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What Are The Top Three Mistakes That You See People Make With Content?
As we peruse many different blogs and websites for business and pleasure, what are the top three, if you can pick three, mistakes or mis-steps that you observe writers making in their content?
December 5, 2017, 12:31 pm
It's hard to pick three mistakes specifically since it differs from each writer but I guess if we can generalize it I would have to say:
1. Bad titles,
2. Lack of images or videos,
3. Huge grammar errors and bad formatting.
Those three I notice most often. Titles are so important and I see many bad ones that don't contain the keywords in them, they're not catchy or memorable and just generic.
December 5, 2017, 2:54 pm
1. Bad titles.
This is a very classic one, isn't it? Haha! This ends up making clear the lack of writing experience as well as a sloppy view / lack of knowledge about what is being written. It's a relatively easy mistake to avoid, but many people don't try very hard to avoid it.
December 5, 2017, 5:59 pm
Good point in your first line here--and some blogs and pages have more mistakes on them than others (and I understand that I make tons of mistakes on mine, so I don't want to sound like a pretentious hypocrite), and the content sometimes dictates some sorts of mistakes in terms of research, terminology, spelling, currency (as in is it up to date enough), etc. I, like you, tend to notice the bad grammar, punctuation, and spelling the most, but I am, after all, an English teacher in my offline life.
December 6, 2017, 9:14 am
I doubt if lack of image and videos can be a mistake. I would rather upload a nice post with high quality content than force images to fit in when the topic in question does not need to have a picture.
December 7, 2017, 4:58 am
Yes, I think that people probably don't use enough images in their content. It is just one of the things that people probably don't include enough in their content.
December 7, 2017, 5:10 pm
People can overlook bad titles and lack of images/videos. But the thing that will drive people away from your content or your site is grammatical errors, bad formatting and poor spelling. Those things can make your content unbearable for the reader and it's the reason why people will click off your site. Because of this, people need to make sure that their content is perfect in terms of grammar and spelling.
December 7, 2017, 5:48 pm
I like this post because I think it definitely points out something to all of us here and to newcomers in the blogging and web presence adventure. People will overlook a lot of issues, at least at first, if the content is worth this "benefit of the doubt" moment. Content full of writing errors makes it impossible for the readers to get past those errors in order to get to the good and potentially useful information which is being provided at the site.
December 7, 2017, 6:31 pm
01. Write about what they don't know or are not familiar with. I think this is the main mistake of people who want to impress with their writings and end up making many mistakes.
02. Use an inappropriate / exaggerated approach and not respecting the subjects of which they are writing. They run away from the main subject and make the text confusing to read.
03. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of copy and paste on the part of many authors (something very sad and worrying for all those who value writing).
December 5, 2017, 5:07 pm
Oh yes, that's true. I completely forgot about the number three which is probably the most terrible thing to do as an author or writer.
I will never support copying other people's content. It's one thing if you get inspiration and turn the idea into your own and a whole new low if you just copy and paste.
I will always support original content.
December 6, 2017, 2:06 pm
It's like I tell my students, if you are going to incorporate other sources into your own writing, then give credit to the source which you are borrowing from! It is only the right thing to do, but, on top of that, it shows you have done your research and that you know how to do responsible research in your field, and that is respectable.
December 6, 2017, 2:16 pm
My thinking may be a little pessimistic (I see it as realism), but I think the problem of copying and paste won't be extinguished anytime soon. However, the positive side of it all is that anyone who knows how to value what is right will never get in that way.
December 6, 2017, 5:05 pm
Great points here, and I also detest all three of these approaches to content. It is a quick way to embarrassment and failure to write about what one does not know about--that is for sure. Also, when people misinterpret or bias the info they have collected in their content. I find this to be pretty off-putting. Content should not be confusing to read, and it should be audience-friendly, or else, what is the point? I think that you an I have both been on a forum about plagiarism, and I completely can't stand the cut and pasting that goes on and passes for original content.
December 6, 2017, 10:20 am
I think one of the biggest indicators of confusion about what is being written is when the very person who is writing can't clearly understand what is in front of the eyes.
The confusion will become very clear to any reader.
December 6, 2017, 5:01 pm
People make a terrible mistake with content by spinning articles on their websites just to perform SEO tasks, but didn't know that those article spinning tools contain spamming elements which are very obvious for search engines to catch easily. Some site owners submit substandard contents which slower SEO speed a lot and don't post contents regularly which is against the principle of SEO.
December 5, 2017, 8:38 pm
Yeah, i typically do not like articles that are spinned. For obvious reasons:
1. The article becomes illegible.
When you spin an article, it uses words that are synonyms and the like so the article becomes a totally different article. The article sometimes does not even match up to the article topic. I see this happen especially when the article is in English, but someone with English not as their native or first language the articles become crap basically.. and plus it's easily detectable.
2. A simple search can find original article.
Even though the article is spun, a simple search can find the original article. All you have to do is copy a couple of sentences and google will most like find the origin of the article.
3. It's blatant plagiarism.
Now this is the thing that gets to me. A lot of the times people will spin articles and say that it is original content. No. This is theft, even if you are changing words around. If this was shown in court, the judge will most likely be on the side of the original author of the article.
How hard is it to write an article that is unique? It doesn't take too much of your time.
December 5, 2017, 11:24 pm
Three mistakes I notice people commit with content is:
Clickbait (false or misleading article titles)
Being over critical (an article is supposed to inform or warn. Not personally insult, bash or attack a product or person)
Articles that are too short (people like breezy content which gets right to the point. But anything under 1 or even 2 paragraphs - cannot be considered an actual story or article imo).
December 5, 2017, 8:50 pm
I would happen to agree with you on the click-bait stuff. I absolutely despise click-bait. Not only on articles but also videos. If there is something i am generally interested in, then I will click it, there is no need to do all the click-bait stuff.
Just think about it, a lot of advertisers spend millions on advertisements. What if advertisers pulled together and said they do not want their advertisements shown on click-bait related content? This would potentially disrupt the content creator market. Content creators earn their money from click-bait. If content creators created titles that were as simple as "Vlog Day #20", or "My shopping trip at target". I highly doubt they would ever get the millions of views they are.
Once I start to subscribe to someone on Youtube and their channel grows, it automatically becomes a channel that is more interested in advertisement money than it is actual real content. Don't get me wrong, they too need to earn their coins, but for the viewers it feels as if the content is not what it use to be anymore due to the money aspect involved. I would say, if you do click-bait it's fine, but don't expect people to take you really serious. .
December 5, 2017, 11:18 pm
I most definitely can not stand the clickbait stuff. It's ridiculous. I can't bring myself to trust sites or the administrators of sites who insist on using this tactic. I have also seen sites which combine the first and third issues that you are mentioning here, so that is like insult to injury on top pf that--the clickbait tricks me into going to your site, and, even then, there is no well-developed or interesting content there for me to enjoy after being duped into showing up in the first place...
December 6, 2017, 10:23 am
I think sites that traffic in clickbait could be stopped with one simple method. Being flagged by google. Much like google flags malware sites? Once a site is flagged its traffic drops dramatically. Which means no ad revenue. That's the only way the most egregious offenders will learn. Granted - saucing up an article title is part of the game - but saucing it up with truth is the correct method. Not fairy tales or wild untruths.
December 6, 2017, 10:10 pm
The most trafficked post on my blog was written about 2 years ago, and I cringe when I look at it. When it comes to content best practices, it fails. It doesn't have a compelling or well-formatted title. It does not make the best use of subtitles. The grammar is fine, but the readability is difficult. Nevertheless, the web page has a good position on results pages, pulls traffic, and earns me a good bit with the affiliate links on the page. I believe it does well because, above all else, it really does answer the question of the target. So, in my opinion, the worst mistake people make when creating content is not understanding search intent. You can write content all day long for targeted keywords, and follow all the right practices. But, if you are not actually answering the question that search user is asking, the content will fail.
December 6, 2017, 5:54 am
I agree, and I think this highlights the difference between content and polish.
December 7, 2017, 5:47 pm
This is really very forthcoming of you, and I also think that, for a person who really cares about his or her work and what the content represents, this is a very common response to one's past work. We grow as writers, and editors, and so looking back at our past content can be embarrassing and painful--it is for me I must admit. It is hard to be objective about one's own work, and so it is always hard to edit well and thoroughly, I have found. I also agree with your opinions about content and being prepared properly to write about certain content.
December 8, 2017, 10:28 am
I think clickbait are serious concern. I am tired of going to website with clickbaits. Those are often written by people who have no clue about the reality. And they can be misguiding you in many ways. You just have to make sure that any form of content that is being sent needs to be properly vetted though. Because a lot of such sites are nothing but waste of content and the traffic. So think of such sites like buzzfeed, vice, thoughtcatalog etc.
December 6, 2017, 4:42 am
This is the reason I'm careful about visiting some sites for reasons like this. You would finish reading an article and be confused what the reality is all about.
December 7, 2017, 6:55 am
Yes. Buzzfeed, thoughtcatalog and huffingtonpost are some of the sites that are into this type of the content. So surely one can see that such content has no value. And it can undermine the quality of the content. Also people are mislead to something that they have no control over. On that premise you can see that it's reasonable for us to avoid such type of the sites and content.
December 8, 2017, 5:28 am
I hate clickbait and it just annoys me. The problem is that a lot of sites have started doing it because of the fact that it brings in so many clicks which then means that they can make a lot more revenue from advertising on their site. It would be nice if sites actually had titles that matched their content but I guess it just won't happen anymore.
December 8, 2017, 5:02 pm
Indeed it is annoying. I see a lot of such websites now. Like say Huffington, Buzzfeed and few other articles websites. Those seems to be making content mill and with poor quality. You can see that some of the time making such content is earning them revenue. So it seems to be going good for them.
December 9, 2017, 5:05 am
I notice they are many articles that have poor spelling and grammar. This is annoying as it shows the person has not taken the time to proofread or edit their work and shows a general lack of care. This may be okay to some people, but to some, it draws attention away from the content, and the author loses readers.
Another common mistake is content that is too long and dry/boring. Generally, readers want content that is fun, simple and easy to grasp. No one wants an extended essay unless they are reading a publication from the Washington Post or the Economist, in this case, they know what to expect.
December 6, 2017, 5:50 am
Poor grammar is a sign that the author is lazy and not ready to make those contents classic. I mean what does it mean when one could write articles with lots of mistakes. It doesn't make good sense in my opinion.
December 7, 2017, 6:57 am
I appreciate your comment about long and boring content--seriously. However, one must write a long enough amount of content, usually, for the work to be considered viable. A balance has to be struck, I think, or the content needs to be so good that the length is justifiable in terms of the time it takes the audience to read it. However, quality is always more important the quantity, and I think that most of us would agree on that.
December 7, 2017, 3:10 pm
Lack of images
Lack of useful information or useful links for users to visit.
Other than that, I think there are many factors that can affect to websites when people create their content.
December 6, 2017, 7:16 am
Image is quite important when we talk about people making good contents for it is these images that will show what the content is talking about at the end.
December 7, 2017, 6:58 am
Yes agree with you!
Because an image is worth a thousand words
December 7, 2017, 10:26 pm
I think the first three I notice is articles that are misleading.A topic or title is talking about entirely a different thing from the body of the post.Then no spell check by the writer and wrong grammatical expression.But funny enough I still see these mistakes even on native speakers sites and I begin to wonder, what is really going on.I tend to believe its oversight on the path of the writers.
December 6, 2017, 9:36 am
You make a really interesting point here, especially for all of us English speaking folks. Just because the language is your native language does not mean that you should not be ever-diligent about editing your writing extremely closely for errors in punctuation, grammar, mechanics, and spelling. One of the worst thing one can do is get a little too confident with one's writing to the point where, as a writer, you quit catching your own errors.
December 6, 2017, 1:21 pm
For me, as an audience, my biggest gripe is with sites that take too long to get to the point. I get that they probably have to pad their content as much as possible for one reason or another, and I get that it probably works with most which is why they continue to do it, but by doing that they also lose people like me. I don't have the patience to read super long articles anymore and since I have options, it means I can just choose to leave and get my fix elsewhere.
December 6, 2017, 8:06 pm
This is an awesome post! Exactly! Get to the darn point! How do we balance length and content? Audience and intent? The market for this constantly fluctuates. So the quicker and the more to the point is better? You are so right that there are always more options out there--so, if the content is too drawn out, we seek the quicker fix--but is the quicker fix always better in terms of content? Or do we just settle for the quick fix?
December 8, 2017, 2:57 pm
As of the moment, I can only think of the quality of the content. For me, quality means substance and substance means information that is relevant to the topic. I have been reading blogs that are long but with nothing much to say. I have the impression that such blogs were written by literary writers. Anyway, what I want to read is an article that is full of substance, at least in every paragraph, there is something informative and educational. So if your content has nothing to show in terms of substance then that's a mistake that should be avoided.
December 6, 2017, 11:32 pm
I also believe quality is important. I would rather write a short post which can explain the topic, give causes or applications and finally the advantages and disadvantages. A short post that is able to capture every point is better than a long post which is beating around the bush.
December 7, 2017, 5:08 am
I really like your use of the word "substance" in relation to content. There is a definite and relative formula in that arena. Less is more? More or less? I mean, even an expert on the "substance" may not be a good deliverer of content. Or vice-versa, right? You can be a genius on your topic but not know how to write about it. Or you could be a genius writer but not be able to apply that to a certain topic. Anyway, sorry to ramble, but what I am getting at is a balance between substance and accessibility. That is key to reaching the audience, I think.
December 8, 2017, 2:33 pm
The number one mistake that I see people doing is they try too hard. And they try to come off as this super authority and really they are just an average joe trying to make a name for themselves. I prefer down to earth humble people that don't think too highly of themselves. So more or less what I am saying is I like a writer that can relate to their audience.
December 7, 2017, 1:45 am
You are really touching on something which I think is SO important to any writer, no matter what the genre, and that is the DEEP understanding of the target audience and its needs and expectations. Of course, you want to be original and true to yourself, but you also want readers, and these readers want you to deliver on your promises to them, and writing does present itself as a set of possibilities which the author should guide the audience through. Even an "average joe" can produce amazing content if he or she is conscious of his or her limitations and his or her audience's expectations.
December 7, 2017, 6:37 pm
Most people don't realize that keyword planning and research precedes the writing of website contents. How fluent or grammatically sound you are is not enough to build a content-rich website. Even if your grammar is the best in the world, yet you will not be able to generate a 1% traffic if you don't understand the concept of keyword planning and research. Some people miss things out by not providing contents on a constant basis.
December 7, 2017, 3:11 am
When the content has high repetitive points or sentences, the work becomes boring and irritating. Most writers will repeat explaining the same point over and over again trying to make the post long.
Lack of paragraphs
Most writers will explain two different points in almost the same paragraph making it difficult for the reader to get the points. Using short paragraphs will make the content and post to be attractive.
The other mistake I think writers make is talking about something else when the topic is far from what they are talking about.
December 7, 2017, 5:05 am
You made a really great point here! One must organize information in his or her content into topic specific paragraphs! Seeing a giant block of text just meander down the page with no discernment or feasible or recognizable organization of thought is terribly frustrating to me as a reader. Writing like this, I would say, in some ways, is very amateurish. Also, you mention that the content creator needs to stay on the topic at hand and really develop it to the enlightenment and enjoyment of the audience.
December 7, 2017, 6:12 pm
When it comes to articles, I hate to read contents that have incomplete information about the topic being discussed. It's not easy to take out time to read these articles and its unfair to notice that the information provided is incomplete.
December 7, 2017, 7:00 am
In my opinion, the top three mistakes content creators make are:
Clickbait: They have an interesting title, but not valuable content
bad titles: The titles do not any anything specific or are not search friendly
Bad writing: the article is not well written or on the topic that is heavily saturated.
December 7, 2017, 10:37 pm
I agree--these are ALL bad things to do and unfortunate things to do on one's blog or site. It seems that all of us in this forum at least agree that clickbaiting and not properly editing our content for grammar and punctuation are definitely issues here! I also agree that, if the title is not catchy, appealing, specific, or alluring, then I will generally skip over the site and move on to something, in my surfing, which catches my eye or mind a bit better; that's just human nature, I think.
December 9, 2017, 11:57 am
This is an easy see through in the mistakes writers make on their contents.Just like someone pointed out, writers make a lot of mistakes with their tittles when putting out a content. The second mistake most writers make is the act of copy and paste. I've come across so many blogs and news apps that post on a daily basis via feeds of other media sites. Another common mistake writers make is the lack of having patience to proofread or go through their contents before posting. This mistake usually leads to grammatical or spelling errors in their contents.
December 8, 2017, 8:41 pm
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