5WaystoMakeYourBlogBetter

As bloggers we’re always looking for ways to better our blog.  I tweak my own blog design on a nearly weekly basis to improve it, make it more appealing.  As I read through many blogs, I notice on going trends that could make them more appealing, easier to navigate, and appear cleaner and more professional overall.  These 5 tips are definitely not an end all, be all, but simply a few observations and tips I’ve come across to make my blog better.

So here goes:

  1. Have a set of social media icons/links. Have them visible and near the top and/or at the bottom of each post. This makes it easier for readers to follow you and share your content.
  2. Have clear and crisp pictures or graphics. Now I know we’re not all professional or even intermediate photographers, but for the most part many of us are able to take a relatively sharp picture. When it comes to graphics, make sure they’re saved in a format that is high quality. This is usually PNG or JPEG format.
  3. Utilize Pages. Don’t have your sidebars filled up with a ton of things. Decide what’s most important, i.e. sponsors ads, button swaps, etc. Put the rest on another page. It cleans up your site and makes it look less cluttered and more professional.
  4. Have a subscribe box. Allow readers to sign up for updates and newsletters from your site and receive them via email. This means they’re getting your content delivered directly to their inbox and they will be more likely to click it and visit your site.
  5. Make sure you have an About Me page that reflects you and your site. It allows people to get to know the real person behind the blog a little. Readers will feel more connected to you and be apt to want to know more about you. This means they will probably spend more time on your site and subscribe too.

I’ll be featuring more blog tips in the future, as I  come across and observe them myself.  I want us all to have the best blogs possible, so I’m sharing what I know in hopes that it will be helpful to you!

Happy Blogging!

xxoo,

Tenns Reid

I'm Tenns, the blogger, graphic designer, and business + content creation strategists behind Bliss & Faith. This is my little corner of the web that I've dedicated to helping fellow bloggers and creatives reach their goals. I'm so glad you dropped by and hope that you that you find valuable resources here to help you achieve your dreams!

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90 Comments

  1. I implemented a lot of this stuff, but only pretty recently. I guess I had a lot to learn! And I’m sure I still do. I wish I hadn’t blogged alone for so many years. The community is key.

    1. Your are so right! The key is community. I’ve recently implemented a few of the tips myself and others over time. I still have a lot to learn myself, as that’s the nature of being a blogger. I don’t think we’re ever done tweaking and improving! 🙂

  2. These are definitely some great tips, Tenns. I’ve definitely started to consider these very things on my site recently! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us! xo

  3. I just got around to adding my About me page today! It’s one of those things where I’m never sure what to write but it’s so important for readers to understand the person behind the blog!

    1. I slept on my About Page until just a few months ago. I never really thought much doing an About Page until I found myself looking at other bloggers’ pages. I had a lightbulb moment and figured that people probably wanted to know a bit more about me than what they just see in my posts. A good About Page is imperative for sure!

    1. Thanks so much! Pages can make a world of a difference. I’m a big fan of maximizing the use of mines. However, sometimes I struggle because I want “everything” on the homepage, lol!

    1. Thanks so much! I slept on updating mines for the longest. After visiting many other blogs, I realized how crucial it really was to set the tone for my blog overall.

  4. Great tips!
    I’ve also been tweaking the look of my page, but have been having some trouble with changing my font on my posts. But I’ll figure it out!
    Thanks 🙂 — #SITSTeam

    1. Thanks so much!

      Most likely its the default font in your theme. You can most likely overwrite it with the Google Fonts plugin if you’re on WP self-hosted. Its a super easy plugin with a lot of nice fonts. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! Simple is sometimes the best way to go. I like a clean layout, whether big or small, it just makes navigation so much easier. Pages really help to keep the look clean and encourage visitors to spend more time on your site. 🙂

  5. Great tips! I love to use picmonkey.com to improve my photos. Do you use that site too? Or do you have any suggestions for other great photo editing/sharing sites?

  6. This is good advice,I agree a blog should be simple side bar and interesting posts! Im so so happy you posted this its very useful! Thanks for coming to my party again and will check out your next party as well

    Maria (Host)

  7. I agree with these tips!! I think the only one I didn’t include so far is the Email Subscription, I did before but removed it. I had to find a way to make it look better on my site. Hehe. But I am totally for the uncluttered sidebar and webpage! 🙂

  8. Great tips Tenns! I’m right there with you on the social media. I like to easily find how I can follow my favorite bloggers. I’m really drawn to blogs with great photos and that is something I am working on. It’ll take some time, but I’m getting there. About pages are really important. This is one of the first places I go to when I meet a new blogger. It’s probably also important to remember to update this page often. Kids get older and so do I………no reason to live in the past.

    1. Thanks so much! I’m really big on photos too and its the one thing I’ve been working on too. I always try to include a graphic or photo in all my posts. Its a small start, but its a start! 🙂

  9. Thanks for the tips! I recently ran into a question about a hover it pin button to make it easier for visitors to pin, unfortunately I run a fully hosted wordpress blog making it impossible for me to have this widget installed. What are your thoughts on maintaining my wordpress blog or switching to a new platform ?

  10. I debate whether it’s best to go it alone and learn hands-on or to hire an expert to ensure it’s done correctly. I do need to work on photos. Always appreciate your tips.

    1. Thanks so much! You know I’m super do-it-yourself so for me I love the hands-on approach, but if I wasn’t I would sure what go the route and hire an expert.

  11. Great list. Know you have inspired me to create my own list. There have been a few things on my blog that I have wanted to work on and just havent. I have had the time but was not focused so this will help a lot! Thanks!

  12. Great post 🙂 Thank you for the tips and I also seem to be going to my blog and moving things about weekly to try to get them right…one feature I find very important is to have the translate button top right so it is easy to find. For those visiting from other countries if they can’t find it right away they become frustrated and leave. I also like to have my search button there. It may be blog type specific – being a Crochet Blog people visit for my patterns…but I thought I’d mention it 🙂 Thanks again! Rhondda

    1. Thanks so much! I think the translate button is a great idea. I completely understand having a very niche based blog you’d want to have the search button pretty close to the top. That’s a great tip!

      1. Totally agree about putting search up high on niche blogs! I’ve got two blogs — one on baby names (which always stays on-topic) and one on fitness (which doesn’t). People often visit the name blog to find a specific piece of information, so I like to have the search box front and center for them. But the fitness blog is more of an ongoing personal narrative, so I don’t feel like it’s crucial to have the search box above the fold. (It’s there in the sidebar, just a bit lower down.)

  13. I just had my blog redesigned and am always looking for new ways to make the blog better, friendlier, and a place where I can socialize with readers. I need a subscribe box BUT I did just redo my About Me and realize now how important that really is. Thanks so much for this great post 🙂

  14. You’re right girl! The only aspect missing in my blog is the subscribe feature. Anyway, I’d like to recomend having an account on Bloglovin’. That’s an easy way to follow all your favorite blogs in one place.

    1. Yes, Bloglovin’ is an awesome way to follow blogs. I have a Bloglovin button included in my social media buttons. Makes it easy for people to click it and subscribe and I’ve been able to personalize it to match my theme.

  15. Great tips! One thing I have to remember is to update my “about me” page when big things happen in my life – like when we moved to Denver from NYC! It’s so easy to overlook when life is busy!

    Also, one tip about the “about me” page I learned a while ago, which is so spot on, is to be careful about putting a time on something, because the details aren’t updated often. The easiest way to explain this is if I had a kid and wanted to attract brands who focus on kids products, I shouldn’t say that my child is “three years old” but rather, they “were born in 2011.” So the detail is always correct no matter how long that “about me” page goes without an update!

    1. Thanks so much! I completely agree with you about the About Page. I actually just updated my page from a few months back when I have my son, it’s so easy to forget to update when life has you so busy. You hit the nail on the head with putting the date versus how old your child is. It’s great way to keep your About Page timeless.

    1. Thanks so much! I checked out your blog and I see on the Blogger platform. I know there’s a widget for it. If you search for it you should be able to add that box to your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  16. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with
    Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m
    not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share.
    Many thanks!

    1. Hey there! I do know that WordPress has the Yoast plug-in. You can go to your plug-ins and do a search for it to find it. I use it myself and I know that a bunch of other bloggers use it, so hopefully that will help you out!

  17. Found your blog through the lovely #SITSblogging group. So happy I did!! Thanks for the great tips. I will definitely be returning in the future.

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