We all have them. Things that we hate to come across when go to a webpage. I use Stumble Upon a great deal (as you can see by the Stumble Button at the top of the page) and find some great websites that way. I like to check out all sorts of different blogs and look for crafts and recipes but these are the 5 things that will make me navigate away from your page faster than you can say Firefox.
5: Popups, those damned little boxes are so annoying. Whether they open another window completely or I have to find the damned microscopic X before I close the page it already tells me that you're page is going to frustrate me to no end. There is something to be said for people who force you to read something.
4: A 404 page with surfer speak. I get it, sometimes we look for pages that no longer exist or have been moved on the server. 404 errors themselves don't bother me, just the ones that look and sound this dumb. I don't need my internet to sound like Bill and Ted's Excellent Internet Adventure. I wish I had grabbed a screenshot when I saw it because it was on someone's business site.
3: No blog content. I like giveaways and coupons a ton, but I also like content. I love to read pages that aren't just reviews, giveaways, coupons and people begging for votes. I want to see what you have to say.
2: My son. It's like he knows when I need to take a few minutes on the computer to look at things or relax. It's at that moment he doesn't want daddy and has a need to be attached to my elbows while molesting them. If I stop using the computer and go to play with him he runs off to do something else without me. Seriously...it's a good thing I love this kid because he's molesting my elbows right now.
1: Music or video that automatically plays when I go to your site. IT'S ANNOYING! I will assume you are in the 90s and using some crappy midi file because you don't give me the option to play it myself. I like to surf the web while my son naps, often snuggled up next to me and having your music or video suddenly come blasting on (and I keep my speakers at 20%) startles me and everyone else in the damned house.