Though learning from mistake foster’s growth, but committing mistakes over and over would be a very unfortunate act. A blogger by profession is an experimental work. Where every day you have to frame new strategies and plan to do something different and worthful. So, mistakes would indeed be a part of your blogging game. But, doing something without appropriate guidance would hamper your growth as you would end up committing mistakes every time. Therefore, a little guidance and assistance would help you fix the prominent issues quite easily. Because mistakes in blogging would dramatically affect the blog traffic.
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You would now definitely wish to be aware of some common mistakes that hamper your blog traffic statistics. Are you ? Well…!! The below-mentioned points would help you learn some of the common and silly mistakes that you, being a blogger make. These mistakes have a disastrous effect on your blog traffic.
- Failing to point the Sitemaps:
Sitemaps are crucial when it comes to blogs because it helps the search engine to index your blog. Therefore, being a blogger, you should make sure that your blog has a Sitemap with all your post links. Make sure to have a good and the latest sitemap to maintain timely updates of your posts. The most popular one in the blogging arena is the “WordPress SEO Plugin”. You should also make an effort to check if the post links are getting added regularly.
If you make use of more videos and images on your post then you should have an image and video sitemap plugin or a “Yoast video SEO Plugin”. Apart from these “Google XML sitemap Plugin” is a user-friendly one. Do not forget to add the sitemap link in the blog footer as it will help the search engine spiders to easily figure out your sitemap with many complications.
- Robot.txt file is vital:
It is advisable to have a good and better optimized Robot.text file for your blog. Because search engine bots come to a concerned blog site to index the page, so when that is the case this file controls what is to be indexed and crawled upon. So, if you want to enjoy better indexing then make sure that you do not disallow most pages and files entry by the bots.
- WordPress Plugins:
Though Plugins help the blogs standard, but make sure to use only the required and the appropriate one. Because too much of Plugins would delay the loading time, which in turn would frustrate the readers and make them leave your page. And always keep in mind to check the reviews and support promptness of the Plugin you decide to install.
- Blog theme:
Blog theme is a matter of concern. It adds life to your post. So when that is the case make it a point to use qualitative themes which add good credibility to your blog. There are paid themes like Thesis or Genesis, but if you want to make use of free one’s then, there are swift basics or Free WordPress themes etc. But using a premium theme could be an added advantage. Check the themes properly to avoid the happening of harms and hacks. Blogger commits the mistake by downloading the nulled premium themes.
- SEO description and title do matter:
Do you aspire to be on the first page of google? Then all you have to do is give a proper title and meta description to the concerned blog post. Make a wise choice of Plugin be it with WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in SEO Plugin or any other popular Plugin.
- Customization- Theme:
It is good to do theme customization for your blog, but then it is also important to document the changes done. Documentation of changes is important because it makes it easier for the blogger to revert back in case of any problem or misfortune.
- Changes in the SEO Plugin:
Being updated to the latest Plugin sounds good, but then frequent change and migration from one SEO Plugin to different might hamper traffic to your blog site. While in your changing game, do not fail to keep an eye on the title and meta description. Because it is very important to drive traffic.
- Htacces file:
Htaccess is an important file. So when you go for a Htacces optimization do not make changes blindly at one go. Because making changes without proper guidance would reduce your blog traffic as well as the entire blog post. Thereby all you got to do is create a backup of this file before heading towards making changes.
What if you use any of the Plugin like Meta robots to commence changes in the file, then you must make sure to keep the FTP and cPanel to undo changes.
- Changing permalinks without proper redirection:
Permalinks are very crucial for the SEO of the blog. Changing the Permalink directly would dramatically affect your blog SEO. Therefore, if you desire to make changes, then you can use Plugins like permalink migration plugin. But make sure to select the best permalink. And after that,
- Check the redirection with the help of 301 redirection checker.
- Regenerate your Sitemap
- And, finally re-submit it to the search engine.
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Therefore, to escape a bad fall on traffic all you need to do is handle the above-mentioned areas and zone with a little care. Because a little care and vigilance can save you as a blogger and your blog post.
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