8 Shocking Tips You Will Come Across In Blogging

So you are looking for blogging tips right?

Of course you are.  In order to improve your blog, you will naturally be looking for advice along the way.  But how do you know whether you are being given good or bad blogging advice?

Blogging tips pop up on all social media profiles, in forums and communities and lots of blog posts are “how to’s” or “top tips”, just like this one!

So how can you decipher all of this information and be assured that the information you are following is actually good advice?

Well today I am going to help you decipher some of the blogging tips you will come across and what to look out for.  Let’s get stuck in!

Blogging Tips To Avoid

1. Trick Google To Progress In Blogging

Wow, I’m sure you will have seen something similar to this before, am I right?

I know that you want to find that magic piece of advice that will solve all your Google worries.  You will see it all the time “Use this one tool to be placed #1 in Google searches”.

The reality is that the only piece of advice to solve your Google worries is to work WITH Google and not against them!

Bloggers with good reputations will present you with advice for how you can work with Google to achieve the outcome you desire.

They will not be promoting any form of tricks.

If you stumble upon a trickster, it is best to steer well clear.

Google is not exactly stupid, and if there is ever such a ‘trick’ available, you can be guaranteed that they will come down on it like  ton of bricks.

What do you think would happen to that wonderful piece of advice then?  It’s not likely to be worth much!

2. Get Rich Quick With This System!

I hate to break it to you, but unless you are in receipt of an inheritance or you have won the lottery you are unlikely to get rich quick!

Advice that you come across that tries to convince you to follow their program or use their tool so you can give you up your day job in just one month, is just a scam.

Wouldn’t it be great to buy that magic plugin that suddenly drives thousands of visitors to your site on a daily basis, all converting to sales.

If there was such a magic plugin, it certainly wouldn’t be sold for the $499 it is advertised at!

Programs that are going to provide you useful content are those which are also going to require you to put in some effort.

Sorry about that, but it’s true.

YOU have to be the one that moves your blog to success, and this will be done through your commitment and your hard work.  If a program looks to have substantial content, in-depth modules and a team of support available, it will be the type of program you want to sign up to.

The get rich quick programs (which are also usually accompanied by a great big  neon flashing arrow)…you know the ones I mean.  Well those ones you can completely ignore.  The only people to get rick in those programs are the ones taking your hard earned cash!

3. Sell, Sell, Sell To Make Money

Online IncomeOk, this one can be a little tricky.

Yes you do want to market your product and you do want to have a strong call to action.

But do you think there comes a point of over selling?

If each and every one of your posts is focused towards selling a product, what kind of relationship do you think you will be building with your readers?

You want you readers to know that you care about them and not just the money that they can fill your pockets with.

By all means, have your product available, and ensure your call to action is strong, but don’t go over the top.

Pro Bloggers like Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income do this incredibly well.  Pat is also incredibly open with what you will receive from him and his transparency is something he is well know and respected for.

You won’t get any hard sells from me, long sales pages or fluffed up stuff – just real life case studies and recommendations based on my own experience with online business and blogging.

4. Just Write, The Traffic Will Come!

Have you seen this one before?

Update your site regularly and you will be rewarded for it.  Really???

If you can write quality and valuable posts on a daily basis then go for it.  If not, this is advice you really should step away from.

What do you think is more beneficial?

Utter rubbish posted on a daily basis (the thoughts and ramblings of your mind), or content that is actually going to be beneficial to someone in some way say once or twice a week?

Absolutely Google loves fresh content, and it loves to see a site being regularly updated.

But, Google does not like to see rubbish!

If your content is not valuable, then please don’t post it.  You wont be doing yourself or anyone else any favors.

5. Once You Have Learn’t It…You’re Good To Go!

There is a lot to learn in blogging, but this is an ever changing game.  If you fail to keep learning and keep up to date with what is happening, your blogging will fall behind others.

Advice that was given five or even two years ago may have been the top of it’s game, but today it could well and truly be outdated.  If you don’t update your knowledge, what do you think will happen?

It is wise to look at when information was written to help you determine whether it is reliable for today.

Of course, I am not saying that old information is not useful, but in some cases it is wise to only be trying tips that are up to date.

6. This Is The Only Advice You Need.

Blogging is not a one size fits all.  That is what can be so frustrating when trying to find advice, but is also what makes it so exciting.

Each blog has a different niche, audience, product and social media followers and one way of doing things is not necessarily going to work for you.

Whilst there are certain things that you need to take into consideration, such as formatting your blog posts, conducting appropriate SEO research, engaging with your social media accounts etc, the way YOUR blog operates is going to be different to the next person.

At the end of the day you want your blog to be different.  You want it to stand out.

If it was exactly the same as someone else’s then why would readers bother coming to you?  If it had the exact same design, colour and content, there would be nothing to make it stand out as being unique….and being you!

7. Get Those Keywords In Your Posts

Are keywords important?  Absolutely they are, but they are not the only thing that is important.

In the past there was a lot of talk among bloggers about stuffing keywords into posts to allow you to be found among the search engines.

I said it  before – Google is smart!

It is now not simply good enough to fill a post with keywords and expect to suddenly rank #1 with that keyword.

If you stuff your keywords, the result will be that Google will penalize you.  I’m sure this is not the desired effect you were hoping for!

Instead you should always keep your readers in mind by presenting them with content that is easy to read and useful.  Undertake the keyword research after you have finished your quality post and then optimise it appropriately.

8. Spin Your Articles For More Content And Less Writing!

I’m sure you would have come across this one.

Submit an article and the robots will literally spin out different versions for you to use.  You will see a lot of these gigs on Fiverr.

At the end of the day, content is only valuable if it is new.  A spun article is not going to cut it.

You have to literally put fingers to keyboard, use your brain and think of an article to write.  You could always pay someone to write fresh content for you, but unless either you or someone else is going to start from scratch, write nothing!

Don’t enter the world of article spinning, no matter how great the advice may seem.

In Summary:

The world of blogging is going to lead you down lots of different paths, and you will try lots of things.  Some will work, other’s wont.

However it is important to be mindful that not all the advice you are going to read is going to be helpful for you.

Remember that at the end of the day, this is the internet!  Anyone can write something and publish it.  It is up to you and only you to determine what information you will trust.

A great way of determining whether blogging tips are worth following is to spend some time on that blog and get to know the blogger.  Also take note of what other bloggers are engaging with them.  For instance you won’t see any credible bloggers engaging on less than credible sites.

It can be difficult to determine what is credible when you are new to blogging, so don’t beat yourself up if you do make mistakes.  It is a learning journey and we have all been on it!

Now it’s your turn:

What advice have you come come across in your blogging journey that has sent alarm bells ringing for you?

Please share your thoughts with us below.

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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

17 Responses to “8 Shocking Tips You Will Come Across In Blogging”

written by Virtuo Rohit On 11 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Another Great Post by you. Everything was so expressive. Be it headline or Be it the summary.Yes, I hate it when people suggest newbies to trick google for getting traffic and getting a good alexa rank.And Unfortunately,They try it.

And What is the Result? Either they get penalized by google or the money they spend on any third party tool gets wasted. Also their blog builds a bad reputation there after.

And Again, The 2nd point! The advice that can ruin ones career is that Blog for money and get rich quickly. The statement creates a bad impact on the blogger and forgetting all the fun and instead of helping people. He starts doing nonsense stuff and the results is failure and the particular blogger then quits blogging.

Again, Without promoting how can you expect readers? People aren’t daydreaming about your blog. O’course you have to market your post to get some readers. If writing was the only thing to become a successful blogger then thousands of blogger wouldn’t have been struggling right now.

People often start doing things in the rush of excitement which they actually don’t know. For instance, They create a blog, Add an adorable theme and now what’s next? They don’t even touch the blog due to the fact that they don’t have the required writing skills and this things effects their mind in a bad way that may lead to their permanent disconnection from blogging.

Rewriting!! Most of the newbies to this stuff due to lack of ideas and no passion for work. They must know that there are a billions of topics to write on. You just have to grab ‘em. Rewriting is easy, But its not long lasting and someday it’ll force you to quit blogging.

The points go on and on Catherine, Thanks to you for pointing all these points out, Making bloggers aware of wrong things and sharing such a marvelous post. :)

Cheers!

- Rohit

written by Catherine Holt On 11 August 2014 Reply

Thanks for your insightful comment Virtuo.

It’s amazing how much advice we come across and some of it can be so detrimental. But unless you have some experience with blogging you really wouldn’t know. I wanted to write this post to help explain some of those pitfalls.

You really hit the nail on the head with the possibility of being penalized by Google for trying some back handed tactics. Even if you see some small instant gain you really have to look at the longevity of your blog, and it wont be long until Google see’s something fishy going on. A penalty by Google can severely wipe out your blog and all that hard work would have been for nothing.

As far as the rewriting goes, there certainly are lots of ideas to write about. But unless you have the passion to do so, you are never going to last long in blogging. You really need to be able to sit down, write content and at least most of the time enjoy what you are doing!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us :-)

written by Ryan Biddulph On 11 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

I adore #6, really. I stress this point to so many new bloggers. Follow someone whose advice vibes with you. Nobody speaks gospel, or 1 truth, because we’re all different.

My new eBook received an endorsement from New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan. Super star blogger Yaro Starak also gave me an endorsement. I am beyond grateful for these hearty testimonials but hey, I know some folks may not like my story, nor will my advice vibe with them. Just because I received serious backing does not mean I am the end all, be all, or that my advice is the only advice you should follow.

Some bloggers may dig someone else’s style, or may prefer video blogging. No biggie. Variety is the spice of life.

I tell my blog consultant clients that I offer my expert opinion, and I believe in my judgment, but I am not THE expert. If anybody tells you they are the expert, and that you MUST follow their advice, head for the hills.

Of course you should heed their words but if their counsel just plain doesn’t vibe with you, either you’re not aligned with their style or you’re not prepared to received it.

Awesome Catherine, tweeting in a bit.

I hope your week started off well.

Chat soon.

Ryan

written by Catherine Holt On 11 August 2014 Reply

That’s awesome about your ebook Ryan…congrats!

But yes, just because someone is successful it doesn’t mean that they way is the ONLY way. There have been a lot of successful bloggers that do things very differently to each other. Who is to say which of their ways was the right way?

What bloggers need to do is find someone that they do feel they connect with and a style that feels comfortable to them. If you are trying to do something or be someone that just isn’t you, you will seriously struggle.

What’s the answer? Do your research, find a style that you are comfortable with, and work with that. Variety is the spice of life as they say :-)

Thanks for sharing with us, and have an awesome week too!

written by Marc On 11 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,
These are all very good and valid points. While I do agree with you, I think there are some exceptions for the first point. If you are building a blog for the long run then I would not advise taking any shortcuts and putting yourself at risk of any penalties. But that is not the situation for every blog. I do know some people who have been able to make a good deal of money by taking advantage of some aspect of Google’s algorithm. If you are setting up a site or blog and making money quickly is more important to you than the long term health of the site, taking some risks can lead to much better income. You just have to be willing to accept those risks.

I don’t personally take this approach because most of my work is on sites and blogs that I want to build for long-term success, but there are people who are very successful with taking advantage of Google in the short-term. I know this is not your approach either, so it’s not really the perspective that you are taking with this post.

written by Catherine Holt On 11 August 2014 Reply

Your right Marc, thanks for clarifying that here. This would go completely with #6 that says “This is not the only way”…lol.

If you are wanting to get in and get out and make some money along the way, then this is definitely one way that bloggers can go. But like you said, if you are wanting your site to grow and develop in the longer term and be an ongoing income generator for you, then this would not be recommended.

It comes down to, what your goals are and why you are doing what you are doing.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here :-)

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written by Andrew On 12 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Loved the post. Points number 5 and number 6 are classic because I was told those things by a few bloggers when I first started out … and would you believe that these were some bloggers people would classify as “experts”? Really makes you think.

As great as this article is, it’s so sad that many bloggers are told to do these things and make these mistakes in blogging. Then when they do make those mistakes, they’re not sure what they did wrong because they were doing what they were told to do.

The whole thing is messed up honestly.

I think the only advice anyone ever needs is to constantly test. Don’t do something based on what someone else says or is doing, test it out for your self to see if it works for you or not and test some other methods as well. Every blogger, blog and audience are different so you have to just test what works and what doesn’t. Just my opinion.

Have a great week.

- Andrew

written by Catherine Holt On 12 August 2014 Reply

It is a tough one to work out Andrew. Certainly pro bloggers are pro because they have used a system and that system works. They have worked hard to get where they are, and their advice should certainly not be knocked. The difficulty comes when you have competing advice, because who should you trust. This is where it comes down to your own style, the type of blog you are running, what you want to achieve, how you want to achieve it, and what you feel comfortable with.

There is no ONE right way with blogging, but that certainly doesn’t mean that advice from the Pro’s shouldn’t be followed. For instance, I openly promote the ‘Learn how to blog’ program here on this site. I feel that it will benefit many new bloggers to achieve their goals and the program covers everything that you need to know. I have used this program and I feel it provided a great deal of worth.

HOWEVER, this does not mean that this program is the only program that will work and I understand that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea! At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own learning and we must evaluate what will work best for us and our own learning style.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us :-)

written by Mi Muba On 13 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine
You once again proved you don’t like to follow herd instint while writing a post and always bring a new idea to attract more readers.

I can’t say these are tips. These are bitter realities associated with blogging. If someone is brave enough to swallow them he can become a successful blogger else will just be looking here and there in search of a magic wand to succeed in a while.

Google is smart and we should also try to be smart to become its favorite. But unfortunately most of the newbie bloggers try to be over-smart and collapse in quite a short time.

We often mention there are millions of blogs and a few thousands are being added daily in the list of millions. But we miss to mention hardly half of million of them have clear concepts of blogging and they are not searching short-cuts to succeed as there is never ever any kind of short-cut in this field.

Even in showbiz one can succeed monumentally with one blockbuster movie but here in blogging with one post or one product it is impossible to become successful.

Thanks a lot for sharing another wonderful post with a lot of interesting and equally thought provoking points.

written by Catherine Holt On 14 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Mi. I enjoyed writing this post, I thought it was something a little bit different.

You are so right about the amount of blogs that lack a clear vision. Without one, how can the bloggers expect their blog to succeed. Looking for short cuts to boost your blog is not effective for long term success. Instead it is preferable to learn the ropes, work with Google and set up a schedule that is going to project your blog forward for long term growth.

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us :-)

written by Enstine Muki On 14 August 2014 Reply

Hey Hi Catherine,
I think we just have to be careful with the ‘blogging tips’ we read and try to apply. We must keep away (at all cost) from anything that’s tricky or blackhat.
Anyone who wants to trick Google will end up tricking himself.

I love the quote from Pat. I think that’s an exciting way to go about it. It generates results. People love to hear about what makes you succeed so they can try to emulate. That’s how you get the money.

These are tips we read almost everywhere Hi Catherine but unfortunately, they are misleading. Stick to experience

Hope you are having a great week

written by Catherine Holt On 14 August 2014 Reply

Your absolutely right Enstine. Tricking Google is not the way to go, and if you start blogging trying different tricks, it’s unlikely you are going to be around for the long haul. Blogging is a technique that needs to be learn’t and taking the short cuts are not going to do you any favors.

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us :-)

written by Steven J Wilson On 20 August 2014 Reply

Hey Catherine,

I have to say that I have seen them all. The one that really gets to me and is the most dangerous is toying with Google.

Playing around with a platform that is completely out of your control can backfire on you in the blink of an eye.

I believe there are things you should absolutely do to better your chances with SEO but its appeal is becoming less attractive. You never know if you will become one of those site that takes a huge hit because of a little update.

Keep your efforts diverse for sure!

Nice one Catherine!

written by Catherine Holt On 20 August 2014 Reply

It’s not worth taking the risk is it Steven. The last thing you want to do is get into Google’s bad books! Certainly learn more approaches that can work in your favor, but at the end of the day you should be trying to work with Google and not against them.

Thanks for leaving your feedback here. Have a great week!

written by Amit Kumar On 24 September 2014 Reply

Hii CATHERINE,

Wow, What’s an brilliant article? I would say the content material of this post really justifying its title ” Shocking Tips You Will Come Across In Blogging”. You really mentioned some very true and useful points here.

Two points of this article attracted me most “Just Write, The Traffic Will Come!” and “pin Your Articles For More Content And Less Writing!”.

Keep writing more useful stuff :)

written by Catherine Holt On 24 September 2014 Reply

Thanks Amit, I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

There is certainly a lot of information out there that can lead bloggers up the garden path. Whilst writing awesome content is great, this alone wil not just get you traffic, there is a lot more to it than that. It would send alarm bells ringing for me, for anyone who suggested otherwise!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us today :-)

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