7 Rocking Ways To Make Your Blog Better in 2017
Make your blog piece as “WOW.” Being a blogger, we all want to make our online blogs the best they can be. We need to appear pleasant yet powerful. We want to make sure the content appeals to our visitors, that the design is attractive and the functionality is top notch.
” There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! “- Milton Glaser
It’s easy to overlook things when we get so wrapped up in creating and tweaking elements so that they work well for us, but often times we forget about those new visitors. We forget about their navigation. We might be aware of our own site and its functionalities because we created it, we edited it and we got that idea of presentation in our mind but they necessarily need not receive it as it is. So it has to be straight to the point.
Here are 7 rocking ways to make your blog stand out. Implement these 7 ways to design your blog. Implement them today and see positive results.
1. Take some time to learn
If you have a niche blog then surely you must be an expertise in that field but are you the best in the market?! Sure, you could just sit back and publish posts every day or simply hire a virtual assistant, but taking the time to learn more about blogging and technical aspects in particular can you places. You’re already reading this article, so I assume that you are eager to learn more about blogging. Look there is going to be a technical aspect to everything that you do online and you cannot escape from it. Personally saying programming is not at all tough or a rocket science.
Let me further tell you that if you are using blogger all you need to know is HTML and CSS. They will help you design your own website with ease, they are the easiest programmings languages to learn. Even if you don’t learn and follow the tutorials on my blog or through others you can tell what that piece of code does. If you are using WordPress then I suggest you not to mess with the PHP code unless you know what you are doing. There is no going back easily. But for design you need to know who you are authorising to.
If you ever come across a question, a glitch, or a feature you’d like to implement, take some time to actually research the answer instead of looking for an easy solution or relying on someone else for help. Hands on trial and error is one of the best ways to learn a new skill.
2. Create a clutter free space
First impression is the best impression, remember? With an abundance of widgets and features available at your fingertips, a great layout can easily become cluttered with too much “stuff”. Remember how annoying it was to you when all the unnecessary Ads, banners, pop ups and what not all showed up when you were surfing. But you were so annoyed that you decided to leave that site just even if the information was most valuable. There are some minimal sites out there where you just close all the distractions first and then carry on reading your content. That’s little better but before you add any additional gadgets, ask yourself if it will benefit your blog or your visitor’s experience in any way. If it won’t, forget about it!
Not to forget the integration part, it leaves a back door to hackers when it comes to security. You might be aware of it if you have any knowledge about cyber security. Also, integrating different widgets and features increases up the load time, so your visitor might leave the site before it’s fully loaded. So don’t damp your place as a bin.
3.Create your posting schedule
Make a schedule for yourself. If you are blogging 24×7 then who will focus on the earning part. You won’t be earning just by the Ads right? If you are not aware of those 7 alternative ways to earn money via blog then you are doing it wrong. So as you need to focus on your alternative setup and creations like designing your store or E-book or other products. So you don’t need to be posting new content every single day, especially if you are a solo blogger. In fact, you really should be following the 80/20 rule and creating content 20% of the time, while promoting it 80% of the time.
Create your own posting schedule and decide when you will publish new content, whether it be once or twice a week. Pick up a date and be regular on it. Also, it would be great if you can pick up a certain time each day. Fill the vacant days with promotion strategies to get that content in front of more eyeballs.
4. Focus on specific topics
Not everyone needs to have a niche blog, but if you try to focus on certain topics, you’ll find that you’ll be attracting more people. When it comes to me, I am tired of finding my niche over years hahaha but that doesn’t stop me. Because it confides me to 1 area of interest while I can create multi-content so why stop. But I am passionate about what I do, so there is not stopping in the middle nor looking back.
It really comes down to what you want your blog to be about. From there, you can decide which areas you will cover frequently. In doing this, you’ll find that a lot of
content ideas just might not make sense for your overall blog vibe and will be able to concentrate more on the topics that make your blog what it is.
5. Make great headlines
I can’t stress enough on how important it is to have a great headline and a thumbnail art with it. Believe it or not, we all are attracted to beauty even if we say not to judge a book by it’s cover. All lies brother. They are going to judge you based on that piece of art so you better be aware of that.
Your post titles and headlines are probably the most important piece of the blogging puzzle. I spend more time on thinking about the right title for my post than I spend on writing the post. Great headlines not only help greatly with SEO, but they also have the ability to attract more visitors depending on your wording. Experiment with long-tail keywords in your headlines and make sure they are relevant to the post. The visitor should know exactly what they are about to read before diving in.
6. Show your personality
The design is done, the content is made, the whole website is appealing. But does it reflect your personality? If yes, then you are good to go. If not then we got a problem. A lot of bloggers make the mistake of trying to mimic other bloggers in the way they post and the tone they use. This tends to leave your writing a little less authentic and lacking in your own personality. Try to show what makes you unique through your writing style. This can take some time, as it’s sometimes tough to convey your personality through written words, but once you master it, it will come naturally.
7. Keep your visitor’s POV in mind
A lot of new bloggers make the mistake of creating a blog that only appeals to them. As I mentioned before, its appealing to you, you know the design but make sure it’s conveyed in the same way to your readers. It can be tempting to develop an online space that really speaks to you individually, but it’s extremely important to sometimes put your visitor’s preferences above your own. When it comes to designing your blog, try to think of your blog as if you are a first time visitor who knows absolutely nothing about who you are. Now look at your blog and see what impression is it indicating you? What links would you want to be prominent? Is everything easy to find? Your blog is like a virtual introduction to a stranger, so make sure it is a good one to keep them coming back!
One more thing, as a blogger or just a creator. We are well aware of how vital it is to have a website. And a website with a Blog is just a huge add-on so it speaks for your passion, business and brand. So make sure it’s up-to-date and a perfect representation of your portfolio. The blog can be as simple as it is, what matter the most is the “content”. Content will always be the king, so don’t get discouraged if you see someone talking about building up a top-notch site. Nope! They just have different point of view than yours. But as you progress you will know what’s best for your blog so you might yourself work on it.