My 5 Biggest Blogging Mistakes

Doh!This was a topic over at Super Blogging Tips and Courtney Turtle had a post on it where I left a comment. So, I decided to expand on this comment and make it into a post.

Here are my biggest mistakes, so far. These weren’t made with OpTempo but with other blogs.

1. Not Using WordPress.

I first tried using the blogging system built into Tripod. It’s got a few clever AJAXy tricks but ultimately is quite limited and you can’t use PHP to build enhancements. I also tried to write my own “Do-It-Yourself” blog/CMS solution. I’m a programmer by trade so I thought I’d write my own. It’s not a good idea to try to reinvent this wheel.

2. Not Knowing How to Bring in Traffic to a Blog.

I used the same old SEO tactics that I had used for mini-site building. It worked OK to get about 10-50 hits a day but traffic didn’t really take off until I started using social media. Now it’s at 500+ a day on the same site, VB Notebook For .NET. I’m still working on learning this one but I’m seeing improvements.

UPDATE: The “real deal” here is that getting incoming links from social media sites helped boost the search placement of the blogs. See my more recent posts, such as Link Building Tips for Niche Blogs for a more complete rundown of how to do this.

3. Not Starting to Blog Seriously Sooner.

I was out of work last summer and I would have had plenty of time to do what I’m doing now on OpTempo whereas now I’m pressed for time to get everything done. If you have the time available, don’t let it go to waste.

4. Not understanding or using RSS.

I originally didn’t make my RSS feed available due to splog fears. Dumb move, dumb.

5. Not Allowing Comments

I originally didn’t allow comments on VB Notebook for .NET because I figured (a) that people wouldn’t want to comment and (b) I didn’t want to deal with comment spammers. Yes, another dumb move. I now have about the same number of comments as I do posts over there. It’s too bad that many technology bloggers won’t permit comments.

Is there another mistake brewing such as posting too often? We’ll see.

Let me know what you have to say. What were some of your blogging mistakes?

(EDIT: Oops, add #6. I linked to a scrapper site rather than the original site. That’s been corrected now.)


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Comment by Tay
2007-10-19 01:26:20

Thanks for sharing your top blogging mistakes! I also didn’t understand or use RSS (or use Wordpress, or even my own domain, for that matter). Great article. :D

As for the thief that is stealing this article from me and leading others to believe it is theirs… I have to go get their site shut down now. Please excuse me. :)

Comment by jfc
2007-10-19 08:38:31

Hi Tay,

I’m glad I took the time to proofread, although it was after hitting the publish button. There’s a lot of scrapping and splogging out there today because there are several get-rich-quick ebooks that encourage this behavior. I couldn’t believe this site got scrapped within 24 hours of it going live but I guess it’s all in the keywords.

Comment by Courtney TURTLE
2007-10-19 11:04:11

An excellent addition to Tay’s list. I can’t believe you built your own CMS. I have enough trouble writing with wordpress :)

Comment by jfc
2007-10-19 14:02:05

Hi Mr. Turtle,

Programmers always think they can write a program better than the other guy. :)

2007-10-20 00:05:04

[…] for blog superstardom, you will inevitable make a wrong turn here or there. OpTempto describes his 5 biggest blogging mistakes. Of the five mistakes described, I am personally guilty of the first one: not using Wordpress right […]

2007-11-28 04:59:37

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Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts comin..

Comment by jfc
2007-11-28 13:54:04

Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoy it.

Note that your comment got marked by Akismet as spam. You may want to contact them to find out why.

Comment by Trevor
2008-03-18 20:53:23

Thanks for your article.

Coincidentally, you have almost the same problems as me when I first started.

2 and 4 are the ones that I tried to run away from and I had a similar comment problem in 5 where I made it so that you had to register to post comments. Guess what, no one joined.

Comment by jfc
2008-03-18 23:40:45

Hi Trevor,

On #2, I discovered that it wasn’t social media itself but building links through social media that turned out to be the trick and what really got things kicked up to a new level on all my sites. That’s why my VBNotebook site is still producing between 500-1000 hits a day even though it hasn’t been updated since November.

2008-07-09 02:56:59

LOL Frank - what is it with programmers and reinventing the wheel! I have no such problem with that - my big mistakes are generally starting blogs and then loosing interest - so niche sites are perfect for me Lissie

Comment by Convention Displays
2008-07-30 11:13:03

It always seems that some of the simple mistakes cause the biggest problems. From personal experience I have made plenty of mistakes along the way in establishing my blogs. I actually prefer the trial and error method :), but just like everyone else I have learned to blog better through hard work and gained knowledge. I don’t think that you can over post as long as the information is fresh and interesting if not you will loose readers. Good luck with your blogs.

Comment by Bubsy SEO Test
2008-12-12 02:38:25

very interest posting, but i dont thinks that not use wordpress is mistake, i know wp is good platform for blogging, but it mean if we not use it it can be mistake

Comment by Typhoon
2009-01-16 05:56:35

Not everyone tells their mistakes but you did which is a great sign of positiveness..
I hope people reading including me won’t follow these mistakes in future.

Comment by Jonathan Meager
2009-01-28 09:53:06

I’ve made the same mistake with RSS with our new news channel. We’re starting to use it today - and hopefully should see the benefits sooN!

Comment by Alfred
2009-04-26 16:43:08

WordPress is truly the best. It works best with images and url for your blogs and as for seo optimization for every page, just having a good plugin will help a great deal.

2009-07-09 15:39:17

Thanks for sharing your biggest mistakes… It’s really helpful for bloggers. Thanks.

Comment by Juhani Tontti
2009-08-25 06:55:33

My biggest challence is, how to make my AdSense ads to make money on my blog. I have noticed that blogs are a little bit difficult for AdSense. What do others say? Is a nature of the blog like a private diary? Or why is it so difficult?

Comment by kelowna
2009-08-26 20:13:42

Super posting, however i dont think that not making use of wordpress is mistake, i know wp is good platform for blogging, but it mean if we not use it it should not be a mistake

Comment by Website Noor
2009-09-09 19:30:49

Great Tips. That was the journey and the mistakes I made too. When it came to me I was searching for places where I would build my backlinks. I tried to build links with Social Networks but the Links were not showing on my traffic. By Now I understood that more related Links I build to my website I am better off.
WOrdpress is another mistake I made. I cannot afford any of the great pluggins it has or the templates it provides..
I still dont use the Rss Feeds to good effect.
These are the mistakes I know I am making. I am trying to invent a better tomorrow. THanks for the tips.

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