5 Things That Are Hurting Your Blog

Blogging mistakes are inevitable especially when you’re just starting out but all of them are easily fixable. You live and you learn and then you don’t ever make those mistakes again. Here are 5 things that are hurting your blog and how you can easily fix them.

5 Things That Are Hurting Your Blog5 Things That Are Hurting Your Blog1. You don’t have a search bar

There is nothing worse than heading over to your favorite blog to find an post you know they wrote, and there is no search bar. The amount of times I go looking for things is incredible, so when there is no search bar the top of the page or in the sidebar, I cringe. Do you not want people searching your blog for valuable information? If you don’t have a search bar or it’s in the footer of your blog, I highly suggest you add one to the top of your page or to your sidebar, ASAP.

Most platforms have search bars part of their templates so no plug in necessary! Just check out the widget portion of your platform for more information.

2. Your links don’t open in a new window

Blogging is difficult and sometimes it takes awhile to get traffic to your blog. When you have links that open in the same window, you are directing those readers away from your blog and to buy a new pair of shoes (or whatever you linked). When you have your links open in a new window, you decrease your bounce rate and allow readers to check out the link you included in your post AND they still stick around on your blog.

This is a super easy fix and requires little knowledge with code, all you have to do is include the target=”_blank” attribute to your links in the “text” part of the post. So your link would look like this <a href=”YOURURLHERE.COM” target=”_blank”>YOUR TEXT HERE</a>

Related post: HTML Basics for Bloggers (+ A Free Printable)

3. Your posts are all over the place

There is no special format for a blog post like there was for writing paragraphs in elementary school. Every blogger needs to figure out their voice, what works for them, and how to write post without confusing people. Sometimes I get a little excited and can’t contain my thoughts, but if you have a post that is all over the place all the time, people are going to leave and find the information you are sharing, elsewhere.

Go into your post with a define topic, an idea of what you’re going to talk about, and follow a general template that you create for yourself. Make sure you stay on track!

4. You don’t interact with other bloggers

For the longest time, I didn’t interact with any other bloggers. I didn’t see why I should but once I realized that the blogging community is there to support other bloggers, I decided to give it a go. Once I started commenting on other blog’s, chit chatting on social media, and participating in link-ups, Facebook groups, and anything else I could do, everything changed. Interacting with other bloggers drives traffic to your blog and gives you a support group to lean on.

Right now, go comment on 10 blogs, follow a new blogger, and tell someone they look pretty today.

Related post: Every Blogger Needs a Tribe

5. You don’t share your content

It’s going to be ten times more difficult for people to find your blog if you don’t share it on social media (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Getting your content out there is half the battle, so why not give it a little help? If you don’t have social media accounts for your blog, this is an absolute necessity (go set them up now!!) and start sharing your content, daily!

Related post: Hot to Make the Most of Facebook Groups as a Blogger 

This isn’t a lot of information, because these mistakes aren’t do or die. But, if fixed and avoided in the future, you will rock the blogging world.

21 Comments

  1. July 13, 2016 / 9:05 AM

    Great tips! I need to check that my links open in a new window. P.S. You look pretty today! 🙂

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:44 AM

      Thanks Emily! Having your links open in a new window is a LIFE SAVER. And THANK YOU!

  2. July 13, 2016 / 9:31 AM

    Great tips! Thankfully, I’m not making any of these mistakes (or at least I hope so), but I do have to work on a few things. I need to interact more with other bloggers and share my content more!

    Amelie | http://awanderersadventures.com

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:45 AM

      Snaps for you!! I do make some mistakes still (obviously, who doesn’t?) but at least they’re not common ones!

  3. July 13, 2016 / 10:22 AM

    Great post Rachel! I think this can really help any blogger – no matter if they are just starting out or have been at it for a while.

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

  4. July 13, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    Such helpful tips!! For the longest time I didn’t connect with any bloggers either, as soon as I did I found such an amazing community. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:46 AM

      YAY! Connecting with bloggers is my favorite!

  5. July 13, 2016 / 1:31 PM

    Great tips! I fully agree (and I have a few posts that cover almost all of these things). I think opening outside links in new windows is especially important!

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:46 AM

      It’s the most important!!!

  6. July 15, 2016 / 9:41 PM

    Such a great idea for bloggers! Thank you for sharing! Also, I love the format of your blog! So welcoming and inviting.
    I know for my blog, my next step is to buy a domain. Do you have any tips on that? Thank you!

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:48 AM

      Thanks so much Caitlin!! I have lots! I’ll make sure to cover it on the blog in the upcoming weeks!

  7. July 18, 2016 / 3:42 PM

    I am so happy to say that I have improved upon all of these areas or never did them at all! I’m so happy that I’ll get a fresh start with my new blog – even if I did lose over a year’s worth of content and followers.

    xo, Kimberly
    http://www.lifeofkimberly.com

  8. July 20, 2016 / 12:36 PM

    Love all of these tips! As someone who just started her own blog, I’m still trying to figure out what to do/not to do. Thanks for this post!!

    MaryClaire || Mainly MC 

  9. July 21, 2016 / 12:08 PM

    These are all great points! I never really considered how important it was to talk to other bloggers. Consider yourself one of my ten comments today 🙂

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