There’s a big mistake I’ve been seeing lately with the design of blogs and websites.
And it absolutely crushes website conversions because it can leave the viewer confused and distracted.
Is your website falling victim to this mistake?
If so… don’t worry because it’s a simple fix that can have a huge impact on your blog or website.
So what’s the biggest website killer?
It’s simple… it’s website clutter and in this blog post I’m going to talk about how clutter kills your website.
I’m also going to talk about website functionality and website design to show you how to improve your blog with a few simple tweaks.
So how does website clutter kill your website?
It’s simple, it creates distraction for the viewer and distrust.
… What are the chances of the viewer taking action on what you want them to do when you have a bunch of widgets, other social media platforms or any other junk on your website.
They’ll most likely get distracted, confused, and do nothing. Look at my website for example, everything on my website has purpose.
The goal of my website is to gain more followers by capturing emails.
You’ll notice that every page on my website is very plain and simple. I have a simple blog design with zero distractions and limited options for what you (the viewer) can do.
No matter where you click, what page you go to… I have it funneling you (the viewer) to 4 different options to choose from… those options are:
- Email Opt-in’s to follow my blog on every page.
- A section to join my Facebook community
- Sections for the viewer to share, like and leave comments.
- A resource page / popular articles which incorporates the first 3 options.
Each of the options the viewer chooses will benefit my website.
If the viewer isn’t interested in entering their email to follow my blog… there is a good chance they will leave a comment, share it on social media or join my Facebook community.
This is how I built a website full of life in such a short amount of time and I did it with a very simple blog design.
Here is a video of me explaining how I run my website, which has a simple blog design. It will give you a better understanding.
So hopefully this video gave you a better understanding and gave you some ideas of how you can tweak your blog.
Now you might be thinking….
… what’s the best blog design for you?
Well it depends… don’t just copy my website or make a similar website. Know what works and what doesn’t work in your niche.
For me a simple blog design works for my niche…. I know this because I did the research. If this was a celebrity gossip website… then my layout would be COMPLETELY different.
It comes down to you doing some research, find out what’s the best blog design for your niche.
If you have a personal development, gossip, fitness blog, etc… start looking in that niche of other successful websites to see what their doing differently then you.
Start seeing what works, what doesn’t work and start incorporating it into your blog.
Just remember to keep it clean and simple with ZERO clutter.
If you don’t know how to incorporate designs into your blog… don’t worry I have a simple solution for that too… I’ll explain later in this post.
So what can you do right NOW to start getting results?
Let’s start with the side bar.
Most people spam the side bar with useless widgets and features such as recent posts, recent comments, archives, meta, tags, images, categories, etc.
These widgets and features are useless and just take up space.
Just remember that the goal is to have a nice simple blog design with zero distractions.
It’s a lot easier to point the viewer in the right direction when they have less directions to choose from.
I’m basically funneling (you) the viewer to where I want them to go… and this is the main reason why I get so many comments, likes, views and followers.
So what should a sidebar have?
Simple blog design —> Every blog sidebar needs:
1. An opt-in form at the top of the sidebar.
This is a must… if you don’t have an opt-in form at the top of your sidebar then your missing a BIG opportunity of gaining followers.
2. A resource page
3. Links to your popular articles
4. A link to your Facebook group or Twitter if you have one.
Why do you need these 4 areas in your side bar?
1. Well, by having an opt-in form I’ve noticed a MASSIVE increase of people following my blog when landing on my pages.
You’ll notice on this page I have more opt-in forms to follow my blog as well. I actually have opt-in forms to follow my blog on every page of my website.
2. Having a resource page… which is basically a WordPress page. It allows people to find the information they want. My resource page is , “Blogging Tips 101” I listed all my best blogging strategies on this page.
3. Then a popular articles section… this will generate lots of click play because the word, “popular“ implies that people like the content. Therefore people won’t be able to resist clicking on the articles.
4. Finally a Facebook or Twitter section… I mostly just use my Facebook Page. I post exclusive content, blog posts and it lets people connect with me on a personal level.
That’s all you need.
If you have a celebrity gossip blog or an entertainment blog, you might want to look at other popular websites in that niche because it will be a different layout and strategy.
How to create the best blog design the easy way…
You’re ready to take action on this lesson but you’re not to sure how to design or tweak your blog.
Good news, I have a simple and easy solution for you.
The best and cheapest gig to get website work done is on www.fiverr.com
With Fiverr, you can find graphic designers, coders, etc to do your website work for cheap. It costs $5.00 to get anything you want done on your website.
I’m not affiliated with this service, but I support them 100%. I’ve had times where I crashed my website, I had no idea what to do and how to fix it.
I went to Fiverr, found someone to fix my problem for 5 dollars. I have also got logo’s and some coding done on my website as well with fiver .
It’s an awesome service… check it out.
Leave me a comment, let me know if you found this information useful.
Are you going to incorporate these simple blog design strategies into your website?
Let me know…
Also, if you have a friend or know someone who is thinking of creating a blog or has clutter on their website then SHOW THEM THIS BLOG POST.
Show them that having a simple blog design might be the best solution for them.
Help them and me out.
Thanks, can’t wait to hear from you.