7 More Things You Can Do To Improve Your Blog

By Gloson On September 5, 2009 Under Blogging
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A few months back, I’ve made a post on Gloson Blog, 7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Blog (Most of which you haven’t done). Now, I’ve come up with 7 more things to do to make your blog better (Also most of which you haven’t done). So… here they are.

1. Frequently use pictures on your posts

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words.

Putting pictures on your blog posts, if you haven’t yet, is a big improvement you could have made. One single picture on your blog post could make a big difference.

It makes the blog posts colorful and will show up in social media sites (It might get a lot more favorites). It also stimulates the readers to read it. It might even make the readers like it more.

We, humans, like to see than read things. That’s the human instinct. So, why not put up the picture and get more views?

To find cool pictures for your posts, go to CompFight, a really cool flickr search tool.

2. Number your lists

like this. Making your list numbered helps people keep track of where they are reading and how far they are from the ending of the post. When I read unnumbered lists, somehow I feel that there is no end to this list. Does this happen to you too?

So, please make your lists numbered, especially long ones.

3. Modify your title structure

This is the default title structure of wordpress blogs: Blog Title >> Archive >> (Post Title).

Search engines has a limit for titles in their search results. So if your title is long, search engines will only show a part of the title.

To make the title: “(Post Title) | (Blog Title)”, or even just “(Post Title)” install the famous All in One SEO Pack plugin and it will automatically do everything for you. It will give you SEO and other benefits.

Oh, and blogger users, don’t worry, I have not forgotten about you. This post will teach you exactly how to modify our title structure like that.

4. Put your picture in your about page

If you haven’t put your personal picture in your blog yet, you should do it. Your readers are curious about what you look like. So put up your picture! It helps your readers get to know you and your personality better.

5. Stop using mailto links and install a contact form

Putting your email on your blog (It automatically becomes a mailto link) is one of the most common mistakes I’ve come across. It can be a target for spammers. You could put up your email address as a picture.

But still, a contact form is the best.
It conceals your email from people who will send you spam.

To install a contact form, I’d recommend Contact Form 7, a simple contact form plugin for wordpress.

For Blogger users, this post will help you.

Oh, and here are 10 Reasons to Avoid Mailto Links. ;-)

6. Install the Brian’s Threaded Comments Plugin

With threaded comments, you can directly reply to a comment and your reply will show right below the comment, making discussion easier.

Brian’s Threaded Comments wordpress plugin also automatically separates comments from trackbacks. It adds gravatars (The commentator’s picture. You can get one here.) too.

Blogger users, please don’t be sad, because I came across a post that teaches you how to enable threaded comments ;-) –> Threaded Comments in Blogger.

Your comments will be very organized.

7. Display Popular Posts

One way to show off your best content to your new visitors is to display popular posts in the sidebar. To do this install the “WordPress Popular Posts” plugin. Then, you can configure its settings. Next, go to the Widgets section and enable the Popular Posts widget.

If you don’t want to install it, you can put up some posts that you think is best ;-) .

You can also make it stand out to catch people’s attention (like what I’m doing. Check it out at the sidebar).

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There you go! 7 more things you can do to improve your blog! Be sure to check out 7 things you can do to improve your blog (Most of which you haven’t done) too.

If you haven’t done #1 and #2, do it in your next blog post.

But if you haven’t done #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7, I recommend you to do it now (or bookmark it), or not you’ll forget about it later.

It will only take at most 30 minutes (Unless if you’ve got a slow connection or if you are doing it slowly), and could be a very big improvement to your blog!

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Simon Liew
    (44 comments)

    September 5, 2009
    2:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this useful article. Improvement is important to maintain your current readers.
    .-= Simon Liew´s last blog ..How Browser Cache Can Cause Devastation Your Web Blog =-.

  2. Gerald Weber
    (12 comments)

    September 5, 2009
    10:00 pm

    All good tips as always. Regarding #5 contact for 7 is pretty cool. There is also a contact form plugin called Spam Free that adds an extra layer of protection against spam with out the annoying use of captchas. Also works for comment and pingback spam.
    .-= Gerald Weber´s last blog ..How to Free Your StumbleUpon Inbox From “SPAM” Shared Messages =-.

    • Gloson
      (527 comments)

      September 9, 2009
      12:13 pm

      Thank you very much for sharing that useful plugin! ;-) Will try it out.

  3. earningstep
    (18 comments)

    September 14, 2009
    10:00 am

    i agree with you.. picture can make a huge different… i love your way to increase how to blog better
    .-= earningstep´s last blog ..Top commentator contest winner – Free advertise on my blog =-.

    • Isaac | GoBlogger
      (3 comments)

      September 15, 2009
      9:12 pm

      Agreed. They make massive changes even if they are small in size. I really know it because I’ve been through blogging-without-images to blogging-with-images.

      Btw I thought WordPress already have threaded comment feature. We can set it from our dashboard >> settings >> discussions.
      .-= Isaac | GoBlogger´s last blog ..Do you Know the Pagerank of WordPress.org? =-.

      • Gloson
        (527 comments)

        September 15, 2009
        10:36 pm

        Haha! Me too. I’ve also gone from blogging-without-images to blogging-with-images. ;-)

        Some themes don’t support threaded comments, like mine. So the plugin is the solution. Anyway, I like the Brian’s Threaded Comments comments layout because the color is alternating which makes it easier to read.

  4. Simon Liew
    (44 comments)

    September 20, 2009
    2:41 am

    With SEO tools install, can actually bring in more traffic to your site. The Contact Form have given the chance for peers connect with the admin. Displaying popular post in your blog has bringing a good image to your visitors.
    .-= Simon Liew´s last blog ..Blog Reviews =-.

  5. cottages in cornwall
    (6 comments)

    October 5, 2009
    5:06 pm

    Title are very important part of any post. If your title is attractive and appropriate according to subject so it’s really good for your post. It will help to attract the followers.

  6. Thomas
    (1 comments)

    January 26, 2010
    12:28 pm

    Great suggestion on compfight.com, but is there a legal issue with using these flickr photos on a blog? Thanks!

  7. mandy anderson
    (2 comments)

    September 9, 2011
    8:21 pm

    I am totally agree with you,by adding pictures in blog it creates a great look in the blogs and it can be easily understandable.

  8. bo4610
    (1 comments)

    March 30, 2012
    1:29 pm

    Gloson,

    Thank you for introducing me to the Brian’s Threaded Comments Plugin, this is indeed helpful. It makes conversation a lot easier to follow. Beside this is the very reason we comment on blogs right.

    You have a good day Fellow Blogger
    bo4610´s last [type] ..Link Building – How to Build Links to Your New Site

  9. Pete Goumas
    (10 comments)

    April 21, 2012
    6:36 am

    Hi Gloson,
    I liked your message and yes, It’s a big mistake to display your email address on your website and it increases the chance of spam emails so it’s better to download form rather than displaying your email address.
    Pete Goumas´s last [type] ..PrimalForce Coupon & Review

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