Blogging can be most fulfilling for a blogger once it is done correctly.
However, there are those people who sabotaged their blogs along with their blogging career by doing things that were very stupid and by not considering the consequences of their actions.
Dear friend, the things that you do in the blogosphere can either make you or break you (Which is the reason why you should always make a conscientious effort to be an exemplary blogger).
Some bloggers have fallen by the wayside (And, they were unable to regain what they once had — the respect of others).
There are things that can ruin a blogger permanently and I am going to tell you what those things are.
1.) Being Disrespectful
One of the worst things that a blogger could ever do is, to be disrespectful towards others.
A blogger should never be disrespectful to their fellow bloggers on their blog or be disrespectful to others on social media.
There are people in cyberspace who know how to press the figurative buttons of a blogger — the ones that gets a blogger angry (And, you and I both know, that angry people tend to blurt out disrespectful things).
Therefore, it is imperative that bloggers keep their cool (Bloggers have a much better chance of making better decisions when they are calm and clear-headed).
Do remember, that being disrespectful will damage your good character.
Also, no one really holds a disrespectful blogger in high esteem.
2.) Using Copyrighted Photos Without The Owner’s Permission
Some newbie bloggers believe that they can just go on Google and download any image that they like.
What those newbie bloggers are unaware of is, that there are a lot of copyrighted images on the internet (And, they cannot use those images without the consent of their owners).
Using a copyrighted image without the consent of the owner of that image can land you in trouble — trouble in the form of a lawsuit.
To be on the safe side, newbie bloggers should take their own photos or use those that are royalty free.
Here are some places on the internet that bloggers can locate royalty free photos for their blogs:
The last thing that any blogger wants is, to pay for their mistakes by spending their hard-earned cash in legal fees.
3.) Plagiarising Someone Else’s Work
Unfortunately, there are bloggers who are guilty of plagiarism (They wilfully stole people’s articles from off of the internet and published them on their own blog).
- Cause a blogger to be sued by the original author of the article.
- Cause a blogger to lose their credibility.
- Cause a blogger’s website to be penalised by Google.
The God’s/Goddess’ truth is, that nothing good comes out of plagiarism (So, do not steal other people’s content and pass them off as your own).
4.) Not Practicing What You Preach
Another horrible thing that a blogger could ever do is, not walk the talk; here are some examples:
- A blogger telling other bloggers that they should always respond to the comments in the comments section of their blog while that blogger ignores the comments in their own comments thread.
- A blogger that published an article that was based on the importance of comments and their own comments thread has been disabled.
- A blogger who always talks about being polite to others and they are impolite towards others.
- A blogger telling people that they should never be afraid of rejection when they are afraid of having a guest post of theirs rejected by a website that only publishes high-quality content.
If a blogger is unable to practice what they preach, they might as well remain silent.
5.) Engaging In Black Hat SEO
Black Hat SEO can be described as an underhand method that is used to increase the rank of one’s website in search engine results.
Here are some examples of black hat SEO:
- The usage of irrelevant keywords.
- Over-optimisation of the inbound links in one’s blog posts.
- The usage of shady redirects.
- The utilisation of private blog networks for the sole purpose of creating blogs in order to get more link juice.
- Inserting hidden texts in articles.
- The buying and the selling of links.
One might attain success by utilising black hat SEO techniques (But, the success is short-lived — what may have passed underneath Google’s proverbial radar six months ago will be captured this time around because Google’s algorithms are getting more advanced).
6.) By Posting Substandard Content
A large percentage of personal bloggers are guilty of posting substandard content.
Instead of taking their time to compose a proper blog post, they rush it for the sole purpose of gaining a few extra views.
Rushed blog posts are seldom great, because they are usually filled with typographical errors and grammatical errors (Things that could have been avoided if the blogger took his or her time in creating their article and proofreading it).
Some readers are turned off by articles that are of a poor quality; which is why all bloggers should do their very best in the area of creating high-quality content.
7.) By Having A Website That Loads Slowly
Websites are required to load under 3 seconds, because anything longer will cause people to search for whatever it is that they are looking for on another website.
Here are some things that can cause a website to load slowly:
- Having too many advertisements on a page.
- Using images that are not compressed.
- Using too many widgets.
- Using too many plugins.
Dear friend, you could have the most amazing content on your website; but if it loads slowly, people will choose to seek their desired information elsewhere.
And, a high bounce rate will hurt your website’s SEO.
The seven things that I mentioned can ruin a blogger (The crazy things that they do and they neglecting the importance of the loading speed of their website).
Do promise me, that you would never do those things, because if you do, you will have to say, “Goodbye,” to blogging.
Please feel free to share this this information with your friends and fellow bloggers via the social media networks of your choice.
And, thanks a million for reading!