Did you know that there are some simple blogging “no-no’s”? Things that will drive your readers and fellow bloggers absolutely bonkers? If you’re wanting to up your blogging game and grow, you need to avoid these Blogging Pet Peeves! But don’t worry… I’ll tell you how to fix them 🙂
Music on your site. Seriously! Whats the Point? Here I am tapping away, surfing the web, jamming out to Pitbull or Frank Sinatra, and I stumble upon a new blog. All of the sudden there is weird music playing over “Fly Me to The Moon”! What the Heck???? If I can’t figure out where its coming from and fast… I’m just going to leave your site! Now I don’t have a tutorial on how to turn off music… because if you have music on your site, you’re the one that put it there. Please, don’t do it!
Obsessing about numbers. You can tell a rookie blogger by how often they talk about numbers… gfc follwers, twitter followers, facebook followers… I could go on, but that might be just as annoying 😉 Here’s the thing when it comes to blogging, If you build it, they will come. Sounds cliches, but its true. Solid content, a well designed site and a blogger with a firm foundation/identity, will draw a following. Its not easy, but ignore the numbers! The one thing that helps me not obsess is using a monthly tracker, once a month I write all my stats down. This helps me keep a record, with out checking for new facebook likes every 5 seconds! Click Here for a free Stats Tracking Printable 🙂
Your “About Me Page”. Its pretty important… and it needs to sound like you! So please, don’t refer to yourself in the third person! Pretend you’re introducing yourself to a new friends and tell it like a story. Basics 4 Bloggers has 5 steps to writing an effective About Me Page. Check it out!
Not renaming your photos. Did you know that it effects your SEO and that sometimes the description you assign the photo is what ends up plastered all over pinterest? Oh Amanda has some great tips on watermarking and how to rename your photos. Do it! It only takes a second and makes you look far more professional!
Captcha or Word Verification. This is the one thing that will drive away comments like nobody’s business! Seriously! I have to really be interested in what you’re saying to bother with captcha. I can only squint at so many squishy nonsensical words in a day.
Anh, from Feminine 23, Shows you how to turn Captcha off your blogger blog!
Asking for someone to follow you the very first time you interact with them. Please, Please, PLEASE don’t comment on other blogs just to ask them to follow you. Chances are they won’t… and it comes off as a little desperate. Comments like “Hey I like your blog. You should follow me back at www.Iamsolame.com” Drive me more than just a little crazy.
Ads that have sound. Ahhhhhhhhhhh *insert me screaming LOUDLY* I think I hate this more than music on sites! Just as annoying but harder to find and turn off. Ads are great, but if they’re going to drive traffic away, you don’t want them!
Rafflecopter Giveaways that don’t have clickable links. Its a quick and easy fix. Only adds a few moments to putting together a giveaway and will make it much easier for your readers to follow through on each entry. Living Pretty PDX broke down the basics of putting together a rafflecopter form and how to code the clickable links. Believe me, its not difficult! If I can figure it out, you’ll be just fine 🙂
Blog designs that have dark backgrounds and light colored fonts. It might look cool… until you try to read it. Then its a whole other can of worms. Now I am no expert on blog design, I leave that to the experts, like my friend Jac. But take it from someone who reads a lot of blogs, simple, light backgrounds and dark fonts are easiest on the eyes.
Now if you’re currently blogging and guilty of a few of these Blogging Pet Peeves, don’t worry! They aren’t hard things to take care of 🙂 Make the changes a few at a time and you’ll hopefully see the difference 🙂
Oh and feel free to ask questions here 🙂 I’ll answer if I can and at the very least point you in the right direction.