This week for my blogging tips I wanted to talk about you blog’s sidebar.
“The sidebar is present in ALL of your posts. Meaning that it’s the only part of your blog (with your header) that will be seen by every single person who visits your blog, no matter what. So you want to make sure that you’re making the best out of this little part of your blog. – Emma, Hello Foxy”
With this in mind over the last few weeks I have been figuring out which widgets work best in my side bar. After quite a bit of trial and error, here are my suggestions.
The 5 Items You Should Have on your Blog Sidebar
Lets Get Personal
It’s always nice to know more about the blogger straight away, without having to look at / locate their about page. From the get go you can see who the blogger is and also maybe where there based. I love know where people are based! A picture also helps and you can then put a face to the name. It instantly personalises your front page and makes you more approachable.
Sign Up Options
Ever gone onto a blog and would love to subscribe to them yet after 5 minutes you still haven’t located the button?? Yep, been there. The amount of bloggers I do not follow because I simply could not find out where I could! Annoying as hell!! It takes two seconds to put something there. Something is better than noting when it comes to sign-ups.
Do you use any social media platforms to promote your blog? If I like a blogger I wanna follow them on all my platforms. Having quick icons to bring me there is super helpful, quick and handy.
This bad boy is super user-friendly. You know the blog page you need to be on but you can’t find that post they had from ages ago? Search options make it easier for your follower to navigate your site. A quick and easy tool for those on your site. Remember, your site isn’t for you to navigate, it’s for your followers. Why make life harder for them?!
As Emma mentioned above, the sidebar is present in ALL of your posts, so why not add your best posts. It will help people dig deeper and quicker into your blog and possibly keep them hanging around longer! No brainer!
So there are my 5 top widgets. Which one’s do you have?
Have you found any that have proved useful?