If you’re a blogger like myself, then you’re constantly looking for ways to improve and/or update your website. While creating quality content and building traffic takes a while, there are some simple things you can do now to instantly improve your blog. Keep on reading to learn how…
The first thing people are going to notice when they visit your blog is your design and color scheme. If your color scheme is all over the place, how are your readers supposed to be able to focus and find what they’re looking for? It really is as simple as choosing 2-3 colors and sticking with them for a cohesive look. I myself like a clean, minimalistic look for my blog. Whatever work for you, just decide and stick with it 🙂
Add Meta Information
Don’t make the mistake I did when first starting out. I would attach my photos to my post, submit and be done with it. But adding Meta Information is so important as it helps with SEO. If Google sees that you’re naming your images appropriately, it will consider your content more valuable and will rank you higher in searches. Also, make sure to do the Alt Text and Description as well ( I like to keep them the same).
Add Social Sharing Widget
You put all this time and effort into brainstorming blog post ideas, writing, and editing…why not make it as easy as possible for visitors to share what they just read? I personally like Social Login and Social Share Buttons since they are both customizable.
Create A Gravatar
I make it a point to respond to pretty much every comment I receive on my posts. If people are enjoying my content enough that they comment on it, I want to make sure to show my appreciation. So that’s where Gravatar comes in. After setting up an account and choosing your picture, you’ll have a nice little avatar next to your name whenever you comment 🙂
Where do you find this? Click on your profile information at the top right corner. Go on down to where your profile picture is and you’ll have the option to head on over to Gravatar from there.
Using external links in posts are great. In fact, when you link out to related sites, it not only helps the search engine to understand your niche, but also helps to increase the quality of your site which helps with your blog’s SEO. On that note, you should make these links open up in a new tab. If a reader clicks on the link and it takes them to that new domain, it might stop them from coming back to your own blog. Why take that chance? Just make sure to check the box that says “open link in new tab” and you’ll be good to go.
What are some other ways you like to improve your blog?