Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tips for Successful Blogging

This post is long overdue. I noticed that there are a lot of ways I could have improved my blog that would have made life easier for my followers. Now, I am always looking at ways to streamline and to get better.

I also notice that many of my followers are also publishers themselves. So in that spirit, I decided to make a list of things to make your blog more successful and a little easier on your own followers.


1. Take off the damn captcha!

It uses us as slaves in doing evil shit like converting the sum of our vast human wisdom and knowledge kept in books to immortal digital form for the entirety of the future population to enjoy. And also just to waste our time in general.

Captcha is also a pedophile

As funny as the memes that come from the pain in the ass that is captcha, it simply isn't useful. The inconvience it causes anyone who wants to comment on your page isn't worth the convience of not moderating spam. On blogger, if you simply go to settings -> comments -> Show Word Verification Off, you will make the life of your followers just a little bit easier.

2. Limit the number of posts shown on your front page.

While having old articles is great for getting views to older content of yours, it isn't any good for anyone with a less than top of the line internet connection. It limits the speed they can load you page and often overwhelms their connection by loading lots pictures simataneously. Go to your settongs and change the number of posts shown to 2-3 max. Also set the settings to hide some of your post so that they can click if they actually want to see the content rather than being forced to load your last 7 posts to view your homepage.

To change this setting, go to Settings -> Formating -> Show At Most 2-3 Posts. It will make the life of those who enjoy your blog a little easier.

3.  Limit the amount of content you have on your page to a reasonable amount.

Someone actually thought this was a good idea


While having fish swim around, globes showing visitor locations, and ads in every single free inch of space seems like a great idea to get clicks, it really doesn't make visiting your blog a pleasant experience. I'm not knocking having cool little additions to your blog, I love those free additions that display statistics as much as anyone. I am just saying to keep it to a minimum so that your blog isn't a confusing mess.


- If you are going to use popups, please only use one ad site. Having more than one popup is irritating and unnecessarily slowing to the following process. It is actually better to leave them off in general. No one else clicks them and most of the pages they link to are swimming in viruses.
- Try not to have more than 3-4 picture ads, it slows down computers.
- The additions like fish, stat counters, location globes all shouldn't add more than 3-4 pictures.
- In total, try to limit the number of pictures someone needs to load on your page to 15 or so. This is excluding posts revolving around pictures as people are actually often seeking out that content for a reason.


Anyway, these are my top three tips. If anyone has any other useful tips for making your blog a little more successful, feel free to share it in the comments!

31 comments:

  1. grate post.. very usefull..
    following

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  2. nice. definitely going to use some of these tips!

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  3. I won't name names, but I hope some people take your advice =P

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  4. great advice! i fucking hate captcha!

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  5. Okay, have turned captcha off. Great post. I hope this will improve my page views.

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  6. very helpful tips.


    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. these are some good advice. anyone of these on anyone's blog can get annoying after some time. :)

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  8. i agree. i hate those huge articles and having to scroll down for 2 mins

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  9. Great tips! I will definitely consider adjusting a few things on my blog... Thanks!

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  10. I've seen that website... wtf? I can't even figure out what it's about.

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  11. Great tips for a fellow blogger :D

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  12. well said, good luck with your blogging goals for 2011

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  13. smart idea with limiting posts on your front page. ;)

    thanks.

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  14. thanks man. I've been contemplating the picture thing myself. maybe ill cut some.

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  15. Yay! I'm apparently doing a good job. Thanks for the guide.

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  16. I have to agree with your tips, nice list.

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  17. Great tips man. Yeah, the captcha really bugs me! Come check me out, alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  18. I think I'll do the whole limit posting thing. And yeah popups do get annoying.

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  19. Awesome tutorial and tips! thanks for sharing!

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  20. Great advice, that's pretty much how our blog operates (well I hope it does)

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