Finally, here is the third in my 4 part series, a guide to blogging ! Here I will present to you the top 5 mistakes that people make when they are starting off in the world of blogging. These tips are ordered in order of most important to least important. It really is important to look what mistakes other people make and try and avoid them as much as possible. You want to blog to be a success, so just read on !
When you start to blog, it is more advisable to have some content prepared. Have 4 or 5 articles that you can add at regular intervals. And once you are blogging for a longer time and have people visiting regularly have this number at 1 or 2. These posts will give you a two fold benefit. One, before you start to publish anything you already have 5 articles that allow you to get an idea on what style/format you will use. Do go back and look at the content once again and see if you are consistent. One thing with blogging is that you may have a slow news day, having these posts up your sleeve will allow your visitors to get their expect ‘hit’ of your content.
No Sources Given
Remember you are now a journalist (of sorts) and therefore it is always appreciated by the reader when you cite a reference. This will allow them to go on and read more about your topic if they so wish. Adding references shows that you are coming from some a solid base and you have researched the topic. Don’t be afraid to link to other blogs that are related. This brings me on to my next point.
Read Related Blogs & post comments
It is quite likely that your topic of what you blog about is also covered on other blogs. Subscribe to their RSS feeds and check back often to see what others in the industry are saying. Also by leaving comments (with a link to your blog) people will see the link and may stumble on what you have to say in further.
Too Many Ads (hidden or in you face)
So many people start blogging in order to generate a quick buck. But if you start to hinder your readers experience with obtrusive popup ads or distract them with a flash banner, they may not return. Also having ads takes the focus away from your content and towards the ads. If someone clicks an ad, they have lost interest in your site and will be busy reading your advertisers content. Once you have a reader base going slowly integrate your ads and also offer to take feedback from your readers in a specific ad post.
Don’t be afraid or hesitant to speak your mind. Remember that the more interesting and innovative the more like your readers will be to return. Try to present your topic of choice from your perspective and have add a little spice to what you are saying. If you are fiery and passionate in your posts then your reader is likely to find your blog more interesting.
Don’t worry you can fix your blog, you just need to apply a simple bandaid !