Top 5 Blog “Red Flag” Turn-offs

We’ve all visited those websites that just have us immediately fumbling for the escape button.

Or those sites that are just too difficult and busy to find what you are looking for.

There are definite “red flags” when it comes to website turn-offs and these are five of the top annoyances to consider avoid when putting your site together.


1 . Giveaways


People are skeptical enough when dealing with websites that they are not familiar with. It’s like the old saying goes “nothing’s free!” so when people see “giveaway” they expect to be approached about paying for or signing up for something in return.

Be cautious about what you giveaway and how you announce your online giveaway. Another thing to consider is that readers will be extremely hesitant about giving you information that requires their phone numbers or address, which would be the only way to send them this giveaway.

Just be upfront about your giveaway and don’t “push” it on your readers.


2 . Fast Cash Promises


People are always looking for a way to make quick money, but if you are thinking about posting fast cash promises on your site, do your homework!

Make sure these methods really work and are ligitamate techniques to make money.

Don’t tarnish your good web name to draw in traffic that will be disappointed with the information you provide.


3 . Sign Ups


No one wants to devulge their personal information and are leary about any site that asks for it. If you decide to ask for your readers info, explain what you are going to do with it and why you are asking for it.

Also, don’t get too personal. This make people nervous and nothing turns readers away quicker than someone they don’t know asking for information that gets too involved.


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4 . Flash


Ugh.Flash tends to cheapen a site when overused or used incorrectly.

Beware the “car dealer” approach! “Buy Now”, “FREE!”, “Win Prizes!”, you get the idea.

These catch phrases are just that, supposed ways to catch the eye of your reader. Unfortunately, over time people have smartened up and realized that most of these flash phrases are just empty promises.


5 . Too Much “Stuff”


Less really is more when dealing with your website. Nothing is more frustrating than piling information, photos and stuff on a site.

When readers have a tough time finding what they are looking for on a site, they will go somewhere else.

You have only a few seconds to capture your reader, so make those seconds count by keeping your pages simple and easy to read.



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Amanda Tradwick is a grant researcher and writer for She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and has recently finished researching college grants for non traditional students as well as college grants for hispanics.


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  1. Hi Amanda,

    there is not a second chance to make the first impression, right?

    We need to work on our blog to make it as clean and as useful as possible.

    Thanks for your interesting article !

  2. Sure I agree with your last point: too much stuff, less is more and I always encourage others to keep it simple. Having less thing (including ads) make navigation through the site and reading experience a lot better, also having less widgets, ads and large photo files improves loading speed which is crucial for improving bounce rate.

    • I have noticed that many popular bloggers in the last weeks changed completely the layout and theme of their sites…

      Some examples?


      May be now Google loves more the sites more clear?

      If you think from the point of view of user it is better :
      less ads, more high quality content, easy to read posts, pretty clear layout of sites…

      Google is trying to make the web a better place, right ?

      Thanks for the comment Aliosha.

  3. Interesting take on give-aways. I see so many and have been thinking about doing one. This makes me think harder about it. Thanks. I know I do not like them if there is a lot of info to fill out.

    • Hi Lisa,
      I guess the most important part is giving something really useful to the subscriber of your list (and do not ask too much information, as the phone number, for example! ;-)

      Don’t you think so?

  4. I agree with you. Although those methods are designed with enticing more readers, they should be done with caution.

  5. Michelle says:

    Hi. Great post. I think that the list is quite an obvious one, especially if you’ve been on the web and been blogging long enough. I guess most people over look these things. So it’s great that you pointed these out.

  6. interesting article, i like your take on give-aways, i do think that everyone is trial and error, finding what works best for you personally

  7. The biggest turn off, in my opinion is – Fast Cash. This sounds spammy and is the biggest turn off I have ever encounter.

  8. I’m always leery of sales pitch pages that use too many exclamation marks or capital letters. I feel like they’re yelling at and/or pressuring me.

    • Sonny,
      I think people that sell something must do it in the right way in order to succeed.

      And pressure selling to the potential client works just sometimes and with some people.

  9. Erik,

    These definitely turn me off, too. I get annoyed by being approached immediately upon entering a site and having to click the no button. I agree with you…and Google that too many adds cheapens a site.

    Fortunately for me, I am not doing any of the items on your list. But, (tongue in cheek) …I know I am making other mistakes.

    • Hi David.

      From my part,
      the Pop-up is the one that annoys me mostly.

      Every time I visit a website and I have firstly to close a pop-up window, I am already inclined to leave.

  10. Great post, I really detest flash and pop ups. I leave these sites right away as I want to read the information quickly, not wait half an hour to get to the content.

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