Here you’ll find the details to make your blog look professional by simple methods.
Blogging is not a child’s play. It is a serious profession. Many people start a blog but failed to become professional blogger just because they ignore some of the very basic factors that make a blog look professional.
Remember the better you look the better you attract.
That means not only the color of the font of your blog but also how you have placed everything on your blog, including posts, social buttons, subscription options etc.
Today I am going to share about the most important factors that you should take care of when running a blog to make it look professional and easily attract more readers.
1) Domain Name:
What you think is the first thing that a user recalls when he wants to visit your blog?
It is your domain name. According to the domain name guide, a domain is the online representation of a site, it must be short, simple, easy to remember, without hyphens or numbers and also free from copyright issues.
I have seen that many bloggers make mistake by choosing a similar name or other brand thinking that this will help them to grow easily but in reality, this always hurt their brand value as people always prefer the main brand behind the similar name.
So when you want to start a blog make sure you do proper research, use the main keyword and follow the domain name rules shared in the complete domain name guide.
If you enter the domain name in the address bar and open a blog, the very first thing you will look at is the design of the blog theme.
You are not limited with options as there are numerous themes available for each niche.
The big mistake that people make when choosing a theme for their blog is to choose a free theme.
There is no doubt that free theme helps you save money but there are so many issues that you have to face by using a free theme such as no updates, no support, and malicious codes.
These things will harm your blog in long run and pass you link juice to external sites or malicious sites.
My recommendation, always use Premium WordPress themes for your blog. Premium themes help you with complete support editable fonts and styles. It gives your blog a more professional look.
3) Subscription option:
Every professional blog offers various subscription options to its readers. Most effective subscription is email subscription.
A blog with no subscription option is like a blog with no loyal readers. You can use Aweber, MailChimp or getresponse to setup your email subscription service.
You can also share social network links so that people can follow your blog on various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
Remember every professional blog cover maximum options so that people can follow the blog on every network.
This is something that you simply can’t miss.
Because it helps you to gain more popularity on social networks by boosting social shares and also gains more traffic.
You can use social sharing plug-ins such as AddThis or ShareThis.
I always say that use the social networks with maximum engagement such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
I have seen blogs where people have populated the blog with hundreds of social network buttons. This never helps you but it actually annoys your reader and confuses him.
Remember that your job is to create the better user experience.
5) Commenting system:
The commenting system is also one of the important factors that play a major role in the success of your blog and make it look more professional.
There are two most loved commenting systems for a blog:
- a) Commentluv plugin
- b) Disqus Commenting system
Both systems have their own pros and cons.
Commentluv attracts more people to comment on your blog by bribing them with a link back at the end of the comment. But at the same time, it invites more spam comments.
Disqus has lesser spam comments but the same time it only attracts comments from the people who want to say something.
No matter which commenting system you choose, just make sure that you offer a platform to your readers where they can talk about their problems.
There is no secret to success through blogging but you can be a professional blogger by applying some simple steps. The more professional look of your blog helps you get more users and subscribers. Ultimately, popularizes your blog among the users and make them return to your blog again and again.
About the Author
Gaurav Kumar is a Pro Blogger, SEO Expert, a Tech Geek and a Web Designer. He is the founder-owner of easkme.com. He has written various articles on Lifestyle, Blogging Tips, WordPress and more.