I’ve been visiting a lot of blogs in the past week or so. In my little experiment to increase my blog views, one of my goals is to visit and comment on 5 blogs a day.
There are a few reasons for this, not just to increase views – as if every blogger that I commented on visited me in return, that would only be 5 extra views a day which isn’t actually that much! I wanted to do it because a few years ago I felt a had a little community of around 20-30 people who would visit and comment regularly. I would do the same with them and after some time, you feel like you really know them! It’s so nice and it makes you more motivated to put out decent content. Also, visiting other blogs can be inspiring. So I’ve been wanting to try and create a bit of a comment community again as most of those bloggers I used to have that relationship with have now stopped blogging!
During this quest, if noticed few things that I’ve found a little off-putting about some blogs – so I thought a post listing what things put me off visiting blogs might be helpful for others to have a look at their websites and improve user experience (or you can just think I’m a judgemental cow and move on – either option works!).
Things that put me off visiting your blog.
Can’t see which post is the most recent.
Blog themes have so many features these days, with categories, carousels and pinned posts often being displayed before the most recent posts. I hate not knowing what is new content and what is older content. When this isn’t clear, I don’t really know where to go! Please have a clear section of your most recent posts in order of most recently published!
I also dislike it when I can’t see a date on your posts. I have no idea why this bothers me so much, it’s mostly the first few times I visit annoys me. Basically, I want to know if your blog is active or not! If your posts are not recent then I’ll likely leave and not come back so not knowing if it is active or not is a problem for me. I like to visit the same blogs regularly so want them to update regularly (at least once a month)!
I can deal with sidebar ads and ads in the middle of posts, but what I can’t deal with is invasive popups. There’s usually already a popup for accepting cookies which is frustrating but needed – when I don’t need is further popups with hard to find ‘x’ to close sign taking over the page, or those that come in about 30 seconds after getting on-site asking me to subscribe. No, I just got comfy and into your blog post and now I am annoyed.
Poor Site Structure
One of the most common reasons people won’t want to stick around on your blog is if it has a poor structure. This is going to make it difficult to find the information that they want or that they are interested in. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix here. Your best option will be to speak to website designers who can resolve the problems behind the scenes here.
Sidebar buttons not working.
You seem cool, I love your blog so I want to check out your Instagram page. But I click the icon and it leads nowhere! Please make sure the links to your social media are on your page (if you have social media!) because I want to follow you.
Irrelevant guest posts.
We are all guilty of this – I mean it’s hard to refuse cash and I don’t know your financial circumstances so you might really need that extra £50 or so for a food shop because you’ve just lost your job due to covid. But just be aware that if you have a beauty blog and then suddenly start posting about loans and gambling, it does cheapen your blog and it is a bit off-putting. I know I have done this in the past so I do understand the need/temptation. Ideally, guest posts and collabs should fit the current topics of your blog.
I’m just not interested in your niche!
It’s not you, it’s me! I’m sorry but there are just some things I am not interested in! If you write about something I’m not interested every so often, I’ll still visit, but if it’s the whole theme of your post then sorry! I’m sure there are plenty of other people who share that interest. That just isn’t me! You can’t cater to everyone and not everyone is going to love your blog and that’s fine – as long as you love it!
Do you disagree with any of these? Also what puts you off visiting blogs?