Blogging is not as easy as it sounds and there are hell lots of checklist for a blog. I wish if I can jot them down on a single post someday. For now I will point out the three important things which any blog should have from day one of their existance.
Mobile Friendly blog
With Smartphones increasing tremendously, mobile users accessing your website has increased. That’s what my Google analytic stats shows, and I’m sure it’s not only me. This applies to your blog as well. So first thing which you need is to make your blog mobile friendly. You can useto make your WordPress blog mobile friendly.
Logo or banner
A blog banner is first thing which a reader notice. In the starting days of blogging, people tend to avoid importance of proper banner and they simply add a normal banner created using paint or such simple software. A professional logo and banner will help in long term branding. How many times you remember a blog by its logo and banner. Ex : Google, Yahoo. If you short of cash, you can use any forum to find a freelancer to create logo or banner for you. It can cost you from 3$-100$. Depending on kind of banner you want. Easiest way I will say is create a 20$ banner/logo contest in Digital point forum and let people submit their creativity. And you can pick the best logo among best.
Favico plays a major role in terms of branding. People start recognizing your blog from favico. If you are not aware of Favico, you should read these two articles
Even if its Blogspot blog, don’t forget to add favico. It will help you in branding in the long term.
Also, make sure you don’t change your banner/logo and favico. Spend some quality time with your designer on the design and layout of your banner and logo.
If your blog mobile friendly? And have you taken care of branding of your blog by adding an exclusive banner and favico?