Some blogging errors wordpress.com bloggers should avoid

Written by vik

Topics: Blogging

Wordpress blog This blog was on free wordpress.com for a long time and I have a lot of experience and insight with the wordpress.com version of blogging. Reading the forums and learning from inputs in the WordPress forums, I had found out some shortcomings on many wordpress.com blogs. If your blog is with free wordpress.com, do not commit the following errors/blogging mistakes.

1. Do not give more than 10-12 tags and/or categories to a post

‘The more the tags to a wordpress blog post, the better for inviting traffic’ is what most wordpress bloggers think. A lot of tags may be an advantage on the WordPress.org blog (like this one) but on free WordPress you should limit the number of tags and categories to a post (put together) to 10-12 (e.g.: 10 tags, 2 categories to one blog post, or 4 categories and 8 tags to a post). This is the official WordPress rule. This was done to prevent tag spamming. Remember 12 is the number; do not exceed the limit or your blog will not appear in the WP global tags page! The written rule says 5 to 10 tags/categories but staff in the WP forum has admitted the limit is 12 (and I have read it elsewhere too on the support page but couldn’t find the link). So adhere to the tag limits to get the juice from the global tags page of wordpress.com. Please note that this is not applicable for self-hosted wordpress.org blogs and you should use tags to your full advantage without worrying about tag spamming.

2. Let WP automatically correct invalidly nested XHTML

Go to dashboard>Setting>Writing Settings and check the option that says WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically. WordPress will now automatically attempt to correct your html errors (this option is also there in self-hosted wordpress.org blogs). You should ignore this option only if you are comfortable with HTML, the language in which web pages are written. Also you can use the Markup Validation Service to find the errors on your site. This blog has many errors but I really don’t have the time to research, learn and fix them. Believe it or not, even the official Google blog had 412 errors and 139 warnings as on June14, 2009 LOL! 😮

Some other wordpress.com tips

  1. Disable mShots (the screenshot, Media Shots, that shows when you hover a link) from dashboard>Extras. It is an irritant because it is slow and also fetches an old cache. But the choice is yours as many like it!
  2. Hide the display of related links on your blog from dashboard>extras and other wordpress blog posts will not get a mention below your posts and you will not get mentioned anywhere in the WordPress.com blogosphere. Though It is more democratic and nice if you leave it on.
  3. Surf and be active on the WordPress.com forums for gaining more knowledge and insight.
  4. Increase the size of the writing box to 20 or 25 lines from Writing settings.
  5. Follow the official wordpress blog for latest updates and features, announcements, contests and developments. Do not hesitate to leave a comment there to gain some traffic! 🙂
  6. Use Windows Live Writer for blogging.
  7. From dashboard>tools, use the option to verify your blog with Google Webmaster tools and you will get a lot of data about blog. You can also verify your blog with Yahoo and Bing.

30 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Thanks for sharing Vikas!!! This was very useful. I increased my Post Box size and enabled html corrections (whatever…)…
    I would also like to thank you for telling me one needs ShortCode to create the archives page.
    It’s good share such useful information 🙂

  2. Now if I could also understand how to add the ‘Book mark and share’ at the bottom of all my posts 🙁 I tried it just didn’t work. I am using Shareaholic which shows near the address bar on my Firefox browser to tweet this post.

  3. Anish K.S says:

    also some plugins will make issues, once mine downed two days 🙁

    • Vikas Gupta says:

      Anish K.S.,

      Yes, plugins do make a issue on and off. I hope you understood this post is about wordpress.com blog and not about self-hosted blogs like ours.

  4. Deborah says:

    Hi Vikas – thanks for this very useful post – I have followed your advice here and changed my settings. The only thing I am not sure about is ‘hiding the display of related links’. I read somewhere (I can’t remember where) that it is best to hide links – but after reading your article, I’ve just enabled it again so that links are visible. Do you think that’s best? Thanks.x

    • Vikas Gupta says:

      Deborah,

      You can again hide the links. The links are nothing but links from others’ blogs (sometimes they are also your own) which the WP software thinks are relevant to the content being read. You send traffic to others and your blog links appear on other blogs.

      I keep them off on all my wordpress.com blogs; they often show irrelevant content and are an unnecessary digression.

      Many bloggers keep it enabled because it is in keeping with the spirit of sharing. But bloggers with a journalistic bent of mind keep this feature off.

  5. Deborah says:

    Thanks Vikas – I’ll turn it off again!

  6. timethief says:

    Thanks for a very good read. I enjoyed your straight forward writing style too.

    Like you, I’m a minimalsit. I like a stripped down blog that loads fast and clean. I like an accesible blog where the navigation is intuitive and all contents are easily located. That’s why I’m selective about which extras I choose to opt into or out of. The great thing about wordpress is the versatility. We don’t have to run the doohickey that’s the shphere widget for “possibly related posts” or msshots either, they are options, if they don’t suit you make the other choice.

    Thanks also for being such a supportive blogging friend throughout the year, and anytime you want to be a guest author again know that I’d be delighted to host your articles.

    Happy blogging!

    • Vikas Gupta says:

      Timethief,

      I sometimes think of writing a guest post but often feel if it is up to par! Will write on your blog later. Presently I want 1k hits (views) daily on this blog.

  7. Ambika says:

    Hii..
    Thanks Vikas.. Some of them were really useful.. And yes.. I’m trying to follow your advice of not having more than 10-12 tags! 🙂
    Have a rocking New Year 🙂

  8. narendra says:

    Hey vikas..nice post..i hadn’t selected the HTML correction thing! i don’t know what it does..but now since i know it would have been a problem otherwise,i am happy to have enabled it..:P

    • Vikas Gupta says:

      Narendra,

      Happy to help. If you think there are many html errors on your blog then you can edit every post on your blog, switch to html view and then press update and html errors will be automatically corrected now.

  9. Many thanks Vikas for visiting my blog!
    Yes, as suggested by you I went through the relevant tips and am indeed grateful to you for drawing my attention. I shall follow the golden rules!

  10. Archana says:

    Thanks, I didn’t know about this limit on the number of tags – WordPress should say it on the Dashboard. I’m going to remove some tags from my posts now.
    Comment on my recent post.
    Thanks

    • Vikas Gupta says:

      Archana,

      WordPress says it in the support documentation. They cannot write everything in the dashboard area (it will only clutter it). You can check yourself on the WP tags page and write to WordPress if you think they have banned you from the global tags page. I don’t think they have penalized you. Just try to find your posts in the global tags page.

  11. Hello Vikas
    I just wanted to say thank you for your comment earlier. It helps a lot. I’m loving blogging but certainly learn more each day from people such as yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  12. tina says:

    hey, thanks for directing me to this very useful post. Had no idea about limited number of tags/categories to be used in wp hosted blogs.

  13. Ed says:

    Yeah, this was a superb read! Definitely. Going to remember to put less than 10 tags, lol!

  14. Nice post. Quite short and straight forward.
    Check http://jetheights.wordpress.com for similar posts
    Thanks

  15. Swaram says:

    Wow! Some gr8 tips here thanks 🙂
    Here from Avant Garde 🙂
    Whatz the verify ur blog thing abt 😛

  16. Rachana says:

    Nice blog you got here Vikas! Great public service one too 🙂 Thanks for all the tips, but you don’t mention a reason for your number 2 tip: “Hide the display of related links on your blog”.. Do you have a specific reason??
    BTW, came here from Raincoaster’s.
    Thanks!
    Rachana.

  17. Ailene Elgen says:

    This is a great write-up.

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