So why don’t I stay to read your blog?
I’ve been blogging for nine months now and boy has it been a journey, from learning something new almost everyday, to doing research, getting frustrated at times and correcting mistakes along the way. All in all, it’s been great and as much as I love finding new blogs to read and follow, there are certain things within some blogs that just make me leave within seconds of visiting the blog. Sounds harsh but I’m going to be honest and tell you the reasons why I don’t stay to read your blog.
Disclaimer: I am not saying that if you have any of the below points that nobody will read your blog, these are just my opinions and what I think about them.
Pop-ups have never been my thing and I know it’s a matter of preference but if I click on your site and the first thing that happens before I even get to read the title is a huge pop-up out of nowhere to either tell me to subscribe or buy anything, then you have put me off right there. I think that you would rather let me at least read what I came for first then later ask me if I would like to buy or subscribe to anything. It’s like entering a store and buying an outfit right off the mannequin without trying it on, at least see whether it fits first.
Depending on what your niche is, the language you use when writing your content will either make me want to stay or leave. If your niche has to have some sort of profanity included then by all means put it there, but if it doesn’t need to have it and within few paragraphs I’m met with words that make me cringe, then I’m not going to stay and read your blog. You have to understand that many people are going to read it and if you want to end up wanting to monetize your blog one day, then you need to let the profanity go, leave it for friendly conversations because not everyone is comfortable with such language.
3. MISLEADING TITLES
I’ve recently started seeing this mostly when it comes to some pins in Pinterest and also in various blogs, which can be really frustrating. If your title says one thing and your content is totally different or not even about the title, what was the point of publishing that post? Or I click on a site and end up being redirected to a different place, that right there will definitely make me not come back to that site. Stay true to your titles people.
4. ADS ALL OVER
I know that everyone would like to make some money with their blogs but at least try and do it in a subtle way without bombarding your site with too many ads that makes it over-whelming for anyone to read your content or even stay for a while. You can have ads on your site but what will make me not to stay at all is that if I’m trying to scroll down to the next paragraph, and ads are just showing up non-stop, it will definitely put me off and make me leave right away. Plus ads end up making your site look too busy and not professional at all.
5. MARKETING PLOYS
Now I think everyone has come across these ones. Where you’re seriously looking for some help and you see “How I made this amount of money in my first month blogging”, only to reach the second paragraph and the only way to know is by buying a book or a certain product. Honestly, I would rather you just say in your title “Buy my book here and see how I made this amount in my first month blogging”, never hurts to say the truth other than making me click on something which I will leave in seconds. I know everyone wants to make some money, but if your going to do it by tricking readers, I suggest you just be straight to the point.