Why do you blog? There are millions of reasons out there in the world, and they range from “I’m mad as h#@l and I’m not gonna take it anymore! ” to “I want to share my gluten free recipes with everyone and make a few bucks too”. And while these are just fine reasons to dedicate many hours to a blog, they may not be enough to make that blog useful or successful.
Steps to Success
One of the wisest “first steps” any blogger could make is to choose one of the many professional WordPress themes. This is because they are among the simplest of all blogging tools around. You don’t need to know any code at all and yet you can have a blog that looks any way you want it – from high tech to earthy. And it will function like a dream for visitors and for the blogger.
Of course, the many features of the WordPress themes are also pretty impressive and useful as well. From the publishing tools and SEO features, to the ways that you can integrate Plugins and widgets into the site to get the most out of it, the features are a huge plus.
A Look at Widgets
We just mentioned WordPress widgets and these are things that can “trick out” a blog to such a degree that it can be used to market, sell, promote, and really build a huge audience. Of course, some widgets can just be helpful to the blogger too – such as tracking and analytical widgets.
There are also many social networking widgets that can do everything from displaying your most recent “Tweets” on a selected area of your blog’s homepage to your Skype status. There are options for all of the major social networks and they can create an immediate connection between you and your visitors.
There are also many monetizing widgets that can allow you to create a stream of income by incorporating the tools into relevant pages. From Amazon.com’s “aStore” widget to tools that earn you profits for displaying items auctioned at eBay, you can strengthen your audience if this is something they’ll enjoy.
Browse the Library
A visit to WordPress shows that there are more than 20k WordPress widgets and plugins available. They can really help a blogger reach their goals and are often remarkably simple to install and use. From tracking statistics, interacting “live” with visitors, to shopping or checking weather, these really enhance the value of the blog and can serve as an “outer layer” that gets people to keep paying a visit and seeing what you’re up to.
About the author
Anny Solway is a dedicated writer at ThemeFuse, a web studio that creates original WordPress themes, that can be used out of the box. She loves to share blogging and technology tips.