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3 Simple-Yet-Effective Ways to Make Your Blog Looks More Attractive !

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A lot of content, mine included, talks about how to get more traffic, get more comments, or make more money, and though that’s great information, today I’d like to take a break by talking about something I feel is just as important, but doesn’t get the attention it deserves -

Blog Design !

When the Internet first started, it was OK to build ugly websites; that’s all there was. But now that the tools have improved and design is easier than ever before, the look of your website says more than it ever has. In fact, most people simply won’t tolerate…

A Bad Looking Website !

So for the purposes of this post, let’s assume that your blog is at least borderline ugly, if not horrifyingly disgusting. Heck, it’s possible that your blog looks bad and you don’t even realize it.

Let’s Fix it
Right now !

1.  The Header is Your First Impression

Like it or not, people will judge your website within seconds of landing there. And as you can probably guess, the first thing that they see is the header. An ugly header doesn’t just say “get out of here,” it also screams unprofessional and even lazy. A simple header with a poor font selection isn’t good enough. I recommend paying a logo designer to build a nice looking header logo and accompanying graphic, but if you can’t afford that…

At Least Make the Effort to
Make it Look Nice !

If you don’t have a logo, then don’t use a bad one. Simply minimize the header space to let the rest of the content move up. If you do have a nice logo, then build the header to match, and make it look sharp. Use no more space than you need to, and only include pieces that look nice.

Everything Else
Can Be Thrown Away !

2.  Image Alignment and Borders

Look, nothing says amateur more than an image that isn’t properly aligned in a blog post. Worse yet, don’t be that guy (or gal) that doesn’t understand how to properly resize images and ends up with skewed or distorted photos and graphics.

This is a No-Go !

Another thing you can do for an instant fix is to add an automatic border to your post images. To do this, simply find your style.css file (or equivalent) and type in the following:

img {border:2px solid #FFF;}

This will add a white, 2 pixel border around your images, which will make them look like they belong. If you want to change the color, simply adjust the “#FFF” to another. If you want black, it’s #000, grey: #CCC; etc.

These Simple Tweaks
Make a Huge Difference !

3.  Font Size and Color

For some reason, many WordPress themes think to hard, and make text that is either too small or too light. I generally like to have a font size of at least 14 pixels, and a font color that is a sharp contrast from the page background.  Check your stylesheet (or have a CSS guru help) to look for your font size and color and make sure that the text is legible. If it’s too small, then make it bigger; too light, then…

Make it Darker !

These might be difficult, or even expensive changes, depending on how good you are with CSS and Photoshop, but if you want to be considered a professional blogger, then your blog should resemble that.

Stay Good in Design,

The Bad Blogger

Also Known As “The Design Blogger”

What do you think? What are some obvious signs of bad design that bother you?

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Mavis Nong March 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hi The Bad Blogger,

These are great tips. First impressions do last.

Thanks for sharing.

Mavis
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The Bad Blogger March 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

It’s great to share and I;m having fun doing that… :)

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Codrut March 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

hey Mavis, I found you here too :)

I guess header is as important as the head on our shoulders. Good impression lasts. Eye-contact. White teeth. Smile. The basics. Yet most people forget about them.

I’ve found blogs packing nothing but red-hot content yet their font seize was hurting the eye. We will do our visitors & readers a BIG service if we increase the seize of our text, and not give them head aches. I guess most people would not expect mini-fonts anyway, unless they visit a corporate web site.
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Ya… small fronts… well I don’t like seriously… while I was researching about fonts I found some blogspot blog… had fronts so small… that almost need my iphone to scratch it big enough for me to read…lol

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Tinh March 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Nice suggestions, I would like to make my blog more sexy, not just attractive :-)
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The Bad Blogger March 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Haha… I think your picture looks cute enough to attract people… I didn’t notice you when I saw your cute baby picture… it true and that’s how I got to know about your blog…

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Atulperx March 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Once again you have shared some nice information but I will suggest newbies to backup your template first before you start editing them .
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The Bad Blogger March 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Yes, and I have forgotten this important part… and hope your comment would be seen by them… thanks for the great reminder…

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Jason March 23, 2011 at 5:03 am

Thanks for sharing these great tips! People often forget about the basics of blogging when in reality, the basics of blogging and design are the foundation to a great blog!
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Nice saying, yes they are really the foundation of a great blog…

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Tina March 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

these are the great tips thanks for posting it, but I will suggest newbies to backup your template first before you start editing them .

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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Yes backing up is very important…

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Sabrina March 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I think that these are simple, but useful tips. I’m in the process of going through my blog to improve the way that it looks. I am not happy with how it currently looks.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Well… I’m not really an expert designer, so the above stuff are just simple ones but I do believe… even if they are simple.. still doing a little changes around them… may just be the answer to a great looking blog… and after going to your blog… I rather you put some money out and buy a premium theme such as the one I’m using… just a suggestion which might be the answer to your unhappiness of how your blog currently looks…

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Sabrina March 24, 2011 at 6:04 am

I was trying to avoid spending any more money at the moment. However, I guess if I really want something I need to be willing to spend the money. I will definitely look into the various premium themes out there. With your theme how did you go about editing the header to create your personalized banner?

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My theme is a skin from thesis awesome and the theme itself is thesis skin, you can google “thesis theme” and read about the function of the theme, and if you do not know how to edit, there are two ways hire someone to do it for you which you can find in in warrior forum or you can use google and search for the question about the theme you have, I believe the best option is to hire someone from Warrior Forum, those web designer are cheap but they got the skill to do designing trust me…

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Joe March 24, 2011 at 2:42 am

well, indeed, the design matters because it helps you create your first impression. if I don’t like the design of a blog, i might not read it anymore, if it doesn’t have very good content. on the other hand, if a blog has a good design, I might keep reading it, even though it doesn’t have the best articles:)
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Yes, I too does that, although the content may not be really good, I still feel the desire to read on…

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Devesh March 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Awesome Tips Wong. These are simple steps to make your blog attractive and it can be easily implemented on any blog.

Anyways, Thanks for sharing this awesome post dude. Just voted it on Blokube.com

keep up the good work.

~Dev
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The Bad Blogger March 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Dev for your vote… and I will do my best to keep up the good work…

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Tech Crates
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March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Agree with your point that the header gives the first expression to a reader whether to continue reading further or not…. A text header with a cool font or an image looks nice
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Yes, But I did prefer to recommend a welly designed logo… which will make first time reader a great impression… I believe my logo might had make you interested, isn’t it?

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Tech Crates
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March 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Yes of course …… And your content too
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semmy March 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

Hi Wong I saw you’re using GG ( Girls Generation ) thumb nail. LOL It’s Nail me. Yes I agree with you, If you want your blog look attractive you must have a good design and also a good content.
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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March 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

Haha… and one more … good attractive picture…. lol

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tonyknuckles April 1, 2011 at 2:46 am

As an easier way of keeping the site clutter free, I’ve gone to using larger “ALT” tagged images that are relevant to the post’s topic.
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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April 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

“Alt” tagged, can you explain more because I don’t know what’s that and I did like to learn more about it do you have a link to a post or article that I can learn?

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Roger April 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Great designing tips. As first impression is the last so it’s must to make your website more attractive.
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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April 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

Yes, first impression is important and I too also see a blog by it’s first impression before I even look at what it had to offer…

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karan April 4, 2011 at 4:21 am

I liked the post.
Concise and to the point, it seems like it would be nice to

connect with you.

Have a nice day friend,
Regards,
Karan

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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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April 4, 2011 at 6:25 am

I’m really happy to connect with you too, and thanks for coming by reading my post and commenting, I appreciate it…

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Tosin April 30, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hey Badblogger,

Unfortunately people dont really care much about what you are if they do not have a good first impression of you.

And since they do not see you, the only thing they can do is check your blog out. if you disappoint with very poor blog layout, then the impression is formed.

Thanks for this lovely tips!

Tosin
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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April 30, 2011 at 6:27 am

Yes, there is almost no second chance, unless you are lucky enough, which I do not attempt, but really first impression is the number one turning point for a good start…

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Raaj Trambadia
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May 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

What about the ads? Doesn’t that make any difference a person’s first impression on a blog?
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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May 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Well, you will had to see what type of ads, different ads give different impression and different people had different thinking towards ads, so what’s yours towards this blog?
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Raaj Trambadia
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May 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Well, this blog totally relies on Private Ads which is a great thing! I can’t see any Google Ads hence it seems you’ve got enough advertisers :)
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Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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May 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I had try Google Adsense before and drop it because I learn a powerful lesson from it years back and that is… it will never work for any site that doesn’t had at least a few thousands of visitor a day.
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