Unclutter your blog - posts



Hi all!! Mid week, so we'll clean our blog a bit, to keep up the "unclutterness". Yup that's right, today we'll look into few ways of helping your blog look cleaner by focusing on the posts.
So here it goes:

1. Use fewer but relevant words for your post title. I am sure all of you are good writers, plus everybody has its own unique style, but when it comes to post titles, you got to keep them short and catchy. Nothing turns a reader off like a long dragging title, that by the time they finish reading they forgot what was all about:) I know it's a challenge nonetheless, but it's so worth it, especially since this is also a SEO trick:)


2. Write blocks of text. Even if the content of the post is useful, sometimes the way it's displayed is what makes the difference. Concentrate the essence of the information on different paragraphs. This way your readers will be guided visually on where different "sub-topics" are starting and where they're ending. It must sound stupidly simple, but surveys proved it's working.

3. Alternate with pictures, but don't overload. Pictures are a useful tool to break down the text, but unless you're a photography site, then pictures must remain just tools not become the posts themselves. Ok you can indulge yourself a little treat and throw a post only with pictures once in a while, but at some point readers will want to hear your voice too. And plus the bigger the pictures, the slower the site will load. Plus it'll be more likely that you'll be losing your text among loads of images:) So upload pictures with measure and make your voice heard!


4.Lose the post footer gadgets and stickers. I think i might become obsessed with this gadgets thing, but i can't stress enough how big of a difference it makes to get rid of these unnecessary gadgets that only make the page load slower and add clutter to your blog. By all means, don't get me wrong, gadgets are good, but not all of them and not over-used. You can use the footer of your posts for creating a well constructed linking web that is more SEO appropriate and drives you more hits.

5. Post your signature. I know most people find blog signatures just a designing tool, but indeed it's more than just that! How many great artist had ever created a piece of art without stamp it with their signature? Well not too many! So even if the scale is waaaaay different, why not treat each post as a piece of art and leave your mark behind?!? Plus.. think of it, wouldn't that be the last words/image your readers will be left with when they'll leave your blog??
Also this is another important part of building your blog's brand, but this is another topic for another time:)

That's it for today! Hope it helped!
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53 comments:

Web Designing India said...

Nice Blog...

Carrie and Mike Groff said...

Thanks for the tips and for following our blog! Now following yours and looking forward to reading more of your helpful tips!

Carrie A Groff
http://livingahealthybeachlife.blogspot.com

Modern Country Style said...

Hi,

I love these posts. I learn so much. I'd love you to pop over and seemy blog,Modern Country Style.If you have a moment.

Did I say I'm your new Follower?

Sarahx

~ Lori ~ said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.... I'm your newest follower... :)

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

Great tips! Thanks for following my blog. I'm your newest follower :)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great post.Also,congrats to the winner:)
Kisses,sweetie

Ps: I am hosting a great GIVEAWAY today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

Julie said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you back!

Jennifer said...

I love the tip about gadgets at the end of posts... I dislike that very much! I am always distracted by those while I am searching for the tiny "comment" button.

Happy Wednesday!

The Penny-Wise Mama said...

Thanks for becoming a follower! I followed you back :) I'm looking forward to learning some new tips from your blog!

AtHomeMoma said...

Follow back from the Blog Hop www.athomemoma.com

Rachel said...

Hi! I just found you through Welcome Wednesday and am definitely going to be a follower. I could definitely use some blog help!
Stop by and check it out!
http://rachel-thelifeofriley.blogspot.com/

Shandal said...

Love these tips!

Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

These are all great ideas.. I have one question tho.. How would I post my signature on my blog?

It's the last tip #5.


Come see me, today is Link Party Wednesday! I follow all who follow me!

http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/

Allana890 said...

Hey :)
I am following from Wobble Over Wednesday
http://allana890.blogspot.com/

Katie @ Not Just Decorating said...

Thanks for the blog tips.I'm new to this so still setting everything up and finding my way :)

I'm your newest follower via WW.

Steph said...

Hi thanks for following me. I love your blog! Following you back now!

Miriam said...

Thanks for visiting my blog for Welcome Wednesday, now I'm one of your followers too, your blog is fabulous! I'm just getting started blogging and I don't really know what I'm doing yet, so I probably will be needing your help in the near future.

Mom2cwj2 said...

Thank you for the great tips! Can't wait to come back and learn more! No following you...

Ashley said...

Such great tips. Thanks!

Melissa B. said...

One of my pet peeves is when bloggers "forget" to insert paragraphs for each of their new ideas. I guess that's just the high school English teacher in me, huh? SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

<a href="http://scholastic-scribe.blogspot.com/2010/09/accident-waiting-to-happen.html>An Accident Waiting to Happen</a>

Julie and Adele said...

We are your newest followers!!! We would love it if you would follows us back@!!!
Julie and Adele
The Coupon Cents Sisters
www.couponcentssisters.com

~Wendy said...

Followed you! http://Heavencents.blogspot.com
Wendy

andiemarie923 said...

Thanks for the follow, I am now following you back!

-Andie
http://goodbyedisposablehellocloth.blogspot.com

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Thanks for visiting and following my blog and I am happily following you back! What a wonderful blog and resource!

Julie and Adele said...

We now follow you!!! Not sure but we followed you this morning but the comment never posted!!!

Thank so much for checking us out and we will check out your tips!!

Julie and Adele
The Coupon Cents Sisters!!
www.couponcentssisters.com

Liz said...

Great tutorial and cute blog!
Follower from tbh. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow back!
http://giveawayobsession.blogspot.com/

Ms. Diva said...

Of course I am following you!!!! You have a fabulous blog!! Thanks for stopping by mine!!!

http://knit1maxtoo.blogspot.com

Danyale N. said...

I'm now following you back thanks for stopping by my blog

Christy said...

These are great tips. It's really hard to keep a clean and crisp looking blog because there are so many buttons with different dimensions. But I agree less clutter is a very good thing.

Chrystal - Adorn on a Shoestring said...

Hi, I just found your blog from a hop, and am so glad that I did! I'll definitely be adding you to my daily reads!

Chrystal
www.adornonashoestring.com

crazylilthingcalledluv said...

Thanks for all the great tips! Hope you follow back !

Jenn said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you back. Can't wait to check out your tips!

Marilyn's Money said...

New follower here from the blog hop!

Heather said...

hmmm, I never thought about the text links being more SEO friendly for "you might like" than the pictures...I'll have to think about that!

Thanks for stopping by my blog hop! My blog is always a wreck in progress and I probably violate every rule! LOL

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

Your site has SO much GREAT information!!

Thanks so much for stopping by Sew Super Sweet! I appreciate the visit and the follow! :)

Epic Savings said...

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm following you back and looking forward to more of your great tips!
Stacey
www.epicsavings.net

Crystal said...

Those are some great ideas. I don't have a signature- kind of thought it was a no brainer...but really good point! I'll have to add one.

I'm visiting on the blog hop and am now following. I would love if you would follow back.

Crystal
http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

Dewi Citra said...

Wow, what a great help !!
I'm so interested with your post about"Posting your signature"
Thank you so much for sharing

And if you have a chance, please come over my blog and leave your comments about my blog. thank you

Citra @ innocentia
http://childhood-obsessions.blogspot.com/

Scented Leaf said...

I like the signature tip.

Colie's Kitchen said...

Hi this is Nicole from ColiesKitchen.com I am just dropping by to say hi for Follow Friday blog hop!! Have a super weekend!! I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

So Now What? said...

Coolio, just over from Flog Yo Blog Friday, Awesome blog x

momentsofwhimsy said...

Hi there,

am visiting from Java's over 40s blog hop. Great advice and timely too as I am wanting to up the ante and re-invent my blog over the next two months.

Will be back to learn more!

Cate :-)

inspireplanning said...

Great blog you have here!!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

What great advice!! As a new blogger, I need to read more advice like this. Thanks for sharing!

And thanks for visiting over at Ten June!

xo- M

My Baby's Green said...

How exciting! I now follow you on GFC-please follow me back :)
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Nan said...

Thanks for join my Blog Hop,
"Friday Follow New Friend"
Hope you have a nice day.
(I'm following you)
Nan

http://theblogfrog-nan.blogspot.com
http://beonefineday.blogspot.com

Judy said...

Hi, I found you through New Friend Friday and am looking forward to all of your tips and tricks to improve my blog!

I'm now following!

Jerri said...

Hi. I'm your newest Friday Follower. Hope you will follow me too!

www.simplysweethome.com

Trudy Callan said...

Coming over from 40s blog hop. You have a lot of useful information here. I am following.

Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf said...

Your tips are very good. I think the "sign it" one is good especially because you should have a sense of ownership.

I am your newest follower. I found you on Follow 40 Friday.
~Naila Moon

http://writing-out-of-the-blue.blogspot.com/

hanner_da_nanner said...

Thanks for the sweet tips!

Missy Schranz said...

Thank you for stopping by! I am a new "follower" of your site. Your site is very pretty...I will be back!!!
Hugs,
Missy Schranz

Mommy said...

I so agree with the gadgets, etc. I have left many blogs and not bothered reading them because they were all gadgets and no content. If the page takes too long to load I leave it and usually don't go back.