Sadly, it takes just one mistake to undo years of good work. I am sure you have read thousands of posts on the net that have taught you the tricks and tips to get more traffic to your blog. Most of these tricks do work, however, what about those things which are preventing your blog from being a superhit?Are you wondering what is it, that you have done wrong?
Remember the reader and content is the king, not you. In this post I am going to talk about the Don’t Do things on your blog. Keep these in mind so that you avoid them at all costs. I am writing this post in a sarcastic tone, to make it easy to recall and more interesting to read. I have no intention of offending anyone, its just more interesting this way. Sometimes we all overlook the most obvious mistakes, which will only take a few minutes to correct, the idea of the post is to correct those mistakes.
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Oh, I am able to get many comments on my blog. Let me make it compulsory to login before people can comment, and while I am at it, let me add a puzzle which needs to be solved before visitors can post a comment. Since this is the first point, let me give you a hint, this is what you should NOT do. The visitors are kind enough to give their ideas and feedback, but they will surely go away if you make leaving a comment a difficult task. But, please keep in mind that all your users are not authentic. So, to protect your website from spam please have a security check image.
Why do Google and other search engines keep throwing people to my blog? I don’t want any visitors from them, I have had enough with them. So, let me find a way to block them. Easiest thing I can do it is by getting myself blacklisted: I can add too many non relevant keywords on my website, or get backlinks from unrelated sites. Ahh, there is an easier way, let me block Google from indexing my blog. This is how to do that:
You must be thinking that you definitely havent done any of the above. But sometimes Blogspot and other sites might have that set as the default, so you need to undo it if that is the case. Find detailed information on how to block Google here.
Yes, I am an expert and I have the power to toy with visitors who come to my blog. I like to resize their browser windows or give them a 100 popups so that they know who is the boss.
I want people to see a 1 hour movie about “How I drove away blog traffic” in HD Flash before they can start to read anything. I don’t care about your slow internet, it is compulsory to watch this and I can make no exceptions.
I am an undercover agent. Sorry I want you to read my thoughts, but if you ask for who I am, I can’t tell you and blow my cover.
As I told you above, I am an undercover agent. Do you expect me to waste my time by answering the comments my readers leave? I do want them to read and leave comments, but I don’t think its worth my time to reply to them.
I want my blog to be read in only one browser, and if you want to read it please download that browser and use it for only my blog. If you open it in any other browser, you will see all jumbled up links and text. Also, I couldn’t take out the time and effort to make it compatible with all the browsers.
I know SEO pretty well, and I have figured out how I can get my page to the top on Google. How does it matter if that text is of no use to the visitor, and its just a collection of keywords nothing more. I am happy that I have no readers, but am on the first page of Google. I don’t want you to visit my blog ever again.
Hmm, I forgot to add a date column on my posts. Maybe, you can keep a track of it on your calendar, they are very cheap.
I have a Google search on my blog. If you want to find something please use the search, or you can try reading each post and finding what you need. Actually there wasn’t enough space left on the page to have navigating systems like labels, archives, categories, or even drop down boxes.
Everybody loves more designs and features. Who cares if it takes a couple of minutes to load the page? Yes, I know that more than half of the world have a slow internet connection, but I think they can wait it to load and not get irritated and leave.
I would like to mention a point here which is important: Sometimes you would need to use a lot of images in a post, and you cant help it. In that case please make the images as small in size as possible, without sacrificing the quality. These points can help you do that:
Although my blog isnt about English literature I make it a point to use as many hard words as possible. I know that most readers wont know them already, but they can always open a dictionary in the new tab.
I searched for a few themes to make my blog look good for the users. I used the best looking ones and somehow they turned out to be the most used too. So, now I have a blog that looks exactly the same like thousands out there, but it does look great J.
It looks a little odd that humans read text from left to right, but that my blog has all centred text with a lot of white spaces. But I guess, it looks good to me, so who cares about what humans want.
Visitors tend to change many things to suit how they like to read. They might change text size on the page, have a lower resolution screen, might have different browser sizes too. Ahh, although I know this, but I am too lazy and busy to make my website adapt to these visitor needs.
What? Does anyone scroll all the way down to see the footer? Okay, not many but some of your readers will do that. It might be a good idea to use it like a sidebar of your blog, and have links to most read posts, some site navigation, social media integration, or recent comments. But don’t assume everyone will read it and skip the sidebar. Hmm, good advice but sorry I am too busy to put in that effort.
Ofcourse, I have chosen a different color for my background and text, do you think I am stupid? But Oh, I forgot to check how does the text look when people select it with their mouse.
I have put an email and RSS subscription at the bottom right of my page, where there is little chance that anyone will find it. I know that generally people put it at the top of sidebars, so that its easy to spot for the readers, but I don’t want to convert my readers to subscribers.
I know that millions of people use social media sites like Digg, Delicious to browse for what they want to read. Ahh, but its too much effort to integrate them into my blog posts.
I found these two links on how to make a logo and a favicon. But I don’t think its important that my blog has an identity and recognition on the web, so I didn’t go through them. Maybe you should go through them if you care for readers to remember you, I don’t, remember I am an undercover agent :P.
So, just to remind you all once again, this was a sarcastic post, and you should keep this in mind at all times: Reader is the king.
While Assembling above tips, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other useful Reasons Why Readers Don’t Like Your Blog. Feel free to share it with us.