Attention newbies - Reasons why your blog sucks (and how you can fix it).

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Are you wondering why your blog isnt getting any traffic or why your not getting any comments, shares or responses to your blog, chances are it sucks and you need to do something about it.

I'm made plenty of mistakes, and most of the time it's just good practice to learn the hard way but if you're wondering why you haven't got much traction from your new blog, there's a few possible reasons outlined below you may wish to consider.

Heres a few reasons why your blog could suck, most of them are pretty simple and easy to fix:
  • Your share buttons are hard to find or non-existent - big mistake. How can people share your blog or get any reach if you arent adding share buttons to your website. Easily fixed and sit back and watch your shares skyrocket. Add these and you'll notice an improvement.
  • No social media links on your page - what are you thinking!? Add these in and improve your cross-channel marketing. Social network marketing is huge and you need to be across it.
  • Not enough imagery or none at all - just because you might like to keep things fairly scarce image-wise doesn't mean your audience likes it. Research shows that imagery interests your reader so add interesting images to support your blog that are relevant, whether they are your own, infographics or interesting stock ones add them in and check out the result.
  • You've left no room for comments - you NEED to have a comment section on your blog. This is a great way to engage with your audience and without this your blog will probably be lacking the interaction you're looking for. When you add the comment section, make sure you respond to each and every comment to create a community feel on your page. Also, ensure it is easy to leave a comment and readers don't need to jump through a million pages to do this.
  • Your theme is basic or non-existent - using a cool WordPress theme that you might spend 50 bucks on is more engaging and will engage with your audience. Take the time to set up a cool theme for your blog and update it regularly. Make sure the text is easy to read and your colours suit your audience
  • Too many ads splashed all over your blog - while internet marketing is one thing having OTT amount of ads on your page is a turn off. Keep it lean and focus on a few ads that work for you, don't clutter your blog with huge amounts of ads it's just annoying to look at and takes away from the blog.
  • It's hard to find your sign up boxes - you want people to sign up for your blog right? How easy is it for them to do this? Make it simple have good, clear CTAs so they can sign up for your blog easily. Sign up boxes on every page are essential on your blog, if you're worried test this and see the results.
  • You've got little to no content strategy - don't just publish for publishing sake, have a plan about your posts and plan this in advance so you can engage with influencers and even guest posters ahead of time. Planning will allow you to be more organised and provide value for your key messages.
  • You have boring old content - content is king people. Keep it fresh on every page. Update your home, about and any other page you have on your blog with current info especially your bio. If you are looking to do advertising on your blog this info should be up to date and engaging for anyone that is checking out your site for marketing opportunities.

Any one want to add anything else?

Happy blog writing !
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    You hire freelancers that know absolutely nothing about your niche to write your content

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  • Profile picture of the author Corey Taylor
    Let me add "your theme is non-responsive" to the list - living in 2016 your theme must load properly on each and every device (tablet, cellphone, tv, desktop, laptop, etc)
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  • Profile picture of the author BlossMart
    What about having relevant & unique content that suits your niche.

    It's a massive pain reading the same thing over and over again - re-hashed content is just plain annoying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    You will also want to 'promote' that content.

    Content is very important but hardly anyone will see your stuff without learning how to promote it effectively.

    Promotion is King. Content is only Queen.

    Some folks may disagree but their are so many blogs that have beautiful content but sadly most of them never get seen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
      I agree with Rory. Without promotion, none of these otherwise good suggestions matter.

      None of them have anything to do with getting traffic. They are all about the experience one has once they get to the blog. But, unless they first get there, they won't ever see the result of these changes.

      Mark

      Originally Posted by Rory Singh View Post

      You will also want to 'promote' that content.

      Content is very important but hardly anyone will see your stuff without learning how to promote it effectively.

      Promotion is King. Content is only Queen.

      Some folks may disagree but their are so many blogs that have beautiful content but sadly most of them never get seen.
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      • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
        Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

        I agree with Rory. Without promotion, none of these otherwise good suggestions matter.

        None of them have anything to do with getting traffic. They are all about the experience one has once they get to the blog. But, unless they first get there, they won't ever see the result of these changes.

        Mark
        Thanks Mark and Rory, I agree that promotion is obviously a massive element of why blogs don't get reach.

        That said, if they are promoted well there are quite a few things that might be limiting the blog in other areas (which I have listed).

        Of course without promotion, the blog is just a little stray castaway bobbing in the waters of the www.

        Thanks for your comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author TNT011
    Interesting points. I will use this list as a checklist for my blog, lol. Maybe that's the catch with the blog, there are so many things that can go wrong, but very few to contribute the right way. A tough lesson you have to learn. It's not just let me put some content online and I will be just fine. It's obviously a little bit more than that. Thx for share.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Not having fun?

    I made most if not all these mistakes when my prime intent was too make money, NOT to have fun. Most newbies follow profits, not their fun, and this heavy attachment to outcomes leads to all types of mistakes. Big time errors. But if you have fun, relax and chill, you will have the clarity to follow smart steps to build a successful blog.

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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Not having fun?

      I made most if not all these mistakes when my prime intent was too make money, NOT to have fun. Most newbies follow profits, not their fun, and this heavy attachment to outcomes leads to all types of mistakes. Big time errors. But if you have fun, relax and chill, you will have the clarity to follow smart steps to build a successful blog.

      Ryan Biddulph
      Good point Ryan and to add to that point, giving your blog personality is also something that can be a massive winner.

      I have read so many bland and boring blogs, while technically written well just seemed like the reader was following every step and not having any fun with it.

      Adding in some personality, adding some fun and your own style makes a massive difference and keeps people coming back for more.

      Thanks, this is actually a really good point and one that makes me go back to blogs again and again.
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      • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
        Originally Posted by TeaCozy View Post

        Good point Ryan and to add to that point, giving your blog personality is also something that can be a massive winner.

        I have read so many bland and boring blogs, while technically written well just seemed like the reader was following every step and not having any fun with it.

        Adding in some personality, adding some fun and your own style makes a massive difference and keeps people coming back for more.

        Thanks, this is actually a really good point and one that makes me go back to blogs again and again.
        I am guilty of adding personality to my blog LOL!

        I take the style thing to the hilt. Because it's fun. But because it's fun for my readers too. They dig the difference because so many bloggers put out similar content. May be helpful content, but nothing makes it stand out.

        I intend to allow my colorful travel stories to stand out through my blog so I can have fun and so my readers can gain inspiration from what I do.

        Thanks for chatting TC!

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  • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
    Hey good thread!


    I will add people give up too early! Blogging is very hard to master and make money!


    You need all the pieces of the puzzle and this take 6-12 months at least!


    People give up around the 3 month mark...
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    too many above the fold menu options..

    ideally, you might want to heat map test your menu options and play with the wording to see which ones get the highest CTR

    keep it at four ....maybe 5 max!

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    Consistency in uploading posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by TeaCozy View Post

    Are you wondering why your blog isn't getting any traffic

    Promotion/distribution should have been #1 on your list.

    Not only is promotion absolutely critical . . . but distribution of your content (which is certainly part of promotion) will do more for traffic than anything else most bloggers can do.

    Cosmetic changes, design changes, buttons, boxes, and images are nice - but if no one actually gets your posts placed in front of them how are any of these things going to make a difference?

    Very few people will find your blog, especially if it's new, if you don't "push" your content in front of them.

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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      Promotion/distribution should have been #1 on your list.

      Not only is promotion absolutely critical . . . but distribution of your content (which is certainly part of promotion) will do more for traffic than anything else most bloggers can do.

      Cosmetic changes, design changes, buttons, boxes, and images are nice - but if no one actually gets your posts placed in front of them how are any of these things going to make a difference?

      Very few people will find your blog, especially if it's new, if you don't "push" your content in front of them.

      Steve
      Thanks Steve, it's not a numbered list per se - however I do agree with you about promotion.

      What is a blog without traffic - it's just words on a page that is lost to the world but the author.

      I read a lot of blogs and I admit most of these I have come across through marketing and promotional tools that have been thrust in front of me. There are millions of people out there doing blogs and without promotion, it's just pointless.

      I am in complete agreeance with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author SummerDaze
    What about poor grammar, sentence structure and spelling, these are all massive turn offs for me.

    When I read blogs that have obviously been mass written from people where English is their second language it is a massive turn off for me.

    The sentence structure is appalling, the grammar and spelling is usually pretty bad and the examples they use are not really relevant.

    It is such an easy fix and no one seems to even give two hoots to quickly run a few spell checks and put it through grammarly.

    On a side note, another reason why they suck sometimes is when their titles are misleading. When I open up the article and the content is basically irrelevant and makes absolutely no sense at all.

    These are probably my two biggest beefs.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    i like the last point OP says.

    The CONTENT.

    Forget google updates, and panda, penguin, and horseshoe, and that. LOL

    IN the end, if you have GOOD updated and new CONTENT, google will never ban you, or punish you.

    Even ever since the internet started, its been about great content. So if you can feed google what she wants, you will be rewarded. its quite simple yet no one really does this.

    I find 1200 words, of great novel like posts, do the best. But I am no guru on blogs, just on SEO and the way google now reads this. Gone are the days of 100 word posts, they do not get seen as good content.
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    • Profile picture of the author sparrow
      spot on - it's about engaging content

      we are finding from our testing these days longer is better

      the most interesting thing about longer blog posts is we are finding higher SERP rankings as a result of having your audience on your site longer from our testing

      long posts appear to be more engaging if they can captivate your audience to Google

      we are suspecting that AI(RankBrain) is responsible for this just like the announcement of ongoing Penguin updates

      it is very easy for Google to monitor user interactions on websites these days with AI real time, so from the testing longer is showing very promising results
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  • Profile picture of the author james flynn
    Originally Posted by TeaCozy View Post

    Are you wondering why your blog isnt getting any traffic or why your not getting any comments, shares or responses to your blog, chances are it sucks and you need to do something about it.

    I'm made plenty of mistakes, and most of the time it's just good practice to learn the hard way but if you're wondering why you haven't got much traction from your new blog, there's a few possible reasons outlined below you may wish to consider.

    Heres a few reasons why your blog could suck, most of them are pretty simple and easy to fix:
    • Your share buttons are hard to find or non-existent - big mistake. How can people share your blog or get any reach if you arent adding share buttons to your website. Easily fixed and sit back and watch your shares skyrocket. Add these and you'll notice an improvement.
    • No social media links on your page - what are you thinking!? Add these in and improve your cross-channel marketing. Social network marketing is huge and you need to be across it.
    • Not enough imagery or none at all - just because you might like to keep things fairly scarce image-wise doesn't mean your audience likes it. Research shows that imagery interests your reader so add interesting images to support your blog that are relevant, whether they are your own, infographics or interesting stock ones add them in and check out the result.
    • You've left no room for comments - you NEED to have a comment section on your blog. This is a great way to engage with your audience and without this your blog will probably be lacking the interaction you're looking for. When you add the comment section, make sure you respond to each and every comment to create a community feel on your page. Also, ensure it is easy to leave a comment and readers don't need to jump through a million pages to do this.
    • Your theme is basic or non-existent - using a cool WordPress theme that you might spend 50 bucks on is more engaging and will engage with your audience. Take the time to set up a cool theme for your blog and update it regularly. Make sure the text is easy to read and your colours suit your audience
    • Too many ads splashed all over your blog - while internet marketing is one thing having OTT amount of ads on your page is a turn off. Keep it lean and focus on a few ads that work for you, don't clutter your blog with huge amounts of ads it's just annoying to look at and takes away from the blog.
    • It's hard to find your sign up boxes - you want people to sign up for your blog right? How easy is it for them to do this? Make it simple have good, clear CTAs so they can sign up for your blog easily. Sign up boxes on every page are essential on your blog, if you're worried test this and see the results.
    • You've got little to no content strategy - don't just publish for publishing sake, have a plan about your posts and plan this in advance so you can engage with influencers and even guest posters ahead of time. Planning will allow you to be more organised and provide value for your key messages.
    • You have boring old content - content is king people. Keep it fresh on every page. Update your home, about and any other page you have on your blog with current info especially your bio. If you are looking to do advertising on your blog this info should be up to date and engaging for anyone that is checking out your site for marketing opportunities.

    Any one want to add anything else?

    Happy blog writing !
    Incorporating an attractive theme of your blog site plays a pivotal role to maintain constant traffic.When readers first look at the blog they judge you based on your site's design and graphics. Therefore, allocating a little budget for that can really turn the trick .
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by james flynn View Post

      Incorporating an attractive theme of your blog site plays a pivotal role to maintain constant traffic.When readers first look at the blog they judge you based on your site's design and graphics. Therefore, allocating a little budget for that can really turn the trick .
      Yep, good point James.

      This is a really important one as well.

      A theme is relatively cheap and really positions the blogger to the target audience.

      When you think about it we are talking pretty small cookies for a theme so it is a really good point to ensure you have something visually appealing to engage your audience and set you apart from competitors.

      There are heaps of good theme options out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ellen Chedid
    This is really great information. I think it is really important that you also study and understand the wants and need of your niche. That way your content is relevant and
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Laroche
    1. Write content that's not just abut your products and services.

    2. Address your readers' burning issues.

    3. Make sure you come across as an industry expert and feature advice from industry experts.

    4. Optimize your posts for the search engines.

    5. Make sure your blog shows up on mobile devices.
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  • Profile picture of the author helloinman
    Here are the top 3 reasons why new blogs fails:
    • Too much of a focus on money
    • No real business plan
    • No interaction with readers
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  • Profile picture of the author alshaddai
    I'll take #1 on Google for a money term over 'content' any old time.
    Content means NOTHING if you have no real traffic.
    NO TRAFFIC kills all blogs
    Then learning that LESS IS MORE is the key to high conversion ratios, the less you give people THE MORE THEY WANT
    99.9% of people that think they do IM are clueless, so sites with brain dead operators
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    Oh, another tip, don't assume that cool WSO you just purchased will truly generate unique, high quality articles within seconds.. :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author simon819
    Those are all good points. But having a blog doesn't mean anything if you don't have traffic. So you need to have good contents and SEO friendly website. Otherwise, you may need to buy traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam JTB
    Another tip - make sure your blog isn't slow.

    If your website is taking 8-10 seconds to load, you won't get much traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by Sam JTB View Post

      Another tip - make sure your blog isn't slow.

      If your website is taking 8-10 seconds to load, you won't get much traffic.
      Good one Sam, I wouldn't wait 10 seconds for a site to load, I am way too impatient for that. Thanks for your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyAndTanya
    As a newbie who has just published his first blog post, this is timely advice. It's also interesting to be on a forum where the comments add as much value as the original post. Many thanks
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