There are a lot of amazing blogs out there that catch you at the first sight. Whether it’s an amazing design or an interesting content. And as a reader (and also as the creator of my blog), I pay attention all of these things on blogs I read because it’s really important for me to not just read a good post and see the catchy design, but also feel good on that blog.
Sometimes I find these where are awesome posts with nice pictures but then I just lost in many distractions and missing things that I decide to leave and never come back. What I mean by these distractions you may ask? Below are a few things that make me leave your blog and how you can actually fix it.
1| Pop-up newsletters
Oh, these pop-up newsletters. This is the first thing that makes me leave your blog. Of course, I don’t want to be hypocritical, I used to have the pop-up option on my blog too. But I realised one thing and let me give you a small example.
Imagine that you’ve just found out that there is a new shop in your village. You know nothing about this shop but the poster you’ve seen looked good and so you decide to go there and look around. But when you come to the shop, a bunch of people gather around you and start offering you a membership in their shop and other amazing stuff. Yet you still don’t know what they sell. It’s quite overwhelming don’t you think?
That’s how I feel when the pop-up appears before I just read the first word. If you want to me in your newsletter, you can give the option in your sidebar, footer or you can use scroll box. It’s more friendly than annoying pop-ups.
2| Too many colours that don’t match
When it comes to design, there are endless options and ideas how to make your blog eyes friendly. But if there are too many colours in one place that don’t match together, it doesn’t look really well. It distracts me from your super cool post and that’s a pity.
Instead of using many colours, use no more than three and don’t forget to leave some white space too. It makes your blog clear and I can pay attention to your post.
3| No sharing buttons
I really like your cool awesome post and I want to share it with the world but how can I do that when it’s hard to find your sharing buttons or even worst there are NO sharing buttons at all?
There are many ways how to add some on your blog. You can try Sumome or some social icon plugins. For me, I use Sumome and now it’s much easier for others to share my post if they like it.
4| Hard navigation
Recently, I’ve read an awesome post on the blog but then when I wanted to find another post, I spent at least 10 minutes before I finally found it.
So, make sure your navigation is clear and doesn’t have any distractions or useless stuff. Clear it up and add only things that should be here. It’s not just about the menu but it should be clear for your new readers who have never been on your blog.
5| Bright fonts on the white background
…that guarantee you epileptic fit or a blinding. That’s the worst thing that can happen when I read someone’s blog. First, I can enjoy the reading and second, it’s pretty annoying too. I know you love yellow and blue and white but this is not the right combination for blog posts.
Use a white background and rather than bright fonts, use black or darkness one. It looks better and your readers will thank you.
6| Busy Sidebar
When I have to get to your post trough the twenty advertisements, sixty blogging awards and ten pop-ups newsletter be sure, that I will leave your blog immediately. Your sidebar should look as minimalistic as possible. Use this space for at least two adds and your picture and some other related stuff but don’t overdo it.
7| No comment section
Please, be sure this part of your blog works really well and readers don’t have to click million times to write you a nice comment. It happens me a lot and I am frustrated by this. I really relate to your comment and want to share my thoughts with you but how can I do this when I have to sign in or there are no comments at all.
I really relate to your comment and want to share my thoughts with you but how can I do this when I have to do ten things before I actually do it or there are no comments at all.
So, don’t forget to check it. It may sound unnecessary but please, just make sure.
By this post, I don’t want to be offensive or something like that. I just want to show other bloggers what I’ve learned since I had my own blog and I’ve done some research. After all, it’s your blog and it’s up to you how you’ll do it.
Is there something you think that may be improved? Feel free to share your experience with us.
…psst, don’t forget to PIN IT for later.