’10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do’: Bloggiesta mini-challenge

Welcome, fellow Bloggiesta-ers! 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do is a guest post by Onibalusi Bamidele on Daily Blog Tips, and the content is beneficial for newbie bloggers and the more *ahem* experienced among us as well.

To entice you, a brief excerpt:

10. You Must Not Throw Mud Around
9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site
8. You Must Not Ignore Networking
7. You Must Not Ignore SEO

Now, the challenge.

  1. Read the post, 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do.
  2. Rate yourself (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being muy excellente) on each point. How are you doing?
  3. Brainstorm examples of what you can/will do to improve your ratings in those areas that could use improvement. And/or:
  4. If you feel you’re doing particularly great in one area, share examples of how you’ve reached such excellence.

Once you’ve done that, post it on your blog and come back here to leave a link, or at least share the highlights in a comment here.

On to a better blog! Happy Bloggiesta!

Edited to add: One of the many articles about search engine optimization (SEO) for blogs, from ProBlogger.


106 responses to “’10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do’: Bloggiesta mini-challenge

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  2. Thanks for this challenge. I’ve been trying to improve my blog this year and I think my score was higher than it would have been if I have evaluated my blog a month or two ago. There is still plenty of room for improvement, especially with posting regularly and networking.


  3. Well most things I have read in similar lines before. However especially the part of the SEO is new to me. I surely have still a lot to learn on a lot of aspects mentioned here. Knowing is only the first step 🙂

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  5. I think I’ve done pretty well in most of these categories. Nothing too new but it did make me think about how I’ve let my busy life get in the way of getting off my own blog and talk to my readers like I used to. I really need to step that up this year. I did such a good job with that when I first started my blog but lately I feel like I’ve been slacking with that..which is a shame because it was one of those really important things for me!

  6. I’m doing pretty good on most of those. I recently added the search blog button to my blog and find myself using it often. I think updating blogs is a lot easier for book bloggers because we are constantly reading or doing a meme or something so we update almost daily!


  7. Good points, I suppose, but this article would have been a lot meatier had the writer gone into more detail on each item, point by point, actionable things to do right now to implement the standards that he’s suggesting.

  8. Your’s is the first Mini-Challenge I did! Here is the result: http://bit.ly/ieNqoV.

  9. I read that post and it had excellent points. I have worked hard through the past year and a half to do what it took to make my blog be all of the good things mentioned and avoid the pitfalls that are also mentioned. I think on that list the one I probably struggle the most is may be the SEO. I do not know a lot about this and could probably do more looking into that.

  10. I think this is something us older bloggers already incorporate. I was hoping for something I was missing but alas I do all those things 😀 It is a great list, I think he forgot to mention that list posts like his bring the hits haha.

  11. I think I do pretty well with most of these items. The one area where I am really lacking is the SEO. That is going to be something for me to look into.

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  13. This is a great one! I do pretty well on the not pilfering content and remaining realistic about “results” but I need to be better about maintaining blogger connections and promoting my blog and things. Thanks again for this!


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  15. This was great!!!
    🙂 I tried to answer everything as honestly as I could.
    Lots of stuff to work on, but it’s good to put it on perspective.

  16. Have I got so much to learn. Thanks for these ideas of what NOT to do…now I have to find out more of what I SHOULD do.

  17. I am so new that I need to learn about both what to do and what not to do. Thanks for these suggestions. I understand most, a few I will have to learn more about.

  18. I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to #bloggiesta this weekend :(,but I’ve bookmarked tons of theses posts. Great info here, and, yes, I could learn more about SEO!

  19. I’m terrible at SEO and promoting. For promoting I’ve been thinking of doing guest posts, but with SEO I’m just like, “Eh?” I give my posts very focused tags but I’m not sure what else would go into it other than that.

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  21. Hey! I’m so glad you posted this. I’m not perfect on any of these, but I feel like I’ve learned a bit about #9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site. I often visit other blogs and am devastated to find they don’t have an easy RSS feed, a search their blog box or some sort of labels/menus I can dig around in. I think the number one thing every blog should have is the “Search This Blog” box.. makes things SO much easier. I had one of my friends tell me she never bugged me for reviews for her Book Tour site because it was so easy just to type the title and find it.

    I’ll post about this in my daily wrap-up, but that won’t be for another few hours. Thanks so much again!

  22. I think I’ve done pretty well in most of the categories, but I could certainly put a lot more work into it, if I had the time. I should learn more about SEO, for sure. I definitely made a new year’s resolution to post a lot more, but it’s hard with my school schedule. So far, so good…

  23. I’m a pretty new blogger so I’ll have to check these tips out in more detail later, but the one thing that I know nothing about is SEO, so that will be the first thing I look into.

    Thanks for the link!

  24. http://www.blogger.com/posts.g?blogID=8292855

    Awesome challenge! I wonder if there’s a way to poll the audience though…

  25. I feel really good about myself right now, because, while I’m definitely not perfect, I really feel like I’ve done quite well!

    The place I’d say I have the lowest score on is SEO. I didn’t even know what that stood for until yesterday. I saw it popping up on bloggiestaers posts, and I googled what it means. I don’t want to make money off my blog, so it’s not as big of a deal as someone who does, but I do like readers. 🙂

    I do also need to do a little better about networking, but I already have plans for that built into Bloggiesta! 🙂

    I also have been doing much better lately about regular posting, which makes me happy!

    Great article!

  26. The area I need to improve most on is SEO- I wasn’t even sure what it was! I’d also like to make my blog more manageable- easier access to content areas. I too wish that there had been more detail on the points.

  27. I read the tips and bookmarked. I don’t think if I agree completely with the POV. However, I do understand the need to be open to ideas. I’ll revisit Daily Blogging Tips. Thanks!

  28. Great challenge. I felt like I was doing well on most of the points, but could improve on promoting and SEO. Something that jumped out for me was that you can’t expect results overnight. I see that in new blogs that die quick deaths as the blogger gets tired of the work. I once told my teen who wanted a blog that having one is like having a puppy. It’s fun and you love it, but you have to feed it every day and it’s a lot of work.

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  30. Just wrote up a post about this! Most of the points didn’t apply to me because I blog for fun and don’t need any attention 🙂 But here’s a link to my post:


  31. SEO is definitely my weakest link, but I made sure I added that during the last Bloggiesta event. It never hurts to review that, considering how important it is.

    The list was a great reminder of what is important! Thanks for a great mini-challenge.

  32. SEO is the black hole to me. I find it quite confusing. I agree with making the blog easy to navigate-it is frustrating not to be able to navigate a blog.

  33. Thanks for the challenge. SEO is the big deal for me! The rest I’m doing pretty well with.

  34. Thanks for the challenge I’d have to say Im a 3.5 I need to work on SEO and also on patience and building connections with publishers and other bloggers

  35. I am new to blogging and I had no idea what SEO was and I am not sure that do now. I started my blog on bloggers and then thought that I might like WordPress. What a mistake. My blog is http://www.chmitlinfamily.blogspot.com. My daughter started me on the blog road and I am definately still learning. I am hoping that this weekend will be a help in so many ways. Thanks for letting me share.

  36. I know I have to do more for my Promotion, SEO and Networking…I’m fairly good at the others. You can see my post here



  37. This is a great list and I wish I had seen it when I first started blogging earlier this year. It’s mostly things I knew I should do, but to have it all put together where you can see it at once, that really would have helped with my organization and planning.

    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  38. Enjoyed this challenge. I also learned something from another blogger’s list and have incorporated it into my blog. Thanks. Here is my link.

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  40. I’m doing pretty well, although I think I could try harder to Network, and SEO makes me nervous…..but I’ve been doing this for so long now that I have many of the things on the list down pat!

  41. I have to learn that SEO thing. Otherwise I fare very well.

    Here are my challenge answers:



  43. Thanks for the great tips! This was a fun mini-challenge, and here’s my post outlining what I have done and my rating:


  44. Thanks for making me take a hard look at myself and see where I need to improve. You can read about my experiences here.

  45. Thanks for putting this together! I think I’m doing pretty well on all the points (or at least as well as I can be doing, which is fine for now) except SEO and updating regularly. Updating regularly is one of my big goals for 2011, but I will take this Bloggiesta opportunity to figure out SEO!

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  47. These were all good reminders. The ones that stood out to me was not to neglect your readers and to learn more about SEO. I will strive to improve on these points. This will be my challenge for Bloggiesta!

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  50. What a great article to read and remember. Yes this are all good points. While I am not doing the mini-challenge I want to just say thanks for bringing it my attention as it’s always good to remember what the blogging basics are and if you want to be successful those really are!

  51. Okay, so I think I get a 3.5. I haven’t even made it to my one year anniversary yet, but I am glad to say that I post regularly (4-5 times a week) and I don’t think I bash other bloggers-tacky!

    One thing I do need to work on is SEO. I would like more knowledge about this and more visitors. I am lazy about it…I will get right on that!

    Thanks for the great challenge!

  52. Hi there. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. This is my first Mini-Bloggiesta, and my first reading challenge ever completed. Yes I’m a newbee. Please go here to see my post: http://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/bloggiesta-mini-challenge/
    It was so much fun. thanks again.
    Emma @ Words And Peace

    • I know the feeling about wanntig your own unique look. That’s how I feel about my templates. When I can afford a new one, I’ll get one.Good luck on your to do list. Happy BLoggiesta!

      • wow, you answered to a comment written in January 2011! so my site has changed quite a bit since then. unfortunately, I was not able to participate in Bloggiesta this year

  53. Hello Hannah, and all of my fellow Bloggiesta-ites! This is the first Bloggiesta that I have taken part in, but it won’t be the last. I don’t think I would have really ever thought to tackle some of the things that I am getting done for the blog, and my own sanity, otherwise.

    Thanks for the 10 Things… Here’s the link to my post at Read My Mind. This really got me thinking on ways to make my blog better!

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  55. Just realized I did this challenge but never commented about it. Oops. I did this yesterday: http://smsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/bloggiesta-10-things-bloggers-should.html

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  57. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. It was a great way to reflect on my blog. Thanks for posting the link on SEO for blogs! That’s the one area I have spent the least amount of time on.

    Here’s the link to my post on the challenge:

    Liza @ blog.socketsandlightbulbs.com

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  59. I think I’m probably a 3-4 on this. I could definitely “market” myself/blog more but I don’t like that.

  60. This was actually more useful than I thought it would be! It seemed so simple adn straightforward, but there’s much to think about.
    Thanks for doing this.

  61. I’d say I get about a 3.5 out of 5…
    This is probably because I;
    a) Don’t network enough. Sure, I reply to comments, but I’m too selective (read: lazy) and need to get myself out there more!
    b) I don’t even know what SEO is, so that’s clearly a problem!
    c) I need to be ME, and focus less on what other bloggers are doing.

    Still, that was a good list to help me improve. I’m definitely looking into SEO since I want to safely be able to say ‘my blog is a 5!’ one day. 🙂

    Thank you for a lovely challenge. 🙂

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  63. I had great fun answering these 10 questions. Apparently I have a lot of room for improvement, but what a delightful learning curve. Here’s the link to my “evaluation”
    Thank you so much for hosting this mini challenge.

  64. My weakest areas are all along the same lines: promoting, networking, SEO–in short, getting the word out! I’m a little shy by nature, and I know it’s an area I need to work on. One of my ongoing goals is to learn to use social media more effectively to help with the first two weak areas. I’ve also just installed a simpler, clearer SEO plug-in on my blog than the scary, complicated one I was using before, so hopefully I’ll actually keep up with SEO!

    I’ve gotten much better about updating regularly (daily, as long as I have solid content to post) and not expecting overnight results. I just keep reminding myself that I’m blogging for fun, that my blog is a place for me to keep track of and share my reading experiences (which I can do no matter how many readers I have!).

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  66. Great mini-challenge – this was enlightening and gives me even more to think about – especially SEO. I posted my thoughts here:


  67. I need to work on networking, promoting and SEO. This is a great mini challenge

  68. Thank you for adding the SEO link… I too thought what the heck is SEO?

    Here is the link for my thoughts around the challenge it is under Sunday Morning. 🙂

  69. I am a pretty good Girl Scout. I do not use other people’s work, I do not make it about me, I write in my own voice, I don’t expect much. I am failing miserably in those areas where I need to reach out and tell people about what I am doing…SEO, networking, keeping at the blogging. I have committed to do better. This weekend was a big part of that commitment. I did write about this on my blog – http://bit.ly/gW8KJo . Thank you and all of the other mini-challengers for keeping us “on task.”

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  71. I read a list like this earlier last year and decided that I really needed to join twitter even though I was really against it. Through networking I’ve been able to find more friends and others have found my blog also!

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  75. I scored good. Except with SEO.

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  78. Heya fantastic blog! Does running a blog similar to
    this require a lot of work? I’ve no understanding of coding however I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic however I simply had to ask. Appreciate it!

  79. That is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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