How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog

How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog
Choosing out a professional looking template is one of the most important steps that you would like to work on in the starting when you have a brand new blog. People often find it difficult (as i was) and get confused when it comes to deciding the layout of their blog's template.

Its easy. We should not waste our time in experimenting with every sort of template that is available online. The best approach would be to learn from other successful bloggers out there. Notice what they are using. What features do their templates offer? What sort of layout do they use?

These all question would be answered once you're clear about your blog's niche, that is the topic that you wish to blog upon. Its NOT that there is 'one single' best blogging layout that you could use. It depends upon the type of visitors that you would have later on.

Hope these few tips below would help you craft the features that you new blog template should have.

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How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog Tip #1 Look Around The Competitors


Simple. Search you blogging niche in Google and analyze few of the top competitors that you would be facing. Note down what sort of template layout they are using. They are definitely the top breed and they have went through all the draw backs of different templates layouts. So it would be wise to learn from their experience.


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Tip #2 Keep The Advertisement In Mind

How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog

Though you wont be monetizing you're blog in the starting, as there is no use, BUT you should keep in mind the ad spots places that you would later offer at your blog.

People now days like to use the Skyscraper banner (728*90) along their blog logos. This spot has pretty high CTR (click through rates) and thus increases revenue.

Tip #3 One Sidebar Is Enough


Make sure that you're blog has one sidebar, and NOT two. Though it doesn't matter how many sidebars you have, but giving out space for the body (content) part gives the blog clean look and encourages readers to stay for a longer period of time.

Also, as what i have noticed, many people and top companies blogs, uses sidebar on the right. As this particular layout is becoming a standard for blogs, people are getting used to it. So its better not to force them to adjust to different conditions.

Tip #4 Elegant Footer


Have a footer for your blog, gives it a professional look. On average, people like to use 3-6 column footer designs for their blog. It depends upon the overall width of your blog. The wider it is, the better.

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Tip #5 Light Background


SO IMPORTANT. Never choose a template that has a dark background (specially at the text area). The readers get frustrated and leave the blog in seconds. You DON'T want that to happen. Make sure that the text background is white.

How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog

Tip #6 The 'Right' Text Size


In my experience, using the 12-13px font size works great. The bigger text with light background makes the reading conditions favourable for the reader. Thus encourages him to read more and more.

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Tip 7# Branding Your Blog's Header


Its always a professional approach to workout a unique header (or simply the logo) for you're blog. So work on that as well.

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Tip #8 Home Page Layout


Most people like to display 10 recent blog posts on their blog's homepage. It would be even better if you're template has a 'Featured' post section where the top posts could be displayed for even further publicity.

Tip #9 Below Post Layout


This is pretty important too. The area just after the blog posts (post pages) is dedicated to 'call to action'. What that mean is that this is when the reader has those few seconds to take decision for his next action. Whether he would leave the blog, or would continue reading some other linked post, or simply subscribe to your blog.

I would recommend that you should put Social Media Sharing widgets like Facebook Like Box , Facebook Like Button or Google+ buttons etc.

You could also add an email subscription box to increase your blogs email list for affiliate marketing later in your blogging career.

How To Choose A Professional Looking Template For Your Brand New Blog

Tip #10 Post Sharing Buttons


Make sure that you have installed the post sharing buttons in your template, if they aren't already in the one that you would choose. The more the readers would share your content in social media, the faster your blog would grow.

Hope these tips would be helpful in choosing out your blog template. For any further questions or help, you could leave out your comment below. I would love to help as far as i could.smile

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