5 Blogging Mistakes You Must Avoid

by Onibalusi Bamidele · 49 comments

This is a guest post by Onibalusi Bamidele from YoungPrePro.

Blogging is a great way to interact with people, build your brand, make money blogging, create awareness and even satisfy yourself. Blogging has its own rules, and not following these rules can cause you more harm than good on the long run.

As in every other thing, there are also various do’s and dont’s in blogging. There are some things you must observe to build a successful blog and there are things you must avoid in order to be successful.

To maximize your chances of success in blogging, there are somethings you should really try to avoid as much as possible.

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Below are 5 blogging mistakes you must really try avoiding:

1. Not Hosting Yourself

One of the most terrible blogging mistakes you must avoid is not hosting yourself i.e. not having your own domain name with a hosting company of your choice. Not having a self hosted blog will have some adverse effects on you sooner or later because your blog might grow to a very large extent, it will then be very difficult to move to your own domain because you will not want to loose your readers and even search engine traffic.

You might be thinking of using a 301 redirect but search engines also take into consideration domain age. Another problem with not hosting yourself is that your free host can just decide to close down when they like, just like when GeoCities decided to close down and all websites hosted on it were affected.

2. Not Having A Professional Design

First impression is very important. Not having a professional design for your blog might have a negative effect on your blog because all visitors are not the same and might not continue with your site if you don’t have a good design. You might think only content is what matters, but not all visitors know this especially those coming from search engines.

Some people who are new to the internet might even think a professionally designed website is also loaded with good content. Try to take care of your design, it is very important. To add to it: a professionally designed website will always be easy to remember.

3. Writing For Many People

If you have ever read from companies, you will understand what I mean better. Another major blogging mistake is to be writing your blog posts as if you were talking to a large group of people. You don’t need to blog as if you are talking to 10, 100 or even thousands of people but rather blog as if you are talking to only one person, as if you are talking to your friend. This will make your message look more interesting and will also make your readers know you care about them.

Your readers will even think you are having a one-on-one conversation with them. Just imagine opening an email to read a message titled “Dear first name” (substituting first name with your first name 🙂 ), your attention will be keen towards reading what is in the mail than coming across with a message talking to a group of people. Your readers want to know you care for them and them only; they are not ready to know about others.

4. Blog Instability

Some people are so unstable with their blog and they just change their blog anytime they want, today it is “aaa.com”, tomorrow it will be “bbb.com” etc. It is very important to take your time to think well before you start your blog, you have to brainstorm what you want your blog to be about, what the main objectives of your blog will be and you should be able to research effectively before choosing a name for your blog because this will have an effect on you in the future.

Some people suggest choosing your name as your blog because this will give you the flexibility of using your blog for anything that pleases you in the future. If your name is too long (like mine: Onibalusi Bamidele) or might be difficult to remember you might choose a name related to your website.

5. Not Promoting Your Blog

Yeah! This is the problem most people face. I just wonder when I come across a forum post where somebody is complaining of setting up a website two months ago and nobody visited the blog. I never experienced this problem before because 151 people came to my blog on its first day (being a forum spammer then  😮 ), all jokes apart.

You should not just blog and be expecting people to visit your blog from the blue, you have to have a plan for your blog, how do you want to get traffic to your blog? Is it through SEO, PPC or Networking? You should decide how you want to get visitors from your blog because users can’t just come from nowhere (even if you have the best content).

At The End, I would Say That…

There are many other blogging mistakes you must avoid, but the ones above are the foundation and avoiding them will also help you avoid many other blogging mistakes.

Let me know if you have committed any of the above blogging mistakes or were just going to commit and boom, you realized that it will be a big mistake. Also let me know in your opinion what are some other common blogging mistakes which bloggers must avoid.

About Onibalusi Bamidele

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blognseo April 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

yes , not hosting your own blog is the biggest mistake ! better stop blogging at that point rather than continue blogging
.-= blognseo´s last blog ..Top 5 Reasons to choose wordpress over blogger =-.

Mad Geek April 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Promoting: I do promote my posts on Social n/w and voting sites but I don’t actually get much traffic from there, what could be the reason?
.-= Mad Geek @beingPC´s last blog ..What’s new in Windows Live messenger Wave 4? =-.

stephanie April 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

this is a great post! a lot of good points. very logical and makes a lot of sense! keep it up.

Eric April 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

These are all good ideas to avoid doing. I myself need to get a better design done and work on promoting my blog a bit more.
.-= Eric´s last blog ..Twitter Is Powerful When Used Correctly =-.

Murlu May 1, 2010 at 7:50 am

Another mistake you may be making is not capturing your readers.

On many blogs, you’ll see free ebooks and email subscriptions. This allows you to email your readers at a later point to help promote your blog or if you ever create a product – sell it to a relevant audience.
.-= Murlu´s last blog ..How To Make Money Online With ArticleMe =-.

Felix May 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I guess hosting your own blog is an option. Some businessmen do the testing first, if they are really passionate about what they are doing. After they found out what would be the outcome, they will decide what would be the best decision they will make.

Because if you invest money on the internet while you are still searching what is the best for you, then you are wasting your money and time where the hosting services and domain you purchase is running and keep consuming your money.

So, before you invest money or effort, make a test first then go for a conclusion, like what other big companies out there.

But anyway, thanks for the post. It serves as a reminders to many bloggers out there.
.-= Real Blogging Advice´s last blog ..How to Choose Profitable Keywords Using Google Keyword Tool =-.

Randi May 2, 2010 at 1:47 am

Very useful information here and they all seem very logical, but which are the costs involved? Because not all of us know how to create websites, SEO and so on. So you need help from someone else, and this is not cheap. And still there is no success guaranteed, because you may choose a very saturated niche were there are not so many gains. What are the chances of earning something if you do not know to do all this on your own?
.-= Randi´s last blog ..Top Get Paid to Blog Websites =-.

Kahy May 4, 2010 at 5:30 am

These are all very good points, but I don’t agree 100% with #1. I know of many bloggers who use the free Blogger.com and are pretty successful, both financially and with their followership.

Biodun May 5, 2010 at 2:14 am

Having a blog without promoting it is a really great mistake. The blogosphere is a big and busy world with over 100 million blogs published every minute and growing. How do you attract visitors to your blog without effective promotion?
.-= UK webmaster forum´s last blog ..Post your best twitter tools and tricks =-.

edward July 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Yes this article is right, I just lost my other blog last month, though I have a domain name I hosted it with blogspot and they closed it because of spam that I never did.

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