Nowadays everyone is picking up blogging, be it for a hobby or to make a living. However, there are a few things I notice people tend to look over. Personally, I’m of the opinion that you must do your thing perfectly, be it a big or a small undertaking. Before, you go worrying about SEO and ad networks you must pay attention to the following points.
Whenever you go and look at tips and tutorials for first-time bloggers, you will usually come across pretty informative posts by pro bloggers. However, I believe that things they talk about should come to you as the second steps. I did some googling and also looked at the posts covered here at ShoutMeLoud. Most of the posts talk about these things, for example:
- How to submit your blog posts to social networks
- Advantages of Guest Posting
- Need of SEO Friendly Theme
- Link Building Strategy
The points listed above are indeed crucial, but a first-time blogger first needs to understand the B of Blogging and then move on to those. A lot of bloggers fail to make it to the second step where they can market their blog because they miss out on some essential fundamentals.
Few Blogging Sins, which you should avoid:
1. A Missing “About” Page
An about me page serves to introduce yourself to your reader community. Whenever, we are leaded to a new blog and if the first post we see catches our eye for long enough we next head to the about page. The about page tells us who the author is and what to expect of him in his blog writings. It’s like your identity that you cannot do without.
When you set up a blog, make sure you create an About page as soon as you are done with the theming. I notice a lot of bloggers still having the default text on their About page even after one year of setting up the blog while some blogs lack the about page altogether.
2. Grammar and Syntax Errors
To err is human. It’s what you do afterwards that makes you unique and different from everyone else. An error in the language of your blog post is a serious put off for readers and if present in noticeably large quantities, they can cost you a lot of loyal readerships. So, what should you do then?
Not everyone is born with English as their first language. Don’t let it come in your way of becoming a blogging rockstar. Convince a friend or family member to review your articles at an interval that is comfortable to both of you. If you schedule posts for your blog, it might be a nice idea to have them reviewed in the weekends or at midnight.
The reason I’m suggesting that you have a second person edit your writing is simple. It’s easy for a second pair of eyes to point out mistakes than your own. It’s a natural thing. Most professional bloggers employ editors whose job is nothing but carefully reviewing posts and confirming facts before the posts go out on the homepage. Trust me, they are well paid too. However, for now just understand that polished and error-free articles are respected and will earn you respect and traffic. You can also take advantage of online tool such as Grammarly to proof-read your article.
3. Plagiarism and Content Stealing
You don’t want to make your entry in the world tagged with these words. So don’t indulge in it. It’s okay to like someone’s work and so is using it on your blog. But don’t attempt to sell it as your own. All it takes to do it the right way is including the credit. It will only take you an extra minute to include the name and link for the original author.
This will go a long way in earning you respect in the blogging community as your post exists in the archives, for the whole lifetime of the blog. You will notice how we credit or link pictures and external content used on this blog.
4. Missing Subscribe Button
Just like the About Page a link to subscribe to the feeds is a must for any blogger. If you pass the test of making a good first impression, you must provide the reader an easy way to follow you and your posts through your.
5. Unaware of Typography Rules
There are some things that your spell checker won’t always suggest. If you are typing content, it’s your responsibility to do it right. Even some popular bloggers fault here. It’s not their fault. There is little awareness in our community about typography rules and unless someone points out an error in your writing you don’t learn.
Some common typography mistakes include the improper use of space and punctuation. (Wrong: Obviously, it is true. Right: Obviously, it is true.) The space is always after the punctuation and not before. There are other important rules about punctuation inside and outside quotes, indenting bulleted lists correctly etc. Don’t worry if you feel lost. Here’s a handy guide we found for you:
I hope this post will do our upcoming bloggers some good. In case you feel I missed out something, you are most welcome to tip us via comments. We are open to all kinds of constructive criticism too.