when it’s time to head out and choose your blog theme, it can be really overwhelming because there are so many options.I’m going to share my top recommendations for all of you beginner bloggers if you are looking for a theme, a.k.a. a blog design.
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And they are affiliate links, so I’ll get a small cut. If you do, go ahead and purchase them. But you guys already know that. And I only recommend things that I would use within my own business.
So you can be rest assured about that. All of my recommendations come through studio press, but studio press is something that I have used and loved in the past.
So I feel comfortable recommending it to you guys because of my firsthand experience.
The first theme that I recommend through them is the magazine pro theme. The reason I love this is because it’s got this nice featured post section right here.
So you can really either link to a featured post or in the future you could link to your products. I find that really handy.
Additionally, The best way to do that is to get people on your list. So it’s really important to have a place where you can highlight that subscriber incentive and this little spot is great.
And then the last thing I love is it’s got these blog post sections that can be sorted by sub categories. So if you are a knitting blogger and unit baby clothes, you can sort all of your blog post by your free patterns, how to do certain stitches.
All the projects you’ve done, blog posts about yarn or booties or hats. So it makes it really easy for your users to navigate their way around your Web site.
The second theme I loved was the Nitsch pro theme. I thought this was really a great option for somebody who was especially a fashion blogger, because not only does it give you the opportunity to highlight some of your blog posts, but it also gives you this little section right here where you can highlight affiliate links right off the bat.
So fashion bloggers are known for really pushing out the affiliate links because every single time they post an outfit, you’ve got five affiliate links right there that you could post in your blog posts.
So affiliate marketing is a really big part of being a fashion blogger. And this little section right here is so handy in highlighting some of your favorite products and using affiliate links right there.
You don’t technically have to be a fashion blogger to use this theme. I feel like you could be a food blogger. And this is where you could highlight all of your favorite gadgets to use in the kitchen and just put your affiliate links in there as well.
So apply it to your own niche. You don’t have to be a fashion blogger, but this theme kind of highlights that fashion tone. Just kind of change your mindset and apply it to your own blog niche.
The third theme that I really loved was the wellness pro theme. And the reason I really loved this one is because you can highlight your subscriber incentive right off the bat.
And I adore anything that will do that. Additionally, the home page is really conducive to highlighting the different parts of your content, as well as all of your different products.
So I feel like there’s a really nice balance. I’m not always a fan of having those banner screens where there’s just a fancy picture and then maybe some text, because I find that you’re really wasting that space on your blog page. If you’re going to have a huge blog header photo there, then you’ve got to make sure that you’re putting something in there.
Are you linking to a subscriber incentive or linking to a product or linking to something that is going to enhance your business in some way? The fourth theme that I really loved was called the Foody Pro Theme.
And again, I know that it seems like it’s tarty targeting a very specific blog niche. But you don’t have to be a food blogger to use this. You don’t have to be a fashion blogger to use the other theme that we were talking about.
You can be any blogger and then simply apply it to your own blog niche. But this one in particular is called the foodie foodie pro theme. I found that this theme did a fabulous job at sorting your content by category, which is so complicated and so hard for food bloggers to do, in particular because you could have all these different ingredients are all these different types of recipes that you’re creating.
But then how do you sort it on the blog? That in a way that makes it really easy for your users to can navigate their way through.
The only downfall about this theme in particular is that there was nowhere to highlight your product or your incentive. So you will have to modify this theme slightly in order to be able to do that. What I recommend is using their flexible layout on the home home page.
So what that means is you can kind of just drag what they call a little widget over there and that widget gives you the opportunity to play some text or to place to place a picture there.
And that’s where you’re going to want to highlight your product or your subscriber incentive. So if you’re going to go ahead with this theme, keep in mind that you’re going to have to make it look slightly different from the way it does on the home page in order to ensure the.
You are highlighting whatever subscriber incentive or products you have. The last thing that I really loved and to be quite honest with you, I feel like I saved the best for last.
This is one of my absolute favorite themes that they have here in Studio Press. And that is the recipe blogger theme.
Again, disregard the name. OK. You don’t have to be a food blogger in order to use this. I feel like you could apply this to literally any niche.
And the reason I love this so much is because one. Boom. Look at this. We’re highlighting all the content right off the bat. But additionally, we are also highlighting ourselves right here so you can have a picture of yourself and really humanize your brand.
And then you can also link to a product or two subscriber incentive and you can really use that space. So you’re doing two of my favorite things that I would do on any home page. And that is highlight a way to get people on your list or to purchase your products.
And then also highlight all the different types of content that you have. So I feel like this blog theme does a really good job of kind of blending both worlds, being the blogger.
But then also being the business owner and wanting to highlight other things within your business model. Another thing that I really love that just makes this like the Gold Star winner of all blog theme’s out there for WordPress is that it’s got what it’s called a recipe index.
Now, again, you could apply this in any other way. But what this recipe index does is it sorts all of your content by subcategories. So if you’re a crochet blogger for baby clothes, you could have booties, hats, outfits, blankets and any other things that you might create for babies through crochet.
If you’re a fashion blogger, you can sort by outfits, maybe in color. If you’re a food blogger, obviously you can sort by all the different ingredients as a blogger, all of your content.
Even if you’re in a specific niche, can be broken down in many different ways. And what your job is as a blogging business owner is to make sure that all of that content is easy to find on your blog.
And when you have an index that is easily created this way, it really makes a world of a difference for your visitors to kind of dig through all of that content that you’ve already created to find exactly what it is they’re looking for.
So I feel like this is by far my favorite blog theme for a WordPress Web site. All of these options are great, but this one is definitely my favorite. Now, I chose each of these recommendations for a very specific reason.
And I’ll go ahead and highlight some of the things that I kept in mind when I chose these themes, just in case none of them really resonated with you and you want to go out and find a different option. Here are a few things to keep in mind. So first things first.
Less is more. In the first year of being a blogger, you should really be focusing on content and not focusing on all the bells and whistles that typically come with a blog design.
And the reason this is so important is because time and again, I will see my students get really distracted with all of the bells and whistles and they will tweak a blog theme until it is just right and when they should really be focusing on writing content.
So make sure that you don’t distract yourself by choosing a blog theme that has a lot of options. You really just need something that has the basics to get you through the next year.
The second thing to keep into consideration are the long term plans for your blogging business model. So if you’ve been following me for even one hot minute, you know that I’m not really here to help you guys build a blog as much as I’m here to help you guys build a blogging business.
So I don’t want you to be hobby bloggers. I want you to run a functioning business from your blog. And in order to do that 100 percent of the time, you have to be selling something.
I don’t care if you’re selling it now or if you’re gonna sell it in the future, but you have to have some sort of product that you will be selling through your blog.
So as I sifted through blog things, I kept in mind. Is there a way that you can showcase the products that you have right now or product that you have in the future on this Web site in some particular way?
The third thing to note is that all of these themes.
Now, that is nothing special to these particular themes. Most blog designs out there will require the Genesis framework if you are using WordPress. It’s kind of like getting the framework of a car before you can put in the leather seats and the paint colors and all the special gizmos and gadgets that cars have nowadays.
Right. You have to have a framework for that theme to go on top of. So you’re gonna have to purchase the Genesis framework. And I feel like in most cases you’re going to.
I didn’t realize that. So it was an unexpected expense. And I just want to make that really clear that way. You’re not caught off guard the same way. I was caught off guard.
Again, if you’re interested in any of these themes, I left them all linked to Downbelow in the description box. Let me know in the comments down below, where are you in your blogging journey?
Are you, you know, already purchasing your theme? Already writing content? What part of your blogging journey are you already in? Maybe you’re an established blogger.
I always love to kind of hear what type of path you’re in right now so that I know what kind of content I can create to really help you guys the most.