The breathtaking, million dollar view of the New York skyline.
The peace and quiet, being 18 stories above Manhattan.
The green carpet and weather-insulating canopy treatment.
ATM beside the tastefully designed, always spot shine clean, inviting lobby.
Any type of food you could ever dream of within 20 minutes.
Greenwich Village, Battery Park, NYU and Midtown Manhattan all within walking distance.
A kick ass, one of a kind user experience.
Kelli and I just wrapped up a glam house sit at a luxe Manhattan apartment. We had a blast watching a cute little cat name Bous (like, “couscous”) while enjoying stunning views of the Freedom Tower in a peaceful, phenomenal New York City neighborhood.
It was a fabulous experience because a great deal of thought went into the design and location of the apartment.
More than that, the individuals who built the apartment obviously put themselves in the shoes of a would be renter: What would appeal to them? What views would wow ‘em? How about the location? The local neighborhood? The service at the front door?
Which is exactly how you should be thinking if you want to create a brilliant experience for your readers.
Recently I had a new bespoke theme designed for my blog by the talented Phillip Dews. I bought a CDN. I designed a clearer, cleaner sidebar. I created 2 more online courses for you. I migrated comments from my somewhat buggy (not the code, but the spam plugin’s interaction with the code) old comment system to clean, clear, quick Disqus.
I added a simple Contact page.
I upload 1-3 images – or more – for every post.
I released a new Blogging From Paradise eBook every Friday.
I have converted some of my eBooks to audio books on iTunes for your listening pleasure.
If you need help with your blog, I can coach you.
If you need content for your blog, I can write for you (email me: [email protected]).
I have been having fun, spreading the love and putting myself in your shoes to create a delightful, enjoyable, enriching environment to help you with your blog.
So far, so good.
Making a visit to your blog enjoyable, helpful and seamless encourages return visits and helps you find new raving, rabid, “I will sprint through a brick wall to read your latest post” type fans.
Use these 10 tips to improve user experience.
1: Upgrade Your Theme
The masterful Phillip D created a bespoke theme for me a while back.
The bespoke Paradise Reloaded theme:
- sped up my blog
- jazzed up my blog
- made my blog sizzle
- boosted my branding potential
- gave readers a mountain of eye candy to feast on, creating cyber carb spikes and crashes around the globe
A theme upgrade may be in order for you.
Think clean, simple, lightweight, mobile responsive, and align it with your blogging brand.
Give your loyal readers an entertaining, visually-appealing experience.
2: Write Short Paragraphs
Readers like snippets. So….snip it (fewer kids, fewer run on paragraphs).
Write short, concise paragraphs to please your visitors. 1 sentence, 2 sentei (no idea why I pluralized like that) or 3 or 4 works nicely.
Imagine readers following the movement of a typewriter. Left to right. PING. Next line.
Go vertical. Think up-down. Like the way real estate works in New York City.
3: Use Headers
Headers break up blog posts.
Breaking up blog posts makes your blog more readable. And scannable.
Scroll up. Scroll down. ‘Nuff said.
4: Invest in a CDN
I invested some smackers in a CDN a few months ago.
Night-day blog speed difference.
A CDN speeds up your site by hosting images far, far away from your blog. Lightens the blog load.
CDNs can run from $5 to $10 or more but are well worth any investment.
Most readers who aren’t Buddhist monks are speed demons, wondering why your blog didn’t load at the speed of light. Please this lot.
5: Upgrade Your Comment System
My readers persistently sent me emails from when my new theme went live. They had problems commenting on my blog.
Code was solid. But my spam plug ins never agreed with my theme.
I switched over to Disqus last week. Bingo! My readers can comment easily, quickly and with no problems.
Using Disqus has also sped up my blog – and the commenting process – significantly.
Upgrade your commenting system if your current system is slow, bulky or faulty.
6: Eye Candy (Use it)
Pictures speak 34 million words. Seriously.
Look at the images I use. In posts. On my sidebar.
If I explain how I went to Phuket, Thailand, you may think, “Wow.”
If I post a picture of Kelli and I in Phuket’s crystal clear waters (on my sidebar) you will say: “Wow!!!”
Pictures improve reader experience. Use ’em.
7: Plant Chocolate Chips on Your Sidebar
Go ahead. Look around (lowers my bounce rate).
8: Tidy Up Your Sidebar
Tight, sweet and neat. Your sidebar Holy Trinity.
Cut the bloat. Or thy blog, thy sidebar shall smote.
Seriously. A crappy-looking sidebar kills your blog.
Look at my SB. Orderly and clean. Like a Salad Bar. Without the healthy food (have you found the chocolate yet?).
Trim da fat. Cut the crap. Weed out anything not aligned with your blog and brand.
Leave only what enhances your blog.
9: Go Heavy on White Space
White space makes your content pop.
Giving readers ample white space creates an “easy on the eyes” experience.
Giving readers little white space creates a “I want to tear out my eyes” assault on the senses.
Use plenty of white space. Don’t goad readers to go all Oedipus after attempting to read your blog.
10: Have Freaking Fun!
You are missing the point if blogging feels as pleasant as filling your underwear with enraged fire ants.
Have fun blogging. That fun-loving energy will bleed through your blog. Leading to colorful tales. Funny stories. Entertainment. Happy readers.
My blog is more Netflix than networking resource. More Broadway than blog.
Your users will feel your fun energy. Which’ll improve their experience.
How are you improving your reader experience?
What tips can you add?
Do you need to improve any of the above 10 aspects of your blog?
I love helping people a lot. I also know how this blogging thing can be confusing at times. So I offer coaching services.
I get questions from Quora to Qarth (ASOIAF) about how to build a successful blog so if you need help with your blog peep my services:
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