I see so many posts about bloggers, and the sort of things we should be doing. But, I hardly ever see posts about what bloggers shouldn’t do. It’s important, especially if you are a new blogger to read, and learn about the rules and things you should be doing to respect other bloggers and run your website successfully. I am no where near a professional at this, but I have seen and made my fair share of blogging mistakes.
It’s so important going into anything for the first time, that you know the rules and what’s expected of you. It’s also important, to have some guidance on what to do and what not to do aswell. When I started blogging, I didn’t really research and listen to advice from other bloggers. And I think thats where I went wrong. I thought I could figure it out alone, and I did but I didn’t learn the most important things about blogging.
For todays post, I want to share the guidance I have. So that you and other bloggers know what to do and what not to do in the blogging community! These are, of course loose rules and advice. What I think is important, might not be to other bloggers and thats okay. We all have different expectations and standards when it comes to writing and blogging.
IMITATE OR COPY BLOGGERS
An obvious one, but it seems alot of bloggers don’t know this. Never, ever copy or imitate other bloggers. I will admit, when I first started blogging I thought that being like everyone else will make me popular like them. And obviously, thats not the case at all. Being authentic and true to who you are is so important if you’re a blogger. If you copy people, and make your content the exact same as theirs, people will notice.
I had an instance of this a few months ago, and honestly it was the most upsetting and frustrating thing ever. I really hated it, because I had worked so hard to build my blog and come up with ideas. And this person thought it was okay to just copy everything I did.
Not only will your reputation within the blogging community crumble, you can get in big trouble for copying content. There are laws and regulations we all must abide by. So don’t forget that when the temptation to copy is there.
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Never, ever post inconsistently. Especially if you are a new blogger. The best foundation you can lay for your blog is to ensure you are posting on a schedule and regularly. I put the growth and success of my blog down to the fact I posted alot when I was just starting out.
Posting inconsistently will not help your site to be noticed, and it won’t help it to grow either. Those who are posting weekly, maybe even a few times a week will notice a far better result than those who post randomly. If you think about it, it makes sense. Having your name and your content posted regularly, gives people more of a chance to see your blog posts.
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NOT SUPPORT OTHER BLOGGERS
Supporting other bloggers and their journeys is so important if you are to be part of the blogging world. So many fail to support and love other bloggers but expect the love on their own. Blogging is just like friendships. It takes both sides to ensure that support continues. Don’t expect other bloggers to support you, if you are not supporting them.
I know life can get in the way, but this is why a blogging schedule is important. Set aside time to comment and support your blogging peers. It might be time consuming, but maybe that comment was one they needed to hear.
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BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT
Friends, do not come into blogging trying to be someone you aren’t. As a blogger I can sense whether someone is being authentically them or not. I guess this point links in with the copying point I made earlier on. You should come into blogging being who you are. Don’t try to be someone else, be you. There is room for any type of person in blogging, we don’t discriminate or show hate to one another here. So you have no reason to not be yourself.
It can be hard being a blogger and putting yourself out on the internet. So I get why it would be tempting to try to become a different version of yourself. But from my own past learning experience, people love finding out about you and who you are.
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WORK FOR FREE
I remember when I got my first invite for a collaboration from a brand. I instantly thought that it was fake. I had no idea that someone would want to work with me. One thing I have noticed is that alot of brands don’t take bloggers seriously. They try to get us to work for free, or for a small amount of money. It can be tempting to just accept whatever a brand offers, but remember your worth. You are worth more than that small amount of money a brand wants to pay you.
To figure out how much I should charge, I calculate the UK’s national minimum wage, then add £5 a hour for any photos I have to take. And then I figure out how many hours I think the work will take me. This isn’t the standard way to do it, this is just how I have figured it out. But I encourage you to do the same. Don’t let brands pay you pence for alot of work.
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FAKE ENGAGEMENT & SPAM COMMENTS
So many times I see other bloggers fake spam other bloggers content, or post comments like “Get read” when I know they have not read the post. Personally, I’d rather no engagement than fake engagement. It’s a nice gesture yes, when someone likes your posts. But I’d rather know that my audience is actually reading my content rather than just liking it for the sake of it.
Another thing we should never do as bloggers is spam comment other peoples posts. It happens to me probably every single day. I’ll have comments of people just promoting their own blogs in my comment section on my blog. It really annoys me but I know that they probably don’t know any better, especially if they are new bloggers.
There are the correct channels to go down, to promote your blog on someone else’s blog. See if the blogger has advertising slots on their site first and foremost. Maybe ask to guest post on their website too. If you approach a blogger respectfully, and not just use them for promotion you will get further in this community.
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What are some other things bloggers should never do? Are you guilty of doing any of the things I mentioned?
None of us are perfect, and as I have admitted in this post I have fallen short many times and made blogging mistakes. The important thing we need to take from this, is that we are to learn from them and grow.