How to build a successful blog. Part 3: DESIGN

Today let’s continue our discussion on how to build a successful blog. To recap, you have learned about the importance of picking a specific topic & the value of good blog content. Today let’s move on to part 3: Design.

The design aspect of a blog is often overlooked when blogs are created. Design includes not just colors and logos, but also the layout and navigation of the website where the blog is housed. Usually this takes a lot of skill and know-how, but Webs’ site builder makes it easy for anyone to use a blog, even the least tech-savvy!

Design tips to keep in mind:

  1. Consider what the format of your blog will be. Will you be posting a lot of pictures or videos? If so, you may want to have a sidebar that includes a gallery. Will your blog be more text based? To help your site visitors find the information they are searching for don’t forget to take advantage of blog post categorization.
  2. How do you want your blog to be seen on your website? When visitors come to your site, what is the first thing you want them to see? Do you want them to land on your home page and navigate to the blog from the top navigation bar, or do you want them to land straight on your blog (Did you know: your blog can actually be used as your site’s homepage)? What about after they are done reading a blog post? Would you prefer them to comment or to look at other blog posts? Although it seems unlikely, you can actually guide visitors by highlighting certain links and making them pop out at the visitor. Play around with your links so that your visitors can get the most out of their visit to your blog and your site!
  3. Give your blog some style. As you have probably already noticed, some sites are just more pleasing to the eye than others. In fact, bad looking sites are often not even given a chance. Put some time into designing your site and others will spend more time on it. Remember: having a stylish site will entice people to check-out your blog. There are a lot of different ways to create a good looking design, but some of the more important things you can do include making a nice website header, using high quality pictures, and having a pleasing color scheme. If you need more help picking colors, check this website out.

You now know the three vital aspects of how to build a successful blog.  Stay tuned to discover the last piece of the puzzle.

To learn more about ways you can build a successful blog, view the next parts of this series: Part 4 – Networking

About the Author: Irina Kabigting is Webs’ Social Media Marketing Manager. Get more from Irina on Webs’ Blog and Google+.

12 Responses

  1. Reply
    Tormented Angel8
    Apr 07, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    I agree with your website having to be eye catching. My website used to have the newspaper template, but it wasn’t getting much results. I changed my template and used custom css to tweak it out a bit and now it looks alot better. More people visit it too. Also, I’ve always had the blog app as my home page which is a great choice to have for blog sites.

  2. Reply
    dominatucircuitomarketingonline
    Apr 07, 2011 - 11:19 AM

    hola,

    soy Nestor Alfaro

    no cabe duda que lo que aqui exponen es de suma importancia a la hora de iniciar un blog.

    Considero que estas técnicas funcionan hasta el momento de pasar a la accion.

    Saludos desde costa rica,

    Ing. Nestor Alfaro
    http://nessware.net
    http://doblatusventasconfb.com

  3. Reply
    Terms of Kingjoway
    Apr 07, 2011 - 12:13 PM

    OKKKKK I GOT IT

  4. Reply
    U WANT
    Apr 07, 2011 - 01:35 PM

    Graet tips webs, i have my own blog here http://uwantworld.webs.com

  5. Reply
    Ap
    Apr 08, 2011 - 12:16 AM

    It seems more and more site owners are looking into custom designs now which is a great thing, but for those who don’t want to stick there whole hands into the pool of CSS, just a tweak hear or there can go a long way. That’s my tip at least.

    I’m really liking the blog posts Webs, I’ve been gone a while and glad to be back to this. :)

    Here’s a few blog examples I’ve worked on:
    http://alterposer.webs.com/apps/blog
    http://tickt.webs.com/apps/blog

  6. Reply
    MAKE Waves
    Apr 08, 2011 - 08:53 PM

    haha this is really useful. http://www.computerzombies.webs.com thank you webs for all you have done to further our tiny electronic empire

    -the MAKE Waves team

  7. Reply
    Axel
    Apr 10, 2011 - 02:51 AM

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  8. Reply
    Holys basketball
    Apr 11, 2011 - 01:39 AM

    THAT’S TRUE
    it is a lot easy to form a creative and chat-chive blog but you need to take off some time to understand and know more it before you start off designing.
    just have fun designing .
    “Destiny lies in our hands”
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  9. Reply
    david
    Apr 12, 2011 - 01:44 AM

    I had fun building my site messed about alot and still altering it had fun though

  10. Reply
    Winston HENRY
    May 11, 2011 - 07:13 PM

    You are right. Good tips!

  11. Reply
    Mohd
    May 31, 2011 - 06:30 PM

    I totally agreed with this tip. Surprisingly and unknowingly. I have done nearly half of the tip suggested here. I will follow and complete the rest of it.
    Thank you webs.com.

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  12. Reply
    shahzadpyare
    Jun 08, 2011 - 03:36 PM

    ITS REALY NICE.I HAPPY FOR THIS

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