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5 Ways to Drive Visitors Away from your Blog

Writing great content is essential to attracting visitors to your blog and keeping them on your blog for more than a few seconds.  The last thing you want to do is drive them away before they even have a chance to read that great content.

If you want to drive people away from your blog quickly, do the five things listed below.  If you want people to stay on your blog long enough to read what you painstakingly wrote, avoid the five things listed below at all costs.

1. Frighten them with sound.

Want to drive people away from your blog faster than you can say ‘boo’?  Add an audio element to your blog and scare their pants off when they arrive!

2. Test their patience with slow loading images.

Want to really annoy people who visit your blog?  Fill your blog with images and don’t bother to save them to web-friendly sizes, so they take forever to load on screen.

3. Stop them in their tracks with barriers and gateways.

Want to put on the brakes before visitors can read a word of your content?  Require visitors to register with their names and email addresses to view your content or access parts of your blog.

4. Block your content with ads.

Want to really irk your visitors?  Cover your content with pop-up ads, floating ads, or expanding ads.  Not ready for interactive ads yet?  No problem.  Put so many ads on your blog that it’s impossible to find the real content amid the clutter.

5. Ignore them by never updating your content.

Perhaps the easiest way to drive visitors away from your blog is to do nothing at all.  That’s right!  Don’t bother updating your blog.  Don’t respond to comments.  Forget it exists, and visitors will, too.

What drives you away from a blog before you even take the time to read the content?  Leave a comment and air your grievances.  We’re celebrating Festivus early this year.

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5 Blogging DON’Ts That P*ss Me Off

I’m proud of myself. I went the entire three-day weekend without blogging. But I did spend some time doing what I normally avoid, and that’s reading other people’s blogs. Without pointing fingers, there were several consistencies that I came across that really got under my skin. Here are my top five. You are invited to share you “Blogging Don’ts” in the comments section below. Read More

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5 Easy Ways to Become a Blacklisted Blogger

Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?

Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.

1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.

If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links.  This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on.  Links should enhance content.  They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.

2. Only talk about yourself.

Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional.  No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services. Read More

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20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Blog

volume knobIf you want your blog to be successful, then you need to start thinking immediately about how your blog is designed and configured.  In other words, the way your blog is set up could ruin your chances of building a successful blog.

With that in mind, following are 10 of the easiest and most common ways that people ruin their blogs.  Avoid them!

  1. Too many ads
  2. Blinding colors or colors that are too light to read
  3. Pop-up ads – make them go away! Read More

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