10 Things Bloggers Should NOT Do
Buy Into The Hype: If were really as easy as those guides say it is, everybody would be making money with a blog. It takes time to learn everything you need to know, time to build a blog that has the potential to make money, and time to build up enough traffic to start making money. You’re building your own business and for that you need patience.
Ignore Conventional Wisdom: Your avenues for making money with your blog are limited only by your imagination, however, there are certain things you need to do to build a successful blogging business, like SEO practices, list building, and social engagement. There’s a time and a place for everything. Sometimes you have to bury your rebellious streak and conform, whether you like it or not.
Ignore The Search Engines: Sure, we all know how important it is to pay attention to Google. However, every website has a search engine. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and even forums and content sites all have search engines. It’s important to pay attention to every search engine where your content might appear or where you want your content to appear.
Ignore Your Readers: Ignore your readers and you might as well hang up your blogging shoes and forget it. Your readers are coming to your blog for a reason. Find out what that reason is and deliver so you can keep them coming back for more.
Treat It Like A Hobby: If you want to make money with your blog then you need to treat it like a business, not a hobby. You’ll need to blog frequently and consistently. You’ll need to do the grunt work like linkbuilding and replying to comments. You’ll need to work on a consistent schedule and learn how to organize and prioritize and all those other -izes that come along with running a business. Any business is “fun” if you enjoy what you’re doing. But it’s only profitable if you treat it like a business.
Update Whenever You Feel Like It: If you want people to visit your blog frequently and regularly, then you need to update your blog frequently and regularly. Skip a few days or a few weeks and your readers will find somewhere else to go.
Bash Other Bloggers: You don’t make yourself look good when you make someone else look bad. It’s very unprofessional, and think how you’d feel if another blogger was out there bashing you. If you disagree with another blogger’s point of view then write a blog post with your point of view, but leave the other blogger out of it. You might get a quick burst of traffic when you bash another blogger but it won’t last and, in the end, you’ll just end up losing the respect of your readers.
Ignore Aesthetics: Sure, go ahead and use that flashing background and those neon fonts. Don’t worry about what your visitors think. As long as you like it that’s all that matters.
Optical illusion backgrounds, flashing banners, loud music that starts the minute they hit your page and fancy, neon-colored fonts – these design elements can all have an extremely negative effect on your readers. In some cases, they can hurt their eyes or even cause epileptic seizures. So don’t ignore your site’s aesthetics. You might just be chasing visitors away.
Isolate Yourself: Don’t start blogging because you think it’s a great way to earn money while you escape the human race. In some cases, you might have even more human interaction online than you do off. You’re going to need to interact with your readers, that’s a given. But networking with other bloggers helps our business.
Try To Be Someone You’re Not: Don’t try to blog like someone else because eventually you’re going to be too tired to keep up the ruse. You’re never going to be able to please everyone on the Internet so don’t even try. When you’re caught and your readers discover the “real” you, you’re still going to have some who don’t like you. And the others will leave because you lied.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something from other bloggers. If you like their style of writing or you like the way the present information, that’s great. Take a lesson from them but when you get back to your own blog, adapt those lessons to fit your blogging style – not the other way around.