5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better


As a blogger and avid blog reader, I’ve noticed a few things that are missing from even the best blogs.

Better Blog: 5 Easy & Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better {And Easier to Share!}

At first, I thought that there was a reason for things that I thought were “common sense” to be missing. Since the bloggers were much more experienced than me, I asked them about some of these things. Guess what. They hadn’t thought of it! There are so many things that go into creating a blog – past just writing posts – so even the best bloggers miss a thing or two.

I thought that I would share a few common mistakes that are easy to change because I find myself sending a quick email to a friend to remind her to that she might want to make that change. Now, I’ll just send a link ๐Ÿ˜‰

Most of these tips have to do with enhancing your blog to make it easier for current readers to share or new readers to catch up! Feel free to leave your tips in the comments!

5 Easy and Small Changes for a Better Blog:

  • Add sharing buttons. There are tons and tons of ones to chose from, depending upon what platform you use, but you really need them.
  • Adjust the settings of the sharing buttons. I can’t count how many times I go to share a post through Twitter and it says “via @sharethis.” Then, I have to track down the blogger’s Twitter account, so I can give them the appropriate credit. So, I am less likely to share, especially if it is a lot of work to find your handle (see the social media button tips below!)

You can even adjust the “Tweet This” plug-in setting (I figured that out while I was writing this post!) to include your handle, too! I notice that feature is missing on a lot of people’s “Tweet This” sentences, too.

  • Since people are visual, try having a “start here” page that has your favorite posts with images (all the same size and shape) or place images that link to your favorite posts on your sidebar. These get the most clicks, especially from new visitors.
    **If people are interested, I can write a post about how I made my sidebar pictures that link to my favorite posts on my WordPress blog**
  • Keep your front page “about me” that’s under your picture short, sweet, and unique. Liking coffee isn’t unique – tell me why you blog, what you blog about, or why you show up to your blog day after day! Don’t forget to link to your longer “about me” page!
  • Finally, don’t forget to have your social media buttons at the top of your sidebar, under your picture! People may want to track you down on Twitter (like when I want to share you posts), follow you on IG (because I think you take fantastic pictures), or stalk you on Goodreads (because I love books and think you have good taste). Just make sure those buttons are there!

What easy tips would you give a new (or experienced) blogger to make their blog more easy to share or navigate? What kinds of things do you run into a lot, but wish people would fix? (Like how I wish people would not have via @sharethis)

 

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  • These are great tips! I must admit I’ve only just added sharing buttons to my blog but I will review them to see how effective they are. Never even thought about the most popular posts thing.

    • I like to think of a blog as a constant work in progress. In addition to always adding new content, there is so much “upkeep.” I think I saw where someone had pictures of their most popular pins, which gave me the visual idea. Then, I have a plug in that gives the text title of the most popular posts of the last 30 days, but I found a way (it’s probably more complicated than it needs to be) to create those images at the top. I know some people have a “Start Here” page in addition or on their About Me page. I just wanted to highlight my most popular posts and give a sampling of what I write about. So, I chose my most popular post, a book post, a blog tip post, a chronic illness post, etc. Easy navigating makes people, especially new people stick around.
      I like the blogs that have the category bars on the side, but I felt like pictures just worked better for me for right now!

  • Great tips. I keep forgetting to add share buttons below my posts. Maybe I’ll remember now.

    • They are SO important! It really keeps my traffic up, along with search engines. I promote what I can, but I think people trust when people share posts from other people more than their own content.

  • I didn’t even know you could change the settings of your sharing buttons! I’m using Shareaholic, not ShareThis, and it took me a little bit to figure out how to do it, but I figured it out! I’ve been meaning to put together a “most popular posts” thing for my sidebar for a while now….

    • I use a plug in that auto populates the top posts from the past 30 days. I need to figure out an easier way to make those buttons with the pictures of my favorite/popular posts, so that I can update them more frequently!

  • So glad you’re sharing these tips. I know they have helped me!

  • This was really helpful, some of it I hadn’t even thought of! (I’m not sure how to change the shareable thing via Blogger but have been looking into moving to WP anyway. This is just one more reason) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • There aren’t any settings at all? (I’m not all familiar with Blogger). If you do, make sure you check your settings ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Well, I had someone add the “share” widget thing and I’m not sure where to find it on my blog. I will do some investigating though! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure there’s a way!

  • It has REALLY helped me interact with non-bloggers, which is important to me because I blog a lot about chronic illness. So, not only does it drive traffic to my own blog, it creates community with other bloggers, community with other chronically ill people, and helps me share good information with my followers.

  • Yes! When I started blogging, I used to think that large photos would be overwhelming, so I made them medium sized. Then I realized that bigger was better! Now, when I see small pictures, I immediately think “armature.” Even if they’ve been at it a long time, small pictures vs big pictures make a huge difference!

  • Thanks!
    I took my most popular post (a viral one) and reworked it and it went viral again. So, that’s always a good way to get the most out of a good idea. There are a couple of posts that I loved, but fell flat for some reason, but maybe a little re-working and re-posting might make help!

  • thanks for these suggestions! just added share this buttons to my blog, but i don’t know how to personalize the twitter share with my handle (instead of share this)…any suggestions?

    • Are you on WordPress? If so, I can email some screenshots!

      • no, i use blogger…but thanks for offering! i’m sure i can play around with it and figure it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Good luck! It makes a difference – I’ve noticed that my stuff does get shared now that I put my handle on it. It might have been before, but I had no way of knowing and people weren’t tracking my handle down, like I try to do for them. It’s so annoying to do, but I do it…

          • So conscientious of you! It shows you really care ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thanks for this! I have a feeling I may need to adjust my share settings. I have blogger though. I’ll have to play with it. These are great tips!!

    • Gosh, that seems to be a common blogger issue. I have never seen “behind the scenes,” but I would guess there have to be tutorials because it’s a pretty big part of sharing. I go to the trouble of tracking down handles each time, but once I added mine, I saw that my stuff was getting shared-so it must have been before, but without my knowledge!

  • very interesting read! i agree with some of these being common sense (or my opinion of such) and others are things that i don’t even have, lol. meanwhile, i had no idea you could add a little social media thingy for goodreads, i am so doing that!!!

    • Yeah, I emailed the person who made my theme (I bought it on Etsy) and what I thought was a Google+ button was really a Goodreads one–or so he told me… There are also a bunch of widgets for Goodreads that you can add. There is one I like, but it’s too wide for my theme. I like having my reading goal on my sidebar for public accountability!Subject: Re: Comment on 5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better

  • This is such a good post! I am missing things (like the sharing via Twitter handle), and I had no idea how important that was, but it makes complete sense. Your blogging tips are so helpful and informative!

    • Yeah, you should change because I tend to have to look your’s up ;)Subject: Re: Comment on 5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better

  • Woot! I actually think that I have done ALL of these! Yay me! If I haven’t let me know b/c I’m obviously blind.

    • Yay! I’ll let you know if I see anything. I got the idea to write this after not seeing sharing buttons on someone who had been blogging for 5 years and she wrote a post about blog tips. I wanted to share it and didn’t see them! So, I thought there was a reason–so I asked. Just turned out she never found any she liked. And I did email a few friends when I realized that I needed to add my via @srsly_sarah, so they could to it, too!

  • They are so helpful, especially if you add your handle to the sharing. I still schedule out the sharing with buffer/CoSchedule/or both, but it’s a lot easier if I can copy+paste from the sharing button. Plus, then there is the Facebook sharing and Pinterest. After I added my handle to sharing, I was honestly surprised at how many Twitter shares I was getting. Without the tags, I guess I didn’t know because you can’t scroll through everything, plus there were people sharing that I didn’t even know were reading!

  • I’m glad it’s helpful! You should add your blog URL to your Disqus profile, so people can find you. Like, I just clicked your profile to read your blog, but it wasn’t there. Commenting, though, will increase your readership, but people have to find you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks! I hope it was helpful!

  • Thanks! Yeah, I didn’t change my settings until I started sharing more and noticed that some people had via @soandso and others didn’t. That made me realize that I probably could make mine show up!
    I love when the social media buttons are easy to find because when I find a new blog that I like, I like to follow everywhere to get the best sense of the blog and the person! And, some days I don’t have time to scroll through Bloglovin, but I’ll check Twitter in a waiting room or something, so I favorite tweets of things that look interesting and when I get home, I check those out first.

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  • I love this because it is not like most blog tips posts. – which you know I am againist. Er maybe “annoyed with” would be a better description. anywho. Most of my stuff isn’t share-worthy it’s my ramblings – but on the chance that something is – I don’t think I have share buttons. I gotta figure out how to add them to my site. Thank youuuuu