I usually like to focus on what you should do to grow your blog, but sometimes it’s also good to know what not to do.

Once you cut out the things you should avoid, it’s a lot easier to focus on what you should do.

If I knew these things when I first got started, I would probably have a much bigger blog and way more success.

That said, today I’m going to tell you the 5 things that are stopping your blog growth right in it’s tracks.

Let’s get right into this.

1. Using The Wrong Words

I made this mistake quite a bit in my early days of blogging.

Instead of making my message clear, I thought it would be cool to use fancy words I learned in school to impress my readers with how damn smart I was.

No bueno.

Not only was I not helpful, but I probably would have grown much faster if I used plain and simple language.

Plain and simple doesn’t mean boring.

Hell, I just used an entirely different language above, so just keep this tip in mind when you sit down to write your next post.

2. Not Promoting Enough

Writing and publishing content is by far the most important aspect of blogging.

Without content, you don’t have a blog.

But then again, without promotion no one will even read your blog.

So don’t forget to promote your new posts every single time you publish them.

Sharing older posts is important too, especially your more popular ones.

All you gotta do is share them on social media, send them to your email list, and make sure they get seen so you can attract new readers and grow your blog.

3. Being Boring

Here’s a major mistake that stops your blog’s growth immediately.

Even with all the promotion in the world, you won’t get anywhere if your content is mind-numbingly boring.

This doesn’t mean you have to be overly energetic, use lots of bold and italicized font, or be an outright comedian.

But it does mean you have to at least provide some great value to your visitors so they are more likely to stick around.

Storytelling is a great way to do this.

Tutorials are great too.

No matter what kind of content you make, keeping your reader’s attention when they click over to your blog is the most important part.

4. Begging For Attention

Here’s something most people don’t think about:

Being needy.

Neediness is repulsive to damn near everyone, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re doing this.

Ever receive a double text from someone because you didn’t reply right away?

Super annoying, right?

And when it comes to your blog, yes you should have a strong call to action, but you don’t want to seem like you’re begging your visitor to do anything.

Detaching yourself from outcomes is the fastest way to eliminate neediness.

Now please buy products from my recommended page so I can earn commissions and buy stuff please.

(joke)

5. Not Building An Email List

So you spend all this time creating non-boring, non-needy content people actually want to read.

You promote the heck out of it on social media and maybe even get other people to share your content too.

But then these people visit your blog, read your content, then leave because you’re not building an email list.

Don’t be that guy.

So to speak.

All you gotta do is get an email marketing service and link to a sign up form with a great free offer in every blog post.

This way you can communicate with visitors who subscribe and bring them back to your blog or promote products.

If you’re not doing this yet, do it now.

And speaking of email lists, I’m giving away a free 7 day email course to help you grow your blog even further.

To learn more, go here:

http://gabejohansson.com/subscribe/

Talk soon,
-Gabe