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When it comes to blogging, there are a number of things you need to consider. You need to find the right platform, audience, and workflow to reach your goals. But the most important part is probably finding the right navigation system. A blog is essentially a website that blogs. It’s a content-based publishing platform with a ‘Blog’ as its core element. Depending on how you choose to customize your blog, it can either be very user-friendly or difficult to navigate. If you’re looking for effective ways of improving your blogging experience, then keep reading this article. Your journey will not be over once you finish reading it – there are tips and tricks that can help make sure that each post you create is reader-friendly!
What Is a Faceted Navigation System?
A faceted navigation system is a navigation system that presents content in a variety of ways to best suit the viewer’s interests and capabilities. Generally, a faceted navigation system is made up of different levels of navigation.
The first level of navigation presents the most information while representing the broadest topic, and is typically located at the top of the page. The bottom section of a faceted navigation system presents related topics and subtopics and is often located below the top-level navigation. In the middle section of a faceted navigation system presents related keywords, topics, and tags, with the option to load more content from the backend if needed.
The degree to which a particular section of your site is “faced” can determine whether your readers find the information in that section valuable or not. Faceting your content can help you determine which areas of your site are most important to your readers, and which parts of your site should be eliminated in favor of presenting only the most important information.
If readers do not want to navigate to the bottom section of your site to find related content, you can designate that section as “no-follow”. In this case, readers will not be sent to a “page not found” error page, but will still be removed from your mailing list if they click on the “X” in the top right corner of the page.
How to Create a Faceted Navigation System
Like any other type of architecture, the design of your navigation system can either draw or repel visitors. The following steps will help you create a navigation system that attracts readers and keeps them on your site for longer periods of time.
Decide on your navigation system’s general design: Choose a general design for your navigation system that you will use on all of your sites. WordPress offers a number of pre-defined navigation systems based on the look and feel of your blog, and you can use these systems to start building your blog.
Define your navigation’s functional elements: Once you’ve chosen your general design, it’s time to start thinking about the navigation’s functional elements. These can include the following:
Decide how each navigation level will appear on your site: Now that you’ve defined the general and functional elements of your navigation system, you can move on to deciding how each level of your navigation system will appear on your site. You can either leave all of the navigation at the bottom of your site or define the level of navigation that should appear at the bottom of your site and then use an additional section or level from navigation to present additional content or related keywords, topics, and tags.
Make decisions based on aesthetics and usability: Now that you’ve decided how each navigation level will look and function on your site, you should make decisions based on how each level will look and function and how they can interact with one another. When it comes to the aesthetics of your navigation system, you have a few different options. You can either choose a header material such as a dark color or simple white text or use a bold, bright color to draw readers’ attention to specific areas of your site. You can also leave the navigation completely white so that it blends into the background and is more difficult to distinguish from other content on your site.
Use a Faceted Navigation System
A faceted navigation system makes use of a number of different design elements in order to provide a high-quality user experience. The first and most important is the use of a Facet. A Facet is simply the core of your navigation system – the part that presents the main content, related keywords, topics, and tags on your blog. There are a variety of different types of Faceted that you can use, including breadcrumbs, drop-downs, menus, and even search boxes. You can find a list of some of the more popular Facets on the WordPress.org forums, where other bloggers are sharing their experiences and tips on creating great blogs.
Read the Post to Find Out What’s Next
After you’ve chosen the right Facet for your post, it’s time to load the content. To load the content, simply click on the “Load More” button at the bottom of the post. This will take you to the next level of navigation.
Have Easy-to-Read Menus
Most people find the hardest part about blogging is creating content. Even though you know how to write a blog post, it can be challenging to write the content that a blog needs to be successful. To make your readers’ lives easier, you can use tools such as Easy-to-Read Menus (ERM) to improve the clarity and readability of your blog.
With ERM, you can define the structure of your blog post and give your readers a clear path to your content. You can also apply categories, keywords, and tags to your posts in order to create a more relevant and useful blog.
Have Clear Navigation Links
Another important factor to consider when it comes to your blog navigation is the links you use. The links need to be clear and direct so that readers know where to find the content. There are a variety of different link types that you can use for your blog, including the following:
Forums – The most common link type for blogs, and forums are usually very user-friendly and easy to navigate.
Facebook – This is the most popular linking type on the internet and can be used to link directly to your blog.
LinkedIn – This is the professional linking type and can be used to link to your blog from professional websites.
Twitter – This is the microblogging linking type and can be used to link to your blog from social media sites.
Use Color to Improve Visibility
One of the most effective ways to improve your visibility on the internet is to use color. White websites are easy to find, but they have little or no impact on the visibility of a blog when it’s dark outside. The reverse is also true – dark sites are less visible, but they also have less power to influence the search results page (SERP).
You can either use one color for your entire site or mix and match different colors for different sections of your site. You can also apply a gradient effect to the background of your blog to make it look more like a painting or map.
Use CSS Positioning
Another easy way to improve the visibility of your blog is to use CSS positioning. This allows you to arrange your elements in a way that makes them easier to find and maximizes the impact of specific keywords and topics.
With CSS positioning, you can place your main navigation above your header, or place it below the fold (the top or bottom of your content). You can also define where your social media and business links should appear on your site.
Don’t Forget About Plain Text!
You heard right, plain text is not dead! Plain text is still very much alive and well on the internet. You can still find many of the same blog post types, creative niche-specific content, and lead-generation tools that you would find on a plain text blog. Blogs are still a great way to promote your products and services and reach a global audience. Remember, a blog is not just a place to post content. It’s also a function of the audience engagement, the navigation system, and the