These are some of my blogging pet peeves. And as an ardent reader, I personally find them irritating when I visit some websites. No matter how interesting/entertaining, or juicy the information i’m seeking is, I bounce off and may likely not return.
These may serve as some blogging tips, but honestly, I’m no expert in blogging advice as I am evolving as well. But you’re going to find typical facts in this post as I share some super annoying ways to put a reader/potential reader off:
Tip 1; Pop-ups/Ads:
Chances are, little or no one actually subscribes to your email list through those pop-ups. They just clog up the site and make it annoying. If your reader cannot find the close button in a second, he/she simply exits and look elsewhere! The web is filled with too many places to get information from. Ain’t nobody wasting time on yours when your pop-ups won’t let them read in peace. Same as Ads, especially when it’s irrelevant. Your reader may likely return and subscribe later if you have a subscription box in your sidebar after he discovers your content is useful/relevant. Then he can follow.
Tip 2; Boring headlines:
People need to be so curious as to be pushed to click through. With a boring headline, it’s on to the next please!!! It isn’t always easy to come up with catchy headlines. I know its not that simple. I even struggle with headlines sometimes too but just so you know, it’s simple enough to put a reader/potential reader off! Everyone wants to click into something exciting/attractive. We can put some work into making our headlines so.
Tip 3; very long posts:
I don’t know about others, personally, when your post is too long such that I can’t quickly scan through in a few minutes to be sure I’ll find the content useful/entertaining, I simply exit! Especially if the first few sentences aren’t striking. Who’d want to spend all that time (which is even relatively limited) on a single post which doesn’t appear beneficial?
Tip 4; Illegible fonts:
If your fonts are unreadable, either very small fonts or hard to read, it puts off a reader. Some people have terrific visions even with glasses. No one would want to further put a strain on their eyes trying to read your blog, even with the best blog design and layout. Besides, most internet users use mobile devices which makes it even more difficult if your fonts are illegible no matter how much you zoom. And if the letters are stubby, it’s even more annoying.
Tip 5; unfriendly comments plugging:
When every other Tip up there is in place, great headline, superb content, excellent font, etc but it’s difficult to interact via comment, boom!!! That’s it! I’ve particularly come across some amazing sites with quality contents. But leaving a comment is a hurdle because the comment plugging isnt user-friendly. So I simply go unnoticed. Some readers may want to interact, and it’s annoying not to be able to. I personally find “disqus” repugnant. I don’t know but I don’t feel like I should be compelled to sign in with any of my social media accounts in order to leave a comment. It feels like pressure to me.
So that’s all for now guys, keep updated by following.
Which Tip is the most annoying for you? And which other ones do you find annoying?
PS: I’m not big into layouts/designs. For me, content is key.
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