Top Amateur Blogging Mistakes and How To Fix Them

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We were all amateurs at one point, and we’ve made a few mistakes to get to where we are and we’ll probably make some more along the way. But, there are a few mistakes I have seen often and have done myself before that are really easy to fix.

Centering Text

I am guilty of the centering of text when I first started. Depending on your theme it can look aesthetically pleasing to you. But, centered text is harder to read, especially in lengthy body copy.

The fix: Left justify your text. The easier your body copy is to read, the more people will read your posts.

Pulling Images from Google/ Copy and Pasting Images

I am very guilty of this from the beginning. It came from general laziness and pulling images from Google searches to copy and paste into posts. This is bad for a couple reasons. 1) if the image is deleted from the source, it will be broken on your page. 2) if you don’t credit the image it’s theft and copyright (thus, credit your images or add a disclaimer on your site).

The fix: Taking your own images is a good step. If you don’t have the resources to do so regularly, use stock photo resources like Pexels. If you need something specific, use Google but cite where you got the image. Put a disclaimer on your site about images if you don’t own them. Upload them to your site directly, do not copy and paste.

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Not Posting on a Schedule

If you want to be serious about blogging (or any content creation) you need to set a schedule and follow it. When you’re not on a schedule there is less incentive for readers to come back regularly. And being on a schedule helps build a habit.

The fix: Make a content calendar and stick to it. Having a calendar helps create a consistent schedule and planning content.

Not Replying to Comments

I’m still pretty guilty of this myself, but I am working on getting better. Replying to comments is a great way to connect with other bloggers, get readers to come back to your site, and establish trust from readers to believe your content. Not replying to comments can give the vibe that you don’t care what your readers think.

The fix: Set a chunk of time to reply to comments on posts. Whether it’s the day after it posts or a few hours, having a set time will encourage you to go through and read what your readers have to say.

Do you have a fix for a mistake? Let me know in the comments below.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Good information. As a beginner, I found this quick read helpful. 🙂

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  2. Krysten says:

    I use to be AWESOME at replying to comments and then my new job exhausted me. Trying to get back on track!

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  3. These are so helpful, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great tips! I think I did all of these when starting out on my original site. Now, with my new one I’m more aware. these tips are perfect for newbies!

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  5. Page_Traveller says:

    Guilty of centering! I think it depends on the post though. Also, do you add a disclaimer even when your images are Creative Commons licensed?

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    1. If you’re disclaimer by adding captions to every photo as needed, than using Creative Commons won’t require that unless specified differently. I just have on disclaimer that is shown on every page (in the footer) that acts as a blanket so I don’t have to caption every photo

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  6. nicki says:

    This is really sound advice for bloggers starting out; I would also say, make sure you proof read your stuff, I sometimes forget and then regret it when my friend corrects me

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  7. Aneta Trusner says:

    I enjoyed ready your post, true to the dot. We are all guilty of making our own rules sometimes. Thanks for providing fixes.

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  8. Aarika says:

    Thanks for all the fabulous tips! I need to be better about posting on a consistent basis . . . I am guilty of being an irregular poster! haha. Cheers!

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    1. It’s hard to start but so easy once you get into it

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  9. Kristen says:

    These tips are so helpful, thank you! I use Pexels as well for stock photos, I love all of the photos they have 🙂

    – Kristen
    http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

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    1. Pexels is my first recommendation for photos. It’s such a great site

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  10. Such great advice, I really need to work on replying to comments. It’s probably my worst habit!

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  11. jessica says:

    i don’t use stock photography but i’ve certainly done some center text…thanks for the tips, each day i learn something new (:

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  12. nicoledarosa says:

    Totally guilty of centering text when I first started! lol

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