Those that know me, know that I try to write posts that are not only interesting to read but ones that are also visually appealing. I want the visitor to have a good experience when they land on my blog. It seems to work as my blog’s bounce rate, on the average, is below 3%. And, I am always looking for something new but easy to use to improve my visitors’ experience. Yesterday I came across a really cool tool that will improve your blog or post appearance. It is now implemented on Blogging Spree. I’ll go through it and show you a few awesome features that can be implemented on the post with a click of a button.
Whether you are creating a plain post, a sales page or a squeeze page, it is nice to organize your content such that it is pleasing to the eye and asks for it to be read. There have been a lot of studies which show that a well organized content within the article leads to greater interest and engagement. You don’t want your posts just to be a crammed chunk of writing. You want to make the content as visually appealing as possible. You want to catch the attention of your blog readers because you would like them to stay, continue to read and engage.
There are some tools on the market that will help you do it. I actually use some of them on my site. But mostly they demand a hefty price. Yesterday Mark Hess, a friend of mine, sent me a link to a product he thought would interest me. (Aaah, he knows me well!!)
So let me introduce you to this tool and let’s add some pizazz to this blog post.
Introducing “Add Some Bling” To Improve Your Blog Appearance
The tool I am going to use is actually called Add Some Bling. It is a shortcode plugin that very simply helps you add various features to enhance or “interestingfy” your blog post. Some of them I will demonstrate below.
1. Improve your lists
Bullet point list are important when you want to summarize, point out or feature some of the ideas you are writing about. WordPress editor allows you to do that but the choice is very limited. So lets look at the Bling list versus WordPress list:
a) WordPress default list
- List Item
- List Item
- List Item
b) Add Some Bling list examples
There are eight different image options for the “bullets” of the list. You can also select the size of the bullet points: normal, medium and large.
2. Dividers and Horizontal Lines
Sometimes it is nice to separate the sections of your post. An easy way to do it is by inserting a horizontal line or a divider. It can be done fairly easily if you know HTML. But that can be a little tricky if you are not techie savvy.
Add Some Bling plugin offers a selection of 9 different styles of horizontal lines and you can place them on your post with one click of a button.
3. An assortment of boxes
There is a large selection of boxes to choose from. They range from simple flat boxes to more complex shadow boxes. They are easily adjustable to the size you need. One can use them for different purposes. I don’t want to make this post super long so I will only share a few examples.
Next I would like to share some of my favorite boxes, namely the shadow boxes. As I mentioned, I already have a shortcode tool but it fails to make the shadow boxes. I think they are so cool. Here are some examples:
Below is an image of a few more boxes for different purposes. These boxes are pre-formated for a specific function such as download, PDF download, code insertion and so on.
In addition, there are more box types in the editor of this plugin (too many to show here).
4. Other options
As well, there are other numerous options that you can use on your blog post, on your sales page, your squeeze or any other page. I took a screen shot from the plugin’s editor to show you the list of various features because there are just too many of them to demonstrate on this post (see image below).
All of the images can be sized to your specs by adjusting the percentage (arrow pointing on the left hand side of the image below). The other nice feature is that in the settings you can turn off the options you do not want to use.
I was really pleased to find this plugin. Call me a sucker for “pretty”, but as far as I can tell my readers like the way I create content on my posts. Bounce rate on this blog is only 3.0% on the average, and you must agree that it is an awesome the result.
The developer of this plugin is Kezz Bracey and she is a really cool gal. The plugin is offered as a WSO (Warrior Special Offer) and Kezz froze the price for the time being. And for those who are familiar with WSO’s, there is no OTO (that’s a rarity when it comes to WSOs).
I hope you liked this presentation of this wonderful plugin. Please let me know in the comments.