Hey babes! How are you guys? Last week I mentioned that I have been experiencing a lot more creativity than I’m use too. Thankfully I’m not ignoring it and I’m creating more content than I usually do. In making all this content, I started to think about what’s most important if you want to take your blog to the next level.
Now my blog isn’t my source of income by any means, but hopefully one day it will be. For that to happen I need to focus on the things I can control as of now that will show my blog in the best light. With so many things to stay on top of within the blogging industry how do you know what is the most important? What aspects can you control that will help take your blog to the next level?
One of the most important things to focus on when wanting to take your blog to the next level is your theme. This is the first thing people will see when viewing your blog. It’s essentially the first way you express yourself. The theme you choose is going to become a large part of your branding as a business. The key things to consider when picking a theme are, is it easy to navigate? Can you easily read the font? Are the colors overpowering and distracting? Does it offer enough white space?
I just recently changed the theme on my blog, and I’ve never been happier with how my page looks. I’m currently using a theme from BlossomThemes, and would recommend them to anyone who can upload a theme with their plan/host.
This is another area that I have been trying to explore more and get more creative within. The graphics you use throughout your blog is going to help set your apart from everyone else. Having your readers be able to remember you by the graphics on twitter or pinterest that you have associated with a post will make a lasting impact for your blog. There are a lot of tools on the internet now a days that help making your graphics a priority really simple.
If photography isn’t your strong point, or just not possible for your current situation you can still have memorable graphics. Using tools like stock photos and apps like Canva will make creating graphics not only simple, but fun. I don’t know about you but I much rather read a post that includes images and associates that post with specifically created graphics.
I know this one seems like a obvious one, and I mean it kind of is but hear me out. The content that you write is really the meat & potatoes of blogging. It can easily be and often is, the determining factor between staying where you’re at and advancing to that next level.
It’s important that you only write content you WANT to write. Your readers are smarter than you think and they can pick up on it when you’re being fake. Along side of writing content you want, you should run a SEO analysis on each post before you post it. With the WordPress business plan (what I currently have) you are able to install a SEO plugin. This plugin will give you a run down on the readability of your post and if it’ll perform well in search engines. Having an SEO plugin can help make one of the more difficult aspects of blogging seem more user friendly.
Authenticity is Key
The biggest takeaway I want you guys to have is that while all three of the things I mentioned above can help take your blog to the next level. The most important and really the biggest thing that will set your blog apart is that you’re being yourself. Being authentic and having that come through in your theme, your images and your writing is something no one else can recreate. You have more to offer than you may think. If you believe in your vision, everything else will fall into place.
What do you think is the most important thing to take your blog to the next level? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
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