Many bloggers out there fail to realize that ‘One good post is worth 100 non-sense posts’. Who cares about the number of posts a blog have? Instead people look for value in every page and when they can’t find anything worth reading, they just quit.
Updating blogs regularly is well and good, but if you can’t write something good, why fill up with a useless post? No one asked you to blog on the first place. Here I list ten common filler posts. How does this list make value? Next time you start writing any of these posts, ask yourself, ‘Who will benefit from this post?’ If no one has any benefit, then please don’t do it.
Don’t Ruin your Blog with Filler Posts
Quick Surveys and Survey Results
Making up a poll takes less than 5 minutes, and you might end up with some user interaction if you have a good reader base. I am not speaking of the feed back surveys, but about the quick polls that we find in blogs very often. The worst part is that, even big bloggers with over 15k readers post polls every week. Who is interested in learning how much you earned in January? If you really wish to fill up with a survey, think of something funny.
Best thing about surveys is that they can be followed up with a survey results post. Results may look like, ‘Out of the 2000 people who took the survey, 18% earned less than $10 in January’ and the list follows. Oh Great! Your survey just opened my eyes; bring me more useless surveys like this in the future. 😉
WordPress 188.8.131.521 Released!
Who is interested in a new version of wordpress? The answer is the wordpress users themselves. And all wordpress users are informed when a new release is available right in their admin dashboard. Then why bother writing about a minor release? Write about it when WordPress adds a new feature that users might fail to notice.
100 Cool WordPress Plugins every Blogger should have
The best part of WordPress is plugin support and there are over 4000 free plugins available for wordpress! All of them are listed in a neat searchable datable at Wordpress with direct download links, any many bloggers have listed them out already. Still we see new posts coming up every week, with a list of the same plugins again and again. Instead of doing that, write about one cool plugin that you like really much, explain its advantages and tell your readers how you use it effectively.
Top Entrecard Droppers
Most blogs participating in Entrecard write about the top droppers of the month. Dropping Entrecard doesn’t need any effort, then why bother making a list of the top droppers? Instead, use a plugin like this to thank them!
Thanks for Commenting
Should you spare a post, when you can thank your commentators using a Top Commentators Widget? Infact the widget is the real thank you because it stays on the sidebar and visitors to all pages of your post will see the links. Also the links get the page rank juice of the homepage which is usually more than most post pages.
Google for a keyword and you will get over one million links for anything, then why bother posting some of them on your site? Link serving is a quick way to make up a post, but I feel it’s a big waste of time and space, especially when you just post the links that go without a description. Personally, I never follow any links from a link serving post.
Blog this and you get 10 more chances of winning
This is one tip that I should consider myself! Most online contests give participants an extra winning chance if they blog about the event with links to the sponsors. Even I had given this option on my last contest. From a reader point of view, it’s a useless post. Sorry, if I have annoyed some of you, it’s all over!
Q and A with James Scott
Who is James Scott? How many kids does he have? And one last question, if you were not what you are, who would you have been? Some one said, doing interviews is a cool post idea, so you wake up one morning, go around your home and start asking questions? Ah, it really sucks. If you can’t find someone related to your niche for an interview, please don’t do it.
20K followers on Twitter? Then Blogging is easy!
If you are really popular on twitter, with lot of active followers, then you probably get lots for replies for every question you ask. Ask them, what’s the best thing they love about twitter, save all the replies you get and post them as such. Wow! Blogging was never this easy. The post goes with the links to all those who replied too. Such posts are extremely useless, are you going to read all the replies? I don’t think so. If you are gonna post one such post, analyze the replies, sort the data and present the result.
For e.g.: you could say that, most people who participated where on twitter for the joy of meeting new people. Then it is something of value!
My Site last week
Telling the world how your site does is a good thing. Let them know that you had 2000 unique visits per day over the last quarter. What if you people start to post the site stats every week? Even every month is annoying. The best thing is the do it once every year, maybe on your sites birthday!
What’s the Big Deal?
These are some of my observations over the past 3 years. If you just realized that you had been doing some of these that create no real value, think about it. Ask the question, ‘who is going to benefit from this post?’
I guess you have come across more such non sense posts apart from the above list. Share them here and brand yourself!