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How to Refresh the Design of Your Blog For Maximum Impact

Today’s episode is part 6 of the new ‘Today, Not Someday’ podcast series. The focus is actioning your ‘someday’ list, the things you’ve always wanted to do to improve your blog but have struggled to make happen. For details about how the series works, check out episode one here. Part 2 was about why you should sell a product on your blog (and how to do it). Part 3 was about how to increase your subscriber numbers for your email list. Part 4 was about how to get readers excited to join and stay on your email list. Part 5 was about how to use auto responders to drive traffic and profit with your blog.

The focus of today’s episode is how to refresh the design of your blog to maximise your chances of making people feel what you want them to feel and doing what you want them to do.

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In This Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). In today’s episode:

  • Why the design of your blog is so vital
  • 4 areas of your blog design that you should review and update
  • How to refresh your blog sidebar
  • How to tackle your blog navigation
  • How to tackle your calls to action
  • How to work out if you need to upgrade your blog design completely
  • 5 key principles of effective design that you should implement in your blog design

Further Reading and Resources for How to Refresh the Design of Your Blog For Maximum Impact

Where to find a new blog theme

StudioPress has a great range of options for wordpress themes. Check out what StudioPress has to offer here (ProBlogger affiliate link).

Other episodes in the Today, Not Someday Series:

Meet my new friend, Edgar (and a SPECIAL OFFER)

I’d like to welcome a new sponsor to the ProBlogger podcast for the duration of this 10 part series, my friend ‘Edgar‘.

Edgar is a tool I’ve been using since January of this year that does exactly what this series is about. It enables you to make the work you do on social media keep paying off for the long term.

You put a little work into Edgar today by adding social media updates highlighting the great content in your blog’s archives and Edgar goes to work to share them to your followers not just once but by queuing your updates to keep delivering to into the future.

The team at Edgar have put together a special deal for ProBlogger readers which gives you a free one month trial. Sign up for your free one month trial at meetedgar.com/problogger. Here’s a video of how I use Edgar:

If watching videos isn’t your thing – here’s a blog post I wrote on how I use Edgar.

How did you go with today’s episode?

How will you spring clean your blog design? I’d love to hear about what you decide to do to refresh your blog in the comments below (feel free to include pictures).

The hashtag I’ll be using to talk about this journey on social media is #TodayNotSomeday and I encourage you to share your journey too, using the same hashtag.

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  • A little late to the game but I did change a few things on my sidebar at http://patientgen.blogspot.com. The search with this blog widget hasn’t been working, so I removed it. The subscribe to posts feature hasn’t worked either. I bumped up the subscribe by email and decreased the follow me on Google Plus widget. I also thought moving my Popular Posts widget would be helpful on higher in the rank. So, my cleaning wasn’t major and my participation is late in the game. But, I hope to get going on the tips from the podcasts.