Five Quick Fixes to Make Your Blog Instantly More Readable

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on June 27, 2012

One way to grow a readership that you may not have thought of is to increase your blog’s readability. Even if your content is amazing, if it’s not easy for your followers to access and read, they won’t be following for long. Here are five impossibly easy ways to make your blog more readable.

Break Up Your Text

Writing in smaller paragraphs or using titles or bullets to separate your points is not only easier to read, but more appealing to readers as well. We often don’t have time to sit down and read blogs for hours on end, so readers should be able to quickly scan your post to find the most important “take away” messages.

No Crazy Colors or Fonts

Fonts and colors are fun, but they don’t improve your blog’s readability. Stick to dark colored text on a light background, and try to limit yourself to 2 or 3 fonts across your entire blog. You can use fun fonts on your header or post titles, but your text body should be simple and readable. And while we’re at it, make sure your text is large enough to read!

Align Your Text to the Left

Left-aligning your text is insanely easy to do and makes an immediate difference. Center-aligned text is confusing to the eyes because it does not follow a straight line – it goes all over the place! Try this out yourself by first writing a post with left alignment, then format it centered and try to read it.

Size Your Photos Consistently

This will make your blog not only more readable, but more professional as well! Find out how wide your post area is (for example, mine is 620 pixels wide) and size all of your photos to take up that entire space. You can do this easily either in an image editing program or in your blogging dashboard when you upload your photos.

Please, oh please, no music! Ever!

Want to know how to instantly lose readers? Have music, videos, or ads that automatically play when your blog loads.

How do you ensure your blog is readable? Share your tips!

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