10 Mistakes Bloggers Are Making Right Now
When you start blogging there’s no test you must pass before you publish your first post. Consequently the learning curve is pretty steep! I learn things every single day and also spot things that other could be doing better. We all have our own little bug-bears don’t we?!
So in the spirit of learning, I thought I would share the blogging mistakes I often see. These are the things I would put into my ‘Blogging Room 101’ like a shot.
No/Hidden/Hard to find social media icons
It depends on your blog template, but when I land on a new blog I will look for a nice group of social media buttons on the top right hand side. My heart sinks when I don’t see them. If you want people to interact with you then please just make it super easy for people to be able to tweet you or follow you. Remember PR agencies won’t spend ages looking for ways to get in touch with you, they will move on.
Small pictures make me sad. Especially, when I’m on my phone as they then become even more tiny. I think all pictures (with the exception of badges etc) should be as big as your template allows.
I realise people have to protect their blogs, but I really hate captcha. Often I have written a comment, clicked it away and not even realised that the captcha was there and so the comment was lost. Some seem very temperamental and I haven’t got time to try to figure out the code and keep inputting. I have Akismet as a spam filter and it puts into moderation anything it’s not sure of. I prefer this as it only takes me a few minutes to approve the few that it holds back. Maybe try a ‘click box if your human’ system instead?
A font might look cool or appealing, but consider what it will look like on the screen and on an entire post? Clean, easy to read fonts get my vote every time.
Bright coloured backgrounds
I love colour, but I think colour on blogs should be treated with caution. Just try to think about the reader experience, could your coloured page be giving them a headache?
No author bio box or image of you in the About Me page
I understand that some people are camera shy, but when reading a blog I like to see who’s speaking to me and so I may switch off if I never see your face. I love a little box probably near your social media icons (!) that tells me a little snippet about you.
On some blogs I would need a magnifying glass the read the disclosure on reviews and sponsored posts. This annoys me, just be clear and honest that you have been given the item/been paid to write the post. I think the disclosure should be same size text on the rest of the post.
Twitter handle not in the sharing tweet
This should probably be at number 1! This drives me insane! When someone likes a post of yours and they decide to share it. They click the ‘share to tweet’ button and they’re often faced with just a url, no post title and most of the time your handle isn’t in there. So if they share you will never be able to thank them as you won’t know. Also they will probably be reluctant to share as without a handle in the tweet it will look like it is their post they’re sharing.
No information on the ‘About Me’ page/no ‘About Me’ page
If I enjoy reading a post, I might want to read a little more about you and your family, to make a connection. The absence of such information makes it harder for me to identify with you. It’s so important to give your readers ways they can potentially connect with you.
O.K. so clutter isn’t really the way to go either, but I like to be able to get quick links to other posts and see a little bit more about you. When they’re just empty, I feel unsatisfied! Your sidebar is prime real estate which you can use to show off your best pieces of content.
So what would you put into your ‘blogging room 101’?
N.B This is just my personal opinion and no offence is aimed at anyone who’s blog has any of these aspects!