If you’ve got a blog then you know how important it is to capture your reader’s attention as soon as they hit your post. Otherwise they’re bound to click away, and you may have lost them forever.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what many of your readers are doing. They land on your blog post, but instead of reading your content they are turned off by a mistake that you’re making and bolt.
Let’s help you fix that!
So here are a few blogging mistakes that you could be making, and how you can easily fix the problem.
Mistake #1. Not Engaging With Your Audience
Probably the single biggest blogging mistake that I see people make is not engaging with their readers in the comment section. Comments give you the ability to get to know your readers and make them feel like they’re apart of the community. So don’t let people feel that they’re all alone.
Be sure to always respond to questions and comments that people leave, and even ask a follow up question in order to start a conversation. Also make sure that your blog is setup to send you a notification when you receive a new comment. That way you never miss a chance to engage.
Remember, blogging is a social platform afterall, so please remember to be social.
Mistake #2. Writing Too Much Or Too Little
I’m not a huge fan of 1000+ word blog posts (though I have written some!) because people have short attention spans. Often times, people will see a ton of text and run away as fast as possible. Though there is a time and place for these types of posts, and if done correctly can be great viral posts, they aren’t something you should write all the time.
They should be reserved for special topics so that they carry some authority. But if all you’re posting are mega long articles, nobody is going to want to read them.
On the flip side, if everything you post is 300 words or less, you’re not giving people enough content to get anything out of it. The ideal length of your posts is 500-700 words. Long enough to delve into the topic, but short enough to hold people’s attention.
Mistake #3. Not Using Images and Videos
Images are super important in any blog post. Without them, your content looks bland and uninviting. So make sure to find a relavant and interesting image to go along with each post you write. You can use places like istockphoto or stock.xchng for some nice, unique images.
Videos are also really great to add to your posts because readers love them. There engaging and keeps people on your blog longer. You don’t even have to be in them yourself if you don’t want to. Go out and find interesting videos on youtube that are related to your content, and simply embed them into your post.
Mistake #4. “Me, Myself, and I” Content
Don’t make the mistake of writing posts for you instead of your audience. The content is for them afterall! Make sure that you’re not writing blog posts that are product pitches in disguise, or posts that your readers simply don’t care about.
Know your audience and who you’re targeting so that you can tailor your content to them. Just because you think its interesting and important, doesn’t mean your readers do.
Mistake #5. Using Bad Grammar
Now I don’t mean to say that you have to be a New York Times best selling author to write a blog post, but it should be at least grammatically correct. Nothing turns off a reader more than a post that is nothing but run on sentences, lacks punctuation, and is rife with spelling errors.
I know that it’s easy to miss mistakes. We sometimes get so familiar with the content that we keep overlooking the fact that we left out a word, or misspelled another. But try to proofread your content as best you can before you hit publish so that you get it as close to perfect as you can.
Also, spell check is a wonderful thing!
So there you have it. Take these 5 simple tips on blogging mistakes you could be making, and let them help you keep those readers on your site long enough to fall in love with your content.
Good luck and happy blogging!
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