How many times do you navigate away from a new site because of that annoying pop up that follows you everywhere? If you have your own blog here’s a few ways to make sure your site isn’t on that annoying list. Please don’t follow these annoying website trends – they’re one of the quickest ways to drive people away.
1. Crappy List Posts With Multiple Pages
That list I came for, the one I was looking forward to reading – you split it up into 10 separate pages. Clicking an arrow after reading one sentence is not rewarding enough for the effort.
2. Where The Frak Is Your Blog?
Why are you hiding the link to your blog? I know you want me to go down your sales funnel and sign up for your list, but I think I’d like to check out what you’re all about first. If your articles are awesome I’ll be a fan, but I’m not about to jump through 500 hoops to find a sample or two of your work.
3. Pop Ups, Pop Ups, Pop Ups
I can forgive one or two pop ups, but after that forget it. Do you know how annoying it is to find your little “no thanks” option or “X” that you’ve hidden in some weird place? Seriously enough with the pop ups. Keep it classy, give me one in the corner if I’ve managed to make it through most of your post. Don’t keep bombarding us with these damned things every time we click somewhere. If someone didn’t sign up for your first two you need to rethink your plan.
4. So Many Sponsored Posts
I get it – making money with a blog is difficult so you want to do some sponsored content now & then. That’s fine. Don’t do it multiple times a week though, please. Keep at least half of your blog useful, entertaining, etc – then fill in with some sponsored posts or reviews once in a while.
5. Videos or Audio That Auto Play
So this isn’t quite as common as it once was with those midis we all loved so much in the mid 90’s, but it’s still a thing that pisses me off. Don’t force us to watch your video. If you put it in a nice place that makes sense we might just watch it naturally. I don’t know if you’re aware that the first thing I’m doing on your site is figuring out how to stop that damn video from playing. Not a good first impression, no matter how nicely you pressed your clothes for that little presentation.
6. Infinite Scroll With No Footer In Sight
If you’re going to use infinite scroll make sure all of your must haves are listed above the fold. Your About us, contact, search, social buttons, blog, etc should all be easy to find. I’ve seen a lot of sites that don’t have their about us or contact info listed in their header, so I go to check the footer and – nope – met with infinite scroll without a damned footer. It’s not just annoying, it’s a usability concern.
7. Share Buttons That Interfere With Content
Those floating share buttons look pretty nice when placed correctly. What I usually notice though is that they’re in the way of content when I’m viewing from a smaller device, and that really pisses me off. I can’t move the stupid things, and I’m not about to scroll up & down try and figure out what those words in the your left margin are.
8. Sidebars That Are Longer Than Your Content
I’m actually not that picky with what you put in your sidebar, but I do have to tell you – it looks odd when it’s longer than your articles. Make sure it’s got the stuff you really want to show & try cutting down on a few. (Getting rid of blog awards or blogrolls might be a good start if you’re not sure what to cut)
9. Hidden or Plain Links
When it comes to designing a site I know how hard it is to pick a good color for links. But please – make sure you pick a color that stands out & is easy to read. A few sites use plain colored links that blend right in with the text, not a fan of that at all. A link shouldn’t be disguised, it needs to stand out. But don’t go overboard – they don’t have to be bold, underlined and a crazy color – just one of those will do.
10. Never Ending Paragraphs
I don’t mind articles that don’t have subheadings or lists, they seem odd when it comes to reading an essays anyway. BUT please give me a paragraph break every once in a while. If I have to place my finger 37 lines in so I don’t lose my place when I get distracted it’s not a good thing.
What Website Designs or Trends Piss You Off?
What makes you mad about website design? What trends would you love to see go away forever? What makes you leave a website?