Unclutter your blog - homepage!



Hi all!! Today we'll clean our blog's homepage a bit, to keep up the "unclutterness". Yup that's right, we'll look into few ways of helping your blog look cleaner by focusing on the homepage.
Your homepage is the first thing your readers see, so it acts like your business card. You have just a few seconds to hook up your readers, or else they'll leave you like a wet puppy in the streets. So thanks to that, you must prep up your homepage fields for reader-stickiness. So here it goes:

1. The first thing you need to target your attention to is your banner/flash animation. Is it representative for what your blog theme is? Does it have your blog's name in it? Does it have a subtitle that fades away the name?
For instance, if you are a blogger that talks about homeschool ideas, then your blog can't have this combination: name - Homeschool 101 and banner/flash animation - gothic elements. They are ok in particular, but they don't go together. You have to make sure that both of them say the same thing.

Image courtesy of Lionsgate and Saw VI

2. Once you took care of the first impact step, you need to make sure that your homepage content is the spokesman of your blog. The homepage content acts like a great ad banner for the rest of your blog. So if for instance you have an Etsy business and your blog is a way of unwrapping what goes behind it, then you need to make sure your blog's homepage has features of your products and you can also include a small link to your Etsy shop. This way your homepage remains a great spokesman and a portal to the inside of your blog but also becomes an advertising platform for your outside Etsy store.

3. Next important thing on your homepage is information availability! That means you need to have your information clearly compartmentalized and placed in the most eye-focus available spot. If your blog takes on adopting a baby, fertility problems and family support, then that should be your compartmentalized information. Create an easy access path for those topics and keep them in the eye-focus spot. It will act like a portal to the rest of your blog and this way your readers will know from the beginning what you're up to. So find your unique style to remain clear and available with your information.

Image courtesy of TomoPizzeria

4. Last but not least, avoid dated content and broken links on your homepage, as they will harm your blog's credibility. If your links(that represents a path to a certain page of your blog) are broken then the reader mind works like this: "eh.. not working.. let's see what this other site has". You need to regularly review your blog, removing old content and updating information. Double check to see if every link is usable and every information you offer on your homepage stays up to date. Nothing turns off a reader than a homepage about fashion and a blog about cloth diapering. Not that they're not both fun, but because diapering and fashion they're no PB&J:)

That's kind of it for today. I hope these tips will help create more decluttered homepages and bring more readers to your blog:)
Now check back to see what comes up next in Blogger tutorial section, take a look at the SEO department for more tips to improve your blog's traffic or join us to learn new HTML tricks and tips every day!

Oh and I just forgot to announce that the winner for Swizzlestix retro-modern giveaway from last week:
Congrats Hanna @ bouffe e bambini! Oh and kuddos for getting to 3rd trimester of your pregnancy too:)


37 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are really great tips, thanks
Kisses, my dear

Ps: I am hosting a ban.do headband GIVEAWAY later today! Please, join in!

Georgia said...

great tips :) thanx

xxx

Karen and Gerard said...

My problem is I am a widget junkie. There are so many I like!

Betty Bake said...

thanks for the lovely blog post - I agree 100% - declutter, declutter, declutter !!! :)

have an awesome day

Betty Bake Blog

JC's Loft said...

I took your advice from a post last week and talked about you in my post today! Come check it out if you have time...you always have such great ideas : )

Kelly said...

Another great informational post - thanks!

Scented Leaf said...

Nice post! Thanks for advice.

Keli said...

Great tips!!

Thanks for linking up to my blog hop!
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Money Savvy Mama said...

Thanks for following Money Savvy Mama! I'm your newest follower. Have a nice day!

Cecelia @ moneysavvymama.blogspot.com

Mindy said...

I'm a new follower! I'm looking forward to all your blog tips.

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Cindy said...

interesting tips.

Thanks for the follow.
I've followed back

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LCPL Smith's Babe said...

I have a questioin maybe you can help with...

Check out my blog http://marinegflove.blogspot.com

See the tabs? Why are they grey?!?!?! How can I fix this? None of the settings in Advanced fix it, I've tried.

Thanks!

Misty said...

Thanks for following my blog! I'm now following you back :)

I liked your article today and wanted to subscribe to your newsletter but can't seem to find where to subscribe. Maybe leave a comment on my blog with the instructions?

Thanks, Misty
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Debbie said...

Great tips! I'll have to go look at mine critically.

Karen said...

Great tips! Thanks for the info. Saw you on the blog hop. Stop by when you get the chance:
www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

theTsaritsa said...

Great tips! I've been feeling like my homepage needs some re-vamping...

steufel said...

Just wanted to let you know, I hopped over from Moonangelnay Blog Hop and follow you know. Great Blog!

Kimberley said...

Thanks so much for the follow! I can't wait to dig into your blog, looks very interested.

KelseyA said...

New Follower Love your blog!

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Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

Thanks for the great tips...I think it is def easy to get carried away with all the widgets! And thanks for stopping by the RLM. I'm glad you did so I found your site and am happy to say I am your 2000 follower!!

Frugal Couponing Mommy said...

Thanks for following. I am now following back.
Thanks Frugal Couponing Mommy

Tiffany The Grocery Thief said...

Following from Almost Friday Blog Hop :)
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Tiffany The Grocery Thief said...

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nash :-) said...

hi, thanks for following my blog, I'm following you as well, nice blog keep it up :-)

Jennifer said...

Great tips, I plan on implementing this weekend!

I'm a new follower just stopping by to say hello! Stop by my blogs when you can!

Have a great day!
Jen Maddox
http://www.OriginalCarDecalsBlog.blogspot.com
http://www.WaltLife.blogspot.com
http://www.TheSunnySideWalk.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm now following you back. Great posts. I know they're going to help me out. http://lifewithabigfamily.blogspot.com/

Cricket said...

Hello! Following you from the Almost Friday blog hop at http://www.inspirationinnovation.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Great Tips! I am your newest follower from Ten Little Fingers, Ten Tiny Toes! I have been working on creating my blog to be the mommy blog that I want it to be. I look forward to reading more of your tips to help me do this.

Amanda

Esther said...

Hi! I'm a new follower from the Thursday Blog Hop. Check out my blog too!

Esther @ www.couponsmakeitfree.com

KelseyA said...

Out Blog Hopping This Think of Me Thursday!

New GFC follower ~ Love your blog~

~Please come follow me~

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Heather said...

Great tips!! As a person who designs websites for people, I am big on making sure things look put together, but in style and you can easily access information. I think I do that well with my blog, but like you said I need to find my niche...and well my only niche just like many bloggers out there is that I'm a mom...with well...just two hands! LOL

I'm also big on finding important things on a person's blog without scrolling forever to find it. Sometimes its hard when you have a lot of content though.

Would love for you to stop by my blog and give me your critique.

I'm stopping by from the thursday blog hop and following you. :)

Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

2 Kids and a Coupon said...

Blog hopper here. Great site!

- Kim @ 2 Kids and a Coupon
www.2kidsandacoupon.com

Maple Leaf Mommy said...

Following you back, and I must say I like what I see. So much good content here! I'll be wasting lots of time reading through here and fiddling with my blog.

Let's Just Give It Away said...

Thanks for the great tips!

Valerie @ Lets Just Give It Away

Joy said...

Love your tips! Thanks for linking to Fantabulous Friday!

Jodi said...

Really great tips!

Thank you for following me - I am already a follower of yours! :-)

Happy Halloween.

Jodi
http://amomhavingfun.blogspot.com
http://www.jodishomebiz.com

Well Dressed Cupcakes said...

Just found this & I am so excited. Trying to figure out this whole blog thing and somedays I think I'm ok and others... so I intend to read all your great advice and hopefully get people to read my blog! one day:)