If you want me to follow you then don’t leave a comment with a link to your blog asking me, telling me, to follow. Because that’s probably why I WON’T follow. I only follow blogs if I am genuinely interested. I don’t ‘follow for follow’ or anything. I follow because I like your blog. I love finding new blogs, which is why I created the ‘All About You‘ page where you can leave your blog links.
I LOVE discovering new blogs and I wish I followed more blogs. I only follow about 4o blogs. I know you might think, 40? Half of them don’t post anymore but are just people I know, so I still follow them!
So, anyways, enough of my ramblings, let’s get into the post!
The design of a blog is my first impression. I click on your blog, it loads up. I know you shouldn’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ and all that, but if the blog looks too bright, bulky, crummy and hard to navigate then I click the ‘cross’ button almost immediately. I know it’s bad because my blog didn’t use to look so great (It still doesn’t) but at least keep it simple. I’m not saying you have to hire a designer, pay for one billion fonts and spend hours designing. Really, I’m not. Just keep it simple and USER-Friendly.
2. Commenting back
I read a post. Amazing. I’m about to comment and follow and then see NONE of the previous comments has been answered! How rude! I get it. Bloggers get busy, have things to do, have lives. But at least HALF of them should be answered. Maybe you get a lot of comments but make an effort. It’s really disheartening looking an awesome blog but yet no interaction between the author and the reader.
3. An ‘about’ page.
It’s really hard to know whether to follow if you don’t know what the blog is about. I have a general idea coming from the titles of posts, but I want to know more. Having an About page is a must have. If you don’t have one, I’m less likely to follow. A Contact page is key too, if a reader wants to get in touch!
I especially love Aditi’s About Me Page Amazing and colourful!!
4. Unique Posts
While I appreciate blog hops, awards & tags, and other memes, original posts are really vital. I’m working on more discussion posts, blogging tips and less weekly memes. I LOVE awards but then I kind of dislike getting nominated several times for the same award. It can be frustrating doing the same one, even though I’m so behind on my tags & awards!
I love Cookie Break’s Unique Posts. Monday Inspirations to Her Updates, I love her posts and her cute cat! I also love The Girl With Coffe’s posts and Wander Girl’s amazing printables and minimalism project posts!
5. Limit the Adverts, please?
I get that people need to make money from blogs and that’s their income. I get ads and promotions. I get affiliate links and discounts. I get it, okay? But too much and fake ones are unacceptable. I’ve visited so many blogs, with adverts that are:
- Irrelevant (Kitchen Tiles On A Book Blog?)
- Fake (fake websites, downloads etc…)
- Taking Away From Content
By, taking away from content, I mean an OVERLOAD of adverts. I get 2 or 3 but so many, popping up constantly is annoying. Especially, the ones that keep up covering my screen. Maybe in the corner or on your sidebar, but every second? I can’t read your blog! So, please, think wisely about your ads and people actually reading your blog!
That is it! What makes YOU hit ‘follow’? Do you follow my blog, why? (I’m Curious!) What features make you ‘FOLLOW’ a blog? Also, recommend me some awesome blogs or your own blog on my ‘ALL ABOUT YOU’ page! What amazing blogs do you follow?
P.S If I didn’t mention your blog, don’t feel offended. I forgot a lot of blogs in this post, I’m forgetful! I read a lot of blogs, that I might not even follow, so your blog is awesome too! P.P.S Most graphics here are from http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/