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.
1. 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>
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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.
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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!
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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.