I love blogging. Hey, I wouldn’t been blogging for seven years if I didn’t! Blogging is a great creative outlet. It allows me to express my thoughts and share my passions. It gave me so much confidence. And the chance to meet, and become friends with, some amazing people.
There are some things bloggers do that drive me nuts. They make me leave the blog faster than I can say “Nice site!”. And I’m not the only one.
A lot of the things we bloggers do to grow and improve our blogs actually have the opposite effect, and make readers run away in droves. Don’t let that happen to you!
But don’t feel guilty if you do some of these things either. I did some of them too. We can’t know what works until we try it. But when something starts annoying too many people, you may want to think if the benefits are worth it.
So, here they are, the top blogging pet peeves that annoy your readers away:
1. Automatically Playing Videos With Sounds
This is the worst. I lost count of the amount of times I jumped in my chair because some loud music or advert started to auto-play. And I’m lucky, I’ve never been caught at work browsing the web rather than working. I doubt my boss would’ve appreciated that!
Even worse, a lot of these videos are usually hidden under the fold, and have tiny buttons you can hardly see. I don’t even bother looking for them. I just shut down the page.
Having videos on your site is ok. Just don’t make them autplay with sound. Let your readers decide if they want to hear them.
2. Posting Only Positive Reviews And Sponsored Posts
I have nothing against positive reviews and sponsored posts. There are lots of amazing products around. And you have to eat too. But don’t pretend that everything is the most amazing thing ever. We know that’s not true.
Good products have flaws too. A highlighter may give you the most gorgeous glow, but only until lunch time. And that moisturizer may do wonders for dry patches, but make oily skin break out real bad.
Just be honest, and tell us! Post the odd negative review too. You readers will be glad you saved them from buying that crappy lipstick they had their eye on.
Whatever you do, don’t just write “OMG, this is so amazing, I love it so much!” Put some effort into the post, and tell me what’s so special about it. Don’t let me take your word for it. I won’t.
3. Posting Lots Of Near-Identical Photos
No one needs to see a dozen photos of that moisturizer. We want to know if it works, not just look at it! Same for your gorgeous outfit. Showing it from different angles is one thing. Showing ten near-identical shots is another.
Positioning your arm differently or slightly changing your facial expression doesn’t make it a different shot, you know? But it can make our computers crash. Not everyone has a super fast connection. Remember that.
4. Slide Shows
No, I’m not talking about those slide shows on the homepage that showcase your best content. Those can be useful. What we all hate is having to click through 20 times to see “20 Beauty Hacks You Can Do With An Avocado”.
I know you’ll get 20 pageviews if I reach the end, but I never do. I just don’t bother with slide shows. I don’t have the time. Offer me an option to see them all in one place, or you won’t see me again. If you don’t value my time, I won’t value your content. Sorry!
5. Not Responding To Comments
I reply to every comment, but you don’t have to. If you get a lot of comments, you just don’t have the time. I get it.
But not replying to direct questions? Or thoughtful comments your readers have obviously put a lot of thought and time into? That’s just plain rude. It tells your readers you don’t care about them. So, why should they care about you?
6. Promising Headlines, No Delivery
Catchy titles are great. But if the article is crap, or doesn’t deliver, you’ve lost your readers. And your reputation.
You know what I’m talking about. Those easy contouring tricks for newbies that, turns out when you click on them, only makeup artists can do. Or the most amazing moisturizer ever that turns out to be the most basic formula ever you were paid big bucks to promote.
Tell your readers straight what they can expect from an article, and deliver it. Don’t insult their intelligence. They won’t like it one bit.
7. Haul Videos Or Posts Without Reviews
You got some new products, great! I’m really happy for you. But do they work? Are they worth the money? Or are you just showing off?
8. Annoying Pop Ups
I have mixed feelings about pop ups. Subscriber pop ups, I don’t mind much. I do prefer exit pop-up forms, like Opt-In Monster, because they allow me to check out the blog first and get an idea if the newsletter will deliver on its promises.
But if hitting visitors with a huge pop up as soon as they arrive on your site helps you increase your subscription rate, do it. But Facebook likes, or worse, ads? No, just no. More often than not, I don’t even close the pop up. I just walk away from your blog. And I’m not the only one.
9. Using Tiny Fonts
Small fonts are ok. Tiny fonts aren’t. What’s the point of writing an awesome post if no one can read it? And while, we’re at it, don’t use fancy fonts that are difficult to read, either. Yes, they look pretty, but words are meant to be read, not looked at!
10. Automated Messages On Twitter
Nothing makes me unfollow someone faster on Twitter than receiving a canned response saying, “Thanks for following. Visit my blog for [insert promotion here].” Like, we’ve just met, and you’re already trying to sell me something?! Show me why I should care first, and if I like it, I’ll buy it. Don’t be pushy.
11. Asking To “Follow Each Other”
If you’ve written an amazing post that could help me and my readers, let me know. I’ll be happy to check it out, and, if I like it, share it. But don’t ask me for link exchanges. I only follow blogs I genuinely like.
And don’t write your blog url in a comment. I know that Blogger has a crappy comment system, and Disqus isn’t much better.
But I’m using WordPress. Just fill in the website url field. When I click on your name, it’ll take me to your blog. I always check it out. So, don’t spam. It’s not cool.
What are your top blogger pet peeves? Do you agree with mine? Or some of those things don’t bother you at all?