Everyone wants to live the location independent lifestyle; have a successful website to your name and thousands of dollars coming in with no worry in the world.
But not many people are willing to put in the work.
Most people work on their sites for maybe a month or two and then throw in the towel.
I made the same mistakes too.
It took me awhile to realize building a website is long term project.
It’s not for quick cash.
Watch it Grow: It Takes Time
One tip I want to share with you is to think of every article you write as a seed.
It probably will be awhile until your article sees any traffic, sometimes it takes years.
If you never plant a seed, it will never grow, and you’ll never have a tree.
When it comes to online business, most people want the tree.
But they don’t want to plant the seed, take care of it, and watch it grow.
So when your feeling down because your website isn’t getting much traffic – hang in there – it takes time.
On the other hand, there are a few mistakes you could be making which may be the reason you’re not getting any traffic.
In this article, I’m going to share some things that make people instantly leave your website.
If you noticed a high bounce rate, chances are your website has one of these problems.
Not to worry though – they’re easy to fix.
So let’s get into it.
Why People Hate Your Website and Love Leaving It:
It sucks when you find out people hate your website.
But it’s also a relief because you have something to work with.
You can always change your website.
Here are some reasons people hate your website:
1. Your Color Scheme is Out-of-Wack
You might love your color-scheme but it doesn’t mean your visitors do.
This isn’t MySpace.
We don’t want to see a bunch of glittery backgrounds and sparkles everywhere.
As a blogger, your goal is to get people to read your content.
If your background and colors distract from the actual content, no one will read it.
A white back ground and black text works best.
2. Your Five Billions Ads in the Sidebar
I’ll let you in on a secret.
I use Ad-block.
When I visit your website, my Ad Blocker goes crazy!
I swear, on the last blog I visited my Ad Block showed over 10 blocked advertisements.
That’s a lot. In my experience, the less advertisements, the better.
Your sidebar shouldn’t be a billboard.
And you definitely don’t want to add a bunch of animated advertisements in there!
Keep it clean and neat.
3. Ten Thousand Pop-ups in the First Second
If I clicked on your website, I did it for a reason.
I probably saw a link to an article I wanted to read, so I went to your website to check it out.
I didn’t come here to subscribe and buy all your stuff. Not yet.
Pop-ups (and most people agree with me here) are really annoying!
Especially when there are more than one.
One, I can handle (that’s what she said) but if another one pops-up before I even close the first one, I’m gone!
Nobody likes pop-ups.
If I read your content and like it, I’ll subscribe.
But if your pop-up appears before I even have a chance to read your content, I think I’ll be on my way!
4. Your Site Doesn’t Load.
Site speed is quite important.
In fact, it’s one of the ranking factors Google is focusing on this year.
A lot of people want to save on cash so they use some weird obscure hosting company nobody ever heard about.
And guess what? It’s crap.
This isn’t the age of dial up anymore, I need my sites to load fast.
If your website doesn’t load in a few seconds, most people will leave.
Maybe your site has awesome content but most people won’t wait around for it to load.
My suggestion? Use a proper hosting company.
5. Your Text is Designed for People with Eagle Eyes
Maybe you like the small text and think it’s cute or whatever.
But if you have everyone squinting at their screens just to try and make out what you’re writing about, not many people will stick around.
Make your text clear. This is one reason I like Genesis Framework because the text is really nice and clear (could even be a bit bigger in my opinion).
Not everyone has eagle eyes.
Increase your website’s text size! With WordPress, it’s quite easy.
6. Your Website is a Diary
Using a blog as a diary is not a bad idea, it provides you with an outlet for your thoughts and a place where you can practice writing with no pressure.
But not many people make money from their diaries.
It’s great that you have a bunch of thoughts and opinions about life, but how can you turn that into a profitable business?
Think about it.
I come across a bunch of bloggers that complain they’re not making money from their site, but when I visit their site, it’s all opinion pieces and thoughts on life.
Well… that makes sense.
7. Your English is Google-Translated from Your Native Language
Sorry but if your content is not – at least somewhat – well written, most people will leave and never return.
I find a lot of websites with absolutely horrible content.
If you’re not a Native English Speaker, that’s fine.
Not many Native English Speakers can write properly anyways!
But you should learn how to write a few sentences that make sense. Ever read those poorly translated signs from Chinese to English?
That’s what your website looks like.
If you can’t write properly in English, it would probably be a better idea to just write in your Native language!
You can fix most of these problems. You can recover from the damage quite easily.
If you’re trying to build an authority website, then you should make your content the focus of your website.
You don’t want people to be distracted by anything else on your website.
Keep it fun. Keep it clean.
The visitors and cash will show up in due time, don’t rush it.
Have fun. Take your time. Plant the seeds. Do the work.