I can't act like I have 1000s of readers who are loyal and read my blog daily but I know as a blog reader there are so many things that put me off reading a blog again or even giving the blog a second chance. There are loads of blog posts that tell you the obvious things like 'lack of content', 'slow/unattractive theme', 'being the same as every other blogger' and more but these things (listed below) are my personal pet peeves and I'm sure others will be annoyed with them too.
I will refuse to return to your blog because of one of the following....
It could be a pop up that is an actual new window pop up or a tiny pop up that says to add all your social media. It annoys me! It annoys me more when I'm half way through reading a post and it pops up because it has taken a while to load and has made the page slow. I know it is a quick click of the X to get rid of it but I shouldn't have to. I won't even bother finishing off reading the post I'll just exit the blog all together.
Bundles of adverts
I have adverts on my blog, most blogs do but don't over advertise. There is no need for it. I can't stand animated things that catch my eye anyway so when I see adverts to the left, adverts under the blog post and then adverts to brands that you're advertising/ being an affiliate with it really 'grinds my gears'.
This is the same as above, I can't stand every other word being a link, fair enough we all need to link from time to time but when 50% of your words are links it becomes very spammy and I'll just remember the blog as one giant advert. Some bloggers may need to make money from their post but there is a fine line between trying to make a few extra bucks and just spamming the readers with loads of paid links.
Automatic music / videos
This is a massive NO. Just don't do it. I'm pretty sure gets annoyed with these. They make the page slow, they hurt my ears and scare me if I forgot to turn my speakers down and can ruin songs I'm already listening too on my Mac. Most of the time it isn't even music I'd listen too which annoys me even more and then trying to find the button to turn it off/mute it takes time and once again I'll exit off the blog/page quicker than Usain Bolt runs the 100 meters.
SLOOOOOOW page loading (including slow pictures)
My blog loads slow sometimes and I know it's due to my oversize high KB pictures and I'm trying to change that but when I load any websites, not just blogs if they run slow I'm leaving! I'm so impatient it's unreal. I hate when I can only see half a picture of a blank box because it is taking so long to load my Mac has just given up trying.
A bad comment system
So this won't necessarily stop me from coming back but it will stop me from bothers to comment. I will never comment on a blog with a captcha, it annoys me so much I want to scream just writing about it. I will also not comment on a blog if they have a comment system that takes ages to load or is difficult to find.
are there any reasons that would put you off a blog/website?