14 MORE blog improvement ideas!January 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Posted in social media | 8 Comments
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By Jove, I just did another blog analysis! (Earlier analysis here.)
Once again, many of my ideas were client specific (and of course confidential).
The rest are yours.
- ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in the banner is harder to read than Title Case and looks like ‘SHOUTING’ to some readers.
- The pic of the tree is pretty, but it doesn’t suggest a benefit for clients or a link to you. How about a pic of your products in action, in situ?
- The headers for the articles have varying capitalisation (Title Case and Sentence case). While this is a minor point, highly educated clients may find it distracting.
- Australians may prefer a Day/Month/Year format to the current American one.
- ‘Comment’ is simpler and shorter than ‘Add Your Comments Here’. The fewer words we use, the more info we impart.
- A relevant image at the top of each article would showcase your gear and make the blog much more interesting to readers.
- I had trouble understanding your company’s structure due to the varying names. It’d be good to have one long version and one short version and to use them consistently. Failing that, spell out what’s what at the start, so readers like me don’t feel stupid or waste time trying to figure it out instead of reading your content.
- Body copy capitalisation is also highly irregular. Unless corrected, this will erode your brand in the minds of some readers.
- Clichés kill interest faster than a road train wipes wabbits. Therefore, use your ‘natural voice’ to replace phrases like ‘110% effort’, ‘our dynamic team’ and ‘all this and much much more’. Doing so will make you appear human (and therefore, by implication, reasonable and trustworthy). And if your competitors don’t follow suit, you’ll open up an important point of difference in a homogenous market.
- I can’t see any tags, categories or keywords. You said your main site SEO gives you Google Page 1. What about this blog?
- A Bolded Subtitle doesn’t need a colon too.
- ‘Single quotes’ do the same thing (in less space) as “double quotes”.
- The wind energy article is great. This is another point-of-difference opportunity. Especially these days.
- YouTube is now massive. Some embedded videos of your products in action would be great. Especially for Gen Y and younger audience members.
Hope you dig. Let me know!
Paul Hassing, Founder and Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire.
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