How does your blog or website look on different devices?

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How disappointing

when after all your hard work crafting a new blogpost or improving your website you realise that it doesn’t look so good on a device different to the one you used for its creation.

I read somewhere

that over half of all published blogposts are read on mobile phones so you really need to ensure that you’ve enabled the mobile phone version of your blog or website.

I use

Blogger blogs

WordPress blogs

and Weebly websites.

This is what I’ve discovered.

Blogger Blogs

You need to go to
Theme and enable the mobile version offered at the top of the page in addition to the web version.
But did you know that on an Apple iPad the web version is the one displayed? At least it is on my iPad Mini. And the web version is very difficult to read and navigate on such a small screen.
Also, with the mobile phone version of Blogger you lose all your sidebars so any useful information you’ve got in the sidebar of the web version isn’t displayed.
If you’ve enabled a Google Plus profile in the sidebar this is displayed below your blogposts but that seems to be the only gadget included with the mobile version.
You might need to review the information you’re trying to share via the sidebar and have a re-think if potentially over half your readers aren’t getting that info.

WordPress Blogs

To enable the mobile version of your WordPress Blog go to
your Admin Dashboard
Appearance
Mobile
Enable mobile theme.
However this version doesn’t display any of your sidebar information either.
On your mobile phone, if you go to the web version the sidebar gadgets are displayed after all the blogposts so a great deal of scrolling is needed to get to them.
Again, you might need to think again about any important information in your sidebar which your readers could be missing.
The iPad displays the sidebar gadgets after the blogposts too.

Weebly Websites

On Weebly websites the home page seems to be displayed the same on all devices except that the pages that are clearly visible in the menu bar on the PC version go into a dropdown menu on the mobile phone and iPad versions. This could necessitate a re-think about what’s on your landing page to point your readers in the direction you want them to go.

It’s well worth checking the appearance of your blog or website on all devices to ensure you’ve maximised all your opportunities to capture your audience!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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How many words in a blogpost? And after extensive research, the jury’s still out!

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As you may have noticed some of my blogposts are not very long.

Some might even call them short.

But is that a problem?

Well, it is for some experts. I’ve been reading several blogs recently which offer advice on the best word count for blogposts.

There seems to be general agreement that a blogpost should have at least 300 words and after that opinions are mixed.

This helpful blogpost from Joe Bunting offers the pros and cons for writing blogposts of various lengths ranging from a couple of hundred words to a word count of more than two thousand.

Another interesting piece is Why 3000+ word blogposts get more traffic  which is stuffed with reasons to write long (very long!!) blogposts and advice how to set about doing it.

Although written a couple of years ago, I particularly like this blogpost from Hubspot.com. In a nutshell the advice is to write what you need to say what you want. The writer references a college professor’s response to  a student question about the length of a coursework paper. “As long as it needs to be”. That was the advice given decades ago when I was studying and I think it remains good to this day.

Of course, there’s a huge difference between those who are blogging commercially and hobby bloggers like myself. Sometimes people read my blogposts and quite often they don’t. (Well, if Google Analytics is correct, they don’t!) Obviously I’d prefer someone to read my efforts but I don’t have to meet any readership targets as presumably is expected of professional bloggers. I don’t have any advertisers seeking multiple hits on their websites and an increase in their products’ sales as a consequence of appearing on my blog.

When I started writing this blog I hadn’t realised that lifestyle bloggers actually give up their day jobs because they can make so much cash from their blogging. Hmmm. Nice work!

So, to answer my own question: how many words in a blogpost?

  1. My priority will continue to be to write as many words as are needed to say what I want to say.
  2. I’m going to try and write a long-form blogpost occasionally to see if I can.
  3. My target when I started this blog was to write a post everyday. So far, I’ve more or less managed to stick with this. But some days I’m really pushed for time so, of necessity, my blogposts will have to be short (very short) on those days. My frequency of posting target is more important to me than conforming to the best practice norms of professional bloggers.
  4. I write because I love writing and now I have time to do just that. And that’s that!

I found out something very interesting the other day.

Being ranked 9,783,626th is an achievement!

If you install a Google extension called Alexa Traffic Rank you can find out the ranking of a blog / website compared with all the others.

The top ranked are sites like Facebook, Amazon, etc and the rankings gradually go down to about 9,783,626th. And that is an achievement because after that come all the blogs / websites that don’t get a ranking at all.

I’ve been amazed at how many blogs I follow written by people I “know” on Twitter which don’t get a ranking. This was very heartening because my blogs / websites don’t get a ranking either. As I said, my Google Analytics only shows on average about 10 visitors daily to each blog so I wasn’t surprised that Alexa didn’t recognise me.

The websites I referred to earlier in this piece all received good rankings as you would expect as they’re clearly in the business of offering serious advice to the professional blogging community.

If you want to get the Alexa Traffic Rank extension go into the Manager part of your Google Chrome browser > Extensions and look for Alexa. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to download. I expect it harvests loads of personal data whenever you use it but it’s very informative and interesting.

Well, if you’re still here you’ve read almost 700 words. So thank you for being interested and hope you find something else you’d like to read here on my 3sixtyfive lifestyle blog!

Hope you had a great weekend.

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