Five Pieces Of Bad Advice For Bloggers

Bad advice for bloggers

Oh blogging. You beautiful beast. As someone who has been a blogger for a little while, and also works in the digital industry, I enjoy imparting wisdom for new bloggers – from my Google Analytics posts, to general blogging tips. I like to think (or hope) that these sorts of posts are pretty helpful.

But just for fun, this time round I thought I’d go at it a little differently.

Here’s some really, really bad advice for bloggers that I hope you don’t take seriously because it’s going to really, really piss off the community.

Bad Advice #1 – Promote your blog EVERYWHERE

Your blog will only get noticed if you promote it absolutely everywhere. Post it all over social media, send the link to individuals, post it on forums and on poor quality sites because hell, you only have to pay a few quid for it. Google won’t mind.

Don’t forget to share it on sites like StumbleUpon, and give it as many tags as possible so loads of people stumble on it. Sure, they’ll leave instantly when it’s not what they expected but hey! That still counts as a hit, right? PR companies are going to be so impressed with your high level of “visitors”.

Other bloggers adore it when you comment on their posts with thoughtful and insightful comments such as “great pics x” and “omg i love your blog!!1′. Don’t forget to add a link to your blog’s homepage AND your most recent post! Rinse and repeat until your fingers are bleeding from all of the blatant copy and pasting you’re doing.

Bad Advice #2 – Make friends with auto DMs!

Why send a genuine direct message on Twitter when you can send a templated automated one? Make sure to include a friendly message about how much “everyone hates auto DMs but hey you’ll like this one!”. Also include the link to ALL of your social media platforms as well as your blog.

I really recommend Crowdfire, I’ve heard great things about it.

Bad Advice #3 – F4F

Everyone knows the only way to get genuinely engaged followers is with a “follow for follow”! Pretend to be really friendly when really as soon as they follow you back, you’re definitely going to unfollow them. But they won’t notice so it’s a-OK!

This really works for Instagram too…everyone in the community has recently been talking about how much they love being unfollowed on the platform!

Bad Advice #4 – Work for exposure! Exposure is priceless!

Hot diggity, dog! A PR has emailed you asking you to write an article about car insurance and they’re going to pay you with the gold dust that is EXPOSURE!

Cor blimey, you’re going to get your article shared on their blog that gets 0 visitors, and shared on their Twitter where their only followers are a series of eggs that are definitely, definitely legit accounts.

Bad Advice #5 – Cause dramz

Nothing brings the blogging community closer together than a bit of Twitter dramz. Say something unnecessarily controversial that you don’t even believe yourself, step back and watch the fireworks! You’ll soon gain blogging cred for being so badass. Go you!

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18 Comments

  1. March 19, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I must admit i’m a sucker for reading twitter drama and I suppose most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t. However as for the people creating it, I would avoid them and label them as trouble makers!

    • Cat
      March 19, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Haha, I think we all are a sucker for reading it…but starting it is just sad!

  2. March 19, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Laughing out loud at this post! You’ve got a good point with several of these. Nice to read something a bit different xx

    • Cat
      March 21, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      Aw thanks Justine! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 x

  3. March 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I love reading twitter drama, you feel like you’re spying.

    • Cat
      March 21, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      Haha, I’m now picturing that gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn…

  4. March 19, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Love this! Yeh I agree about the Twitter drama. I don’t like seeing and I feel it’s aggressive and should be kept to oneself. Monica x

    • Cat
      March 21, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      I think people see it like a soap opera sometimes. I’m guilty of reading it but getting involved just isn’t worth the time!

  5. Annabel
    March 19, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Twitter drama is a good read for sure, but I often forget it is actually real people involved!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Cat
      March 21, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      People would be lying if they said they didn’t love reading it…you just don’t want to be that person that starts it!

  6. March 22, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Omg aha I loved this so much! Laughed the whole way through, especially at the follow/unfollow part and the promotion!
    Jas xx

    • Cat
      March 22, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Haha thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! x

  7. March 22, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Lolol! Love this – this had me laughing out loud at my desk. Especially the ones about F4F and Auto DM’s – I really, really hate auto-dm’s. Great post!

    • Cat
      March 23, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks Aimee – glad you liked it!

  8. May 1, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    lol I love this! I must admit, when I first started blogging a few year back, I was all for advice #1….well…except for the pointless comment followed by a link part of it. Apart from that, the advice I found on other pages kept saying utilize Stumbleupon. To this day, I can’t get the hang of that site.

    The Girl on the Tamarind Hill

    • Cat
      May 1, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Nooo Stumbleupon is the devil. It brings in utterly useless traffic 9 times out of 10.

  9. Nina
    December 8, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This is such a refreshing blog post! It is so funny, I loved it. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Cat
      December 9, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you – glad you liked it!

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