Simple statement but one that I have learned to live by.
When reading my favorite blogs, which are quite numerous, I like to do it in such a way where my time is not wasted.
Mind you, this has nothing to do with a blog's content but rather, how the blog is structured.
Now, all of us would like to have lots of blog traffic but there are some things I have found that make reading blogs very inefficient and time wasters.
If you fall into any of these categories, just an fyi on how you can improve your blog.
#1 - Comment Location - I have my blog set up so that when someone wants to leave a comment, a separate window pops up. The great thing about this Blogger feature is that the reader is not taken away from my blog.
I cannot tell you how many bloggers have the comment field embedded below the post. When done commenting, the reader has to go back to the blog, find the last post they read and then continue on. Why do you want people clicked away from your blog? What if I have lots of comments I want to leave because your blog is so fantastic? All that toggling back and forth is a waste of time.
This is a simple fix on Blogger: Settings . . . Comments . . . Comment Form Placement . . . Chose Pop-Up Window
#2 - Click Here to Read More - Another time waster once again taking your reader away from your blog. I click on Read More and once done reading, I have to click home or the back arrow key to go back to your blog. I see the sands in the hourglass slipping away.
#3 - Link Party Backlink - I love link parties. I have a whole page on my blog dedicated to all of the link parties I visit each day. Some blogs now require a link back to their blog listed in your specific post or the link will not populate. I understand the link party owner's viewpoint that they want to get credit for hosting the blog. But, if I were to list every link party I link to, each post would be pages long. So, if you require a backlink, I won't be partying with you.
#4 - Know your date - It is very easy on Blogger to create blog posts and publish them when you want them to appear on your blog. So, if you say "Happy Wednesday" but you have Tuesday's date listed, it leads the reader to assume that they have read the post and will move on to the next blog.
A simple fix on Blogger: At the end of each blog post, you will see Post Options. Just type in the date and time of when you want the post to appear on your blog.
#5 - Links taking readers away from your blog - Not sure how I can fix this one but rather then set up a link in a post to open in a separate window, some bloggers have it set up (maybe I do too) so that the reader is taken away from your blog and directed to the link's webpage. If someone knows how to fix this, let me know.
I am not a blogger who utilizes all the tech info out there to make my blog fantastic. There may even be some of you who dislike my blog. I get that.
But as someone who reads lots of great blogs, I just wanted to share with you ways to make yours more user-friendly.
Let me know if my suggestions have helped any of you.
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