Sunday evenings are set aside for me to catch up up my reading. Every week I find myself frustrated that so many bloggers have great content but are selling themselves short.
Here are 5 simple tips on how to make your blog more accessible:
1. Get mobile supported browsing!
I spend a lot of my online time on my phone, I also read blogs on my phone. Nothing annoys me more than when I see an interesting tweet with a link and I find that the site doesn’t have mobile supported browsing. I close the window and never return. I am certain I’m not the only one.
With the FREE WP Touch plugin your readers can quickly access your blog without the bother of loading the full site. What’s stopping you?
2. Stop hiding your sharing buttons
When I read something awesome I want to share. I really do. Don’t make me hunt for your tweet buttons. Please.
3. Configure your share buttons correctly
Great. I found the tweet button. But what happens when I click it? I get the title of the post and the link, GREAT but who is @wordpressdotcom? That’s not you!
If I am in a good mood I’ll trail through your site and find your twitter handle, after all, as much as I want to share I want YOU to know that I’m sharing. Check your settings!
4. Ensure your commenting system is EASY!
We all like comments right? If you don’t then just close them (that’s in settings too by the way!) My pet gripe are Blogger comments which require you to have a Blogger account to comment, throw is some Captcha and well, I’m off. Never to return.
I know commenting isn’t for everyone but for those who like to share make it easy. I recently removed Livefyre from my sites because it was making it too hard for readers to comment. It made me realise that the simpler the system the more accessible it is for your readers to join in.
What do you need? As long as the fields name and website are included you really don’t need any more. Honestly.
5. Skip the scary pop ups
I freak when something pops up on my screen. It makes me close the window. I agree than they must work for some but personally I never read them and it get’s the relationship off to a bad start.