Well I know I have so here are my five top mistakes made by new bloggers:
#1 Copying and pasting text written in Word into blog post
When you copy and paste text from MS Word, emails, other word processor applications, websites etc into blog posts it transfers extra code which you normally won’t see unless you click on the HTML tab. Trouble is you mightn’t be seeing this code but your blog might.
This extra code cause problems including changing font size and type, messing up the appearance of your blog sidebars and stopping your blog from loading in Internet Explorer.
Read Why you shouldn’t write your blog posts in Word to learn more!
#2 Using copyright images in blog posts
While a picture is worth a thousand words getting into trouble by using copyrighted images isn’t! Just because an image is on the Internet doesn’t mean you are allowed to use (even if using it for educational purpose).
Read Copyright and Using Images in Blog Posts to learn more!
#3 Uploading images from digital cameras without resizing
Just because you can upload images directly from your digital camera into a blog post doesn’t mean you should! Besides taking longer to upload your image, it uses up blog storage space unnecessarily.
To learn more read:
- How to resize images before uploading
- Image widths in blog posts
- Is a picture always worth a thousand words?
#4 Forgetting to Link
Linking is a really important part of being a blogger and linking isn’t hard but for some reason most new bloggers forget to link!
It’s good blogging etiquette to link to:
- A person’s blog if you mention a blogger
- The post if you are talking about a particular post on a blog
- Articles and websites when you write about them
To learn more read:
- STOP! Don’t Press Publish! Have You Remembered to Add The LINKS?
- What’s A Pingback? And How To Write Links
#5 Copy and pasting other bloggers posts
Sure it is nice to like another bloggers post BUT you can’t copy and paste their entire post into your own blog post! Besides the fact you might be breaking copyright, this is both plagarism and extremely bad bloggers etiquette.
Would you accept students work that had been copied? NO! So don’t do it to other bloggers.
These were my five top mistakes that new bloggers make! What have I missed? What else do we need to warn new bloggers about?
I plan to follow up with a more detailed post on Why you don’t copy and paste other bloggers posts! What advice would you give new bloggers on this topic?
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