Welcome to the very first post in the series for new bloggers called Blogging Basics! Lindsay and I are thrilled to begin this series and hope that it helps bloggers that are just starting out. There is so much to learn and do as a blogger and almost 2 years later I still feel like I am learning something new every week. Sharing that knowledge and helping others out has been something I have truly enjoyed and look forward to doing. Today’s Blogging Basics topic is 5 Things Every Blog Should Have.
5 Things Every Blog Should Have
1. Your Picture and Your Name
Seeing a blogger’s photo and learning their name helps me connect with a blogger immediately. Make it easy for your readers to visualize who it is on the other end of the screen. Need help learning how to make an intro picture? It’s simple to do! Follow this tutorial on how to create an intro picture and you will have one up and running in no time.
2. An About Page
A blogger’s about page is something that many people click on right away. They want to know more about the person behind the blog and this is the place they head to. Share something that sets you apart from others and give your readers insight to what it is that makes you you. Let them know what they can expect from your blog and give them ways to connect with you as well. Providing them with links to your social media accounts lets them see you in different venues as well. For example, Instagram allows your followers to see the daily parts of your life that may not make it to your blog. Your About page can be a way to have your readers become social media followers. Your About page should also be a work in progress and updated every so often. Have you checked out my About page yet?
3. A Search Bar
This one is a pet peeve of mine. I read lots of blogs each day and I may remember that one blogger had a post that I really loved and wanted to reread. I may not feel like going through pages and pages of posts to find it or digging through your archives. Make it easy on your readers and add a space bar to your blog.
4. Share Buttons
You’ve written an amazing post, one that your readers connected with. Perhaps it taught them something new and they want to share it with others. Make it easy for them to do so by adding share buttons to the end of your posts. What your readers share reaches beyond your followers and inevitably will lead more people to your blog.
5. Posts with Dates
I wrote a whole post on why adding dates to your blog posts is important. As mentioned in that post, recipes, crafts, and general life musings tend to be evergreen material (meaning that the date doesn’t matter; they’ll apply at any point in time). However, some posts (blogging techniques and social media tips for example) rely on current information and guidelines. Something written 3 years ago may not even apply to the new standards set forth by a platform or a social media outlet. If you don’t date your posts you run the risk of frustrating your readers when they try a new tip from you that doesn’t apply to today’s technology versions.
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Do you agree with my list? What do you think each blog should have? Stop by and see what Lindsay feels like each blog should have as well!
Join us next week as we explain link ups. What are they? How do they help you and your blog? How do they work? What ones do we recommend? Link ups can be a great springboard for you and your blog!
If you are a brand new blogger or someone considering starting a blog, please take a moment and check out this useful resource, How to Start a Blog: A Complete Beginner’s Guide. It’s a comprehensive guide that walks you through several stages of setting up a blog; from which platform should I use to monetizing Mike has you covered.