Tip #1: Have an Appealing Blog DesignThe first thing people see when they click on your blog is your design. If it is messy, hard to read or ill proportioned you can be guaranteed people will not be back to see what you have to say. I just redesigned my blog for the fourth time. Each time I had learned a lot of new things, and was at a different stage in the blog world.
The thing that drives me the most crazy about blogs is when people fill their entire sidebar with widgets! I try to keep my widget use to a minimum because I want my readers to be focused on my message not on the one hundred other options to the side.
How do you get an appealing design?
Option 1 - Use a Template from your Blog PlatformI used blogger as my blog platform and it has lots of different styles, backgrounds, fonts, colours. I have literally spent hours trying to match everything perfectly. This is a great for the beginning blogger that is still learning how everything works in the bloggy world.
Option 2 - Use a Free Template from a Blog DesignerThe two most common blog designer templates I have seen used on blogs are from Leelou Blogs and The Cutest Blog on the Block. Both of these sites offer really amazing blog templates and they look very professional. This is for the intermediate blogger who knows how to copy and paste html, and understands how to use and find items on their blog platform.
Option 3 - Hire a Blog Designer for a Custom Design
This summer I decided to take the step to hiring a blog designer to create a custom blog design just for me. I wanted my blog to stand out, and loved all the blogs out there where everything just matched. I did not take this decision lightly. Make sure you look through lots of teacher blogs and make notes about what you like and dislike about these designs. Once you start to see commonalities - scroll down to the bottom of the blog and look for the design credits. Good luck and enjoy the design process.