This post is by Leia's Delights
With the coming of a new year, we inevitably make resolutions – e.g. get to the gym more often, spend more time with family, go traveling, etc. Why not make a resolution to improve your fashion blog, too? I'm definitely no expert but as I've been blogging for a couple of years and on two different blogs, I thought I'd share a few tips that I picked up along the way in the hopes that they might help you improve your blog in 2011!
1. Remove word verification
You get spam. I get spam. We all get spam. It's annoying, I know, but it only takes a second to delete it (Blogger's new Spam button = fabulous). And removing your spam filter makes it a million times easier for those legitimate commenters to leave you a nice little note. Do it!
Editor's note: If spam is a problem, enable comment moderation. WordPress has a great spam blocker called Akismet that really helps curb the spam.
2. Make your contact information easy to find
Readers, other bloggers, and advertisers should be able to easily get in touch with you. Make sure your e-mail address is placed prominently on your blog, and include links to your Twitter/Facebook pages if you use them. Alternatively, you could place all the relevant info in your ‘About' section, as long as the link to that is placed above the fold on your home page.
If you use Blogger, make sure you include your e-mail address on your profile page. That way, if you leave a comment on someone else's blog, they can easily reply to you via e-mail.
3. Take your own pictures
Unless you are posting something that is incredibly rare and unique or trying to illustrate a very specific point, there is really no reason to snag pictures from the web (e.g. Style.com, WeHeartIt, etc.) on a regular basis and use them in your posts. You don't have to post pictures of yourself (although I'm a hearty advocate of outfit photos… and I like to see your faces! 🙂 ) but pictures that you have taken yourself are preferable to any other type of picture.
Once you have your own pictures… find the perfect size for them. There is one particular blog that takes ages to load because the pictures are huge. And when (if) they do finally load, I have to scroll down three or four times before I can see the entire outfit. Outfit posts make a much better impact if you can see the entire thing from top to toe!
Of course, there are tons more ways to improve your blog, but if you follow these three, you will have original content and you will make it easier for readers to get in touch with you about how amazing your content is. It's win-win!
Wishing you lots of blog success in 2011!
Image by by foxandfeathers (maybe IFB needs to start taking our own pics!)