List of Do's and Don’ts for Blogger: A comprehensive guide

By Ashutosh Jha → Last Updated on Sunday, April 16, 2017
This is a guest post by Arun Mohapatra. If you also want to write a guest post at TricksRoad, Please check this.

Let's start! So your dream is to become a celebrity in the blogosphere?
Then you better should know all the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of blogging.

Not knowing these means you are just a pretentious know-it-all type geek who is only good at complaining why his blog fails to get more than thousands of visitors every month.

Also Read: Some Common Mistakes that every Blogger should Avoid

But how would you know which are the dos and don’ts for blogging? Of course, you could round up all the blogging related info after doing an intensive web search. But isn’t that troublesome?
It sure is. We know that, and that’s why we’re here to make things simple for you. In this article, we’ll make lists of do’s and don’ts for bloggers. Let’s start with the Do’s first.

Do sound research

Half knowledge is worse than ignorance. So before you make a claim to your readers or suggest anything to them, make absolutely sure your claim is valid or your suggestion is an authentic one.

Be master of some trades

The myth is quite prevalent that a blogger is a jack of all trades and master of none. On the contrary, you need to be a master of some trades. Blogging is a niche based area. Successful bloggers know how to carve out a niche in their area of blogging. Hence be a master in your niche area of blogging.


Publish as much as you could

An action shouldn’t be judged by its result alone. Most bloggers make this mistake. They publish only their best posts. However, your readers want you to write as much for them as you could. Besides, having more content will keep your site ahead in the race for search engine promotion.

Create attractive layout

Blogging is not only about text-based content. Design and graphic play key roles too. An attractive layout may do wonder for your blog. It could heighten the appeal of the blog and facilitate reader engagement. That’s precisely what you want, don't you?

Network with other Bloggers

If you’re working on building a great blog, it’s necessary to connect with other similar minded bloggers. For this, you can follow people from your niche on Twitter, facebook or any other social media site. Use hashtags on Twitter/Google+ to find those who are having similar interest and connect with them. After doing all these you’ll be surprised at how many bloggers will become interested in yours. This will not only help you to increase traffic but also you will get updated with the current trends in the blogosphere and much more.

Brevity matters

There’s a difference between a blog and an article. Many wannabe bloggers don’t understand this difference. Unlike an article, a blog should have a personalized undertone. At the same time, a blog post should be brief. Brevity keeps users focused. Long posts often make them distracted. That said, if the topic of the blog requires detailed analysis or if it’s a tutorial, the blogger should feel free to write at length.

Blogging ‘Don’ts’ are as important (If not more) as blogging ‘Do’s’. There are few things that every blogger should avoid. Those things are classified under blogging ‘Don’ts’. The list of blogging ‘Don’ts’ includes the following;

Also Read: How to Convert Visitors into Loyal Readers

Beating around the bush

Straightforwardness is a virtue. Your readers want you to be straightforward. So don’t beat around you the bush, introduce whatever you want to discuss without any ado and discuss that in full details. This would make your blog informative and that, in turn, pull more visitors.

Avoid long sentences

Long sentences distract readers. Readers start out and feel lost in the middle. Then they again go back to the beginning and by the time they reach the end, they feel tired. This way they read the sentence but fail to comprehend its meaning. Short sentences on the other hand help users grasp the meaning smoothly.

Too much information

Information is good, but information overload is not good. There’s a fine line difference between these two. As long as you are putting information that is pertinent to the motif of the blog or to elaborate the sub-motifs, it’s fine. But the moment you start staffing the blog with unnecessary information, which presumably the reader won’t be able to remember for long, it’s information overload and would hurt your blog.

Don’t make typos

Typos leave a fairly bad impression about you in your reader’s mind. So be extra careful while typing. Bloggers automatically assume readers will focus on the overall content and won’t mind one or two typos. That’s not true. Readers want the blogger to be more knowledgeable than them. Typos portray the author negatively.

Final Words


Bearing in mind the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ discussed above will help you steer clear your blog posts from all sorts of errors and ambiguousness. So keep them in mind next time you blog.

What do you think of our list ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of blogging? Let us know by dropping a comment below. Also if this post has helped you, please consider it for sharing.

About the Author


Arun Mohapatra is a digital marketing enthusiastic, online marketer manager and a passionate blogger at DigitalVani. He holds master’s in computer application and enjoys working on web development, search engine optimization, social media, web analytics, conversion optimization and content marketing.
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Ashutosh Jha

Ashutosh Jha is a professional blogger, Blog and IT Consultant. He writes about Blogging, SEO, Making Money, Internet Marketing and Web Design.
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14 comments to ''List of Do's and Don’ts for Blogger: A comprehensive guide"

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  1. Hi Arun, Ashutosh,

    Very nice list and all the points are very nicely explained thank you so much for sharing,

    looking forward for more....
    Regards,
    Mahadev

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    1. Thanks Mahadev for the nice words and Merry Christmas :)

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  2. Hi Arun, Ashutosh,

    Very nice list and all the points are very nicely explained thank you so much for sharing,

    looking forward for more....
    Regards,
    Mahadev

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  3. Hi Arun,

    It is a pleasure reading your guest blog on Ashu's blog. Ashu, I have recently met Arun with your interview on his blog and he is an amazing blogger.

    Coming to the post, Arun, you have explained the difference between an article and a blog post quite well. Networking is an important part of blogging.

    Long sentences and typos are something I am working on.

    Consistency in publishing the posts and creating a beautiful yet simple layout can do wonders for your blog.

    Thank you Arun for sharing some helpful advice. Thanks Ashu for having him here.

    Enjoyed reading the post.

    Regards,
    Rohan Chaubey.

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    1. Hi Rohan,

      Thanks for your kind mention :)

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    2. Thanks Rohan bro :)

      I agree to you that Arun is a nice blogger and he has explained the Do's and Don'ts really well here. I'm glad that you liked this post.

      Thanks for your time and have a great weekend !!

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  4. Hi Arun

    Welcome to Ashutosh blog and this a great post. You have highlighted what are the most important task for bloggers. Having consistent and high quality content for bloggers is necessary as this shows your readers that you know your stuff.

    Going straight saves your readers time and not giving your readers a headache as a result of information overload is an art. Thanks for sharing this info

    Hi Ashutosh. Thumbs for inviting Arun. Happy Holidays.

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    1. Hi Ikechi,

      Thanks for your time.

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    2. Thanks Ikechi for your time here and yes Arun is a superb blogger. His marketing skills are very nice.

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  5. best guide for me Ashutosh
    thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Satya for stopping by, This article is of Arun as a guest post. Thanks guys !!

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  6. Hi Arun and welcome to Ashutosh's blog,

    Thanks for this guide on the do's and dont's of blogging. While I agree with most of them, I also think that they are the essential do's and don'ts of a normal blogger, and one does not necessarily becomes a celebrity by following them. :)

    Regarding publishing, I'd say that if you publish quite often, then your regular audience might not be able to comment on all your posts. I blog twice a week so the other bloggers can find time to visit my blog.

    Among other places, The ABC too is a great place to network with other bloggers. It not only gets you traffic, but comments on your posts too, as many ABC members would have noticed. As for the length of the posts, Neil Patel cites a post of 2000 words as the favorites for search engines, and the posts should not be less than 1500 words, as of now. The search engine preferences may change with time. But the post has to be to the point and full of useful information.

    I agree with all the points that you've mentioned here and thanks for writing this useful guide for bloggers.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead, both of you :)

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    1. Hi Arun and Ashu,

      Arun I first want you to know I had to tweet your quote, "Half knowledge is worse that ignorance." I gave you credit for it also. When I read it, it made me stop and think how profoundly true it is.

      I don't like reading blogs that beat around the bush. It's as if they want to say something but is too afraid to upset people so they play it safe. I can honesty say that because it was once me. :) When you stand on a view when writing it gives you credibility.

      Unnecessary information we should be careful of and it's easy to do when your writing flow has slowed down some. A lot of times you can catch yourself repeating the same thing but just saying it differently if you go back and read it again.

      I have read my share of posts on Do's and Don'ts but you touched on some points I never read about. Thanks!

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    2. Thanks for the comment Vernon and Glad that you liked this.

      -Ashutosh

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