Blogging is a fantastic, creative outlet that can offer you so many features, opportunities for you to learn and the chance to build a brand and business. I have been blogging for nearly 4 years now and I have seen the blogging community change and the opportunities grow.
I love blogging as it has boosted my confidence and given me so many amazing opportunities. However, like anything in life, both blogging and content creation have some down sides and there are some things that happen in the blogging community which are really frustrating for other bloggers.
This post is by no means aimed at anyone on particular; it is simply what I have unfortunately witnessed online. I am sharing 6 things that I have noticed, which both myself and other bloggers really dislike about blogging and will leave you feeling really frustrated.
1. Using incorrect hashtags
Hashtags are a great tool to utilise when promoting your blog posts, but also help you find blogging opportunities especially Twitter which has hashtags such as: #bloggerswanted, #bloggersrequired, #bloggersneeded. When used correctly, these hashtags are useful in spotting sponsored opportunities. However, some bloggers are using these hashtags to promote their own content. This is incredibly frustrating when bloggers are searching these tags for blogging opportunities.
There are so many other hashtags and accounts that are dedicated to sharing bloggers content and these are far more beneficial when it comes to promoting your blog posts. Other hashtags that can help share your content are: #Bloggerstribe, #TheClqRT, #Teacupclub and #cosybloggersclub. These accounts are currently actively tweeting bloggers content to a huge audience.
2. Copying of content
As a blogger, you know how much time and effort goes into researching, writing and sourcing the best images and taking the time to promote the post. Unfortunately, there are some ‘bloggers’ who will copy and paste and pass off content as their own. This is not only upsetting for the bloggers whose content it is, but can get that person into a lot of legal trouble.
If you have enjoyed a blogger’s post idea, or feel that you could share your experience, acknowledging that blogger can be the best way to share content on the same topic as long as it is written in your own words. If I have a great idea, or want to do some research, I am always a bit unsure about sharing on Twitter because I have seen at least one person share the same content as me at the same time. If you are guilty of this, you need to stop as it is really frustrating and disrespectful.
3. Sharing blogging tips with no blogging experience
There are so many bloggers who share their experience or tips to run a blog, which is really useful. However, I have noticed that bloggers, who only have a few months worth of experience, sharing tips about how to create a successful blog without having actually achieved this themselves. This does not make you credible.
This has also been the case for releasing ebooks based on blogging tips. When you are selling a product, you are putting your brand on the content, so it needs to be the best product. However, I have seen a lot of ebooks being released by people who have little or no blogging experience. If you want to learn and grow your blog, you must ensure that you are purchasing from reliable sources.
4. Not leaving genuine comments
No one has to comment on your blog posts; however, when someone takes the time to write a comment and it just says ‘Great post’, it can leave a blogger frustrated. If you are going to the time to comment, it can be helpful to the blogger to know why you have enjoyed the post.
It can also affect your DA and Spam score if you are leaving continuous comments that are less than 8 words. It can actually boost your DA by constantly commenting on other bloggers’ posts. If you choose to comment, make sure that you are leaving detailed, specific comments.
5. Incorrect or no disclosure
Disclosing your blog or social media content is not only a legal requirement, but it shows transparency and credibility to your audience.
When you are working with brands on sponsored content or a gifted campaign, it is important to disclose at the beginning of the post or social media post, making your audience aware. This will help you to be authentic with you readers and show professionalism for your brand and business.
6. Brands asking for work and no payment
When you start working with brands as a content creator, it can be so exciting and being able to turn your blogging hobby into a social media content creator career.
Creating content and blog posts for brands can take a lot of effort and planning. It is only right that you are paid for your work. If you are a hobby blogger and are happy to work for gifted products, there is nothing wrong with that at all. But if you want to make money from your blog, requesting payments and knowing your worth is important. Brands have a budget for social media and will sometimes try for content creation for free. However, stick to what you feel is right for you and your brand.