As a follow up to the popular post Does Blog Design Really Matter?
, I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your blog that much better. These aren’t necessarily blog design tips, but overall ways to improve the look of your blog or spice up your blog.
1. Remove your Captcha. Yes, I did just say that. Disable that annoying word verification setting because I don’t have time for it, and neither do your hundreds of potential commenters. If you already spend time on your blog and take it seriously, a few extra minutes to delete spam comments won’t be too hard.
2. Vacuum your Sidebar.
Do your sidebars run longer than your posts? That means half the clunk is junk. Dejunk it. Remove those long gone giveaway buttons. Reduce the number of those flash countdown widgets. Not only do they take space and clutter your blog, they also take your blog forever to load! Franky, the majority of us don’t have time for that.
3. Prettify your blog. You can always purchase a blog design that just screams you. But what about those of us who can’t afford it? There are a few websites out there that offer free backgrounds, customizable headers, and more. Search for them. Use them wisely. The perfect use of color goes a long way.
4. Don’t hurt our eyes. Backgrounds that are dark should always have a lighter content area, preferrably a contrasting color. One color that probably shouldn’t be used as a background – neon yellow. You want your readers to come back. Not go blind.
5. Use a pretty font. One of Blogger’s many improvements include a set of distinctive fonts. Use them wisely. Don’t use a curly font for your content, maybe for your post titles, but never content. I’d strongly advise against the use Courier as your content font as well. Its just plain hard to read.
6. Pad it Up. Try to choose a layout that will give you some padding between your sidebars and your content area. If you don’t have any HTML knowledge to go by, try increasing the width of your sidebars or the your overall blog width, that way, your content area shrinks, and your content and sidebar don’t get all touchy.
7. Keep it Simple
. Simplicity is where its at. By making your blog look simple, you’ll achieve elegance, richness, and
a more professional look. Go to any professional website, they don’t have multi-colored stripes in their background.
ETA: As Juju mentions below: no one likes music that automatically plays when we enter sites. Its annoying and its a sure way to have your visitor shut down their browser and go elsewhere.
If I think of anymore tips that could help spice up your blog, I’ll be sure to add them here.
So do you think you’ll be using any of these? Do you have any you’ll like to add?
Stay tuned, I’ve got more tips coming your way!