Do you struggle to cover all of the topics you want to?
Are you delivering the hard sell?
After a wonderful holiday break, I am back to blogging on Mondays with all sorts of blogging tips and tricks. While I was on my hiatus, I was researching new topics and I really wanted to focus in on how to become a better blogger.
During my research, I stumbled across blogging mistakes. Now there is a lot of information out there on mistakes you can make as a blogger, which to me feels a little overwhelming. However, I feel like it is so important to push yourself and continue to grow and become a better blogger.
Today, I thought I would share 4 blogging mistakes that are super easy to make. We will also review how you can fix them.
- The Hard Sell
I remember sitting in my 10th grade marketing class – which I loved. It was the first class of my day, and somehow I was always excited for it. This is where I first heard of the hard sell. In blogging, however, if you have not yet gained the trust of your reader, they will most likely not care about what you have to say about your amazing product.
You can fix this by simply building trust with your readers. You build trust by offering free information, like, how to(s) and steps. After you have built their trust, they will seek out your opinions and tell their friends about you.
- Quantity or Quality? I have said before, ideally you want to be posting blogging articles 3-5x a week. I get it, especially if blogging is part time. It is so easy to lose the freshness when you are trying to produce so often.
You can fix it by research and planning. What a boring answer, I know. But, I also know that with writing for multiple blogs 3x a week, that if I’m not planning and researching I face losing my freshness.
Here is what I do:
- Take time to do the research
- Use bullet points on the key points of what I want to say
- Let it sit
- Come back and write the blog articles.
I know this sounds simple, but it took a while for me to figure out that planning and letting it sit was such a huge part of my writing process. Now, even while doing this process, it saves me time and keeps the freshness locked in.
- Losing the Intent
It is easy to want to attract as many people as possible to your blog. Sometime while we are trying to do that, we lose the intent of the blog post’s purpose.
You can fix it by defining some prime points about your blog. Ask yourself, what 3 subject do I want to be addressing in my blog? After that, target your research and your articles towards those subjects.
- Forgetting to Check Grammar
I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my editor! No matter how many times I proof read my articles, she’ll take one look and find a comma I forgot. It is so easy to miss those silly commas! We have all read those articles that have sentences that do not make sense.
You can fix this with a second pair of eyes. Having someone else – even a family member – reread your article will help to catch those nasty commas or other grammar mistakes. If you do not have access to a second pair of eyes, then let the article sit and come back make your eyes the second pair.
All these mistakes are super easy to make and even the most professional blogger may find themselves forgetting commas. If you want to read about more mistakes blogger make check out this article by Social Media Examiner.
Have you ever come across one of these? What is a blogging lesson that you’ve learned that you would share with a blogger that is just starting out?