Learning from your blogging mistakes – 5 things to avoid when blogging

Some of your blogs will just suck bottom

About a week or so ago I decided to offer someone somewhere a free SEO review of a site they thought might need a little help.

It was a spectacular failure of a post! ๐Ÿ˜€ Not one person has played the game.

I thought it was a well balanced win win deal that would have stimulated a little activity and garnered some links in for me and a little stimulus for others, oh and of course a free SEO review for some random site somewhere.

The key factorย  for those who wanted to blog on it was this

You can write about a site that you think is really cool, or a site that you use daily that isnโ€™t mainstream and that people should know about. It could be one of your own sites, or it could be a site of a friend or a relative even. By writing about them you will be raising an awareness and giving them some all important link juice too.

With a payback for me being

If youโ€™d like me to consider the site for a review then all you gotta do is link back to this post and hopefully Iโ€™ll pick it up and have a little look. In an ideal world youโ€™d choose one of these sets of phraseology, โ€œRob is offering the chance for some Free SEO Advice โ€ or โ€œRob is offering a website reviewโ€œ, but Iโ€™m cool with a rob or a yackyack or a click here even!

So why did this bomb? Don’t people want Free SEO reviews or SEO advice? Sure they do, but not amongst my readership it seems.

Most of the people who read me, are after all pretty savvy guys and girls. Most are already busy building stuff for their clients or themselves; they know all about SEO and what is needed to rank well and get spidered.

It’s funny but I thought that some people might just want to take a slightly philanthropic view and just reach out somewhere and say hey this site here is the dogs bollocks but it doesn’t rank for shit, they could do with some help. Yet, nobody did, or at least no one has thus far.

Then of course I looked back at the post and thought actually Rob, that was a bit of a dumb arse post really. It has link back to Rob written all over it.

So much for my own philanthropy.

So in view of this, Ive changed the rules a little and dropped the need to link back. Just mail me or PM me or hey link back to me even ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just to let me know.

A few other things occured to me to. I categorised them as blogging mistakes as we all make them on occassions, we are all guilty of losing the plot and forgetting about what we are trying to say and to whom, so without further ado, here are 5 things to avoid or resist the temptation on when blogging.

Maybe you can share yours in a little meme even, feck I’ll tag a few people too.

I’m sure John Chow has a few to share with us, I wonder if Darren Rowse can share a thing or two, and how about Meg and what about bloggers like Link baiter Lyndon or Super SEO Consultant Joe or ace Graphic Designer David.

5 things to avoid or resist the temptation on when blogging.

  • Don’t forget who you are writing to and from where they come from. Respect the intelligence of your readers and don’t try and slip them mickey finns
  • If you haven’t got anything new or original to say then don’t say it, don’t blog just for the sake of filling up some server space. Collect your thoughts and save them for another day.
  • Try not to ramble on too much and stick to the point of what your post is about. Esoteric meanderings are best left for those who like to read esoteric meanderings ๐Ÿ˜€
  • If you want to create something a little viral then make sure it’s something worth linking to. Don’t get too huffed up in your own sense of piss and importance. Ask a blog friend for an opinion or 2 before you go ahead with your kick ass idea.
  • Don’t sit there too long worrying about your crappy blog post that got no comments. Recognise that you aint shakespeare and that everynow and then you’ll write a stinker. Learn from it and move on.
Rob Watts
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Posted on: 11th July 2007, by : Rob Watts

28 thoughts on “Learning from your blogging mistakes – 5 things to avoid when blogging

  1. Hi Rob, I learn most from my mistakes, too. As far as memes go, they can be fun or helpful, as in your case, where you offer your expertise to help other bloggers.

    Hey, hope you’re having a great summer!

  2. Hi Rob

    OK, so that got my attention! Being liked to from a post entitled “…5 things to avoid when blogging” makes one’s heart skip a momentary beat ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have to confess that I’ve only come to appreciate your blog in the last couple of weeks, though I do recognise your “simply stunning” (said with a lisp) hat from around the traps ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And I’ve got to say as recognisable as it is, it adds about 20 years to your age!)

    I’ll be doing a post tomorrow about random blogging things, so will tie in a link to your FREE SEO consult ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Robyn – Summer isn’t too good in England thus far! Our weather, need I say more ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you are having a good one, on the other side of the pond! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Meg

    Heh – yes I didn’t think of that, perhps that’s an ideal topic for getting atention from other bloggers even…

    Ha1! You’ve made me howl with your hat comment ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do I really look 58 in that? ๐Ÿ˜€

    I eagerley await your coming post with relish! ๐Ÿ˜€

    OT(why does that sentence make me think of food..must be the relish – damn now I’m hungry)

  4. Thanks for the kind compliment, Rob. Much appreciated.

    I had a similar thought to Meg, wondering what blogging mistake I’d made to have you link to my site. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve learnt a fair bit from my blogging mistakes and will draft a post on it now so I don’t forget. Of course I’ll gladly link back here with some anchor text that I hope is of use.

    Ciao for now buddy.

  5. Hi Rob

    > Ask a blog friend for an opinion

    I’d actually go so far as to say, ask a friend, or even just a passing acquaintance for their opinion of your idea, but make sure you ask someone who doesn’t even know what a blog is. Blog-awareness remains low, despite what those of us in this little corner of the net think. Out in the wider world, the vast majority don’t distinguish between any-old-site and that-great-blog. It’s not that we’re really any more savvy than the more general user, it’s just that, we happen to have stumbled across the concept, others will follow.

    db

  6. I would say my mistake is being too brilliant.

    Seriously, I have made huge piles of steaming blogging mistakes, but thankfully I have hidden them all away.

    Before I started cornwallso.com I spent a couple of years in black hat land putting up any kind of rubbish for a quick bit of traffic.

    My mistake was not recognising that people would actually like to read what I had to say. I still find it amazing.

    So it’s actually taken 3 years or more for me to get it.

    Also, I found it very hard to settle on one subject, I would jump from one hot topic to another, never developing the blog in depth.

    I’m still guilty of starting websites on a whim, but if a website gets no traffic, does it exist?

  7. Nice to read your reply, Lyndon. I’m still wondering why people read what I have to say too. You write some great content though, which is why you’re in my feed reader.

    If a website gets no traffic, does it exist?

    “Tree falling the the woods, tree falling in the woods.”

  8. Nice comment Lyndon, good to hear I’m not the only one who goofs, at least I’m in good company – I like to leave mine out there for cringeworthiness ๐Ÿ˜€

    >Iโ€™m still guilty of starting websites on a whim, but if a website gets no traffic, does it exist?

    Nothing wrong with being whimsical about some of this stuff either, its where some of my most creative ideas have came from too, albeit far too infrequently I might add!

  9. Hi David (Bradley)

    >Iโ€™d actually go so far as to say, ask a friend…

    You know what, that’s an excellent point. The other week in fact I asked some ‘normal’ non bloggy friends what they thought of a site I’d made. They were my beta testers. The feedback I got was pretty eye opening, they raised all manner of things I just hadn’t thought about.

    p.s sorry for the delay in your comment showing, I had to fish you out of akismet

  10. My blog is one big mistake. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But one mistake I’d caution against, is that of not giving a fair amount of thought to the permalink structure in the beginning. If you decide to change it and you already have a lot of posts, it can create a bit of mess.

    Really enjoying your blog btw.

  11. Hi Tom, thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

    You might find Deanโ€™s Permalinks Migration plugin useful

    http://www.deanlee.cn/wordpress/permalinks-migration-plugin/

    With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website.

    I recently changed my blog configuration and was looking for an easy way of migrating my old permlinks to new. This one does just that, giving a 301 moved permanent response header to the new, allowing for a relatively painless transition from old setup to new. No need to contact anyone linking to your old style documents as referals will automatically be recognised and redirected to the revised url structure.

    Damn handy.

    Hope it helps

  12. I would add to your list of mistakes, don’t do something that everyone else is already doing. Look for something that hasn’t been done before or that only a few people are doing.

    I think your point of not just yacking to fill up your blog is a good point. A lot of bloggers seem hell bent on putting up articles every day and the quality starts to wane. If your Aaron Wall and have been blogging regularly for years I would imagine it would become hard to keep coming up with good content.

  13. Hi, Thanks for your comment

    Agree with most of those points – the only one I’d take a small exception to would be the one related to blogging on something that someone else is doing already. If you can do it better or add something else to the mix, then hey why not even.

    > A lot of bloggers seem hell bent on putting up articles every day and the quality starts to wane

    I haven’t blogged here for a while for the very reason you highlight, I just haven’t found anything specifically interesting to ‘yack’ about. It is hard to keep it fresh and real and give new takes and angles on things, but I spose that ultimately if the inspiration is there you’ll go with it, if it isn’t, then its probably better to leave it for a while.

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  15. Hi Rob, really a Great stuff. your five tips are really a wonderful tip for me to follow in posting a blog or comments. i really love to read all the post in your blog coz it supposed to have good stuff like john chow, Andy’s blog.that why i trust to spend my time in your blog in order to collect some useful information. Keep it up, thanks for those GREAT STUFFS.

  16. Hello Fredrik thanks for the supportive words!I’m pleased you enjoyed this post and others you’ve read too. I have a way to go in terms of reaching Andy and John’s machine like post outputs but it would of course be a boring old world if we were all the same ๐Ÿ™‚ Do come back soon

  17. This has been a most useful read. Thanks for putting this on the web for all to see. And has helped me because I am new to the world of Blogging

  18. Thanks guys i just recently started getting into blogging as a few of my friends have asked me to set them one up. I searched for tips and tricks on how best to develop a blog now the light bulb upstairs is on cheers guys!

  19. I am glad I had come by this post. I just got into the whole blogging scene and found out there is a TON more to it than I would have thought. I have been getting quite a bit of comments that are completely gibberish. I am still learning about trackbacks and such also. Now I am breaking ruls 3 and rambling..lol. Thanks for the tips!

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