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Advice for Newbie Bloggers Who Are Obsessed With The Designs of Their Blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by TopNotchPR, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. TopNotchPR

    TopNotchPR Newbie

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    I know and understand that things are quite difficult for you as a newbie blogger. Don't ask me how I know, because I was in the same position like you some years ago. But the question is, "What drives us to keep coming back to our favorite blogs?" Is it the design or the content? The answer is obvious

    Content is king:
    Your content will decide if your audience will yearn for more or be disappointed in you. The difference your content makes in your audience's lives is what counts. Any other thing is just a cosmetic.

    Avoid plugins: Before you put on your gloves for a fight, let me clear myself here—plugins are good. Without them you won't be able to do some awesome things on your blog. What are plugins, anyway? In simple English: Plugins are software component that helps to extend the functionality of your site. Plugins can do almost anything you can imagine on your site. If you're running a fully hosted site, you can't use plugins because it's just not possible. And for those who are running a self-hosted site, you can install as many plugins as you want, but you must be careful before installing them.My experience: years back, I installed some plugins on my blog while trying to create a landing page, but was not satisfied with the result until I stumbled on the wrong one which made me lost access to my WordPress admin page. Thanks to iPage 24/7 live support. They came to my rescue.Note: If you're to install a plugin, be careful and read the warning it shows before activating it. If your theme has been used with the plugin before, there will be no warning. But if not, a warning will show up telling you that your theme has not been tested with the installed plugin before.Plugins are very important in self-hosted sites, but too much of them can be dangerous, which can make things more complicated for you.

    Keep it simple: Your blog is not a contestant in a beauty pageant contest. So why waste most of your time on beautifying your blog? Maybe you need a reminder why you started blogging in the first place. Is it to make a difference, to inspire lives or is it to flaunt its beauty? Go back to your purpose if beautifying your blog is taking most of your time. Blogs that look simple are scannable and readable. Simplicity will make your content enjoyable for your readers.

    What you should do instead: Focus on the content of your blog. What you should always think about as a newbie blogger is how you can come up with ideas that'll resonate with your audience. Remember, you're a writer not a designer. Your words are all that matters and not the look of your blog.
     
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  2. pauverinox

    pauverinox Newbie

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    That is one hard to read advice. Try pressing the <Enter> a few times after a sentence. It can help.
     
  3. howard_hughes

    howard_hughes Elite Member

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    Try formatting your post please, its impossible to read lol
     
  4. MisterWayne

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    I agree, somewhat. Yes, to the average target user they don't care what it looks like, but for someone like me ... when I land on a site and it looks "spammy" I don't even bother reading it.

    Don't skip out on design, but don't spend ALL your time on it. Content brings in customers, designs keeps them there.
     
  5. LockerWizPro

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    Wow, along with (like others have said) the difficulty to read it, I don't really agree with much of it at all.

    Design is extremely important. Your niche might make the importance vary, but with all niches it's important. Of course, you have to have good content, that doesn't make design any less important. I know a lot of people (including myself) who wouldn't return to a site because of bad design. The way your site looks will give the user a certain feel. For example, a black background is not common but it works for BHW to give the users the feel that they want to give. Think about it, we're not posting on WarriorForums (or at least I'm not).

    I don't understand what you mean by "fully" hosted site, and I can't see any situation where using a plugin is "just not possible".
    Plugins can do quite a lot. Just because you had a bad experience with one plugin doesn't mean others should avoid them.
     
  6. SEO FOX

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    Avoid Plugins?? why
     
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    no that hard to read though.. :\
     
  8. LoftPower

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    Content is something that a lot of people do need to focus on. Some content of sites is very poor, so it is no wonder the site does poorly.
     
  9. SocialsBoost

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    I don't fully agree. For some niches you need to have good design to engage your readers
     
  10. geebehn

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    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    The visitors mainly attracted by designs.
    If visitors attracted by designs they will try to read the articles.
    While designing a blog make it professional,formal and simple in style(check page loading speed after your design).
    If content is lesser in your site means you can manage it with designs.
    Try to bring some innovation thinking in design to impress more visitors it will gradually increase your traffic.
     
  12. jerrymc

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    First of all, I want to thank you for putting an effort to write your thoughts/advice.

    I agree when you say that content is king, but to say that "beautifying" the design of your blog is not that important. I disagree with you on that part. First impression lasts, the design of your blog is what makes your site even more attracting to viewers, not just the content. It's the first thing the people see, so why not make an effort to publish a well designed website? Great website design + Great Content = Great Website
     
  13. Freaky Spider

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    what reason for avoid plugins