Blog Design Fails
During my blogging career, I’ve come across some real doozies which have made me think “what on earth were they thinking.” Here’s some blog design fails that I’ve seen which I would suggest you avoid at all costs.
What a way to put off your readers. They take the time to compose a comment on your blog post, only to be faced with a word verification widget to confirm they are a ‘real person’. Most of the time the fuzzy words and numbers are so hard to recognise, it takes just as long to figure them out as it did to compose the post.
This is so the 90’s and reminds me of the first Myspace. Please avoid this tack factor.
Seriously, who cares how many people have visited your blog? What are you trying to prove and to who?
Be Careful With Advertisements
If you are going to have advertisements on your blog, make sure you have a dedicated advertisement section instead of posting ads in all different places on your blog. Make sure they are all aligned, it looks messy and amateurish if they’re not.
Out of Proportion Header
A huge header and little content space looks out of whack, make sure that when a reader lands on your website they can see some of the content without having to scroll. Check out some great blog header design ideas here.
An Overused Sidebar
Let your post area do the talking instead of a jam packed sidebar with too much going on.
You want readers to read your content and to not have their eyes deviating to the psychedelic or busy background instead. Tone it down, plain is OK.
Email Pop Ups
Use this feature wisely. If you have something of value to offer your readers, by all means use this feature, but if it’s simply to get them to sign up to your newsletter, avoid it. If you are going to use an email pop up, make sure it’s set up to recognise if a person has already signed up.
What blog design aspects have you seen that are cringeworthy?