These are some basic blogging dos and don'ts I've been collecting. Some I have posted on Facebook. Some are oldies but goodies.
- Don't clutter your sidebars with all sorts of gadgets and widgets. Only keep things that have a meaningful purpose.
- Don't have auto-play music on your blog. Or auto-play videos.
- Do put a contact link, button or page on your blog. Do make it clearly visible.
- Do look at your blog from a reader's point of view. Does your site make sense to a new visitor?
- Do use extreme caution when posting links to your stuff on someone else's Facebook page or blog comments.
- Do subscribe to your own blog so you know what your readers are seeing.
- Don't copy more than a small excerpt (1-3 sentences) from someone else's site and paste it on your own. Even if you credit them.
- Don't write in long paragraphs. Break them up so it's easier to read.
- Don't have a gazillion categories. Use tags to further break down your categories if necessary. (Here's the difference between categories and tags.)
- Do make navigation clear and obvious.
- Do edit your posts but don't stress about being perfect. You're writing a blog post, not a dissertation.
- Do make sure your Facebook page, Facebook personal profile, Twitter bio, Google+ about tab and any other social media profile pages link to your blog.
- Do check your stats regularly but not incessantly. Don't get hung up on specific numbers, just look for upward trends over longer periods (like 3 months).
- Do make your blog's purpose immediately apparent. Visitors should be able to tell within 3 seconds what your blog is about. Use a bio box or tagline to communicate it.
- Don't make your header image so tall that visitors have to scroll down to see your content.
What else would you add?
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