We go to a blog, all hyped to read a post and then we see them. The blogging pet peeves.
And let’s be honest. We all have them. The little (or big) things that make us grind our teeth and wanting to yell at the blogger. So today I’m gonna share my top blogging pet peeves with you all.
1 Not having your blog mobile friendly.
And I’m not just talking about your website in general (though not having a mobile friendly website is a biiiiiiig minus in my world) but I’m talking about having a cookie banner, two advertisements, and a “sign up for my newsletter” all fill my screen with no obvious way to get it all to go away. I came here to read your blog not hunt for a tiny X hiding in a corner. I totally get that everyone is trying to make it in the blogging world, but there’s a good way of doing it, and a bad way of doing it, and the bad way scares people away.
2 Newsletter signup.
Now, this might just be me, but nothing annoys me as much as going to a new blog (again especially on my phone) and having a “Sign up for my newsletter” pop up in my face before I even read 3 words. Because, no, I’m not gonna sign up before reading what you have to offer, and now you’ve annoyed me before I even got to the good part. I would much rather people put their sign up as a big option at the bottom of every blogpost. That way I have formed an opinion when I get to it.
3 Too many affiliate links.
Again, I get it, we’re all trying to make it big and make some bucks. But when a post consist of 15 affiliate links and completely empty words, no words (the worst), or sales pitches taken from the product pages, you didn’t write a blog post. You wrote an inventory of products that you would like me to spend money on so you can earn some money.
4 Commenting sign up.
Imagine this. You’ve read an awesome blog post and you really wanna leave a comment, You find the little box, and then start typing. You write the most awesome comment ever, and you can’t wait for the blogger to read it. You press “comment”. And then this stupid thing pops up telling you you have to sign in to comment. You wonder what exactly you have to sign into. Is it wordpress? Disqus? Google? Oh no, not at all. You have to sign in to that specific website’s own little commenting world, and if you haven’t already you now have to sign up (which in 99% of the time means also signing up to their newsletter, or commercials, or 5 weeks of blogging tips for beginners). For me, the sign up/sign in pop up is the same as telling me not to comment.
Do you have any blogging pet peeves? Let me know in the comments.