The 11 Fastest Ways to Kill Your Blog

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  • February 17, 2010

If you ever wanted to kill your blog and had no idea on what to do, then you are in luck. Compiled below are 11 sweet and fast ways of killing your blog.

  1. Write A Post A Month Or A Post In 2 Months: This is a very fast way of killing your blog. It reduces activity and tells Google spiders “don’t come near my blog”.
  2. Use Great Titles That Don’t Deliver: A lot of people are slowly killing their blogs this way. They promise something in the title and write another .Their post title says how to but there is nothing like that in the post. They fail to deliver.
  3. Copy Others: Another very cool way of killing your blog is copying others. Some bloggers have no opinion, they write about what others are writing. They hate to differ, they hate to argue. The coolest of all is blatant copy of content from other blogs. All these will bring you great success in killing your blog.
  4. Add No Value: Another very sweet way is blogging about your vanities. How fat your cat is. How you ate dinner. Stuff like that are not valuable to people. Well, there is nothing wrong with post like this, but just make sure they don’t add any value in any way. Make sure they don’t help people. You will see your blog, drop dead slowly.
  5. Add Many Advertisements: Another cool way to kill your blog is to bomb it and the readers with adverts. A visit to such blogs will reveal ads from many networks struggling with the post for attention. Begging to be clicked. I won’t click, I will run away.
  6. Typos, Mistakes And Errors: To err is human, but to continue typing typos is a sure way to kill a blog. We all make mistakes (I definitely make mistakes) but to keep making errors on a blog means incompetence and mediocrity. This results in blog death.
  7. Ignore Commentators: Another nice one. When people comment on your post, don’t reply. In fact, ask them, “What are you doing on my blog?” Who even asked them to comment anyway? I don’t know. Then slowly watch in relish as your blog dies.
  8. Post Boring Posts: What is a boring post? It is a post without life, without opinion, without a story, without a call to action, without new ideas, without value, without ginger, without humor, without controversy, without contrary views and without a lesson. Your readers will sleep while reading your post and finally delete your feed from their RSS feeds.
  9. Use Post Titles That Don’t Tell People Anything: When you are picking a post title, use a title that doesn’t give people an idea of what they will get. Be completely vain and vague. Blog post titles are sign posts, and since people will always read the sign before entering a shop make yours vague and without information, it will surely kill your blog.
  10. Write Very Long Post (a single block of 3000 words) Since you are very good at research and writing, stun your readers with a 3000 word post; add no breaks, no quotations, no pictures, and no lists.  Just write a bland block of words. Don’t do your readers any favors: Don’t make it short; Don’t make it scan-able; Don’t make it straightforward; Tell long stories that don’t relate to the post. Get your readers to snore while they are at it.
  11. Write about Stuff You Know Nothing About: Exactly, start writing about stuff you don’t know anything about. Write about it because a friend does or because it is making many rich online. Just pretend you know it by copying from other blogs and pasting it on your blog. It will work wonders because your blog will nose dive to the ground and die suddenly.

I think I have run out of ideas.

So have you killed a blog before? Are you planning on killing one? Please share your blog killing ideas here in the comment box.

By the way, I am sure no one wants to kill his blog so please never, never do these things.

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About Mk Akan

Mk Akan is entrepreneur and publisher of Fastclick, a web-centric magazine published in Nigeria. He blogs at Mk Akan.

45 Comments

  • Derek Jensen says:

    Mk,

    This is a very different approach that I have not seen awhile. How can you do something to destroy your blog not only expresses and opens up people’s mind on what they need to stop doing but they feel an impact to change it. I surely do not want to be doing something that will kill my blog.

    I will say that number 9 is always a struggle for me. How to create an effective post title that reflects your voice and its purpose. I say voice because I feel these titles should reflect your voice especially when you are a newbie blogger. But, over time you do not need to worry about that. Darren Rowse at Problogger and Chris Brogan already have established that voice.

    And, I have killed a blog before just by personal interest. I have regretted that decision ever since.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 12-Year-Old, Adora Svitak, is Charged to Inspire =-.

  • Dennis says:

    Excellent post!

    I totally agree about the over-promising when writing titles.

    That is probably seen most times on many design related blogs, since they ad so many promising adjectives, and yet, not many of those posts really ARE so “stunning, amazing, jaw-dropping” and stuff like that.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: New Design For Gnoted & New Name For It’s Author =-.

  • Ron Leyba says:

    The number 10 and 11 issue is what I see most of the time. Sometimes they overdeliver with long post and under deliver with short nonsense post.
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  • Brian Inman says:

    I can think of a few more to add to the list for you.

    Asking for guest posts, and than never responding to it when someone submits one. Either say yes or no within 24 hours.

    Moderating your comments when you get maybe one or two comments in the first place, and than taking up to 24 hours to approve it. You will never build a community that way where it seems your blog is dead. No one is going to check back a day or two later to see all the comments you finally got around to approving.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Blogging is Like Putting Together a Puzzle =-.

  • izzat aziz says:

    This is good one, i do write about ‘Serial killers that waiting to kill your blog’ in my blog post, and extract from that post i can add 4 point that can kill your blog -

    1. When you think you at the top of the world, and communication is not necessary.

    2. When you think you already know everything, and learn is not necessary.

    3. When you teach people something that you didn’t make.

    4. When there are too many ads on your blog.

    thank for that eleven points, it really good and point 1 almost kill my blog before.

    cheer.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How ‘debate’ could help your blog =-.

  • Mohit Aneja says:

    Hi!
    Good pointers and the message is very well put forward. I do strive to keep my blog alive and hopefully have avoided all these and the ones in the comments gracefully.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Cheers!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: An easy way to create login panel with jQuery and CSS =-.

  • Tom | Build That List says:

    Not listening or replying to commentators may not necessarily kill you blog (as you may still get a lot of search engine traffic), but it will definitely kill the community of your blog.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: The Aweber Code….And Why You Need To Promote It! =-.

  • scheng1 says:

    I dont agree with the first point. I have seen many blogs with once or twice a month update. MakeMoneyBloggingforbeginners.blogspot is one good example.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      I’m not sure how that is an example opposing the first point in this article. That site gets so few visitors that Alexa doesn’t even rank it and it’s been online for about 8 months or so. That site is the perfect example that if you don’t post regularly then you won’t accomplish anything.
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      • Thomas McGee says:

        I agree with Nicholas. Especially from the standpoint of your readers. A month is more than enough time to completely forget the blog existed, especially if you are a reader of many blogs.

        Good article!
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: Jules Verne Series =-.

      • Olusegun says:

        Well, it works for some people like the king of outsourcing – J.Jonas and Yanik Silver, Ryan lee, Adam Short. Apart from the internet marketing gurus, who BTW are not bloggers in the true sense of the word, It is absolute suicide.
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: 20 lessons I have learnt about blog commenting =-.

    • mk akan says:

      @ scheng
      i believe that only a few bloggers can update at that rate and stay at the top of their game…very successive bloggers maybe..personally ,i would still wait for seth godin’s post even if he does it monthly…but even with that,his blog would slowly faint then die off in the long run
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  • Stan Rosen says:

    Thank you for your creative and informative post on writing a better blog.Trying to write informally on a formal topic so that readers can learn from it, I am finding difficult. Your pointers I believe will help me focus on the more creative aspects of blogging.

  • Aminul Islam Sajib says:

    No doubt those are the fastest ways to kill a blog. Thanks for the nice post that will definitely help bloggers illustrate what may lead their blogs to death.

    By the way, welcome to Site Sketch 101!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Tips For Paid Review : Don’t Forget Your Blog’s Niche =-.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    #9 drives me absolutely bananas; this was huge on forums for a while, titles like; you wouldn’t believe…..

    They think teasers draw you in when it actually repels.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Two Plugins Needed – What Do You Recommend? =-.

  • Josh Hanagarne says:

    MK my good man, I have to add one:

    Delete your blog:) Glad to see you over here!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How To Be As Confident As This Pig =-.

  • Matt says:

    These are some great “killer” ways to ruin a blog. Nice work!

    Number 3 has been my weakness, but I’m learning better and better to break the mold and let my blog be it’s own style.

    Thanks for this article!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Disney’s Awesome Things #6: Experiencing Ride Breakdowns =-.

  • GrowMap says:

    I really enjoyed this post so I reviewed it at StumbleUpon and fed it on to Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.

    I know you expresses some concerns about CommentLuv and KeywordLuv but I would really love to see your blog in our community of dofollow bloggers using them both.
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  • Mike Stenger says:

    These are some really great tips. To add a little bit more on Add No Value, too many get into blogging for the money. I’m not a professional blogger or anything like that, but no matter what your path is in life or what you want to do, when you don’t do what you’re passionate about and do it just for the money, it’ll never truly make you happy.

    If you focus just exclusively on making money and not providing value, like you said “not helping people”, you won’t make money.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: The Real Purpose For Building Alliances =-.

  • chandan says:

    All are enough Nick for killing our blog. The first point is just happening for my blog. After I joined in one SEO firm I am not able to post frequently on my blog for which I am losing my blog traffic.
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  • Olusegun says:

    Hey man, great post.

    Glad to see you here. I’d have to add one too. Make your blog static and take no comments.

    That way it will become a web 1.0 notice board.

    Cheers
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 20 lessons I have learnt about blog commenting =-.

  • marshall | genverters.com says:

    I totally agree with the over promise of titles. They can be powerful if you deliver, otherwise they can be annoying because you as the reader feel conned.

    The posting regularity and treating commentors well is something I strive for too.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Life Threatening Lesson with a Llama =-.

  • Keith says:

    All great tips indeed, especially only posting once or twice a month is a killer unless you are a HUGE name, and even then it would probably be detrimental to the traffic you get.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Drooling On PageRank =-.

  • rabsin_d says:

    I completely agree…
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  • Tony M says:

    Posting infrequently is definitely a killer. Even when Yanik Silver does send out an email about a new blog post, I usually ignore it.

    It just feels like some random email since he hasn’t been “talking” to me for some time.

    Ryan Lee blogs almost everyday. I am always getting emails to his new videos.
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  • Kok Siong Chen says:

    I think the first point is the main point that can kill our blog instantly. We need to update our blog frequently if we really serious on blogging.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Apoptotic Pathway – Our Cell is Going to Die =-.

  • Daryl James says:

    I just have one quick question on #3. What if you are trying to include other experts on your site to build credibility and relevant content and you credit them with source links and bylines? Does that still have a negative effect? Thanks.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Small Business Traps to Avoid =-.

  • Kelly says:

    Now, why would anyone want to go want to go and do that??? HAha, but if they did, those sure as hell would be techniques that would work well! Note to self, things not to do, things not to do. :)
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  • Jack Cola says:

    I wouldn’t say that these tips will kill your blog, I would phrase it as to not improve your blog.

    However, you do provide good examples of what not to do, and your title you chose did work – it got the reader to click on your article.

  • Trevor Bandura says:

    I see these things happen on lots of blogs that I come across online.

    These people have started out great, posting great content, then just stop. It’s pretty sad to see great blogs go to waste like that.

    Love you blog. Lot’s of great information.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Using Google Alerts To Increase Website Traffic =-.

  • Web Hosting UK says:

    ‘Write Very Long Post’
    Writing is a powerful form of communication, a post no matter the length needs to have a singular purpose it is trying to get at. But i always believe short posts can be very powerful!

  • Ellen says:

    Non blogger chiming in-a few other ways to ‘kill’ your blog is to make it so slow loading that people get tired of the wait.(they leave)
    Put funky captchas in and in a font so small that everytime someone tries to do your captcha, it fails (they leave)
    Make sure you pick and choose which things get posted (editing) don’t let anyone ever disagree with you, and if they do, please remove the post or get defensive to the point it is obnoxious (they leave)
    Those are just a few!

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  • blue2x says:

    I heard that changing the permalink structure of your blog could ruin it, especially if your site is already established.

  • Paul O'Brien says:

    Great post, I’ve done #1 far too many times over the years. Looking at my site traffic is like looking at a roller coaster. I’m not sure how many more times I can bring it back from the dead!

  • bennix says:

    I was looking for an article that would teach bloggers how to create a killing post then,Google give me this page such a different approach but I’ll tell you sir, all of the above is true and it shots me..lol..

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  • Marvs says:

    These are all very helpful tips, my site is still in its infancy and will definitely benefit its development by avoiding all the things you said here.

    Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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