Saturday, March 22, 2008

What Kills a Blog?

Somewhere on my old posts, I've written about the fact that says every 3 seconds a new blog is born and at the same ratio blog dies too. The reason I'm digging that out of my old post is because, I'm concerned about why do these blogs die and What causes newbie bloggers to drop the idea of blogging.


Most often bloggers complain that after a great start, a year later their blog is as dead as can be. This is a common problem that almost always revolves around a small list of common mistakes made by the blogger. A blogger can sit back and expect the blog to do all of the work for him or her, which is a terrible way to approach blogging. A successful blogger would tell you that great blogging takes a certain amount of dedication and hard effort to make it work. You have to put effort into a blog to sustain it, especially after the first month or so of completing the design. Many people work so hard during the initial design phase that they get lazy after it is complete. To avoid this happening to your blog, check out these common reasons that can kill a blog.

Infrequent Updates

One of the biggest mistakes a blogger can make is to “forget” about posting. The most successful blogs are updated with new posts at least once a day. Some larger blogs are constantly being updated. You should try to create new posts as often as possible. If you miss a day here and there, it will be no big deal. However, if you miss a week or more without posting, you might as well consider the blog dead already. You have to take a few moments, even as few as five, a day to create interesting posts or content. If you are writing short and concise posts like you should be, this should not be that challenging. It is easy to keep your blog updated, if you make it a priority.

Too Much Advertising

Most bloggers today do want to make a profit from their blog. This is a trend that can get out of control quickly however. If you are interested in adding ads to your blog, do so with caution. There is nothing wrong with a few appropriately places ads that offer viewers links to places that correlate with your blog’s content. However, adding a massive amount of advertisements on your blog is a mistake. If you have a bunch of flashy ads on your blog, your content will get lost within the hoopla. Therefore, you should always limit your ads to three or less per page. Make sure you place them in appropriate places that let your content shine through. Don’t allow enormous ads to fill up your pages either. They will simply annoy readers. Be smart about including advertising on your blog!

Unprofessional Look

Looks do matter when it comes to your blog. The more professional and crisp your blog looks, the more your readers will take you seriously. If you are interesting in boosting traffic, you should try a more serious layout or presentation for your blog. If you can afford to hire a professional, you should. If you choose to do it yourself however, you must make sure the end product is good. If you have a sloppy blog that looks “homemade” you will not likely have a great response. Try different layouts and approaches to see what gets you the most traffic.

Graphics Overload

Pictures can add a ton to your blog and draw in more readers. However, when done excessively, much like ads, pictures can drive people away. The main reason too many pictures can ruin a blog is because there are many web surfers who still use slow internet connections. When they try to load your page, it will take an excessively long time to do so. This in turn will likely drive them and anyone else with this problem away. Try limiting to a few pictures per page.

Inappropriate Content

Everyone knows that the web is a place where you can freely express yourself. However, if you want your blog to survive, you might want to think about that freedom of expression. Although you should always say what you feel, you can do so in appropriate manners on your blog. There are ways to say anything on your mind, without using profanity or any offensive lingo. If you want your blog to be successful, you cannot be inappropriate with your contents.


Thank you for reading

6 comments:

Trisna said...

Oh nooooo... ^o^ it think my blog is start to dive down now.. (*sobs)

heyyy... can you give an advice for me.. which should/should not do with my blog (*begging you).. i mean from the 5 points of what kills a blog.. i need a blogmaster opinion (yes.. you!)

i think i did the point no.1 & 2 hehehe..

ametya said...

Sucess is not mean to win every battle. It means to win the war.

Even in the crowd of comments if mero guff seeks ametya's comment then that's would be the ametya's winning, not to comment in each article posted by mero guff. That would be only battle with commentators.

Navin said...

Trisna, since you are only left out with 2 points, you still win by 1 more point(3-2=1). So, no problem and I'll tell you what to do and what not to do, very soon.. ehehe :) rock on lady!!

Navin said...

Ametya Ji, well said, but for new blogger, winning a battle is success, and that's how he'll get success over ultimate war.. just my thought.. ding dong.. :)

Webster Twelb said...

Just put a post with too much picture the other day..anyway..that was a first and I got really excited coz the trip was just cool as ever...sometimes i don't put graphics at all..(no time for it) just plain talkish.

Anyway, thanks for a great tip..

Hope next time you can suggest where we can get the best free templates...i could spend hours and hours just looking for those things..

thanks!

Navin said...

Well, you don't want to leave your post without an image, it's not good either.. because, a single or two images is quite good to draw people's attention. So, it's better not leave a post without any Image. but too much is not good either :)

And yeah, I'll write very soon about those templates thing too :) regards

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