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Blog Usability Checklist

Apr 17, 2007 • general

Below are some usability tips for your blog. This was by far my most popular post, so you can flip through each tip by clicking the numbers below, or read the expanded version of the post here.

1. Pick a topic for your blog.

Theme

2. Encourage comments.


3. Make it easy to subscribe.

Subscribe to RSS

4. Include an About page.

About page

5. Present your ideas visually.

Present Ideas Visually

6. Keep posts short and to the point.

Keep posts short

7. Use subheadings for long posts.

Keep Posts Short

8. Link abundantly


9. Make headlines descriptive.

Headlines

10. Archive by topic.

Category archives

11. Include a list of Related Posts beneath each post.

Related Posts

12. Allow users to contact you offline.

Contact offline

13. Present your real viewpoint.

Speak your mind

14. Write for your future employer.

Fired

15. Include a Top Posts section.

Top Posts

16. Provide an index.

Index

17. Get your own URL and match it to your blog's title.

Match Title to URL

18. Include a Recent Posts section in your sidebar.

Recent Posts

19. Reward commenters for commenting.

Top Commenters

20. Post often.

Technorati Report on Posting Frequency


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