You can improve your blogging experience, both as a reader and a blog author by tweaking the most common blogging mistakes that you can fix. Most of the items on this list require less than 1 minute to fix, and can really make a positive noticeable difference in your relationships with readers & other bloggers. Whatcha waiting for? Get to reading.
Missing Contact Info or Contact Page
It’s the pits when I read a great post and am brimming over with thoughts to share with the author, only to find that I can’t find her. This happens to me often, especially when I’m trying to let the writer know that some link/page/comment widget isn’t working properly. That’s not the kind of info I generally leave in the comments section. Do yourself a favor and create a sidebar button or contact page including an email address where readers to connect with you. You’d be surprised how many people will write you when you make yourself available.
You wouldn’t attend a business conference with a snag in your tights, would you? You want your overall look to exude confidence, to look put-together, professional, easy to look at. In the same way, our blogs should be put-together. It’s important to check your links from time to time. Simple mistakes, such as leaving out a “w” at the beginning of a url can really hurt your blog. This tool can help.
Attractive blogs keep readers. Make sure you’ve got an easy to read blog design that’s appealing to your audience. There are thousands of free and paid blog themes to choose from. If you’re unsure about your current design, ask a friend for feedback. If you’re looking for a polished, clean design that’s user-friendly I highly recommend this theme and the Genesis framework.
Posting Party Buttons with no Link
The idea of party buttons is to advertise and invite. It’s a warm welcome sign letting your readers know where you like to par*tay and drawing them over. If the party button code doesn’t work for you, you’ve always got the option to copy-paste the button image into the post you’re linking up, and then click on the hyperlink button to add the URL. Please be a peach and give credit where it’s due. When you add the buttons to your posts, be sure to check to see if the link works.
One of the most viewed pages of any blog is the “about” page. Readers want to know the story behind the blog, catch a quick glimpse into your life. Let them! Be sure include a link to your killer “about” page on your homepage and a photo &/or blurb about you in the sidebar to warmly welcome readers to your site.
If you’re a loyal blog commenter, leaving kind, thoughtful words on other people’s posts, and you wonder why you never receive replies to said comments, you just might be a no-reply blogger. This simply means that you do not have your email address visible in your Blogger profile so that other’s can repond to your kind comment lovin’ via email. Fix that ASAP following this tutorial. Of course, some readers prefer to read threaded comments, but not all blog authors reply that way. Increase the odds of receiving a reply and attach your email address.
Out with Captcha
Word verification is a real enemy if you’re looking for reader interaction. Unless your content is the next best thing since ice cream, you’ll probably lose at least 10% of your potential comment love if you’ve enabled captcha. I know that I’m not the only one who’s given up sending through a blog comment after having to confirm and reconfirm word verification. Do yourself a favor and turn it off. If you find loads of spam, by all means re-enable it, but give easy commenting a chance. If you’re on WordPress, choose a spam blocker, like Akismet.
How to turn it off: Open your Blogger dashboard in the new interface. Click “settings.” Choose “posts & comments.” Scroll down to “word verification” and choose “no.” Thank you, on behalf of your readers!
What other quick fixes do you recommend to other bloggers? Please share in the comments.
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