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5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes — Fix These to Keep Your Readers

5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes - Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re here learning how to make a living as a writer, you’ve probably already got your writing skills down.

But even the most skilled writers can struggle with the design side of their blog.

Internet users are bombarded with information, and each mental transaction taking a toll on their brainpower. Presenting content so it requires minimal effort from your audience is not just considerate–it also improves your chances that reader will subscribe and return.

What common design errors drive your blog readers away? From my experience as a user-experience expert and Web designer, these are my top five:

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Is This Insidious Affliction Shrinking Your Freelance Writing Income?

Multitasking freelance writer

When you start out as a freelance writer, there’s a lot to learn. I know when I got back into freelance writing in 2005, I subscribed to dozens of email newsletters and spent hours every day, reading, watching videos, and attending live events.

But learning how to be a successful freelance writer is a bottomless pit. There’s always more you *could* know that *might* help your freelance writing career.

And often, new writers fall into this pit, and forget to get any clients. They get a creeping learning addiction that stops them from moving forward.

I see these writers leaving loads of comments on the Freelance Writers Den forums, or on LinkedIn’s writer forums, or commenting on every single blog post on popular blogs.

They ask arcane questions like these:

Should I create a mirror site to protect my writer website in case it’s hacked?

What’s the best SEO keyword tool?

Should I do marketing on autopilot with email autoresponders?

What are the best apps for coordinating writing projects with clients?

A year later, these writers sometimes quietly confide to me that they’re flat broke and had to take a day job. They were so busy learning everything about how to be a succcessful, 21st Century freelance writer, they fell victim to analysis-paralysis — and forgot that the top priority is getting clients and generating freelance writing income!

How can you focus, learn what’s essential, and move forward to earn as a freelance writer? Here are my tips:

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Does Your Writer Website Lead Visitors to a Dead End?

By James Chartrand Many writer websites have a home page that offers new visitors a basic introduction to the business: “Here’s what I do, who I do it for, and why I’m better than anyone else.” That’s not a bad

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Can You Help These Freelance Writers Figure Out What to Do?

Judging from the emails and Facebook questions I get, some freelance writers think I am the oracle of all knowledge. Fact is, I do not know everything about freelance writing. I get questions I don’t really know how to answer

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The Telltale Signs You’re Too Scared to be a Freelance Writer

Have you been wondering if the freelance writing life is really for you? Maybe you haven’t been able to get started, despite numerous attempts. Maybe you’ve been freelancing, but not earning much. Recently, I’ve noticed a “tell” for writers that

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How I Supercharged My Writing Income with a Niche Website

By Erin Raub I was a few years into my freelance writing career when I decided that I wasn’t quite happy. Like so many other freelancers, I knew I loved to write. I knew that my craft thrived under the

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