Is That The Smell of Death on Your Blog? #RRBC #RWISA #Authors

Do you write amazing blog posts?  Is your blog site nice and neatly organized as well as being aesthetically pleasing to the eye?  Do you promote your blog heavily, in hopes that because you built it, they will come?

Well, guess what?  They are coming and they are really enjoying your content – so much so that they can’t wait to leave you a comment.  Then, why don’t they?

Here are the top 5 reasons your blog site traffic is dead:

  1.  Your blog requires that anyone attempting to leave a comment must “verify” that they are human by selecting images with buses or cars or storefronts, etc.  (This is so annoying);
  2. Your blog requires that anyone attempting to leave a comment must submit a mini-form which is requesting their name, email, blog site and then their comment.  (I can’t tell you how much I hate this);
  3. Your blog requires that anyone attempting to respond to comments already left on your blog must submit a mini-form which is requesting their name, email, blog site and then their comment.  (This literally makes me want to claw my own eyes out);
  4. Your comments are held for moderation and never released or not released in a timely manner;
  5. Every time someone visits your blog they are inundated with pop-up windows asking them to sign up for one thing or another.

All of these reasons are huge deterrents to visitors of blog sites and the very reasons the traffic on your blog appears scarce.

We all lead very busy lives, and finding a moment to show support of a blog tour or an awesome blog post that you’ve written, should be easy and should also allow visitors to get in and get out.

When we are subjected to all of these “requirements,” we click off of your site and head back into our busy lives or right into another blog site, that is more user-friendly and much easier to navigate.  I mean, all we want to do is support and interact in your “home,” but you make us not even want to come over.

This is not a paid endorsement of WordPress by any means, but let me tell you, their forum is so user-friendly that I almost want to jump out of my seat when I find that I have landed on one!

So, if you’re writing these amazing blog posts and/or you’re hosting your fellow authors on their blog tours yet the traffic seems to be light, look closely and you’ll quickly find what’s keeping them away;  I’m pretty sure it’s the blog forum you’re utilizing.

And, just in case you’re wondering, YES, I am one of those visitors who are easily deterred by all of the restrictions on your blog site.  Even in my busy, I am a regular visitor to blogs, but just as soon as I find that I have to jump thru 50,000 hoops just to leave a comment…well, CYA!

Purple Horse

What about you?  Are you these things deterrents for you, as well?  I’d love to know!




  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    oops sorry NJ. Should be…
    My friend has a blog like that and, unfortunately for her, I haven’t been on it.



  2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Nonnie, I forgot one more thing. You mentioned those blogs asking people to prove they are not a robot. Not only is it annoying, but sometimes you can’t get out if you don’t get it right. I want to curse and scream at those moments, and usually, I just give up. LOL

    My friend has a blog like that and I haven’t been on them unfortunately for her..


  3. I couldn’t agree with you more, Nonnie. A simple “Like” button combined with a “Share” option is all you need.

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    • Wait, Mark…we do need the comments section, as well. We just need a very simple comments process.

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    WordPress is by far the easiest to work with, I agree. Time is precious when you have several blogs to visit.


    • Agreed!


    • I’ve actually had difficulty with WordPress in the past. If I don’t log in, it won’t let me like a blog or comment on it. Sometimes, it remembers my (like now), so I don’t have to go through the hassle of logging in.

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  5. I agree, it can get a little frustrating jumping through all the hoops just to leave a comment or a reply to a comment. You’re also right about WordPress.😊


  6. Shirley Harris-Slaughter



  7. Gwen Plano

    Excellent post, Nonnie. WordPress offers an excellent forum to connect, and we are all too busy to struggle with obstacles. Easy is best. 🙂


  8. I feel the same way, Nonnie. I love WordPress since it is easy to interact with readers.

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    • John, I think WordPress is the best! Not only is it so easy and user-friendly, but it’s affordable!

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  9. I completely agree, Nonnie. We are all busy and when we have to jump through hoops just to leave a comment, well, my comment just doesn’t get made. That’s the bottom line. Thank you for addressing this issue. Another issue I have had is that there are some RRBC members that I want to follow and subscribe to their blogs, but they require me to set up some account through another gateway, and I just get out and don’t do it. Great topic!!

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    • Jan, I totally agree. That’s another way to lose me. In our busy world, when you’re seeking support, you should make it easy for us to do so.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. You are right, Nonnie. For instance, I did not add a form to my blog, but it is there. I hate it and don’t know how to remove it. Recently, my blog does not even recognize me anymore. I leave a comment and when I post it, it will tell me that my email belongs to someone else. I should complain to WordPress.


    • Joy, I sure hope you get that worked out soon.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      • All is working fine now, Nonnie. I had a chat with WordPress and they told me to reset my WordPress. I did and “Boom!” everything fit back into their original place. Thank you, Nonnie, for addressing this problem. 😍


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