10 Signs That Says Your Content ‘Sucks’
You own a blog, and you have writing for the blog since last few months or years. Some people even say they like it, but you can’t see any results. Not many people are visiting your blog, you hardly have comments on your posts, and links are very difficult to get.
You have less than 100 subscribers, 30 among them are your friends and family.
And you keep wondering what’s wrong…
Do you think you need to wait for few more months for traffic snowball to set rolling, or do you simply believe your content sucks?
There isn’t really a way to determine, as junk for you can be a treasure for another.
So what do you do? How do you determine what’s wrong with your blog? Does your content really suck? I don’t know. There aren’t any rules, but there are signs. If your blog has any of these, it’s time to improve the quality of your content.
1. Grade Your Content
If you are asked to rate the content of your blog on the scale of 1 to 10, what would be your answer?
6? 7? or 8? may be even 9?
That’s the mistake here. You always appreciate your writing, and so does your mother. You cannot, however, practically grade your content. Either you grab their attention quickly or you make them doze off. That’s it. Nothing in between.
2. Are Your Posts Like Journal Entries?
Previously, most people updated their blogs daily, scribbling down about their everyday’s life. Things are, however, different today. It’s more of an online magazine now. Readers want polished content. If you blog sounds like ‘Dear Diary’, you need to work on it immediately. Today, no one is interested in your life.
3. How Many Comments Do You Receive?
One of the best ways to find real value of your content is to count your comments. If you receive many comments on each blog post, people are genuinely interested in your content. However, if you have thousands of subscribers, yet not many comment on your post, you content is simply not interesting. In short, it sucks.
4. How Much time Do You Spend Writing Each Post?
Do you spend less than an hour preparing for and writing a blog post? Yes, it’s possible to write a great post even in 10 minutes. However, this doesn’t happen very often. It’s important to spend some time researching, writing, editing, and proof reading your post. I know few bloggers spend 7-8 hours per post. Even if they don’t, it’s important for you to spend atleast a couple of hours on each post.
5. Have You Ever Received a Fan Mail?
If your blog is really good, readers will go out of your way and inform you how much they like your blog. No, I am not talking about sweet little tweets that you keep getting. I am talking about 3 page long emails people send to thank you for your blog.
If you are a beginner, you wouldn’t get too many of such mails, but you will get some. If you haven’t received any such mails, you content isn’t good enough.
6. How Many Hate Mails Have You Received?
If your content is good, there will be a small group of people who hate your blog. They will keep sending you emails on how bad your writing is, how rude you are, and how untrue your blog is. Don’t bother about them if you receive such blogs. They are never happy with anything. But if you don’t receive such blogs, you are probably not heading into the right direction.
7. You Keep Waiting to Publish Your Best Ideas
Many beginners have good ideas, but they don’t want to share it with their readers. They want to save of for the future, when they convert it into a membership site or publish an e-book. You think you will publish once your blog is popular. But unless you don’t write good content and share good ideas with your readers, how do you expect it to get popular?
8. Do You Write Everything that Comes to Your Mind?
If yes, nothing frustrates your reader more than this. You write down whatever you think about the topic. However, they are seeking for information that works, and not what you think about it. The moment you stop caring about them, they disappear. There are many others on the web that offers good content and precise information.
9. How Can you Make a Difference?
Here is a small test for you: how would your blog help readers? A year from now, what difference would you like to see in your readers? No, you cannot answer ‘entertainment, and a sense of gratification’. It should be something like ‘they have lost 10 pounds’ or ‘they have 12,000 subscribers now’
10. Do You Think You Deserve More?
At times, do you feel that your content is underestimated? You are providing so much information for free, yet people fail to recognize your importance? The answer is as simple as this: If you do something useful, you will get the desired attention.
I would be happy to tell you that developing great content is simple. I would love to tell you that there are many shortcuts to blogging riches. I would love to tell you that you don’t need any brain to become a successful blogger. But I would better be honest than tell you all these things.
Writing good content is hard, and you have to slog like an animal to achieve success. If you are ready to do it, you will have it all.
Are Your Ready for a New Start? Forget about what you wrote in the past. Promise yourself to generate remarkable content every day. Only then you would become a successful blogger.