Socially effective blog designs refer to blog websites that focus on social network sharing. If you are a blogger, you must be very particular about your posts, quality, and traffic generation on your website. Without proper traffic, your blog is basically standing alone in a huge ocean of blogs on the internet. No one looks at you and so no matter whatever you write or how good it is; it goes unnoticed.
So, I thought I’d prepare a great list of blog design actions that can prove to be very effective while sharing on social websites. Social websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc have certain metrics regarding their share option. By metrics I mean the image details, descriptions, titles, URLs, tags, etc.
Essentials of your blog design
The very first thing to keep in mind is the concept of useful images. Images can be very effective as part of your marketing plan. People tend to relate with images before they start reading your article. So, for example, if you are writing about a lovely holiday or travel news; support the article with a very good and attractive image (may be a beach side or a lovely mountain view). This would increase your readership.
Anyways, let’s come back to the design metrics. For socially effective blog design, always focus on the image size. The image is best delivered on all social networks if it is equal or more than 1024 X 968 pixels. Low resolution images can be very unpleasant on high definition devices; thus, reducing your credits. So, always try and put high quality images.
Reducing picture size is a must for blog design. One of the best online options is www.tinypng.com. I use it myself and have got some fantastic results. Your photo quality will remain as it is and its size would be reduced by at least 70 percent. Image optimization is good for page load speed.
Descriptions for your post are a good way to connect to users. Your users can get a brief excerpt of what your post is about when you share it on the network. A powerful description often leads to more readerships.
Social networks tend to attach the first few lines as excerpt of the shared content. So, I suggest keep the excerpt length of your blog post limited to about 30-35 words, and feed the best gist idea about the post within these first set of words.
Titles and URLs are other important aspects. Titles must be very catchy and relating. Your users must get curious and anxious to read your post when they see your title or the URL. On the other hand, your URL must also contain the focus keyword for your post. This ensures search engines to find your post in organic searches. So make a powerful title and URL keeping these in mind.
Tags are small token words related to the topic of your post. Your tags play a lead role in social network searches, and must be treated as a vital part of your blog design approach. When a user searches for a particular term on the network search bar (the search bar in Facebook or Google Plus, etc.), they are provided with some search results. These search results are drawn from the tags that are associated with the different posts. So, for example, if your post has the tags – travel, holiday, etc.; they would be listed on the search results whenever a user searches for these terms.
Jotting down the blog design points
– Images for your post must be high definition (minimum of 1024 X 968 pixels) and must be of optimum reduced size.
– Descriptions must contain useful information in a compact manner. A gist of the whole article idea is the best.
– Titles and URLs must be catchy and at the same time friendly to organic searches
– Using tags effectively to make the most of social searches.
I guess keeping these in mind while you create your own blog design; can earn you lots of social shares and social network traffic.