It’s been a while since I participated in meme’s. I have tried to stay away from some for obvious reasons but when my friend Stephen Cronin of Scratch99 tagged me with the Blog Improvment Zone meme, I had to take it.
It couldn’t have been better timing to be tagged with a ”How Can I Improve My Blog‘ meme. I am just in the process of finishing an overhaul of ShanKri-la and I have made some improvemnts. I still do have a list of improvements I would like to work on in the coming weeks.
Improvements I just made
- Cleaner Layout: I think this layout is visually more appealing than the last theme. I was losing a bunch of above-the-fold space in the previous theme.
- SEO Benefits: My previous theme loaded the sidebar before the content area. This has some negative effects in terms of SEO and when I tinkered with changing the loading order, I managed to completely mess up the theme. Another ill-effect of that was that if one of the sidebar widgets like BlogCatalog took time to load, it appeared like ShanKri-la was loading real slow. With the new theme, even if it the zillion things in the sidebars took its sweet time to load, you will see the content right away.
- Customization: Because of the way the header graphics were used, customizing my header or other parts of my theme was harder than it should be. One of my big interests is in learning a little bit of web design and tinkering wtih ShanKri-la is my learning experience.
- Better Comments Section: The comment section is now much more easier on the eyes.
Improvements I would like to make
- Pillar posts: I would like to write a few pillar posts that would serve as a reference for myself as well as others.
- Increase RSS subscribers: I have been postponing running a contest to gain a little bit more exposure and increase .
- Comment Avatars: I would like to add a face to the commentators by implementing one of the Avatar plugins.
- SEO: The new theme instantly gives me some SEO benefits with the content area appearing before the sidebar. But, right now the pages have 2 H1 tags and I would like to remove the other. Also, the content headers and the sidebar headers are all H2 tags. I am planning on making the sidebar headlines to a H3 to emphasize the content title’s importance. With these and other changes, I hope to increase the search engine traffic.
- Monetizing: I haven’t made any serious attempts at monetizing ShanKri-la besides running Google AdSense. So far, my search engine traffic has been just around 20% of the total. With improved SEO, I hope to attract more search engine traffic. Plus, I am planning on looking at other monetizing options in the coming months. But, I am only looking at options that wouldn’t be interfering with your reading experience.With a predicted Google PageRank of 5, I was hoping to use services like ReviewMe, PayPerPost to write sponsored posts in between regular content. But, it looks like Google PR update may never come.
- Favicon: I would like to get a logo designed for ShanKri-la and get a favicon as well. Right now, you are just seeing the default favicon that came with the WP theme.
Now, since this is a meme I have to tag a few people to keep it going. Please feel free to ignore this tag if you don’t like participating or have already participated. I just think this is a good opportunity to look back at what you have accomplished and what kind of improvements you would like to make to your blog. There is something about writing things down for me, I usually get them done.
Now I would like to tag
I have mentioned a few improvements that I think are important. But, what matters the most are the improvements you would like to see here. Let me know in the comments and it will not be falling in deaf ears.