How to Annoy Your Blog Readers with a Bad Webpage Design
Last modified on 13th December, 2008
You probably do not realize it but your visitors may be leaving your blog because of its bad design. Here’s a list of webpage design elements that I find annoying.
- Graphic & Multimedia
Unless your page is targeted towards a very specific audience, don’t bother adding a plugin that forces users to download external file to view your content.
Not everyone is using a broadband so use small image size on your blog. Graphics that are too wide for a monitor are also annoying.
Avoid using small font size that forces your readers to squint.
I don’t know about you but I find the use of Snap shots pretty annoying. If I want to know what the link is about, I click on it. There’s no point showing a snap shot when the reader can’t read the text inside the snap shot.
If my mouse pointer accidentally hovers on a link, a snapshot appears which actually block the text that I am reading, quite annoying as you can imagine.
Avoid dead end pages without navigation options. This is also bad practice from the search engine optimization point of view.
In addition, to improve the aesthetics and usability of your blog try to use descriptive permalink structure such as
This helps in your search engine ranking too since your keywords are included in your URL.
- Outdated Content
Update your blog frequently. There’s no point having a blog if you have not updated it for more than 6 months. In such case you need a normal website – not a blog.
- Too many ads
I also find blogs that show ads as if it’s part of the content annoying.
Try to find a good balance between content and ads. Some may complaint that it’s the same with Sabahan.com – too many ads.
Well it pays the bill and I don’t think I am worse than some of the more popular blogs.
Unless a large majority of your users can tolerate the practice, you better do something about it.
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Finally, keep your readers in mind designing your blog. You can improve your blog design and usability further by removing unnecessary design items.