8 Blogging No-No’s

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Multiple Blog Posts Per Day – While there are a few bloggers doing this that I highly respect, I’m not a fan of this at all. Why am I not a fan of this? Your content suffers, period. The odds that you’re creating solid content each and every post with this frequency are very low. I’ve noticed the posts generally become shorter (less than 300 words) and the comments are scarce. While comments are not the Holy Grail, the lack thereof is a sign for me that something is amiss. If your goal is to blog daily, work on one solid blog post per day.

Quotes as a Blog Post – I love quotes as much as the next guy, but not as a blog post. Come on, you’re better than this. Your Facebook wall or Twitter account are a nice environment for quotes, but not your blog. Create an area on your site for just quotes, but not your blog.

Unoriginal Content – A quote from Einstein is unoriginal content. Having a link taking you to another site without anything from you is unoriginal content. Copying and pasting an entire article from say Mashable and publishing as your blog post is unoriginal content. Infographics are great, but incorporate with your words and not as a standalone. You’ve spent the time to create your blog, so why aren’t you using your own voice? Start publishing your own thoughts and ideas. You might find you actually like it…

Over the top Advertising – We’ve all seen these blogs. The blogs where you have to navigate through the forest of ads to find the actual post. I’m all for someone making a buck, put don’t punch me in the face with advertising. A nicely placed banner or sidebar widget is acceptable. Banners, sidebar widgets, and Google Ads hitting you from every angle is just plain tacky. Clean it up, and pick your spots for advertising.

All Words and No Pictures – This is just tough on the eyes and not blog reader friendly. Paragraph after paragraph works well if you’re writing a novel, but it doesn’t work as a blog post. Throw in a photo or two. Haven’t you seen how popular Pinterest is today? People love photos/pictures. Keep your paragraphs short and succinct. Create a flow that is easy to follow and enjoyable for the reader.

Grammar and Spelling – I’ve made these mistakes, and you’ve made these mistakes. If at all possible have someone proofread your blog before publishing. You can read your blog 4-5 times and still miss something grammatically incorrect. Have someone else proofread your blog. Ok, this is how “definitely” is spelled. I see that one butchered all the time. Write your blog posts in MS Word (or similar tool) first so you can edit your work. There really is no excuse for spelling mistakes. They should be picked up way before you publish. Poor grammar and spelling bring a negative reflection to your blog post. Make the effort to ensure your posts are clean.

Not Replying to Comments – Treat comments like platinum. Never take them for granted. When someone has taken the time to read your post, generate a thought, and make a comment, it is imperative that you reply. Even if it’s just a simple “Thank You” you must reply.

Don’t hit publish if you know it’s Crap – It seems simple enough. Every post is not going to be a grand slam, but you should feel good about what you’re going to publish. “Oh well, get them next time”, should not be your thought process before hitting the button. The internet is forever. Take pride in what you’re putting out to the world.

Whether you agree or disagree, I appreciate your comments. If you have some others you would like to add, by all means please do so…Have a great weekend…

102 comments
FX777222999
FX777222999

I totally agree with your points and believing that you can give more tips for this subject matter.

AndyNathan
AndyNathan

I absolutely abhor when I comment on someone's blog and it never get answers. I do my utmost to make sure that never happens on my blog.

sbeasla
sbeasla

I write over the weekends and schedule out my blog posts. Just seems to work better that way :)

Jeff Hester
Jeff Hester

Instead of multiple posts per day, consider scheduling the posts when you can. This helps you spread out the content without overwhelming your audience. 

 

Or if you've really got a lot you've got to share, supplement your blogging with microblogging. 

24x7Media
24x7Media

Not sure I agree with every item, but do respect your expertise.

Knikkolette Church
Knikkolette Church

Hey Steve, I have to say I totally agree on all your points.  I don't follow all of your rules (I write within Wordpress not within Word, although I may NEED to take that extra step! DOH!)   I just had a conversation with someone recently who told me I need to post more often, perhaps once a week is not enough... but for now, that works for me.  I get overwhelmed reading so many blogs.  

 

I do prefer shorter posts, although I agree they do need to provide a higher quality content than something that was regurgitated from another site, or just a quote...   Thanks for the post! :)

CCmars
CCmars

Being a relative "newbie" to the blogsphere I appreciated this list. I was happy to discover I don't do most of these; however, the spelling/grammar is my weakness and I often send my post to be reviewed by another(teacher), but that doesn't always happen. I will then reread my post after hitting published, and spot a goof. Yikes!!! I am a fan of quotes, and have used them several times, but only as an addition to my thoughts/topic. Advertising....I wish! ;-) Again, thanks for the tips.

TheJackB
TheJackB

I also disagree regarding posting multiple times a day. There is no guarantee that content will suffer nor should people view comments as currency. They are rarely indicative of the quality of a post or of how much influence a blogger has.

 

I like comments because they serve as a useful tool for building community and they can sometimes be educational but beyond that their utility begins to suffer.

 

However I most certainly agree that bloggers should respond to comments. If someone took the time to read what you wrote and comment you should demonstrate your respect for their time too.

Margaret Woda
Margaret Woda

Overall I think this is a great list, but I don't think any of us can make a blanket statement that content suffers when multiple blog posts are written in a day.  When I have the time, I sit down and write until I run out of time, and then I schedule the posts for publishing over the next several days or weeks. This works better for me than cramming a post into a busy day - that's when my content suffers.

ChiNewsBench
ChiNewsBench

I would have to disagree with your point about multiple posts. Content is king, as they say, and I did not get my blog to a PR5 with tons of backlinks by posting once daily. I did it, four and five years ago, by posting from 10 to 20 posts per day. They were posts of interest to my audience, of course, and I did not just post solely for the sake of posting. Every post is visitor bait. Some bait appeals to certain types of fish, other bait to different kinds of fish. Throw out several hooks, each with different bait, and you're far more likely to catch something than if you only cast one hook. What you're advising, essentially, is to cast only one hook ... and only once daily. That's no way to fish.

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

Excellent advice. I agree with each and every point, but my latest pet peeve is people who publish unoriginal content. They will post the first few paragraphs of someone else's article with a link to the original article. Why bother? I am looking for something different, not a gateway to other content.

Comments are definitely platinum. They're the life-blood of a blog. True, they aren't essential and don't always reflect upon the quality of the post, nor the traffic (as you point out in a different comment). But I see commenters as guests in your home. They should be greeted warmly and with respect, even if you don't like what they have to say.

vripley
vripley

Fantastic advice! Thanks for sharing! BTW - Considering I struggle to get two or three blog articles per week, I can gladly say I won't be guilty of the multiple ones per day. Keep up the great work!

-Vaughn

SteveS1
SteveS1

This post is a great example of how the simplest advice is often the best advice. I will only add that these are not only Blogging No-No's, but also some of the main reasons why microblogging services like Facebook and Twitter gained popularity. Why write an original, thoughtful post when you can just zing out a quick thought? The good news for Blogs -- the first social media, by the way -- is that most are done by the writers who really care.

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learnit2earnit
learnit2earnit

Great tips for blogging with purpose! If you are going to take the time to set up your blog and you want people to visit and come back, then letting them know with your comments and also 'sharing' their posts with others. If you spend just a few minutes, you can share a post (like this one) in less than 3 minutes! So don't forget to Digg, Stumble, Tweet, G+ and add to Linkedin. You will see the results it will bring you but also you will be seen as a 'giver first' by sharing others posts and information!

JillBrown
JillBrown

I've only received a couple of comments . . . :( My blog is v small, but it's heartbreaking that people visit and leave without saying anything. So, I agree, comments are to be cherished.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!

Claire Axelrad
Claire Axelrad

Great post with very practical advice. I'm going to share! Many thanks.

Steve Curtin
Steve Curtin

Nice list. I'm still amazed by the number of bloggers who fail to reply to thoughtful comments from readers. To me, it conveys indifference toward the reader and the time spent reading/commenting on the post.

WriteOnOnline
WriteOnOnline

Really fabulous info! I see no problem with including quotes in a compilation-type post, but I wouldn't do one of those more than once/twice a month. The bad grammar and spelling thing - one of my pet peeves too!

jessica ann
jessica ann

Love this, Steve. Especially the last one - "don't hit publish if you know it's crap." Sometimes saving posts as drafts and re-reading it the next day is helpful if you're unsure if it's crap. This allows to see the post with fresh eyes and a different perspective that didn't exist directly after writing.

How do you recommend dealing with comments that went unanswered for a few weeks? Is it best to respond anyway, even when the date appears in the original comment (which calls attention to negligence)? Or move on and remember to reply next time? (Can you tell my guilt is setting in? errr...oops!)

always10list
always10list

Wow. I got another sets of stuff to be included on my list in blogging mistakes. Yes, I do agree on all things written here - and what's the most important here? "Unoriginal Content" - which is an issue for newbies in blogging - actually usually they do these. :(

3RiversCreativeArts
3RiversCreativeArts

There are few things I hate more than blatant bombarding with advertising on a blog. It's really quite tacky.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @jeffhester Thanks for the comment Jeff.  This is a good plan.  I've seen content compromised when one author posts more than once a day.  

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @24x7Media Hi Dennis.  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  Disagreement is fine.  Anything you want to expand on?

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Knikkolette Church Hi Knikkolette, thanks for coming by...I'm trying to challenge myself to post once a day for a month...maybe I'll start with a post a day for  week...I'm with you, there are so many blogs out there, and I think I've read half of them...need to get a post up tomorrow, I'm late...have a good one Knikkolette...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @CCmars Spelling/grammar will slip through...They do with me, and they do with most...Some people put stuff out there, and I see no evidence of any proofreading...That's what you want to stay away from...Thanks for taking the time to comment...:)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @TheJackB Thanks for stopping by Jack.  I think for most, a best practice is to limit your posts to once a day.  I've seen way too much evidence of forcing posts.  All things being equal, one would rather have 10 comments than 2 comments.  Comments and replying allow you to build rapport with your readers.  I see quality posts daily where no one has commented.  I think in most cases the audience isn't there, but certainly the topic is important as well.  Have a good one Jack.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Margaret Woda Thanks for stopping by and commenting Margaret.  My focus here was more on publishing multiple posts everyday.  That's where I think the very high majority get in trouble as far as having a drop off in quality.  Where it becomes content for the sake of content.  

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@ChiNewsBench Unfortunately, I think the vast majority end up posting for the sake of posting when it attempt to generate content multiple times per day. Posting 10-20 times a day seems inconceivable to me by one individual. Is it possible? Possible, but generally not realistic. Quality will generally suffer when the volume increases multiple times per day, and that bait no one is biting on...Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience Tom.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@wonderoftech Thanks for taking the time to comment Carolyn. We curate content on all our Social Networks. Totally agree that our blogs are a place for originality, and we should not often divert from this focus. As with guests in your home, if you don't treat them properly and with care, they will soon disappear.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@vripley Thanks for the comment Vaughn, much appreciated. I can definitely relate to that, getting one a week out is a challenge. Have to improve on that myself. Have a great week.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@SteveS1 I do find the KISS method to be quite efficient in most cases. You make a great point about FB and Twitter. It is blogging lite (very lite). A blog post takes 2-3 hours, and a tweet takes 15 seconds. The masses gravitate to the easier process. Yes, most of the people consistently publishing have a definite passion for the craft. Thanks for commenting Steve, and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@learnit2earnit I appreciate the comment Lynn. It is so elementary, but many stumble in the execution. Giving is a crucial part of Social Media, and it's important that we don't lose site of that...Have a great Sunday.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@JillBrown Hi Jill, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. While I agree, it would be fabulous if every reader left a comment, we both know that is not realistic. I also think some posts lend themselves to comments more than others. Have a nice Sunday.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@Steve Curtin You hit the nail on the head Steve. When someone stops by and takes time to put some thoughts down, they need to be acknowledged. It's a slap in a face to the reader when the comment stands idle. Thanks for taking a few minutes to comment Steve.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@WriteOnOnline Hi Debra - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I've seen too many with just one quote, and that is the entire post. That's what I was trying to get across with that topic. Yes, a compilation-type every now and then would be acceptable. Have a good one.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@itsjessicann Hi Jessica - We are probably guilty of trying to make each post perfect, which is another issue. Others hit that button without blinking an eye. I haven't mastered completing a post in one sitting, and I agree saving as a draft and viewing later has its benefits.

If someone wrote a comment that was longer than three words, I would still reply no matter what the gap of time. It happens. I wouldn't worry as much replying to "nice post" or "good job" as my guess is they didn't even read the article. Thanks for commenting Jessica. Enjoy the remainder of the Holiday weekend.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@always10list Totally agree, see "unoriginal content" all the time. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

TheJackB
TheJackB

 @GeeklessTech We still disagree. The majority of visitors to a blog do not comment. It is quite similar to an iceberg in which 3/4s of it is located under water.

 

While comments are nice they don't always advance the conversation and many don't do anything to build the rapport you are talking about. You could receive 10 that say "great post" or two that provide well thought out responses to what you blogged about.

 

Most bloggers who want to build community would probably prefer the latter.

 

As for "best practices" that is a subjective term. The blogosphere is often like one big echo chamber in which people regurgitate the same idea as 1 million other bloggers with little to no distinction.

 

So one post a day doesn't really prevent that from happening nor does it push bloggers to improve their writing as much as writing two or more.

 

Studies show that most bloggers quit don't make it beyond 90 days so the key takeaway here is that they need to figure out how to make blogging fun or they truly won't last.

 

Appreciate the conversation. Hope you have a great day.

ChiNewsBench
ChiNewsBench

@GeeklessTech@ChiNewsBench I would have to agree with your point about "posting for the sake of posting." And yes, not only is it possible to post 10-20 times per day, as I said previously I did it for well over a year. Quality CAN suffer with volume -- if you're not a good writer, are not quick on the draw, do not know your audience and cannot do research on the fly. Some of us can. The bait worked just fine, thank you. BTW, I love your website :-)

SteveS1
SteveS1

Thanks! I don't know what is more amazing, that people forget blogs were the first social media or that Facebook and Twitter were considered "micro-blogs" just a few years ago. History is moving fast but that doesn't mean we need to forget it so fast.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@ChiNewsBench When I went to your site earlier I expected to see content from multiple authors. I think you're in a league of your own. Well, maybe a very few. I've had just over 1K unique PV's for this post, and I'd multiple posts per day probably would not be a good idea for 997 of them for the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for the compliment, but I need a lot more content. I need to get a post per day first. Thanks again Tom.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@SteveS1 Yes, memories are very short in this ever changing environment...