09/08/2013

Blogger's Secret: 5 Easy Blog Improvements


Last month I started off with the Blogger's Secret series with the posts about blogging faux pas and blog must haves. Today I will talk about the more technical aspects of blogging and thus when I say improvements I mean some easy tutorials you can use to make your blog look more professional. As I have a blogger.com blog the tutorials I collected may not work for other blogs but some of the improvements could nevertheless be needful on other blogs, too. Also I'm far away from being a HTML expert so whenever a tutorial is needed I will simply put the link to the genious blogger who shared it.

#1 Remove the Blogger Navbar


Blogger blogs usually come with at navbar at the top of the blog, which helps you to search for other blogs and has a button that gets you to blogger.com. While these can be useful for some reasons they don't always look that professional and may not match your individual blog design. Besides removing them you also have the option to choose another colour so you get the design and the usefulness. Both things can easily be done under the category "layout" which you find in the menu on your blogger dashboard. Look for the "navbar" box and click "edit", then either choose your favourite navbar or select "off" to remove it.

#2 Remove "Powered by Blogger"


Another source of irritation on a clean design could be the "Powered by Blogger" writing at the bottom of each Blogger blog. The following tutorial gives you 3 methods how to remove it so at least one of them should work for you: click.

#3 Remove the Dashed and Dotted Lines


These lines apparently are a feature of the "Simple Template" which I think a lot of us use. They appear at the bottom of a blog, where it says "home" "older posts" and "newer posts". In my eyes they are totally useless and yet quite disturbing so learn how to remove them here.

#4 Remove the Border from Pictures


Having good quality pictures on your blog is hard enough so we should avoid anything that makes them look unprofessional. Besides from a good size, they should also be without these white borders that make them withdraw from the background. Get the tutorial over here.

#5 Add Social Media Icons


Social media icons are something I really like as they look so cute and yet really clear and there are a million ways of doing your own so they will match your blog design for sure. I've only been having my social media icons (the pink link buttons to my social networks which you can see at the top of my sidebar) for a few weeks and as they are not that easy to make my boyfriend helped me out with them. Luckily for you today I found a really easy tutorial for which you don't need anything else than some icons (which you can find on the internet) and blogger.com. Find the tutorial video here.

I really hope you liked these little blog improvements. If you decide to try all of them you should plan some time and patience and if one of the tutorials shouldn't work for your blog, you can still browse the internet for alternatives. Is there anything else you think should be removed on or added to a blog to give it a better design?

22 comments:

  1. Ohh I'm really in need of doing #4! I'm going to figure this out right now. Thank you!

    Mabel
    Life of Mabel

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  2. love these tips, perfect timing for me! thanks for sharing :-)

    www.stylemailbox.com

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  3. Hi Carmen, your tips are very useful, I'd love to improve something on the blog but I am little lazy and not very good with the blogger settings:P Have checked out the tutorials, need some patience and work on it!:) Kisses! xo

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  4. Ich werde dieses WE das mit den Social Media Buttons ausprobieren und Powered by Blogger entfernen!
    Deine Tipps sind echt Gold wert, find ich super.

    xx

    http://andysparkles.blogspot.de/
    http://www.facebook.com/andysparkles.blog

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  5. Haha oh yeah, already did all this!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  6. I definitely need to keep the navbar tip in mind. I didn't know you could delete it!

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi Carmen, these are great and helpful tips. Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful weekend! Pamela

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  8. Ich werde mir die Tipps merken. Vielleicht wechsle ich ja mal zu Blogger,

    xx

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  9. Oh wow thanks so much for these! These are so useful/helpful! I removed my blogger navbar already! Now i just need cuter social media buttons lol! <3

    http://www.pinkoolaid.com

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  10. Thank you for the tips! I think a must, is that blog pictures are in the same width, therefore the blog looks more polished and professional!

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  11. Sehr hilfreich! Werde es mal ausprobieren (: Toller Post!

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  12. Hi Carmen, I agree with all the tips above! Really nothing to add to this one...

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  13. Thank you so much for these tips! I'm off to do n.4 immediately!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

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  14. Thanks for sharing these tips! :) xo

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  15. Huhu,
    Tipp Nr. 1 fand ich super, habe sooft an meinem Layout rumgebastelt und nie darüber nachgedacht wie störend die ist!

    Lieben Gruß,
    Carina

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  16. Tolle Tipps, vielen vielen Dank!
    Deinen Header find ich superschön übrigens!

    Liebe Grüße,
    Mrs.B

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  17. Very good written and helpful post - thank you!

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