9 Cringe-worthy Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

“The first thing you learn when you’re blogging is that people are one click away from leaving you. So you’ve got to get to the point, you can’t waste people’s time, you’ve got to give them some value for their limited attention span.”
Alex Tabarrok
Blogging is a powerful medium that will increase traffic to your website and business. However, thousands of new bloggers are joining up every day, making the blogosphere increasingly competitive.

If you want to stand out of the crowd you can’t afford to make these blogging mistakes.

1 Where is the time?

This was my #1 problem I faced when I began my blog. I didn’t have enough time due to uni commitments and work (… and Netflix?). Unfortunately time is a novelty for most, but if you are passionate about writing, you need to be diligent with your time. I found time by sacrificing Netflix to work on my blog. This gave me an extra 30 minutes – 1 hour per day.

I had ample time to watch Riverdale… but somehow did not have enough time to blog.

2 Consistency

Goes hand-in-hand with time. To generate your loyal following you need to feed your readers with valuable content consistently. WordPress is fantastic as it allows you to schedule posts in advance so you do not have to worry about posting last minute. I like to schedule my posts two weeks in advance with at least 2 per week (3 is preferable).

2 Deliver valuable and informative content

Quality wins over quantity every day. This is a no brainer. Although it is important to write consistently, ensure that you are delivering content that will keep your readers coming back for more.

3 Straight to the point

This is very important. Keep your writing succinct and straight to the point. It only takes one click for your reader to move on from your post. Keep them engaged with content that is clear and doesn’t waffle on.

4 Use action and emotive words.

One way that you can effectively engage your readers is with action or emotive words.It makes your writing 110 times more interesting.

5 Engaging Headlines

Your headlines are the most important element you can’t afford to compromise..

Your headline will determine whether the reader clicks on your post or continues scrolling. You need to catch their eye and draw them in.

6 Spelling Punctuation and grammatical errors

Your blog is the face of your business. Nothin’ speeks more unprofessional than poor righting skills… Plus, it is just plan annoying reading text with spelling mistakes. Read over your content a couple of times before publishing, maybe get a friend to read over it to catch anything you may have missed.

7 Setting up your email

This could be your biggest mistake. This will stop you from developing your loyal following. How will you keep your readers coming back for more without an online subscription. Having an email set up will enable you to personally interact with customers.

9 Link your posts

Take an extra two minutes to link relevant posts to the most recent. This is an easy way to keep your readers on your blog for that moment longer.

Set up your blog the right way by checking out Blogging 101.

I hope you have a great day!

Jess xxx

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