Do you need some tips on how to make your blog page stand out? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the customise tool? Today I am discussing how to gain more followers simply by tweaking your blog layout. Your visitors first impressions are made when they visit your homepage, so you have to make it count. Grab a snack, slump down into your seat and enjoy.
Please note that I am a WordPress only blogger so these tips can be useful anyway but they are primarily for WordPress users.
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If you have any questions at all, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help!
Selecting a suitable theme for your blog means you’re only half way there. You then need to then customise the theme to get the most out of it. Go to the customise area in ‘My Sites’ and then ‘Customise’ under ‘Personalise’. These are the tips I’ve found most effective on my beauty blog.
Do you want people to remember you? This is how you do just that. Create a logo, use the same profile image across all of your social media platforms and pick a colour scheme. You don’t want to confuse readers by using different images everywhere or different identities. And, I don’t mean you must hire a graphic designer wholesale mlb jerseys either. It’s so easy to create technologies a logo. Just create some text with perhaps an icon or specific colour and save side it as an image. Et voila. Use this image as your banner for your blog and as your Twitter header.
Choose a background and your colour scheme
As I just mentioned, you should create a colour scheme. Use the colours in your logo throughout your blog to link it alltogether. Try not to choose any more than two colours – keep it simple. My number one pet hate on blogs is a busy background. I am instantly put off when content is overruled by a heavy patterned Beauty background. Don’t give your reader a headache – keep it fresh by using a light shaded block colour.
Try to create as many widgets as possible. Some themes allow you to create widgets for the header, footer and sidebar. The more widgets you use, the more likely your reader is going to explore your blog page further. Remember to keep it wholesale nba jerseys all neat and readable though. You could use striking images linking to previous posts, display your most popular posts, or simply just some impressive stats. I would always recommend putting a follow button at the top of your sidebar so the reader doesn’t have to hunt for it – make it easy for them.
This is cheap jerseys the page that new visitors most view, so you have to make it impress them enough to follow you. People will only follow you if they are genuinely interested in your content and want to read more. So, how do we make them do just that?
Display a thread of your latest posts
I would highly recommend displaying all of your latest posts on the homepage, so when the reader visits they can see them all at a glance. This will also order your posts from most recent. The reader is bound to see something they’d quite like to read.
Display a snippet of each blog post
If you choose to display a thread of previous posts on your homepage, each of these should include the first 100 or so words. Most themes have this feature enabled already, but it’s a great tip to tempt the viewer to continue reading.
Enable infinity posts
I would highly recommend having no restrictions on how far the reader can scroll down on your homepage. They’re more likely to see a post they’d like to read if you change the settings to allow a continuous roll. Go to ‘Settings’ then ‘Reading’ in the WP Admin. This page holds a treasure chest of important settings anyway. Scroll down to ‘To infinity and beyond’ and select that box.
Present a clear introduction with a picture of yourself
You want your page to shout HELLO! This is me! I exist! Include a good quality headshot. Mines from one of my tutorials, along with a short introduction welcoming readers to my page. Display this as the first widget in your sidebar. The best way to do this is to create an image Widget and then fill the caption area with your intro. Why should people follow you? What can you offer them? What’s your niche?
Fill your navigation bar
I see so many blog pages with barely any links in the navigation bar, why waste it?! Include a link to the Home, Boss About and Contact pages. These are the most commonly visited after your homepage if people are thinking about following you. Once you’ve created those pages, fill the rest of your navigation bar with categories which hold your posts. You can populate your navigation bar in the WP Admin > Customise > Appearance > Menus. If you don’t have any categories created yet go to posts > categories. To create new pages go to pages > add new.
Display a search box
Readers will sometimes visit your wholesale nba jerseys blog with the intention of finding a certain post. Make it easy for them by displaying a clear search bar towards the top of the page. You could include it in the header like mine or as a widget in the sidebar, or the footer (some themes allow that). Doing this will mean it’s always accessible on every page.
Create a strong About page
If people are thinking about following you, or they just want to know a little more about your blog and you as an individual, they will head to your About page. I am going to write a post very soon on how to create a strong About page. For now, take a look at Online Creators. Include some fun facts as well as the same image you used for your introduction widget. Don’t waffle one, just use a few short sentences persuading readers to follow you. What can you offer them? Why should they follow you?
Create a Contact page
Include a form wholesale nba jerseys on this page which actually works and mention how people can contact you without having to complete the form. Not everybody likes a form, especially when they don’t work on half the blogs. Invite people to Ways contact you if they have a question or even if they just would like some advice. I often get people emailing me because they would like blog advice.
You should include your social media platforms on both of these pages. You are going to get hundreds of people visiting these pages so you may as well self-promote yourself a little bit!
Your sidebar will appear on every page, unless the reader is viewing your page on a mobile device. You may as well fill it.
Go into the Customise tool and then Widgets to add some to your sidebar. In some themes, you’ll be able to add widgets to the footer too. However the Sight theme, which I use, doesn’t allow that freedom. So, I have just populated my sidebar with as much as possible. There is method to the madness in the way I’ve ordered everything. I start with an introduction, my social media platforms, most popular video etc and then lead on to list more posts, awards etc.
Display any impressive figures
People want proof that your blog is popular. Do you have some impressive stats? A high number of hits? Lots of followers? Show it! I know it feels like bragging but this is what will help tempt the reader to follow you.
Include social media links
You want people to follow you on your social Introduction media because this all helps to get your name out there. I listed mine altogether along with my stats. You should also include these links in posts and on other pages to make people constantly aware of them.
Show related posts
In WP Admin > Settings > Reading, there’s an option to display related posts at the bottom of each blog post. This is a great way of tempting your readers to view more content that’s similar to the piece they just read. I also chose to use a ‘large and visually striking layout’ to attract the reader, but also this is a simple way of adding more images onto your post page.
Include striking images
I always take my own images. I used to use other images which I’d got online (I made sure they were copyright free) but I much prefer reading a blog which is full of images that the blogger has taken themselves. I always give my images a quick edit on Photoshop by increasing the brightness, contrast and saturation as well as adding some eye-catching text on top. People don’t like reading through blocks of text with no images.
Vary the fonts
People will get bored of staring at one font. Your blog theme may restrict you with how many types of font you use so I like to include them in my images. Don’t forget, you could write some text, save it as an image and then insert it into your blog posts. This usually works for headings etc.
Use persuasive titles
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