Ten Ways To Make Your Blog Posts Look Awesome

July 14, 2014

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You’ve seen it before, haven’t you?

You go to a blog post, the content is solid (maybe), but it’s just a bunch of text on a page.

07_14_Awesome_Posts_PinterestMaybe you’re one of those people who get instantly turned off by that, especially when it’s on the Internet.

But then . . . it happens!

You stumble onto a work of art – a blog post that gets you excited to dive in and keeps your attention from beginning to end.
Not just because the content is amazing, but also because it also looks Awesome.

The pictures jump out at you. The formatting compliments the content.

The entire post looks like you're reading your way through the path of righteousness all the way to Heaven.

Ok, maybe it's not THAT deep, but you get the point.

In this blog post, I want to help you get as close to that “heavenly place” as possible with your blog content.

I'm gonna give you ten ways that you can make your blog post STAND OUT! So here goes . . .

1. Choose the Right Theme

divi2-screenshotsThis really sets the foundation for awesome looking content. Yes, there are many WordPress themes out there – even free ones.

However, there are some themes that do a much better job at laying out the content than others. This is why I stick with premium WordPress theme sites like Woothemes and Elegant Themes for my blogs.

They just look good.

Note: This theme I use here at Become A Blogger is actually a customized Wootheme. However, I'm falling more in love with Elegant Themes recently. Especially their Divi 2.0 Theme.

2. Use Relevant Shortcodes To Add Some Spice

shortcodes_featureDepending on what theme you use, you can add a significant amount of AWESOME to your blog posts using shortcodes.

A shortcode is a wordpress-specific code that you can add to your post that allows you to do all kinds of cool things.

You are able to add fancy boxes, buttons and other “cute” elements (I can't believe I used the word cute). Just check out the shortcodes available with Elegant Themes.

Check Out The Shortcodes.

It's one of the reasons why I love them so much.

3. Use simple text formatting to emphasize key points

Never underestimate the power of Bold, Italics, Underlines and even ALL CAPS.

Using those elements in your content helps some parts to Stand Out More MUCH More than others. That's exactly what you want, because some words are just more important.

4. Keep Your Paragraphs Short

People don't like to read long paragraphs online. That's a fact.

So, instead of making your paragraphs super long, break them up. 2 – 3 sentences max. That's the way I do it.

5. Use Heading Tags To Break Up Content

HeadingsOne of the things people like to do when reading content online is quickly scan the content to get the gist of the article.

By having heading tags, you make it easier for people to do that, and it makes your content easier to consume.

In this post, all of the tips are headings (I use the H2 tag), and as you can see, it makes it easier for you to get a general feel of what this post is about.

6. Use High Quality Images

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. They were right (whoever they are).

Yes, your written content is powerful, but adding relevant images that complement your content really takes it to the next level.

I like to use high-quality stock images for my content. I get most of my images from Dollar Photo Club, but there are even some free ways to get great images.

7. Make Your Images Look Awesome

Images are great, but there are all kinds of things you can do to those images to make them look even better. You can add text to them and even apply filters.

With free sites like PicMonkey and Canva, you don't even need to be a professional designer. We use a combination of those two sites for our first picture in every post and even our infographics.

8. Add Infographics

infographicsThis is something I just started doing recently and I think it's a great way to add another dimension to your content.

By taking out the key points from your article and summarizing it visually in an infographic, you are taking things to the next level.

Just check out the infographic at the end of this post and you'll see exactly what I mean. That was made using Canva.

9. Embed Tweets And Facebook Posts

This not only adds a nice look to your posts, but can also help to make your content more interactive.

Your blog readers are able to interact with tweets and Facebook posts from directly in your article. I don't do this often, but it's a neat feature.

10. Create AWESOME Content

TypingI had to add this one as my last tip. It doesn't matter how pretty your blog post looks. If the content is not great, nobody's really going to engage with it.

Create awesome content, and that will complement the awesome look that you just created.

In Conclusion

There you go – 10 tips that you can use today to make your blog posts look AWESOME. You don't have to use them all in every post kind of like I did in this post, but it does give you some ideas to work with.

Are there other things you do to make your blog posts look better? If so, go ahead and share them with me and the Become A Blogger community in the comments below.

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55 Comments

  • EdwinPineda says:

    As usual another great content from you Leslie, I closely following all your post and emails.  I love them all.  Why do you think livefyre will be great as commenting system in our blog.

  • Looks pretty cool Leslie!

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    GideonShalwick Thanks Bro

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    EdwinPineda I’m not 100% sure as yet. I’m testing it out. I like that it updates live and that it integrates very well with Social Media. Also, I love that it updates the comments live. BUT, I’ll be waiting on feedback to come to a conclusion. What do you think about LiveFyre?

  • EdwinPineda says:

    Leslie Samuel from my observation there are lots of blogs implementing livefyre.  I hope it do well as far as engagement and conversation in your blog.  Btw you son smile is sweet, you two look great in the picture.

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    EdwinPineda Leslie Samuel Thanks. Glad you enjoy the pic. I like it too 😉

  • Donny says:

    Great job laying them out Leslie. Infographics look good too, what tool are you using to create it?

  • Selvaa says:

    Good post http://www.livefyre.com/profile/2122080/ !
    I totally accept with the tips. I currently use inforgrpahics for my blogs and they’re working out well. People are sharing my stuff. I also learn some picture editing stuffs,so that i can rely on myself. I will embed the tweets and fb posts.

    Thanks,
    selva

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    @Donny Thanks Donny. We use http://www.canva.com for the infographics. Between them and http://www.picmonkey.com, there’s a lot you can do for free.

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    Selvaa Yep, the more we learn about those kinds of things, the more accessible Awesomeness is to the average person like you and I. Canva is a great resource.

  • Leslie-  i will buy a theme but , i am in doubt about what theme choose between :  Studiopress vs Elegant Themes
    I will love to hear your advice 😀 
    Thank you !

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    @Alberto Torres I’ve used Studiopress in the past and if I had to choose I would choose Elegant Themes. The reason is because although Studiopress themes do look great, I find you have to be a bit more technical to fully get them the way you want them to look, sometimes even going into code. Elegant Themes has an easier control panel that just allows you to select what you want. I just find it a bit easier.

  • I have it on my to-do list to use infographics. They’re powerful and pinnable. I’ve just hired a VA to help out a couple hours per week. I’ll hire it out :).
    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  • newmarketbbq says:

    Great blog post Leslie! I use the LiveFyre commenting in my site too! I love how it brings back traffic to my blog from both Facebook and Twitter when I share my posts. Thanks for your tips here. I need to start incorporating a few things into my posts. ~ Libby Webb, Owner / Operator New Market BBQ and LibbyWebb.com

  • newmarketbbq says:

    Oh and how it shows your latest blog post when you comment on others blogs. Isn’t that cool!

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    Serena Thrift Diving Yep, that’s the way to go. I have my VA do mine. She’s much better at it than I am. My wife said that when I do it, she can tell. And no, that’s not a compliment, lol.

  • Leslie Samuel thank you Leslie , at least  , i have wondered , the best  performace in HTML5, SEO . who can win? 
    And please , if you have an affiliate link of the winner , with pleasure i will click ! 😉

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    @Alberto Torres Leslie Samuel Honestly Alberto, they’ve all come so far where SEO is concerned that I don’t think it matters. I would basically say to find a theme you like and then purchase based on that. For elegant themes, my aff link is https://becomeablogger.com/elegantthemes. I don’t have one for studio press. But yes – make a decision based on a theme you like. They are both good companies.

  • DavidBraun1 says:

    Hi Leslie. Great tips especially on the infographics. What are your thoughts of Disqus vs livefyre?

  • Reg Ames says:

    YEAH, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Firstly(is that a word?), firstly, your post has what I believe Is the most feature: BREVITY COUPLED VITAL INFORMATION. You stated the points powerfully, both audibly and visually, with only enough words needed to drive them home. That produced a short but powerful message which even this ol dude could understand. I checked out Canva and Shortcodes and as Tony the says, “They’re great!”. As for Livefye(rhymes with live write, like Noah, right?), it appears to be a keeper. On brevity; I sometimes do some preaching. I try to keep my sermons short. Twenty five minutes as a goal. What do you think about that? Leslie, keep up the awesome work. Love ya man.
    Reg

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    DavidBraun1 Good question David. I’m going to be doing an extensive comparison soon. Doing some testing and will let you know. I was trying to find an in depth comparison and couldn’t, so I decided to dive right in a do it myself. So stay tuned 😉

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    @Reg Ames Haha, glad you enjoyed the article (and audio). I will try to keep it up. Thanks for the feedback on LiveFyre (I know – interesting name). In terms of brevity, yep – I find MANY sermons to be too long, lol. 25 minutes -> perfect 😉

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    newmarketbbq Thanks for the feedback Libby. I appreciate it. Yeah – it does have some cool features that I really like. We’ll see how it plays out.

  • Peabrain says:

    I like it! It’s crisp, clean, and to-the-point. I’m not quite to the point of publishing, but you’re an inspiration, and I thank you for that.

  • lucyannej says:

    I looked into Elegant Themes, but they didn’t work with Optimize Press, which I use as a plug-in. So, I went to Woo Themes Canvas, and I like it a lot!

    I’d like to know more about commenting plug-ins. I’m using Disqus, but since I have little traffic, I don’t know the impact.

    Noah is a beautiful kid!

  • livefoodrd says:

    Love the info-graphics at the end. It sort of helped me to synthesize it all.

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    Peabrain You are very much welcome. Glad to help 🙂

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    lucyannej Hm that’s strange. I didn’t know that Elegant Themes doesn’t work with Optimize Press. I would think it would. I’ll test it out and see.

    In terms of Disqus vs. LiveFyre, I’m going to be doing an in depth comparison hopefully sometime soon.

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    livefoodrd You know what’s funny? I was actually thinking about you while writing this post, because it was a question you asked and I figured that a lot of other people would have the same question so it would be a good topic to cover on the blog. So thanks for the unintentional suggestion for a blog post 🙂

  • lucyannej says:

    Leslie Samuel lucyannej When I was looking into changing themes  (in June) I asked Elegant Themes, and they said they weren’t compatible with Optimize Press. Things  could have changed by now!

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    lucyannej Leslie Samuel Yeah, it’s interesting. I’ve been a big fan of OptimizePress. However, I’m starting to reevaluate because their plugin seems to be quite heavy and slow. I’m evaluating it a bit more before doing a full out review because there are some aspects I REALLY like and some I REALLY don’t.

  • livefoodrd says:

    Leslie Samuel livefoodrd welcome

  • livefoodrd says:

    Leslie Samuel livefoodrd Actually, I had a flash back of the conversation while reading the post 🙂

  • lucyannej says:

    Leslie Samuel lucyannej Well, I like OP because I can’t afford Lead Pages yet. I wish something new would emerge!

  • ShawnAugustine says:

    LOVE your infographic!  🙂

  • EricHeavilin says:

    Hey Leslie,

    I like the infographic and the pic of you and your son!

    One thing I thought might be useful that you could even have WPCurve take care of is adding a text link under the audio (podcasts too) that goes right to the comments.

    This way, if I’m listening, I can just click + comment, without having to scroll all the way down the page to the comments.

    Just an idea! Keep rockin’ the blog man. 🙂

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    lucyannej Leslie Samuel Oh, I definitely understand that. I have my issues with Leadpages also. I’ve been looking for other solutions too. OP definitely has some strong plusses.

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    ShawnAugustine Why thank you. I can’t take credit for it though. My V.A. ROCKS!

  • Leslie Samuel says:

    EricHeavilin Oooo, I kinda like that idea. Thanks for the suggestion. It’s going on the list 😉

  • John Berger says:

    Great post, Leslie – just the inspiration I needed. My posts are starting to look boring. OK, not starting to look: definitely are looking boring. 

    Love your irrepressible enthusiasm!

  • ChrisJGrace says:

    Awesome Leslie! I knew I had more work to do before I make my site known, but this never occurred to me. I have more work to do! Thanks!

  • sandy says:

    I like livefyre. It’s more apparent you can post as a guest. Alternatively, Discus makes a new commenter think too hard and they often give up posting. 

    As an aside I don’t like when a blog is inconsistent with responsible technology. Some blogs purposely change to more stringent response technology to discourage people. Not you. So, thank you for that. 

    I love your post. The only problem I have with underlining text is that it entices me to click on the words. So, I prefer bolding and headings. 

    I like the info graphics at the end or the beginning of the post. Info graphics can be tricky, if you put to many colors, concepts, and words in them. But yours are nice. 
    Thanks for the ideas Leslie.

  • I’m still drooling over your info graphics. lol. I should do stuff like that. it’s so cool.

  • AND i love Divi too! I’m using it!! haha 😉 Only thing i noticed, and i’m not sure how to fix this… but my Gravatar in the comments section when viewed on a cell phone – it looks WAY too big and covers up the texts. But only in the comments. I supposed that’s wordpress and not the theme… or maybe it’s the gravatar? I dunno. Anyway great post Leslie – as always!

    • Hmm, that’s strange. I just checked on my phone and I do see that. I wonder why that is. When I check out their demo site, that doesn’t happen. I wonder if it’s a plugin issue.

  • Hey Leslie,

    Long time I haven’t come on this site but I’m glad I’m back and there’s tons for me to catch up on. This is a really great post and I really agree with #4. When I read a piece of content that’s a very long paragraph containing 7 sentences or more, I just start to lose focus and not pay that much attention.

    I guess I’m not along one that.

    Also, making your images look awesome is a major one as well. I, as well as many other people I’m betting, have taken shortcuts when it comes to images to share on blogs. And we don’t truly realize how much it adds or takes away from the actual post when used.

    Anyway, great post Leslie. Looking forward to catching up and reading more.

    Have a great weekend.

    – Andrew

  • I must say a perfect guide to make blog post look awesome. Clear me one thing that if I am frequently changing the theme of my blog, will it have any affect on my site’s rankings ?

  • Anu K S says:

    Hi,
    Nice post. I never use Infographics. And also not so bothered about images. I always give special attention to my content. But now I understand that all these things together make a good blog

  • Bengt says:

    Yes. Nutritious food must be tasty and a joy for your eyes. I believe that images are extra important. But every image do have to give you a little bit more. There are lots of images that are only boring. Infographics is something I am going to test. Extremely seldom used on sites in my country, Sweden. Odd.

  • Niki says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips Leslie. I am also having a subscription of Elegant themes and I am a big fan of “Divi”. Using shortcodes is great as its saves a lot of time in adding special elements to the page, you don’t have to code and create CSS elements such as information boxes, buttons, columns, dropcaps etc.

    Infographics and eye catching images are really very important, and if you can create featured images for your blog posts using tools like Canva and share them on social networks like Pinterest and Facebook then you can get a good amount of readers for your blog.

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