If you are a newbie in blogging then you would be so interested in experimenting with your blog every day. Checking earnings, traffic, comments and back links whenever possible in a day will be a excitement. Still, you will not have idea whether you are doing things correctly or your blog is going in correct direction. I’m sharing few simple mistakes most of us do without knowing the impact
These are just my personal thoughts and ‘First impression’ when I visit view blogs and websites. I’m not going to tell how to start or run a blog, but these are the points I notice immediately when I visit a new blog.
1) Big Header and Title
Sometimes it fills the half of the browser, I’m sure it will irritate your visitor who is coming via search engines and looking for particular content. You will not realize this issue in your computer when it’s set to higher resolution, but not all visitors have this higher resolution screen size. Set your screen size to 1024 x 768 and see how your blog appear.
2) Showing Low stats
Really I don’t understand the purpose of this. I can see some blogs showing ‘Feed burner readers – 3’, ‘Twitter followers – 9’, ‘Facebook fans – 12’, ‘Currently online users – 1 (Yeah, it’s me only)’ and some traffic reports with less than 20 visitors daily. Do you think these stats will impress your visitors?
In my personal opinion, these all will impact your blog reputation for new visitors negatively. I don’t ask you to lie, but don’t publish these low stats on your blog.
3) Writing Reviews and Breaking News
I want to ask a question, are you getting search engine traffic to your reviews and breaking news posts?, such as ‘iPad 2 review’, ‘Firefox 4 released’. I don’t think so. There are official sites and famous high PR blogs out there to cover them; it’s very difficult to compete with theme to get in to Google’s first page when your blog is new.
Recently there was a post aboutat Shoutmeloud, I’m not against it. Because this blog is having around 12000 RSS readers, so for them it will be surprise news
4) Too much ads in one area
Internet users are very smart now; they know the difference between ad and your links. They don’t click ads accidently now. If you want them to click your ads, then give them a chance with quality and less ads. By adding too many (2 or 3) ads in same screen will confuse and irritate them.
5) Tag Clouds, Categories, and Archives.
Your rotating Tag Clouds in sidebar looks good, but is it useful? Do you think someone will click on these rotating tags or categories? I doubt. You can monitor the performance in Google Analytics or other traffic monitoring tools.
Very rarely visitors will be visiting your tag, category and even old posts listed under archive pages. Adding them to your new blog may increase the loading time and waste of site space too.
6) Social Network and Book Marking Icons
Ask yourself few question about this, Am I really getting traffic from these social networking sites?, How many of my visitors are using these icons on each page?, Why other famous blogs like Problogger.net, johnchow.com or even techcrunch.com is not having all icons as mine?
If you can find the answer, then definitely you will remove most of the icons. Why you want to show ‘0 tweets’, ‘1 facebook shares’ in most of the posts?
The visitors coming via search engines very rarely tweet or share your posts, only direct and regular users use these icons. For tech blogs these icons do not work well, but for blogging, social media, fun videos and pictures blogs will utilize these social bookmarking icons well.
It’s your turn now; if you think above points are reasonable then you can correct few mistakes on your new blog.
Finally, we all want to create a better and reader friendly blog which can generate good traffic and income too. Avoiding these small mistakes at the beginning can start your blogging journey easily.
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