Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of someone who visits your blog?
You might wonder… Do people find my site easy to navigate? Is it loading properly for visitors? Does it look visually appealing?
All of those are valid questions you might be asking yourself. And they’re all important things to address if you want to make sure your site gives visitors a great first impression.
To help you polish your site, I’m sharing a few tips for a user-friendly blog. You won’t have to worry about scaring people away anymore!
6 Tips for a User-Friendly Blog
These six tips are all incredibly easy things you can start correcting today. After all, this is one task you don’t want to keep putting off!
1. Be Mobile-Friendly
Nowadays, many of us are consuming content on our phones or tablets. And it actually gets pretty frustrating when you try to visit your favorite website and it isn’t mobile-friendly.
As of April 21st, 2015, Google started factoring in whether or not your site was mobile-friendly when ranking your content in search engines. That means mobile sites are favored over those that aren’t!
If you haven’t already, check to see if your site is mobile-friendly. If it’s not, make the necessary changes to correct it. Everything from reading blogs posts to the checkout process should be easy on mobile. Even better? Try it out yourself!
2. Make Your Blog Posts Easy to Scan
I hate to break it to you, but people likely aren’t reading every word on your blog posts. More often than not, they’re skimming to get the content they want and then going on their way. Make it easy for your readers by writing shorter paragraphs, adding visuals, using headings, and including bulleted and numbered lists when appropriate.
3. Add a Search Box
Can I tell you my biggest pet peeve when it comes to blogs? It’s when they don’t have a search box on their site. If I visit someone’s blog and want to know whether they have a post on a certain topic, I want an easy way to search for it.
Otherwise, you’re basically forcing people to go digging through your archives to find the content they want. And they won’t be bothered with that!
Include a search box in a prominent location, like your sidebar. Your readers will thank you for it! Plus, you can see what people are searching while on your site, which can help you discover new blog post ideas.
4. Make Sure Your Content is Shareable
Is there anything better than seeing readers share your content all over social media? As a blogger, the answer to that is probably no. It’s nice when other spread the word about your work!
However, they won’t be bothered if you don’t make it easy for them to do so. And we’re all about having a user-friendly blog, right? Luckily, there are a number of ways you can do this:
- Include social sharing buttons on every blog post so they can share with a few simple clicks.
- Add Pinterest to those social sharing buttons or include “Pin It” buttons that appear when you hover on your images.
- Incorporate “Click to Tweet” buttons to encourage sharing on Twitter.
5. Go Easy on the Ads
I know you want to make money on your blog. But that doesn’t mean you need to fill every bit of white space with an ad. It looks cluttered and it slows down the loading page of your site. Not good.
Instead, you need to use ads sparingly. Choose a few key locations for placing advertisements and stick to them only. This will prevent you from going overboard.
6. Get Rid of CAPTCHAs
Is there anything more annoying than having to get past those illegible CAPTCHAs to leave a comment? Probably not.
They’re frustrating. They’re deterring people from leaving comments on your site. And I haven’t had a single blogger tell me that they actually like them.
Quit relying on CAPTCHAs to keep the spammers out. Just get smart about your commenting system! For those on WordPress, the Akismet plugin is very effective at reducing spam. If you use Disqus, they have their own anti-spam software.
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