8 Blog Design Fails and How To Avoid Them

 

blog design fails

 

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.

Word Verification

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.

Music

This is so the 90’s and reminds me of the first Myspace. Please avoid this tack factor.

Stats/Visitor Numbers

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.

Busy Background

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?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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16 Comments

  1. July 7, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    I have my pageviews right at the bottom of my sidebar purely for PR companies.

    • July 15, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      Toni, I personally think that if they really wanted to know your pageviews, they’d send you and email and ask. I think many PR companies are also more keen on your unique visits too.

  2. Malinda
    July 9, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    Useful tips – thanks! I have had ‘fix my sidebar and ads’ on my to do list for a while and everything else keeps taking priority. I really should get on to it.

    • July 15, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      No probs, Malinda.

  3. July 10, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Hi Eva,my name is Kelly and I’m one of the FB Blog Chicks and came here from there. Really enjoying your new site! Just wanted to let you know that your “header design ideas” is missing a link. Would be interested in seeing what others consider to be good headers.

    • July 15, 2014 / 1:54 pm

      Hi Kelly, sorry about that, I’m not sure why the link didn’t work. I’ve added it now.

      • July 17, 2014 / 7:08 am

        Thanks Eva, some beautiful ones there!

  4. bodyandfeetretreat
    July 11, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Some great tips in there Eva – well done !
    Have the best day !
    Me

    • July 15, 2014 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you!

  5. July 11, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    Some top tips there, Eva. My blog needs a major facelift and I’ll bear this post in mind when it gets it’s extreme makeover! Thanks for sharing.

    • July 15, 2014 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks Sammie.

  6. FitFun Mum
    July 17, 2014 / 10:18 am

    I love the part about the blog views- it screams ‘hobby blog’ and not ‘professional blogger’. I have seen some popular blogs with this and it makes me cringe!

    I must admit I think I am guilty with the advertisement part and have just tweaked it now! (I still don’t know why I even bother with ads- I’m yet to make any money).

    • July 22, 2014 / 2:25 pm

      Yes, I’m not a fan of blog views. The people that really want to know about your page views will ask.

  7. July 25, 2014 / 8:29 am

    Excellent post! Less is more = won again 🙂 Totally agreed with everything here, very well said + with a good sense of humor. I also cannot stand to be asked/offered/reminded on every step of the way to subscribe or follow here & there, you name it.. and too many ads, pop-ups, heavy sites definitely drive me away from the website. Kind regards

    • July 25, 2014 / 10:12 am

      Thanks Monika. Yes, always got to use a sense of humour when talking about these things. I think if someone really wants to subscribe, they’ll look for where they can and they don’t need it popping up all the time.

      • July 26, 2014 / 3:00 am

        I literally laughed up while reading you so thanks again and your infos are very useful. And exactly: when someone wants to read more/follow, will find the way!