Blogging doesn’t come naturally to people, if it did, people selling blogging courses for $500 for 7 days training, wouldn’t be holding $100,000 seminars in San Francisco Boulevard every year.
Anyways, I don’t blame you if you have made any of the blogging mistakes mentioned in the post below. The stuff about blogging available on the web is completely bogus. It is just a trick to sell you something. So, to ease things for you, I have created this list of 5 mistakes you shouldn’t commit while starting a new blog.
You have a blog that auto-loads music
This is not 1990s, ok? People today have very think tolerance for poor design. If your blog has flash players that play your favourite band for every single visitor, people will run away from your blog faster than Usain Bolt. So, how do you fix this? Well, if you have something like this on your blog, it is clear that you don’t know the first thing in web design. So my advice is either to pay for custom design, or hire a freelancer to make your existing design compliant with modern web designs.
You have a blog with a dark background and light text
While this blog is acceptable if you have a personal blog, if you a professional blog, having light text on dark background is polar opposite of professional! If people are not going to take your blog seriously, they won’t take your content seriously and hence will never become a loyal reader. So, whenever you are building a professional blog, go with a light background, preferably white or grey and with dark text. If you think having blue coloured text is cool, you are mistaken.
You have too much stuff in the sidebar
Anything you put at the sidebar will act as a distraction to the main content. If you are not selling anything, you shouldn’t have anything in the sidebars. The only thing acceptable in the sidebar is stuff that makes money. Be it native advertising, or affiliate products, the only reason putting them in the sidebar is acceptable is that they make blogs grow. So, if you are not selling anything to the readers, try to have a de-cluttered design with absolutely nothing in the sidebar. If you can build something responsive, that’s even better!
You have used copyrighted material on the site
Yes, the photo that you found on Google is copyrighted and you cannot use that on your blog. Yes, the content that you saved in your notepad is copyrighted and you cannot publish that on your blog. Plagiarism hurts blogs in the long run so you should avoid it at all costs. If you want pictures for your blog, you either go with stock photos, or search of photos that comes with creative commons license.