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Today we will be talking about some bad blogging habits around the web post corner. As an individual blogger or a team blogger, there are some major mistakes and some silly mistakes which we do knowingly or unknowingly. Even an expert blogger do some silly mistakes sometimes. I have compiled some of the common mistakes (a.k.a. bad blogging habits) often seen in the blog world.
I hope this post will help you in some manner. So, without wasting your valuable time, let’s get to the list for which you are here.
A-List of Bad Blogging Habits Every Beginner Blogger Should Avoid
- Non-useful information
- Broken language and grammatical mistakes
- Writing non-quality content
- Non-consistent postings
- Bad on-page SEO of a website
- Bad off-page SEO of a website
- A vigorous sales promotion
- Posts without a writer’s name
- Time after time undersized posts
- Posting the content in which you are not interested or you dislike
- Only text and no images
- Ignoring the comments
- Ignoring the true needs of the audience
- Stuffing the keywords in a post
- Posts missing tags
- Content not written related to the topic
- Unnecessary outrage
- If the author speaks only to himself/herself
- Copying the part from some other’s post
- Stolen content from another post
- Publishing useless and non-relevant guest posts
- Recommending the products wrongly
- Uncategorized posts on the blog
- Unattractive and horribly long articles
- Promoting adult site advertisers
- Editing your permalinks
Now, the above list is to get you an idea of what are the possible bad blogging habits that can slow your growth momentum.
If you are not able to catch any point from the list or if you want to know how exactly a particular point can be on the bad blogging habit list, just scroll down.
A little description of each point is given below which you can read.
Oh! By the way now when you know which are the top 26 bad blogging habits, aren’t you interested in knowing the most important and efficient good blogging habits, every successful blogger has almost in common.
Well, good vibes for you. Yay!
We have a list of 12 good blogging habits that successful bloggers have, check it out.
Non-useful information is something written on your site which is not-at-all useful. Some writers do that just for the sake of increasing their post counts but, this results in no gain at all.
Broken language and grammatical mistakes
Broken language and grammatical mistakes are some of the most common bad blogging habits, that can easily frustrate your readers and increase your bounce rates. That finally results in lowering the overall ranking of your website.
Quick Tip: Is your English not so great? No need to worry. Even if you don’t have good English vocabulary skills, you still can write pretty good and readable content. I recommend you to use the app called Grammarly (an Extention for Google Chrome and an add-in for Microsoft Word and Outlook). It will help you in correcting your grammatical and spelling mistakes. Currently, Grammarly supports only the English language. With that being said, Grammarly recognizes a number of spelling, grammar, and punctuation differences in American, British, Canadian, and Australian English.
Writing non-quality content
Writing non-quality content can decrease your Google rankings. This is what you will figure out gradually after writing some posts and reading a lot of top posts in your niche. Your content plays a major role in judging the Search Engine Rankings of your website. But after all, keep in mind that the “quality content” is the real king in the blogging world. That’s a definite quality which will make you grow without any doubt.
Non-consistent postings are likely to be your biggest enemy if you are lazy in writing and publishing your posts regularly and maintaining the deadlines on your fixed schedule (if you had prepared for the one, which is the greatest quality of a better blogger)
Bad on-page SEO of a website
A Bad on-page SEO of a website is definitely one of the bad blogging habits and can make your website loading slower & lagging and acts as an open door to your audience or visitors telling them to leave the website right now and not to visit this site again.
Bad off-page SEO of a website
A Bad off-page SEO of a website cannot be known to your visitors but, the search engines and their crawling robots can definitely make it out because of the difficulties it faces in indexing your website. And, this is the clear sign to them that this site is not properly optimized and any visitor visiting here may not have a wonderful experience too. Finally, this results in reducing the search engine rankings of your website.
A vigorous sales promotion
A vigorous sales promotion is a huge mistake many new websites or blog owners do unknowingly. When you do extensive sales promotions, especially when starting a blog, the limited visitors visiting your site might think of you as a definite false promoter who is striving for grabbing commission through them.
Posts without a writer’s name
Posts without a writer’s name are definitely neither recommended nor it feels nice to your visitors as they are restricted to know who has written the content. If you can only mention your name and put social following options, it can tremendously help you to increase your fan counts and promoting your content.
Time after time undersized posts
Time after time undersized posts can lead to prove you as an author who lacks in knowledge. Some posts, like describing straight to the point posts, can be short enough to explain the title. But the results of regular undersized posts can be disturbing to you.
Posting the content in which you are not interested or you dislike
Posting the content in which you are not interested or you dislike is what many beginner bloggers do because they have cultivated a thought in their mind that writing on anything will boost their Blog. But this is not the case until you are enough knowledgable about the topics you are going to write. If you think that doing a little research and reading a couple of other blogs will help you out, you can be wrong there. If gathering the information and then re-writing it in your own style is what you are going to do then you must be very careful about what and how you are writing. This will take a lot of your hard work and patience converting it from one of the bad blogging habits to one of the most preferred good blogging habits.
Only text and no images
Only text and no images in your posts can be totally clean in nature and can prove beneficial sometimes because it reduces the distraction of the reader. To clear out, this is the personal choice of the blog owner or the author to whether to put images or not. But we should not underestimate the power of the featured image and images in the post. Images in posts can make a post look more attractive, informative, and descriptive. Also, the robots crawling your post or page can identify the present quantity of media elements in your post. Eventually, that can help your site growing the search engine rankings.
If you are wondering, how a horrible photographer, like you, can put good featured images and other photos in the post? Not really, you may be an awesome photographer. If you don’t have time to take photos manually or it is just that you are lazy for that, what can be done? Here is the answer:
Search for some royalty-free photo collection websites like Unsplash, Pexels, Pixabay, etc. You can download high-quality images for free. You can also give credits to the original photographer if you want (you should do that, I feel that).
Ignoring the comments
Ignoring the comments can lead to the dissatisfaction of the readers or especially the commenters. If you reply to the genuine comments on your post, solving out the querries of your readers, it shows your interest in helping them to clear the doubts regarding your post or the topic. People do give comments because they expect that you can help them. Do not prove them wrong or your traffic graph will show the impact (unless you have traffic in millions).
Ignoring the true needs of the audience
Ignoring the true needs of the audience can give similar results as ignoring comments and poor quality writing. Search engines won’t recognize this directly but the visitors and readers will respond in accordance with this. Be clear about what you have to give to your readers and stick to that. You should fulfill the needs of your audience for expecting what they have landed on your post. If your content and services are not relevant to what they were searching on a search engine then they will probably bounce back. This increases your bounce rate because of the results your post was listed for differs from what you actually provide.
Stuffing the keywords in a post
Stuffing the keywords in a post makes it hard for the readers to clearly understand what you want to explain. Also, the search engine robots crawling your post or website can clearly define your post as a keyword spam post. Do not flood your content with keywords. Your main and focused keyword density should be between 2% to 3%. That shall be enough. Your content should not be the calculation of how many keywords to put but instead, it shall be in the normal conversational or talking manner. This makes your post convenient for readers to read and understand and finally, it gets more chances to be shared.
Posts missing tags (sometimes it is counted in bad blogging habits)
Posts missing tags can be, probably, counted under one of many points to be discussed on this list. Though there is not a set rule for including tags, if you know how to use the tags efficiently, they can be very helpful. Tags should not be misunderstood as categories. They are different and so as their purposes.
Content not written related to the topic
Content not written related to the topic can frustrate the readers. Obviously, if you do not design your body or main content according to your title, that’s like cheating your visitors or telling lies to them about what information you are going to provide through the post.
Unnecessary outrage in your post can drastically lower your page views or page clicks. This can also reduce your potential customers converting into your customers. Outrage means arousing an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation, in case if you don’t know what outrage means.
If the author speaks only to himself/herself
If the author speaks only to himself/herself, it is considered as the worst of the bad blogging habits and the readers definitely get bored in reading it. They leave the page on the spot, without thinking twice. No one likes to read the post where the author speaks to themselves. Blogs are less like a chapter from a book and more like an author-reader conversation. Though the reader only reads and does not interfere in the conversation, the writing mode should be the conversation type.
Copying the part from some other’s post
Copying the part from some other’s post is likely stealing some part from someone’s original creation. You don’t know how much hard work that person has put into creating that content. It is a very bad blogging habit if you copy the part from the original content and paste it in your post without having permission from the original author to do so. That can make your content plagiarised and Google Search or any search engine surely doesn’t like it very much. Some original authors do not have a problem with copying the part of their content but, the original content is golden and unique in itself.
Stolen content from another post
Stolen content from another post is the same as explained in the above point. Do I need to say something more?
Publishing useless and non-relevant guest posts
Publishing useless and non-relevant or, you wanna say, irrelevant guest posts can be the one most rated point on the list of bad blogging habits every beginner should avoid list. It wastes your traffic with 100% accuracy. Now, guest posts can come free or with a small sum in your pocket. Guest posts are a demanding and efficient tool to market yourself, hit online presence and create stronger business relationships. But, whether you accept or write articles for someone else, useless guest posts will harm you.
Recommending the products wrongly
Recommending the products wrongly and without any proven self-experience, just in the greed of gathering the affiliate income coming from it can burry your impression underground. No doubt, affiliate marketing is almost a billion-dollar industry but, the only thing to say is that you must be authentic and fair to your audience. Recommend only the products which you have personally used or you believe in honestly. This will help you in building the trust of your followers or visitors.
Categorized posts on the blog
Uncategorized posts on the blog. Post categorization is a must if you are writing posts under different categories. Uncategorized posts can make you as well as your readers lost in the content jungle on your website. Other than that, it’s a sign that an author or the blog website owner is non-organized. It looks very unprofessional and you don’t seem an expert in your field, even if you are.
Unattractive and horribly long articles
Unattractive and horribly long articles are very cumbersome to read. Nobody likes to read an article/post containing 5000 or 10000 words unless they are in the search for an epic guide book on the specific topic. A 1500 to 2500 words article is sufficiently long enough to explain almost any blog topic you can think to write on.
Promoting adult site or porn advertisers
Promoting adult site advertisers can give you some more money but the reputation of your blog site, which is more important and to for which you have been working so hard, will suffer a lot and probably, you may encounter a permanent ban if it is illegal in your region/country.
Editing your permalinks
Editing your permalinks (last but not the least) after publishing your blog post is one of the important things you should not attempt to do unless you know what you are doing exactly. It can not be exactly considered as one of the bad blogging habits because almost everybody doesn’t keep changing the permalinks. If someone does it regularly, nothing to say then. (Haha…!)
No. You should not keep changing the permalink of your post or page after publishing it. You can lose all of your link juice on 301 redirects if you don’t know or remember how to redirect them.
There is nothing much to conclude here but if you have read all the points, I am sure that you have already figured out which point is clogging your progress. Many points can be added here and the list can go on but, these points are the most seen bad blogging habits and the main blogging mistakes beginners take into practice, unknowingly. Try to correct it if you are following some or many of them.
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God bless us all. Peace.