9 Blogging Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make! Avoid the Pain Before Its Too Late

January 22, 2016
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blogging mistakes

Mistakes are not completely evil.

Each one holds a valuable lesson you can use to get better.

Making mistakes means you’re doing something. I’ll take that over a perfect zero any day.

There is one fact though about mistakes we cannot avoid–they steal our time. That’s the one trade-off. Our mistakes bring us wisdom, yet take away precious, irreplaceable time.

This is why learning from other people’s mistakes is the smartest thing ever. We can avoid the time suck and gain valuable insights without going through the pain mistakes bring.

So to help you become a better blogger faster, I want to list some common mistakes that slow bloggers down and ultimately hold back their success. I still see these mistakes happening out there and I did plenty of them starting out…here’s your chance to avoid them entirely.

 

Blogging Mistakes You Can Avoid Starting Today

 

1. Not targeting the right audience

If you are blogging just for yourself and don’t care if anyone visits your site, then you don’t need to read any further. That’s fine if you want to do that.

For those who want to build an audience, you need to KNOW who  you are serving. The clearer the perspective and more intimately you know the target audience, the better off you will be.

Sometimes a blogger starts out with a vague notion of their audience, and discovers later a more specific, narrowed audience. Or a blogger may start out serving the wrong audience at first and then adjust their content to better reach the right audience. If you’re in that place, just keep looking for who really needs your solutions. Don’t do what I did starting out and create content to impress others in my niche. Those folks are nice people, they just aren’t going to ever become a customer, so I was wasting time creating content to impress them.

How to avoid this mistake: Take time to study your target audience. Who are they? What problems do they need help with? What do they like or dislike? This is determined through engagement. Answer their emails. Dialogue with them in the comments. Put out a survey. Listen to what they’re saying on their own sites or social media pages.

 

2. You don’t have a niche

The noun “niche” is defined as “a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service.”

For example, Build Your Own Blog is in the “blog starting” or “new blog” niche. Some other blog niche examples include travel, food, fitness, fashion, photography, and the biggest of them all, the “mommy blog.”

Does your blog have a niche? If you’re writing about your trip to Branson one week, a lasagna recipe the next week, why cardio workouts are bad for you next, then close out the month with a book review about Donald Trump, you definitely don’t have a niche.

This will cause your growth to move at a snail’s pace, if it grows at all.

You need to choose a niche and keep your content pretty much focused on that niche. This is what draws a crowd. People don’t follow blogs and stay loyal to them if they cover random topics, unless the blogger is a ginormous celebrity. I suppose there are people who would love to read about Tom Hanks’ trip to Branson or his favorite lasagna.

Make sure the niche has an audience out there to begin with. You might have what seems like a brilliantly unique blog concept, and perhaps you do…but if you build it, will anybody come?

How to avoid this mistake: Don’t be scared about jumping in to a large, “crowded” niche. That is a good sign. Obviously, there is a big demand for the topic. And that means there are plenty of people you can spy on to learn from their mistakes and grow faster. 😉

 

3. Your publishing schedule is half-baked

How often you post is your decision. There is no one right answer.

I can tell you this: posting every day is difficult to sustain over time. You may find it easy at first, but eventually you will notice it becomes increasingly difficult to find good topics every day. Posting for the sake of keeping it frequent is a bad strategy because your quality begins to suffer, which turns off readers.

Posting too little is also a mistake. If you have weeks or months in between your posts you don’t gain any momentum and nobody follows you because they forget about you.

How to avoid this mistake: You need to determine a realistic frequency for your posts, then stick to it. Using an editorial calendar is helpful.

 

4. Blowing off an email list

Email marketing is one of the best ways to build a loyal audience. If that sounds too business-like for you the casual blogger, let me rephrase this: Email is a great way to connect with readers and let them know you have a new post up.

Not only do I wish I would have built a list much sooner, I hear others lament the same…you can start now, or as soon as your blog begins, by learning some techniques anyone can do.

Email builds loyalty when done right. Traffic gets driven to your post, and a percentage of those visitors will leave comments and share your content.

That’s what you want, right?

How to avoid this mistake: Start building an email list as soon as you start blogging.

 

5. Not using social media or doing it wrong

Social media is a free tool anyone can use to promote their blog posts. Are you?

Instead of sharing what you had for lunch on Facebook, see how people respond to your blog posts! 😀

If you are not doing this, you’re missing out on traffic.

You don’t want to turn people off doing it wrong, so be sure to read up on how to best use social media. There are important differences per each platform. You should not treat them all the same.

Here are some helpful articles:

Feeding Google: How to Use YouTube and Google+ to Outrank Your Competition

Memejacking Blogger: Promote Your Website Making Fun, Tasty Treats People Eat Up

Why Google+ is Better Than Facebook for My Blog

How to Make a Post on Facebook – 14 Prompts to Writing Fabulous Posts for Your Blog or Business Page

One way to get a leg up on social media is to hire someone’s expertise. If your budget can afford this, and you need more time to focus on other areas, ask a professional social media expert for help. A few I recommend include:

1. Kate Ahl – Simple Pin Media

2. Amanda Relyea-Voss – Like a Voss Social Media 

3. Brandon Schaefer – My Virtual Sales Force

How to avoid this mistake: Let social media work for you by learning how each platform works. Hire some help if needed.

 

6. Your blog offers no share buttons

Making life easier for your readers helps you get more shares on social media, and putting social sharing buttons on your blog is one way to do that.

Rarely does someone take the time to copy/paste a URL to share something, unless it is super good.

Even those who create awesome content provide social sharing buttons.

Don’t overlook this free publicity.

How to avoid this mistake: Find a good social share button WordPress plugin.

 

7. Your writing is convoluted

That subhead intentionally illustrates this point…many folks don’t know what convoluted means. Using big words when they aren’t needed is just one example of convoluted writing. (Convoluted means extremely complex and difficult to follow.)

Another example is tightly packing your text into large blocks of text, like a 1980 history textbook. When visitors see something like this:

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They are going to bounce pretty quickly (most likely).

Web surfers do not like the text to look like a book or kindle. They want easy scanability, and so that’s why you want to use short paragraphs like you see on this blog.

How to avoid this mistake: Observe how popular blogs format their text on the page. Do the same.

 

8. Using a design with a dark background and light font

You might think that a blog design with black backgrounds and white fonts looks really cool…remember, this isn’t all about you.

Your readers might get a migraine trying to read a design like one that or a myriad of other color combinations.

Since reading on the web is already harder on our eyes than printed materials, you want to design your blog so that the reader is comfortable. This encourages them to stay on your site longer. And keeps their vision intact.

How to avoid this mistake: Select an eye-friendly design and font.

 

9. Not responding to comments or doing it without much effort

All the top blogs spend time building relationships in their comments section. This has many benefits, to both you and your readers.

Friendships are formed. Loyal readers are developed. Good comments provide bonus material for readers. The writer gains valuable feedback. The list goes on and on.

That’s why some well-known blogs who dropped their comments section are now bringing them back. (Copyblogger is one example.)

You need to not only allow and respond to comments, you should put some thought into them, engage with those who take the time to leave thoughtful comments. Don’t just type “Thanks!” in reply to every single one. (You know what I mean.) Be yourself. Provide additional value to the post by answering questions and giving folks some feedback.

You won’t regret it.

How to avoid this mistake: Pay no attention to the already dated advice that its good to have no comments on a blog. That fad is fading fast. Keep your comments going, encourage readers to leave comments, and reply to all or most commenters with something of value they can gain from.

 

Let’s Review the Blogging Mistakes to Avoid and Their Solutions

1. Avoid targeting the wrong audience or no audience.  Get to know your audience

2. Don’t avoid having a niche. Avoid combining multiple niches.  Choose a niche for your blog

3. Avoid having no publishing schedule.  Use an editorial calendar

4. Avoid blowing off your email list. Build an email list

5. Avoid using social media poorly. Use social media effectively

6. Avoid not installing social sharing buttons. Add social share buttons to your blog

7. Avoid bad writing. Write clear, concise and compelling blog posts

8. Avoid color choices, fonts and designs that are hard to look at. Use white backgrounds and easy-to-read fonts

9. Avoid lazy blog comment replies and neglectful comment management. Allow comments and put excellence into them

 

Any More Blogging Mistakes to Include Here?

Let’s chat in the comments about blogging mistakes. If you have any questions or want to add some more mistakes to the list, join in the conversation!

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

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  1. vikash Sharma says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for sharing such a nice, informative and useful article.
    I am very new to blogging and just started my blog and learning things. Believe me, I am fortunate that i found this article on a right time.
    I am surely going to follow your tips.

    Once again thanks for your time to share such wonderful article with us.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Vikash,

      Welcome to the blogger family. 🙂 Give me an update later on how things are going with headlines.

      Best,

      Matthew

  2. Arsh says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    My first comment on your platform, got here via Brandedsolopreneur, I can relate to some of the points mentioned in this article…

    I have few questions and I hope I will get some answers 🙂

    1. Is small business & Marketing a huge niche for my weblog or is it okay… I have been getting different answers from different Experts online but I want to know your take on it… if you may like to..

    2. Well posting once a week like some really cool content would be sufficient considering my niche and all the essentials to achieve good seo results in the long run (like in six months to an year I have been blogging for over three years now..)

    3. I don’t have much subscribers, what you think the pop email box is good to ask the potential visitors to fill in, to subscribe or my current approach of letting the readers decide whether they want to subscribe to my email is good ? should I let it the way it is or should I go for pop up box, personally I consider pop up box really annoying what you think ?

    4. My social media plugins dont get loaded due to firefox ad blocking coding and all that, it wasn’t like this for ever, but since their default ad block they won’t let my plugin gets loaded too… I am not hot on html/css, you will know that by looking at my weblog, it is pretty simple, not like yours, shiny, super cool so what do i do to fix that ? I checked quite high and low and nothing seems to work…

    That’s it, hope I am not asking too much!

    Thanks!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Welcome to BYOB, Arsh! Ah the brandedsolopreneur (Andrea) is da bomb, don’t you agree? 🙂

      1. I think the small business and marketing niches are definitely robust. I haven’t researched the actual numbers, but I know there are tons of websites out there that fall in those niches.

      2. Once a week of quality content can work well. Better than two or five days of filler fluff.

      3. I think pop ups for email subscribers work well. It works well for me, and I know most I. Your niche use them. I hear someone complain rarely, and I think those who do are in a minority. I don’t think using a pop up opt-in is a big deal for most people. You can’t please everyone, so I would use what works for the majority of your audience.

      4. Using social media share buttons is a wise decision. You need to somehow figure out the firewall issue.

      You didn’t ask too much, mate! Come by anytime.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

      1. Arsh says:    •   4 years

        Thank you so much for taking time and replying thoroughly, yes I like Andrea, her way of writing is truly awesome, never let you get bored plus she is a genius!

        1. yes, that’s what they tell me, just like you that its huge thus you need to narrow down but the problem is, in offline world, where I deal with marketing and small business daily basis, I think it is really hard for me to separate the two let alone narrowing down further…

        2. that’s what I thought but I just wanted to be sure, if you have some time, just check couple of my posts and let me know if they are up to the mark quality wise, I mean, its good to have a say of someone who knows such things thoroughly.. so I will be waiting for that ..

        3. okay so which popup will work great for me… which one would you recommend to capture readers and briefly why… if you have some post on that or something do let me know…

        4. by firewall you mean firewall on my pc ? I am using kaspersky, if it means firewall on my pc, does it mean it will be okay on other people personal computers ?

        I would really be thankful and appreciate if you make up some time to respond to my annoying queries … ;p

        Thank you so much! much appreciated!

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Hey Arsh,

          I’ll take a look at your blog later today. Stay tuned. 🙂

          I use Ninja Popups. Check them out and see what you think. I may be making a change pretty soon, not sure. Don’t have another picked out, just not completely satisfied with the design of the pop up. Just being real with ya.

          Issue #4 is something I cannot answer without being there at your computer.

          Talk soon,

          Matthew

  3. Alex says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matt, Great post man. I wish I had read this a year ago :-). But thankful I read it now. I sure have made some of these mistakes – especially starting with a niche – which I did – or I thought I did. Then about five months into my posts, I discover that a different part of my niche was where my audience was and so a adjusted. And still adjusting.

    Anyway, I think I can add two more things to answer your question:

    1. Honesty and Relevancy. What I mean is, I can’t stand blog post titles do not compliment the article – except maybe at the end of the article. To me that’s a misleading way to promote your post for SEO sake or to attract people – which I understand. I believe that the title should work well and follow the subtitle, bullet points and total content.

    2. Quality pictures. I think that the picture should also somewhat reflect the article, along with enough pixels to make it pop up. I know this could be a little controversial because some people use “homemade pics” which is cool because they are genuinely theirs. But if they look kind of blurry or faded, it’s not good and many will not read your blog.

    So far, honestly, my favorite pictures are yours bro. You kill it man with your cartoon pics. I love it. Different, quality and relevant. Thanks for your honest work, Mat.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Alex,

      Glad you like this. 🙂 I appreciate your feedback. The blog illustrations are fun and yes, I agree that not using photos or images on your blog is a big mistake. They do help pull people into the content and should be chosen carefully.

      Totally agree–headlines that don’t compliment the article are big mistakes…if it confuses, extends too long, or is boring, that’s a big fat fail.

      Great meeting you, Alex! Don’t be a stranger.

      Best,

      Matthew

  4. Deb Palmer says:    •   4 years

    Hi Mathew
    Very helpful.. thank you. I spent all morning reading the side articles as well. Sometimes I worry that my niche is not focused because I bounce around various topics. For example, I call myself a Christian Storyteller… the point being, that I am a Christian telling stories, not that I am necessarily writing theology.
    My niche is Christian living, but the slant is an honest, raw, personal, sometimes humorous look at our messy lives.
    Do you think this is too broad?
    Thanks again, for a spot on post that gets me back pecking at the keys.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Deb,

      That’s a great question. Your niche sounds narrow, but something tells me it could be narrowed down even more. I haven’t dug deep into that niche…maybe focus on get more specific with the title “Christian Storyteller”….that does sound broad and narrowing it down could lead you to something pretty cool!

      I would take some time to brainstorm on that. Let me know how it goes!

      Best,

      Matthew

  5. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    You are SO right about all of these, they are all very common mistakes.

    For me personally I made quite a few of these myself. I think it’s pretty common actually but it’s a learning experience too. I was all over the place when I ventured into the blogging niche because my issue is that I just love helping people and back then I was of the notion that anyone who blogged would be interested in learning from me. WRONG!!!!

    As you know, over the years I’ve changed directions and narrowed it even more. I think some of us just have to “find where we belong” so to speak. It’s a beautiful thing once we do though.

    I definitely agree that people need to have a publishing schedule. When you’re inconsistent it’s hard to grow a following. Some people are able to get by but for most people you just need a regular schedule.

    Building a list and using social media, both very important indeed. Not having share buttons is a disaster or not having them set up properly is just as bad. I had to email two people yesterday to remind them once again to get their Twitter ID’s set up.

    If you’re going to blog you need to perfect your writing. We all aren’t writers coming into this but we can learn and grow. It’s important.

    Last but not least let me praise you on the comments and boy was I shocked when I saw Copyblogger was bringing them back. Hello!!!! It’s about the conversations you can have, it’s about helping your audience and how better to achieve that then in the comment section. Always reply and help your readers and they’ll want to keep coming back for more.

    Great post Matthew, thank you for sharing this and hope you have a marvelous week.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yeah, I’ve pretty much committed all these blog sins at some point in my past. I think maybe the one sin I didn’t commit (at least intentionally) is the dark background and white font. I’ve always chose white backgrounds or light colors and black fonts on my WordPress blogs. I say “not intentionally” because I do recall back in ’06 my Myspace blog was dark with light font, but I didn’t have a choice with that one.

      Does that count? 🙂

      I love how you heard the news about Copyblogger here…yes, I’m not surprised at all. The day they announced the comment shut down, I thought it was a mistake and always have. I’m not surprised they circled back to it. Hey, nothing wrong with testing something and admitting it was a mistake and bringing it back. Good for them.

      You my friend are the comment queen. You have proven how important comments are and how effective they can be to build a blog. Thanks for keeping that light shining.

      I’m just coming back from a couple of days out of the office, so that’s why my reply is a bit slow.

      You have an awesome weekend, okay?!

      Matthew

  6. ILYAS KERBAL says:    •   4 years

    Hi,
    I’ve just read the this post 🙂
    Thank You

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You’re welcome, mate. 🙂

  7. Eric says:    •   4 years

    Matthew,
    Great post! There have been several things regarding my new blog that I’ve let slip recently, so it was good to be reminded about them. I appreciated that your tips were concise, but detailed enough to act upon. I’ll definitely get to work on those things. Thanks.
    — Eric

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Eric,

      Glad you found this helpful, mate. 🙂 Keep me posted on how your blog is doing

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  8. GogoBuzz says:    •   4 years

    I love reading your blog. It makes so much sense; is easy reading and logical to apply to my own life. I savour your emails and read every word (as opposed to just skimming most of the stuff landing in my in-box)
    Thank you

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey,

      I appreciate that!

      Keep in touch,

      Matthew

  9. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,

    Great post — and a whole bunch of mistakes here I can relate to.

    Not choosing a niche? Check. Not targeting the right audience? Check.

    …and the list goes on.

    I actually just finished crafting my content schedule last night for the next three months — that includes the blog, my mailing list, guest posts, my video interview series, a new video series I’m starting, social posts, etc.

    It was a lot of work, but I’m glad I did it. I have a very clear plan to execute on now until the end of April. And I prefer it that way — to have as little thinking as possible to do day-to-day. 😉

    I think that’s a pretty common mistake a lot of bloggers make… they really have no rhyme or reason to what they’re doing. That ‘Publish’ button in WordPress is just so shiny and inviting.

    Nice post!

    Brent

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Howdy Brent,

      I’m the same way, like to make to-do lists and plan out things, definitely helps when you do it. Just think, you can kick butt without looking back for the next three months and boom–Spring will be here. 🙂 Oh wait, you live in Canada. Maybe not. LOL

      I’m curious now that you have crystallized your niche and rebranded, what is your current video series going to cover? Can you share what the new video series is about?

      I agree, new bloggers are all about that Publish…forget about planning ahead. If only they could see how a content schedule would help them Publish more.

      Glad you joined the conversation, mate! Hope all is well.

      Matt

      1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

        Hi Matt,

        Better Blogging has been re-branded to Better Freelancing. Same concept, but I’ll be speaking with people who earn their full-time income running online, service-based businesses. My first guests will include Brent Galloway, Ariel Rule, Maddy Osman and Alicia Rades.

        I’m also playing around with posting a weekly 60-second rant to social media. I like to rant, although it isn’t a side to me that most of my followers have seen — so interested to see whether or not “angry Brent” will resonate with viewers or not. LOL

        I want to do more with video as I think it’s one of the best ways to engage with followers.

        Thanks for asking!

        Brent

        PS: Oh, and I live a mile from Buffalo, NY. We’ve had one snowfall this winter with an accumulation of 4 inches or so. Currently, my grass is green outside my door and it’s 53 F, which isn’t too bad for February 3. We got off easy this winter.

        When I was in Punta Cana last week, I met a lady from Missouri and it sounds like you guys are getting more winter weather than we are!

        1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

          Oooooh, I’m looking forward to your little rants! 🙂 I take it the rant topics will be related to your niche? What are you going to talk about?

          That will be interesting to see how your audience responds.

          And as for winter, it really hasn’t been that bad on this side of Missouri. We’ve had some cold days but not much snow actually. Last weekend was in the low 60s. Aaaaahhhhh.

          Let us know when the new vids are available, mate.

          Later,

          Matthew

          1. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

            First rant was published yesterday! Check Google+

            🙂

          2. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

            Love it, Brent! Look forward to more.

  10. Mansi Padhya says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for sharing such a nice. Informative and useful article. And You are right about all of these, they are all very common mistakes.
    I’ll definitely get to work on these things. Thanks. 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Mansi,

      You’re welcome on the sharing thing. Drop back by and let us know how things are going.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  11. Don Purdum says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    While all your points are excellent, the one I resonate with the most is in regards to bloggers who don’t take the time to respond to comments.

    I’ve even seen some highly respected bloggers who are not responding to comments.

    Why have the comments?

    If someone takes the time to leave a comment and add value to your post why in the world would someone essentially say through non-action; “you’re not that important” or I don’t appreciate you”.

    In my opinion, someone who treats their readers this way makes my wonder how do they treat their clients? It may not be fair or real but the impression is still there.

    Well, that’s my rant for the day, lol…

    Have an awesome week Matthew!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hello Don,

      I agree with you about comments, now more than ever. They are essentially like email, and anyone who doesn’t reply to their email has poor customer relations and won’t be around long.
      If they’re smart, they will add extra value to their posts through the comments. Excellent conversations keep people on your site. We all have those sites where we love reading the comments because we get something from it.

      That’s my goal for these comments. 🙂 I hope you’ll drop by again because you know how to leave excellent comments.

      You’re invited to rant here anytime.

      You also have an awesome week, Don!

      Matthew

  12. Eva says:    •   3 years

    Oops! Matthew,

    I didn’t realize how far down I had to scroll to get to the comment box. I read your “Mistakes to Avoid” blog and emphatically agreed with #9. Also, I think using an editorial calendar is an excellent suggestion. The only thing is that I have to learn how to use it on WP Theme 2016. Lastly, I probably need to re-think my targeted audience.

    Cheers & Thanks!

    ~Eva

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Eva,

      Glad you liked this. 🙂
      Did you decide on an editorial calendar?
      Keep me posted on how things go.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  13. Eva says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew.

    Thanks for asking. Yes, I did decide to use an editorial calendar. I’m going with your recommendation from a previous blog post. I think it may greatly improve the overall quality of my blog.

    Thanks Again,

    Eva

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      That one is pretty simple. Enjoy!

  14. David says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew

    Indeed a great post about blogging mistakes.

    I am glad that you have covered major blogging mistakes and It is a fact that these are those mistakes which almost every blogger do.

    But We can’t deny that these mistakes helped us a lot to learn something new. Imagine without doing any mistake, do we able to learn something new?

    Absolutely not, because doing mistakes create questions in our mind and when we have a new question in our mind then we always try to get answer of these question which help us to learn something new. 😀

    I had also did so many mistakes when I started my blogging carrier and still doing. I used to copy articles from other blogs which is very much common for almost every blogger.

    Every new blogger publish 1st article by copying it from other site and same thing I did.

    Later I learnt that Google never ranks duplicate articles and then this mistake helped me to write articles by own. It taught me that how to write articles by yourself and also improved my english a little bit.

    Sometimes doing mistake become turning point in our life so I love doing mistakes. 😀

    Thanks for sharing such a great piece of content. 😀

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi David,

      Indeed, mistakes can be great teachers. I definitely encourage people to make mistakes. That is impossible to avoid completely, unless you are not doing anything, which is the worst thing to do.

      This post is simply to help folks save themselves some time and heartache. Avoid all these mistakes and you’ll be off to a faster start. But you will still goof up somewhere along the way.

      That’s okay. Make the most of it. 🙂

      Great meeting you. Glad you shared your thoughts.

      Matthew

  15. Rubel says:    •   3 years

    Hello Great Post Indeed about Mistakes, bloggers make these days.

    Personally, when I started my career in blogging, I was not sure, for whom I am writing for and what I need to provide to attract readers.

    Also, i was focused on writing for search engines as I wanted my posts to rank, but actually it was a big mistake from my side.

    As, I have learned over the past few months, we just need to cover the topic by maintaining quality and rest will be ok itself..

    But I sadly believe, many still not aware of this fact, they are still making tons of mistakes in blogging.

    So, they need to start reading more to get more knowledge and then proceed in blogging the right way.

    So, brilliantly described points.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Rubel,

      We all make mistakes starting out, don’t we? Good to hear you have grown along the way.
      Yes, knowledge is powerful.

      Thanks mate,

      Matthew

  16. Rebekah says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew, Thanks for the post. I appreciate your advice about finding one’s “niche,” and definitely about writing well in the blog posts. But I think it’s OK — even desirable! — to use beautiful language that includes a sprinkling of challenging words, especially if you’re speaking for a more academic or literary audience. For many readers, I understand that uncommon words would be a turn-off. But I think bloggers writing about academic, artistic, or literary topics should have a different tone than, say, a blog that specializes in mac-and-cheese recipes. 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Rebekah,

      I’ve been known to use a “fifty cent word” here and there in my content. 🙂
      I agree with you, the audience does play a big part in what vocabulary to use.
      I tend to avoid challenging words in my sales copy or any calls to action. I will use a little more advanced vocabulary sometimes in the article content.
      When we have a big vocab, we can slip into sounding pedantic, which can even turn off readers who know what the words mean.
      Good mac-n-cheese is a science that requires clear directions. No cheesy words. 😉
      Rebekah, let me know how your writing goes…

      Matthew

  17. Brenda Smith says:    •   3 years

    I would must say that you just rocked in this article. 😀

    It doesn’t matter, In which field you are working. You would definitely make mistakes and these mistakes will help you to learn something new. So we should never afraid of doing mistakes.

    In this article, the blogging mistakes which you have mentioned above are very much common which most of the bloggers or webmasters make when they start their blogging career.

    When bloggers like me do mistakes then It is obvious that they can’t generate that result which they want because of that mistake. When It happens, they again start doing all the things and tries to find what they did wrong in previous turn and then they find their mistakes and learn from that mistake.

    So some how, mistakes helped us to learn new things. Right? 😀

    Most of the people think that doing mistakes will give them failures which they never want but they should understand that every successful person makes mistake at their initial stages and learn from them.

    Every successful blogger copied others article once in their blogging journey but later they learned and started writing by themselves.

    I would like to give a great Thanks to you for covering these amazing blogging mistakes which people can use to learn from them. 😀

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for dropping by and letting me know how much you liked this post.

      Mistakes do help us learn new things. We need to keep that perspective and not beat ourselves up for making mistakes.

      Good luck with your blog,

      Matthew

  18. Pavitra Kumar says:    •   3 years

    Hey, Matthew,

    Very thorough and informative article! You made a great point there, I just wish I were a faster reader because I know it took me more than 5 minutes to read this post. Mistakes comes in our life to make us even more better for the future.We all did some mistakes and just because of those mistakes in our life we are ready to hustle hard & bring some innovations in our life.Such a comprehensive article will nevertheless be indispensable to read for every blogger. The accentuation on content is very important. I am sure if we follow all the above steps and avoid the common mistakes, we will get success in Blogging. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you for your time sharing such an awesome article with us.

    Have a great rest of the week! Happy Blogging 🙂