15 Blogging Mistakes Every Blogger Should Avoid

Whether you’re a new blogger or somebody who has been blogging for many years, make sure you avoid the trapdoors to these fifteen common blogging mistakes which I come across daily in the blogging world.

Allowing spam comments to show in the comments section of a post.

Spammers are getting smarter at trying to deceive us by making their spam comments look genuine.

Be careful if allowing comments to appear immediately on your blog posts without any kind of moderation. Some spammers are leaving a first comment that doesn’t look spammy, before leaving further comments that contain links that lead to sales, business, gaming and pornographic sites.

If in doubt, hover your mouse over the web address of the person who has left the comment and preview the website in the window that opens. In most cases, you’ll know straight away if the comment is genuine or not.

If you’re still in doubt, don’t approve the comment.

Having broken links on the home page of your blog.

When was the last time you checked if all the links on the home page of your blog are working?

Just image losing sales of a book because links were broken, or the links to your social media accounts are not working? It’s unlikely that visitors will return if they keep finding too many broken links on your blog.

Links can become broken for various reasons. Ensure you check your links at least once or twice a month.

Click here to find out about some free to use broken link tools that will help you find broken links on your blog.

Having sharing buttons that don’t work.

If, like me, you get a lot of traffic to your blog from social media sites, make sure the links to your accounts are active. However, most importantly of all, make sure you’ve actually connected your social media accounts to your blog.

One of the biggest mistakes I come across are bloggers who have not linked their Twitter account to their blog. When I come to share their blog post, instead of their Twitter username appearing in the tweet, ‘@wordpress.com’ appears instead.

I could type in their Twitter user name, but do I really have the time to do that every time I share their posts? No! If I don’t have the time, other readers won’t either.

Click here to read how to connect your Twitter account to your blog.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Having annoying popups that won’t go away.

If there is one thing that really annoys me, it’s being faced with the same popup that keeps popping up while I am reading a blog post or keeps appearing every time I visit a blog.

There’s nothing wrong with creating a popup to build an email list (in fact, many influencers recommend it), but give visitors to your blog the option to decline signing up. If possible, ensure that the same popup doesn’t keep popping up if they visit again and have already decided not to sign up.

If I can’t get rid of a popup, or the same popup keeps appearing every time I visit a blog, I’m more likely to unfollow that blog.

No ‘About Me’ page.

Most bloggers and readers like to know a little something about a blogger before they decide whether to follow or not.

When I visit a new blog for the first time, I want to not only find out what the blog is about, but I like to find out who the person (or persons) is behind the blog.

Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you.

Ensure you do not have an ‘about me’ page that says nothing except ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page.’

Image credit: Pixabay

An ‘About Me’ page that has not been updated.

I recently came across an ‘About Me’ page, which had been put together with lots of care and attention. However, it hadn’t been updated in over two years!

It got me wondering if the author had achieved everything they wanted to do in 2017. The fact they hadn’t updated their ‘about me’ page told me that they probably did not care what new visitors thought about them anymore.

Ensure you update the ‘About Me’ page of your blog at least once every six months, especially if it includes links (which may have broken).

Authors – don’t forget to setup and keep updating your Amazon author page. Click here to find out how.

Demanding that other bloggers reblog or share their posts.

While there is nothing wrong in having sharing buttons on your blog posts, never demand (or ask) in the body of a blog post, people to reblog or share it.

If readers enjoy your post, then they are likely to share it. However, asking your audience to reblog or share a post in a manner that comes over as desperate is something that many will find off-putting.

Rather than demand, give readers the choice of whether they are happy to share the post or not.

‘Please feel free to share this post’ is far better than ‘Please, please, please reblog or share this post.’

Treat others how you would like them to treat you.

Never ignore anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on any of your blog posts.

Treat everyone who visits your blog as a guest. Ensure they are made to feel welcomed. With millions of other blogs out there, they can always go elsewhere … can’t they?

Think about it like this. You’ve invited a guest around for coffee and completely ignore them when they arrive. That’s what it will feel like if you ignore or fail to respond to any comments left on your posts.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Not responding to comments left on guest posts.

I’ve left comments on guest posts and never received a response from the guest blogger. Not only is it rude not to respond to comments, but it’s also not a very nice way to treat your host who was kind enough to publish your guest post on their blog.

Being asked to write a guest post is an honour. Never forget to respond to all the comments regardless of how long ago the post was published.

Leaving uninvited links.

Unless it is either relevant to the post you have just read, or you have been invited to leave a link, never leave a link to your blog in a comment (including any in a signature you use when leaving comments).

I recently had a comment left (that also contained a link to a post of the commenter) which said ‘share, share share.’ I saw it as an act of desperation in getting noticed. I marked the comment as spam.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I also recently came across a comment on another blog that included a link and said ‘I’m short of followers. Please follow me.’ There was no mention of whether they had read the post they’d left their comment on or how much they had enjoyed reading it.

When I first started to blog, I learned very quickly from other bloggers that leaving uninvited links was frowned upon and seen as spammy.

Adding too many ‘tags’ on a post.

WordPress recommends that you add between five and 15 relevant ‘tags’ to every blog post you publish. If you add more than 14 tags, your post won’t show up on the WordPress reader. That could mean fewer readers to your blog.

Click here to find out what ‘tags’ are and how to add them to a blog post.

Not categorising all (or some) of your blog posts.

Categorising all your blog posts is essential, especially for a blog like mine which covers many subjects. However, even if you only blog about one topic, it’s still crucial to categorise all your posts.

Why? Here’s an example. I’ve just read a post you published about your grandmother’s recipe for the world’s best banoffee pie. I ask myself if you’ve published any other recipes and search for a recipe category. Unfortunately, you don’t have one, and you don’t categorise any of your posts (so they all fall under ‘uncategorised ‘).

I could do a search (if you have a search bar on your blog), but I want to check out all your recipe posts. The only option is to now scroll through all your posts looking for recipes that may interest me.

Poor layout of blog posts on emails.

If you’re somebody who allows your entire blog post to be displayed in the body of the email sent to those who subscribe via email to your blog, you may want to check how it shows in the email.

Image by PixLoger from Pixabay

I’ve come across some shocking displays of blog posts in emails. From the entire blog post being in one whole block, broken lines of text, photos and images not correctly aligned, it all makes the reading of these posts an uncomfortable experience.

Consider changing the email settings of your posts by only displaying part of your blog post in the email. That way, readers will then have to visit your blog to read the entire post.

Not only will this increase your visitor stats, but visitors may then discover your book(s) or read more of your other posts.

Click here to see how to change the email settings of your blog posts.

Not validating reblogs.

When reblogging a post, inform your readers why you are reblogging it. Why should somebody read a post that’s been reblogged if you haven’t told them why you’re sharing it? You must be reblogging it for a reason. Yes? Tell your readers what that reason is.

If you don’t have a good enough reason for reblogging the post, then don’t reblog it.

Now sure how to reblog a post? Click here for full details.

No ‘search bar’ available.

Recently, while writing a blog post, I wanted to include some links to some posts I had read on other blogs. However, I wasn’t able to find one of the posts I wanted to link to.

Even worse, there was no search bar on the blog concerned.

Image by krzysztof-m from Pixabay

It wasn’t long before I gave up looking for that blog post. I didn’t have the time to hunt it down.

Most bloggers want their blog posts shared, don’t they? You can make it easy for readers to find what they are looking for by including a search bar on your blog.

Click here to find out how to install a search bar on your blog.

Once installed, open up one of your blog posts and check you are happy where you have placed the search bar. Make sure it’s visible and accessible to visitors.

Remember, too, that you can use the search bar when looking for one of your own posts.

Do you have any examples of blogging mistakes you often come across? Share them by leaving details in the comments section.

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143 comments

  1. As a relatively new blogger, I learned so much from your post. I especially appreciate that experienced bloggers such as yourself explain things so clearly and with screenshots to us newbies. Thank you so much for your informative post, Hugh.

  2. Lots of great advice, Hugh, Thank you and a prompt for me to check a few points. I have been getting unwanted comments lately but have managed to get rid of them but a few times someone has commented on my comments as in commenting on my commenters comments as if they knew them…They soon got spammed but it happened a few times now not sure if it is the same person using a different moniker each time ..They just try every which way they can don’t they? Have a great week, Hugh 🙂

    1. Spammers and trolls will do all they can to get through, Carol. You do well to mark those kinds of comments as spam. If they have absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the post they’ve been left on, marking them as spam is the best option. They soon get fed up trying and will move on to somebody else’s blog. You can also block individual bloggers from leaving comments.

      Unwanted/spam comments can be a huge problem. If they are all being left on the same post, another way to stop them is to close comments off. It’s not something I enjoy doing because I sometimes get genuine comments left on older posts, but it can be an option worth considering.

  3. I really love your blogging tips posts… I have learned so much! I am pretty sure I can check “done” on all of your points, but I am going to look again to be sure. One thing that I would add is to make sure your gravatar (or your blog name next to it) actually links to your blog. Make it easy for interested readers to find your blog.

  4. Well, you’ve got it all covered as usual Hugh! I concur with all of these that can be quite off putting. I know that blogs without search bars is a pet peeve of mine – especially when I’m hosting a writer on my blog and digging for info that isn’t available. On the share button front, for the last 2 months 75% of the blogs I follow no longer show a ‘tweet’ button, merely the word ‘tweet’ in its place, and when I click a generic tweet with no description and no name tagged comes with the tweet. I’ve often asked some of these bloggers about this occurrence, and as it turns out, they do have their buttons, on WP won’t display it for me! I’ve googled the crap out of this issue to no avail. Am I the only one who can no longer see tweet buttons? Like you, with thousands of followers, I certainly cannot remember everyone’s handle and thus I’m sure they aren’t being tagged when I share, but I’m out of options. 🙂 xx

    1. Sorry to hear about the problems you’re experiencing with Twitter share buttons, Debby. Is the same problem happening with the Twitter share button on my posts?

      WordPress does offer a number of different options as to how sharing buttons show. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with which option a blogger has chosen? One option is to show only the logo on the share button, but I use the opition to show both text and a logo. Is it happening to anyone else, or is it only you that is having this particular problem?

      Of course, we don’t need to include the username when tweeting, but then that person won’t be notified that you’ve tweeted one of their posts. I know it’s nice to know who has shared your posts, but I guess it’s not essential.

      1. No Hugh, your button works fine as does about half the blogs I visit – but the other half, only the word ‘tweet’ shows instead of a button among all other buttons. I’ve asked several of those bloggers what they see on their blog and they all said they can see their button, so I think this is my problem alone – what else is new? There’s no rhyme or reason because the problem occurs on both blogs who own their domain name and those with @wordpress.com attached. There is nothing at all I Googled to find this error. It’s annoying, and I don’t use that ‘tweet’ because all it says when I hit it is ‘twitter.com share – no message and no tagging. Now I have installed long ago the ‘add any’ extension which allows me to share on twitter with complete headline share, but no tagging, so I use that when on those problem blogs for me, but surely I can’t remember everyone’s handle. 🙂

        1. Just another thought I had while thinking about the problem you’re experiencing with some Twitter share buttons, Debby. Have you tried a different internet browser to see whether the problem is connected with the current internet browser you’re using? For me, WordPress does not work correctly if I use Safari. Whereas with Chrome, it works perfectly.

  5. I found a bad link on my About page–and I’d forgotten I’d put the link there in the first place. So I really needed this post Thank you. Now to address the next issue . . .

  6. I know it probably comes under don’t ignore comments, but one of my pet peves is if I reblog something, the original blogger doesn’t say thank you.

    I know I am reblogging because I found the post interesting or funny, so don’t really require anything, but for me a reblog is basically saying I found this post amazing for xyz reason, it would be nice to say thanks.

    1. I completely agree with you on this. I always thank the blogger concerned by leaving a comment (if they have opened comments) on the reblog. That way, I can either reply or acknowledge comments anyone leaves on the reblog. If comments are not open, then I would thank the blogger concerned by replying to the reblog in the comments on my own blog. If I were not thanked for reblogging a post, I’d not reblog any further posts of that blogger.

  7. Thank you for sharing your excellent tips and great advice. I’m always learning and your article was chock-filled with valid points. 🙂 I discovered by reading the need to address a few areas within my own blog. Thanks again!

  8. I (strongly) second all of these tips, Hugh! Because I have been a regular follower of your blog for a while now, I have regularly incorporated these tips into my blogging routine (at least I have tried to).
    The other suggestion that I would add, is to ensure that your font is clear and readable. While dark coloured background, yellow font, and overly styled font my seem fun, ask a few candid friends (especially ‘mature’ ones, with ageing eyesight) to check it out on their devices and see how easy it is to read!

    1. I agree about the size of the font and colour of backgrounds, Donna. I soon give up reading a post if I have to squint to read it. It’s not worth ruining my eyesight for. Thanks for bringing up those valid points.

  9. Such useful information and helpful advice. One issue I ran into last year was in the tagging. Certain words unwittingly “invited” porn comments. I had written flash fiction with children as characters and listed “little girl” in the tag section. Never did that again!
    Also – someone commented on my blog and included a link to a post from her blog as an example of a similar post to mine. Is that a blogging mistake on her part? Or mine for approving it? It seemed odd, but I wasn’t sure of the “etiquette.” Thanks!

    1. I get lots of comments from porn websites. Thankfully, most of them end up in my WordPress spam folder. Specific posts seem to attract a lot more spam than other posts do. It’ usually down to a particular word in the title of the post or in the body of it. One of my earlier posts from this year was a photography challenge with the theme of ‘windows.’ It’s had over 7.000 spam comments and still gets them weekly (although the amount of spam has now slowed down on that post).

      I’d have edited the comment from the blogger concerned and removed the link. That tends to stop ‘link-droppers’ leaving uninvited links in their comments. They soon get fed up and move on.

  10. My first visit to your site Hugh and on the basis of just this one post, I’m going to be coming back in the future.

    You’ve highlighted so many of my pet peeves (the pop up one is a particular dislike). Another irritation is a blog site that has text all in capital letters. It’s just impossible to read….

    1. Text all in capital letters? Wow, that’s one I’ve not come across yet, and one I hope I never do discover. I always thought that words in capital letters meant somebody was shouting at you?

      I’m so pleased you’ve visited (and left a comment), Heena. A warm welcome to Hugh’s Views and News.

  11. Many great advice here, Hugh 🙂
    The one with the broken link to Twitter exist in SO many blogs, as I almost have given up at.
    If I like a post, I use to share it at Twitter, but more than half of the blogs, as I follow, have a broken link to Twitter. This is so very annoying.

    1. Thank you, Irene.

      I completely agree about the broken Twitter links. I used to delete the ‘@WordPress.com’ username that appears when the blogger hasn’t connected their account, and replace it with the correct Twitter username. However, I soon got tired of that, especially when I had informed people of the problem and they did not take any action. Now, I won’t tweet their post if the correct user name is not valid. At the end of the day, it’s their loss, not ours.

        1. That could explain why I have heard a few bloggers say they’ve had problems with the Twitter sharing button on some blogs. I’m honoured and always thankful at how many tweets my blog posts get. It must mean that my Twitter share button is working. 😀

  12. An amazing post filled with many gems, Hugh. I am saving and I want to carefully reread the information and check on how my site is doing. The number of Tags is new information for me. Watching out for spam is another good point.

    I will have to check out my “reblog” button again. I don’t think I have a reblog button, or possibly I could not find it. I found another option by inserting the link to the blog I am sharing. I make sure this link is colourful and bold. I add a specific comment describing why I am sharing this link. It seemed to work (for now.) I still want to investigate a reblog button. Thank you for sharing information I can immediately use on my site:)

    1. How strange that a ‘reblog’ button does not show on your posts. Erica. Have you checked if, by mistake, the ‘Don’t show the reblog button on posts’ box has been ticked on the dashboard of your blog? You can find it by going to WP Admin – Settings – sharing. You’ll find the option towards the bottom of the page.

      You sound like you’ve found a way around the problem, anyway. What you are doing is very similar to the ‘Press This’ option, WordPress also offers its users. For various reasons, I much rather use ‘Press This’ than ‘Reblog.’ However, I know that many bloggers prefer using the ‘reblog’ button because of time restraints.

      I’m glad to be of help. I hope you solve the mystery of your missing reblog button.

  13. I agree about pop ups, they are so annoying, as are the adverts that interrupt reading posts on some blogs. I also find it hard to understand why people opt not to categorise their posts or link to their Twitter feeds. Great tips, Hugh.

    1. Thank you, Cathy. Those popups are the thing I dislike the most, especially when they do not include any option of saying ‘no thank you.’ The only way to get rid of them is having to subscribe to a mailing list. And when you unsubscribe, the same popup comes back. Grrr! I now unfollow any blog where it happens.

  14. Lots of valid point here Hugh! I always subscribe to the comments of a pistvi guest post in, so I know to revisit and respond.
    I also hate it when I can’t find a search bar on a blog!!!

    1. Subscribing to comments is the best way to not forget to respond to comments left on a guest post, Ritu. I’m always very disappointed when guests don’t respond. It’s one of the reasons why I now insist that any guest bloggers on my blog always reply to comments. Not only does not responding to comments look bad on the guest, but also on the host. I’ve actually gone as far as taking a guest post down when the guest did not respond to any of my requests to respond to the comments left on his post.

  15. Reblogged this on Blog of Hammad Rais and commented:
    Whether you are new to the world of blogging or hanging out for long enough to consider yourself an old blogger (I’m getting to that point, seriously 🙂 ), we aren’t prone to mistakes while maintaining our blog from time to time.

    Luckily for us blunder makers, help is always around the corner on WordPress community. Hugh Roberts is one such person who regularly share tips and tricks about how to keep our blogs nice and tidy, so that our blogs can do what we want from them.

    Today, he is sharing tips about 15 mistakes every blogger, new or experienced one, should avoid. Head over to his blog for details by clicking below:

    1. You’re welcome, Sally. Your post had me updating my Amazon author page. It wasn’t much out of date but did need attention. Thank you for the reminder.

      Thank you so much for reblogging and sharing this post.

      Have a lovely week. 😀
      xx

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