Directing traffic

blogcourse 201, directing traffic

Today’s assignment in the blog course 201 is about integrating features to draw traffic to older content. It includes widgets, related posts and a “Best of” page. First I tell about how I set up my website blog. Then I move on to how I display my articles. Following, I mention what I did with ‘the best of’, to end with a conclusion and a comment.

My set-up
I created pages, not posts, to create my top menu. There you basically find anything you look for. Through feedback, I realised my homepage image worked confusing. People might think it’s clickable and could feel disappointed it isn’t.

I changed the image today. No, it’s still not clickable. It’ll be a lot of work to separate all the included parts, make them clickable and present them well on the homepage. What I did to, is telling specifically where you need to be to find what you want. I keep fine-tuning this image until it totally functions and looks like the way I want.

Articles display
Every written article has its own category, but I use pages for the division.
For example my latest article: Neda: victim of Iran. You now could find it coincidentally by reading this blog page and click on it. Its steady residency is in true crime under Writings in the menu. For a shorter period you’ll also see articles in the text widget I use on other pages. You see the same on the homepage, but that isn’t a separate widget. My home page is a full-width page and I implemented the content of the widget into the page manually. The place of the latest articles in the widget I call In the spotlight, with a related image. The widget itself doesn’t have a title. It got displayed so big, it annoyed me.

Best of
To make sure older articles will be easily found later on, the suggestion is to create a ‘best of’ page. Mine will disappear behind the writings and true crime buttons, after they’re removed from the spotlight. I know where I want that page to appear. I even came up with a name.
Cold Case Library‘. It’s suitable, because I do write a lot about crime cases from earlier years, or cases that are not solved yet or very likely won’t get solved anymore. Older articles probably won’t get worked on anymore either. Then they would gather dust at some point. While they still are worth reading. I definitely followed up on this part of the assignment for day six.

Conclusion
For this assignment, I referred in this article to another article and I made a start of a best article page.
From the beginning I had a widget displayed, to point out written articles. At a certain point, it caused older articles to be forgotten. I covered that now.
The related posts feature has to wait. I want to have full control over that part and that takes a bit more work.

Comment
I’m not that far to give the Cold Case library page its own spot, in the shape of a clickable image, in the text widget, but that’s the near-future plan.

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4 comments on “
  1. cteachr says:

    Wait! I don’t want to read this until I’ve read the assignment. I’ll be back later. Then you can comment on my own Day 6 challenge.

    • Then I see you later, when you caught up with assignment six. 🙂

      • cteachr says:

        Ok, I think I’ve caught up now. So, not having seen your blog before, it’s hard to appreciate the changes. I get your point about older, yet important, posts disappearing unless you control that strictly. I also like your page divisions to help the reader find things more easily. If I may suggest, your blog seems very ambitious. Perhaps you could have less headings/pages? For instance, I know you are trying to set up some items for future use, but you might wait to add those pages once they are more developed. Just my opinion, of course.

      • And you’re absolutely entitled to have one. 🙂
        I do appreciate the feedback.

        I’m done with setting up my frame work. From now on it’s more a matter of filling it. What you see now is basically it. There won’t show up more headings or pages for the menu.
        I see your point about the short pages, but that is also on purpose. People usually don’t like to scroll that much. When they can view a page in its totality, they would prefer that over ‘forced’ to keep scrolling to see all is there.
        That specifically counts for a home page.

        Thanks for stopping by!

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