Lots of ideas on how to design a blog

Your blog is your home and as such, should be decorated to reflect your personality.  By effectively designing your blog,  you can really stand out from other blogs similar niches.  You can engage your customers, capture attention and ultimately make more sales.  in this post I want to share with you lots of ideas on how to design a blog.  From visual imagery, infographics, wordpress designs, media designs and more. I hope you will find some interesting information to help your design and brand yourself effectively.

Visual Imagery

You’ve heard the cliche before, a picture speaks a thousand words blah blah blah.  And it does.  It truly does, but there is much more to the visual appearance of your blog than making people thinking it looks nice.  Patrik Dholaliya writes extensively on visual imagery in his post the use of visual imagery over at the Famous Blogger site.  In his post he talks about the importance of maintaining consistency and also ensuring that the visual aids that are used on a blog are relevant.  Knowing how to design a blog, also comes down to ensuring that your brand is consistent and congruent across all your posts and pages.  how relevant are the pictures to the subject matter?  Are you giving your readers a mix match?

Whilst we all want our blogs to look nice we need to really think about what we want the design to do, what is the call to action you want your readers and followers to do as a result of being attracted to your site?

There’s more to knowing how to design a blog than images

Whilst pictures are extremely important for capturing the attention of the busy readers flicking from webpage to page.  The detail of an individual blogs overall appearance is very important.  Take for example colour.  What does a colour say about you and your brand?  Is it easy on the eye? is it remembered for all the right reasons?  Have you thought about font, you may need to do some shopping around but you can find some fonts that will really connect with you and your brand.  Take typekit or Google fonts API

How to design a blog effectively is also based on how readable your site is.  Even the words you use on your site will be part of your overall design.  Are you using the right words?  Are you attracting the right kind of following?  Your blog needs to be designed in such a way that people feel invited to participate on your site and then compelled to stay a while.  You can find more wordpress design tips in this post by Pamela Wilson over at CopyBlogger.

How to design a blog that is mobile (and other platform) friendly

One other thing you should take in to consideration is whether or not your blog is compatible for people that read your blog on their phones.  People reading from their phones will spend more time on your site than those on a web browser so it makes sense to ensure that you are providing them with a blog design that enhances their experience whilst on your blog.  The question is do you just need a responsive blog design or a mobile friendly one?  Find out more in this great post by Danny Brown

Infographics for injecting killer design on your blog

I really love infographics, because they are really attractive – and a well crafted one, with lots of great information will actually help reduce your bounce rate and make them stick around for a little longer.  If you are not that creative – you use some really great services such as Picktochart, Easel.ly, Visual.ly.

But if you don’t have the patience you could hire someone to create infographics for you.  They are great to conceptualize difficult subjects, show the break down of facts and figures, tell stories and journeys and so much more.  Feel free to use my services tab above to request infographic design.

So there you have it, some great resources to go check out to help you find out more about how to design your blog.  Whilst blogging is more than just knowing how to write a good blog post you do need to give consideration to how you present the words on the page.

What’s your best way to find inspiration for your next blog post?  Have you got any good ways to get your brain cells buzzing?  Please comment and share this post if you have found it useful. 

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Beth Hewitt

Blogging since 2009 and passionate about blogging, personal development, marketing and helping others succeed. In 2012 I founded the Simple Blogging Network because I was tired of seeing intelligent, talented bloggers getting disillusioned and frustrated because they never made a dime online. I aim to cut down the learning curve for bloggers new and old, simplifying all aspects of blogging and helping great bloggers get the recognition they deserve.

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20 Comments

  • Delia

    Reply Reply November 15, 2012

    Love your advice about ensuring that your blog looks well on mobile devices. Extremely important to use a theme that is optimized for mobile so you keep your audience engaged and reading your blog from smartphones and tablets. Definitely a must!

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 15, 2012

      Thanks Delia for your comment. Technology is moving on at such a pace that we need to know that we are catering for all needs, thanks for stopping by.

      Have you registered for a gravatar Delia so we can see your lovely face when you post on blogs :)

      Thanks Again,

      Beth :)

  • Nick Catricala

    Reply Reply November 15, 2012

    Beth, thanks so muchj for your article on Blogging… I have been around for a while and seriously start blogging last March… wow, there is so much to learn… and so much to read and try and tst… I am not certain I ever do that, BUT I love blogging so I will continue doing it.

    When I read all what you and otehrs teach or share in their writing.. I admire all the effort you put into learning what is best to do when Blogging… and most fo all, as I say above, I love to thank you for sharing.
    all the best.
    nickc

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 15, 2012

      Thank you Nick, I appreciate your post. Yes there is so much to learn but it is also fun to find out all this good stuff as well.. My advice would be to subscribe to a few blog feeds that are in your niche and read what they have to say regularly.

      I look forward to seeing you on here again soon,

      Beth :)

  • marquita herald

    Reply Reply November 16, 2012

    Terrific tips Beth – the importance of considering design and purpose before commiting to a blog host and theme can’t be underrated. I work with a lot of authors and time and again a new author will come to me asking for help to improve the look and functionality of their author blog. The problem is, most have opted for free, free, free, just to get a blog up (because they were told authors need a blog), which means no plan, no thought given to the importance of social media, and little or no room for adaptability.

  • Steve Borgman

    Reply Reply November 17, 2012

    Hi, Beth! Thanks for the great information on sites for building infographics. I recently listened to a Smart Passive Income Podcast about branding strategy. Pat suggested designing an infographic that tells readers about ourselves and about what we do. Sounds like these sites will come in handy to help me do just that.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 22, 2012

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for your comment, infographics are great I love them :)

      Beth

  • David Merrill 101

    Reply Reply November 17, 2012

    You’ve raised some great suggestions for improving the look and feel of your blog, Beth.

    I get stuck in “content” mode, and rarely consider the nuances of design and appearance. I have a great blog designer, which is the only reason it looks as good as it does. But there’s a lot more I could do to promote a coherent brand, and bring some fresh appeal to my blog.

    I especially like the idea of using infographics. Thanks for the resources to begin my journey on that front!

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi David,

      You surprise me, your content is great. Find other sites in your niche and subscribe to their RSS for finding great up to date information to write about.

      Beth :)

  • Joe Clark

    Reply Reply November 17, 2012

    Hi Beth,

    Visited your blog for the first time and saw your services. Sounds interesting!

    Hope to stay in-touch in future too.

    Joe

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hey Joe,

      Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing you around.

      Beth :)

  • Nile

    Reply Reply November 18, 2012

    Design and branding are not as simple as people think. It does involve all of the factors you have stated including how your site is organized.

    By the way, I’ve got a presentation I did at a WordCamp on typography (just look up typography for wordpress on my site) that has ways to implement webfonts without Google fonts or paying at typekit, and keeps it in house…which is a much better solution that what you mentioned. WordPress has a couple easy plugins to use to implement webfonts. :)

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hey Nile,

      Thanks so much for the info on typography I will go take a look and update the info here.

      Thanks,

      Beth :)

  • Bruno Buergi

    Reply Reply November 18, 2012

    Great advice you give us here, Beth. I think the visual part is really important. Most people are more visual. Therefore when you have good pictures and graphics they will stay longer on your blog.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi Bruno,

      Yes visual are very important and really beneficial for our bounce rate.

      Beth

  • Melanie Young

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    Thanks for the great information. I look forward to checking out the websites you recommended.

  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply November 20, 2012

    I definitely agree with you Beth, there is so much more to a site then just throwing it up there. It definitely needs to be pleasing to the eyes.

    I admit being a simplistic person myself. I prefer the clean look and as long as it’s not giving me a headache and I can find my way around, I’m there for the content anyway. The one thing though, you definitely don’t want an eye sore when people stop by because that will not keep them coming back for more time and time again. I admit that some things just give me a headache and when I see those flashing ads in the sidebar, I can’t take it to look at them anymore.

    Sorry, I guess I got a little off topic there but to be that has to do with design as well.

    Great points though especially adding images. We all do love seeing images, I know I do.

    ~Adrienne

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply November 20, 2012

      Thanks Adrienne for your comment I agree with you that flashing, optin pop-ups and the like are very off putting and give the wrong impression. I am all for clean and simple moving forward. Thanks for stopping by here, I hope you will come back here again soon.

      Beth :)

  • Willena Flewelling

    Reply Reply December 8, 2012

    Great ideas, Beth! I’ve been blogging for 9 years, and blogging for business purposes for only 3. I still have so much to learn and implement! Your post has a number of ideas and links I’ve never heard of before. ~ Willena

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply December 8, 2012

      Oh, another comment, thanks Willena,

      I am so glad that I’ve given you some new ideas that is nice to hear. If there is anything you would like me to cover in any of my blog post, be sure to let me know :)

      Beth

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