Are you listening?
Did you know you can create a custom look for your blog without purchasing an upgrade? It’s true and before WordPress awarded me a free upgrade I often formatted my blog to appear “customized”. I still do because the standard upgrade is somewhat limiting.
It takes a little extra time, but the benefits are well worth it and the time involved, really isn’t that much time at all. In addition, you do not need to be a suave techie or have mad design and graphic skills to accomplish this mini-task and in reality it will probably take you less time than surfing the net for images to use.
So how do you do it?
As a general rule for bloggers, we should always break up our posts into bite-sized segments to encourage the whole post is read. Since readers often skim; headers, images and anything else that can break up a wall of words is a gift to your reader and a bonus for your readership and traffic.
Are you using graphics?
Did you know that you can create headers that act as graphics and give your blog a custom look at the same time it breaks up your text? It’s true and it also helps with your search engine optimization (SEO) as well as enhances the sharing capability for your readers.
In this post, as well as in my December 18, 2013 post, Who You Love, I have done just that. You can compare the two…
Firstly, notice the graphic at the top? It speaks to the post itself. The context is correct, in other words, it makes sense and is not random. I try to create a custom image for nearly every post I publish; whether it is for the “featured image” or just the top image in the post.
This helps create a nice cohesion between what my readers see visually and what they read. It is also one of the best ways to increase your SEO without paying for SEO services. Besides, why buy stock images or worse, steal someone else’s copyrighted image when you can easily make your own with a simple Word program (I will teach you how in another post).
As your eyes travel down the page you will notice the custom fonted headings I created. These too are just simple graphics. I used the same font I chose for the main image for consistency, but sometimes I do use a different, but still compatible font. Fonts play an important role in posts. Choose them wisely and remember, the clarity of the edges on the fonts you choose will vary after transferring so take a little time to play around. Once you have it down, each will take seconds to mere minutes to make.
Also, by way of my titles, accurate image descriptions and creative yet proper use of “Alternative Tags” I am able to embed searchable graphics that are contextually applicable to my post. As a bonus, these graphics are sharable and PINable on social media which only helps strengthens my SEO and drive my traffic.
Did you find this post helpful? Do you need more help? Check out Boot Camps for Bloggers or one of these related “How-to’s”.