Saturday, September 2, 2017

[FLYTIP] A Few Blog Post Formatting Do's and Don'ts


Welcome to another FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, September 2nd is... a guest prompt from me! :) I can't wait to see everyone's answers!

The prompt: FLYTIP: Post Format || What are your do's and/or don'ts for formatting a blog post?

A Few Blog Post Formatting Do's and Don'ts 

DO:

  • Include a short but accurate blog title in the title box. 
  • Include hi-res images to the tops of your blog posts. The leading image that you choose will show up in the Blogger Reader as well as any social platform that you share the blog post on.
  • Add headers and subheads to the body of your post to help with "skim-ability." I know, it's super frustrating to think of someone skimming rather than reading your content, but by breaking it up you make things easier for readers. 
  • Add a couple labels to help categorize your content. 
  • Double check each blog post URL/Permalink before you publish. On many platforms the URL's are automatically created, but they are not always properly formatted. Just give the URL a peek to make sure there is nothing that will break the link when shared. Ex. remove any punctuation that may have been pulled in. 
  • Include a short Search Description with fitting keywords. When properly formatted, this will help with your SEO.
  • Make sure your comment section is turned on. There's nothing more frustrating than reading through a blog post and getting ready to comment only to find out that the blog doesn't have a comments section.

DON'T: 

  • WRITE IN BOLDED ALL CAPS- It's not only hard to read, but it comes across as shouting.
  • Use hard to read fonts or font colors.
  • Forget to tag any original creator. Sometimes the original creators are difficult to find, but more often than not, I have seen people simply leave out any mention for the original creator. Make sure to give credit where credit it due. 

One more general blogging note: make sure people can easily follow you. Blogger specific- make sure your Followers Widget is set up and located near the top of the page. Click here if you need instruction


Thanks for reading!
I can't wait to see all of your tips!

14 comments:

  1. Great tips Erica!
    I started adding header this year because of the skimming. I guess it doesn't matter much if the content is good.

    Good post!

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  2. Great post, Erica. Nice tips that aren't too hard to follow :)

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  3. Wonderful tips - very helpful!

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  4. YES!! These are great tips!

    I always get frustrated when I read a great blog post and have something to say, but there is no way for me to leave a comment or when I leave one, I get an error message...UGH!!

    Not giving credit to the original tag creator is definitely one of my biggest blogging don'ts!! Like you said, it is important to give credit where it is due and link back to the creator. We all want credit for our ideas, so we should do the same for our fellow creatives.

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    1. Right?! Both of those things drive me insane!! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  5. Great tips Erica! I was looking at Seo the other day trying to figure out how to bank on it...? I have two posts that have an AMAZING click through rate and I wondered what I did so well with them?! LOL. I am TOTALLY GUILTY of the all caps sudden shout! I LOVE doing it and feel like if something is worth shouting about maybe it's worth reading... LOL! ♥️ I wish I had known about this I would have participated!

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    1. Thank you! I don't think it's too late to participate in this FLYTIP! :) If you ever have specific questions about SEO, feel free to email me! I will try to help :)

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  6. Yeah, hahah :D skimming is a thing. I bold and italicize the most important stuff so people can skim. But now that my blog decided to make the font heavy all of a sudden, it's not as easily noticeable -.- I hope someone can help me fix it soon.

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    1. Oh no!! I wish I knew more about coding and could offer to help!

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  7. Great advice! Love "Forget to tag any original creator." <--It's important to give credit where credit is due. Thanks for joining me this week. <3

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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    1. Absolutely! That is one of my biggest blogging peeves! So many people think it doesn't matter, but it does! Thanks for hosting!

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