All of us want to make our Blogger page look more like a website and less like a blog. Blogger, a free blog publishing tool, has always been very difficult to customize. But here are few simple yet effective techniques that can make your Blogger blog look and act like a professional website.
- Custom Domain Name:
Blogger offers two free options for publishing your blog. You could choose either to host on Blogspot or host on your own domain name. When you purchase a domain name through Blogger, your domain name appears as www.yourwebsitename.blogspot.com. And when you choose to host your blog on a URL you already own, it appears as www.yourwebsitename.com which makes it look more like a website.
- Customize The Look Of Your Website:
Although Blogger templates are not as attractive as WordPress templates, Blogger does have a few customizable templates for your site. To change the look of your website, you need to add a custom header, custom details and a new background. Make use of a single dominant color and add various shades of the same color for your blog. Don’t keep changing the appearance of your blog every week or so. Retain the look of your blog but tweak it every now and then to maintain the attractiveness of your blog. Try to use fewer than 3 different fonts across your webpage.
- Include Social Media Icons:
To make the most of the vibrant social media scene, you should add social media icons for each of your post. This allows visitors to subscribe to your blog through RSS feed or email. To be able to add social media icons to your post, you need not be a HTML expert. All you need to do is, download a set of media icons in sizes you like. Upload the selected icons to your Photobucket account. Now, write a HTML code to link each icon to your site and paste in on your Blogger gadget. There it is; you have added social media icons to your Blogger blogs.
- Include a Contact Form:
Create a contact form for your Blogger blog. Give your contact forms a unique name, like ‘Tell us what’s on your mind? Include mandatory fields like name, email address and comments.
- Add Various Page Tabs:
Blogger provides close to 20 static pages under header as tabs. The idea is to add, edit and customize these page tabs to suit your needs. You can customize individual pages by using different colors and fonts or change all of them uniformly. A good page should have the About Tab, the Portfolio Tab and the Contact Tab.
- Finally, Add a Favicon:
A favicon is a tiny icon that shows up next to the webpage’s address in the browser bar. You must have seen most big organizations flaunt these icons as a remainder of their brands. Even if you are using custom domain name, your webpage’s address bar will sport the standard Blogger favicon only. You can design your own favicon using Adobe Photoshop.
All the above tips will certainly make your Blogger blog look like a website. A professional looking blog is sure to attract more visitors and increase your earnings.
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