10 Blogging Bad Habits to Avoid in 2012

2012 is literally just around the corner, and if you’re thinking about starting your own blog or have just started one maybe, here are 10 must-read bad habits you should avoid as you progress on your blogging journey to success into the New Year…

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1 Don’t pick a niche you know nothing about – if you’re just thinking about starting your own blog, don’t make the simple mistake of picking a highly competitive niche that you know nothing about, you’re bound to fail… Instead do some research into less competitive niches in which you feel you have some considerable knowledge about or would be interested in passionately learning about. It’s so easy to go into blogging with full guns blazing, with little thought on the topic you really want to blog about.

2. Learn to tell the difference between spammy comments and genuine ones, even if you use spam filtering before approving them – I’ve seen blogs, popular blogs even approving and publishing comments that are blatantly spam… You know the sort of comments that have nothing to do with the subject matter at hand like… ‘great post, just what I was looking for, my brother-in-law was telling me about this blog, its so great, what theme are you using…’ As genuine as comments like these might sound, they won’t portrait a good image for the rest of your blog readers… So don’t approve comments like these on your blog…

3. Don’t ignore your readers and above all your genuine commentators – Something you should avoid from the word go… GO!… once you’ve mastered the art of distinguishing genuine comments from spammy ones, ensure you reply to each and every one of them (Yes… everyone of them…), this is especially important if you’re just starting out. There is nothing more inviting for readers and commentators to land on a blog where the administrator engages with it’s readers, so engage more.

4. Avoid posting repetitive or regurgitated crap from the web onto your blog – This is something that is too frequent in the blogosphere in many newbies, content taken from other blogs or article sites or a previously published post on your own blog even, chopped and mashed up and reposted… tada!!!! This is a definite no, no. Commit yourself to putting only fresh and unique content on your blog.

5. Don’t post just for the sake of posting – There will be days when you simply won’t have anything to write about, when this happens don’t assume you need to get a post out just for the sake of posting, you’ll just end up posting pointless and useless crap on your blog again… Leave it a few days; get inspired before writing your next post. My favourite saying these days is ‘sleep on it for a while’. At one stage I was completely obsessed with posting a post every day no matter what, these day I find a lot of inspiration to post daily, but if I can’t post daily I don’t let it bother me, I’d rather wait a few days to post something decent.


6. Avoid writing too many posts about you, you and you… – Oh this is one bad habit you want to avoid completely, not all the time though as there will be plenty of occasions to write about yourself and reflect on your own experiences. But essentially try to avoid writing too many posts about yourself… Create more content that is going to be of benefit for your audience, not of benefit for yourself.

7. Avoid leaving thoughtless and pointless comments on other blogs – Rushing will get you no where fast in the blogosphere, so when you’re leaving comments, be sure to take the time to read the content before leaving constructive comments. Don’t sit there at your computer with the intention to comment on 100 blogs in the next hour or so, not good, not good at all. Comment on 3 or 4 or maybe 5 posts on various blogs each day with real engaging comments.

8. Don’t render your blog with ads galore – Many newbies when starting out make the mistake of mimicking other blogs, especially ones that are far further ahead in the rat race. This is a mistake you need to avoid if you’re a newbie. Grow your blog first, grow your audience, get the traffic and online credibility and then place in a few ads little by little…

9. Don’t rush your posts – When it comes to writing your posts make sure you do it thoroughly, take time to create each one the best you can. Check out our post on how to write killer blog posts every time.

10. Don’t keep changing the design and layout of your blog – One of the mistakes I learned when I started out was chopping and changing the blog design and layout. This can leave your blog with undesired effects; for example if your readers use to be able to access a page or a feature that they can no longer find, they’ll simply get put off and leave… or if they simply don’t like the new look they’ll also just up sticks and go. Use a unique blog design that both you and your audience are happy with and stick with it.

My best advice is if you’re changing your blog design or layout, especially if you’ve just started to build a loyal audience, is to let them know about it first, get their feedback… Why not write a post about it.

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Comments

  1. Liane Markus says:

    Posting repetitive post in your blog can irritate readers. It can also lessen the chance your readers will go back to your site. Good thing that you are about to shared the things to avoid in blogging!
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  2. Frank Bowes says:

    Hi Fabrizio, going back on what you said about spammers in particular, there is something that has been really annoying me. I have noticed that a lot of blogs are not approving my comments. I leave long, well thought out comments, which always contribute to the post I have just read. It makes me wonder sometimes, why I even bother. I do agree about the site redesign; I made this mistake and a lot of my readers were not happy about it at all. Like you said, I should have written a post on it, then I would have found my readers were happy with my blog as it was. Sorry for the rant at the start, however, bloggers need to also make sure they are not shutting out genuine readers.

    • Hi Frank thanks for stopping by. I somewhat understand your dilemma as sometime ago and still now even I comment on many blog and like you I leave good thought provoking comments, but many of those blog’s don’t seem to approve my comments either. One of the biggest reasons for me I’ve recently found it is because I don’t use a generic email address such as hotmail or Gmail. Just keep being persistent and those blog’s will soon realise that you are a genuine commentator; it might help also if you just email the blog administrator just to ask why your comments are not being approved. I’m glad that you’ve found the rest of the tips useful.

  3. Frank Bowes says:

    Oh, and the ad thing too; I had so many ads on my blogs at one point it was hard to distinguish from the content. I have completely stripped them all down now.
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    • i got one prospect before who seem to have developed a huge fascination on banner ads. i told him to analyze which ones were doing a great job in producing him money and evaluate on the others that didn’t because his own website looks too spammy and not credible enough because of too much ads on his site. when i say it’s too much ads, it’s one of those websites that has a number of pop up ads and more than 5 banners on the upper fold plus 25x25px on the sidebar. he said he’d keep all of them so up until now, he’s not receiving what he should be receiving.

  4. nice post , but there should be the habit to avoid forever rather than 2012 , but could be good points for bloggers who have 1000 posts and hardly a traffic :)
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  5. Great tips dude ! You have rightly said that we should never ignore our readers !
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  6. Ahsan says:

    Spam comments are really problem sometimes for me. I try to understand which are true & which are fake. I’ll follow your tips which you shared here. I think every new & old bloggers should follow all these tips to get success
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    • Ahsan thanks for stopping by, I’m pleased you like the tips. I know it can be time consuming moderating comments further, but I think these days not even the best spam filters can provide a complete solution. Best of luck.

  7. Andy says:

    brilliant post. I loved the way you have explained these tips. Yes I too think there are so many big bloggers who are approving spam comments. They need to think about it.

  8. Alizon says:

    true one thing I learn this year is to much post wont help your blog, in the past I post 10 articles to my blogs and sometimes I ignore comments from them, glad I read your article, I think its time to go other way around.. and can I ask what is the difference between spam comment to genuine one? I’m a bit confuse that’s why I’m not approving any.. please help Thank you!

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