10 Ways To Really Screw Up Your Blog Today

10 Ways To Really Screw Up Your Blog Today

10 Ways to Really Screw Up Your Blog – Are You Guilty of Any?

10 Ways to Really Screw up Your BlogThere are now over 76 million blogs hosted on WordPress alone today. How can you be sure your blog gets seen among these millions of other blogs? Here are 10 things NOT to do when you are blogging today. These 10 ways to really screw up your blog – be sure you are not guilty of all 10 or more than 1. Looking through these tips I see blogging off topic. I think that is probably the most common mistake many bloggers make, which do you believe is the most common blogging mistake?

I think most of you here reading this are aware of #1 – not to copy other blogs. That is such a no-no!

The one blogging mistake I see missing here is linking to poor content. You may remember my Google penalty post from bad links and follow links. I since changed most of my links to no follow. Sylvianne Nuccio also did a post about 8 things you should NOT do on your blog posts. She makes another 8 different things in her post NOT to do. By learning what not to do you can avoid the 10 ways to really screw up your blog.

If you are not doing any of these 10 ways to really screw up your blog today – did you do anyof them when you first started to blog?  Have you been able to go back to your old posts and correct them?  I had done a cleaning of old posts almost a year ago. It’s a good idea to go back and look over some olds posts once in a while and refresh them. Google will love you for it too!

 

Top 10 Ways To Screw Up Your Blog

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 5+ years experience blogging, social media & SEO. Get her new eBook "Tweeting Like It's 2nd Nature" Today!

42 comments On 10 Ways To Really Screw Up Your Blog Today

  • Lisa, thanks for sharing..! I just went JustRetweet, and I found your post over there..! )

    I have tweet the post, and clicked on your link, and arrive here. Honestly, the above is really infographic about blogging mistakes, and how it screw up our blog.

    I would admit that I did the mistake of copy other article, when I was a newbie bloggers. You know..? I feel like I did a silly mistake, and why I did it. I don’t. However, the first experience tell about what the wrong is.

    Another, mistakes I did is that I don’t what niche is. I tried to write a lot of article, because I want to fill my blog with information. I went off the topic, and I am not able to get more traffic.

    Thanks for your above 10 tips.
    Kimsea Sok recently posted…6 Monster Blog Marketing Mistakes You Have to Stop ItMy Profile

    • Hi Kimsea, you are welcome. Don’t you love JustRetweet? I love finding new blogs and posts there. Did you every go back and change that post that you copied? Have you narrowed your niche down yet? Sometimes it can be hard. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment here. Have a great day.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Get More Social Shares Today with a Magic NumberMy Profile

      • Sure, I love JustRetweet because I think that it is wonderful platform for Twitter social media marketing.

        We could get more traffic, and build relationship with other blogger in same time. I would admit, I didn’t change any blog post that those I copied from other because I have deleted my first. Every mistakes was gone with my first blog.

        I learnt a lot after start blogging, so why some time I think that my mistakes are really amazing for life.

        Thanks for responding..! 🙂
        Kimsea Sok recently posted…6 Monster Blog Marketing Mistakes You Have to Stop ItMy Profile

  • There are some great points here and I have to agree with some of the others who have noted how good these infographics are. They really make the information easy to digest and are a great example of infographics being used appropriately.
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  • can you shed some details on posting frequency i.e. how often you post an article and does this have impact on your rankings?

    • Hi Akshat, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Yes, at least 2x per week is what I recommend. 3-4 is good too if you can. It’s a tough choice because if you post more it will help in the rankings but then you will have less time to promote and comment at other blogs and you will get less comments and have less of a community. So it really depends on your “WHY”….How many times do you post now?
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  • Indeed too many ads is a factor that make any reader hit the EXIT button.

    Guest posts can literally screw a blog, and here I’m talking about quality.

    Kind regards,
    I. C. Daniel
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  • Hi Lisa,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I think I’m okay. But I have a question on #9, what is that mean? Don’t back up stats. I’m not backing up any stats except UpdraftPlus backsup everything for me on my Dropbox.

    Angela
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I agree with the infographic for sure.

    The point I would like to focus on is #5 Not interacting. It is very disappointing when you go to a great post and see awesome feedback in the comments with out a response. I know it’s difficult when you get tons of comments but depending on the feedback of the comment, The general “Thanks for the comment” or “Glad you liked the post” responses are not enough IMO.

    Great infographic! hope you are having a good weekend.
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    • Hi Steven. I’ve seen that too Steven and just yesterday too and it still took me by surprise. I don’t understand why a blogger would have open comments and yet never respond to the comments. If they don’t want to interact maybe they should close the comments. I think comments are vital to a blog and a great way to get to know other bloggers. Thanks for your input on this Steven. Enjoy the rest of your weekend too.
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  • Lisa, really nice infographic you have here. And thanks for sharing. I think am a bit guilty of posting content consistently these days but am doing something to get out of this bad habit as I no its affected my traffic a little. Hopefully I would do better from this week. Thanks for the reminder

  • Hello Lisa ,
    Its really nice infographic.I like the point of too many guest post and I experienced it too many guest post will surelly screwed you blog.
    Not editing the post is anather major mistake which newbie bloggers made.
    Uday Ghulaxe recently posted…WordPress Vs Joomla. Which CMS should you choose?My Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Nice infographics! The points you’ve mentioned here are really important to keep in mind and I make sure that I follow each and every thing. Writing everyday sometimes make it a really tough job with the promotion part also to be done, so I prefer publishing at least twice or thrice a week. Also, I do moderate comments, otherwise there’s a lot of spamming. And the best part I love is following up with the readers and interacting with them.

    It has now become really tough and often unknowingly we end up screwing up our blogs, yet we have to try our best to follow some things and avoid it.

    Thank you for sharing such lovely information. 🙂

    Mainak.
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  • I can especially relate to number 10. My first real website was a general technology blog – not only was it not nearly focused enough to keep visitors coming back, but technology is one of the fastest evolving markets in the world. Therefore, most of the stuff I wrote was irrelevant after only a few months, or even weeks.

    With a few of my more recent sites, I’ve really focused on creating evergreen content that will last forever. It’s nice to see traffic slowly building up, without any extra work to make that happen.

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa! I always look forward to your newest posts.
    James McAllister recently posted…$40,000 A Year On eBay With Zero Work – My StoryMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa
    It is good to see your views in infographics that helped me a lot to understand the whole post in lesser time without reading lengthy paragraphs. This is the beauty of image that speaks louder than words.
    Your all points to screw up a blog are really awesome. It is right if we don’t put value in our contents people won’t eagerly wait for our next post. Competition is so stiffer. If we just add another blog post it won’t bring huge traffic.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post.
    Mi Muba recently posted…How to take interview of a pro blogger that must go viral?My Profile

  • Hello Lisa,

    It’s been long since I gave a comment in your blog. Sorry for this and I’m glad I came across your interesting and factful post today. Great work and thank you for this !

    Well, coming to the topic, the ten points are thoughtful and wait ……. what I saw ? 25 ads in a blog ? Is that for real. I never imagined that one can do that. I thought only 5 to 6 ads are the max ! And I never thought that including too many guest posts would harm our blog. Thanks for the note. Writing unrelated content and not interacting with the readers are some of the worst practices that would for sure drown the blog (just like you mentioned).

    I will be looking for your other coming posts, but please (if you could) provide an email subscription option for readers like me to subscribe to receive direct mails. By the way the infographic was simple yet super cool.

    Thanks in advance 🙂
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  • Akaahan Terungwa
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    Interesting infographic there, Lisa.

    However, I am guilty of leaving comments go uncensored after a reasonable amount of ‘great’ approved ones. Believe me, it fosters the spirit of a community and helps you better in saving very precious time.

    I think I’ve religiously followed the rest…but heck, 9/10 is allowed, right?

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  • Hey Lisa,

    I think I’m good girl! Yay!!! The only thing I would say is that I might not always blog about the current stuff. I blog about what I’ve learned and found and I guess at times it still could be “old news” to some. You know me, I don’t necessarily stay on the hot trending topics stuff. There are too many other bloggers doing that for me. But I think I’ve done my part from time to time.

    Besides that I don’t believe I’ve done any of the other 9 you mentioned so I’m think that’s pretty cool right!

    As Ashley mentioned in my post yesterday I’ve probably given some bad advice during the time I’ve been here having learned it from others and thought it was good advice. Man oh man, I can look back at where I’ve been. But it’s a learning process right!

    Great share and I hope no one else is doing any of these. Yikes!

    Have a great week and hope you’re doing okay.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…The Worlds Worst Blogging AdviceMy Profile

    • Hi Adrienne, thanks. Oh yes you sure have Adrienne. You have introduced new things to me at least several times. It certainly has been a learning experience along the way. It never stops either. I hope you have a great week too. I’m doing okay most of the time – not sure if it’s really hit me yet been busy with back to work and spending time with dad and other relatives who have been in the hospital. I do have a week in July off from my day job and with no plans. I think I’ll need that time. Thank you Adrienne for asking.
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  • Screwing up your blog is a rite of passage ;).
    I’m always going over older content, refreshing and updating it so that new readers who find it know that the site is cared for and the advice is good. I’m also a big advocate of writing evergreen content, as why constantly work, when you can have the content do the work for you?
    Loved the infographic by the way.
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  • Hi Lisa

    I have never done any of these as they are stated but degrees of them. For example I was very irregular in my posts a couple of times in my life when things were happening. You pay for that.

    I also have posted off topic at times just to throw some of “me” in there and I am not so sure that hurts.

    I have heard advice by some people I respect to write trending topics to build up your traffic. I get that it will become irrelevant and I have never done it but have heard people teaching it.

    I totally agree with the list and love the infographic.

    Thanks Lisa

    Sue
    Sue Price recently posted…Expectations: Do You Expect to Win?My Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    At first, when I read your headline, I was thinking that I was probably doing most of the 10 mistakes. But, after reading your list, I’m probably just doing a few of them. The main challenge is to stay on topic. I try to be personal, and I write what I find interesting to write about and what’s happening in my life. I’m doing my best to relate it to marketing and business, but I can understand if both Google and my readers will find some of my posts to be off topic 🙂

    -Jens
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing this infographic with us. I think when the mind is focused on only making money and taking short cuts, it’s these mistakes that pop up and ruin what their going for.

    It’s easy to spot the ones who are serious about their blog to help others from those who are in it only for themselves.

    Great share Lisa! I hope you’re having a great Monday.
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  • Hi Lisa
    It is amazing how many ways there are to screw up your blog, and how many people manage to do it.
    But then, with so much bad advice out there (as Adrienne’s post mentions today) it is hardly surprising.
    I also try to write on these kinds of topics occasionally, also to help get better sites out there, but it is an uphill battle
    The infographic helps though, and I have shared that on Pinterest!
    have a great week
    ashley

  • Awesome infographic Lisa! Thankfully, I don’t think I’m guilty of any of those, surprisingly enough. 😛 I do however still visit a few blogs that just have way too many ads and gosh darnit, I hate popups!

    Thanks for sharing this. Gladly passing it along. Happy Monday and have a fantabulous week!
    Bren recently posted…Regardless of Advice Given, Go With Your GutMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Lovely infographic indeed 🙂

    Yes, this is exactly what will screw up your blog if you don’t take care, and once that happens, you have nothing more than sit and wonder why it happened. I guess it makes sense to be careful right from the start, though as they say there is always a time for learning things, perhaps the hard way, but then you are sure about it the next time, isn’t it?

    Copying others, not editing your work , and not being consistent are things you have to be so careful of, and of course, write helpful posts so that your readers keep coming back for more.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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  • Seems like I’d agree to all points in the infographics and they are of course true. I believe the common thing we could generally notice on some blogs are updating the blog and don’t backup stats.

    Thanks for sharing.
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