se lf m ade savvy.co m http://www.selfmadesavvy.co m/blo g-design/Does Your Blog Design Really Need Made Over?Cheryl J.Recently, I gave my blog design a small makeover. Af ter a while I tend to get bored with the same ole same oleso change needs to come into play every so of ten.But that’s not all, I had other reasons. I’ll tell you about that in a little bit. Even though it’s still not exactly theway I want it, it has def initely been spruced up.Making over your blog design may be just what your blog needs. Variety is the spice of lif e, right? You don’tnecessarily have to have a sexy and stylish design, but a f ew tweaks here and there wouldn’t hurt.Transitioning f rom an old design to a new one can sometimes be a shock to regular readers.But f or the most part, it may just be more invitingthan you think. So, how do you make sure thetransition goes smoothly? First of all, everyone isn’tgoing to like everything you do. Let’s just make thatclear. But there are some ways that you can makesure your readers will like your new blog design andhave your blog makeover a huge success.Begin with asking yourself why youwant a makeover in the f irst place.One of the most common mistakes blog owners make, is doing a makeover when one isn’t even necessary. It’sa common thing to get bored of a blog design just like I did. But one of my main reasons was to be able tocapture more leads and build my list. I recently started mentoring and will be launching some group programsand one on one coaching, so it was sorta like a rebranding type of thing.Now if you’re just tired of looking at the same thing all the time, it’s understandable. However, your readersonly spend a small amount of time on your blog and won’t get bored out of their minds unless your contentisn’t valuable, not because of your design.But if you have a really good reason, like I did, then be clear about it as you begin your redesign process. Makeit a smart business decision.You have the option to stage it and get the kinks out.T his is one of the great things about having a WordPress blog. You don’t have to just push a makeover live.You can stage it in a subf older by using several WordPress plug-ins that will create a staging blog f or you on asubdomain. You can also just copy your entire site to a new domain and work with it f rom there.
How about that f or working out the techy stuf f and design critters bef ore your new blog design goes live?Since I didn’t do a whole lot to my blog, I didn’t f eel the need to do this. But f or some major transf orming, itmight be worth it. Of ten times makeovers may seem like they work perf ectly on the surf ace, but there might bea f ew glitches in the system that need taken care of .Feedback would be helpf ul.Since the relationships you build with your readers are so important, why not get some f eedback bef ore yougo live? Send out a brief survey, asking specif ic questions about redesigning your blog and what theirsuggestions are. You can ask some of your f riends f or their overall f irst impressions as well. Just have thembrowse the site to see how easy is it to navigate. Ask if they have suggestions too. Once you get the answers,then you can start making some necessary changes.Keep track of your stats.It may not seem like such a big deal, but af ter your blog goes live, see if your bounce rate or length of timestayed goes up or down. T his is usually an indication that people either f ind the site user f riendly, or not. Ifpeople are leaving quickly, that probably means they f ound your new design harder to use.Just do this f or the f irst couple of weeks or so af ter your new blog design goes live. You can use GoogleAnalytics f or this if you aren’t doing so already. It’s really easy to set up and is quite usef ul.Making your blog over can be a f un process but it can also be f rustrating if you are doing it yourself like I did. Ittook me three days to get it right but it was something I did with a purpose. Youreally don’t want to do something like this “just cause”. T here are plenty of othertasks and work that you could be doing f or your business so always have yourpurpose in f ront of you bef ore you do anything.Stay Driven and Prosper,P. S. If you enjoy blogging like I do, then why not get paid for it? Some people can’t believe how muchincome can be made by blogging and doing what you love. Let me tell you, it IS possible. Click here tofind out how.0Signing You Up!Sign Up to Get Free Exclusive Updates!How would you like to get FREE trainings, tips, and exclusive inf o sent to your inbox?
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