Why are you failing to attract readers to your blog? Why are you not making any money from your blog? Why 97% of bloggers quit after one year of blogging?
This is because most bloggers are making these mistakes without even knowing they are hurting themselves. I will outline these crucial faults and help you overcome in blogging.
1. Not Writing Any Quality Articles
Internet is built with information. People search the net to find answers. If your blog is not filled with quality informative articles, then you don’t deserve to get blog visitors.
How to fix this? Write about a tutorial. Share information, how you solved a problem, an experience, tips, recipe, advice etc.
2. Not Blogging with Your Own Domain Name
Lots of lots of blogs are out there with a free domain name AKA blogspot.com/wordpress.com –you know these make you look unprofessional. If you are serious with your blog and want to build a business, then you should get your own domain name.
How to fix this? Get a domain name for your blog, it costs less than 10 dollars a year. Read: How to get a good domain name for your blog.
3. Copy Pasting Articles from Elsewhere
This issue is serious. When you blog, people expect to read and hear from you. If you are just shamelessly taking articles from other blogs, then you will never make it to the top.
How to fix this? Open up a word document and get writing. Maybe you are not good at writing but you have to start somewhere. Write quality and original articles. Set 200 words target for a start.
4. Not Mentioning Your Sources
It’s good to take some content from other websites and this is how the internet is built. If you put some text from Wikipedia on your blog, make sure you have given credit to your source. Similarly if you are taking some content from another blogger or a website, always mention your source. This goes a long way. Your readers will know that you are writing your own content and the borrowed content is always credited.
How to fix this? Link to the original source of your article from the blog post.
5. Not Updating Your Blog Regularly
There are millions of blogs online, why do you think people will come to your blog again and again? Give them a reason to come back often. Update with fresh new articles at least once a week. There is no set rule on how many times you should update your blog, but you have to commit to your audience that you are going to write more.
How to fix this? Update your blog with new articles at least 1-2 times a week.
6. Not Adding Pictures and Multimedia with Your Blog Posts
Look at pinterest, facebook, flickr and instagram and tell me why these sites rock, simply because of images. People don’t want to read long articles, it bores them. Add images to spice up your blog. It’s easy to find some cool pictures and put them on your articles. You can add videos as well from youtube.
How to fix this? Search online for relevant images, try:
7. Writing a Blog As You Are Writing a Book
Your grammar doesn’t have to be accurate. You are writing a blog as you are talking with your friend. Write short sentences. Make it easy for people to understand. Write smaller paragraphs. You are not writing a book, you are blogging and you are asking to hear back (from comments and social media.) So make a blog with easy and simple language.
How to fix this? Think like you are talking with a friend when writing, as you are writing an email.
8. Writing about a Whole Lot of Different Topics in Same Blog
You don’t wanna confuse your readers trying to figure out what your blog is about. When I started this blog, I put blogging as my core topic. Then I added freelancing and internet marketing as things started to grow. But I am not writing about Golf or Makeup in the same platform. That would just confuse my readers. When you start a blog, think about your core topic and write only about that nothing else.
How to fix this? Write only about things that are relevant to your blog. Make it a niche blog.
9. Loading Your Blog with Lots of Banners and Ads + Bad Navigation
Most bloggers will fall into this category, they want to make money online and clutter their blog with ads. Making money with a blog is not a bad thing but your approach is wrong. If you have very little visitors how you are suppose to convert it into leads. If you put more ads than content, then people will go away. The same way you can make it hard for people to navigate and find pages on your blog.
How to fix it? Use simple templates for your blog. Cut down banners and look for alternatives to make money with a blog. I suggest you sell an ebook.
10. Hiding Yourself
Now people want to read from a person. When they read one or two of your articles they will want to know who this person is. They won’t believe your words until they read more about you. If you hide behind an avatar or make it hard for people to find the author, people won’t trust you or your opinions. The fact is people trust other people, not a phony avatar. It’s not the 2000s anymore; it’s the world of social media.
How to fix this? Add an about page and put a real picture of yourself. Give them a way to contact you, say email. Add links to your social media profiles.
And finally after you fix all of your mistakes in blogging, you will see the benefits of being in the TOP 3% of the blogging land. You are now ahead of the crowd.
So let’s hear from your side, are you making any of the above mistakes right now? Was this article an eye opener for you? Please comment and share this post.