Three Design Trends to Watch for in 2013

ubuntu

As we close out 2012, I can safely say that it has been a milestone year for designers.  New technologies are popping up every day that make our lives easier and allow us to stretch our talents further.  Over the course of the year, a few recurring trends have popped up among some of the … [Read more]

Better Blog Pages: Pages to Increase Your Pageviews (Day Four)

stats

This post is part of a five-part series about creating better blog pages. You can see all the posts in this series here. When someone looks at multiple pages/posts on your blog, they’re more likely to become a regular reader, subscriber, or customer. Google also cares about bounce rate and time on site, so its … [Read more]

Better Blog Pages: Page Navigation (Day Two)

compass

This post is part of a five-part series about creating better blog pages. You can see all the posts in this series here. In this series, we already talked about the most important page on your blog, the contact page. However, before we go even farther in talking about specific pages you need on your … [Read more]

The 5 Biggest Obstacles (& Solutions!) to Getting Your Blog Started

blog consulting

In my years of blog consulting with veterans, businesses, newbie and wannabe bloggers I have learned that there are generally five obstacles that most bloggers face when getting started. In this article I will share those five obstacles AND the solutions to them. Will Rogers was a cowboy, vaudeville performer and social commentator who lived … [Read more]

How a Blog is like a House

A blog may be like a home, but a number of posts have been written about how a blog – or a site – should be welcoming. It has to invite a person to enter. It has to attract the audience, the one person, the blogger seeks. Those things are true, but they neglect a … [Read more]

When I Land on Your Blog, Please Don’t Make Me…

landonyourblog

I love finding new blogs to read. I won’t even tell you how many I subscribe to (hint: it’s in the hundreds). There are so many hidden gems out there, and once I find one, a big smile spreads across my face. At least sometimes. Because even though your blog might have the most fantastic … [Read more]

Q & A with Bob: 5 of My Most Frequently Asked WordPress Questions

FAQ WordPress

We live in a quick-and-easy culture. We want everything fast. That is why we hear so many WordPress peeps saying: Set up your blog in less than an hour! Start blogging in minutes! WordPress is so easy, even my 90-year-old grandmother can set up her own blog! Changing themes is as simple as putting on … [Read more]

How to Design a Blog that Converts

Design a Blog

Do you like it when readers check out your post and leave, never to return again? Of course not! As bloggers, we have goals, and we use our posts to try to achieve those goals. Did you know you can design a blog that converts? Your posts are only half the battle! If you make … [Read more]

Smart Sidebar Strategies: How to Optimize Your Blog’s ‘Boardwalk’

boardwalk

If you have looked at lots of blogs, you have probably noticed something. Very few of them use the full page feature. There is a good reason for this. Your blog’s sidebar is prime real estate because it catches the attention of your reader immediately. We all love those sidebars. As bloggers, they are calling … [Read more]

10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Blog Posts and Online Content

jazz

We’re visual people, the human race. Whenever there’s an appealing image, our eyes gravitate toward it. We’re also a very busy and fragmented race. We skim blog posts, looking for the marrow of the post. Then we move on. If you’re the blogger, this isn’t necessarily good news. It’s up to you to keep a … [Read more]