9 Mistakes that show you are still a Newbie in Blogosphere
When we start something new, we commit Mistakes; Some comic while some innocent. The Web is no exception, I have collected some 9 such wrong things being practiced by newbies that expose them as a rookie especially in Blogosphere.
1. Wrong Linking
Make a link is the first challenge while writing an article and regularly do poorly. As a rookie you link to the typical anchor text reading “click here” and in the worst, put the URL as text without link.
Solution: Learn How to link in proper way.
2. Unoptimized images
Find Giant resized images in wysiwyg editor, images of poor quality or excessive weight are also clues that show our inexperience on the web.
Solution: Use an image editor, desktop or online to make your images the right size and a balance of quality and weight. Use Lossless image compression tool or try search box to find Imaging softwares.
3. Stealing content!
Although there are people who deliberately steal content, there are also people who play the content from another blog or website through lack of use and licensing terms. People not involved in-depth internet has the perception that “everything is free on internet but that’s partly true, there is free content and fully protected.
4. Using the terminology wrong
RSS, tweet, usability, CSS, widgets, gadgets, URI, blogroll, FTP, snippets … are some examples of the many terms that are used in web and a good rookie really do not know its meaning and use them in improper way.
Solution: If you are using a word which is not 100% sure these consultation before Google and Wikipedia and possibly for an example.
5. Link Exchange Request on first interaction
Link exchanges are a good way to start a network of contacts in the blogosphere. It’s good to build relation and stay in community but asking for link exchange at first meet is something wrong.
Solution: Ask for Link exchange only to someone of your niche or the blog similar to your topic. Well, you can start it with your friends but don’t expect it from the giants of blogosphere.
6. Hit Counters and Web Analytics
I remember, it was a fashion to show off Hit Counters in various ways on the webpage when I entered here. But Visitor Count is more of decorative element than statistics system.
Solution: Use Google Analytics or StatCounter for complete Web statistics of your Blog.
7. Too Long Domain Name
When you start, URL looks like a little thing and in search of available domain name, we get too long URL or complex one to remember.
Solution: Take your time to choose the correct domain or subdomain name of your site, try to be short, memorable and enjoyable.
8. I will lose pagerank for outbound Links
When we begin reading a bit of SEO, we see the importance of links and begins to form the idea that we lose pagerank by linking, something further from the truth, you link to external sites in the SEO benefits, but above it lets you create contacts and to gain visitors, you get to know many people and blogs because you link them.
Solution: Link without thinking much about SEO and do more thinking on the value for your readers. Still not convinced, read article Do Outbound Links Matter for SEO by Darren Rowse.
9. Sidebar Full of Useless items
Adding various widgets always fascinated me while being on Blogspot. I thought it may interest my readers to see flashy clock, Currency Convertor and other excessive banners which were of no use but just increased the weight of my page resulting into slow page loading.
Surely a blog is a personal space in which we can put whatever we like, but based on the idea that creating a blog is so that more people read our ideas, well worth considering your potential visitors and make a stay more pleasant.
Solution: Think twice whether it is essential for your blog or helpful for your readers? try experimenting the loading time with and without those elements. You will end up leaving only the necessary ones.
Image Credit : KnuckleBuster
A well written and thought provoking article.
Also some guideline to be a more Ethical