Four super quick ways to make your blog more user friendly!

Ok – before I even start . . . I am not saying I’m an expert!

I’m not telling you how to write your blog – its yours and you can of course do as you please!  I’m just sharing a few things that I’ve noticed over the last couple of months that I think are worth considering. . . 

1. Make sure your social media is easy to find (and preferably on your homepage).  I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve visited recently where their Twitter handle wasn’t clear.  This is especially important if, like mine, your Twitter handle isn’t immediately obvious as being related to your blog (by which I mean @FamilyFever quite clearly belongs to Family Fever . . . @Lollinski bears no resemblance to We’re going on an adventure what so ever.)  Basically you need to make it easy for people to follow you or they just won’t bother!

2. While we’re on the subject of social media – Make sure widgets or social media buttons are correctly linked to the right profile.  This speaks for itself really but it’s worth just taking a moment to check these as I’ve clicked on plenty that didn’t do anything at all!

3. When you link to other web pages in your post make sure that the links are accurate. Several times a week I click on link to find out more about a product or brand only to find it has been linked to the wrong place or just doesn’t work.  It’s also worthwhile making sure that your link opens in a new window otherwise you are just directing traffic away from your blog and they might well not come back!

4. This has been said so many times by so many different people but seriously: Consider getting rid of Captcha – I understand that spam comments are really irritating – but so is Captcha.  Many people just don’t bother to comment on blogs with Captcha enabled and it would be a real shame for you to lose interaction on your blog as a result of a stupid bit of code.  I personally have my blog set up so that it skims out the comments it thinks are spam and allows me to decide whether they are published – it’s pretty accurate to be honest! If you’re nervous just give it a try for a day or so, you could always add it back again if you felt it was better that way.

I hope this post is helpful rather than preachy!  If anything I’ve said doesn’t make sense please shout!

39 Comments

  1. March 19, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    Great tips! Down with Captcha!! x

  2. katefever
    March 19, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    Great tips. I hate Captcha too. It's always worth making sure the social media buttons are easy to find too – there is nothing worse than not being able to find the Twitter and Facebook pages.

  3. March 19, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Great tips!! I'm all for getting rid of the Captcha….I just moderate the messages! Works for me πŸ™‚

  4. March 19, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I got rid of Captcha and whilst I still get the odd spam email it is rare and by moderating I can bin them. There really is no need for them and nothing more annoying than to have written a fantastic reply to someone's blog only you find you need to fill in a Captcha. Ahhhhhhh πŸ™

    • March 19, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      I'm glad it's not just me that finds it infuriating! x

  5. Jess Paterson
    March 19, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    Great tips! I had Captcha on for ages to start with, without realising. But it was ok cos my mum phoned me with her comments πŸ˜‰

  6. March 20, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Ooh is this a new colour scheme and layout? I haven't noticed these blue stripe before – it's lovely!! And I agree with you about the capcha, I hate it! I think it is easier for those of us on WP as we have akismet to sort out our spam

    • March 20, 2014 / 7:56 pm

      Yes thank you πŸ™‚ I've had it redesigned x

  7. Tas D
    March 21, 2014 / 9:08 am

    I hate Captcha sooooo much – It takes me ages to figure it out and even then I get it wrong, plus from what I hear I think it doesn't stop all spam anyway.

  8. March 21, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Completely agree with all of these. Every week when I am trying to share post that link up to Share With Me through twitter I can't find blogger's twitter handles. Drives me nuts. Haven't heard of captcha how do I know if I have it on mine? Is it a wordpress or blogger thing? Thanks for the tips my lovely. #sharefriday

    • March 21, 2014 / 10:11 am

      That's exactly how I've come across the problem. Trying to share #TriedTested posts is very tricky without an obvious Twitter handle!
      Captcha is the irritating code you have to copy to be able to comment. You don't have it set on your blog, I checked for you x

  9. March 21, 2014 / 9:48 am

    I definitely agree with the bit about clicking that that says open link in a new window! Its my pet hate when I click on a link and it takes me away from the blog and I have to click to go back!

    • March 21, 2014 / 10:13 am

      I think people just don't realise what they're doing – its such an easy thing to click but they don't realise the benefits!

  10. Hannah Green
    March 21, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    A great few things to think about I have no idea if mine has captcha but I know I find it annoying. I best go check it out….. thankyou.x

  11. March 21, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Great tips!! I cannot tell fellow bloggers enough the importance of a good social presence!

  12. March 21, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Aha – the broken link problem. I was shocked to discover just how many I had!!! 1328 at last count – shocking. Pulls down your stats too πŸ™

    • March 21, 2014 / 5:46 pm

      I'm finding such a lot of issues with ppl having just mistyped stuff rather than them being older links that are now defunct. Definitely something to keep a close eye on!

  13. March 21, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    I dreaded reading this but, after a previous faux pas in my twitter button, I have breathed a sigh of relief. I have no idea what Capcha is though. You're still my blogging guru Colette πŸ˜‰

    • March 21, 2014 / 5:48 pm

      Lol Emma, you were one of many but the only one I actually told πŸ˜‰ See that's caring ha ha x
      Catchpa is the irritating code ppl have to type to be able to comment on your blog – I can't remember if you have it or not!

  14. March 21, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    I think these are really good tips, I don't think I am doing any of them now but I did some when I was new! If only I'd have this post then πŸ˜‰

    • March 21, 2014 / 5:49 pm

      My experience of visiting other people's blogs has certainly made me hyper aware of stuff like this!

  15. March 21, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    Great tips and definitely worth keeping an eye on.

  16. March 22, 2014 / 7:36 am

    I agree with all of those tips! Especially doing the work I do, it can take ages to find people on Twitter!
    x x

  17. Jo Nicholson
    March 22, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Great tips Colette (off to check my blog to see if it opens links in new pages, I hadn't even considered that!) x

    • March 23, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      Glad it made you think πŸ™‚ x x

  18. March 22, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    I've not been blogging very long so need as many useful tips as possible. I like the tip about ensuring links open in a separate window. I'm not sure how to go about that but I'll find out. Thanks! #sharefriday

    • March 23, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      Just shout if you need some help x

  19. March 22, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Good points. I hate captcha too and recently I noticed that I wasn't opening links in new windows. Oops! x

  20. Christina Marriott
    March 22, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    These are great tips, especially as I'm just starting out blogging. I really hate CAPTCHA and from experience, it takes me ages to read some of them sometimes and I get so frustrated about keep having to guess what they are that I end up not commenting! xxx

  21. Ellie Caldwell
    March 23, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    great tips, will check my social media and twitter handle is visable

  22. Katie Clark
    March 24, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    Great tips. I especially agree about captcha – it drives me nutty! Often end up not commenting as so often struggle to read the numbers/words!

    • March 25, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      It's so frustrating isn't it!

  23. Deborah Patrick
    March 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Great post with great tips Hun. I for one really dislike commenting on a blog post to find a captcha to fill in too, it can really put you off commenting altogether.

  24. January 7, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Great tips. Just one thing – you are an expert! No apologizing for good ideas πŸ˜‰

    • January 7, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Yes, perhaps I am more now than I was when I wrote the post almost two years ago πŸ˜‰

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