5 Ways You Are Making Your Blog Annoying – Fix It!

We all know the usual ways in which websites tend to annoy – fonts that are too small or too large, garish colors and backgrounds, music that starts to play even as the site loads, bulky images and videos that take too long to display and slow down loading time considerably, contrasting colors between backgrounds and text that hurt your eye, animations and graphics that are not necessary – these are just a few things that designers know they must avoid if they are to bring in visitors to their sites and keep them coming back.

Annoying Website

However, with the passage of time and the advent of technology, you find that there are many more ways to make your website annoying.

How to make a website annoying


The trouble with technology is that designers assume they must keep changing with the times and adapting to the latest innovations. So the moment someone comes out with something new by way of web design, they jump to incorporate it into the sites they create. They don’t stop to think if the new feature is a help or a hindrance; more often than not, it’s the latter and that’s why technology can be annoying when it comes to website design.

You need to pick the best platform for your Website, and at the same time right technology for your Website. For example, if you want to get success in 2015 or beyond, you should use responsive web-design. Make sure your site is readable on mobile devices.

Copycat procedures:

Horizontal website designs are great, but not for all kinds of sites. However, some designers are bent on creating horizontal sites just because they’re the latest fad and perceived as cool and innovative. But if the site does not feature photographs or a display of some kind, this kind of design feature is totally unnecessary and extremely annoying. So unless you want to rankle on visitors’ nerves, it’s best to avoid copycat procedures before verifying that they suit your site’s needs.

Including all design aspects:

Some designers are fond of showing off; now while vanity is not really a sin, it does annoy when you find every aspect of web design stuffed into the few pages of a site. It’s like the designer wanted to prove to the world that he knows all these tricks and so pushed them into the design without thinking about their relevance and usefulness. It’s ok to know all there is to know; however, what’s more important is knowing when to use what when designing a website.


If you’ve seen sites that have a fancy opening page with large and flowery fonts and colors, pages that don’t serve any purpose other than to showcase the designer’s penchant for the flashy, you’ll know what I mean. Time is of the essence when it comes to website design – if you make readers wait for longer than they have to, they have hundreds of alternatives to switch to. So avoid unnecessary pages and design aspects that delay the time it takes to provide the information that readers seek.

Navigation issues:

And finally, if you have a site that’s badly put together, it’s hard for visitors to find their way around. Links have to be properly designed, and visitors must feel comfortable going through your pages without feeling that they’re lost and that your site has serious navigation issues.

So if you’re looking to come up with a good design that is unobtrusive and which does the job in the simplest way, it’s time to throw out all that’s extraneous and get rid of all the factors that annoy your website readers.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 20 )

  1. Levi says

    Yes, and the sixth way, when dates on blogs are hidden on purpose, not on post or even on comments.
    I couldn’t disagree more on the ‘annoying’ issue, everything around is created by trying and trying again and of course, very often annoying someone. If everyone would take the safe web rules and standards, our life would be very, very dull. Believe me.

  2. Techfudge says

    Well design of my blog is a bit problem for me.
    I never get satisfied of how my blog looks and often get carried away with design issues rather than providing great content

  3. shashank says

    Awesome post well written…!
    @harsh “Personally I never like to comment on a blog which take ages to load..”

    M surprised dude by this you saying ??
    Have you seen page loading time & page size of Calling all geeks & SML ?

  4. Kimi says

    I agree,

    I hate some delayed web page that i wanted to visit, it can be caused by some ads pop ups, or newsletter pop ups, it seems too desperate to me.

    Great share.

  5. says

    Nipon I might not agree with your statement.. According to me content is most important part but design is another vital part of any website..
    If I have to note down the vital part of any websites it would be:
    Content > SEO > Design > Community

  6. Nguyen Trung says

    Design is one of the problems that every webmaster / blogger should be concerned, it is one of the most important factor for people to read a review about any site. Thanks @Harsh for share this article

    • says

      Thanks Nguyen for your comment and appreciating the post, though this article is not written by me. It’s added by Bailey Digger you can see her byline at the last line of the post.

  7. Rahul @ MazaKaro says

    Nice article harsh. I agree that more loading time of blog irritates visitors the most. We can use some ajax based code to load heavy images after the page load.

    • says

      Website speed plays a great role in user engagement on a blog and most imp it impacts bounce rate a lot..Personally I never like to comment on a blog which take ages to load..Rather I will love to add comments on a blog which provide easy navigation and quick load..!!
      Thanks for your comment!

  8. kbharath says

    Thanks for sharing this, as per me Sites design and navigation is the most important things for a website, so a visitor can easily navigate to the posts and pages through better Navigation.

  9. Mani Viswanathan says

    There are many aspects which need to be taken into account while designing a site. As you rightly pointed out; Implementing every single style of a particular programming lang/codes could be seriously dangerous & may lead to loss of your blog/website’s Subscribers.

  10. Reshab | GetFree.in says

    I agree with you 100%.. When first fully flash-based website designs come out I gone mad tried to make all sites with that.. Then after some weeks I realised that I was a fool to do that..

  11. Roy Scribner says

    I am a firm believer in letting my content speak for itself. Of course, I am not a very good designer, so that works well for me :) These are all good points, I really like a simple, clean look.

    • tushar says

      i too believe in the power of content….
      rest is fine but you need to concentrate most on the content and other things will take care of themself

    • says

      Roy no wonder content matters the most and they are the most vital part of any blog. But we can’t ignore design and I like your design as it’s simple and focus more on content and important part like Email subscription :)