Let’s Discuss Your WordPress Blog Menu

Let’s Discuss Your WordPress Blog Menu

WordPress Menu Tips

What to put on your blog navigation menu can be one of the most challenging issues for a new blogger.

Do you put your blog categories on your menu?

Do you put the about me on the blog menu?

  • About 60% of the time, people cannot find the information they’re seeking on a website.
  • Approximately 50% of potential sales are lost because users can’t find information they’re looking for. ~source

These are questions that we all struggle with. This is why I went out and start Googling the issue. I found some really wonderful tips. Today, I am going to share those tips with you.

Tips For Your Blog Menu

From: mysiteauditor   Follow them on Twitter: @MySiteAuditor

12. Your menu is not in the standard location

OK designers, this one is for you. You are so guilty of this. Don’t try to blame your clients. Admit it. Sometime you get bored with the same old designs and you want to switch things up. Well, don’t put the menu on the bottom of the page. Keep it up top where everyone knows to find it. What if I tried to sell you a car with the steering wheel in the back seat? Again, be clear, not clever.

I believe that this is such an important tip. A few years ago someone hired me to build their website for them. They really wanted to be unique with their design and that was fun.

It was great to work with someone who really cared about the look and feel of their site but then they had me do something weird.

They made me put the navigation for their site at the bottom. It was confusing and people didn't know what to do. People expect the website menu to be at the top. The #1 rule of website design is to not make people think. They are there to gain knowledge already, so don't make it even more difficult to gain.

From Kissmetrics:   Follow them on Twitter: @KissmClick to replace anchor textetrics

Mistake #4: Too many items in your navigation

You’ve seen this before: that website with hundreds of links on the home page. Terrible. But even eight may be too many. This is because short term memory holds only seven items. That means that, eight is a LOT more than seven.

example of bad navigation menu

As a final note, keep in mind that most people read the first and last item on a website menu far more than the others. Make sure that your most important items are fist and last.

I just created a tutorial on how to change your WordPress Menu with Thrive Themes. Here is the low down on that if you are interested: How To Change Your WordPress Menu With Thrive Themes - http://bit.ly/1PZBGek 

If you are curious about Thrive Themes, well it is the Theme Set that I recommend most and it is the WordPress Theme Company that I am using on all of my most important blogs these days. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1JBNj8b

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About the Author

Renee is wild for WordPress and on fire to empower small business owners with the inspiration, tools and strategies for a healthy blog. SMU CAPE instructor, developer, podcaster. Follow @Iteachblogging on Twitter. Get her FREE SEO Guide Here: https://goo.gl/gGrHC2

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