Although most of you probably know what it’s a blog, let’s start from the beginning.
What is a blog?
Jorn Barger coined the term in 1997. A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of comments, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular topic, while others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images and links to other blogs, web pages and other media related to your topic.
The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogs), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcast). Microblogging is another type of blogs with very short messages.
The structure and parts of a blog
Most of the blog have the following structure but not a rule:
Header: You can often find the navigation and in some cases the search
Content (main content): This must be the post entries, pages, etc..
Sidebar (sidebar): This part is intended to Social Media, subscriptions, advertising, etc..
Footer: Options, information on authors, one can repeat the subscription.
Links are an important aspect of blogs. In the blogosphere there are “conversations” to facilitate the “referencing” of information on blogs.
Permalink (permanent link), is a “URL” set that is generated by the blog system and applied to each post or entry. Although the post is archived, the URL is stored in the database to be able to reference the entry in question individually.
Trackback (aka pingback). It’s like a reverse link. Allows a Blogger (A) notify another Blogger B has been commented that one of the posts or entries of B. When B receives the notification from the Blog A that a trackback has been created, the system creates a record Blog B permanent link referred post. Trackback only works if it is enabled on the blog a reference and referral.
The blogroll is a list of links from other blogs that a blogger finds interesting and useful, is similar to a favorites list.
Organize. The blog software facilitates the association of owners or entries via RSS or Atom. Unionization can integrate these headlines on other blogs, web pages, or aggregators and readers widely.
How to improve your blog
These are some trends you can use to improve and increase your blog traffic:
1. Use headlines and images to attract readers’ interest
2. Your navigation bar should be as clear as possible
3. Avoid putting too many things at the top (header) keep it relatively simple, and easy to navigate.
4. Put the important parts (eg, search box, subscription notices) as close to the top of the page as possible. This will help them get the most exposure possible.
5. Use one or at most two types of subscriptions your blog, do not confuse your readers.
6. Use e-mail subscription
Here I leave you some lists of Inspirational Blog Designs