I write for a blog and read many blogs as well. Whenever I find a blog with even a little piece of useful information for me, I just follow it via email, Google connect, Facebook, or RSS subscription. But there are many blogs out there which aren’t on my list OR which I will soon remove from my daily blogs to read list, most probably because I’m not getting what I expected.
I’d like to be more descriptive and share my personal reasons for “Why I don’t visit some blogs again?” My 10 reasons with descriptions can help you to know why your readers may not like your blog.
10 Reasons – Why I will not visit your blog again?
#1 I don’t like your pop-ups
Maybe, you think it’s cool but I don’t. I think most readers out there don’t like that. Whether those pop-ups are for subscribing options or any of your eBooks, they interrupt me in reading. Do you think you need to force me to subscribe? Or will it be worthy enough to overcome my irritation? I don’t think so. I can find my way to subscribe or buy your eBook if I need it, myself.
A simple and small widget in the sidebar is enough to offer subscribing options. But it really feels like an interruption when a box pops up to my face and asks me something while I’m reading.
#2 You never reply to my comments
I come to your blog, read your tips and query via comments when I’m stuck somewhere. But I never see you replying to my comments. It looks like no one is out there on the other side of the blog. I don’t think it would be worthwhile to follow an unresponsive blogger who will not help me while I work on his or her tips.
Blogging is about building relationship with your readers. But it’s not possible if you don’t listen to them. Ignoring your readers can be the biggest mistake in blogging. I reply to every comment on my blog. Even to the comments like “Thanks for sharing” or “Nice post,” I reply – Thank you for stopping by.
#3 You’re sharing the same stuff with old style
Believe me; I’ve seen 100 times that “How to make a Facebook fan page for your blog?” From little blogs to top blogs, many have already shared the complete tutorial for that. Then why are you sharing it again? Sharing popular stories from top sites like Mashable is not blogging. It’s okay to share the same information if you can add your own perspective on it, or express it in your own, original style. But why copy Mashable when you can just provide a link to the original post?”
Moreover, I’ve never seen anything other than simple text on your blog. Don’t you like images or audio files and videos on your blog? Don’t you think images speak more than words sometimes? I think these are important to make your blog interesting. They can help to break up big blocks of text and are more appealing to visual learners.
#4 Your blog is for ads not for me
Are you really blogging just for money? I can see ads all the way on your blog. I need to get my spectacles to find the content to read in a big forest of advertisements.
If you think stuffing your blog with advertisements will help you to earn money, then most probably you are wrong. Losing readers will obviously lead to losing traffic. Consequently, there will be NO REVENUE.
Blog and web sites are to share knowledge and provide useful information, NOT to share advertisements. It’s not wrong to advertise on a blog but anything in excess is bad.
#5 You are not regular in updating
I cannot expect when you’ll update next. Sometimes you write a bunch of articles at once and sometimes you do not come for a week. So, I’ve NO idea when I can come to check for more. Sometimes it looks like a DEAD blog.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t write everyday but it’s important to write with consistency. If you decide to write three articles a week, then don’t miss any. Readers should know on which days they can expect new articles.
#6 Your blog loading time makes me sleepy
Your blog takes too much time to load. Those unnecessary widgets and scripts running behind makes my surfing slow when I’m on your blog. Those flash widgets and banners take all my time. It sometimes hangs and crashes my browser.
I’m really not interested in rotating a globe that is showing your online readers around the world.
#7 I cannot navigate easily to my favorite category
You have only a HOME button on your blog. I have to go to the next page, one page at a time, if I want to read some old posts. You have no category or label tags associated with the article.
You might consider adding a widget with most popular tags or categories? That way, one can see all the posts under a particular topic. A sitemap can also help in making navigation easy.
#8 Your theme’s color combination hurts my eyes
Who gave you the idea to have a dark background with brighter text on your blog? Do you know it’s really uncomfortable to read that on a monitor? I have to stress my eyes for reading. Even after finishing, my eyes ask for some rest and few eye drops.
A good blog doesn’t need a sparkling look. A clean and elegant theme with a simple and easy to read font is preferred by almost all readers.
#9 You keep sharing useless stuff on your Facebook Page
I LIKED your blog’s Facebook fanpage to get latest post updates of your blog, not for some funny stupid jokes and images. I’ve already subscribed to some pages for jokes but I subscribed to yours to stay connected with your article updates on your blog. There’s no reason to share something completely irrelevant on your fanpage.
I share my blog’s fanpage to share articles from my blog, and sometimes from other blogs too. But I’ve never shared anything which is irrelevant to my blog, there.
#10 You don’t give proper credits
I’ve seen you using images, videos, infographics, and other information on your blog but I have never seen you give a link to the original author, creator, or source. Simply, it means plagiarism. And I can never support anyone who plagiarizes others.
I’ll also feel bad if someone uses my creation without giving me proper credits or without mentioning me with it.
Don't feel bad – I liked your blog enough, once, that I'm a bit disappointed to be taking it off my daily “blogs to read” list. All reasons may not be true for your blog but if you really want me to come back, a few simple changes ought to do the trick. It will not make only me to return back but may be, your thousands of previous readers.