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The first impression is vital. Within seconds most readers decide whether they want to stay and follow or just click onto the next blog.
There are a few ways to ensure that you'll lose a good chunk of potential readers - without doing anything.
I compiled a few things that I know bother not only me but quite a few people when they discover new blogs.
You just love everything you read. 5 Stars for all the books!! You just can't contain your enthusiasm for EVERY book that you read.
- Giveaways and Book Blitzes
Doing some of them is fine. When you favorite authors are hosting giveaways for their new releases it can be a nice treat for your readers to inform them of that. But just posting the links to Rafflecopter giveaways that you aren't hosting .... ? Yeah, I probably won't follow you. Ever.
- Ignoring all comments
- Too many ads
Yeah, I know that we all have to make a living somehow. But unless you're one of the big names out there, it won't financially cripple you to take two out of the ten advertisements on your blog down. While you're at it, delete the pop-out, no matter what it says.
- Copy-Cat Syndrome
Wait... didn't I just see the exact same post on another blog? If plagiarism is an alien concept to you and you take the word inspiration literally and steal other people's posts - well, I'm not interested in reading your blog.
- Terrible theme and a cluttered side bar
It just messes up the first impression. If you use Comic Sans as a script and showcase your 32739 fandom banners and your blog design is a mess, what am I supposed to expect from the content of your blog? Less is more, my friend.
What ruins the first impression of a blog for you?
Come back next Thursday for a new Book Blogging Tips Post!