Organization is a vital part of making your blog accessible and appealing to readers. Here’s a simple guide to help you organize your new blog.
Make Sure Your Blog Is Easy To Navigate.
An easy-to-navigate layout is essential to good organization on your blog. In creating your blog, make sure you have a setup that’s user friendly by design. This will make navigation convenient and simple for new readers. It’s also an impressive way to display everything you’ve written on your blog.
Your blog posts should automatically publish in chronological order. However, you can make and maintain different pages to arrange them or categorize them in unique ways. You could group them by topic, for example. What works for you depends on your preferences and the type of content you usually put on your blog.
Link Similar Blog Posts To Each Other.
I’ve written before about how blog posts tend to grow in clusters. If you write a blog post about one topic, you might end up writing enough for two blog posts, or wanting to clarify a concept you mentioned in passing. It’s also possible you ended up going on a rant that’s only vaguely related to the actual topic of your post. If that happens, don’t fret!
If you get a cluster of blog posts like this, publish them separately and link them together. Try mentioning in each post that you’re doing a series, or ending each post with a reminder that another section is coming next week. This will require some planning, but that can be helpful in generating ideas and organizing the series.
Don’t Forget Tags for Your Blog Posts.
Tags are another way to link similar blog posts together, and a splendid way to help readers navigate your blog. Find a suitable name for that series you wrote and make sure every post in that series has it. Also, make sure you have appropriate tags for all the topics you write about. Don’t forget to use them wherever applicable!
It may also help to create a tag cloud on your blog, where readers can select any tag and see all the posts with that tag attached. Having this kind of tagging system will help you organize your blog and create a straightforward way for readers to navigate it.
The Earlier You Organize, the Better.
I know, I know, organization isn’t that much fun. If you’re just starting your blog, you feel drawn to skip the boring parts of organization. You just want to write blog posts about your niche! However, the longer you put off organization, the harder it will be.
You’ll have a lot of old blog posts that might not have tags or a place in your navigation system. This means you have to go back and fix those posts. It’s easier to start with a solid organization system and make sure everything you write gets categorized in that system. This kind of organization will serve as an excellent navigation guide for your blog too.