5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid If You Want More Traffic

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NEVER DO THESE AGAIN. EVER!

Chances are you’re making at least one of these blogging mistakes.

Will these make or break your blogging success?

Probably not, but if your goal is to start getting more traffic, these are the blogging mistakes to avoid that can impact the amount and quality of your traffic.

With the exception #5 these are definitely the things that have made the biggest impact on my blog.  #5 is a little experiment ;-)

 

Blogging Mistakes To Avoid That Will Improve Your Traffic

Mistake #1 Headlines That Don’t Compel

Your headline has to compel your reader to say to themselves, “Wow, I need to read that!”

So how do YOU get that kind of  reaction from your reader?

First off a good headline covers a topic your audience wants to read. Secondly, headlines need to be specific and thirdly add a benefit.

Here’s a simple example:

People that want to lose weight love weight loss tips.  So here’s a basic headline:

“Awesome weight loss tips”

Good, but not very specific.  For instance, weigh loss tips for who?

Awesome weight loss tips for new moms”

Better, but where’s the benefit?

” New moms lose 5 pounds in 7 days with awesome quick weight loss tips”

That’s it, we have a winner!

It’s what dieters most want to know aimed at a specific audience with a benefit of quick (lose 5 pounds in 7 days).

Here’s more on how to write attention getting headlines.


Mistake #2 You Don’t Have a Mailing List

Most one time visitors are gone, never return to your blog. Don’t let them get away. Use email to help them get to know you, learn from you and build relationships.

Email is a BIG connection builder.

When you offer readers an option to get on your mailing list you’re giving them the opportunity to not only learn from you, but learn about you. But you’re also giving yourself the opportunity to connect.

With email you can shower your subscribers with free gifts, guides, ideas and tips.  This builds subscriber trust.  Readers look up to those they can learn from not to mention you’ve just established a new relationship that’s meaningful to your business.

That’s a huge!

Email also brings your readers back to your blog.  For example using an email autoresponder like Aweber, which I use, I can automatically send out an email to my list advising them of my latest blog post.

You can even create a series of emails that get delivered automatically to welcome people or that points them to a few of your most popular blog posts.  That’s also what I do.

It’s a way to get your best  information in front of your subscribers.

Mistake #3  No Sitemap

Sitemaps are key to allowing the search engines to index all your blog posts, so your blog needs one.

There are lots of sitemap builders, for instance the Google XML sitemap plugin is probably the most popular. But if you want to cut down on the number plugins you install I use the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.  It’s a free plugin with lots of great options including a sitemap so every time I create a new post the sitemap gets updated.

Now I have one less plugin to install and my blog will always have an up-to-date site map.  Super easy, peasy!

Mistake #4  Too much concern for SEO Rankings and not enough on personal interaction

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in practicing good SEO strategies but I don’t put all my eggs in the SEO basket any more.

With all the search engine changes, and no doubt the changes still to come, lots of bloggers and site owners have lost rankings for one reason or another.

But the truth is that high search engine rankings aren’t the end all be all they use to be. In fact there’s a better, easier way to find good traffic.

Social interaction… its’s how to drive traffic without depending Google.

I’ve actually gained back much of the traffic I lost simply by connecting more with my visitors and followers ~ and it’s more fun!

I may not get the kind of traffic a #1 search engine position will yield but that’s not a bad thing either.  My traffic actually knows me now, they trust me and they come back.  The search engines can’t take that away from me no matter what they do.

Mistake #5  No Image Caption

No image caption doesn’t really qualify as a mistake but it can do a lot for helping you hang on to your traffic.

Did you notice that I used a caption under my image this time?

This isn’t something I’ve done in the past but I like the strategy.  I was enlightened on the tip while reading a  Kissmetrics article on the use of graphics it pointed out that the caption beneath the graphic gets read more than the body copy itself.  It pointed out clearly that… and if it’s something that works, not using it could be a mistake.

Captions under images are read on average 300% more than the body copy itself.

I don’t know about you, but for me that’s pretty compelling and if I can do something as simple as this to encourage a reader to read on, I think it would be a mistake not to do it ~right?

But of course the caption has to compel. So here are a few things to think about when writing a good caption.

  • Make a bold statement. That’s what I did in this post.  ”Never do these again. Ever!”
  • Ask a pressing question you know your reader has in mind.
  • Tell the reader something extra besides the obvious
  • State a compelling benefit. What’s your reader’s biggest motivator?

Try it!  See how it works and we’ll compare notes.

Try these things and let me know if they make a difference for you.

Meanwhile share with us the blogging mistakes you’ve made and what things you recommend we avoid.

Blessings,

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Comments

  1. Hey Liz,

    I utilize four of the five to varying degrees. The only one I have yet to utilize is the email list. I have one in place, but have only sent out a couple emails to my list.

    Guess I need to work on that.

    The sitemap I keep updated so no worries on that one.

    Captions are hit and miss. It depends on where I put the image. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
    I probably should work to come up with better captions than just “Monarch Butterfly.” :)

    While I keep SEO in mind I try to write for my target audience and if I meet that I would think that SEO would fall into line.

    I do some keyword research from time to time and see what is being searched for. It also gives me ideas for posts. While a lot of people shoot nature and wildlife video, there’s really not much on how to do it well on the web. So either I’m ahead of the game of there’s not much interest in shooting better nature and wildlife footage.

    And of course, I can always work on trying to come up with better titles to try and compel my target crowd to read what I have to say and hopefully take something away from it.

    Kevin
    Kevin J Railsback recently posted..Discovering Your Creativity for Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking

    • Hi Kevin,

      Looks like you’ve got things covered pretty well. I’m not

      I would definitely recommend working your email list more. For photographers and filmmakers you have so much to offer. If nothing else send out an automatic email each time you write a new post. That brings folks back to your blog.

      The danger with having a list and emailing them infrequently is that they forget who you are, so when you do finally send that occasional email they’ve forgotten they even signed up and opt-out or worse label you a spammer.

      Keyword research is always a tough one for me. I either spend hours on it or make it a 2 minute task. But I’m like you, any keyword research I do gives me great ideas about future blog post ideas.

      Thanks for your awesome feedback Kevin.

      Liz :-)

  2. It’s really nice to read! Thanks for writing some must follow things for blogging! I still believe that every online business as well as blogging needs to have a clear planning to archive the success. A blogger must have a clear idea on content marketing and SEO. Otherwise it might be a very tough experience…
    Majharul Hossain recently posted..A Better Chance to Earn More Money With Chitika: Time to Change Your Hosting Provider!

    • Hi Majharul,

      For sure! That’s the mistake so many new bloggers make. They have no idea of how to develop their blog, market it or how to attract traffic. So many other bloggers have let them to believe that all you need to do is create a blog, find some things to sell or promote and start selling. Whew, that’s just not going to work.

      Anyway, thanks for your feedback Majharul.

      Liz
      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid If You Want More Traffic

  3. Great tip about the image caption, Liz! Will have to try that one. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my traffic once I started blogging regularly.

    There are more things I’d like to do I just need to figure out how to make it work with my website. :-)
    Elke Feuer recently posted..My Autopsy Experience

  4. Liz -
    I learned something new right off! I never paid that much attention to the length of my title. Yours are fairly long – but this one really caught my eye.

    I have started using mailchimp. Do you think there are benefits to Aweber? I have some work to do in that area. I’ve got a big ole list of subscribers, but haven’t emailed a newsletter out yet. Can you guess what I’ll be working on this evening? :)

    It may be worth the effort to go back and check my captions. Yours look really professional. I had to laugh as I read your tip #5. Yes, I had read the caption at the very beginning. lol

    All of your advice was great – as usual – I love your helpful tips!
    Thanks,
    Karen
    Karen Hoyt recently posted..PTSD with Hepatitis C or Cirrhosis

    • Hi Karen,

      Aweber does have a lot of time saving benefits, but I think it’s a little more a month than Mailchimp. However I don’t know enough about Mailchimp to know the differences. If mail chimp is working for you no need to switch at this time. If you already have a list, that’s a great start. But you want to connect with your list as much as you can. Give your subscribers good tips, connect with them on a personal level and treat them like your best friend. Really concentrate on personalizing your emails.

      If you have things to promote that’s OK but make it about a 5-1 ratio, in other words, make only 1 offer after about 5 emails that offer useful tips.

      Thanks so much for letting me know you read the caption and I’m so glad you found this advice useful. So thoughtful of you to mention it :-)

      Have a wonderful evening and don’t work too hard. Get some rest too.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  5. On the subject of sitemaps, is that a necessity on wordpress sites or does wordpress do the work for you?
    Joseph Rathjen recently posted..“Phantom” Cops In Biker/Suv Beatdown Tarnish NYPD’s Image

  6. Excellent Post.

    I’m covering most of these, but not all.

    It’s A LOT of work keeping up a blog…isn’t it?

    X
    My Inner Chick recently posted..13 Reasons I Continue Blogging

  7. Hi Liz,

    Great idea to have included site map in your list. Those are “little details” so to speak that a lot of newbies would have no idea about, and it does make a difference for traffic.

    Thank you for the great tips :)
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted..Thankful Monday!

    • Hey Sylviane,

      It’s the little things that can make the big difference :-)

      When I started out I didn’t understand a lot of the little things, even sitemaps were a foreign to me. XML sitemap? What the heck is that?

      But we learn as we go and find out that many of the things we thought were complicated really aren’t complicated at all. That’s one of the things I love about WordPress, the plugins really simplify a lot of things.

      Thanks Sylviane for your feedback, always love hearing from you :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  8. Great tips, Liz – agree with all of them. The image caption one’s not so easy for me to implement, though, because I tend to use Creative Commons images from Flickr and use the caption box to credit the creator of the image. I’ll certainly consider your suggestion, though, when I use images I’ve paid for where no attribution is required.

    I’ve only recently got an email list started and it’s very small at the moment, so not making a huge impact on my traffic, but hopefully that will improve over time.

    Thanks for the tips :)
    Susan Neal recently posted..A Simple but Powerful Writing Tip From Ricky Gervais

    • HI Susan,

      I’ve also used the caption box to credit the image owner but most of the time I just put it at the end of the post, which I prefer. You could probably still use the caption box for a good caption and then in lower case simple put the graphic credit. That will take using a little HTML but I’ve seen that done. Just something to think about :-)

      Email takes time and needs to be consistent. I’ve actually made some really close friends through email, but it’s taken several months of emailing them to get them to open up to me and ask questions or make comments, so it does take some patience.

      Thanks for your feedback Susan and you have a wonderful day.

      Liz

  9. Hope you got my previous message, Liz – this is just a PS to say congratulations on being featured on Adrienne’s blog – a well-deserved shout!
    Susan Neal recently posted..A Simple but Powerful Writing Tip From Ricky Gervais

  10. That really is a great share Elizabeth.Using sitemaps has many benefits, not only easier navigation and better visibility by search engines. Sitemaps offer the opportunity to inform search engines immediately about any changes on your site. Of course, you cannot expect that search engines will rush right away to index your changed pages but certainly the changes will be indexed faster, compared to when you don’t have a sitemap.
    If your site is new, or if you have a significant number of new pages, then using a sitemap can be vital to your success. Although you can still go without a sitemap, it is likely that soon sitemaps will become the standard way of submitting a site to search engines. rest of the things are also must follow but for me sitemap really does the trick for you without actually doing anything.

    • Hi Alan,

      Using a sitemap doesn’t guarantee quick indexing and it’s certainly not going to make or break the success of your blog. It’s really just a small part of good search engine optimization but it’s serves a good purpose.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your feedback.

      Have a wonderful day :-)
      Liz

  11. I liked every point but I liked the point where you have mentioned about not to think much about search engines rather focus more on personal interaction.

    I agree that SEO is important but personal interaction is more important to get some loyal readers. Nice post Liz.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted..How to Make Money through Blogging?

    • That’s so true Atish. I know people get really wrapped up in SEO and I guess that’s OK if you have the time for that. Personal interaction is really what makes your business and it’s not something that Google can take away from you. I get so frustrated with good rankings dropping to bad rankings and then having to figure out what to change. I never liked chasing things like that.

      Anyway my friend. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  12. Hi Liz,
    I have always made mistake #5
    Now, I think I see the sense in the caption. That was the second thing that captured my attention on this article. First the image, and then the caption. Looks like this works as I could take off my eyes until I read that caption which really speaks the mind of the lady in the pic.

    Oh yes, the headline. A poor headline is like a shot door. That means no one gets in. The more attractive the title, the more people you get to read the article

    Of course, the other points you make are quite important too. I often say a list is an unfailing source of traffic. Each time a mail is sent, there is sure to be traffic.

    Now with hummingbird update, SEO has shifted quite much. It’s about relevance based on the meaning in the search sentence and not only on individual keyword.

    Take care and have a wonderful week Liz
    Enstine Muki recently posted..Jason Mathes ~ Blogger of the week

    • Hey Enstine,

      I’m so glad you stopped by my friend! How are you doing? Great I hope :-)

      #5 is something most bloggers don’t do, but I think with the right picture and the right caption it can be pretty powerful.

      For me I think good headlines and email are a given. Used correctly they’re powerful traffic resources.

      As for Hummingbird I’m a little confused on how it’s improved relevant search quality. Just this morning I did a search on ‘accepting blog comments’ and got results for Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Huh? Totally unrelated. I’ve seen a number of those non-relevant results from Google lately.

      Anyway, you have a great week too Enstine and it’s been great having you here.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  13. Hi Liz, I quiet agree with you that most of us do make these mistakes. I love your first point, A very catch topic is really important to motivate your readers to read to the end and it is very good to forget about SEO most times and think about blogging to keep your readers engaged and then give them a reason to come back and lastly it is necessary to have a sitemap in your blog to help readers go through your blog contents easily. I must say am enjoying my time here because am learning something new each time I come here.

    Thanks for sharing

    ~Bob
    Olili Bob recently posted..How To make Your Blogging More Productive

    • Hey Bob,

      It makes my day to hear that folks learn something new when they come to my blog. I’m busy all day long learning new things and it’s fun to pass these bits of knowledge along.

      Come back any time. Always glad to get some good feedback :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  14. Liz,

    I don’t read many articles and posts about blogging much anymore but I think I should because sometimes I forget what to do or not do. I get in this robot like state when I write and I think sometimes forget that certain things need to be done. And a compelling headline is one of those things. For a while now I think I have been lacking in that blog department so I’m vamping up my efforts and making better headlines. Thx a bunch!
    Allie recently posted..Poll: What is Your Favorite Way to Learn

    • Hey Allie,

      I know what you mean, you can read about blogging and what to do only so much before it just isn’t what you want to focus on any more.

      But you bring up a good point, we sometimes forget that some things need to be done, or at least take a few moments for improvement. I’m glad you’re working on your headlines, they really can make a difference for your blog.

      Thanks for stopping by Allie.

      Blessings,
      Liz
      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid If You Want More Traffic

  15. Hi Liz,

    Informative post indeed :)

    Loved all your points, and yes, if we can manage to avoid these mistakes, we’d be doing very well for ourselves. Having a catchy title is the key I feel because that’s what actually stops people in their tracks and compels them to read your posts. I keep trying a variety of them and seeing, which one works, and sometimes having a variation is good too, isn’t it?

    There can be nothing better than building relationships through the social interactions on our blogs, via the comments. SEO is important, but like you, I honestly don’t pay too much attention to it. Moreover, nowadays a variation is what’s preferred, and if you are sharing quality content that your readers like, you are doing well for yourself, isn’t it?

    I’ve never really tried using the caption under an image and I’d have to check it out if my theme allows that. Also, when we attribute a site or the photographer, doesn’t it cause any problem to add your caption to his/her work (because I usually use the free images that just need a link). More over, I wonder how these images are taken on Pinterest, because presently I get a lot of traffic for the images I share on my blog, which are only stand alone ones – related to the post. I guess I need to check out all of these factors, though it does sound like a good option.

    Thanks for sharing all of these tips with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

    BTW – Congratulations on being featured at Adrienne’s blog :)
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    • Hey Harleena,

      You bring up a good point about adding a caption to a photo that isn’t yours.

      From my research as long as you add retribution on the post it’s OK. I usually add retribution at the end of my post with a live link. That should satisfy the requirements. For example I use freedigitalphotos.net and read the attribution requirements carefully. For their photos no where does it say that the retribution has to go in the caption or that no other caption can be used. Now it may be different for other photos sites, so you’d have to read the requirements carefully.

      As for Pinterest I don’t like to share photos that aren’t mine and that’s because I’m not sure of the rules on that either. I’ll have to look into that a bit more.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments Harleena :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

    • Hi Harleena, I was thinking the same thing about Pinterest, but I generally know which photos will be shared from my blog on Pinterest and which won’t. You’re right, though, a caption might not show well on Pinterest.
      Carolyn recently posted..Have a Spook-tacular Halloween with Pinterest!

  16. Hey Liz,

    I have to say that the tip that really got me over with blogging was tip number 4. Yes SEO is great, but just found out with the new hummingbird google update, keywords won’t be the main focus anymore. It’s all about delivering great topics.

    At one people I was blogging everyday, but to no avail was i getting any traffic. Once I started commenting and engaging with others, that’s when the traffic started coming. And yes, I had one of those Aha moments.

    Also it really helps to have a mail list. These are the people that found interest in what you have to say and are looking for more answers to help themselves. This gives you the opportunity to start building relationships with them, deliver helpful tips, and eventually making some sales.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherman Smith recently posted..3 Types Of People To Market To

    • Hi Sherman,

      SEO can really drive you crazy if you let it. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, things change, so why drive yourself nuts. Even with blogging every day, it’s not how much you write it’s what you write and how it resonates with your readers, but even that’s not going to help you if you don’t connect personally, just like you said.

      Mailing lists do help, but you’ll still hear people say that email is dead and social media is taking it’s place. I say they can both work together. After all, people that opt in to your mailing list are already indicating that they like what you’re about. That’s a great position to be in.

      Thanks for stopping by Sherman, you always have great things to share. Have a wonderful weekend too.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  17. Well Liz, for the most part I pass. For the most part!

    I still have issues with compelling headlines. I have my moments when I do one right but for the most part I’m still pretty horrible with those. I keep confessing that I am but for some reason I just have not improved. I’m not a writer in the sense that I know how to entice my readers in you know! Does that even make sense to you?

    I just write what I know so I don’t really think about roping people in so to speak. I’ve got so many notes on writing headlines but most of that goes out the window when I have something on my mind to write about.

    I know I have a great following and people sharing my content but there is still so much room for improvement. Maybe one of these days I’ll finally “get it”.

    The rest, I’m good! Got that all down pat Liz thank goodness.

    Love this post and these really are key points. Thanks so much for sharing this and I know you’ve probably helped a lot of people with this.

    Have a fabulous weekend.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..Google Really Can Be Cool

  18. Hi Liz, Wow, the photo caption tip really hit home for me. I included a picture in my blog post today and I was debating adding a caption. You convinced me that I should do that so I just went back and edited the photo to add a caption.

    I tend to use a lot of photos in my blog. I had taken an “all or nothing” approach with captions, so that either all of the photos in an article had captions or none of them did. I think I should add more captions but not be compelled to add them to all of the photos.

    You made an excellent point about the captions by illustrating your point so well with a strong caption. It caught my attention and you were right, I did read it first!
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  19. Hi Liz,

    I like the post. It is interesting and the tips are useful. In my opinion, a headline must be relevant. I do agree that benefits are important and it must be specific. What I always avoid is the type of headline labelled as killer or magnetic. Usually, it is a shocking title that instantly drives attention. However, when you read that post you find the content is low quality and feel you have been cheated.

    About the list. I know that money is in the list. So building a list is the most important step. So my question to you is:

    What are your best methods to build a list from scratch?

    Have a wonderful day
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    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments Silviu

      As for building a list from scratch my best suggestion is to have a GOOD squeeze page. You can’t draw folks in if they aren’t compelled to do so, that means you have to give them something they’ll TRULY benefit from with actionable items they can use, and give it to them for free. But you need a good squeeze page that reflects that.

      Every page of your site should have an optin box and that optin box should contain, in the least amount of words, a compelling reason to sign up. But to increase opt in you should be writing articles, guest posts and make comments that contain a link to your opt-in page or squeeze page, NOT your home page. So in other words have an optin box as well as a squeeze page that you drive traffic to through articles, social marketing, guest posts, comments, etc.

      Liz :-)
      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid If You Want More Traffic

  20. Hi Liz,

    First off, thanks for commenting on my blog! Appreciated!

    You nailed em here. The lack of interaction/too much focus on SEO is a biggie. Search engines do not read our posts or buy or products. People do. Better pay attention to them.

    I am learning this more and more as I grow my gifting team and branch out and travel. We live in a people driven world. Pay attention to them to succeed in your niche of choice.

    Thanks for sharing Liz!

    Ryan
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    • Hey Ryan,

      Absolutely, you are very welcome!

      If your business is online it’s important to make sure our websites, blogs and stores are visible to the search engines since they’re the ones that give us visibility but without a clear vision of what our customers and visitors want, and focus on how we can best serve them, good search engine ranking won’t amount to much.

      Just curious, what is a gifting team? Sounds very interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by Ryan, you have an awesome blog!

      Blessings,
      Liz
      Elizabeth McGee recently posted..5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid If You Want More Traffic

  21. Hi Liz,

    First, pleasure to meet you, I think I spotted your name at Adrienne’s blog.

    Great advices and I certainly find it compelling. Interesting part for me is under #5 – image caption. I’m not use to put image caption at least not until I read your post and this is something I should give it a try.

    Also I’m glad you mentioned that mistake about concerning too much for SEO and not enough on personal interaction. This is extremely important and Adrienne recently wrote an excellent article about referral and organic search traffic. We all know that traffic is our lifeblood in online business, but the question is what kind of visitors we want to our sites.

    So as far as I’m concerned, building relationship with my audience and gaining the trust is much better than constantly adjusting to search engines. Of course I’m talking about referral traffic.

    Thanks Liz for this compelling piece of content, I enjoyed it.

    ~ Dragan
    Dragan Palla recently posted..Freelancing…and Actually Making Money at It

    • Hey Dragan,

      Do try using the image caption, I think you might find that it can make a difference, plus it’s easy to do.
      There’s so much talk now about SEO and how much emphasis to put on it.

      I still think SEO is important after all the search engines are our primary source for making sure we are indexed and our pages are available online, but as opposed to letting the search engines drive our traffic we’re discovering that we can find and drive our own traffic which in the grand scheme of things is really better for our business. And what’s better for business is our relationships ;-)

      Thanks so much Dragan for stopping by, it’s been a please meeting you as well. I’ve been enjoying your blog as well.

      Have a wonderful week :-)

      Liz

  22. Liz,

    I think I am guilty of most of these some of the time.

    I know my Headlines are not what they should be. I do not write good headlines and I really struggle with that one.

    I like what you have said about writing a caption under your image. That is a great idea. I may have to try that one. I actually read your caption before even looking at the image. I looked at the image after I read the caption about it. After doing that I found what you said later in the post about the image caption interesting.

    Thanks for the list of things not to do. I think I need these.

    Dee Ann
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    • Hi Dee Ann,

      Headlines are tough, they don’t seem like they should be but THEY ARE! And it’s frustrating. I tried one day to come up with a formula for writing headlines that were easy and quick and I gave up. Maybe one of these days I’ll go back to that but for now I just sort of wing it with each one I write, as do most of us :-|

      Yes, try the caption thing, I think it does make a difference, especially if you can get it to really grab attention. Be bold with it and have fun!

      Have a great day Dee Ann, and good to have to here :-)

      Liz

  23. Hi Liz!

    I can definitely appreciate these tips. #5 is not one I have considered but can now see the benefit of adding a compelling image caption. With Google changing it’s rules and SEO ranking structure, I like that you shared the importance of actually focusing on interacting and writing for our audience instead of the search engines.

    After all, blogging is a great way for us to leverage or social media connections and we should be more concerned with growing the relationship with our readers instead of ranking in the engines.
    Big Dave recently posted..Beat The Competition On Amazon and Ebay

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Dave and so happy to have you comment.

      With all the Google changes and I’m sure more to come, we really have to take this thing into our own hands and be responsible for our own traffic and the only way to do that is interacting with our visitors on our own. Search engines are still important and we still need to perform basic SEO best practices, but the rest is all about our visitor and how we can best serve our market.

      You’ve got some great info on your blog as well about SEO ~ good reading :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  24. Hey!

    How are you? Excellent write up.

    For me, the biggest mistake could simply be NOT focusing on the right title and of course, blog blindly. Title is important if you want to attract others. That’s a fact :)

    Now, blog blindly. If you are blogging just to add the numbers of posts you have, that is when you REALLY do wrong. If you know exactly what you want, then blogging would be better and easier.

    Well, at least, those for some things that I think.

    Have a great day ahead and thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Reginald,

      Well put, blogging blindly can be a mistake, but sadly we see so many folks doing that, for example focusing on the wrong things, like meeting a blog post quota or becoming so desperate to make money that there’s no real focus or connection with your market. Also if your blog becomes drudgery then there’s not much hope for success.

      Thanks for stopping by Reginald. Hope you have a wonderful week.

      Liz

  25. Liz
    This is a great list of actionable items that should prove helpful to a lot of bloggers.

    I’ve toyed with the idea of adding captions to my images but I’ve just never done it. I probably should start. I’d be interested in hearing the results of your “experiment”. I am in the habit of uploading my post images using the media library rather than inserting them in the post because it’s easier to enter the meta-tag data (like alt-text and descriptions). Unfortunately, Yoast’s SEO plugin does not work with the WP theme that I use.

    I agree with you completely about the importance of headlines. One thing that I think a lot of bloggers miss is the opportunity to use heading tags within the post itself. When I started adding H2 and H3 headings, I noticed an increase in search traffic.
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    • Hi Sherryl,

      Thanks for dropping by. I haven’t had the chance to see just yet whether or not adding captions to my graphics is making a difference but I do think that if the caption raises curiosity that can be a big help. I am anxious to see the results and I’ll let you know when I do.

      I also found that using the H1, H2 and H3 tags did help increase search traffic. When I started doing this I wasn’t really sure it would make a difference, but it did!

      Blessings,
      Liz

  26. Hi Liz,
    I am coming to your blog via Carolyn – WonderOfTech. Very nice article and you bring valid points as well. I personally like below three:

    Headlines That Don’t Compel
    No Sitemap
    Personal interaction

    These are absolutely worth to consider if anyone expects traffic. I would also agree that too much SEO harms sometime and should be considered when we install specific plugins and post activities.

    As we know, Google robot dynamic search algorithm plays a major role too. Indeed, past few months I am not consistent at my blog post and held with other stuffs. Need to wind back. :)

    Thanks for sharing the nice post and valid tips. Have a great Thanks giving Liz.
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    • Hi Manickam,

      Nice to have you here :-)

      So you found me through Carolyn? She has a great blog doesn’t she? I’ve learned so much from her technology smarts.

      I’m so glad you found the post of value. I use to be a real SEO buff, in a way I still am but I look at it through different eyes now. As you mentioned too much concentration on SEO and less on your reader can be a mistake. Google keeps a close eye on how much others like and share your content so we have to keep that in mind when writing and promoting.

      Anyway, I hope I’m worthy of your return Manickam, and thanks so much for your feedback :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  27. Social interaction is vital, building your SEO presence is so much easier if you have genuine following that is likely to naturally link to you!
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