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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Blog

by Jeff M. Writer

Blogging has remained one of the most consistent ways of driving traffic to a website or other online resource over the past few years, with studies showing as much as 70% increase in leads captured by business websites with blogs as opposed to those without.

Even if your blog is a standalone one, it can still be vey beneficial, both in terms of giving you a platform to air your views to a wide audience and also financially, if you choose to monetize it. In order to get to that stage though, you’ll need to put in a lot of time and effort, beginning from when you start the blog. Here are five mistakes you must avoid making, so you’ll be set for blogging success:

1. Not Having a Content Calendar

One of the easiest ways for your blog to fizzle out is when you do not have a clear calendar regarding how often you’ll be posting, and possibly even topic ideas for a couple of weeks or months down the line. If you’re able to get that out of the way while starting the blog, you’ll have done a big chunk of the work and it’ll be easier to just set to writing the posts.

2. Ignoring SEO

Many bloggers think that SEO is something that’s too technical, such that you have to wait until you’re able to afford the services of a professional firm. In reality, you can do a lot to boost your blog’s SEO on your own using plugins like Yoast and online services like Moz or Sumome. Leaving SEO till later might cost you more money down the line because it would take a lot more time (and more payments) to fix all the errors you would have made and to begin optimizing the site from scratch.

3. Not Identifying the Core Audience

As you learn how to start a blog, it’s important you realize that you can’t  write blog posts for everyone in the world and trying to do that is only going to ensure that no one is really interested in what you have to say. One of the easiest ways to make your mark and begin to see substantial traffic is to write highly targeted posts that address the pain points of a specific demographic. You’ll need to do some research and audience profiling in order to get all the details you need.

4. Plagiarism

It might seem like it’s a simple answer to the problem of getting enough posts in on a regular basis, but it’s ultimately a bigger problem on its own. First, readers will begin to notice disparities in the writing style and get turned off, then you won’t be able to form the necessary connections with other bloggers and influencers for fear of being outed. Lastly, Google’s algorithms will spot you very quickly and you’ll lose any chances of getting serious search traffic.

Overall, these four mistakes are some of the most common ones made by newbie bloggers and failing to avoid them could mean the slow decline of your blog. Take them to heart and implement the alternatives, and you’ll be well on your way to blogging success.


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About Jeff M. Freshman   Writer

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