Blog Design – Part 2By
While most companies that offer free blog hosting offer pre-selected templates, there are also some which allow customization which, if used correctly, can increase your blog’s traffic. Here are a few tips to make your blog stand out from the millions of blogs out there that have standard designs.
Customize the Banner
The banner usually has the most generic designs that are common to the blogs from a blogging company or service. You can personalize this banner by having a graphic with the dimensions of the banner. You can also edit the graphic so that it includes the title of your blog. In this case, you can create your own graphic or you can purchase professional looking graphics online for less than $10. Check out Logo Creator with which you can create blog graphics, page headers, Facebook timeline images, etc. and you get 200 “ready made” templates to get your creative juices going.
Of course, most of the photos that you will be posting will be your own. However, if you don’t customize the photos before posting them, you may miss maximizing the enhancing benefits graphics can add to the page. Adding photo borders can help the photo stand out from the page. It can also add to the design of your blog. You can choose a standard border or you can also create your own border which can be associated with your blog’s templates. A software program that can help you create dazzling graphics is called Social Graphics Pro and I have found it to be very easy to learn and use (look under Tools for Coaches and you’ll find it near the bottom of that page). This is MUCH LESS expensive than a program like Photoshop and MUCH, MUCH SIMPLER to use.
Add a Favicon
Do you think sites with icons on the address bar before the website’s URL are cool? Many people do. Favicons add a professional look to the URL. These are simple to do using photo or graphic editing software. Google blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins to see what will fit your blog. There are sites that offer free blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins. You can use these so your blog doesn’t look generic like most of the blogs hosted by the service provider.
Include RSS Feeds
This is a cool way to inform people with newsreaders about your blog headlines. Tutorials on RSS feeds are available on the internet.
Audio makes your blog more personal
Not only will audio personalize your blog, it can also keep your visitors coming back. You can try having streaming radio stations, mp3 files or playlists loading with your blog.
If you have signed up with Google AdSense, be sure the ads are conveniently placed so they don’t hinder your readers’ accessibility to the other information on your blog. Try using these tips and I bet you’ll increase and retain traffic on your blog.
To Your SUCCESS,
P.S. You might want to check out Image Monthly which is an inexpensive monthly subscription that can help you be more confident about using graphics on your blog and make your content look great! P.P.S. Another product you may be interested in will help you create infographics. It is called Instant Infographics Presence. Here is a link to the first one I made just the other day about sharpei dogs.