Your home page is your first impression. It needs to tell your viewers everything about your blog in a glance. Keep it simple, yet informative.
1. Blog Name
You need to include the name of your blog in big letters right out of the gate. How else will viewers know what they’re looking at? Tell them. This is my blog. Make it easy to understand.
You need to give your blog a name. It needs something people can search for and identify. Your home page is the place to make it clear. Always have a blog name!
2. Do You Sell Products?
If your blog is selling a product, the homepage is the place to make that clear. Include images and information about your products. Make it obvious. However, you don’t want to include the price on the home page unless it’s incredibly low.
Give your viewers the basic information about your products and then include a link to another page that goes more in-depth. That will cause your viewers to do a little research. They’ll want to know prices, quality and reviews. Keep all of that in mind.
3. What’s the Purpose of Your Blog?
You, of course, need to tell viewers what your blog is all about. It only has to be a few words, or sentences. Hey, this is a blog about cooking. It’s that easy. You just need to tell your viewers what your blog is all about so they can decide if it’s right for them.
If you do not include the purpose of your blog right away, it’s likely your viewers will leave. They have brief attention spans. Grab their attention the moment they click on your blog. Make it obvious what you are blogging about on your home page.
If your company or brand has a logo, the home page is the perfect place to include it. You want that to be the very first thing your viewers see. Keep it at the top of the page and include it on every other page. This will let viewers know who the information belongs to.
A logo is a magnificent tool in blogging. It makes your blog easy to spot in the crowd and brings a level of professionalism that most blogs don’t have. If you don’t have a logo for your blog, consider getting one.
Every blog’s home page needs to include a navigation bar. How do you expect your viewers to find their way around without one? It’s a necessity. Without it, you won’t get a lot of views. Instead of searching around for yours, viewers will leave and find a blog with a navigation bar.
It’s important to make your navigation bar easy to spot and understand. Make your font big, your color bold, and keep it at the top of your page. Without a navigation bar, you have a home page and a lot of confused viewers.
6. Visual Media
With the standards of home pages in today’s blogs, it would be hard to catch the viewer’s attention without visual media. People love to see images or videos. Your home page is the perfect place to include them.
Put an enormous picture, or an introduction video at the top of your home page to show viewers you’re willing to adapt to them. This will catch their attention and keep them looking for more from your blog.
7. Social Media
Social media is everywhere. Consider adding it to your blog as well. Viewers respond well to social media blogging. It carries a lot of information in a brief space. That’s popular nowadays.
Include the links to your social media, or even have a spot on your home page with a live feed. It could showcase your social media, or any viewers that have used a hash tag you created. That would be an impressive way to incorporate your viewers.