The World Wide Web is full of blogs. With more and more bloggers joining the blogging arena it has become very necessary to understand the essentials of a blog.
How a blog should look like, what it must contain and how to make it more reader-friendly are a few things that need attention.
How much fame your blog gathers depends mostly on the content posted on it. But then again, if a blog doesn’t give a statement first impression to the reader, no one will read it!
So if you’re thinking to start your blog or have already started, here are the 5 must-haves that your blog must-have –
- ‘About Me’ Page
This is a page that will be clicked every time a new reader visits your blog. Anyone who reads your content would want to know the source of the content, and that’s why this page becomes a must-have on your blog. Introduction text about you, plus a photograph would be a great addition to your blog. As an advice, don’t sound drab.
- Search Bar
Make search easy on your blog by adding a search bar to your blog. Scrolling through the topics chronologically can be a great turn-off for a reader. But if a reader gets a search box to input the topic they’re searching for, then it will not only make it friendlier to the reader but also increase reader engagement.
- Social Media Icons
Do not forget to add social media icons on your blog that connect to your social media profiles. When you add the social media icons ensure that a new window opens upon clicking the icon, so that the readers are not taken away from your blog. Your readers can link with you through your social media accounts.
You can have these at the end of each blog, as a pop-up, or in a column of icons that stay visible across the entire scrolling of a webpage, based on the alignment of your blog.
- Social Media Share Buttons
Blogging and promotion go hand-in-hand. If your blog doesn’t reach out, it won’t get any readers. Never forget to add social media sharing buttons at the end of every post, so that if the reader likes it and wants to share it across to his friends, he can do that with ease.
- Comments box
Reader interaction is another important part of succeeding with blogging. A comments box is a way your readers can interact with you by leaving comments related to your blog. You must reply to every comment whether it is a positive or a negative one.