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Questions to Help You Improve Your Blog’s User Experience

24th March 2017

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WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BLOG’S USER EXPERIENCE

I spent last Saturday in Spitalfields with two fellow bloggers – Sue of Old Fashioned Susie and Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones. It turned out we were all in London, so I thought it would be fun to catch up and discuss our businesses.

Yep, I know how to party!

I pondered over how we could best use our time together. Although I love talking about goals, I thought a blog Spring clean would be more beneficial. A little dust down to ensure the site is user-friendly and everything is in working order.

In advance of our date, I compiled a few questions and we each spent roughly 15 minutes auditing each other’s sites. The process gave us some objective feedback, helpful ideas and most of all a gentle push to address those outstanding tasks.

I’ve shared the questions here with a few additions we discussed on the day. It was great fun and I would certainly recommend the process. Although you may wish to tweak the questions to reflect your website, blog or business. And just to add, it’s vital to meet in an Instagrammable location that serves good cake!

Taking time out to help others can give a useful overview, enabling us to see things in our own business more clearly. A little mutual cheerleading and feedback are valuable and most of all they don’t cost a penny!

So here are a few simple questions to help you improve your blog’s user experience.

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First impressions:

When on the homepage, is it clear what the blog is about?
Is there an about page and does it give sufficient information?
Does the blog feel organised with consistent branding?

Navigation:

Does the blog have categories and are they easy to find?
Does each post encourage further reading?
Can you navigate between blog posts?
Is there a search tool?

Audience building:

Are the social media links easy to find?
Are there ways to subscribe/follow the blog?
Is there a mailing list and is it simple to find?

Marketing:

Is it easy to share blog posts?
Can the images be pinned on Pinterest?

Commercial:

Is the contact information quick to locate?
Does the blog offer any services, products, e-courses etc.?
Is there a media kit?

Other:

Is the brand recognisable and consistent on all social channels?
Does the blog work on phones?
Any further thoughts and suggestions.

If you work through the questions I’d love to know how you get on. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

Further reading: 5 quick and easy steps to a stronger online identity and the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Lazy Daisy jones 24th March 2017 at 7:36 am

    Such a useful process, and a fun way to spend a couple of hours just talking ‘blog’ this list is superb ! Xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thanks so much for all your help on Saturday! I hope you have a great time in London.

  • Reply fashionforlunch 24th March 2017 at 7:48 am

    This is such a great post! I keep thinking about my ‘about me’ page….. It’s soooooo out of date!!!!!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thank you, Kirsty. These things can look dated so quickly, especially when our brands are constantly growing and evolving. I hope you have a lovely day!

  • Reply Lucy 24th March 2017 at 8:03 am

    Really good questions here. It’s got me thinking!! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thank you, Lucy. Let me know how you get on!

  • Reply Adorngirl 24th March 2017 at 9:27 am

    Saving this checklist and making the amendments!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thanks, Ashanti. I’m pleased you found it helpful.

  • Reply susieherself 24th March 2017 at 11:20 am

    It was lovely meeting up with you both! Wish you were both closer!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you for a great day!

  • Reply Jen Stanbrook 24th March 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Such a great idea Natasha, I’ve pinned for future reference x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th March 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Brilliant. Thanks so much, Jen!

  • Reply Lori 24th March 2017 at 6:47 pm

    This is a fab list and I definitely need to do a bit of a blog spring clean! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th March 2017 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Lori. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Geraldine tan 24th March 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Such great tips. I will have to use them to refresh my site too. Thanks Natasha. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th March 2017 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Geraldine. I’m pleased you found them helpful. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kimberly Duran 24th March 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Fantastic list of questions and it’s definitely got me thinking about my own blog! xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th March 2017 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Kimberly. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  • Reply Maxine Brady 25th March 2017 at 9:30 pm

    This is so helpful. I’m doing about half of these things, but there is so much more I can do. I need a brain storming rock ‘ n’ roll blogger meet up like this

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th March 2017 at 11:11 am

      Loving a brain storming rock ‘n’ roll blogger meet up!

  • Reply Antonia Ludden #tidylife 26th March 2017 at 9:11 am

    This is a great idea! It has prompted me to have a look at my own site 🙂 x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th March 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply kathryn 28th March 2017 at 10:04 am

    Great advice – please can you give my blog a quick audit when we next meet (as well as cake and a photowalk of course!) xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 28th March 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Of course I can! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  • Reply Karen 31st March 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Oh wow, this is such a handy list, taking it and hopefully will check these items off in my way overdue update!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 2nd April 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful.

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