I keep seeing these top 5 things around blogs, well pretty much everywhere, I highly suggest if any of these apply to your blog/website, then you change it right now because honestly, you might think it’s cool/a good idea, but really, it’s not.
1. Spelling Errors
Most web browsers these days either have a built-in spell checker, or you can download one, so I can’t really see why you’ve got spelling mistakes, although if everyone started to use spell checkers, I know thousands of people wouldn’t be making spelling mistakes, they’d be using the wrong words.
2. Auto-Playing Embeds
Whether it be your favorite song or your most recent Youtube video, I doubt many people will want to listen to your music taste if they do, then they’ll click to play it, the same with youtube videos, I hate loading a blog and instantly hearing somebodies voice tell me how I can make $1,000 an hour by sitting on my backside! If the visitor wants to watch/listen to something, they will click play!
3. Animated images/backgrounds
Okay, I’ll give them that, maybe back in the ’90s, they were the coolest thing around, these days? They are not, they make your blog look like a 12-year-old’s MySpace profile, seriously, please do not use them. Obviously animated banners are fine, go right ahead, but nobody cares if you can get your background to flash!
4. Anti-Spam plugins
This is one of the most annoying, if you want people to comment on your blog posts, don’t make them fill out a load of crap like catch as/math questions, get a backend anti-spam plugin, or simply go through your comments by hand. Using these kinds of plugins generally decreases the number of comments you’ll get.
5. Small Fonts!
Even though I’m running windows 7, which has a built-in zoom tool, why should I open it, just to read your blog? Just change your bloody font size! I’m sick of having to get 2 inches away from my screen to read your text, I bet everyone else is as well, I just auto-close pages I can’t read instantly now, don’t lose traffic to this!
Now hopefully, after you’ve checked your blog for these, made some changes here and there, you’ll notice more traffic, more recurring traffic, and a lower bounce rate!