5 Common Blogging Mistakes

5 Common Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Blogging Mistakes

If you’re looking for a cost-effective marketing investment, blogs may be your answer. Blogging for business is a great way to build brand loyalty, understand your target audience, and attract new customers. Every post you publish helps drive traffic to your site and convert that traffic into leads. However, you’re not going to see the benefits of blogging if you do it wrong. Check out these 5 blogging mistakes businesses make that you should avoid.

#1: Publishing without Distributing

If you write it, they will not come.

It takes much more than just hitting your publish button to get eyes on your post. It takes consistent promoting. To get more views, share your post like it were gossip at a hair salon. Here are two quick ways to do just that:

  • Add a link to your post in your email signature
  • Share your post across all of your social media networks

#2: Setting it and Forgetting it

Avoid the one-and-done rule.

You probably spent anywhere from 4 to 10 hours writing, editing, gathering images and graphics, and coding your post. That’s a lot of time and effort. Don’t just call it a day once it’s on social media.

For every blog post you produce, you should aim for 5 to 10 social media posts. A round is usually 1 Facebook, 1 LinkedIn, 1 Twitter, and 1 Instagram post. Spread out these posts over 1-3 months or longer and mix up the graphics so you have a fresh look after a month or two.

Wondering how to do this? We recommend using our blog template freebie for that reason! We outline our blog posts with clear sections and paragraphs. When you go to write your social posts, look at each section like a mini blog post. Take the main points from each section and voilà! Those are your social posts!

#3: Having an Audience of One: Your Mom

Don’t give up if you’re not getting any views.

It’s great if your mom is your biggest fan and views all of your posts – you just don’t want her to be your only fan.

If you write one post and you don’t get any views, don’t get discouraged and decide blogging isn’t for you or your business. Blogging takes a lot of time and consistency. We’re talking 6-12 months before you finally start to see subscribers and engagement. So stick with it! And thank your mom.

#4: Hiring Subpar Writers

You get what you pay for.

It can be tempting to outsource your content, especially since we told you to be consistent and keep churning out posts. Just remember to hire quality writers.

If you decide to outsource, don’t skimp. You’re going to pay one way or another. Lower-end writers are likely not trained in SEO or they won’t take the time to understand your target audience and your brand.

A writer that doesn’t honor your brand can do more harm than good. So if you hire a less expensive writer, just know that you will need to spend considerable time editing and reviewing. You can’t put a price on “giving a crap.”

Well, actually you can. It costs anywhere from $35 to $150 per hour for a writer that actually cares. If you’re paying $50 for an entire blog post, be warned.

#5: Not Publishing Consistently

Don’t treat publishing like your gym membership in February.

Consistency is a resolution you need to stick with to be successful. We see a lot of businesses celebrate a win to just get a blog post published at all. That IS a big win. Getting something out the door consistently is huge. However, don’t just leave it there.

At a minimum, check to see if anyone is reading the content. Are people engaging with your social posts about it? Are they spending more than 5 seconds on your blog post page? Look at your stats and be honest about what your target audience is really interested in. It can be easy to take it personally when no one except your mom likes your posts. Trust us, we’ve been there many times.

Do it Right

Blogging is a business marketing strategy that is well worth the investment as long as it’s done correctly. Stick with it and keep in mind that distribution, consistency, and quality content are the keys to successful blogging.

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Michelle is the owner and founder of Tresemer Group, creating and implementing effective, data-driven digital marketing strategies for our clients. Michelle brings expertise in SEO/SEM, web analytics, social media, lead generation, and conversions. Connect with me on LinkedIn