If blogging for your readers, stop and think about them.
Do you want your readers to enjoy visiting your site, reading your blog posts, and for them to return again?
Have you considered the following:
• Annoying pop-ups asking your readers to sign up for your newsletter – Get rid of those! Put an email sign up on your sidebar or at the top or bottom of the page!
• Aggravating pop-up ads all over the page or ads that overlap the text content – No one wants to see that mess, seriously!
• Posts/pages that take forever to load due to pop-ups and ads, images that aren’t optimized, poor server performance, excessive plugins, unnecessary redirects, etc. – I have high speed cable internet, as well as a custom built desktop computer and laptop that are both supercharged, lightning fast! However, on some sites I just have to give up as they take forever to load. You can do better, you really can!
• Tiny, light-colored, or fancy font, all of which are hard to see and read – If your eyesight is good, you’re so fortunate but not everyone has good eyesight, not even if they wear contacts or glasses. This is so obvious!
What can you do to improve your site of these annoyances? If your site has none of these aggravations then you’re ahead of the game!
Part 3 – Comments and conversations
I agree with all of the above. I am never going to sign up for a newsletter unless I have had a chance to look at the site.
Thanks Anne! Some sites go way overboard!!!
I do like your larger font! I may need to enlarge mine.
All such great simple and sensible advice Dee but many seem to get caught up in the pop up trap. If something pops up within seconds of me going to a site it’s an automatic strike for me I’m afraid. I also dislike ads but understand that for some it’s how they want to go. Blogging is a work in progress that’s for sure 🙂 . Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.
Thanks Debbie, I agree, simple and sensible advice. Yes, auto strike for me too!
Hi, Dee – This is very solid advice. I appreciate that every blogger has different needs, interests and personality types….as do blog readers. Each of the points that you mention above are true turn-offs for me!
Thanks Donna! Yes, they will get no vote from me.
Something else that’s annoying is the scrolling social share buttons that some blogs have on the side of the page. Some are fine but others block the text and make it really hard to read the whole post.
It’s a good idea to check your blog on different types of screens (tablets, different phones and laptop and desktop screens) to see how your site looks and if there is annoying elements that make people bounce off your site quickly.
So true Cathy about the scrolling share buttons. I addressed the viewing of your site on different devices in Part 1 🙂
I’m on my way to ready Part 1 then. Somehow I missed it.
I really don’t like those ads that take up the whole page. It really makes me want to click off a site really fast
Most definitely Angie!
So agree with you Dee. Hate those invasive pop-ups, you know those that don’t allow us to continue reading unless we agree to do something like sign up. I prefer to see what info and style of writing a blogger offers before signing up. Good series Dee and Thanks.
Thanks Nancy, me too!
Yes, Dee. I must agree about these aggravations. I can tolerate a single pop-up that stays away once I close it. I get frustrated when it keeps coming back every few minutes (or seconds), or new pop-ups keep opening. I had a site audit about a year ago and made all the fixes to speed up my site. I do like the larger font on your blog. I may have to look into that. Thanks for all the technical advice you’ve given me over the years or letting me know when something wasn’t working the way you’d expect. I believe my blog is better for it. Enjoy your day!
Ah, thank you Christie! There’s a couple blogs I enjoy visiting but when I go to leave a comment a subscribe box pops-up and overlaps the comment box AND there’s no way to close it. So aggravating!
There’s nothing more that I hate than to land on a website/blog and have popups thrown in my face. Whether they are in the middle or sides, they are annoying, ESPECIALLY on mobile. I know some think they are giving us more ways to contact them, sign up, and what not, but no thank you! These are great tips. Larger fonts are great for these aging eyes too. 😉
Thanks Bren, glad you agree!
I feel so unsophisticated–I haven’t done any of the “annoyances.” That said, I agree–it is such a turn off to have a sign-up pop down as soon as you open a site. ditto for the rest of your suggestions.
Definitely a turn off Penny.
Hi Dee, Pop ups are annoying everywhere. I have been blogging less than a year and I appreciate all tips, especially the technical advice. I was reading all of the above comments and it is always nice to see everyone helping each other:) Erica
They sure are Erica!
OMGosh Dee, I totally agree with you! Nothing is more aggravating to me than to fight adds and popups on a website. Great ideas and advice! Thanks for co-hosting the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 37 Sharing!
Thanks Sylvia, appreciate it ♥
Great tips, Dee. I especially agree with you about the pop ups asking you to subscribe as soon as you land on the site. It’s annoying. I want to read and look around a bit before deciding to subscribe or not.
Thanks Beverly, my thoughts exactly!
It is so frustrating to check a site, try to read a post or a recipe, and it takes forever to load because of all of the really annoying ads. I’m with you on that, Dee. Teeny tiny fonts that are almost unreadable are deal breakers for me, too. You are spot on with these tips.
I’ll have to go look at my site, on a strange computer, to see what it really looks like! Thanks, Dee!
Good idea Melinda ♥
Just buzzing over from the facebook member for the day. I love how you promote all of us supporting each other. I do appreciate it! And shared on facebook, twitter and pintrest.
Thanks so much Helen, I appreciate you too ♥
Great blogging advice! Thanks!
Glad you think so Laura, thanks ♥
Thanks Dee! I too, hate those posts/pages that take forever to load due to pop-ups and ads. Takes forever to scroll down and then you can’t find the next paragraph. I often say to myself, I hope my site never gets like this and test it all the time. (My real name is a follower).
Thanks Nana! I see more and more agree with me ♥
Great points to ponder. I changed the color, size and style of my font because my sister couldn’t read my blog!! I detest the blogs that are so gobbed up with ads and gimmicks that you can’t find the posts. And having posts that are like one big written commercial script. No thanks!!
Thanks Leslie! These people that have such blogs have probably never really looked at them from other devices like I talk about in Part 1. They can have ads and receive revenue but you have to know how to do it and care about what it looks like.
Yes! We definitely need to keep our audience in mind.
Most definitely Michele!
Yes, that is a great question, I think many bloggers load too many ads on their posts, which are frustrating to say the least.
Definitely Antionette! Thanks for dropping by 🙂
All great tips! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home
My pleasure Kathleen!
I agree with everything, especially the pop up ads. I will never have them on my page.
Same here Leslie!
Love your wise words. It’s all about SEO for me at the moment so very apt. Thank you so much for sharing it with #FiestaFriday
Thank you Jenny! Some bloggers just don’t “get it” and never will!
Amen, amen, amen! All of the items mentioned above are pet peeves.
Definitely Liz, glad you agree! Amen!!!
Great resource! I’ve saved this to my Blog Resources Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. –Jennifer
Thanks for pinning Jennifer ♥ Be sure to see the other parts 🙂