December 5, 2010

5 Things that will Kill your Blog!


Blogging is an exciting venture if you know what you’re doing and know what the hell you’re writing about. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting small posts on how to improve your blogging endeavours and what pot holes to avoid along the way. So before you get started on your blogging venture, here are a few things for you to digest along the way. Here are 5 things that will kill your blog!

Not aesthetically pleasing...

No one, especially me likes waiting for badly designed blogs to load. When designing your blog make it aesthetically pleasing with clean lines, bold clear fonts and colours that won’t distort the eye. Avoid clutter as this can sometimes confuse users as well as take forever to load, I know the M4M website has lots of clutter but it is well placed clutter and optimised for quick loading.

Not updated regularly...

If you’re going to have a blog and update it once every six months what’s the point of even having a blog. You’ll never attract readers if your blog is not updated frequently. I’d say updating your blog 3 to 4 times per week is ample.

Recycling information from the web...

If you haven’t thought about what your blog will be about in the beginning chances are this is what you’ll end up doing, recycling trash that has already been blogged about elsewhere on the web. Be unique and challenge yourself, write about something that others will surely want to post comments on. The best thing to do if in doubt is pick a hot topic in your niche that everyone is drooling over and write it off completely. My pet hates are bad SEO companies and people bullshitting about making a fortune online by selling you worthless trashy information for tonnes of cash. There are a few bloggers on the web right now that have made it big time talking about absolute trash, but that’s another story.

Bad vocabulary, bad grammar and bad spelling...

We all from time to time make grammar errors and spelling mistakes. Even the top bloggers do it, however we can all also double check and triple check what we’ve written before posting it onto our blogs. The best thing to do in this instance is write it, leave it, come back to it and re-edit it or get someone else to proof read it.

Misleading information...

Posting misleading information will probably put your blog to death single handily. If you don’t know what you’re writing about is actually factual don’t bother writing it at all let alone posting it. Do your own research and then back up your own theories with proof. Don’t fall into the trap of recycling information from the web as described above as half the information out there is probably misleading anyway.


About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a fulltime international selling artist and blogger working from home. His insight into online business marketing and website design has lead him on the path to becoming one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.

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