10 Indications that Your Blog Sucks
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To anyone habitually browsing the internet for a good read or two, a blog that simply sucks can ruin the rest of the day. You can hope that your blog isn’t one of them, or you can try some quick fixes to make your site worth visiting and attract more readers. Here are 10 indications that your blog sucks.
1. Subscriber Population: 1
Maybe in the early blogging days, bloggers find no problem in putting up their site intended for just one person, maybe a loved one or family member. It does sound romantic, doesn’t it? But when you think about it, what’s the point in blogging if you don’t want more people to read it? You can just send an email and avoid the search engines finding you.
2. Loading… Please… Wait…
When you have high-speed broadband, the latest computer equipment and best optimized web browsers at your disposal, chances are, you know just how fast the internet can get. Then it’s no wonder a slow-loading blog is such a turn-off.
3. Clutter, Clutter Everywhere
A possible cause of a slow blog is unnecessary clutter. Oftentimes, clutter happens when a blogger is a little too excited in putting a blog together. A widget here and here, picture slide show there, video here… just prevents readers from enjoying an otherwise great blog. When you want readers to focus more on what you are writing, keep distractions to a minimum. Treat widgets more like accessories that accent and add to your content.
Who likes them? Certainly not the readers who would have been eager to know what you have to say today, if not for those dreaded pop-ups.
5. Poorly Written Posts
Some readers may disregard an error or even find incoherent writing a bit funny, but more often, grammatical errors, misspelled words, and hanging sentences get in the way of communicating your message. Take the time to check your writing, or if you’re serious about getting it right, brush up on writing skills with online tutorials.
6. Bad Layout Design
When your blog is better known for its giant header than what it is all about, maybe it’s time to consider a layout revision.
7. One-Word Comments
While a page-full of comments saying “nice” or “interesting” may be flattering enough, one-word comments are dubious. It leaves you guessing if those who left the comment were sincerely pleased by your post, or they’re just after the opportunity to post a link back to their site.
8. No One Linking Back
You may blog with the intention of reaching everyone, but nobody seems interested. The solution may be a matter of choosing more relevant topics or telling more people about your blog.
9. Recurring Apologies for Not Posting
Imagine asking someone to visit you at home and you’re not there. Of course, it’s different with a blog where people can check any time of the day. But when you have taken the time to promote your blog, be sure something new is there to see and not your latest post again from two months ago.
10. Embedded Music or Videos on Auto-play
Maybe you just love music or like the sound of a random video playing in the background, but those embedded media set to auto-play on your blog may be causing readers to switch off their speakers—for good.