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ISBN-13: 978-1118554807 ISBN-10: 1118554809 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118554809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118554807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Create an effective blog design
  • Apply design principles that make your site appealing and easy to use
  • Work with basic CSS and HTML

Make your blog a standout with these essential, easy-to-use design techniques

Your blog's design often determines whether or not a visitor sticks around to read your latest post. Yes, it's that important! So if design is not your strong suit, or if you just aren't sure what goes into effective blog design, this book is for you. Learn what it takes, how design supports your goals, ways to improve readability, and much more!

  • Why and how — recognize how design communicates, how readers visually tour your blog, and how to use core design principles
  • Visual stuff — learn how fonts and colors affect your message, how to choose a theme, and ways to enhance navigation with headers and footers
  • Into the code — master the HTML and CSS basics every blogger should know
  • Navigate to success — help your readers discover what you want them to find and make your blog mobile-friendly
  • A professional look — showcase your best content, incorporate your branding, choose the right images, and make text inviting

Open the book and find:

  • Core design principles you need to know
  • What you can gain from examining other blogs
  • Reader-friendly layout types
  • How a strong header can create visual identity
  • Why navigation is so important
  • Tips for making content easy to find
  • Advice on best ways to use sidebars
  • Ways to build an enticing resource page

About the Author

Melissa Culbertson is a marketing communicator and blogger who shares blogging tips and blog design consultations at Momcomm.com and conducts Content Brew, an online course in social media content creation. She has been a featured speaker at Type A Parent Conference.


More About the Author

Melissa Culbertson is a marketer, blogger and mom.

With over 14 years of marketing communication experience, she's worked in various industries on projects ranging from website overhauls at a software company to credit union commercials featuring Leslie Nielsen. She currently works as Social Media Community Manager for a popular natural beauty brand.

She runs two blogs: Blog Clarity, where she offers tips on blogging and social media, and Adventuroo, her personal blog about capturing the everyday. Melissa also teaches an online content planning course called Content Brew.

When not online, she's running around trying to catch a snuggle with her two boys, ages six and three. And sipping lots of coffee.

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Very beautiful, very useful, and full of information.
Angela England
I highly recommend this to anyone who is starting a blog website.
Sarah Kowchee
It sits right on my desk so I can read it at any time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brianna (The Book Vixen) on February 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Why I Read this Book: I’ve been following Blog Clarity (formerly called Momcomm), a blog about blogging, for a while now and when I discovered that the blog author had written a book, I was intrigued. Even better, it’s a ‘for dummies’ book. So when I found out my library had a copy, I picked it up. I love learning new stuff, and learn I did.

What I Liked: I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Was it going to be a book about coding? Was it going to cover stuff that was way over my head? Was I going to learn something, anything, from the book? While there were some sections on HTML and CSS, this is not a book dedicated to coding. The book had some stuff I already knew, or that didn’t apply to me and my needs, but it also had a lot of information that was new to me and relevant. I actually learned quite a bit. The author covered a large range of topics, such as: using images, font licenses (something I didn’t know about until recently, like within the last year), SEO, anchor text, alt attributes, and even using Google Analytics to improve your design even further. And the list goes on.

This book was full of resources. I made note of things I wanted to remember – A LOT of notes. There’s a cheat sheet, along with updates and extras, available online (links are inside the book), which are good since some of the material will eventually become outdated as technology is constantly evolving.

The author used a variety of blogs to demonstrate different design elements. I appreciate that the same blog was not used over and over again in the examples because it gave me a chance to check out all sorts of different blogs for myself to see how they do certain things in their own unique way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Home on December 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
My wife is a blogger and a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to design and coding. This book gives hands-on, practical knowledge about not only the elements of design but how to implement them on your own blog. She's pretty tech savvy and found this book to be at just the perfect level - not too simplistic and not too technical. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve the look (and functionality) of their blog.
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I highly recommend that you get the paperback version because you're going to want to make notes as you go along and also dog ear pages. This book is filled with loads of information that really makes it to where you can create a nice well designed website yourself.
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By victorianlady on April 21, 2014
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Good book for learning about blogging. There is much info and I look forward to trying some of the suggestions.
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I've taken one of Melissa's blogging workshop. The content in this book definitely took the info up a notch! Well worth my evening, now to go and take some actionable steps!
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By stacymae on February 3, 2014
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Melissa has been my go to when I needed blog or design advice for years, lucky enough to have met her when we were both young new moms trying to navigate the blogosphere. The best thing about this book is that it is like having her right here beside me all the time! And any question I might have, is already covered right here in the book. I've been using it on friends who are new to blogging or need a little help defining their styles with great results. I highly recommend this book for the blogger in your life.
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I have consulted Melissa's advice when making changes to my blog design, so I was delighted to see this book. It is easy to understand, especially for those of us who aren't great at code, and well organized. I strongly recommend for bloggers who want to take the design of their blog to the next level.
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This book covers more than just the basics on blog design - it should be titled "Everything you need to know about blog design" because that's exactly what it is. For the average newbie they will learn the basic elements of design and be able to improve their own website on their own. For anyone with some technical abilities they will be able to save money by making design tweaks on their own. The ability to objectively critique the website design, and THEN take it one step further by doing some of the work yourself is priceless. You will save in technical hiring fees the cost of the book!

It's one of the only For Dummies titles I've seen with full color sections which add a lot to the design of the book. Very beautiful, very useful, and full of information. Anyone who owns a website, should also own this book.
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