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Anger Fellow Bloggers

8 Silly Ways to Anger Fellow Bloggers

Even the most enlightened bloggers get angry on occasion.

I am chill dude. I meditate two hours each day and generally go with the flow of things. Sometimes I reach my limits when it comes to poor blogging practices. I can’t help it, I flip. Or semi-flip in the eyes of most others.

Unless you want to agitate fellow bloggers refrain from these silly tactics.

Note: I was a clown who practiced some of these techniques at one time or another. No doubt I was the inspiration for similar posts.

1- Comment Drive By’s

“Nice Post!” “Thanks for the post!!!” “Great blog!!!!!” “Nice!!!!!!!” Do I need to continue? We’ve all been hit by comment drive by’s at one time for another. These people hustle to get backlink after backlink, spitting in the face of the blog owner by using their platform to boost their page rank.

This is a despicable practice which earns a person the Scarlett Letter of the online world: S, for Spammer. Once labeled a spammer you have a long way to go to recover your reputation.

2- Pitch On Every Other Post

Buy my product. Now. Limited time availability. We see a similar pitch post a few days – or hours – later, than again, and again and the cycle continues. Unfortunately for the offending party, few stick around for the used car salesman shtick.

This screams desperation. Why would somebody want to buy from a desperate person?

3- Stuff the Feed

Some bloggers send out their last 5 or 10 posts consecutively when setting up their feed. If you use Google Reader this stuffs the feed like crazy and results in an automatic unsubscribe on my end.

4- Title Says One Thing, Post Says Another

I’ve come across my fair share of misleading titles. Heck, before I gained some experience with blogging I did the same thing myself.

Deliver! Write about what you promise to write about. There’s nothing more agitating than false advertising.

5- Ad Frenzy

If you include every ad under the sun on your blog chances are you’ll anger a few readers.

Stuffing your page full of ads make you look desperate. Like the spurned boyfriend or girlfriend who just can’t take a hint, please, don’t try so hard. It just looks bad.

6- Too Many Plug-In’s

Some bloggers have few ads but go overboard on the plug-ins. While waiting for their page to load I could have went to the store, bought dinner, returned home, cooked dinner, eaten dinner and done the dishes.

Performance is an underrated factor in your blog’s readability. You can have an awesome blog which rarely gets read because nobody has the time to stick around to read it.

7- Cluttered Design

Some blogs don’t post many ads but have a poor layout. If your design is too busy with all types of bells and whistles or sloppily laid out, the reader’s attention moves from your content towards the poor visuals.

8- Comment Crickets

Can you hear the crickets? When it’s late at night I like the sound of crickets chirping, so quiet and peaceful.

Some bloggers choose to reply to their reader’s comments with the sound of crickets: no response at all. If someone takes the time to read your post and leave a comment you better return their kindness with a thank you.

Replying to comments is a fundamental duty of a blog owner. If you don’t respond to comments you are setting up a monologue, not a dialog.

How do fellow bloggers tick you off?

Photo Credit – xlibber

Former fired security guard and current world traveler, Ryan Biddulph went from having a net worth of 4 cents to generating steady cash flow online while living in tropical paradises like Bali, Phuket and Hoi An. How does he help you burn your credit cards? To find out Click Here.

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  • April Wilson January 31, 2012, 5:42 pm

    I see this WAY more on social media (particularly Twitter) than my blog. Of course, it’s probably because more folks are reading my tweets than my blog. :)
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  • Rhonda Holscher April 26, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Ryan,

    I’m sure at one time or another I have been quilty of some of things as well. I am still fairly new to blogging, but when I read a post I read it from beginning to end. Even if I’m struggling to follow along. I know how much work goes into producing blog posts. I don’t write posts on a regular schedule like they recommend. Something I need to work on, but I know the time and dedication it takes just to write one blog post. Especially you are writing something that requires a bit of research. So I try to respect the writer and give them the just time they deserve for the effort and hard work they’ve put into their articles.

    I like your list and I am going to use it to go over my blog to see where I can improve. Thanks for writing this. Posts like this help us newbies to learn and make our blogs better.

    This is my first time on your blog. I will be back to check you out again.
    Rhonda

  • Rae March 29, 2011, 5:12 am

    What can I say. Nice way to anger fellow bloggers.

  • Dita February 23, 2011, 10:01 am

    First time on ur site..
    Woops I think I did some of 8 silly ways you explain here like point number 7 – I’ve try to fix it tho but at least I always do that point number 8
    this article rich gives me more clue for what I should do coz I wish I get more than “Nice” or “blog walking ” on my blog’

  • Shawn Urban January 14, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I do compliment posts I think are well written and whose content inspires me. And I usually start and finish with “nice post”, because I believe it. But I also usually explain what I liked about the post or ask a question about something in the content. I think I owe the blogger at least that much.

    However, on some blogs, I don’t have the time to make a deep comment; most of mine take 15 minutes to half an hour to write. When I want to acknowledge the blogger on a great post in these cases, I just say, “nice post”. It never occurred to me that my compliment would be taken as spam.

    To be quite honest with you, I’m not sure I want to avoid acknowledging good posts that I believe deserve a thank you. I guess I think taking the risk is better than keeping silent.

  • Mavis Nong January 12, 2011, 2:19 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Great post. (I’m off…)

    Seriously, I can’t stand people who aren’t interested in my post but just to get a backlink. Don’t they realise that such comments get thrashed?

    I also can’t stand cluttered designs and loud colours. I hit the back button instantly.

    Your post really compliments an article I recently wrote on poor blogging practices that annoy readers.

    Thanks for sharing your insights, Ryan.

    All the best,
    Mavis
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  • Skeeter Geddings January 11, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Hi Ryan!

    As usual…Dare I say it…Nice! I have enjoyed another fantastic article of great points from you!
    Most people don’t think about the time and energy that goes into creating many different posts to say the same thing over and over in a different and attention getting way!
    Thank you for pointing out the fact that we should put a little more effort into our complimenting!

    Many Blessings to you, my friend,
    Skeeter

  • BarryckR November 20, 2010, 9:40 am

    Well I agree with all the points you made there. Am guilty of some of them. Replying to comments is the best thing still the hardest to do when you have 30+ comments and you are an University lecturer (work load is just OMG). Will I end this post by “Nice post”? lol. Indeed a great post we bloggers should consider as a blogger tantra!

  • harry October 20, 2010, 2:08 am

    LOL@5- Ad Frenzy! Well, as a new blogger on earth, i find it really hard to get a lot of traffic on my website! I also as few expert bloggers on how to be able to attract more readers. Still, the best way to be a better blogger is experience! :D

  • John October 19, 2010, 7:23 am

    I think we all have been guilty of more than one of these. Sometimes we just can’t help it. We have a mountain of work and minimal time to complete it. I also think that you should answer anyone who comments on your blog.
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