Running a blog is one of the toughest jobs out there. I can attest to the fact that there are a million things running through your head.
Are you in the right niche? Are the topics you are focused on relevant? Does your writing interest your target audience? Do you make any sense? Have you promoted your post enough? Is the technical side of your business running smoothly?
With all of these things running through your mind, it is guaranteed that you will make a mistake. The important thing is that you identify the mistakes you are making so that you do not keep on repeating them.
Below I have a list of the top 50 blogging mistakes you have probably made or are still making. I have then added a movie/TV quote that will hopefully make you smile.
My hope is that you can identify the mistake you are making and rectify it, with increased traffic, engagement, and profits to show for it. Enjoy!!
Hollywood Explains The Blogging Mistakes You Are Making
1. You write bad headlines
‘What do you think of that title?’
‘It’s so full of sh*t, there’s a colon right smack dab in the middle.’- Veep
2. Your posts contain huge walls of text
3. You provide too much personal information
‘Want to know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not one bit.
So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and he says: ‘Why so serious?’ He comes at me with the knife – ‘Why so serious?!’ He sticks the blade in my mouth. ‘Let’s put a smile on that face!’ And why so serious?’- The Dark Knight
4. You fail to organize your post using subheadings
5. You do not capitalize on trending topics
6. You do not provide clear answers to your readers questions
‘You want answers?’
‘I think I’m entitled.’
‘You want answers?’
‘I want the truth!’
‘You can’t handle the truth!’- A Few Good Men
7. You make it tough to share content (no share buttons)
‘ Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’- Gone with the Wind
8. You expect your content to promote itself
‘If you build it, he will come’- Field of Dreams
9. You use too many words
‘What do you mean, I’m funny?…You mean the way I talk? What?…Funny how? I mean, what’s funny about it?…But I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to f**kin’ amuse you? What do you mean, funny? Funny how? How’m I funny??…How the f**k am I funny? What the f**k is so funny about me? Tell me? Tell me what’s funny!…- Good Fellas
10. You use too few words
‘B*tches leave.’- Robocop
11. Your personality does not shine through
‘Why so serious?’- The Dark Knight
12. You do not give people options to follow you on social media
13. You do not provide proof to backup what you are saying
‘Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
14. You write solely for the search engines (keyword stuffing)
15. You do not have a Call To Action
‘A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing.’- Glengarry Glen Ross
16. You do not update old posts
17. You do not reply to comments
‘I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. I don’t like them myself. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.’- The Big Sleep
18. You do not provide a newsletter sign up form
‘Only one thing counts in this life — get them to sign on the line that is dotted’- Glengarry Glen Ross
19. You rip off other people’s content
‘Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.’- A Beautiful Mind
20. You have no central theme
‘He knows a lot about Sean Connery.’- Trainspotting
21. You do not post consistently
‘If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.’- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
22. You hesitate when it comes to promoting your products/services
‘I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.’- Say Anything
23. You write for the sake of writing
‘ One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know’- Animal Crackers
24. You neglect to interact with other bloggers
‘The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.’- Parks and Recreation
25. You spread yourself thin
‘Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.’- Parks and Recreation
26. You spend too much time trying to create an attractive blog design
‘I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.’- Zoolander
27. You use too much jargon
‘That’s very profound, Jimmy. What does it mean? I’m f**ked if I know, Terry!’- The Commitments
28. You are scared to make money with your blog
‘If you are good at something, never do it for free.’- The Dark Knight
29. You snub guestposting
30. You are out of touch with your readers
‘ Are you not entertained! Are you not entertained! Is this not why you are here!’- Gladiator
31. You are obsessed with making money
‘Show me the money!’- Jerry Maguire
32. You do not link to relevant content on other sites
33. Your blog is not mobile responsive
34. You fail to include a search box
35. You ignore Google Analytics
‘ Houston, we have a problem’- Apollo 13
36. Your pages are cluttered
‘ You’re so ugly, you could be a modern art masterpiece.’- Full Metal Jacket
37. You make navigating your blog a nightmare
38. Your posts suffer from poor readability (wrong fonts, font sizes, formatting)
39. You do not have a contact page
‘ What we have here is failure to communicate’- Cool Hand Luke
40. Your website is slow to load
‘ How long is this going to take?’- Madagascar
41. You do not have an about me page
‘My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.’ – Gladiator
42. You are a shameless self-promoter
‘Vanity is definitely my favorite sin.’- Devils Advocate
43. You disregard the importance of building authority and credibility
‘If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.’- Taken
44. You are not working towards a goal, and you make excuses as to why
‘The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.’- Wolf of Wall Street
45. You fail to edit your post before you submit
‘Flied lice. It is fried rice, you plick.’- Lethal Weapon 4
46. You focus too much on perfection
‘ You want to make things right? Too bad. Nothing’s ever right.’- House MD
47. You pay no attention to offline promotion
48. You listen too much to the ‘haters’
‘ Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it’- Pursuit of Happyness
49. You go off topic
‘ I see dead people’- The Sixth Sense
50. You don’t love what you do
‘ Do what you love, and f**k the rest’- Little Miss Sunshine
As you can see, the world of blogging comes with its own minefields that you need to navigate. With this top 50 list you can now determine what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong, and then rectify any mistakes you might have made.
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Until next week, ‘Hasta La Vista, Baby.’
8 thoughts on “50 Blogging Mistakes Explained Using Movie & TV Quotes”
I loved your post! Right on the money! I am most guilty of spreading myself to thin!
Hi T Austin,
I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We’re all guilty of making some of these mistakes, and I hope you take Ron Swanson’s ‘whole-ass’ advice 🙂
love this article! great tips and funny gifs.
I’m glad you loved the post (and found the gifs funny) 🙂
It was a great post and to be frank, I don’t even remember when I was laughing on an article that much. Naturally, I am making some of these mistakes, but at least now I have them in a list to keep me on track.
Favorite quote is 45…never gets old.
I’m glad you found the post funny. And I’m also guilty of some of these mistakes, but I’m trying to change 🙂
Just like you said, blogging is one of the toughest job offered out there. Some would say it is wrong because they think bloggers just write anything that they want to but they do not know that everything a blogger writes mirrors the soul of who it is wrote for so they hold the personality of every company they write an article for. But a blogger have also flaws and you have smoothly discussed everything about it. I like the part “You’re so ugly you could be a modern art of masterpiece.”. Your article is so funny that I get every point that you want to make.
Beautifully said Dara, I’m glad you enjoyed the article.