Running a blog is a lot of fun, but some people want to take it beyond a hobby. If you want your blog to be taken more seriously, you need it to look like you want to be respected. To get people to trust you and your blog, it needs to look professional. Amateur sites that look like they belong in the ’90s won’t help you at all. Brands need to want to be seen on your site, and people need to want to promote your website. Trying to make your blog more professional can take a lot of effort if you haven’t been aiming for professionalism all along. If you want to improve the look and feel of your blog, here are my top ways you can do it.
Keeping with the style of your blog consistent is one of the essential things you should be doing. In fact, it’s one of the basic rules of running a professional site. You shouldn’t be switching fonts and colors all the time. It’s not a good idea to have five different logos that you use consistently. You should try to plan out what you want your blog to look like and follow the pattern you choose. Think of it like creating a mood board and working in line with the style you pick.
Use Professional Images
Images are essential when it comes to running a professional blog. Most blog readers don’t want to read blocks of text with no images to complement them. You can use images that are fun and playful, but you have to be careful not to be childish or tacky. Don’t overdo it with clipart or cartoon pictures. One of the things I love to do is download free photos, which you can use for any purpose. Make sure there are no restrictions on what you can use them for and how you can use them.
Keep Things Clean
Try not to have too much going on across any of the pages on your blog. I like to be eye-catching, but I still try not to use too many different widgets and boxes. It starts to look messy if you try to put too much on your site. Think about what the essential features should be. For example, is it important to show your readers, which blogging communities they belong to? Should you include a search button so they can find different posts? Another way to keep things neat is by always checking spelling, grammar and layout for each post.
Own a Domain
Another one of the basic things you should do is buy your domain. It will cost you a little bit of money each year. However, it’s perfect for helping you keep a consistent image. When you own a domain, you can be www.myblog.com instead of myblog.bloggersite.com. You can also use the domain to create an email address.
It doesn’t take much to give your blog a professional look. But if you have already been running your site for a while, you might need to put in some work to go back and change things.