Blog Talk: 9 Ways To Improve Your Blog

Nov 24

9 Ways To Improve Your Blog

1. Make your photos the same size width.
– I think keeping your photos all at the same width is important if you want your blog to grow and if you want brands to notice your blog more often. It’s important to have a sleek/nicely put together blog if it’s something you are serious about, and photos that are all different sizes/widths just make a blog look messy. My photos are always at a 620px width. I resize them in one of my editing programs, but if you don’t use an editing program, it’s totally do-able right from your desktop. If you have a MAC, you just open the photo, it should open with “Preview,” click “Tools,” and then “Adjust Size.” If you have a PC, there should be some kind of “Paint” program or something similar that will allow you to resize. In high school, my computer was a PC/Windows, and I would always resize my photos on there for MySpace to make all the photos the same width. Yep, MySpace. haha. Anyway, there is a way to resize photos on every computer.

2. Don’t have too much going on in your sidebar… Or sidebars.
– I personally cannot stand being on a blog that has TWO sidebars FILLED with ads. Or even one filled with like ads for that matter. I just feel like it completely downgrades a blog. I understand it’s a way to make money, but when a blog has more ads than content, it just doesn’t even seem like a blog. Instead, it’s more of an advertising site, and it doesn’t really make me want to come back.

3. DESIGN.
If you’ve had a blog for over a year or two, you should have some type of design. I know this sounds obvious, but I’ve come across so many blogs that have a few thousand followers, and there is absolutely NO design. It’s just a white, blue, and gray, standard design that a blogger blog first looks like when you sign up. If you’ve been blogging for THAT long, and have 5,000 followers, at least make it look like you actually enjoy blogging, not just enjoy having followers. It just makes no sense to me that people can be such active bloggers, but have never even touched the design of their blog after such a long time. Etsy is a great place to find premade templates that you can easily upload to your blog. I offer pre-made template designs HERE.

4. Increasing your blog traffic/comments/followers by commenting. AKA. BE ACTIVE
If you blog, I’m sure you want people to come onto you blog to read, or see what you’re blogging about. I mean, who doesn’t? One HUGE way you can get your blog noticed is simply by commenting on other blogs, and leaving your blog URL at the end. Commenting on other blogs has increased traffic to my blog, including the comments I receive, by a large amount. I read something once that said bloggers should be commenting on at least 20 blogs a day. Now it can be pretty annoying, but if you have time on certain days, do it, and watch your comments begin to come in by the next day. You’ll probably even see your follower count go up, too. 

5. Make your blog URL a clickable link when commenting.
After you write your comment on someones blog, make your URL a clickable link. To do that, this is the code you use:
<a href=”YOUR BLOG URL“>YOUR BLOG NAME</a>
(Don’t delete the quotation marks where you put your blog URL in the code.)

6. Don’t have a dark background
These are just difficult for some people to read, and it personally will hurt my eyes if I’m on it for more than 30 seconds. Just stick with something light or white.

7. Make your blog mobile friendly
If you are on WordPress, your blog is probably already mobile friendly, but for those on Blogger, the mobile option that is given to you by Blogger is honestly really ugly, no offense. To change that, go to “Template” and you should see “Mobile.” Click the button right underneath that, and disable the mobile template. This will show people the actual desktop view of your blog on their phone. Which, trust me, is 100 times better than bloggers mobile view option. At least in my opinion.

8. Have a search bar
Most people do have this, but if you don’t, add it! Sometimes I will go back on a blog, and want to read something specific, or am looking for something on their blog, and when I type a key word in their search bar, it brings me to what I was looking for. But I have gone on blogs where I’ve wanted to find something, but there is no search bar, which makes my life a lot harder because if it was written 3 years ago, I’m going to have to go digging for it, and by that point, I’m just over it, and I don’t bother looking through your archives, hoping I remember what month you wrote it in.

9. Have you thought about switching from blogger to wordpress?
This is something I did, and I really believe it improved my blog tremendously. Read all about blogger vs. wordpress HERE.

For more tips, go HERE & HERE.

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  1. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  2. Posh Prime says:

    These are great tips! I am always trying to improve my blog, but I am very bad with all of the technology! I need to learn!
    http://www.poshprime.com
    ~~Megan~~

    • Hayley Larue says:

      Learning is the best part! I used to think I would never catch on to all of the blogging stuff, especially design, but I learned it all way faster than I expected :)

  3. I totally agree with having a search bar, it is so much easier to navigate through.

    And thank you for some great tips! :) x

    FARFROMPERFECTIONXO

  4. donapapayas says:

    Very good advice, agree with everything, I use wordpress and is really good, never had any trouble.

    Thank you Hayley

    http://donapapayas.wordpress.com/

  5. Ooops you got me with the pictures. and you are right, if they were the same size the whole blog would just look so much better :) Great tips Hayley, thanks for sharing :)

    http://elmundodesophie-sparkle.blogspot.com.es/

  6. Andrea jueong says:

    Love this post.Very good tips!
    http://www.fabuloustorture.blogspot.com

  7. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

    OhMyLeopard

  8. Olivia says:

    Such great tips! Thanks so much! Needed to read alll these. My new year resolution is to grow my blog! livlaughleopard.blogspot.com

  9. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for these! Had never heard of number 5 before!

    Life of Lala

  10. Destinee says:

    Hi Haley! Loving these tips and I have definitely committed to using more of these! I am having a bit of trouble when adding my linked blog to the end of comments though. When I go back after posting my comment and then click on what I linked it always comes up with the message “nothing to display here” . I use the exact html posted in your post, so I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Any advice? I will try it on this post just to see if it works!

    Thank you,

    XO, Destinee Nicole

    • Hayley Larue says:

      Hey Destinee!

      So glad they’re helping you out!! For the blog link, try adding in the http:// part into the link!If you copy and paste directly for the URL of your blog instead of typing it in, it should work! Let me know if it works out!! :)

  11. Lady Goldapple says:

    Lovely post, thanks
    LADY GOLDAPPLE

  12. Mila says:

    Great article…thanks for the excellent tips! Here I go trying the signature with my blog link :-)
    milasuchnyc

  13. Carleigh says:

    I really appreciate you giving your advice!! I love hearing about what other established bloggers have to say! I just started a blog last week http://www.thecarleighthomas.com so i am trying to learn all I can :)

  14. Dilerte says:

    Thank you for sharing all these tips. Honestly I spent almost half a day today reading your blog cause it’s so interesting! :)
    DILERTE

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