20 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid
Every professional blogger once makes a mistake, I hope you have heard that failure is part of success.
To every successful blogger, mistakes are part of the game. Learning from your mistakes is another thing to help success, and that’s what we’re doing today.
This article will show you common mistakes you can make as a blogger, when you know your mistakes you can correct them and learn from them.
When starting a new blog, or even if you already have one, you can make a mistake and you might not even know that it is a mistake especially if you are a novice. Even some so-called professional bloggers can make mistakes.
20 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid
1. Using The Default “admin” Username
WordPress default username is “admin”. Using the “admin” username will make your blog vulnerable to brute force login attacks. It makes it easier for anyone to guess your username.
2. Allowing Search Engine to Index Your Site While It’s Under Construction
While your blog is under construction, it’s ideal not to allow the search engines to index it. Why?
Allowing search engines to view or crawl your blog while it’s under construction can affect the SEO, because the search engine will see all the broken links and placeholder elements.
3. Outbound Links to Open in Same Tab
You should not allow outbound links to open in the same tab, it won’t allow your audience to focus. This is easy to do in WordPress.
4. Not Doing Keywords Research
It is surprising that some bloggers, especially beginners, don’t bother doing keywords research. To be a successful blogger, you need a lot of keywords research before you create and publish new blog posts.
5. Not Using Short URL Slugs
Short URL with keywords is the best and not all the entire post title in the slug. If you change the WordPress permalink structure to “post-name”, WordPress would automatically use the full post title as the slug, which is not advisable for SEO.
You should change it to something that is more user friendly, instead of leaving it to be something like this; 30-blogging-mistakes-to-avoid. The keyword in the post should be used instead; blogging-mistakes, which is more user and SEO friendly.
6. Publishing Duplicate Content
Duplicate content will affect the SEO of your blog negatively. Reusing the same text across your can cause duplicate content issues.
7. Not Compressing Images
Using an image that is not compressed with the high size can affect SEO. Image that is uncompressed with high-resolution would take a while to load and could reduce the website’s loading speed.
8. Not Adding Internal Links
Adding internal links to your blog will make readers visit other posts on your blog and can help SEO by reducing bounce rate – not adding internal links means the opposite.
9. Not Fixing Broken Links
Fixing broken links can help your SEO but not fixing it can degrade your SEO friendliness.
10. Relying Only on SEO
Getting a reasonable amount of traffic from search engines could take months or years if you don’t have SEO knowledge. There are many ways to drive traffic to your blog while you wait for search traffic. You can drive traffic to your blog from Pinterest, Quora, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
11. Hotlinking Images
It’s illegal to embed images from other websites or blogs, you’ll get broken links when the owner deletes the image.
12. Don’t Auto approving comments
When you set your website to automatically approve comments, then spammers will target your website to create backlinks to their spam websites which can affect your SEO negatively.
13. Not Building Email List
A lot of beginners don’t build email lists when they create their blog. They believe that social media is better and easy than emails to drive traffic and promote affiliate products. Building an email list is essential for successful bloggers, email is still among the best mediums to drive traffic and promote affiliates.
Successful bloggers still make use of email to promote affiliates and conversions. It takes a lot of work to gain readers’ trust and they’d subscribe to your list, then it’s worth it as long as it’s still converting.
14. Not Backing Up
I have made this mistake before, I don’t care about backups. All I care about is writing, publishing, and watching my websites grow. You should always backup your websites, believe me, it’s essential.
Anything can happen, at this age that hackers can penetrate unexpectedly. It’s ideal to backup and be on the safe side even when you’re hacked. Believe me, you’ll lose interest in your blog when everything you’ve been working for is gone off-the-cuff.
15. Not Using Easy to Remember Domain Name
When choosing a domain name, you should always go for the easy to remember one. It’s your first impression and you should make it easy to remember and pronounce.
16. Not Publishing Consistently and frequently
Publishing new contents on your blog won’t only make search engines visit your blog from time to time, it will as well help visitors to explore more on your website.
17. Not Updating Content
It is good to update your old contents on your blog. When you update your blog, you’ll have a chance to update and fix broken outbound links. It is another way to ensure that all your articles are up-to-date with a new and fresh look.
18. Using Too Many Plugins
The use of many plugins will reduce your website’s loading speed. Some beginners even install different plugins with the same purpose – like using two SEO plugins, don’t use two plugins that serve the same purpose. Using two SEO plugins will hurt your SEO badly and slow down your website affecting user experience.
19. Not Having SSL Certificate
Having an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate helps SEO. Without an SSL certificate on your blog, the browser of anyone that visits your blog will display an unsecure notice. Hackers can extract readers’ sensitive information from your website if SSL is not installed, using SSL will improve search engine rankings.
20. Using Easy Password
Starting as a blogger, don’t use easy passwords even if you just start. Hackers can take away your investment in a minute, using a password manager will help you seriously. Using your name as password for your website is not good and you should not do it. Using a strong password with symbol, number, uppercase and lowercase letters.
Every professional blogger once makes a mistake, learning from it is part of the gain because that is what is going to make you a professional. This article is to see the common mistakes to avoid as a blogger and try to avoid them always.