Many of us are active bloggers, but very few of us own good professional looking blog. It’s your blog’s design besides the content, which discriminates a professional blog from an amateur one. Here are few designing tips, implement them and take your blog to a superior level.
Customize the template
There is nothing called 100% original design of template. All are variations of themes. So rather than worrying about owning a new template altogether, you should start customizing the template available to you as per your blog’s content. Start with the top banner first. Top banner draws first attention of the viewer. It should reflect what your blog is all about. Consider your blog’s niche and design the banner accordingly. If it’s a travel related blog, you may consider displaying some travel related images on the banner. Color has to be apt to your blog’s nature.
Make post titles clickable
Make the post titles clickable, so that when viewer clicks on the same reaches exclusive post page. Make sure it has space for comments below, like button and sharing facility at different social networking sites. Clickable posts score higher in SEO, besides reader’s convenience.
Keep an eye on the white space
Don’t forget white space is very important part of every design. Although it is referred as the negative space, but surprisingly this negative space has great contribution in making the surrounding designs much more. White space adds sense of refinement to the entire design. Space out all elements of your blog with the white space so that readers can read with an ease and also enjoy the process of scanning.
Keep it clutter free
Many young bloggers clutter the entire blog by installing widgets like – clocks, calendar, weather forecast, thought of the day etc. They are not only style statement and unnecessary, but also slow down the entire blog and takes long for it to get loaded. Many readers are impatient and won’t wait too long to read. So keep it simple, neat and reader friendly. If some elements have become outdated and are not found relevant anymore, remove them immediately.
Place key information rightly
Important information like – email address, RSS feed subscription link, sharing links and other ‘call to action’ buttons should be kept in a prominent place of the blog; preferably on the top half of your blog or at the bottom of each post.
Follow these useful tips and make a professional blog. Soon your traffic will rise, and popularity will score higher.