There are many mistakes that you can make in your blog, especially if you are a beginner.
Some are small errors, while others are larger, to the point of even losing rankings with search engines.
I wish I had read more of these articles at the beginning of my blogging career, so I could have avoided some penalties in terms of search engines positioning, online visibility and reputation.
Here you may read a list of 7 errors, that you want to avoid in your blog.
1 . Do Not Use Images
Pictures may lighten the weight of the paragraphs, guide the eye of your readers and communicate in a very fast way your concept.
There are many online resources where you can find images to use for your blog. Some of these sites are free, while in some others you need to invest some money.
I use normally FreeDigitalPhotos, where you can search the image you like more and with a little credit at the end of your article, you can use fantastic images without paying a cent.
2. Do Not Plan Ahead
If you want your small or large project to be successful, you have to start thinking long-term.
Some people say that having a Plan B distracts from Plan A, but you need to think about exit strategies or even assume the worst possible situation, in order to help you develop something extremely robust and effective.
Plan ahead, because a project without a long term strategy is nothing more than a wishful thinking.
3. Ignore the Grammar
You probably have read about it many times.
You need to pay attention not only to the grammar while producing your content, but also to spelling and syntax.
Remember that quality content will reward you in front of the eyes of your readers, but also Google pay attention to how your content is written. Both these factors will influence your online reputation.
So be sure to use a style that you can effort to write without any errors.
And please proofread your content many times before hitting the publishing button on your WordPress dashboard!
Tip : I use Paperrater, a great free online resource that you can use for grammar, spelling check and online proofreading, without any download of software.
4. Do Not Distribute RSS Feeds
There is no reason you should not distribute your content through RSS Feeds.
I have built a nice community of readers in my blog, both via RSS Feed and via mailing list.
This will be your lifeboat, when you will be penalized from any future Google Algorithm Update and you will lose organic traffic.
With RSS Feeds you have the possibility of building a solid relationship with your community.
5. Do Not Reply to Comments
There are two types of bloggers: those who respond to every comment and those who no matter what, they never answer.
You should find a way to feed the discussion through comments with the same care with which you have packed your post.
I believe in building relationships with my readers via the comments of my posts, and CommentLuv plugin helps me with this matter, both rewarding my articles with many comments and giving juicy backlinks to users.
6. Reading Too Much, Writing Too Little
You will not become a skilled driver watching all day Formula 1 races.
Similarly, if you want to build a successful blog, you should remove from the mind thoughts like “I always read and may be one day I will become a writer”.
Of course reading will help your writing skills, but you should stop reading all day every single blog that talks about blogging and you must start experimenting, writing and producing new content.
Your writing skills will improve with time and practice.
7 . Copy Other Writers
Above all at beginning, you may find inspiration reading other blogs.
But you need to find your own writing style, showing your personality.
Do not worry about finding the perfect words or very difficult terms, you should focus in writing a simple content, without mistakes or errors and easy to read.
Remember that being original is the best tip that I can give you in this article!
So don’t be afraid to write and show the blogosphere what you have in your mind.
Take action today!
What do you think of these mistakes? Can you add something else?
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