What do you imagine when you think of CocaCola? What do you imagine when you think of Apple? Can you imagine the color and logo of both these brands? The majority of us can, and that’s the power of branding. If there is one thing to learn in business, it’s branding. Consistent branding is key to making your company, business, blog, or idea a success. However, most bloggers and webmasters who start a blog or a product company are not so accustomed to design and branding. Most of us use sites like Fiverr, 99design, and Freelancer.com to hire a web-designer to work on the branding aspects of our websites. And if you are working with a well-skilled designer, then that’s great. But if not, you will miss out on several important aspects of branding. What are these important aspects of branding? Apart from the company’s vision and mission statement, here are a few important visual aspects of branding that you need to implement ASAP: Logo Font … [Read more...] about Brandmark: Use Artificial Intelligence To Create Instant Logo & Brand Identity
Mobile-first web design is more important in 2017 then it has ever been before. With over 95% of users now mobile, the internet is evolving faster than we can keep up. Not only has there been a ton of growth in the marketing community, the tech industry is changing the game with all of the new smart devices available. As a web developer, you have to adapt to these trends to stay relevant and ahead of the curve. Not only do you have to keep up, you have to design with the future user in mind. I have compiled a list of benefits to think about while designing with the motto: Mobile-first in 2017 and beyond. 1. More Exposure – AMP One of the most important benefits of mobile-first is the amount of exposure you can receive if you participate properly. Google has developed something called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). AMP is a secondary version of your website without all of the Java, widgets, heavy images, and toys to slow down the speed of your landing page. By implementing AMP … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons You Must Implement A Mobile-First Web Design | Better SEO, UX, AMP, CTR
Mobile First Web Design is more important in 2017 then it has ever been. With over 95% of users now mobile the internet is evolving faster then we can keep up. Not only has there been a ton of growth in the marketing community, the tech industry is changing the game with all of the new smart devices available. As a Web Developer you have to adapt to these trends to stay relevant and ahead of the curve. Not only do we have to keep up, we have to design for the future user in mind. I have compiled a list of 5 benefits to think about while designing with mobile first in mind in 2017. 1. More Exposure – AMP One of the most important benefits of Mobile First Web Design is the amount of exposure you can receive if you participate properly. Google has developed something called Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMP for short. AMP is a secondary version of your website without all of the Java, widgets, heavy images and toys to slow down the speed of your landing page. By implementing AMP into … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons You Must Implement Mobile First Web Design | Better SEO, UX, AMP, CTR
Setting up a website is ridiculously simple these days; anyone who can use email can put together a website with a bit of research — but is that enough? While templates and content management systems may have made designing easy, creating an effective web design that satisfies users, however, is still something that needs a bit of knowledge and experience on part of the designer. Here are a few principles of effective web design that you can use to instantly make your website more user-friendly: One of the most commonly cited and universal principles of web design — users don’t read web pages word-by-word like they would read a book; instead, they jump from one place to another (or “scan”) on the web page in an “F”-pattern to find the information that they came to find. Your work as a designer or a content strategist is to give them that information as quickly and simply as you can — while this may sound counter-intuitive … [Read more...] about A Few Rules for Effective Web Design
If you search the internet for anything about blogging, you’ll quickly stumble upon the term niche. And the second will probably be a “niche blog”. A niche is a specific target audience within a much larger, general market. It’s important that you create your blog with a niche in mind. When you write for a general audience, you may not get as many loyal users because the blog isn’t designed for their specific needs. You have to focus on a niche so visitors will keep coming back because you provide content that is highly targeted to them. The content and design of the blog should meet user expectations. These expectations are formed with your niche in mind. Don’t give them the design or content of a health and fitness blog when what you’re running is a technology blog. The design for each niche should be distinctly noticeable from others. We’re going to break down popular niches and tell you the design and content users expect. There are a … [Read more...] about How to Create a Design that Compliments Your Niche Blog
Few people would ever visit a blog for how great it looks if they don’t find the content interesting. But ever fewer will bother with the content if the design is dysfunctional or tacky. Of course, the design of your blog should represent your personal style. If you’re a bit quirky, by all means, let that shine through your page. But experimentation should never come at the cost of usability. To help you achieve a better design, we’ve outlined some best practices and summarized them in nine easy steps. Planning the experience of your blog’s visitors comes before anything else. What should they see first? What should they do next? Your blog navigation has to be flawless. Left-to-right content alignment has proven to be easiest to read. The sidebar and CTAs should be on the right, according to experts. Limit visitor choices. Don’t overwhelm your readers. It is best to limit clickable options on each page to 2-3 (‘read latest post’ … [Read more...] about 9 Ways to Improve Your Blog Design
For a very long time, design has exclusively been the domain of professional designers, where entry was restricted by the barrier of knowledge. Things have changed in recent times, however; with many desktop and web apps being aimed at casual users — it’s easier than ever before to edit images, create graphics, customize fonts, and do many other things that weren’t possible for a beginner to do before. Here are 23 such design tools that can help bloggers harness the power of visuals by making the process of designing speedy, fun, and more accessible. Making an image look good by color matching fonts and other elements, though, is something that comes with some knowledge and experience of design principles — so what is a blogger to do? Pictaculous to the rescue. This handy little tool instantly creates an entire color palette based on an image that you upload, so that you don’t have to waste time matching colors anymore. After installing … [Read more...] about 23 Design Tools That Will Make Your Life As a Blogger Easier
Let me start you off with this simple truth: You will never make money as a blogger if you continue to do the wrong things. Albert Einstein’s great quip sums this up – “It is sheer insanity to do something over and over again and expect a different result.” Many new bloggers are lost in thoughts of being able to travel the world and spend time in expensive hotels eating the best meals. While this is a possible feat to achieve, it sure takes a lot of guts and time in getting to this place of tremendous achievement. Daniel Lyons (Fake Steve Jobs) confirmed that, “While blogs can do many awesome things, making lots of money isn’t one of them.” He was right, if you ask me. Your blog isn’t a money printing machine; rather, it’s a tool used for reaching the world with your valuable products/services… and possibly making money in the process. Of course, it takes a lot of work. You must be willing to go through the process … [Read more...] about Why You Will Never Make Money Blogging (And How To Change That)
If you have been following the business news, a lot of organizations are moving towards a concept called ‘Design Thinking’. Organizations like Infosys and IDEO seem to swear that this is the new way to go! Executives are being told to use this approach and keep the end -user (customer) at the heart of all operations. You may ask, so how is this relevant to me? I’m just a Blogger! Turns out… a lot! So What is Design Thinking? The only way you become better at anything and achieve maximum efficiency is through continuous innovation and improvement. As Bloggers, we find ourselves in a world which is intensely competitive and at the same time needs massive co-operation among the Blogging community to be successful! And Design thinking helps you do just that. In simple terms, Design thinking is a technique used by designers to solve complex problems and find solutions for clients. Design Thinking makes one use imagination, intuition, system thinking and logic … [Read more...] about Design Thinking for The New Age Blogger!
When you convince your readers that your content is helpful to them, you need to sustain their interest by keeping in touch through your emails. This is where having an email subscription option on your blog or website comes in. You can use email capture apps like: However, these services require a paid membership (one time, monthly, or annual). These paid services give you lots of advantages, but not everyone can afford them. This doesn’t mean that you can’t build an email list if you don’t have the budget. Contrary to what you might think, building an email list and promoting your content over email does not need to be expensive. We’ve already reviewed several email tools that you can use for free, including Sendy and MailMunch. But as more services for email marketing are introduced every day, here are three more that you might want to check out: 3 Almost free tools to capture emails on WordPress site 1. Privy Privy is an email list service that offers great … [Read more...] about 3 More Free Email Capture Tools To Grow Your Subscribers ?