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9 Do-Not's of Professional Blogging

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Last week, we posted an article on the “9 Must-Do’s of Professional Blogging”. Well, we can’t just talk about what to do, without talking about what Not to do, can we? So here it is “9 Do-Not’s of Professional Blogging” =D

1) Don’t Steal

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The actual word is “plagiarize”. This is something we have to emphasize on. Stealing of content is a definite No-No! If you did your research, and obtained a part of your content from elsewhere, make sure you give credit accordingly.

Tech tip: when you use images from Flickr or other sites give credit just below the image as we give in < credit > tag icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

2) Don’t Spam

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If you’re going to send your readers updates on your blog via their emails/selected medium, make sure that they are expecting it. (On a side note, make sure you make it easy for them to unsubscribe too.)

Sometimes when your users comment on the post, check are they provided proper mail ID with gmail, yahoo or other well known mail ID providers. Some one can simply comment with [email protected] These are spams. Be alert and move them to spam list as soon as possible icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

Tech Tip: have a look at the commenter’s blog as well. They may add non-existing  url’s.

3) Don’t Neglect your Readers

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If you don’t want to engage, Don’t. Engaging your audience takes time and effort. If you’re not going to be there, don’t encourage your readers to leave comments that you don’t intend to reply to.

If you are getting comments on your post, its better to reply to that on same day or with-in 2 days. This makes your readers feel that you are genuine author who respects the readers.

Tech Tip: reply to comments with-in 2 days icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

4) Don’t Confuse your Readers

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Your blog has a theme. All blogs do. And the reason readers come to your blog is because they are interested in what you have to say regarding the said theme. Make sure your message is relevant to that theme. Don’t confuse your readers by giving them content which they didn’t expect. (Likewise with misleading titles)

5) Don’t be Mean

No matter how strongly you feel against something/someone, don’t vent your anger or displeasure on your blog. Understand that if your blog is a professional one, it is a part of the company’s or the brand’s image. If you have an opinion, it’s okay to voice it out and stay opinionated. But make sure you don’t come across as intentionally hurtful.

Tech Tip: DO NOT give link to other blog in negative way! Better leave a comment in professional way by asking “if i am correct me” icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging Makes good sense right?

6) Don’t do “Me Too” posts (Not too Often)

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People come to your blog because you hold content that can’t be obtained anywhere else. If most of your posts are complementing other posts and just agreeing with them, without the slightest hint of having a unique perspective, then you’re not very interesting.

Tech Tip: Explore about the topic before posting!! Make unique post and get visitors! icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

7) Don’t be a Hypocrite

Practice what you preach. Or at least, really try to. Showing people that you walk the talk can often be the most convincing way to prove your point.

Tech Tip: write a post such a way that readers feel like chatting with friend icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

8) Don’t “Over-sell” your Blog

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Okay, so you have written a post that you feel good about. You post it. Then what? You advertise it via the mediums available to you (E.g. on Twitter and on Facebook.) So far so good. But when your stream starts showing the same post over and over again, it starts to annoy. Try to moderate your “selling”.

9) Don’t include a background tune

Have you ever visited a blog where a tune starts playing in the background? I have, and it catches me off-guard. My ears don’t expect to be invaded by pleasant tunes all the time! Also, the songs that one person enjoys may not appeal to others. It can really deter your readers from spending more time on your blog.

Tech Tip: Don’t add annoying graphics or songs that may end up irritating your readers when they visit! There may not be a next time~

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Here’s you go, the 9 Do-Not’s of professional blogging.. If you’re guilty of any of the above, time to stop. Like.. Now. Hope this helps~

Do you have any points to add to the list? Leave a comment! We would love to hear from you icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging Cheers!

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10 tips to make your blog complete

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Blog” , what comes to your mind when you hear this word for the first time ? icon wink 10 tips to make your blog complete Is it just a  glimpse of a simple article kind of a picture in your mind? Not at all!! Blogs are those which carry a lot of information about various topics designed in such a way, which makes the topics even-more efficient and elegant and easily understandable by any-one.

So creating such type of Blogs is not an easy task and  its very-much  necessary to follow some important steps that has to be kept in mind while you create a Blog from the beginning to till its conclusion part. icon smile 10 tips to make your blog complete

Just keep in touch with the following easy tips to make your blog- A Complete one.

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First of all, use of language is a very important one to deal-with. According to the topics you choose, make slight changes with your presentation of the language too. Make sure that you make use of those words which go hand-in-hand along with the topic you have chosen. Simple and elegant sentences are a good workouts for lifestyle related topics or articles.

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Add some interesting images related to your topic, which makes your blog look “complete”!! And if you are not so good in building impressive sentences, worry not… the use of  images  makes your blog, speak about your intention of your topic  easily! But in-turn should be able to choose the exact images that suits best to the topic mentioned. So be cautious while selecting the type of images.

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Don’t ever build any stories, instead stuff the blog with the contents concerned to the topic! Your blogs should be presented in such a way that readers would get into the exact topic content, easily so that they should not get into a thought of ‘what exactly the matter here is??’. I have come across some of the blogs which fail to present the exact topic and contain useless explanations, which are not at all recommended. Be clear and perfect regarding your content.

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Your blog design plays a major role in attracting visitors, which provides repeated visitors for your blog and hence increases your blog readers base. Blog Design can be done in two ways :

  • Pre-plan : In this phase, you decide the deign of the blog by visualizing and making into an complete design from scratch.
  • Post-plan: In this phase, you start off with blog with any simple design and then later step by step you must keep on customizing the design to make it more efficient and attractive.

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Develop the blog by adding interesting live examples that are quite familiar , which makes the readers to continue reading further for more info. Presenting  some current on-going topics is a good workout which makes your topic even more efficient and interesting.

Providing live examples are one of the most beneficial tools in a blog because it also makes sense that you are in touch with the latest tech too!

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Jump onto the Social networking sites like twitter,facebook,digg and many more. Connect with like minded people, build and maintain your online entity to make sure that your blog is not left all alone.

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Be clear and perfect with the usage of words which are  simple and easily understandable! The readers should  feel that they are interacting with someone while reading the blogs. So make sure that your articles include simple  social words, that can make any one to enjoy reading them!

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Avoid big paragraphs in the blogs which are really useless! The readers lose their interest to proceed further with that topic!! Don’t think that all users will be having patience to go through  each and every line in your post! The topic should be presented in short tips like or through short sentences which makes the users feel comfortable in reading those. So present your blogs  stepwise and in short sentences.

9. SEO

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SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Using SEO you can get into the top results pages of the search engines. Use proper meta tags and avoid basic seo mistakes to make your blog gain more vsisitors from search engines.

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Concluding part of the blog is also an important task! After providing the detail info about your topic, make sure that you also conclude your topic in a better way. So  once you are done with the blog, its necessary to end-up the topic perfectly, to make it a complete blog-post.

Well, I hope these tips work out in a better way  and make your blog- A perfect one!!! I would be glad to know your views and ideas regarding my topic through your comments. :D  HAPPY BLOGGING. icon smile 10 tips to make your blog complete