There are tons of websites and other bloggers sharing their best blogging advice and tips, but not all of the advice should be followed. For this post I wanted to share what I thought was the worst advice for bloggers and then ask fellow bloggers what bad advice they received.
Have a Single Niche
Many websites and even bloggers recommend starting a blog with a single niche, but I disagree. It is good to have an idea of what topic you would like to blog about, but when I started my blog I only posted about beauty and it got boring very quick. I then took a step back and realized that I should be able to blog about whatever I want since it is my blog, and now I blog about beauty, books, and lifestyle, and I am much more happier. You should not restrict yourself to a single niche because no one likes only one thing so why should your blog only focus on one thing?
Upgrade to a Paid Plan or Go Self-Hosted IMMEDIATELY
If you are a new blogger, I do not recommend upgrading to a paid WordPress plan because most bloggers quit blogging within a few months. If life gets in the way or you realize blogging is not for you, you spent $60 that you cannot get back (the WordPress plans are billed yearly instead of monthly). The same goes for going self-hosted. Yes you can do many things that you cannot with a free plan like using Google Analytics, Google Ads, and other plugins, but it requires much more work that I do not recommend for new bloggers. If however you have been blogging for a good amount of time and you would like to take your blog further, then I would highly recommend purchasing your own domain and possibly upgrading to a paid plan.
Blog Every Day
First off I admire anyone who has the time to blog every day, but most bloggers will not have the time especially if they have a job, school, or family. It is definitely not necessary to blog every day, and as I mentioned in my What I Learned in 2 Years of Blogging post, quality is much more important than quantity, and it is better to publish one high quality post a week than short blog posts every day.
Write Short Posts vs Long Posts
I have read advice about writing posts under 300 words to immediately get your point across and I have also read posts about writing 1,500 words to have better SEO, but the length of your post does not matter as much as the content. On some days my posts will be around 300 words while others may be closer to 1,000. I do not think you should focus on the word count and instead focus on the quality like I mentioned in the previous point.
Have Every Social Media Account
I brought this point up in my Social Media Accounts: How Many is Too Many for a Blogger? post, and it is really not necessary to have every social media account. I highly advise against a Facebook page since they are very slow to grow and Facebook charges you to share your posts to your audience, but I do recommend joining Facebook groups like Starlight Bloggers Group. Twitter is hands down my favorite social media platform since I can share my blog posts, pictures, and random statuses. Instagram is meh because I hate the follow to unfollow game, but I like looking at everyone’s pictures. I have not ventured into utilizing Pinterest, but I have heard many great things. So I would ignore the advice of having every social account and focus on 1-3 platforms instead.
I asked bloggers on Twitter what bad advice they came across and this what they had to say!
Tinka a lifestyle blogger from LittleTinkablee wrote “To focus on your viewers first. Obviously I never listened, I want people to come to my blog because they want to not because I’ve basically baited them into it.” Lisa a food and travel blogger from Italian Kiwi added to Tinka’s comment and said “Yes, that’s what I was told too. “If you write good content, people will come.” I’ve discovered that good content is definitely not the main factor.”
Siobhan a fan art blogger from Life of Siobhan wrote “A friend once told me to buy 5k followers off eBay and set my self up. Apparently that helps me skip the grafting part of building a community of readers.”
Kerry a life and travel blogger from Kerry life and loves said “I have been told by blogging “experts” that you MUST have a niche. While I do understand the benefit of having a niche, I think it took away my enjoyment of blogging when I tried to restrict my content, so I went back to just doing what I like. It was more important to me to just enjoy blogging. I was also told that you had to be very active on Instagram to grow your blog. My blog has 5 times the amount of views that my social accounts has followers so that defo wasn’t true!”
Chloe a mental health and lifestyle blogger from Chloe Chats said “When I first started to blog I used to read that other bloggers would say you need to be active on every single social media to get your blog out there and attract readers – but I’ve done pretty well with just using a select few, and even if I have loads of different social media platforms I only really use Twitter the most!”
Nick an entrepreneurial blogger from Nine-Five to Freedom wrote “I think the worst advice I ever got, was to post, post, post. Although I think writing constantly and consistently is great for honing your writing skills and posting consistently is important for creating a following, I only want to share great content. Posting content for the sake of posting content is going to hurt your blog and your brand. You will quickly lose followers if 1 out of every 10 posts is actually quality and worth reading.”
Raheela a mommy business blogger from Mommy’s Business 101 said “You need to have 500 posts. Just copy and paste.”
Melina a beauty, books, travel, and lifestyle blogger from Melina Elisa wrote “I think one piece of bad advice is to follow every single person on twitter, definitely follow people you like and want to see more of. Another thing is to make sure to not to start off blogging, and make a post every single day. It’s so easy when you start to post often when you’re full of ideas, but it’s also very easy to get burnt out quickly that way!”
Christina a college lifestyle blogger from Christina Bee said “Some bad advice I’ve seen is to buy a ton of ebooks and workshops. I think there are some beneficial ones out there especially if the blogger knows exactly what workshop they want and have done the research or their friend did it and they saw the benefits first hand. Workshops can be helpful, but too many is almost information overload.”
Mackenzie a food, travel, and lifestyle blogger from Mack Marie said “So this may be controversial but I think the advice that you should blog according to certain rules like length/ type/ schedule can be limiting. Creativity is so important and remembering your piece of the web is YOURS is so important- sometimes ignoring the “rules” is good and actually important.”
James a book blogger from This Is My Truth Now wrote “I think the bad advice I heard was follow everyone back. I’d say it a bit differently. Follow back those you find interesting and match your interests. You might end up with too much in your feed to really connect with bloggers who resonate with your own voice.”
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post! I hope with this post you will realize that even if blogging experts are sharing a piece of advice, it may not always be the best and you should take it with a grain of a salt.
What bad blogging have you received?