I was reading a post over at Hugh’s News and Views, which captured my attention: 

Hugh’s Views and News: Are You One Of The Victims Of This Time-Wasting Blogging Trap? 

In the post Hugh commented that not many people talk about why they unfollow blogs, and to this my reaction was to say “Challenge accepted!”

Perhaps this post will be too close to the truth for some bloggers as they realise they have done some of these things (I know I’ve made one or two of these), and you might even raise an eyebrow how picky I can be, but today I share all the reasons why I unfollowed your blog

10 Reasons Why People Unfollow A Blog 

  1. It’s boring. 
  2. You post too much. 
  3. It reads like an advert. 
  4. You’ve done a complete U-turn on your niche. 
  5. Your content is stolen. 
  6. You act in a manner that doesn’t make you trustworthy. 
  7. You don’t respond to comments. 
  8. You’ve got political (when you’re not a political blog). 
  9. Your attitude sucks.
  10. You repost the same content way too much. 

Some of these are self-explanatory, some are not, either way let me explain: 

Perfect Manifesto: 10 Reasons Why I Unfollowed Your Blog

Your blog is boring 

Without being too boring myself, what do I mean when I say a blog is boring? 

I define this as either: 

Lacking any emotion to make you want to read 

Imagine you write a post about how to be confident. 

It opens with a 500-word introduction explaining what confidence is, just in the event someone has arrived from another planet who has no idea what this concept means. 

The body of your post contains nothing new or unique that the reader couldn’t find outside of the Wikipedia page on confidence. 

There is no story, nor any anecdotes to explain your concepts. It’s just a lifeless article, dragged down with dictionary level facts and shoe horned keywords. 

Talks about trivial stuff from your life no one cares about 

It helps adding personal experiences to spice up your work and differentiate it off anything you find on the first page of a Google search, but be careful not to be too self-indulgent, as these don’t go anywhere, nor entertain.

Be careful bragging, and using your blog as a sound board to rant about the world, as it offers little incentive to keep reading. 

You post too much 

“But why does it matter if I post ten times a day? If my followers don’t like it then they don’t have to read it!” 

It’s a good point, and maybe I’m shallow about wasting micro seconds of my time, but it gets frustrating to scroll pasts posts by the blogger who can churn out two posts of much of the same old-same old before breakfast just to find what I want. 

How much is too much? 

I have no issues with people who post every day, I have issues with people who go for quantity over the quality, under the delusion this is “productive”

If you have a constant need to write, then spread out your output – submit guest posts, freelance, write on Medium, Quora or Twitter, and always ask yourself the question “If I was my audience, would I enjoy reading that?” 

Am I reading a blog post or an advert? 

On Twitter, I was checking out a blog post sharing thread and someone actually promoted their post by saying “Check out my new post on how bath bombs should be part of your personal self-care package, I look forward to your visit and checking out my ads” 

Here’s a protip – go on YouTube, watch TV, sit on the bus, go for a walk… you can see adverts all around you. So why would anyone want to visit a blog that is one big billboard! 

For the record, I have no issues with people who make money from blogging, but if 90% of your front page has posts that start with “Sponsored Guest Post” or “Ad:” you’re putting yourself as risk of being unfollowed. 

If you want to sell something, add the value with a quality post, and then use it as a sales funnel to your products.

You’ve done a complete U-turn on your niche 

I like fitness blogs, and one that captured my interest was from a morbidly obese man who talked about his weight loss journey as he lived a healthier and more active lifestyle. 

One day I logged onto the WordPress reader, and saw the site had been renamed and was now focused on reviewing B movies – fair enough we all go off topic once in a while, but if you have a drastic makeover of your sites purpose, then don’t be surprised when you get a few loyal readers unfollowing because they don’t share the same passion for your hobby. 

You steal other people’s content 

This one is self-explanatory, but allow me to vent. 

If I catch you posting other people’s work – words that a blogger has toiled away in their free time to write while having to balance family, jobs and other commitments, then not only do I not want to follow you, I don’t want you to read my work, and if I had power over the internet, you would have your domain revoked, and you’d be banned from using any platform ever again! 


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You give me other reasons not to trust you 

Stealing is one way of destroying trust, but there are other shady practices in the blogging world. 

This ranges from: 

  • People who follow, then will unfollow you when you follow back. 
  • Write lazy comments like “Great post” in the blatant attempt hoping you’ll read their stuff. 
  • Begs you to “Come check out my blog”, while showing no shame that they’ve not read your post. 
  • Likes your post but doesn’t read it. 

All types to ignore, unfollow and blacklist from ever giving any support.

You ignore all comments left 

Perhaps there is an insecure part of me that needs validating, but if I read your post, and leave you a well thought out comment that took me 10 minutes to write, you can understand why one would get a bit annoyed if the blogger doesn’t respond to the comment. 

I remember getting this treatment from a fatherhood blogger, who only a few weeks later was complaining on Twitter he wasn’t getting much engagement on his blog and could he have a #writerslift to get more support. 

Here’s your writers lift pal – respond to your damn comments! 

What if my post explodes with more comments than I can handle? No excuse, to manage this spread the task of responding to every single one over the next few days. If I can do this with a full-time job and two young children, so can you! 

You get political 

If you run a fluffy lifestyle blog, it’s not a good idea to go on a political rant about whoever the news media told you was the villain this week, as you’re playing a game that could potentially lose half of your readership. 

Beyond losing followers, there are a lot of spiteful people who might choose to make your life difficult – for a while I had someone harassing me because of a post I made about Fight Club (you can still read the comment that started it all), and all I was talking about was some of the philosophical aspects to self-improvement from the film that they took exception. When it comes to politics, people take it way more personally

Your attitude sucks 

If you want a quick hack to lose the followers you’ve built up just make sure to whinge all the time that not enough people are reading your work and threaten to quit (please do). 

A poor attitude is a major turn off to being a regular follower – when you blog you are putting a bit of your personality on a page, and if that happens to be a downer, then your readers start to feel dragged down with it. 

You rely too much on repeats 

There was a blogger who I followed who would always cycle his posts. 

Don’t know what cycling is? There is trick on the WordPress, where if you update a post to show today’s date, it will appear back at the top of the reader. 

This gives an advantage that you get a nice constant flow of getting your posts to new eyeballs, but for followers it can be irritating to see the same post again and again. 

The one post I always remember seeing from this blogger, I kid you not, was called “7 Signs You’re Dealing With a Narcissist.” 

Yes, write new posts to direct your new readers to old favourites they may not have seen, but don’t keep recycling the same stuff otherwise your loyal followers will just become apathetic and check out. 

Conclusion: It’s not me it’s you… 

Perfect Manifesto: 10 Reasons Why Someone Unfollowed Your Blog

One of the great features of WordPress against other blogging platforms is having the WordPress reader, which allows you to choose whether you want to keep in touch with a blog that has taken your interest at the click of a button. 

For many bloggers like myself it has been one of the most dependable sources for maintaining a regular readership and also helped introduce me to other content I would never have been aware of. 

When you choose to follow a blog, you are letting yourself, just for a moment get a glimpse into someone else’s world. 

But like any relationship, it either grows deeper as you get to know that person, or you grow apart, wondering what you saw in them in the first place! 

In this post I’ve shared some of the turnoff’s that make me click ‘Unfollow’ – some of these habits can be corrected with a little gentle education on blogging etiquette, some are just unforgiveable. 

The lesson is clear – be careful, it can take years to build up your reputation, but credibility can be destroyed in a second. 

These are my thoughts on why I choose to unfollow certain bloggers – am I too harsh?

Do you have any red flags that put you off?

Let me know in the comments.

Wishing you the best in your success 

James @Perfect Manifesto


Next post – The Ultimate Guide For Building Long Term Blogging Habits

22 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why I Unfollowed Your Blog

  1. Valid points! I especially hate when people post too much and I’m getting 10-15 mails from one blog in a day 😭😭.
    Thank you for putting this together, well-done ❤️

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    1. Thank you Khair! I ended up switching off email notifications and just using the WordPress reader as my inbox would just get swamped and I spent more time deleting emails than reading content!

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      1. That’s the effect, I spend more time deleting mails than reading the content because I don’t want to miss important mails. Will switch off mine too, I think that’s the best.

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  2. Hi James, I saw your post on Hugh’s challenge post and just had to come over and have a read. Your honesty shines through and I don’t think you’re being too harsh at all. As a blogger our time is limited, particularly when (like you) you have a job and a family, so the need to unfollow blogs we are no longer interested in is a time management tool. As I am retired, my time is my own but I still don’t want to waste it on blogs that bug me for posts that are too repetitive, or when bloggers don’t reply to comments or just don’t float my boat anymore. I agree it’s not a subject we often talk about but I’m glad you did! I also didn’t know about the ‘cycling’ of posts and I’ve been blogging for many years! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      I’ve done a lot of work on myself to be more assertiveness, so I’m quite happy to unfollow a blog that doesn’t do it for me anymore- I know some people find this difficult but I always keep in mind that it’s nothing personal and people shouldn’t take it personally when they lose a follower.

      Like you say time is limited and we need to manage our priorities!

      ‘Cycling’ is an interesting practice- in the short term it seems a good way to gain a few extra reads/likes/comments, but the bigger picture it gets annoying for long term followers to keep seeing the same post and the technical issue – it impacts the link by republishing on a new date!

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  3. Hi James!

    I enjoyed reading your post, because it is honest and straightforward. Definitely not too harsh, but you’re hearing this from a European, who prides herself to be transparent and “walks the talk” as some call it. Others define my writing style as “brutally honest” or “refreshingly honest.” (I prefer the last one.) 🙂

    Im hopping over from Hugh’s website. It’s hard to pick a “favorite” of your top ten list, but a big turnoff for me is when blog posters don’t reply to comments left by readers (aka me), when they post too much, and when too many ads are displayed.

    I read blog posts by clicking on them in my inbox. I have yet to use the WordPress reader. Knowing myself, I would barely read anything when I get into the reader as I’d only pick the topics that really stand out or interest me. Too harsh?

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    1. Hi Liesbet, thank you for your comment.

      I think for me, my honesty is coming from age as I feel more and more I don’t need to make everyone happy! Either way culture or upbringing being “refreshingly honest” makes life easier for everyone.

      I too think not replying to comments is a top dislike, I view this as a comparison to someone coming up to you in real life talking to you, and instead of responding turning away and walking off!

      The only exception I make where I don’t expect a response is from someone who is so popular that it would be impossible to reply to all comments – though 99.9% of bloggers don’t need to worry about that!

      I switched off the email notification from WordPress as I get too many emails and struggle to read them, so it’s normal for me to scroll through the reader and pick what interests me the most – so no, I don’t think that is too harsh! 😀

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  4. Yikes! Who would steal content from another blogger? Your style of writing is very entertaining! I try to stay clear of people who aren’t even trying to polish their writing. I can forgive a few typos but to just blab on and on is such a waste of all of our time.

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    1. Thank you! I thought I was setting myself up for critique by talking about blogs being boring, so glad you like my style 😀

      Back in my early days I used to just rush my first draft out until I got a comment saying how bad my grammar was. It hurt my ego a bit, but it got me to step up and treat my work with more care!

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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      1. I don’t think I’d ever comment on a blogger’s grammar! I managed a team of editors once and their battles over proper grammar were knock-down, drag-outs often lasting for months. It’s not an exact science!

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  5. James, thanks for taking up my challenge. In all the years I have blogged, I’ve never read a post that tells readers why someone unfollows a blog. I’ve seen a few mentions in the comments sections, but never in a post.

    I don’t know why it’s a subject many do not like talking about in the blogging world. It’s almost as if some bloggers think they are doing something wrong if they unfollow blogs. They fear telling readers why they are unfollowing blogs. The biggest mistake I see is bloggers who complain they have no time to read blogs and leave comments, yet they’ll never admit to helping themselves by unfollowing blogs to free up time for some of the reasons you’ve outlined in this post.

    I used to know of a blogger who rescheduled all his blog posts every few days after publication. I tried explaining to him that rescheduling them also meant that any links (including reblogs) would no longer be valid, but he refused to believe me. As it can often take me a week or so to get around to reading posts from the email notifications I get, it meant that all I was getting when clicking on the ‘read more’ link was ‘this page no longer exists.’ I ended up unfollowing his blog for that reason.

    As for bloggers who publish more than one post a day, I unfollow them if the posts are of no interest to me. However, if some of their posts are interesting, I subscribe to getting one email a week from their blog and choose which post to read.

    Lots of food for thought in your post. Thank you for being honest about a subject many bloggers won’t talk about.

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    1. Thanks Hugh, and thanks for inspiring- I always like writing about blogging, especially if it’s not something everyone talks about!

      I guess my theory why people don’t want to talk about the topic is in the event it offends – I did have second thoughts of publishing thinking people may take this personally rather than the spirit it is intended!

      I’ll be honest writing this post did inspire me to unfollow a few blogs as I realised I hadn’t been interested in anything they posted and it was just cluttering up my newsfeed.

      I took the email notification off a while ago as I struggle to get through my emails so often forget the implications from people clicking the email notification.

      Good point regarding frequent posters, I probably wouldn’t unfollow if I really liked the content but I find a lot border a bit on the boring side.

      Thank you for your comment Hugh!

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      1. Good to hear that you unfollowed a few blogs, James. I see no point in following any blog that does not interest us. It’s like reading a book or watching a movie. We put it down or switch over if we don’t like it. Why clutter up the WordPress Reader with unwanted and uninteresting content?

        For me, quality always wins over quantity. I much rather read a good engaging post every month than struggle to read lots of poor quality posts daily from the same blogger.

        I’ll be sharing this post on my blog this week and challenging other bloggers to write about why they unfollow blogs.

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    1. Thanks Bella, there are a few things that bugged me – I guess it wouldn’t be my preferred approach to running a blog. You have a great week too!

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  6. This was a really informative and also made me smile whilst reading. All your points are valid to be fair. I haven’t needed to unfollow anyone as yet thankfully and I had no idea what cycling was before now. Thanks for creating a useful post that also brightened me day.

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    1. Thanks very much and thanks for enjoying it in the spirit it was intended!

      I don’t know if cycling is the correct term but it used to get super annoying seeing the same post every few weeks!

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