Blogging Success: 53 Blogging Mistakes You Should Avoid

Blogging Success: 53 Blogging Mistakes You Should Avoid

Blogging is not easy-peasy or get rich quick. I know its not a great way to open a blog post on a blog which talks about blogging tips. But I don’t want to sugar coat my posts and give you a fake feel about all the stuff going on in the blogosphere.

Blogging Success is not a joke either.

Just like any other job, you have to work hard and smart to earn your pennies. From my personal experience, I must say that the shoot up, or the time that takes to pick up momentum and eventually to taste the tip of success is much longer compared to a day job, where you’re paid from month 1 or day 1.

But then, I am not de-motivating all of you aspiring bloggers. I just want to spill the beans. There are so called mistakes or myths as with starting any business.

You try, fail and then try something else, fail and then figure out something else, try it and succeed. Well the chain could be longer or shorter depending upon how fast you learn and adopt.

I present to you a list of 53 mistakes that is committed by most of the newbie bloggers who are starting out with super motivation. I am sure that identifying and correcting these mistakes at the earliest stages of blogging could really make a huge difference rather than realizing them years later.

I am just starting out this list and I want you to add more to this list, so that everyone can learn from one another’s mistakes. Shall we?

  1. Not starting a blog with a goal
  2. Not blogging with a plan
  3. Throw in a couple of Adsense units and expect a 5 figure pay check next month
  4. Think blogging is fun
  5. Not willing to invest any money into blogging
  6. Not outsourcing anything
  7. Outsourcing everything
  8. Believe blogging is one of “get rich quick” schemes
  9. Not willing to learn the basics
  10. Not starting with list building
  11. Not willing to learn past the basics
  12. Not leveraging the power of social media
  13. Caring only about content and nothing else
  14. Paying too much attention to details
  15. Don’t bother to pay attention to details
  16. Not adapting to latest techniques
  17. Not committed to blogging (but expect blogging success, weird)
  18. Not respecting readers/commenters/subscribers
  19. Not doing regular blog backups
  20. Following a blog posting schedule that doesn’t fit
  21. Don’t follow a blog posting schedule
  22. Work without deadlines
  23. Not developing a portfolio
  24. Not branding the blog
  25. Not reading other blogs
  26. Consider commenting on other blogs is a waste of time
  27. Not developing blogger relationships
  28. Not paying attention to stats
  29. Paying too much attention to stats
  30. Rely too much on plugins
  31. Always agree with popular bloggers
  32. Always disagree with popular bloggers to get noticed
  33. Not learning SEO (and hence relying too much on SEO services)
  34. Become a victim of shiny object syndrome, quite often
  35. Being ignorant about link building
  36. Getting de-motivated often
  37. Get sidetracked quite often
  38. Compare with A-Listers
  39. Not learning about the competition
  40. Not doing keyword research
  41. Avoid researching on the topic while writing blog posts
  42. Not caring about blog’s design (think content is everything)
  43. Not keeping up with technology
  44. Not improving on writing
  45. Not improving on English (especially if blogging in English and if the blogger is not a native English speaker!)
  46. Not writing an e-book (either a free or a premium one)
  47. Trying to please everyone
  48. Allow everything to get into their head
  49. Being impatient with blogging success
  50. Adopting black hat SEO techniques for quick blogging success
  51. Believe banner advertising is the only form of advertising
  52. Failing to offer any other services through their blogs
  53. Writing only for people
  54. Writing only for bots
  55. Not participating in blogging networks like Bizsugar, Blokube, Blog Interact, WP Junkies etc.

Please feel free to add to the list. Let’s explore what makes stops bloggers from achieving blogging success.

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  1. Sean @ Liver CleanseSean @ Liver Cleanse says

    Aspiring blogger: Follow these tips!

    Many of these I learned the hard way when I was first starting and I’m glad I had those experiences but I also wasted a lot of time and energy had I just set realistic expectations and did things the right way.

    It’s not that anything is “right” or “wrong” it’s all a learning process and each persons goes through it in different ways and it all leads to the same destination.

    Be consistent and focused on your efforts and they WILL pay off! :)

    • Jane SheebaJane Sheeba says

      Sean, that’s right. There is no “right” or “wrong”. It all depends on what suits our business and what doesn’t fit in resulting to failure. Identifying that bit and eliminating it will suffice.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Clint Cora says

    The biggest mistake I made with respect to blogs was to write too much about myself. My initial content was way too self promotional. Now I realize that people want to read content that is of value to them. So I’ve been making efforts to do just that but it’s not always easy. This is probably why many people end up abandoning their blogs.

    • Jane SheebaJane Sheeba says

      Great Clint. It is very good that you realized it. Yes usually when we start out we tend to be more personal and self promotional. Thanks for the valuable addition :)

  3. DiTesco says

    What a huge list of blogging mistakes you have here Jane. Quite frankly I have to admit that these are deadly sins for a any blogger who wants to venture online. I think the whole “blogging” concept is right there in the first two of the list. There is really no point in even starting a bog f you don’t have a clear defined goal and an action plan to back it up.. thumbs up!
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  4. Faissal Alhaithami @ fans bridgeFaissal Alhaithami @ fans bridge says

    Great article! but I don’t agree with your last point about not participating in blogging networks, I assume that joining these networks you mentioned is a big win but still not a mistake if we don’t join. Thanks for the list, actually I enjoyed reading them.

    • Jane SheebaJane Sheeba says

      Faissal thanks for politely disagreeing. Well, its a matter of perspective I’d say. For me the changes were really very big after I joined them. So I wished I did that earlier :)

      Thanks again for the wonderful comment!

  5. Rough BloggerRough Blogger says

    I really liked this list. I’ve made a few of the mistakes on there in the past, but thankfully now I can say apart from a few, I avoid things on that list like the plague! Great list by the way!

  6. Extreme John@CEO Business Blog says

    Excellent share Jane. All these blogging mistakes are so true. As they say, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. When I started out my blog some years ago, I got a lot of mistakes along the way too and you have actually mentioned some of them. For new bloggers in the blogosphere, I’m sure these tips will surely help them out and avoid doing the mistakes that others have been through.
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    • Jane SheebaJane Sheeba says

      “a wise man learns from the mistakes of others” – well said John. Everyone makes mistakes. But how soon we learn from them and hone our path to success is what makes us a successful person.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. adam@cheesy pick up linesadam@cheesy pick up lines says

    Well blogging is really fun but should also keep in mind that if you want to be successful. Blogging should also be taken seriously. And in order for you to be serious with blogging you really have to shell out some bucks for it.

    • Jane SheebaJane Sheeba says

      Oh yeah, many bloggers hesitate to spend for their blog. They must understand that it is not “spending” but “investing” :)

      • adam@cheesy pick up linesadam@cheesy pick up lines says

        Yeah Jane at first I was also hesitant spending for my blog but then I still spend some money for it since I really want to have a website I can call my own. Its been one and half years and it seems I did the right job and I’m enjoying its return.

        BTW Jane I have a question in one of your post regarding how many keywords should be placed on the first paragraph.

  8. carlycarly says

    Yikes! That list is longer than my to-do list. :) I just printed it out and placed it above my computer. Thanks for putting it together!

  9. Darryl BurmaDarryl Burma says

    Wow Jane, that’s quite the comprehensive list there, all valuable points too. I guess a lot of it boils down to having a healthy amount of both balance and patience, oh and not to mention plenty of hard work!

    • Jane Sheeba says

      Darryl, certainly. There’s plenty of hard work involved that goes without saying. And it is an undeniable fact that we have to wait patiently until we start to see some results. That’s the hardest part as far as I’ve experienced :)

  10. Natasha says

    Jane – as usual, these are great tips! A very comprehensive list, I’m impressed at everything you thought of!! I’ll definitely be looking back to this as a reference since I’m sure I won’t remember *all* of them. What do you think is THE most important thing on this list, in your opinion?

    • Jane Sheeba says

      Natasha, well it is really tough to choose one most important mistake that needs to be taken care of. But it is good to set things straight from start, right? So starting a blog without a goal and a plan will be the most important one that needs urgent care :)

    • Jane Sheeba says

      Plugins are third party codes. The more they are the more load is to your blog. It can affect user experience, loading times and so on. Some plugins can be buggy and cause unnecessary issues. Keeping them to a minimum is always healthy.

  11. Heather SmithHeather Smith says

    Whew! that is a long list…committed some of them myself but learning from it not to do it again, thanks for posting this eye-opening blog.

  12. jackjack says

    Having a plan – something everyone’s talking nowadays, but very few have it implemented in reality. So why on earth do you need a good plan? The answer is more than simple. Good planning helps you achieve the goals you have set easier and it keeps you motivated. The last one is especially important, as lack of motivation is the blogger’s biggest threat.

  13. Stacy says

    Hi Jane,

    This is a great list, I know that I’ve been guilty of quite a few. I think that one of the most important things is to always be eager to learn. Things change a lot in the blogosphere and if we refuse to learn we won’t go anywhere.

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  14. ikeen says

    nice one Jane. i must confess that i was really getting tired of all the blogging ideas online.your list seems more practical.hope to use it

  15. LindaLinda says

    Good morning, Jane!

    As with all the comments above, I consider this an excellent list. I would include things like:
    – failing to realise that on-line behaviour is no different to off-line behaviour, we need to be pleasant and polite to others wherever we are;
    – not recognising that the rules governing blogging behaviour are not always the same as those that govern behaviour in our own off-line worlds;
    – failing to recognise that sometimes other people’s blogs are actually more important than our own (for example, when guest posting);
    – not realising that however good you might be as a writer, commentator or story teller, you need ‘friends’ in the blogging world if you truly want your blog to the extra mile.

    And last, but not least, not saying thanks when other’s have helped in some way.

    So, Thanks, Jane! Merely by providing the opportunity for us all to comment on your blog has give us ‘link juice’, even without the added bonus of a useful resource.

    Kind regards,
    L x

  16. NeilNeil says

    Extensive list Jane. I do believe that blogging is fun and that one should see it as such. When things become a slog, that is when motivation slips out of the back door.

  17. Krinal MehtaKrinal Mehta says

    Great list, absolutely. I only thought being listed on Technorati was enough. Never heard of the other networks or never tried them. Gonna do it now.

    About the outsourcing things, I agree it has to be a good balance, its about your involvement in your blog. You just cannot leave everything at someone else’s stake by paying him a few bucks.

    However, with half a decade of experience in the online marketing industry, I have seen people, mostly corporate houses, outsource their blogging part and I think it does make sense, if the guidelines and thee goals are set.

    What are your thoughts Jane ?


    • Jane Sheeba says

      Totally agree with you on that Krinal. It depends on the kind of your business, though – as you say it depends on the amount of involvement you have with your blog. If you want to put your hands on everything regarding your blog’s content (and management), outsourcing may be a bad idea since you don’t have total control!

  18. Andres GomezAndres Gomez says

    Hello Jane,
    I am starting my blog and I undrestand guiest posting is very important and a good way to get natural links. Your last point is ”Not participating in blogging networks like Blog Engage, Blokube, Blog Interact, WP Junkies etc”. By participating on this sites you mean guest posting? My blog is in spanish do you know any networks like these for spanish bloggers?

  19. Sue NealSue Neal says

    Hi Jane – great list! However, I think I’d add “building a list too soon” – I know a lot of people say you have to build a list straight away, but how can you at the beginning, when you have nothing to offer? I’ve chatted with Adrienne Smith about this recently, because I’ve felt pressurized into starting a list before I feel ready to do so – I’ve done that before and it all fell apart at the seams. Adrienne agreed and said she’s previously started lists that have come to nothing.

    I regularly come across fairly new blogs that clearly don’t yet have much to offer and yet the blogger’s asking you to sign up to their list – and I’m thinking, “for what?” I think one of the biggest mistakes newbie bloggers make is trying to do too much too quickly – they hear advice from experienced bloggers who make it all sound as easy as falling off a log, failing to realize they’ve probably been working at it for years, and that you have to take some time learning the essential skills and sorting out exactly what it is you have to offer.


  20. Susan Beesley says

    Hi Jayne Thanks for some great tips – as we progress on our blogging journey we often forget how challenging it is to start blogging and the mistakes that can easily be made and false expectations. Anything takes effort so definitely no \”get rich quick\” with blogging. Would definitely add having a passion and a voice and not being afraid to share information from other talented bloggers like yourself.Thanks again for your awesome blog and training – we love your blog and always share your tips with our community. Susan
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  21. NeilNeil says

    Hello Jane, another top drawer post. I believe that you have covered all the basics here. Thanks for sharing. It’s important to never lose sight of one’s goals and to keep moving forward with the blog.

  22. Kingsley AguKingsley Agu says

    Fantastic post!
    Let me add a little one to all the aforementioned ones above.
    “Don’t always believe everything that the guru tell you; instead, do the things they do – so that you can get the type of result they get too”

  23. collins says

    What a great post and lists of mistakes but what i consider a must have quality in every blogger is the ability to effectively manage your time accordingly, for me i mapped time for blog commenting, writing new post, visiting my competitors blog, reading interesting articles to improve my own writing skills etc

  24. Patrice m foster says

    Jane I made the same mistake as Clint Cora in the beginning blog mostly about myself. This got old real quick. I am still in the learning phase so this is great list 53. Thanks for sharing.

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