has really helped me build my brand and connect with people in my industry, so it’s the social networking site that I spend the most time on. Two of the first social media sites most bloggers tend to start with are Facebook and Twitter because they’re the largest. But if you have a blog that doesn’t rely on pictures at all like a blog about math, then it probably wouldn’t make much sense to have a Pinterest account. Pick your social networks wisely and focus on quality instead of quantity.
5. Consistency: Ok, so I have to admit that I have been guilty of committing this blogging sin. Unless you’re very popular and have a dedicated fan base, your blog won’t be able to survive if your publishing schedule is random as hell. When you start to get really busy and unfocused, it’s easy to stop posting on a regular basis. So how do you stop this? Become organized and create a schedule for yourself. You don’t necessarily have to post every single day (I sure don’t), but try to post on a regular schedule. For instance you might choose to:
Post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Post every Friday.
Post every other Monday.
Basically the key is to create a schedule and try to stick with it. This way your readers know when to check back and it will encourage you to consistently post fresh content so that your blog doesn’t get stagnant. The last thing you want is for people to think your blog is dead.
Did you read this and cringe because you realized you make a few of these mistakes? Don’t worry, we all have at some point. But the difference between making your blog a success, or having it end up in the blogging graveyard is recognizing your mistakes and fixing them.
WASH AWAY YOUR BLOGGING SINS!