1. Don’t assume your readers understand your abbreviations and acronyms. Explain them at least once in the post if you are going to use them.(ie MLM = Multi-Level Marketing). I have been guilty of this myself. I usually abbreviate books of the bible for verses I quote. I will no longer do that. Someone unfamiliar with the bible may have no idea what I’m referencing. Providing the explanation allows them an opportunity to look into it further. Attaching a link to an abbreviation would be great too and then explanation is not needed.
2. Allow your readers to share your content (especially on Facebook and Twitter). I just visited a blog with fantastic articles but there was no way to view any article as an individual page so in order to share what I’d found, I’d have to just share the entire site. Pass. You want your articles to be shared!
3. Interact with your readers by allowing comments. I still don’t really get this on so many blogs I visit. Why the limitation on being engaged with your readers? Are they only wanting to preach to us and so don’t want to hear our POV (POV = point of view)? Afraid folks will disagree? Anyone know why some do this?
4. Make the purpose of your blog distinct from the get-go. Can your readers tell? Is it just a bunch of stuff mish-mashed together or do you have a general idea for what your blog is all about and are you able to convey that to the reader as soon as they land on your home page?
5. Don’t hide your affiliation with companies. I just un-liked a blog fan page for this today. I don’t like the way it feels dishonest. I click a link that appears as though it is part of the bloggers site, only to find it takes me to a spammy site or one that is obviously one the blogger is being paid to direct you to. Just tell us! I want to know. Don’t dupe me into thinking it’s your content when it’s not. * It is now required by law to share your affiliations!
6. Do NOT steal photos or content from a blogger. You can and should be prosecuted for theft. This should go w/o saying but I actually saw another blogger this week say that she thought we should all be allowed to take anything we want if it is published online. Seriously? Eek. Looking for a lawsuit! At the very least, ASK if you can borrow part of the content, give proper credit, and link to them. Plagiarism online is still plagiarism.
What advice would you give other bloggers? If I’m doing something that drives you nuts, let me know. I will take it under advisement 🙂