Everyone who has ever blogged has made mistakes one time or another, but we always pull up our big girl panties, learn from it, fix it and move on. If you find you’re making these 5 blogging mistakes, don’t put it off any longer. Fix them–pronto!
5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid
Turning off comments
What are you afraid of? Someone is going to tell you you’re stupid for writing that? That’s no excuse because you can moderate your comments. You can delete them or mark them as spam. If you think turning off comments will save you work, you’re wrong. It’s a mistake. Blogs are social and people like to interact on them. If you allow people to share your content, then allow your readers to share their opinions.This is the world we live in…people want to talk, share and have social interaction. If you prevent them from doing this, you may find yourself losing valuable readers.
Not responding to comments
No one wants to see a blog post with no comments so when you get one or several, take the time to comment. You never know what new blog topics you can come up with or when you’ll develop new business and personal relationships. The person writing the blog post is the one that the comments are directed to. Make sure that you are interacting with your audience.
This is for people who use Blogspot.com. In the past, there had been complaints about blog owners only allowing users with Google accounts to comment. Don’t make it so difficult because you could be losing out on valuable feedback. In your settings, choose the unrestricted option and allow anyone to comment. If you’re worried about spam, you also have the option to approve all comments.
Register to read your blog
Getting people to register before they can read your blog posts is not really a good idea. You may get more people turning away instead of registering. Think twice about this one.Some people do not want to commit, or they need more time to get to know your blog before they would even consider becoming a “regular”.
Not using your voice
Blogging doesn’t have to take a lot of your time because there are numerous ways you can blog like using guest bloggers, republishing articles from article directories, using photos and so on. It’s important though to establish and give your blog personality. In this case, yours. It’s perfectly fine to outsource or find other ways to showcase new content, but you need to be heard too. Blogging isn’t about being all corporate, professional or even prim and proper—your blog should reflect YOU…so relax.
Don’t worry–all of the above blogging mistakes are fixable. :) What blog mistakes have you made and learned from? Share below…
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Valuable tips here. I have followed blogs before that had comments turned off. I never could figure out why. There is nothing worse than reading a blog post that moves you, and not being able to comment. I ended up not following those ones anymore. I love community!
Angie Hott says
Thanks for the great advice! One blogging mistake I learned from is not to be upset when some comments are unkind. I was baffled to read some blantly mean remarks. Kind of like Taylor Swift’s song “Why you gotta be so mean,” right? Funny how bold people can be online sometimes. Anyway… here’s what I did, I simply asked them not to visit my blog anymore if all they were going to do was leave nasty comments. Never heard from them again!
Rachel @ Common to Moms says
Thanks for all the advice! My blog is new so I am still “finding my voice”- I need to remember to relax and pretend that I’m just writing a letter or email to my best friend and not worry so much about it! Off to take a deep breath before writing my next post :)
I agree with the registering part. I was looking for feedback on Hootsuite and came across a blog who required a person to be a register user to read comments. It only showed the first 10 words or so and when you clicked on “more’ it asked you to register. Um, no thanks.
Great tips!! Thanks for sharing!