I'm back with five more blogging tips today! But first, were you able to use any of the tips I posted last week? Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Now on with the show.....
When it comes to photos that is. To me, teeny tiny photos look lost in blog posts. And if you are posting the steps of a tutorial even more so! Make your photos as big as possible so that readers can see the details. On that note, in this post I am testing using an even larger photo, that spans the entire width of the main column. What do you think?
Allow users to always know when you've posted new content by letting them subscribe to your RSS feed. They can choose to subscribe (for free!) in a blog reader such as Google Reader or Feedly, or receive updates by e-mail. Did you know that RSS stands for Really Easy Syndication? And it's true. Your blogging platform will have more information on how to get this set up. You can also use a site like Feed Burner (which is what I do).
Add a navigation bar to the top (or even the side) of your blog. This is a quick way for readers to find the most important bits of information. In my navigation bar above I've linked to the major categories on the blog, as well as sections like the archives and the RSS feed. This is super simple to do in Typepad: just go to the Design section, then Content, and there you will find the editable navigation bar module (click on the little pencil in the corner).
People love to pin to Pinterest so make it easy for them by installing a Pin it button at the foot of each post. Once again Typepad has made this easy with a special plug in that you can find in Design>Content, then editing the Post Footer section. My apologies to those using other blogging platforms, but I am sure a quick Google search will turn up the info you need.
Allow users to share your content on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Stumble Upon by including share buttons in your post footers. Typepad users, while you're adding the Pinterest button, just go ahead and add the others too! You can also choose to use a plug in like Share This which works with all the major blogging platforms.
So there you go! Some more homework for you. if you enjoyed these two posts and found them useful let me know. I am considering continuing this series with some more in depth tutorials.