10 Ways to Screw Up Your Blog From the Start

By Lisa A Mason

I work with many clients on a regular basis helping them with their blog and website content. Over the years I have been in business, I have written for thousands of different blogs/websites both with my byline and also as a ghostwriter helping my clients.

Through all the years and all the changes in search engine algorithms, there is one thing that has not changed- content is king. And it’s true now more than ever. However, I still see smart business people making dumb decisions about their blogs day in and day out. Some come to me to get help after they messed things up and others come to me from day one in hopes that I will help them get on the right track.

Here are some mistakes I see regularly that are sure to doom your blog before you even get off the ground and running:

Use a terrible theme that makes it difficult to read or look at your page. Backgrounds with odd patterns that make the reader feel dizzy or fonts that are too difficult to see or that blend in with the background are big no-no’s.
Write it like it’s a diary. Unless your blog is, in fact, a diary, it should not be written this way. Think about what’s in it for the reader. No one cares what you had for breakfast.
Abandon it! The key to blogging is consistency. If you create it and then abandon it, then you obviously will not have the results you seek.
Babble a lot, especially about yourself. Get to the point. Your readers are busy. Get to your point or they will find someone who can.
Bore the reader to death. Some writing is just not interesting. However, a creative blogger can make any topic (regardless of how dull) sound exciting.
Talk all about your products/services and how wonderful they are. The blog should give the reader something of value- not sound like an early morning infomercial.
Format your post like one giant block of text. Readers on the Internet like to skim. Break up your text, use smaller paragraphs and shorter sentences. Use bullet and numbered lists and subheadings when needed.
Disable comments. Blogging is about getting the reader engaged. You want people to be able to comment on your posts. If not, you’re just out there talking to yourself and what’s the point of that?
Have no social media share buttons. What’s the point of a great blog if it doesn’t get noticed? Add your social share buttons and make them as user friendly as possible and in an easy to find location.
Have nothing to say. It is possible to have a bunch of words that say absolutely nothing. Readers today (and Google) are looking for something more. Your posts should have something of value for the reader.

So what do you think? Have you ever made these mistakes in blogging? What are some other mistakes you’ve seen people make with their blogs? Did this post give you any ideas on how you can improve your blog?

About the Author:

Lisa Mason is a [http://www.writerlisamason.com/]freelance writer with a specialty in Internet content and SEO articles and the author of How to Earn a Living Writing for the Internet. She has written thousands of articles, hundreds of ebooks and thousands of website pages and related content in more than 10 years as a professional writer.

See her website for a free article writing template guide as well as more [http://www.mywritingtips.com/]writing tips and info on the writing services she offers.

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4 Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

By Rachel R Vincent

Many businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to start their own blog. The problem many people have when they start a blog is they do not have any readers or followers. You may have a writing services company write your web content or you are writing it yourself. Here are four tips to increase traffic flow to your blog.

Networking

To increase traffic flow to your blog, you need to start networking with other people and businesses. Look up social forums and business networking websites, and create a profile to talk about your business. Include links to your blog in every posting. You can also email old coworkers, friends, and family members about your blog. The more you network, the more traffic your site will potentially have. Place your blog website link everywhere you can to increase traffic.

Read Other People’s Blogs

People who write blogs want their articles to be read. Start reading other business blogs. Post comments on other individual’s blogs, which drives traffic to your own blog. This is a good way for your blog to get noticed by other people. This is a free service to use. Write interesting comments about a posting, which engages other readers to want to read what you have to say on your blog.

Promoting Your Site

If you do not   rel=nofollow promote your site, you will not increase traffic. Post your blog address everywhere so you will get noticed. Post the address in your email signature, on your website, in social forums, comments, and social networking websites. You can also put your link address on letterheads, brochures, business cards, and any other business advertisement you send to your potential and current customers.

Write SEO Content for Your Blog

People who use popular keywords that are relevant to their industry will boost their ratings in search engines. Your blog content needs to be optimized to maximize your chances to get noticed by potential customers and readers. Use a 2-3% keyword density to maximize your chances of getting your blog noticed. A good writing services company can write quality SEO content for your blog on a daily basis, and post to your blog so you do not have to. They are experts in creating blog content to keep your readers engaged, and to come back for more.

Choosing writing services companies to write your blog web content will increase your search engine ratings for your blog.

Rachel Vincent

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