Does your blog design make a significance on how people visits your blog and how long they stay? Either you are a newbie blogger or a problogger , you should understand that a good looking blog is among the elements of a successful blog. The sub-headings below include tips that will help you in creating a good blog design that will invite potential visitors instead of scare them away.
1. Easy NavigationWhen people come to your blog, they are particularly searching for something. It might be tips to prevent a computer from virus and malware attack or how to reduce a blog bounce rate. Whatever it is they may be looking for, you need to have it. This brings you to the question, why do people visit my blog? when you know this then you know you should make it easy for them to find it.
I have been on countless number of blogs searching for one thing or another, whenever I find it difficult to navigate around, what comes to my mind is "NEXT". People don't have to waste their time hunting for things that should be easy to find. So if people come to your blog to find widgets, have a button easy to locate under your blog header that says "Widgets". People have been trained to look at the left or navigation bar under a site header.
2. Animated Widgets and AdsYou have seen those blogs that have animated ads or twitter bird dancing all over your screen trying to gain your attention? the only thing they have ever done is distract people from reading your content. Whenever I see this, I quickly reach for the exit button on my computer.
If you are aiming to build your blog to a professional level, please don't use flashing widgets. Guaranteed you are encouraging people to leave your blog. People have come to you for information and solutions not to click ads or have their brain scrambled.
3.ColourThe choice of colour depends on the blog owner but studies show that colours have an effect on human emotions. Look at blogs like Mashable and Techcrunch, their colour scheme simple and so is their layout.
My recommendation would be to go with the flow. If you run a tech blog, then not more than three combination of colours seems to follow with a light background, if you blog about fashion, you might want to apply more colours. Think about your audience and you would know the colour scheme that best suite your audience.