I’m back with part 2 of ‘My Blog Sucks’ and have I been busy! I must admit this has taken me a little longer than I would have liked but I’m sure it will be worth it.
Bouncing between adding new items to my blog, researching and product development. Although the blog update is not finished I have added most of the items I want to add. The rest will be completed over the course of next week.
So lets get to it.
What have I changed
Danny has been great, and I feel his input has made a big difference to the layout of my blog and the interaction of it all.
Some of the things discussed with Danny were, my opt-in, my sidebar and my footer. There were other points but these were the main issues Danny could see.
As you can see the sidebar has been cleared up, and the opt-in changed to reflect call to action by using a free download.
I removed the ads as a test to concentrate more on opt-in and subscriber trust rather than thinking about sales. After all this is not what my blog is about. Sure I do like to advertise my own products, but I don’t want to push them as they are not always related to the posts I have.
Advertising will come a little later and will probably be a lot more generic in the form of hosting, theme links, and blogging courses.
I was asked by Corbett to be specific rather than generic, so I asked about the feature post slider on the home page. I wanted to replace the slider with a graphical representation linking to ‘Getting Started’ pages and also ‘About me’ pages.
Corbett said this “How many articles do you have? A getting started page is useful as you add more articles. You can always add just a link in your header so you can keep the featured post slider. If you post often (a few times per week or more), I’d lean towards keeping a featured post slider. If it’s less frequent then your slider isn’t all that important.”
I post twice per week maximum, so I feel the graphical slider will be a better addition. linking to the about me and getting started pages will show people who I am and give help in the form of how to setup a new blog. This will include feature posts and additional help.
I also have subscription forms on all of the pages to grab the opt-in which is one of my main goals.
Unfortunately I hit Derek with an email just as he posted a new article so I guess he was busy. His answer was to the point and basically said “get a feature box”.
Derek was talking about the top of the post and a feature opt-in box just like this one below. It’s a prominent opt-in box to build your list. Simple but very effective:
I decided against this as I already had plans for the sidebar opt-in and opt-in’s on most other pages. 6 opportunities in total.
I haven’t ruled Derek’s input out and may re-visit a feature box at a later date.
The overall feedback from the guys mentioned above was a great help. I never expected to get a reply let alone input for simply sending a couple of emails asking for a few moments of their time. For that I am grateful.
It does go to show that no matter how big your reputation as a professional blogger is, or how much your blog earns. You should always take the time to communicate with with your readers as one email or comment can have so much impact.
Let’s go through the changes
I have created a video which will walk you through the changes. You will be able to see exactly what I have been changing and updating over the past week.
Check out the video:
Plugin links – You can either search for these in your plugin section of your blog or download from the site below:
I hope you found some of these changes useful. Did you like the changes?
If you have any questions at all, please comment below.
Also I would be very grateful if you took the time to test my new Tweet Box below.