If you’re just starting a blog or trying to learn how to be a successful blogger on the Internet you have probably read a lot about what you should be doing. Have you considered thinking about what you shouldn’t be doing?
I polled my network of experts on Google+ and got some great responses on this topic. I wanted to feature +C Bret Campbell‘s thoughts as a guest post. Here’s his top ten list of mistakes that bloggers commonly make:
Top 10 No-No’s:
Spelling and punctuation: using a particular vernacular can be fun. Misspelled words and improper punctuation are a nuisance, particularly in the case of plural possessives.
Not giving credit to references – at least make part of a quoted phrase linkable.
Not crediting photos.
Gratuitous tagging – or abusive casual mentions of experts with whom you have had no actual contact. I like to reference people I at least have conversation with.
Not checking facts, Especially in the case of “news” blogging.
Not responding to comments or questions – especially questions.
Speaking ill of one to try to make another look better.
Not allowing comments
Pop-ups asking for any call to action before the whole blog can be read.