traps in blogging

Avoid 101 common traps in blogging.

There is one most important thing I have learnt in my blogging career of around four years.

Hit and trial method if you know nothing you need to try something to learn new things.

But you are here so you don’t have to make the same mistakes.

Here i have jotted down around 101 common traps in blogging which are very common at the start of your blogging career…

You can go to any specific topic you think is necessary…I have covered most mistakes hope so…

Professionals and small businesses alike have already taken their marketing into blogs to communicate and keep in touch with their target customers and consumers alike.

Traps while content writing.

Republishing content that’s already been published elsewhere.

Republishing content that is already published will certainly affect your SEO. So beware of such duplicate content. Although it’s difficult to find a new article, you can definitely write whatever you understand in your own words which will help you as well as your readers.

Using a generic writing style that lacks uniqueness.

Everyone in this world has their own unique way of expressing their words.so it’s better to do that because if you lack uniqueness, it seems boring for your readers to finally affect your blog’s readability.

Writing excessively long introductions that may lose reader interest.

Use short paragraphs, try making your article interesting, do not try to make it hard for readers to understand, use simple words, as the readers who came to your blog are trying to make things easier for themselves.

Neglecting to incorporate target keywords into headlines.

Use targeted Keywords in your headlines, this helps in your SEO. (Search engine optimization).Google will find it easier to kind your blog through your headlines.

Adding unnecessary filler content to artificially increase word count.

Most people say you need to write at least 2000 words to rank on google but the correct statement is you need to write 2000 useful important content to rank on google. That means writing unnecessary content will not help you to rank but yes it will make your blog bulky and boring. Your blog should be exact and useful.

Creating content that is difficult for readers to comprehend.

Your article should be very simple and easy to understand by any individual. Low quality content will make any blog fall. I am not talking about grammar spelling but readability and simplicity.

Including outdated statistics in your writing.

The strategy and statistics are changing at a great pace and as a blogger you need to double check the statistics and data you will never be appreciated if you are lazy and provide old statistics.

Traps during promotion of your blogs.

Potentially alienating specific groups of readers.

While writing a blogpost you should take care that your words are not insulting a specific group of readers, intentionally or unintentionally even if you are trying to help then you need to be careful while using your words.

Encouraging your audience to take sides on controversial issues.

Differentiating your audience is not good for your blog especially when discussing controversial topics. A blogger should describe the merits of both sides to make your audience feel comfortable while going through your blog.

Focusing more on promoting products than addressing your audience’s problems.

While writing reviews about a product, you need to consider your audience at the top, not the product. You need to discuss specifications reviews but that will make your blog biased and promotional. Remember readers only consider how a product will solve their problems.

Solely relying on generic stock photos for visual content.

While writing blogs using newly generated photos, generic photos makes your blog boring and creates a feeling of duplicity.

Guessing rather than understanding your readers’ preferences.

Deciding what to write about on your blog by just guessing might end up with lots of content that people don’t enjoy. It’s better to use facts and data to make important choices for your blog, such as picking keywords, deciding on the type of content, and coming up with product ideas.

Publishing content with insufficient depth and substance.

Your blog should contain a lot of data and important information which should have importance in the reader’s mind.

Neglecting the use of subheadings to enhance readability.

New bloggers sometimes write without using subheadings, making their posts long and hard to read. This not only makes it tough for readers but also lowers the likelihood of your blog showing up in search engines.

Redirecting readers to irrelevant pages.

While adding internal and external links to your blogpost, you need to make sure that only relevant pages should be referred if it is referred to irrelevant pages it will make your readers confused and will affect heavily on your blog ranking.

Concluding posts without addressing readers’ potential questions.

While concluding your blog post you need to consider your readers quarries’ short use frequently asked questions as if your readers are having any unanswered questions after going through your post will not make your readers happy.

Repeating information unnecessarily.

Repeating the same information using different words again and again in the same blog will make your blog dull and boring so you need to avoid that.

Failing to proofread and edit for errors and clarity.

You need to proofread your blog and edit /correct all your mistakes, In short, your blog should be without any grammatical mistakes in languages and yes you need to use correct word to show the exact meaning without any mistakes.

Publishing incomplete or unfinished blog posts.

Some bloggers take shortcuts and put blogposts without important info, making their content not as good as others. You might notice this when creating a long list or an “ultimate” guide that should cover everything.

Not incorporating effective Calls to Action (CTAs).

Even if your content is super trustworthy and convincing, getting people to take action can be hard without CTAs (calls-to-action). Just think when visitors are still deciding what to do, a CTA gives them a little nudge to go ahead and make a decision.

Neglecting to create evergreen content with lasting relevance.

Writing content about popular trends will invite a lot of traffic to your blog but without evergreen content it will be difficult to maintain that traffic to your blog, so you need to focus on evergreen content.

Attacking competitors rather than focusing on your own strengths.

You should not write any negative statements about your competitors as this will make a negative impact on your credibility in the industry.

Limiting content to text without incorporating multimedia elements.

Creating only text-based content will make it very difficult to hook your targeted audience. Bloggers with excellent writing skills may pull it off to some extent but still others with visuals will make a great impact on their readers.

Rushing the publication of blog posts without proper planning.

You need to follow the rules and post periodically but just to follow your deadlines you should not compromise on the quality of your blog post, don’t be afraid to delay your blogpost to enhance quality of content.

Neglecting fact-checking for accuracy.

If you’re publishing some facts and figures kindly check it again and again and then publishes as if your facts are not in order, you will lose readers trust and once it is lost it is really difficult to get it back.

Lacking confidence in communicating your unique value propositions.

You won’t be able to get people to follow or buy from your blog if you don’t believe in it yourself. Having a bit of confidence is really important when you’re writing convincing posts and promoting your content. It helps a lot!

Inconsistency in maintaining content quality and post frequency.

If you’re not steady with how good your content is and how often you post, it can mess up your outcomes and make you feel less motivated. Keep in mind, the top bloggers always write like the reader is seeing their stuff for the first time. If someone finds your worst post, they might think all your blog is not so good.

Neglecting the promotion of content on social media platforms.

Everyone is on social media nowadays, why are you not there?

Promoting your blogs on social media is very important. This helps in gaining organic traffic and valuable traffic.Putting out content without a plan to share is a big mistake that can seriously slow down your blog’s growth. Don’t just believe in the idea of “build it, and they will come.” Once you publish your post, take some time to figure out how you’re going to let people know about it—whether it’s through social media or forums.

Failing to build and engage with an email subscriber list.

If you’re not collecting emails, you’re missing out on a big opportunity with your blog’s traffic.

Most people don’t become customers on their first visit—about 99 percent of them. Instead of focusing on that small one percent, try offering them something valuable in return for their email.

Engaging in spammy practices.


Bombarding your email subscribers with pointless promotions is a quick path to losing their trust. It’s fine to send emails often, but make sure you have a strategy that puts the user first and uses a good email platform.

I prefer ….”www.mailchimp.com

Overly promoting products and services.

Your readers will leave in a day or two if you talk only about your products and services you need to consider your readers problems first to keep them with your post.

Ignoring analytics and data-driven insights.

Not caring about analytics is not good for your blog, you need to know from where you are getting your traffic and need to enhance that.

Failing to build a community around your blog.

If your blog doesn’t have an active community, people might not be interested or feel connected to your brand. Plus, you’ll miss out on hearing their thoughts and finding chances to make your blog even better.

Traps while designing your website.

common traps in blogging

Rejecting collaboration invitations.

You’re missing out on great opportunities when you turn down invites for webinars, talks, interviews, and other events. Not every blogger gets these opportunities, so make the most of them when they come your way. You are becoming famous through these events and your blog is growing by leaps and bounds.

Choosing hard-to-read font styles.

Choosing hard to read font styles makes your blog miserable so use clear and good fonts to improve readability.

Persisting with a shared hosting plan without considering alternatives.

You should start with a cheap hosting plan in the beginning as in the beginning you don’t have enough traffic but as soon as your blog grows you need to upgrade as slow hosting will lead to slow page downloads and images not downloading. I mean you should know when to upgrade.

Neglecting regular backups of your website.

If you don’t have backups, the worst thing that can happen is losing all the hard work you’ve put into building your blog.

I once lost a whole day’s worth of blogging because of a bad WordPress update. No worries, I can work without worries because I have automatic backups to keep everything safe.

Failing to back up before implementing updates or changes.

Neglecting regular backups of your website will lead to a strange problem on your WordPress website during upgrades which can easily be corrected through a roll back only if you have a backup.so back up of your website regularly.

Overlooking broken elements on web pages.

The broken page elements – it may be menus, sidebars, footers, Internal links, Externa, links or something else – looks very unprofessional. One such broken link on your website and visitors may doubt your brand’s credibility.

Prioritizing aesthetics over website performance.

Your website may contain high quality pics and fonts for everything but if it is not loading in real time, it’s of no use so consider performance over looks.

Creating complicated and confusing menu structures.

Put a simple website on a high level of trust over a complicated high-resolution website. So keep your menu simple.

Editing your website’s core theme without caution.

Newcomers to WordPress might accidentally tweak their blog’s main theme, and when there’s an update, they end up losing those changes. To avoid this, make sure to create a child theme. This way, your customizations stay safe even when updates happen.

Designing exclusively for desktop users, ignoring mobile users.

Mobile users cannot be ignored these days as everyone has a smart phone in their hands if your website is not mobile friendly you are losing a chunk of your traffic.

Selecting a domain name that is difficult to remember.

A good and easy domain name for your blog will help you in search engine optimization but if you have made it difficult by using special characters or numbers it’s difficult for the readers to remember your domain name.

Clustering clickable elements too closely together.

Clustering clickable elements to close together will not create a good experience for the user as the touch screen devices will make it more difficult for the user.If user wants to click a different element and he clicks a different one by mistake that will not create a good impression on the user.

Neglecting to update your blogging platform regularly.

Neglecting to update your blogging platform regularly will create a negative impression on the user as well as the google crawler and the blog may not rank on google.

Retaining demo content that doesn’t align with your blog’s purpose.

When a new blogger starts a new blog and installs a theme … a new theme comes with some demo content if he forgets to remove that demo content which lays a negative effect on readers. So always remove those demo content regularly if its available.

Choosing themes with unnecessary and overloaded features.

Bloggers need to find a fast and useful theme which ultimately helps in making their blog faster but some of them will choose themes with lots of features which will make the blog slow and thus affect its ranking.

Implementing total website redesigns without a strategic plan.

New bloggers are very passionate about making their blog very impressive, so they redesign their whole website whenever they find a new design somewhere else. This is not good for the website…This leads to unexpected errors most of the time. Everyone should have a redesign plan, they can test it on a different website, maybe a subdomain or a test website… and then implement it on the main website.

Maintaining the default “admin” username for your account.

There are many bloggers whose username is still “admin” this is not good this is the most vulnerable username, till date still many keeps on using it. So, please change your username name as soon as possible and password “Name@1234” should not be your password. It’s very common.

Overloading your site with too many plugins.

Plugins are very important for your WordPress website, but overloading your website with too many plugins will lead to a slow website and automatically lower its ranking.

Downloading resources from untrusted WordPress sites.

A new blogger wants everything for free or affordable but trust me when your theme plugins from untrusted websites are dangerous, they may contain malware by which your website is always at risk. So, use trusted websites for all your purchases.

Traps in SEO.

Allowing your site to be indexed during construction phases.

Allowing search engines to index your website while under construction affects your site ranking as you can all see your broken links, unfinished content and everything.

Forgetting to enable site indexing after completing the changes.

It’s very necessary that you keep your site unindexed during the construction stage, but after completing it you need to get your site indexed as by avoiding it you are affecting your website ranking.

Internal links are very important for your website navigation so try connecting as many articles as possible so that once the reader comes to your website, he stays back by finding as many useful articles as possible.

Solely relying on SEO without considering broader marketing strategies.

SEO is very important for your blog website but relying solely on SEO will lead to lower ranking of your website, you need to find different ways of promoting your website and its content.

Fixing your outbound links is very important, ignoring it makes your website look very unprofessional and readers may not trust your website to see those unbroken links.

Failing to compress images for faster page loading.

Images are very important for your blog creation but when you do so do not compress your images and the image size is big if it slows your website down and ultimately affects your ranking.

Engaging in spammy linking practices.

Outbound links are important for ranking as so many bloggers say but I believe you connect to outbound links when they follow you back or a very important website such as Wikipedia else it does not make a good impression on the readers as they will feel confused as if to read the article or keep following other outbound links.

Allowing outbound links to open in the same browser will make it difficult for the reader to go back to your website so always make sure that the outbound links will open in a different tab so that the reader comes back to your website whenever he/she wants.

Optimizing different pages for the same set of keywords.

Optimizing the same set of keywords for the same set of keywords will create great confusion for the crawler as your own pages will start fighting each other for ranking so this mistake should be avoided regularly.

Regardless of personal preferences, the process of link building cannot be achieved without having content that is worth linking to. This includes elements such as case studies, statistical data, infographics, and posts featuring interviews.

Not strategically planning and implementing keywords.

Lack of strategic keyword planning may result in investing significant time and energy in content that goes unnoticed. To ensure your content attracts traffic, prioritize keywords with a good balance of search volume and manageable keyword difficulty.

Operating without an SSL certificate for secure connections.

SSL certificates are very important on websites as most people will not even open your website which does not have SSL certificates as google will show that website as unsecure.

Using excessively long and confusing URL slugs for pages.

Pages featuring lengthier URLs generally experience lower rankings compared to those with concise and memorable URLs. It’s important to note that an effective URL can also provide readers with information about the topic of your post.

Automatically generating meta descriptions without customization.

Automatically generated meta descriptions often extract the initial lines of a post, which are frequently incomplete and ineffective in conveying the topic. Although meta descriptions do not directly impact rankings, they play a crucial role in increasing click-through rates from search results for your site.

Common Traps in Blogging.

Even if your affiliate links are relevant to the topic you are writing about, you still need to insert the link cautiously as inserting links simply anywhere you want makes your reader feel that you are just trying to sell things so be very cautious while inserting affiliate links.

Choosing a niche that is too broad and lacks focus.

Blogging is all about passion so be very particular about your niche, do not choose any niche just because it’s very popular because popular niche will have a lot of content on the internet, and it will be very difficult for you to produce content in the long run. And more importantly you will lose interest in writing about such topic in which you do not have interest.

Using weak or easily compromised passwords for security.

Weak or easily compromised passwords can cost you a lot of hard work as global reports say that most websites are hacked due to easy passwords. So, it’s a humble request that use difficult passwords or use a password manager or kindly note down the passwords separately for each and every website.

Engaging in non-stop writing without breaks.

It is advisable that you use small sentences and short paragraphs for writing as it is easy to read and readers will not lose interest while going through your articles ultimately you are writing for your readers.

Concealing your identity unless you’re intentionally blogging anonymously.

Anonymous blogging is a different thing but i suggest you should reveal your identity so that your readers can connect with you and you can build your own brand using your name. You can build your personalized page in the About page which will definitely help you in humanizing your brand.


Imagine you’re entering into the world of blogging without a clue about who your main competitors are—it’s a bit like fumbling around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon success. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect keywords or brainstorming creative content ideas, your competitors have a wealth of information on what really works. So, don’t overlook the valuable lessons they can teach you!

Allowing your blog to become stagnant for extended periods.

If you are not publishing new articles regularly it’s obvious that you are going to lose all the traffic you have gained through your hard work so it’s necessary, that you keep your articles flowing regularly so that your readers don’t have to wait too long for any new content you want to publish.

Pushing sales too aggressively without establishing trust.

Blogging is a slow and steady process which will help you to build trust before you push sales, without building trust if you push sales aggressively may hamper your traffic even your readers can lose trust in you.

Lack of well-defined content categories for the organization.

If you do not put all your articles in a definite category and leaving them in uncategorized posts will make it difficult for the readers to find the more relevant content. So, it’s better to put them in their respective categories.

Displaying an excessive number of ads, hindering user experience.

Ads are required for bloggers to earn income but putting an excessive number of ads in your article will be annoying for the readers so keep your ads limited and in a way that it does not affect your readers.

Chasing quick and unrealistic methods for blog monetization.

Blog monetization is required but using unrealistic ways of monetizing your blog will affect your blog negatively. So, it’s better to concentrate on blog content quality and building authority income opportunities will come to you as soon as your authority in the specific niche grows.

Failing to establish clear goals for your blog.

Blogging without a clear goal will be like wondering in a dense forest. So, it’s necessary that you set your goals which will help you in managing the time and effort you put into building your blog.

Neglecting continuous learning and improvement.

The internet is continuously growing, and new things are knocking on your door regularly, so you have to learn new things regularly to compete with big brands. The moment you stop learning your growth stops and you lose the authority in your niche.

Ignoring customer needs after their initial purchase.

Remember, once your customers make a purchase, it doesn’t mean you can forget about them. There’s a big opportunity for repeat business that you might miss out on. To make the most of it, stay connected by sending them discount codes, throwing in renewal bonuses, and sharing affiliate content that you think they’d love. It’s about keeping that relationship alive and thriving for more meaningful and ongoing interactions.

Losing potential leads by not addressing abandoned product pages or carts.

If a customer checks out your product but leaves without making a purchase, not reaching out means you might lose that sale for good. Instead, view it as a chance to address any questions they may have, boost their confidence as a buyer, and potentially seal the deal. Don’t let the opportunity slip away – turn it into a positive interaction that could lead to a successful sale.

Remember that your ultimate goal is to make a sale and yes profit but through the win-win process and not just selling somehow.

Copying content from other bloggers without providing original value.

Copying your competitor’s every move as a blogger can give off the impression that you’re just a watered-down version of them. Copycat bloggers tend to adopt almost all, if not all, of their blogging strategies—from headline ideas to website design. It’s essential to find your unique voice and approach to stand out in the crowded blogosphere.

And yes, if you are doing it, do not forget to give them a bit of credit.

Trying to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Everyone in the current world talks about multitasking but trust me there is no such thing as multitasking according to science our brain is just switching priorities faster than we do.

Making promises in your content that are unrealistic or cannot be fulfilled.

Making a number of promises in your article which are unrealistic or cannot be fulfilled is not good for your reputation in the blogging world so make promises which can be fulfilled at certain times which will help you in the long run.

Jumping into blogging without a clear plan for making money.

Imagine your blog as more than just a hobby—it’s like a pet that needs care and feeding, and that takes some cash. Without a solid plan to make money from it, blogging can become a bit impractical and tough to keep up, unless you’ve got the financial side of things figured out. It’s like making sure your pet has everything it needs to thrive!

Staying within your comfort zone and avoiding challenges.

Staying in your comfort zone may not help you in long run. Because things which are working today may not work tomorrow because of continuously growing world and yes technology so you need to cope up with the technical as well as social developments and work accordingly for your blogs growth.

Promoting irrelevant affiliate products that don’t align with your niche.

Always promote products relevant to your niche. Promoting irrelevant products other than your niche allows will seriously affect your ranking.

Mismanaging income generated from your blog.

As soon as you start earning money from your blog, do not spend it unwisely as it may hamper your blog. It’s a business you need to continuously invest in blog to generate more and more income from it.

Directly linking to images hosted on other websites without permission.

Using images from other sites by hotlinking or embedding them in your blog can land you in legal trouble. Plus, it’s a headache waiting to happen—when the rightful owner of the image decides to remove it, you’ll be left with broken links on your blog.

Repurposing or copying content assets from other sites without proper attribution.

Grabbing logos, branded graphics, or copyrighted images might not paint the best picture for you—plus, it’s illegal. If you’re not up for creating your own, consider reaching out to the owner and getting their permission before using their assets. It’s not just about avoiding trouble; it’s about respecting the hard work of others.

Failing to protect your content from unauthorized copying or plagiarism.

It’s a real bummer when someone swipes your content and posts it as their own. Not only does it mess with your traffic and search engine rankings, it’s just downright frustrating. The good news is, you can put a stop to these content thieves by using a handy plugin like WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click. It’s like a virtual bouncer for your hard work!

Easily succumbing to distractions during work.

Fix your work hours and be regular so that you do not fail to post regularly, succumbing to distractions during work can hamper your results in long run.

Not seeking help or guidance when needed.

Trying to handle everything on your own, especially tasks that aren’t really your forte, might not get you the best outcomes. Bringing in some help from skilled professionals not only ensures better results but also frees up your time for the stuff you excel at. It’s like building a dream team to tackle each aspect of the job!

Giving up on blogging after a few months of seeing no results.

Blogging is a tough thing.Many bloggers quit due to lack of time or someother reasons such as no income from it.But remember you fail in blogging only when you quit else definitely you gong to earn from it.

Neglecting the importance of privacy and data protection.

Think twice before tossing all your personal info into your blog—it’s like waving a flag for spammers and hackers. To stay safe, just share what’s necessary, like your email or your Facebook page. It’s a bit like giving out just enough info to keep things friendly without inviting any unwanted guests to the party.

Operating without a style guide for consistent branding.

Imagine not having a style guide—it’s like flying blind and risking content or social media posts that don’t vibe with your brand identity. Plus, when you want to bring in freelancers to keep that content train running, things get tricky without a clear guide. Having a style guide is like giving everyone on your team a roadmap to make sure you’re all on the same page and looking sharp.

Purchasing tools without conducting thorough research.

In blogging you need a lot of tools for maintaining your blog but trust me most of them are freely available and few which are necessary are affordable so research thoroughly before buying any tool that will save a lot of money.

Striving for perfection and fearing mistakes.

Nobody is perfect, perfection is a myth so do not be afraid of mistakes just learn from it that will help you achieve success in blogging.

Automatically approving all comments without moderation.

Giving the green light to comment automatically is like putting up a sign saying,

“Hey spammers, come on in!”

These comment spammers usually drop links to sketchy websites, putting both your audience and your site’s SEO in jeopardy.

It’s a bit like keeping your digital doors wide open for some unwanted guests.

Overpaying for tools without assessing their value and necessity.

If you’re just starting out as a blogger, opting for the priciest tools could seriously mess with your budget.

Play it smart and go for more budget-friendly entry-level plans that fit your needs.

Even better, explore free options and make the most of trial periods—they’re like a try-before-you-buy deal for your blog toolkit.

Conclusion

What you may not know about is that there are many bloggers who have fallen into these pitfalls of blogging when they first started their own. And take note, these are the same persons who are so good in running their business.

Now, the question. Why do these competitive and successful people fall short when it comes to blogging?

just because they are afraid of their mistakes. Trust me the best way to learn is from mistakes and yes not ours its other’s mistakes.

Now, you know all the blunders in blogging and still if it’s there let me know……. Feel free to comment on the blog for any suggestion.

If you are not doing anything about your blog, why have one in the first place?

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