When was the last time you gave your blog a good old refresh?
Are you feeling stagnant? Or perhaps you’ve noticed other bloggers with similar looking designs to yours? It’s good to give your blog a touch-up every once in a while – hey, it needs TLC just as much as you do!
If you’re after some simple shortcuts to make it feel more loved then look no further than our 5 easy tricks
Rewrite your About page
Yes, you probably saw this one coming a mile off. But it is important to keep your About page as up to date as possible, telling the reader what to expect from your blog and why they should come back.
Be sure to link internally to your categories or regular strands, and have a section with more information about you but keep it brief. Nobody wants to read your entire life story!
Clean up your sidebar
And if you have two sidebars, delete one! If you think about where your eyes are drawn when you land on someone’s website, having an overcrowded page makes them work much harder than they need to, meaning they’re less likely to read your posts. Your content should be the main draw, with a simple sidebar of key social plugins.
Rethink your categories
Has your blog changed focus since its inception? Is there a category on there that you’ve neglected for the past six months? Write a list of every topic you want to blog about and then envision how they would naturally sit together on your site. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. Don’t be afraid to be brutal!
Add a photo of yourself to the homepage
This instantly makes your blog feel more personal and allows the reader to connect with you as a person. Having it at the top of your sidebar with a small box introducing yourself gives the reader the perfect route into your About page.
Experiment with colours and fonts until you find what works for you
A lot of bloggers go by the rule of three – no more than three different colours or fonts, otherwise it’s just confusing! Take the time to choose a design that feels authentic to you. This makes it harder for others to imitate, and makes your blog more unique. Which is ultimately what it’s all about, right?!
Now that your website is up to scratch, it’s time to go beyond your posts
Wonder how the top bloggers get where they are?
Have a clear message
The message might be different between bloggers, but successful bloggers always have a clear message. Staying consistent and having something you believe in helps to gather followers who identify with that message. It is also important for building your personal brand.
Reply to emails promptly
It has surprised me – I’ve sent emails to bloggers who I know are busy with multiple projects I have received an email back the same day! Receiving a reply quickly sets a good tone and is very important if you want to collaborate with companies and other bloggers.
Are engaged on social media
Successful bloggers don’t just put their content out there. They engage with readers and followers on social media. Using this strategy can help people feel more connected to you and enable you to see what kind of content your audience would respond well to.
Do you have these habits for your blog?
If you don’t already use these strategies then you can try to implement them and see if it makes a difference to your followers and engagement on your blog. At first you will have to consciously try and do these things, but soon they will become habits.