When I pin things about blogging on Pinterest, I sometimes wonder how these ladies became qualified to be giving advice. And then it dawned on me. I do the same thing. I have been blogging since 2012, and I feel like blogging has evolved so much since then, but so have I. My voice has changed and my writing style has become much more conversational.
I have written a lot of posts about blogging, and most of them are all about tips and tricks. I have a whole section about it, for crying out loud. Today, I thought I might change things up and give you my number one blogging tip, because why not?
Coming up with just one tip to share today was a challenge. Did I want to tell you that content is king? Or about making pinnable images? Or what about posting consistently, even if it isn’t every day? As great as all of those tips are, I don’t want to talk about that today.
I want to spend some time discussing the importance of a great blog design. Why? Because it’s important. Yea, ok. But why do you think it’s important?
Your design is the first thing people see when they show up to your blog. Believe it or not, they will judge you if they don’t like your design. They will either choose to read your blog/posts or not based solely on your design. It’s important if you want readers to find your posts regularly and comment. It’s the first impression that they get about you as a person.
So, my number one blogging tip would be to spend some time and money on a good design. Find a template or a designer that you love and make that design work the best for you.
If you want a custom design, this is for you. Templates are great, and I will mention them below, but if you have the cash, getting a professional design made for you can really enhance your blog. But, make sure that you are VERY clear about what you want your design to look like. Some things might be add ons that the designers will charge you for. Make sure that you have an idea of the colors you want as well.
Find blogs that you love the look and feel of and let your designer know that ahead of time. This will only help them to create the best design they can for you.
You don’t have to spend $100s of dollars on a professional design if you don’t have that kind of money. There are plenty of cheaper, well made templates for both Blogger and WordPress that you can purchase. My last 2 designs were templates from Restored316 and they have been great. I can customize them exactly how I want to and make them do wonders for me and my blog. They also have a Facebook page that has become a godsend for me. I can freely ask questions and usually get a response within the hour. It’s amazing.
Just make sure that you test your templates with the Live Demos that the designers usually have. I have seen these on Etsy as well as other websites that offer templates. Make sure that everything works the way you want it and that the colors, links, and style is what you were looking for. If you see something you aren’t in love with, ask the designer that made the template certain questions. Whatever you want to be done probably can work, for a small fee. So keep that in mind as well.
Also, as I have been blogging for a while, please also clean up your sidebars! The clutter isn’t really worth it and if it’s not helping your blog or to get pageviews, you can probably scrap it. Just something to think about.
What is your #1 tip?