by Paula Neal Mooney
Every day I read a bunch of blogs.
Some catch my eye.
Some catch my interest.
Some catch my heart and win me as a loyal reader.
Mostly due to the following blogging sins, some of which I've been guilty of:
* No sign-up method
Though I prefer email sign-up boxes cause I tend to read the blog posts that are pushed out to me in emails, others prefer to RSS subscribe.
If you're a blogger and don't know how to get that little orange button on my sidebar on your blog or at least an email subscribe box, Google it and find out.
You're losing would-be loyal readers.
* Slow-loading blogs
You can't always help this, but studies show that us impatient readers only wait an average of four seconds for a web page to load before we move on.
If you're hosting your blog on your own or another slow-loading server, move it!
* It's boring
* No pics
I'm not a guy, but I'm still a visual creature.
Give me something to look at.
(And no, I don't mean that Google girl with the big boobs.)
* Not enough white space
The enter key is our friend. Use it liberally.
* Too cluttered with products
I've been really guilty of this -- some might say I still am -- but I've seen worse blogs so busy with products I can hardly read the text.
* Text too small
Crank up that font size!
* Too impersonal
Of course there's room for anonymity and fake avatars, but I notice that I tend to read the blogs of folks I can see and relate to by viewing their real pic.
* Add a bold byline
That's one great tip I gleaned from six-figure blogger Darren Rowse: He said to put your byline up close to the top of your posts because people like to know who wrote the darn thing.
Hope these tips help us all gain more readers!
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