Are you having a hard time growing your blog, connecting with your audience, and seeing results? While blogging may seem like a piece of cake (at least to non-bloggers!), it requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. So, before you start being hard on yourself, remember that starting a blog and maintaining it, whether it’s had success or not, is already a huge step in the right direction. As for blogging mistakes, we have all made them one point or another. You’re not alone in this! However, it’s better to discover them early on so that you can speed up your blog’s growth! So, whether you’ve been blogging for a few months or a couple of years, below I’m sharing 30 critical blogging mistakes to avoid and what to do instead!
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SAVE THESE 30 BLOGGING MISTAKES FOR LATER!
30 IMPORTANT BLOGGING MISTAKES YOU NEED TO AVOID NOW!
Whether you have been struggling with content creation, social media, pinterest, or seo, today I’m going to share 30 blogging mistakes that you should avoid at all costs. If you’ve made them before, no worries. It’s never too late to learn, optimize, and take your blog to a new direction.
BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CREATING CONTENT:
1) CREATING CONTENT THAT ONLY INTERESTS YOU
Instead: Figure out who your target audience is and write for THEM.
Ask yourself: “who am I writing for?” and create content for those people.
2) CREATING CONTENT THAT DOESN’T PROVIDE ANY VALUE
Instead: Brainstorm content ideas that would serve of value to your audience.
Focus on creating content that educates, informs, inspires, or entertains.
3) CREATING IRRELEVANT CONTENT
Instead: Research your ideas on Pinterest, Quora, and Google to figure out if they are relevant enough.
Ask yourself, are people actually searching these topics (keywords)?
4) NOT SHARING CONTENT CONSISTENTLY
Instead: Bulk create your blog posts when inspiration kicks in so that you have enough content to share.
Try to consistently create 1-2 quality posts every week. Although one quality blog post is better than five poorly written blog posts, it is still important that you write consistently. You don’t have to post everyday, but you should aim for at least one post every week.
A good content plan = consistent quality content
5) NOT HAVING ENOUGH CONTENT IDEAS TO WORK WITH
Instead: Create a simple spreadsheet with the main topics of your blog (e.g, fitness, faith, blogging, personal growth)
Browse through Pinterest, research your topic, and look up keywords to come up with blog post ideas. For every blog post idea or keyword you have listed, come up with 10-15 blog post titles for it! This not only helps you come up with the perfect blog post title, but it also helps you come up with more blog post ideas. Typically, different blog post titles lead to more ideas.
6) FAILING TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR POSTING SCHEDULE
Instead: Schedule your blog posts ahead of time (preferably a month in advance) so that you can keep up with your posting schedule. In my opinion, it’s better to post one post every week than ten posts a month and completely abandon your blog for the next few months.
Again, consistency goes a long way. I personally prefer following/reading blogs that consistently post.
7) BEING TERRIBLY UNORGANIZED
Instead: Use a planner or planning pages to help you plan your content effectively and strategically, show up as a pro blogger, and complete all your blogging tasks on time. I created The Productive Blogger Planner to help you stay on track with all blogging related tasks!
THE PRODUCTIVE BLOGGER PLANNER INCLUDES:
- Year Overview
- 12 Undated Calendar Pages
- 3 Blank Quote Templates
- Blog Content Calendar
- Weekly Planning Spread – A
- Weekly Planning Spread – B
- Monday Daily Planning Page
- Tuesday Daily Planning Page
- Wednesday Daily Planning Page
- Thursday Daily Planning Page
- Friday Daily Planning Page
- Saturday Daily Planning Page
- Sunday Daily Planning Page
- Brainstorming Page
- Dotted Brainstorming Page
- Monthly Blogging Goals
- Monthly Blogging Tasks Planner
- Weekly Blogging Tasks Planner
- Daily Blogging Tasks Planner
- Blogging Cheatsheet
- Blog Post Ideas List for 12 Niches ( 3 pages )
- Developer: Blog Post Ideas
- Blog Posts List
- Blog Post Planner
- Keyword Research Sheet
- Lined Blogging Notes
- Blank Blogging Notes
- Dotted Blogging Notes
- Affiliates Tracker
- Collabs Tracker
- Blog Stats Tracker
- Blog Income Tracker ( Jan-Dec)
- Monthly Blog Recap
- Instagram Content Plan
- Twitter: Tweets Scheduler
- Pinterest: Weekly Pin Scheduler
- Social Media Calendar
GRAB THE PRODUCTIVE BLOGGER PLANNER, HERE!
BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA:
8) NOT USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR BLOG
Instead: Create an account (strictly for your blog) on at least 2 different social media platforms.
Some social media platforms you can hop on are Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
9) USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES ONLY
Instead: Treat your social media accounts like a business. Make sure your username and profile photo (logo) reflect your blog and also match on all of your socials. This will help your audience recognize and remember you.
For example, since my website is gabbyabigaill.com, my username on all platforms is @gabbyabigaill (except on TikTok I’m gabbyxabigail because my username was already taken grrr!)
10) NOT IMPLEMENTING ANY SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIES
Instead: Research social media strategies, check out what successful bloggers are doing on their social media accounts, and invest in affordable courses that can help you speed up your process! Trust me, my biggest regret is not investing in courses sooner!
Ell from bossgirlbloggers offers a FREE Instagram crash course, here!
11) NOT KEEPING YOUR AUDIENCE IN MIND
Instead: Make sure that every post has the potential to grow your social media presence, increase your traffic, and provides value to your audience. Be intentional with all of your posts. Again, either inspire, educate, or entertain your audience.
12) ASKING YOUR FOLLOWERS TO SIMPLY “CHECK OUT YOUR BLOG”
Instead: Drive people to your blog by showing them that you can offer a foolproof solution to a problem they may have.
Before posting, ask yourself, “what’s in it for THEM?”
13) NOT HAVING A SOLID SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT PLAN
Instead: Come up with a social media content plan to help you stay on track. Decide how many times you plan on posting every day on social media, how you want to post (tweets, photos, stories, etc) + link back to your blog, and where you want to post (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc)
I have also created a printable social media content planner to help you plan you content across five social media platforms.
THE ICONIC SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT PLANNER INCLUDES:
- Accounts Tracker
- Posting Schedule
- Monthly Stats Tracker
- Weekly Stats Tracker
- Monthly Business Goals
- Collabs Trackers
- Affiliates Tracker
- Income Tracker
- Weekly Tasks Planner
- Daily Tasks Planner
- Monthly Content Calendar
- Monthly Tasks Calendar
- Weekly Layouts (Monday-Sunday)
- Dream-Space Sheet For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Profile Overview Sheet For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Monthly Goals Sheet For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Brainstorming Sheet For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Content Calendar For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Tasks Planner Sheet For Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok
- Hashtags Research Sheet For Instagram
- Manual Pinning Schedule Sheet For Pinterest
- Trending Topics Sheet For Pinterest
- Keywords Planner Sheet For Pinterest
- Facebook Group Threads Sheet For Facebook
GRAB THE ICONIC SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT PLANNER HERE!
14) EXPECTING GROWTH WITHOUT BEING ACTIVE
Instead: Schedule most of your social media content once a week or a month in advance (if you can) and show up in real-time to engage with your audience. Don’t expect growth without putting in the work first.
For example, you can schedule 5 tweets a day once a month to promote blog posts, provide value, share inspiration, and keep your account active (even when you are not)! But then you should still do your best to show up on Twitter everyday to engage with your audience in real-time.
15) POSTING ONLY WHEN YOU’RE “INSPIRED”
Instead: Take 3-4 hours to batch create your content for the week (or the month, depending on how much time you have!) that way you always have something to post! Because trust me, you will NOT be inspired to be active on social media everyday.
So, having content ready to go is a lifesaver! Always take advantage of bursts of inspiration to batch create content!
16) IGNORING YOUR AUDIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Instead: Take a few minutes everyday or assign yourself a day to go through comments, tweets, messages, etc!
There’s nothing worst than just asking from your audience and not giving them anything in return.
So, try your best to engage with your audience every chance you get.
BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID ON PINTEREST
17) USING A PERSONAL ACCOUNT INSTEAD OF A BUSINESS ACCOUNT
Instead: Create and set up a business account on Pinterest + claim your website on Pinterest!
Prior to my blog’s Pinterest account, I never had a Pinterest account before. So, when I stared my Pinterest account I was using it as both a personal account and business account. I would save so many irrelevant pins and this really hindered my progress. Whether you have turned your personal account into a business account, or you created a business account for your blog, please use it keeping your business in mind.
18) FILING UP YOUR ACCOUNT WITH IRRELEVANT BOARDS
Instead: Create boards related to your niche only.
So, if you’re a food blogger, you don’t want to have wedding inspiration boards or faith related boards.
You want to have boards that RELATE to your niche and target audience!
****PRO TIP: Make sure your boards are optimized with keywords, have at least 30 pins, and include a cohesive board cover. If you need custom board covers made for you, check out my services page here! ****
19) SAVING SPAMMY PINS TO YOUR BOARDS
Instead: If you do save pins from other pinners to your board, make sure you click on the pin and double check that the link doesn’t lead to spam! Saving pins that have spammy links will hurt your account. But I would suggest not saving other people’s pins to your boards!
20) EXPECTING PINS TO GO VIRAL OVERNIGHT
Instead: Consistently create new quality pins for old and new blog posts. Don’t just rely on a simple pin.
Try out new titles, descriptions, and templates every time you create a new batch of pins for a blog post!
21) NOT PINNING ENOUGH OR AT ALL
Instead: Pin 8-15 of your own pins daily!
Go to your google analytics, check the times your users are most active in, and pin at those times!
If you’re not using Pinterest for your blog, you’re missing out on a lot of traffic!
PS: If you hate creating pins, I offer pin creation services here! I’d be more than happy to create your pins for you!
22) NOT IMPLEMENTING ANY PINTEREST STRATEGIES
Instead: Invest in Ell’s affordable and helpful Pinterest course to learn everything you need to know about Pinterest marketing, and effectively grow your website’s traffic (even with all the algorithm changes!) You can purchase Ell’s Pinterest Course, here!
23) EXPECTING OVERNIGHT GROWTH ON PINTEREST
Instead: Be patient with Pinterest and don’t give up on your strategies soon!
Your Pinterest account can take a few months to show results, but once it does you’ll be so glad you didn’t give up!
24) NOT CREATING QUALITY PINS
Instead: Invest in Pinterest templates to help you batch create stylish, clickable, and attractive pins quickly.
If you are looking for affordable Pinterest templates that will help you boost your traffic, check out my Pinterest templates below!
If you need more Pinterest templates to choose from, you can check out my Pinterest templates shop, here!
25 ) NOT EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT PIN STYLES
Instead: Try different Pinterest templates to see what kind of pins your audience likes.
Don’t just settle for static pins. Create video pins (animated pins), list pins, quote pins, and product pins.
And if you’re trying to create your first ever animated pins but don’t know where to start, check out my 20 animated Pinterest templates here!
MORE BLOGGING MISTAKES TO AVOID:
26. NOT OPTIMIZING YOUR CONTENT FOR SEO
Instead: Research keywords before creating posts and then include your keywords in your post.
Once you find a keyword you want to work with, include it in your title, headings, url, alt images, mega description, and through out the post.
***Pro Tip: Include your keywords naturally. Avoid keyword stuffing!***
27. NOT BUILDING YOUR EMAIL LIST FROM DAY ONE
Instead: Sign up for a email service provider, create opt ins, and add them to your website.
I like having a pop up, a sign up widget, and an opt-in form in every single post. This helps increase conversion and grow your email list.
28. SPENDING MOST OF YOUR TIME WRITING
Instead: Devote the majority of your time to researching, learning, promoting your content, building your platform, and strategizing.
If you spend most of your time writing, you’re doing your blog a huge disservice.
Hey, if no one visits your blog, it doesn’t matter how many posts you write.
29. NOT TREATING YOUR BLOG LIKE A BUSINESS
Instead: Set business goals for your blog, create a strategic content plan, brainstorm monetization streams, and devote time to your blog.
30. NOT INVESTING IN YOUR BLOG
Instead: Invest in your blog when necessary: become self-hosted, buy a theme to give your blog a makeover, purchase courses/ebooks that will help speed up your learning process, invest in services that will benefit your blog, and purchase memberships that are an absolute must!
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If I were to list every single blogging mistake to avoid we’d be here for days! So, I tried my best to list the blogging mistakes I find the most important to avoid. I hope you found this blogging post helpful! Let me know in the comments below if you can relate to some of these blogging mistakes.
Until next time,