Blogging for two plus years I have played around with stuff to see what works and doesnâ€™t for my blog. I have tried every item on this list and this has brought me to share with you the top 10 things that can hurt your blog in the long run, from a KMP perspective.
1. The Blogroll
I am not a huge fan of the blogroll. There are pros and cons about having one. One of the pros is that you can direct traffic to your blog if you are listed on someone elseâ€™s blogroll which can help increase your rank. The con is if someone’s rank is not as high as yours, having them on your blogroll could hurt your rank. So I choose not to have a blogroll.
2. Lack of Interaction with Readers
I believe blogger/reader interaction is a major plus. Simple ways to do this is by replying to comments left on your blog, as well as interacting via other social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. The more interaction with your readers, you have the more loyal their readership will be.
3. Loud Layout or Background
Nothing annoys me more than a loud, busy background or confusing layout. Having a busy background gets overwhelming for the reader which can lead to quick exits and high bounce rates.
4. Music Players and Auto Playlist
There is nothing like a good olâ€™ music player, playing your favorite tunes, while reading your amazing blog. Ummâ€¦ I donâ€™t think so. I have nothing against music, but having an automatic music playing on your site can drive people away. Not everyone might like the music on your playlist, especially if you are having it auto play. If your blog is private then by all means have a music player, itâ€™s your blog. But if your blog is public, you need to be more conscious of your readers. Your blog is not just for you but for others, so choose wisely.
5. Poor Layout
Have you ever visited a blog that has amazing articles but their layout is just not â€œreader/visitor friendly?â€ I have. I am not saying you should spend a fortune on a background, but the first thing people notice when visiting your site is your layout, then your work. Layouts that compliment the articles that you write make a great combo and will have your readers complimenting your great work as well as your amazing site. Compliments lead to referrals which leads to more traffic.
6. Self Boasting
Ahh, the self boasting blogs. Weâ€™ve seen them. These are the ones where itâ€™s all about the owner. â€œI did this, I did that, hey look at me, love me, love me, come worship me. Oh yea, read my review on such and such event, oh and notice the shoes and dress Iâ€™m wearing. And donâ€™t forget to visit the About Me and check out all the sponsors and badges I have.â€ Blah, blah, blah. Again, if your site is about you then this applies – if itâ€™s about your readers, or for your readers, then this self-boasting nonsense is not necessary.
7. Spelling and Grammar Errors
I am not an English teacher and English is not my first language, but when reading or posting a blog I expect to at least spell the words correctly and use proper grammar. There is no reason why we still use: than instead of then, your instead of youâ€™re, or there instead of their. If you have problems with those you should have someone proofread your work.
8. Stolen Images w/o Proper Credit
For this tip, I am referring to taking a picture from another blog and claiming it as your own. Taking an image and saying that it is you in the picture, when you and a few other people know that that it is not you is not right, and most of all can get your blog shut down for copyright infringement. If you see an image you would like to use, make sure you give proper credit by letting the reader know where you got the image from and a link. If someone asks you to remove his or her image you should comply.
Blogging Research Wordle with Creative Commons Licensing
9. Taking Credit for Another Bloggerâ€™s Work
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Give credit where credit is due. If you write an article about something you read somewhere, give credit to that site or source. It does not make you less of a blogger if you give proper credit.
10. Tons of Ads
Ads are overwhelming. Tons of ads will make your page look busy and loud (see #3), and we already know what that causes. If you do place ads, have one or two not 15 in one page – it could get annoying.
Do you agree that the above items will hurt your blog? Can you think of more things that will cause more harm than good on a blog?