I know you love your blog and it hurts when someone gives you a negative feedback. But the negative feedback is a thing which is going to help you in your blogging. I have been browsing through many blogs lately and I take some time to leave feedbacks to bloggers, but it seems they get offended and never reply back or never try to correct it.
I decided to write a post here on Shout Me Loud to reach all my fellow bloggers and share few things I have learned. A perfect blog take care of every small details, and despite of having a proper checklist for blog, we still miss out many small small things. For example, at times we forget to add favico on our blog which helps us in branding of the blog. Similarly there are many little things on our blog which I’m mentioning here and you should fix it on your blog right away.
What things you should fix on your blog right-away?
The About Page
The About page is one of the most important page of a blog. Few bloggers use their own name as a domain name, that’s good for personal branding, and you should write about yourself on the about page, write few more thing followed by what the blog is about, what are your goal through this blog. If you run a multi authored blog, write about everyone (a short bio) who contributes to the blog or create a separate page for it. Also read: Importance of an about me page for your blog.
Clean Design to Focus on Content
Every blog needs content which is read by plenty of people, then why distract people by putting loads of ads in their way to read what they want? Yes, experimenting with ad spots is a good thing but you should not get carried away with it. Fewer ads are more effective.
A good idea is to offer responsive theme now, as mobile users are increasing. Along with a proper content navigation is must have for a blog. If you don’t have a good theme on your blog, I would recommend you to grab Genesis theme pro package, which will let you give a professional look to your blog along with responsive design. If you are low in budget, you should grab Elegant or themes from Theme-junkie.
Same Ads on First fold of the blog
Few bloggers use same size ads in the first fold of a blog. They put 336×280 Image Ad before the post and 300×250 ads in the sidebar, which sometimes shows same ads. This looks awful. Look into your AdSense and see if it’s really worth doing that, I bet not. BY keeping variation in your ads, you will increase CTR.
Also with new Google page layout algo, I highly recommend you to keep less ads above the fold.
Too many options to share the post
Few bloggers put as many buttons available on the internet, below or above their post. Digg into Google Analytics and take some time to see where is your traffic coming from. Track thing down and remove useless buttons. Read: Social bookmarking buttons: How much is enough?
Depending upon your blog niche and audience, you should choose bookmarking buttons carefully. For example, here are three recommended one: Facebook, Twitter, Google plus.
A Proper Contact Page
This has happened so many times with me. Whenever I like a blog, I always try to send him/her an email appreciating the blog. But there are times when I am unable to fund a contact page. Few people open comments on a page and call readers to leave a message as a comment. Please do understand that few people would prefer not a say anything in public and would really want you to read their message in your inbox.
It’s time you should check the above list and make sure they are updated.