This past week I have been navigating my way round various blogs, both new and old, alternating between swooning in awe and wishing for just a little more.
I’m by no means a pro blogger, but I have been an avid reader of blogs for over 4 years or so, and as a reader of blogs I’ve picked up on a few things which make the experience an enjoyable one and which makes me more likely to return.
1. Optimise Your Photos
Blogging isn’t all about photos, but when you do use a photo in a blog post, make the most of it.
There are numerous free to use photo editing sites if your photo needs tweaking.
But the one thing you can do to make your photos POP is make the size of them count. Often times I see a blog post with tiny photos, they could be amazing photos, but due to being tiny they loose their impact.
2. Be Social
One of the wonderful benefits of blogging is the relationships you build with not only other bloggers but non bloggers as well.
Don’t make it difficult for your readers to contact/find you on social media.
Group all your social media profiles in one place, towards the top of your blog is an ideal place for them. Make sure the links all work, it’s so frustrating to click on a social media icon only to end up no where!
Speaking of being social…I’d love some likes or whatever on my FB page, it’s new and I have no friends. *sobs*
3. Make It Easy To Comment
Oh my gosh, is there anything more frustrating in the blogging community that captcha?
I mean really, there isn’t enough coffee or cake to get my head round some of the ghastly combinations of letters and numbers they come up with.
Please, please if you only do one thing to your blog this year, remove captcha. Please.
If you are concerned about spam comments, you can moderate before allowing comments to appear.
You are most likely putting people off from commenting if you use captcha.
4. Stream Line The Sidebars
Most blogs make use of the space on either or both sides of their blog, this is prime space for social media profiles, link parties you host, favourite blogs or relevant advertisements.
Try to avoid cluttering it up with 40 odd buttons, this just increases the time it takes for pages to load and distracts the reader from the actual blog posts.
If you do have blog buttons in your sidebar, check the links still work.
5. Promote Yourself
Your blog is the best place to promote your older posts, allowing new readers to see previous content.
You can make a gallery page of your recipes, projects or popular posts, keeping everything all in one place.
Alternatively you can use a 3rd party widget / plugin to add relevant posts to each blog posts.
I use Linkwithin, a free widget which shows 3,4 or 5 relevant blog posts, with an image below each blog post. I’ve definitely seen an increase in blog traffic thanks to this little widget!
If you do nothing else, please check to see if you have captcha on your blog, and if you do, make it go away, pretty please!