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					Too 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 five common mistakes that can bury 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 content.

				
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