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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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