Top 5 things I hate seeing in a new blog

Blogosphere is booming with so many blogs created round the minute. And its a good thing to see so many bloggers taking to this new medium. I very well appreciate this fact. But the problem is since your first impression for a visitor is very important and more important as it tells how serious you are with your blogging. Seeing a blog for the first time can tell easily that whether you will see this blog 6 months down the line or not.

Many newbie bloggers do commit the same mistakes which are not only bad for the blog but a problem as visitors come to know that this blog is not at all serious.

Here I am listing top 5 of such mistakes which newbie bloggers should avoid otherwise their blog might not get more visitors in future.

  1. Showing your rss feed subscriber count. If you have launched your blog only 7 days back and with a feed count of 10, you want to show it. No point then. Nobody will subscribe to a blog which has just 10 subscribers. Wait unless you reach a three digit figure with that count. Till then a big RSS button will do more benefit than a small feedburner chicklet showing pathetic counts.
  2. No Pages or Default Pages with no content – I hate to see new blogs with either no pages or pages with little or no or default content(in WordPress case). A basic blog must have atleast 2 pages – About and Contact. About page should tell why that blog was created and contact page for collecting feedback and connecting with your readers as well.
  3. Too Few categories or Uncategorized – I see lot of new blogs with either too few categories or even a category named Uncategorized(Using wordpress default category systems). It looks so unprofessional and immature. Create some meaningful categories and post your content according to it.
  4. Ultra Long Sidebars – I know that you know a lot about web widgets but that does not mean you will incorporate every single widget found on net in your sidebar. This I see specially on blogspot blogs. A new visitors won’t wait for long on your blog and more so if your blog is new. So I would advise you to stick to just some basic widgets or things in sidebar namely – Categories, Subscribe Button, Archives, Recent Posts and a social media button. That’s it. Showing 6 125×125 ads on a new blog in sidebar is also unprofessional. Refrain from that too atleast till the time you get substantial traffic to convert those buttons in some money.
  5. Ad Blindness – See that I am not against putting ads on a new blog. But ad blindness is something you should avoid on a new blog. One big banner may suffice on a new blog. You should choose wisely on how to arrange text and ads especially on a new blog so that text is immediately visible on first page load. Ad can come later. First you should think of keeping that visitor stuck on your page and then redirect them towards the ads not vice-versa.

So here I have covered some most basic pitfalls a newbie blogger should avoid. Hope you agree with me. If you have any more such suggestions for a newbie blogger, feel free to share with me.

11 Comments


  1. I hate #4. It’s pretty common in people who’s just discovered plugins and are just amazed with the number of available additions. So they instead of choosing only relevant stuff they decide to post everything thinking it’ll make them look professional.


  2. Filled with lot of ads that does not look good for me …

    Other than that its fine


  3. You’ve got a point in what you say, and it’s always difficult when you just start a new blog. Take the content for example, you don’t want to post 10 articles at once, but you want enough for people to read when they DO visit for their first time. :D

    I for one lack with point 2 you make. There are a couple of pages on my blog that have either got the default text, or just don’t hae anything. It’ll take me a matter of minutes to type something out on them, but it’s finding the ‘time’ to go and do it!

    Thanks for the timely reminder, I’m moving it up my to-do list, so hopefully I’ll have that ticked off soon enough! Asuming I can work my way through the things before! LOL

    Thanks
    Mark


  4. This is post is spot on. Couple of months ago, I started with my own blog, and I recognize most of these points. Starting a blog takes a lot of time and effort and you need to find the right balance. I hope I found it on my blog.
    Oh, maybe one more thing news blogs have to deal with: easy but powerful navigation. Especially if you only have 1 or 2 articles on your homepage.

    EverybodyGeeks last blog post..What’s new in Windows 7


  5. The about page showing some default text is a killer for me. I can’t believe how many blogs even months old still don’t have it updated. Also I agree that cluttering the sidebars with long lists of ads (especially animated stuff) is annoying. Especially at the start you need to focus on bringing new readers to your blog.

    In my opinion, taking time to add more categories is fine.


  6. As a new blogger, I’m sensitive to the topic, for sure. My only real comment is that in terms of categories, when starting out it’s difficult to come up with categories that will fit the posts – it seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse.

    Cheers!

    George

    Tumblemooses last blog post..I think the Editor was asleep


  7. Rightly said… especially points 3 and 4… too common these days in many blogs!!


  8. I often saw none subscribed rss feed as well. Especially they were newbie blogs. In the whole i agree with your list above. Thanks for sharing.


  9. I will be starting a blog soon so thank you for this excellent information! I have bookmarked your site so I can return for more help, I know I will need it…


  10. “Ad Blindness” Exactly thats what i always say people post too many ads lately on their blogs!

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