Quick Ways to Irritate Your Visitors

By Posted 2009 Updated   BloggingGuest PostsTutorials

How do you irritate your visitors? Here are some common webmaster mistakes that make site visitors click away rather than enjoy browsing your site.

  • Repeated newsletters– Nothing makes a visitor unsubscribe from your site faster than bombarding their mailbox with ‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME’ offers 3 times a day.
  • Embed videos that start without playing the PLAY button -For visitors having limited bandwidth, the additional data bytes you make them download is directly proportional to the disgust and anger they feel towards you and your Blog.
  • Cluttered slow loading sites – Does your site load under 3-4 seconds?? If no, cut the crap out. Make it smooth, make it simple. Make it lightning fast.
  • Poor Navigation Structure – Making people search for the home page link on your blog post assures you that they will never search for your home page again.
  • A popup subscribe to or special offers box appears screaming at your face, you need to scream to get noticed on the net these days, but this isn’t your safest bet!!
  • Changing the theme of your site every fortnight – With sexy wordpress themes in abundance, resist the temptation of changing your theme regularly. If you need, make subtle changes to your theme but dont go for a complete makeover after every 15 days.
  • Offer a bunch of Cool Links in every Blog post rather than real valued content Most visitors would prefer finding their desired content through Google directly rather than going to your site and wasting their precious 15-20 seconds.
  • Not responding to comments – If you dont have time to post timely replies to your visitors you are better off kicking the comments sections. A repeat visitor would click away from your site almost immediately if he finds his query unanswered after 24-48 hours.
  • Publish 2005 editions of your e-book in the year 2009.
  • Lacking enthusiasm in your writing – We dont need dead posts. Get your content reviewed from somebody for the level of enthusiasm conveyed through that post.
  • Claiming to be an online expert in your field of work while you know nothing more than the basic tips for your internet business.
  • Recommending useless products – This is a no brainer. If you recommend a product that is not worth its value, you can be assured that nobody will accept any further products from you even you offer them for FREE.

Guest author Viraj Sawant is an online entrepreneur who uses his skills to help people build their new internet businesses from scratch. Visit his blog on how to build a new web business tips and resources.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

8 comments on “Quick Ways to Irritate Your Visitors

  1. vivek says:

    You nailed almost all here!

  2. Viraj Sawant says:

    Thanks ,

    This is my first article. Very happy to see a positive response Vivek

  3. Tom - StandOutBlogger.com says:

    I cannot stand music or video that automatically starts! Not everyone has the same music taste and sometimes it’s late and you forget to turn your speakers down :P

  4. Miles Technologies says:

    Great point about slow loading sites! If your website is taking too long to load, then chances are you are losing site visitors as a result.

  5. Mike says:

    Great article great read. I really like the part when you said about the players that load

  6. Viraj says:

    Thanks all.

  7. yilmak makina says:

    I cannot stand music or video that automatically starts! Not everyone has the same music taste and sometimes its late and you forget to turn your speakers down

  8. Motoring PRO says:

    By far the most irritating is embedding videos that start without playing the PLAY button

    The poor navigation or not responding to comments isn’t that bad.

    When a video starts playing I immediately close the window without even looking for it.

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