Monday, October 22, 2018

Important Components Every Blog Needs

Blog post updated 16/08/2019.

To give your readers the best experience possible your blog needs certain components to help with better navigation, and help directing visitors to the most popular blog post or pages on your blog.


By stepping into the shoes of your readers you discover what it is that your readers want to see on your blog.


Even the best intentions and most attractive blogs will fail without following these basic blogging tips:

4 Things Every Blog Needs
  1. Static pages (About Me, Start Here, Shop, Books etc.)
  2. Sidebar Content - Widgets that appear in your sidebar, such as newsletter, most recent blog posts, disclosure,categories or tags
  3. Blog Posts, posted regularly for your reader to follow
  4. Cornerstone or pillar posts, posts people will automatically gravitate to for information
1. Permanent Content on Your Blog

Your static pages should be the first things that you write up before you launch your blog. Let's dig a little deeper.

About Page



This is an important page for your readers to let them know who you are, and what your blog is about.  Some bloggers like to make it fun and personal, other bloggers prefer a more business approach.

Contact Form

A way for your readers to contact you for help.  You can set up your contact page by adding HTML of a simple form, allowing your readers to send emails asking for help. 

Services or Products

If you're looking to write books or provide a service you need to make sure you give your audience the right details about what service or products you're selling, provide a link on your page bar or in your sidebar.

Affiliate Disclosure




If you're selling other people's products you need to add a disclaimer in your sidebar, and make it clear to all of  your readers to see.  Your privacy policy and disclaimer will give you some liability protection.

2. Content in Your Blog Sidebar

This content can be found on the left or right of your sidebar, depending on the layout of your blog theme.

Here are some things you may want to add to your sidebar:

Blog Subscription


If you haven't already, you may want to add an RSS widget to your blog, there are a number of websites including Feedburner that you can use to do this.

Free Download


Add a free product such as an eBook or audio file.  Create your widget image using Fotor and add it in your sidebar, then create a pop up using Mailchimp.

Popular Posts




This widget will direct your readers to your most popular blog posts and content.  Blogger uses a widget that you can easily customise to your preferred blog design.

Advertising

Some bloggers choose to have banners in their sidebar to advertise affiliate links.  Make this a regular part of  your blog from the very beginning, so that your visitors can get used to the advertising on your blog.

Labels/Tags



When you start writing your blog posts you can choose tags, these help your readers identify your main blog topics.  Making your blog easier to navigate.

Let's Connect

Allow your audience to connect with you on social media, with simple buttons in your sidebar.

Creating Blog Content

To maintain and build a successful blog you need a plan for creating future blog posts.  This will help you to blog consistently.


Create and Post Content Regularly

Be consistent in your blog posting, and find fresh ideas and inspiration from like-minded bloggers.  It's also handy to carry around a notebook and pen when you're out and about, or make notes on your tablet, phone or PC.

Make Your Blog Posts Stand-Out

Create eye-catching content with images, videos and slides to stand-out from the crowd. Engage your readers with a good quality intro and solid content.

Become an Expert in Your Niche

Bloggers with the most recognition are always at the top of the pile.  Strive for quality always and never give up.

Maintain Regular Engagement with Your Audience

Keep on top of comments and emails, when you're blogging.  Delete spam, and give your readers a reply.   

Be Dependable

Consistency is the key to good blogging, like any well-known magazine or paper, you need to write frequently to get your readers attention.  Do this and you'll do well as a blogger.

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