REASONS WHY I DON’T STAY TO READ YOUR BLOG

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.

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.

1. POP-UPS

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.

2. PROFANITY

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 andΒ 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.

Reasons why I don't stay to read your blog
There you have it, those are the reasons why I don’t stay to read your blog and as much as many people may disagree with my points, It’s fine. I know everyone has different views on what makes them want to stay and read one’s blog and I would really like to hear some of your reasons too or what puts you off when reading some blogs and end up not doing so. Do share in the comments below and until next time, have a lovely day.

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47 Comments

  1. I agree with all of these! It drives me crazy when I go to a blog thinking I get one thing, and then realize it’s a switch and bait for a sales pitch!

  2. I don’t mind profanities as long as they’re in good measure. If every other word is a profanity, that’s a problem. My bigger pet peeve are pop ups (I hate when a whole new screen pops up when all I want is to read an article) and misleading titles. I came to your blog to read something based on your title, don’t give me something entirely else.

    1. I know, nowadays I find so many misleading titles and makes me cringe and as for profanities there is always a limit one can take as for pop ups I just can’t. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. It is so annoying when I go to a blog and immediately deal with a popup. I usually will leave the website right then and there

  4. As a very new blogger, I totally agree with all of this! Except, maybe the profanity. However, you did state if it was part of their niche which I’ve sssn before and it works great! Otherwise I do agree that I wouldn’t want to run into any profanity.

    Thanks for pointing all this out so that I can see others feel the same way. It’s really great to keep in mind as a new blogger.

    1. Thank you, profanity has it’s place and if one’s niche needs it then the better but if it’s a normal day to day post and filled with too much then it gets weird.

  5. I AGREE!! I do have a popup, but it’s set on a delay, and I JUST started having ads after my year anniversary. Most of my posts don’t even have links outside my blog, simply because I get turned off when all I see is blue affiliate links every other word. And seriously…the misleading clickbait titles and the marketing ploys need to shtoooop. I see the link to your ebook in the sidebar…calm down. Anyway, thanks for making me now feel so anti-marketing blogging.

    1. Oh no I just needed to remove my frustrations a bit because every time I wanted to read something, it ends up being click bait and it’s like once I clicked on a misleading title they all decide to gang up on me and appear one after the other. The struggle.

  6. I totally agree and I am so glad you blogged about this issue. Bloggers need to be made aware of what they are doing that is bother their readers and turning them away. I’ve seen bloggers excuse this saying they just want to make money but if that is their only goal they should not be blogging in the first place. It shows in your blog if you don’t love the process.

  7. pop ups are my pet peeve. I hate having to click those things closed and honestly, I never even read them anyways, I just look for the “x”

  8. I hate pop-ups also, and even though I have heard that certain ones help bring in new subscribers or follows, I refuse to add them to my site. I do like my ads and my ad company though. I am now able to have blogging as my career because of them. Because of the full time hours that I put in as a blogger, I want to make the money that I am worth. I have never heard a complaint from readers, and my ad company spaces them out so that they aren’t annoying.

    1. Exactly, it’s not that you shouldn’t put any ads but one can do it in a way that won’t interfere with the reader’s experience making it a win win situation for both.

  9. I just hate popups! Especially popups that are not responsive, and there’s no way to close it when you’re using your phone.

  10. I totally agree with all the above. I think the pop ups are the most annoying but closely followed by the ads that make the site takes ages to load. I have shut down a site before now as it’s taking to long

  11. I have to laugh. I will second your post. I hate title that I feel bait me into reading something that it really is not about. I hate ads all over the place that block content. I can’t stand pop-ups that block me when I’m reading content. I may finish that post, but you can best believe I am not reading anymore. Sadly. Thanks for writing this strong and gut punching post to those that have all those things on their blog/website. – Charlene

    1. I know, sometimes they just irritate me so much, I know there people who have all of these in their blogs and as much as I’m not criticising I just needed to give my opinion. Thank you.

  12. Yeah, I understand the reasons. I think it’s the same for me. For me, too much stock photo’s or bad photo’s might make me leave. But I’m so sensitive to the visual part.

  13. I couldn’t agree more with all the points u have listed. What i hate among all of those points its those misleading articles where you will asked to buy a book. most times am like really? if you want to sell a book why didn’t you state it right at the headliner than stating it half way in the article. Am so over people who do that, like who does that? so basic…..

  14. This is so true. I was reading a blog the other day and it was so difficult as middle sentence is a advert. Then I had to catch back the other end and resume interest… I just left!. Make your coins but please in a more subtle way, I enjoy a click bait that’s clever not the ones that don’t make sense and seem over done.

  15. Blogging is such a journey. I love your thoughts on this and it’s nice to hear others perspectives. I agree with a lot of these. Pop-ups are the worst and I hate misleading titles too. I think as long as someone adds a disclaimer about affiliate links etc, then it’s up to the reader if they want to click on it or not. The tough part with Pinterest is anyone can pin your content so they may switch up the title of what they’re pinning it as or not linking it properly, but I totally get the frustration because it happens to me too. Great post! Sierra ~ Beautifully Candid

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