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How to Avoid Making These 21 Blogging Mistakes

Today’s episode is all about the mistakes I see bloggers making, and an honest look at the mistakes I’ve made along the way in my own blogging journey.

In This Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). In today’s episode:

  • 21 mistakes that I see bloggers making
  • The mistakes I’ve made in my own blogging journey
  • How to avoid making these mistakes

Further Reading and Resources for How to Avoid These 21 Blogging Mistakes

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How did you go with today’s episode?

What did you learn from today’s episode? What mistakes are you making? What’s one mistake you’re going to work to avoid in future, and how will you make it happen?

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  • Darlene Pawlik

    Thank you, Darren. I have been really struggling with my niche. I’d been multifaceted. After listening today, I will reserve one topic for the additional .orgs that I am a part of and concentrate on helping survivors thrive on my own domain. I’d been thinking about adding a day to my very regular -twice per week- and this podcast helped me decide to keep two days on mine and add on the others. As to the mistakes, I have made many, but continue to improve. Onward and Upward!

  • Hi Darren,

    Thank you for this insightful podcast. I have been listening to your blog for quite some time now and admittedly I haven’t been faithful about writing the results in the comments section. My blog, however, has grown as a result of working on every challenge you outlined

    I have been in and out of blogging for years now and my current blog is actually my 5th. There are a number of reasons why I didn’t continue with the others, and a lot of it has to do with some of the mistakes you mention here.

    Here are other mistakes I’ve made that I have learned from in the past.

    1. Not thinking about branding – our blog in a way is a brand and people have their perception about these as soon as they visit. We need to think about the overall brand we would like to create to help us achieve our purpose.
    2. Writing about a topic that you aren’t an expert in while positioning yourself as one. Nothing wrong with writing about a topic that you’re new in, as long as you document the journey rather than as a subject matter expert.
    3. Not thinking about SEO
    4. Not taking care of your current readers and only focusing on trying to get new ones.
    5 not writing down your blog’s mission, vision, and your target audience. If we don’t write it down we tend to forget.

    I tried to focus on ones you didnt already write.

    Chef Jay

  • How about starting a blog in a language which you don’t speak? Yep, that’s my big mistake! I live and work in Italy, but Italian is not my mother-tongue. I can speak it well enough to teach and communicate, but anything I write is embarassing for the lack of grammar. The blog keeps my site active and keeps people interested in what I’m doing, but every sentence needs to be edited and translated. My bloke is able, but not always willing. It challenges our peaceful relationship. Now, with my second blog, I just want to write in English and reach out to the English speaking world, but because I know no one I have no readers. Whereas if it was bilingual, or in Italian, I’d already have 500. Ha!

  • Melissa the Magnum Fan

    So helpful. Great voice and accent: made listening easy! I had #5: irregular posting. I didn’t abandon the blog–I was careful about that, but I let life get in the way and then I felt the blogger’s guilt. I like your tip about establishing a schedule. I also appreciate the tips about not needing to know it all, and solving problems and providing valuable content to readers. You certainly have that one down because this problogger site helped me for sure. Thank you.

  • Melissa the Magnum Fan

    I thought of a mistake I was nervous about–and therefore careful to avoid when I started my blog: failing to cite images or video. For the most part, I think I’m doing this correctly. I wanted to borrow some photos from a particular fan site, so I just contacted the administrator of the site and waited for permission. The administrator was super-cool about the whole thing, and I think reaching out to him made me a bit less “insular”! I believe that sharing images and video is great, but I also think that the creator of the visuals deserves credit. It can be hard and very time-consuming to find good images that are in the public domain or are open-source, etc. I’ve tried Creative Commons, Getty Images, and Shutterstock (I think it’s called), but I still struggle with this. I have no idea how/where other bloggers and webmasters find their visuals!

  • Great podcast! I’ve been binge listening to these podcasts today! One of the main mistakes I made was not developing my objective sooner. I have a travel blog and I was living abroad when I started it. I should’ve streamlined the content. I saw the light almost two years ago and my traffic reflects it. One of the things you mentioned was consistency. That is one thing I try to do better-be more consistent in terms of how much I’m posting. Overall, great podcast. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Paul Ebbage

    thanks for the list and encouragement to get off my bottom and get going, as i’m tackling Mistake No. 1 where ‘getting things perfect for day 1’ is consuming me. I’m now going to give myself a date to launch no matter what. ta