1) Search box missing.
This is an important usability feature that when missing could frustrate, and even discourage your readers.
How can you expect your readers to find anything without a means of searching your blog?
2) Contact page missing.
A contact page is your “connection” to your readers.
Making yourself more “reachable” to your readers can make your blog appear more personable.
3) Bad choice of text type better known as font.
Be sure to choose the right style of font, font size, and spacing to make reading your blog posts more comfortable for your readers.
4) Complicated navigation.
Not using drop-down menus can simplify navigating your blog.
Too many options can confuse readers.
“Keep It Simple Silly” rule applies here!
5) Links are invisible.
Always identify all of your links to your readers by either underlining them or using a different colour text.
Besides this, it is a violation of Google’s guidelines to use invisible links.
6) Ad overload!
NEVER overload your blog with ads … unless you want to discourage a reader that is.
Too much of anything can make your blog appear cluttered and tacky.
And … too many ads makes your blog look desperate to sell something … anything.
7) No Archive.
This feature can not only help your readers but also works to help search engine spiders, which in turn might help your website ranking in search results.
This option becomes even more vital if you do not have a XML sitemap (for search engines) already included on your website.
Great blogs are not created overnight. Post it and they will come doesn’t REALLY work either.
Following the basic rules of great website design and having at the very least, basic SEO done on your blog and you will be well on your way to success. Select a topic you are passionate about and that will help to sustain your momentum until the money starts rolling in.
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