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What are some of the things that immediately turn you off or make you not return to blog pages or other sites? What do bloggers and forum creators do that could run off traffic?
August 29, 2017, 7:05 am
Mine would probably the amount of ads on page. I can deal with 1 or 2 or 3 ads specially if they are light sized or text based ones. But when it comes to those banner sized and very flashy ones, I would hit that 'x' tab button faster than a horse running away from a hyena. In the case of blogs or sites who don't have ads too, another thing that would probably turn me off when I visit them is the content and specially on the first and last part.
August 29, 2017, 1:45 pm
I agree with you about the ads. I can't stand those websites and blogs that look as busy as a street at night in Las Vegas. Sometimes, less is definitely more, and the ads and banners can bombard with so much overkill that I do not even investigate the content, whether it is deserving or not.
August 30, 2017, 11:20 am
I know what you mean. Most of the time it isn't even the amount of ads, but just the placements and organization of it. I've been to some sites where they have lots of ads but they are placed correctly so they don't bother me while I browse the content. I am glad that fewer sites now utilize pop up ads though because those really are the most annoying, but even then after closing the pop up tab it's usually okay to browse the site after that.
September 8, 2017, 1:23 am
Yep I totally agree most people put up a blog with a few pages and then they plaster it full of adds and wait for the $10k a month check that never comes because they don't have any readers because their blog is overrun with ads. I honestly think people just don't get it! They think that they can throw up a blog with a few pages and be a million air and that's furthest from the truth. If your blog is going to have any hope of making any money you need a ton of content before you start ads and you need to keep a seady flow after the ads are started.
October 13, 2017, 2:24 pm
That's funny--it is almost as if, sometimes, the harder you try (in the wrong way, I guess), the less successful you are. However, I think that anyone with some common sense should KNOW that they should not over-populate the page with such a mess of pop-ups, ads and widgets. I never thought that blogging was a "get-rich quick" scheme--I know this has happened and can happen, in certain situations, but I think those situations are not necessarily the norm, and most of us just have to work at it over time and stay focused and determined.
November 16, 2017, 5:41 am
Hmm, that's a good question that every blog owner should ask himself/herself. It's important to not use some of the things that generally annoy the visitors.
From the top of my head here are the things that drive me mad and make me turn off the website/blog:
- content lockers,
- asking for my email right away,
- being too pushy with popups,
- too many ads,
- bad content,
- terrible grammar
- and more.
August 29, 2017, 2:28 pm
I really like this list here, and I think it definitely quickly outlines the don't of blog presentation and construction. Too many ads or pop-ups, or both, really do push me away and make me not want to come back to a site. Also, bad grammar makes me feel like the presenter of the site or blog does not care enough about the material to edit it before submitting it to the public audience.
August 30, 2017, 1:28 pm
You've listed most of the things that people will find extremely annoying. If any of those things are present on a blog then I will close that window straight away. Content lockers are probably the most annoying things that could be on a blog. There is nothing way than having to pay to read an article or to share the link on social media to read it.
August 31, 2017, 4:02 pm
Specially the pop ups at first visit. I think this is common now and most blog and site owners tend to have this feature wherein, if you visit a blog or a site, and you stay there for like 5 seconds, something pops up asking you to subscribe or register and I really hate that. Turns me off instantly. And the worst part is, sometimes there isn't an "X" button or cancel and you have no choice but to register or go back.
September 7, 2017, 9:52 am
I feel you on this one--it really turns me off too. It seems invasive, to a degree. It's funny, too, because I want to make money of of ads at my sites, but I am totally reluctant to put these types of ads and pop-ups on my sites because I figure if they would drive me away then they would drive away possible customers and clients likewise. There is a smooth and smart way to advertise, but a barrage of pop-ups is never the way to go, if you ask this old man.
September 8, 2017, 11:18 am
Damn, a blog clustered with Ads, nothing drains the blood in my veins, like that, it irritates me to the core, some newbies blogger or should say noobs, will cluster Ads over the page, without arranging it, or providing a small field set, below the navbar to place their Ads.
And some blogs that over do, their designs, these blogs with designs like an old "scroll" in the background, or a tree design, i bounce those blogs with the speed of thought, it a turnoff.
August 29, 2017, 5:30 pm
This seems to be the most prominent pet peeve here. I am a newbie, but I have not made these mistakes yet, lol. I am trying to build my sites around the things which bother me online and then avoiding those so I don't make the same mistakes. After reading through this who;e forum and the responses here, though, it is definitely an overabundance of ads which people just can't stand.
September 2, 2017, 5:58 pm
The number one thing I hate about blogs today is auto-playing videos that have the nerve to follow me when I scroll down. Likewise, as a blogger myself, I understand you have a need to link social media accounts for SEO purposes. We're all trying to make a buck here. But if your little social media slider covers the text on the side of your blog I will never return to your site. Overlays of any variety are why I've broken down and installed ublock origin. I simply won't tolerate them. There's such a thing as a hard sell, but badgering potential customers, which all blog readers are to some extent, is not how you make the sale.
August 30, 2017, 3:32 pm
Good Lord! I hate this...it's like some weird form of harassment. It's like social media ad ambush. It's like an unpleasant odor you just can't seem to escape. Yes, I too hate this robot widget gadget trend.
September 1, 2017, 7:18 pm
Advertisements and multi-page articles. If there are multiple advertisements on the article/page and it is making it hard to read the content or browse the page then I will close it straight away. I will not suffer because some author wants to make a lot of money through advertisements. And multi-page articles are horrible as well. This is where they will split an article into multiple pages so that you see loads of their advertisements and I guess it increases the number of hits for their website as well.
August 30, 2017, 4:12 pm
You make a good point here. Ads exploding all over a page, with seemingly no tact or restraint, basically scream to the visitor of the page that the creator of it is just trying to make a buck, and to me this is a signal, whether it is true or not, that the content is not being taken as seriously as the desire to make some cash. I think it is also tacky and disrespectful to the audience to bombard them like this when they are trying to digest decent content or discover a product or service which could help, entertain, inspire, or be beneficial to them.
September 1, 2017, 2:13 pm
A bad color theme could be even worse than just littering your page with ads, in my opinion. I don't mind even having too many ads as long as they are placed correctly in the page and aren't too obtrusive, in that they aren't placed in the middle of the body of text I'm trying to read. However, if the color theme is not comfortable on the eyes, then I am a lot less likely to stick around and come back, since I am not comfortable when reading on that page and would rather just get the information somewhere else where the color scheme is much more tolerable.
September 5, 2017, 1:45 am
I agree that ads have to be placed strategically and tastefully on the page--that is a good point. You remind me of the importance of the colors and the appeal to the eye. I guess using complimentary colors is more important than the colors themselves--in other words, there should be a good mix of hues going on there to entice the viewer.
September 8, 2017, 11:15 am
Color should be moderated. As they say, less is more. What's more important is the content and its usage. Ads can be a pain, but I can deal with some. However, if it's too much then it will totally irritate me and will just close the tab.
October 24, 2017, 9:36 am
Besides all the previous impressions, this one right here is one I do really agree. There's nothing more annoying than opening a blog, and feel your eyes burning under neon colors on the screen everywhere. Sometimes, people want to look creative and original, or maybe colorful and joy, but actually it looks like some wacky carnival. Put some extra terrible grammar, lots of adds and banners, and very abstract menu/home page, and there you go! worst blog ever.
October 29, 2017, 1:57 pm
I have to agree with you, re a huge turnoff and I don't know why webmasters prefer to use them. My self I prefer a nice white background and a nice light blue, those are my ideal colors. Whats a real turnoff for me is a blog with a dark background that makes it hard to read texts.
November 15, 2017, 10:19 pm
Yes, finally someone said this! The worst thing ever is a dark background. Honestly, I have no idea how someone can read on those, or even dare to write. And what about those dark ones, that have moving effect like waves or comets, those literally make feel dizzy. So, another tip for bloggers, avoid using very visual effect backgrounds or pop up ads, those are annoying and cause a lot of distraction.
November 16, 2017, 10:18 am
I hate those moving backgrounds! I also can't stand the sites which have these crazy anime or manga backgrounds with the text super-imposed over them--that drives me nuts. There is a place for visual effects and imagery, sure, but when those effects and nuances distract from the audience's ability to actually interact with and enjoy the content then they are just a huge detriment!
November 17, 2017, 1:12 pm
Ads also irritate me. I also do not like blogs with too many pictures.
If the colors prevent me from clearly reading the posts then I would rather leave the blog or forum and look elsewhere.
November 15, 2017, 9:08 am
I guess we all agree that if a blog's first impression is too messy or too over-colorful, or not appealing in its choices of colors, then we will turn our backs on it and move along to the next more pleasant site. Readability and the ease of interaction with a site is of the utmost importance. I hate gauche or over-the-top sites that just explode in a messy way like Crayons melting all over hot asphalt.
November 15, 2017, 3:48 pm
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