#1 – Trying to do everything
I know it isn’t easy, but if you want your blog/website to be popular, you need to realize that there are just so many things that need doing. You can’t possibly write articles, create graphics, design the layout of a website, promote content on social media sites, and do backlinks all at one go. The only way you will manage to stay organized is by staying focused on one task at a time. Learn when and where to get help from freelance writers, designers, or anyone else who can offer assistance online for free or for some pennies.
#2 – Not contributing enough
Most people out there consider writing as something which pays well and requires minimum effort. Most SEO companies pay their content writers peanuts and expect them to churn out quality work consistently. Although I agree that writing isn’t the most straightforward job in the world, it requires continuous practice and patience if you want to get good at it. If you aren’t willing to put in as much effort as others require, don’t expect good results either.
#3 – Writing for the search engines
Search engine algorithms may have changed and offered better results to writers, but if your content is all about keywords stuffed with tons of text to rank higher for a particular phrase, then that’s not going to work anymore. So please keep away from keyword stuffing as it’ll only make you look like a spammer, which offers no value to people reading your stuff. Instead, try focusing on creating quality content that will keep readers coming back time and again.
#4 – Imitating others
Although I said earlier that you should always ask for feedback, don’t just copy-paste someone else’s work without putting some effort into making it unique. You don’t want people thinking that you are plagiarizing their stuff by using similar words or sentences. Most writers who get caught for copy-pasting end up losing their reputation and online credibility. So make sure that you cover your tracks by doing a little research about the topic rather than just borrowing some information from other sources.
#5 – Not maintaining consistency
If you only want to publish posts and hope that people will instantly like them, there’s something wrong with this approach. Take time out on understanding the reasons why people come back to reread your work are. If there is an opportunity to use more images to boost traffic, then take it as well. Content that keeps users interested will automatically improve page ranking over time, so don’t worry too much about it.