It really, really annoys me when someone doesn’t take the time to present their work aesthetically pleasing. They don’t use all that WordPress has to offer. I have spoken to a friend of mine about how to utilize WordPress to its full aesthetic potential. He has improved. /cringe
What’s below won’t necessarily give you more traffic. But, I’m a nobody getting decent traffic- in less than 2 weeks I got 1,000 views. So, it might help you. If anything, you’ll look more professional/pretty.
Maybe I’m being a little OCD….
Here are some tips:
- Pick a layout that matches your work style. Make sure your font color and choice is legible. Use Hex# for color consistency.
- Stick to your color palette. You can explore palettes in the Customization section. Again, use Hex# for color consistency. Stick to them, even in your photo choices in your posts. I use a lot of blue-teal/aqua/cyan, and black. Sometimes I deviate. But, I try to find what I need in those colors. It’s not easy. Sometimes I give up. Even if it has a little blue, I’m happy. Also, because my main blue is cyan, bright yellow, and other super bright colors look nice. So, I have flexibility.
- If you use a header, make sure it isn’t overly complicated. Or, remove the text that goes over it. Otherwise, it’s not legible.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with the CSS for a customized blog look. You can ask in the forums for help!
- Be creative in your Featured Image. I often type in things like “heartbreak art tumblr” or “blue neon sign art” and then if I can’t find something I add the “tumblr” part. For whatever reason, tumblr has an enormous amount of awesome art.
- Make sure to have the Follow widget on your page. That and maybe the counter are the only really cool widget must haves. However, that’s for my blog and what I do. You might make use of other ones. Simplicity is better, nonetheless.
- Use tags that make sense- poetry, poem, poet, art, depression, writing, ptsd, love, relationships, chronic pain, abuse, beauty, reblog, blog, haiku, mental health, anxiety, are ones I often use. Don’t be afraid to use tags but general ones are the best ones. If your Layout reveals your tags when you click the post, it’s appropriate they match what you posted!
- Be WISE in choosing your excerpt (which is under More Options)! If it’s a poem, quote the best two lines. Same for any writing sample.
- Make the titles of your work interesting. I have had to change titles of my work because they were too vague. I need something catchy to catch you! And creative, too. I sometimes use imagery in the title, or in the excerpt. Either one, so the person gets an overall sense of your work. Combined with the Featured Photo, it will give the viewer a good sense before clicking.