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10 Common Blog Design Mistakes Bloggers Often Make

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Designing a blog is fun and interesting if you know how to use HTML, CSS and Javascript but sometimes you may get carried away by the different sets of codes you could play with and end up messing your blog. Here’s a list of common design mistakes bloggers often make.

1. Constantly Changing Templates / Themes

This is the most common mistake bloggers make. Today your blog looks like CNN the next day it looks like Yahoo. I’ve been guilty of this previously but I stopped. If you’re doing this I won’t judge you. Sometimes you come across a template you’d think would look great on your blog but you don’t know the reason why the person is using it. Have the mind that your design is always better. The main reason you should stop changing templates constantly is for the sake of your readers and followers. When a user is accustomed to a particular format of your site, they’ll find it difficult to navigate through the new one.  I once used a template for almost a month, then I was getting like 2000+ views daily. The exact moment I changed the template my page views dropped to less than 1,500. I decided to revert to the previous one and my views got back to normal.

2. Adding Too Many Plug-ins or Widgets

As much as it’s fun to add various functionalities to your blog, most times the plug ins we have ruin user experience making you lose a lot of readers. Sometimes I come across a new blogger’s blog and see widgets like  : Blogroll, Flickr Images, Weather Widget and a lot of very irrelevant widgets. These things make the blog look like an online definition of an unorganized zoo / cattle ranch. For heaven’s sake, if that plug in is not needed. Take it off your blog.

3.Not Submitting A Sitemap

This is common among most newbie bloggers who have little knowledge of how a website works. All they do is keep posting hoping that some magic happens and they get indexed by Google. Sure, it’s quite possible only your home page may get indexed but what about other pages on your blog?.

Sitemaps help search engines know when to add your latest posts to their index. It also organizes your website search results in a proper manner.

4. Using Another Blog’s Template / Theme

Some bloggers have have the habit of using another blog’s design. There are more than  a hundred blogs using NaijaLoaded’s template, some others are using the template with ogbongeblog. You may never actually be the first to use a template but you can add some modifications that make it unique to you so your readers can know the difference when they’re on your site.

5. Using A Slow Template / Theme

People these days tend to have the patience of a fruit fly. They just get in and get out almost immediately. 98% of most visitors (especially new ones) wouldn’t wait for a site that takes more than 10 seconds to load. Although most times, the sites load time may depend on the location of your server, but most websites using a US server should load fast on any connection if the template is good.

Try to minimizing the Javascript on your blog.

6.Using A Color That Hurts The Eyes Of Readers

Most people don’t like bright colors when it comes to websites because it really affects the eyes. Nobody will like to strain his/her eyes reading your content If it’s the color scheme you choose is too bright. Dark shades of red , blue or green should be okay.

7. Using A Complex Template
It’s quite common for bloggers to use a complex template and think it’s easy to navigate without realizing that the fact  you created something makes it easier for you to navigate. If visitors of your blog find it difficult to navigate through pages on your blog, then you’re certainly on the path to failure.

8.Too Many Pop Ups And Redirects

Some ad networks give bloggers the extra functionality of adding pop up ads on their blog . Generally, these ads tend to have a better conversion rate and may give  high earnings but most bloggers don’t know the huge damage these ad networks are doing to the reputation of their blog.

These ad networks just give bloggers the opportunity to gamble with their traffic, loosing their audience so that they’ll gain more cash from the ad network.

No user likes a blog with too many pop ups and redirects. It can get really annoying.

9.Having content that is difficult to scan.

Having a big block of uninterrupted text will scare off most of your readers. Most people don’t read unless absolutely necessary (they scan) . We’re less patient these days so we all want information quick and to the point so if you make it hard for them to read your content, expect them never to return again.

Use headings or subtitles, and use short paragraphs to make your content easy on the eyes .

10. Using CAPTCHA or word verifications,

Captcha a.k.a those jumbled words you have to type in correctly before your comment gets through. This is one of the most annoying features that most bloggers forget to remove. It’s time consuming and quite frustrating.

Imagine when a visitor spends his/her precious time typing a comment and then a stupid hard-to-read CAPTCHA comes up.

I understand that it helps fight spamming but it’s not worth ruining your blogs user experience.

Summary

It’s not bad to be creative, but don’t overdo it. Keep you layout structure and design simple and organized.

Forget about all the fancy technologies you may come across because they do more harm than good. Always consider what’s best for your readers – it’s the best way to make them stay longer on your blog.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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How To Compare Phones And Check Prices Before Buying

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Hello guys, I’ve been a bit slow in updating this part of the blog and it’s because I’ve been working really hard to add a How To Compare Phones And Check Prices feature.

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How To Compare Phones

I just added a price and spec comparison feature to this blog. You can compare phone specs and prices then buy it if there’s a link to the store available in the option. –

I normally go to e-commerce stores and pick out the lowest prices so you get the best value for your money.  Regular blog post updates would resume immediately.

Thanks for being an amazing reader.

Click Here To Compare Prices And Specs

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Combo VPN MTN Settings: Browse For Free On MTN Using This New Setting

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Combo VPN MTN Settings allow you to browse for free on the MTN Network. We all love free data and of course, there’s a reason why it’s not too common, that’s why I’m here.😀

Combo VPN MTN Settings

To give you information on free and affordable data plans so you don’t get ripped off by our internet service providers. So without further ado let’s get down to business.

Combo VPN MTN Settings For Browsing Free

What You’ll Need

  • An MTN sim without data
  • Default MTN APN settings
  • An Android Phone

First Download Combo VPN Here – Download Combo VPN

  • Open the app, then tap on Combo Settings and configure this way.
  •  Turn on Stealth Tunnel
  • Connection protocol – TCP
  •  Connection Port – 443
  •  Turn on the switch for Connect via parent proxy
  • Edit and set parent proxy as 10.199.212.2 and 8080 as port
  • Turn on the switch for Custom TCP/http header
  • Edit Custom TCP/http headers
  •  URL/host: datareset.mtnonline.com
  • Request method: CONNECT
  • Injection method: Normal
  • Tick keep-alive and user-agent
  • Press Generate and Validate and Save.
  • Save all settings and Connect

    This works without data or Airtime 0.0k on your MTN line and it is capped. It is capped around 50Mb to 100Mb daily. It renews daily.
    If it stops, simply open the Combo app again and change URL/host to smartapp.mtnnigeria.net:8080
    If you are an mpulse user and you have mpulse data, then open the Combo app again and change the URL/host to mtn.pass.ng.

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