Those Sins of Blogging

Another day has dawn on us once more again and as usual,everyone has moved back to work including bloggers as well.But there is one thing we all can agree on and that is we all want to go to heaven but who wants to die? Hahaha!

Look at this;

Two little boys stole a BIG bag of orange from their neighbour and decided to go to a calm place to share the loot equally.

One of them suggested the nearby cemetery. As they were jumping the big gate to enter the cemetery, 2 oranges fell out of the bag behind the gate but they didn’t bother to pick them since they had enough in the bag.

A few minutes later, a drunkard on his way from a bar passed near the cemetery gate and heard voices saying: “One for Me, One for YOU . “One for Me, One for YOU”.

He immediately sobered up and ran as fast as he could to the church near by for the Priest.

“Father, please come with me, come and witness, God and Satan sharing corpse at the cemetery.

They both ran back to the cemetery gate and the voice continued: “One for Me, One for YOU, One for Me, One for YOU…”

Suddenly the voice stopped counting and said: “What about the two at the gate?

The priest almost ran past the church gate, shouting “we are not dead yet oooh!

 

Hahaha! I am sure that particular priest has being  preaching how beautiful how is but just see what happened. Let me laugh one more ; hahaha!

On a more serious note, we are all do agree  that we can’t enter heaven with sin so apply in blogging as well. We can’t be successful bloggers with these blogging sins as well;

1.Not attributing your sources

The number one sin a blogger commit is not giving unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Linking blogs where necessary is what one should consider doing. Link back to the right sources and give the right credit where it is due.

2.Linking to your own blog multiple times

Are you at fault as well? Mind you, the supreme word here is ‘multiple’ times.I am not in any way saying linking to your own blog is a sin but when it is overdone, it is a SIN. There is a general perceptions that linking within your post increase pageviews. Therefore are you just interested in increasing your pageviews or valuing your audience?

There have being several instances where one is likely to come across things like ‘MUST READ’ right in the middle of a post. Is it an interesting way of telling me to stop reading what I am reading currently and move on to what you are suggesting as a ‘MUST READ’?

3.No search box

Another crime in blogging which is also equal to sinning is not having a search box. I have committed that sin myself but thank to people like Mr. Suresh, I have repented of my sin and now a born again non-sinner with a search box on my blog now.

4.Uncontactable authors

How do expect to earn money as a blogger when you have no contact forms,  email address etc on your blog? How are advertisers going to contact you? Not just advertisers but how do you expect your fellow bloggers to contact you as well? Remember you’re committing a blogging sin when you don’t have a contact page.

5.Templates with eye-popping colour combinations.

You sometimes visit a blog and if you are not careful,you might think you’re at the discotheque. Going flashy with colours is something which really works offline but not online.

Your Turn

Please share your views on this.What in your own estimation makes up blogging sin? What do you make of this post?

52 Replies to “Those Sins of Blogging”

  1. Hey Cudjoe, it’s been a while since I last came here and as such have lost contact with you kind off and have missed you. Thanks to this post for bringing me back here. 🙂

    Aside for the attractive headline, I was drawn to this post because its been a while since I read “KABENLAH” and that’s bad!

    So the post is pretty cool and yeah….spot on! You’ve got to do and undo the facts you’ve pointed out here. All boils down to correcting our mistakes.

    I had to read through each of the points since I’m not sure if I am making a mistake or not.

    But thank God, I’m not currently doing any of them….Although I have to be more effective in my application of this techniques though.

    Thanks for the share and I thought you should know that I’ve just shared your post, this one on the Kingged network. See it here: http://kingged.com/those-sins-of-blogging/

    Best regards,
    Sam

    1. Kabenlah misses you a lot as well.How are you doing bro?

      Thanks for your comment and for sharing this on Kingged.com

      1. awwwh…….oh I am doing pretty fine and I’m glad to hear..Kabenlah of course too misses me. 😀

        I’m glad I shared it over there at Kingged Mr. Kabenlah!

        Sam

  2. Hello Emmanuel,

    You have highlighted very potent points and I frankly agree with all of them. The issue of attributing source is most important, but most bloggers tend to do shy away from taking an extra effort in attributing their sources. When DMCA comes, they start yelling and blog’s reputation dies. The sins that men do, surely comes after them. In blogging, one might get away from laying claim to someone else property, but it’s only temporal.

    There was time I deliberately removed my search box, I had to place it back after getting a couple of request to get it back. I had my idea about it but with the help of Babanature of Onenaijablog, he gave me a different thought pattern as to why it’s necessary to have it there.

    But I think it’s impossible to become a saint in blogging, there are sins we commit, deliberately and some without our knowledge. The challenge would be that we try to reduce them to the nearest minimum.

    Best Regards,
    Nosa,

    1. Mr. Suresh on the other hand convinced me to have a search box. I admire him a lot since he is one of those friends who helped and continue to help me when I started blogging.

      We are all of course bond to sin. It is true, no one can be a saint in this blogosphere.

      Best Regards to you as well.

  3. Hi Emma,

    Lovely but old joke :-p
    Back to the Sins in blogging, I must say that so many pro-bloggers do have an issue In linking back to the source due to the fear of losing their audience.
    Of course that is not a good thing in the rule 101 in blogosphere 312. 🙂

    Another issue is about ‘Must Read’, It has been an overdo issue in the case of so many bloggers, I myself can’t remember the last time I place such on my tech Blog, Instead, I encourage my readers to go for the related topics at the end of that particular topic.

    Finally, Uncontactable authors. 😮 hmm what makes you a good blogger when you don’t have a contact us page, Of course, that is the Key thing you are meant to resolve before launching a blog. :).

    Thanks for the Info man, Hope in your next section, you would be explaining the ‘The 10 basic rules in the blogosphere’. Remember that it’s only when a law is implemented, then Sin follows, that is, Sin is simply clearified as when a law is broken.

    Hope I mad my self clear Boss 🙂

    1. Hello Anyikwa,

      Its great great that you have all the answers to Emanuel’s posers. Emmanuel, I think you should prepare a code 101 for bloggers…anyone that violates that code would receive the beating of his life!

      Deal?

      Always,
      Terungwa

    2. Yeah, you have of course made yourself clear but please, can quote me the blogging constitution again? Hahaha!

  4. Hello Emmanuel,

    Blogging has many more sins that it would take a whole eBook just buttressing only the sins of blogging.

    I must however mention over advertising: when a blogger has AdSense, Media.Net, Amazon banners and Infolinks in-text on a single page, something’s definitely not right!

    How exactly do we get such a fellow to repent, Emmanuel?

    Always,
    Terungwa

    1. Hello Terungwa,

      That’s definitely a problem. The more the ads, the less conversion one gets. I think try 2-3 on a single post wouldn’t be much of a bad idea if carefully implemented.

      Best Regards,
      Nosa

    2. Hahaha, such a fellow need a great transition from a-day-dreamer to reality.

      I have committed such sin myself all in the name of earning but that left me with nothing other than disappointment and more disappointments.

  5. Sinners will one time or the other perish in hell. As a Blogger when we commit sin, we land in the fire of low traffic and blackmailing.

    When one don’t attribute to source, it may sometimes be be regarded as plagiarism and when the your Blog is reported, you perish in the hell of Google. Lol. Give to Caesar’s what belongs to him.

    But sincerely there are many sins i don’t think we can avoid just like Nosa has said but we just have to be careful. Some commit their sins at the point of traffic and many more.

    Thanks for sharing this and the creative title. Have a splendid weekend.

    1. what! If the wages of sin is death, Miracle is telling us the wages of sin in the blogosphere is low traffic and a great condemnation from Google. Hahahaha!

      Thanks for your comment and do have a nice weekend as well.

  6. Well hello Emmanuel, great story to start with and I must confess that I have yet to add a search box to my blogs but as you have reminded me, I will make sure to get that done soonest.

    igor

    1. That is means you have committed a blogging sin? Hahaha!

      I do hope yo fix it soon as you’ve said. Thanks for your comment and do have a lovely weekend.

  7. Hi Emmanuel,

    Let me start by saying that I loved the image that you chose to go with this blog 🙂

    Yes, these are a few sins of blogging for sure! I think having a contact form is vital, and so is the links to your own post, though you shouldn’t overdo those – Google doesn’t like it. Instead, outbound links that are of value are preferred.

    Also, if I may add – bloggers shouldn’t add too many advt, or flashy advts on their blogs as it drives readers away. Besides, not replying to comments, not visiting other blogs and building relationships with fellow bloggers, and not sharing their posts is part and parcel I’d say. Another important point is to have an About Me/Us page on every blog so that people know whose blog it is – I see so many without any!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hello Madam Harleena,

      You have made some really great points which I admire a lot. Many of course don’t have an About Me page and that is really bad.

      Thanks for your contribution and do have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Hi Kabenlah,

    hahahahaha… This one was for the story.

    Well yes we all commit some mistakes in blogging and I agree to use the word SIN for it.

    You’ve come up with some important points one should strictly take care of.

    Thanks again for this awesome post 🙂
    Iftekhar

  9. Hi Emmanuel,
    Nice post. Awesome title. What really caught my eye is the picture you used in this post. There are lot of sins that a blogger shouldn’t commit. I agree with you on all the points you have mentioned here. Luckily I am not doing any of these sins. One sin which I repeatedly fall in is being not persistent. From now, the agenda is to rectify that.

    Expecting more awesome posts here

    1. Hhahaha! Not being persistent id of course a sin. Thank goodness that you have decided to change now.

      Thanks a lot for your comment and do have a day.

  10. Lolz… I must commend the effort you put in constructing this post..

    Well! everyone commit sins and its an undeniable fact…

    Thumbs up!

      1. HA Ha Ha, Yes humans make lot of mistake when it comes to bog obviously it is…I have make lot of mistake and learned so much from it

        Failure is the next step to success and Thanks a lot very good taught

  11. oh my Emmanuel charley!! you really nailed them, i like this sins so much but i won’t and never commit them, hahah like you lauged, i missed some. Lemme add one.

    1. copy pasting.
    1.Claiming Pro.
    1.Too many add.

    Lemme stop here before i exposed the sinners….

  12. I think you have pretty much mentioned all the sins of blogging. I particularity dislike where you can’t approach the blogger.

  13. Hi.. Kabenlah,

    First of all Sorry for my late comment i was too much busy in some other work but.. finally after read your blog i saw this amazing post here.. It is another motivational post for me 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi bro,
      Don’t be sorry for anything. Thanks for your comment for I appreciate them a lot whether it comes in late or not.

      Do have a great day bro.

  14. Loved the example, Emmanuel! Had a good laugh 😀

    #1) We definitely don’t want to plagiarize and don’t want to be seen as someone who makes up stuff (the latter for stats and other data).

    Same goes for images..if not credited properly, this could land as in huge trouble (well, a law suit).

    So, definitely pay attention to this point!

    Interlinking is important to, not only is it good for reducing bounce rate (and increasing visit length), it can also help with SEO (at least, that’s what I have heard. I am not sure anymore, especially with all these Google updates).

    Search boxes and contact forms. Both make life easier for the visitor (the second one being perhaps more important, especially if we are trying to make money through blogging; We want potential clients to be able to contact us easily).

    Also agree with your last point about flashy websites…we definitely don’t want to do that. With all the options available these days, it’s not hard to get a really good design 😀

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Emmanuel 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

  15. Good thing my search box is located at the upper right of my page. I made it visible; visitors might want to search something on my page, so it will help.

    Good thing I have never done Mistake number one. It is a sign of respect and to avoid plagiarism.

    These 5 sins must not be practiced, newbie’s or not, this is very important to keep in mind.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  16. Not being able to contact the author is definitely something that I find to be frustrating at times. If a blog doesn’t offer a way to contact the owner or author it gives an unprofessional appearance, in my opinion.

  17. Greetings Emmanuel,

    I think some of the blogging sins you’ve mentioned are cosmetic, but I will say
    that the BIGGEST blogging sin is not replying to comments when someone has taken their time to express their viewpoint.

    I have been to many websites and experienced this. It tells me that the blogger is more interested in back links than establishing a relationship with you.

    Ultimately, the successful bloggers are those that invest their time in relationships with others and leave valuable comments in return. That’s the nuts and bolts of it.

    Do have a great week!
    Bill

    1. Hi William,

      I really do love your point. Replying to comments and building relationships should of course be the focus of every blogger.

  18. As usual Emmanuel,

    You have pointed out some things I need to take care of ASAP.. as I’ve updated my blog.. I just realized after reading this post that I forgot to place the Search back on.. and then I haven’t completed my new Contact me page.. shaking my head.. right now.. yet I’m feeling pretty excited.. as knowing is half the battle. Thanks so much for sharing! You always bring great value.. keep smiling

  19. We all err but the thing is do we take corrections when we are corrected I for can’t not do anything with anyone who feels too big to be corrected, am quick to apologize whenever I err, it is my second nature..

    I have my searchbox and contact form they are right there, good a thing you pointed it out and thanks alot, I laughed to the storiy, they want to go to heaven but don’t want to die….lol

    Thanks for sharing on kingged.com

  20. Kabenlah, you are really a talented writer…

    it’s been a while I came here… so sorry for that…

    Nice post, hilarious joke

  21. Without search box blog cannot perform well. You must add the search functionality on blog. I liked where you write about not giving too many “must reads”. Thanks for the nice post Cudjoe.

  22. Hello,

    Well I couldn’t resist myself to read this post after seeing the image of this snake 😀 Indeed these simple things will make blog more boring so we must use searchbox.

    Thanks

  23. Hi Emmanuel,

    There are many mistakes we do at a result of which we face many problem. It is hard to believe but I just found a blog today whose Google rank reduced to 0 from 3 just in one day. It is because of spam outbound links. Don’t know what was the sin? But it is clear that for a blogger it is necessary to check all the links at a short interval of time.
    There are many human spammers too. I hope we can get to know about them otherwise they can hurt our blog.

    Thanks for the post.

    ~Ravi

  24. Hey Emmanuel,
    These are the common sin which many bloggers commit. i have seen many blog having no search box. Contact us page is very important factor and every blog should have this as it helps in connecting readers or other bloggers. Thanks for sharing this post.

  25. nice article very helpful with me. i am not adding search box and my data means author data in my website but now i adding all that. thanks for sharing tips.

  26. You have included some nice points here, but i think including own site’s url is not a sin if that will targeting the related content. Otherwise all the points are great.

  27. Well yes we all commit some mistakes in blogging and I agree to use the word SIN for it. I too committed some mistakes which you mentioned in this post.

    You’ve come up with some important points one should strictly take care of.

    Thanks for this awesome stuff 🙂

    Saeed

  28. Great share bro. While interlinking, most people (including me) does this mistake by adding “Must Read” or something similar to that. I have stopped doing the same when it seemed weird after reading the same on TOI. And about the Search Bar, YES. It is a blunder if there’s no search bar. User experience can be enhanced by having a clear navigation, Breadcrumbs and search bar 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *