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Cool Tool To Improve Your Blog Post Appearance – Add Some Bling To Your Blog

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 post 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.

Improve the look of bullet points

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.

Add Bling diver line assortment

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.

My favorite boxes are 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:

Adding boxess to blog post

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.
Examples of boxes to improve your blog appearance
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.
Bling features to improve your blog's appearance

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.

 

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0 Responses to Cool Tool To Improve Your Blog Post Appearance – Add Some Bling To Your Blog

  1. Akbar October 1, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Hey Dita, awesome plugin thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Adrienne September 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I love this kind of thing Dita and the boxes in particular but I promised myself that I wasn’t going to add anything like this ever again.

    In the past I’ve used some plugins that did some similar things and made my post really stand out. Problem was the plugin eventually stopped working and I had to go back through every single one of those posts and fix everything that was wrong with it. At the time it was working it was great but after that I swore I would never do it again. That was a heck of a lot of work on my part.

    It’s cool looking I agree so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that this plugin continues to be maintained over time.

    Good luck and have a great week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Dita Irvine September 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I am pretty careful about plugins I install on my blog, precisely for the reason that you mentioned.

      I did have one instant where the plugin stopped working but as soon as I contacted the developer, it was corrected. But I can appreciate that it could cause a serious if you use the plugin functions on many blogs. If it would stop functioning all %*&# would break loose

      Take care,

      Dita
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  3. Sandy Halliday September 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    I’m all for easy so this seems like a no brainer. I particularly like the shadow boxes, especially the one with the quote marks as I often use curation on my detox blog. It looks so much better than the box that the theme on my IM blog creates when I use quotes.

    I write a lot of posts with bullet points and I think the green ones would look great on my detox blog.

    The divider would be useful too when I use other bloggers articles (with permission of course) when I am on vacation and am short of time to write a blog post myself.

    I will take a look at it right now.

    Sandy
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  4. John September 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    This is a great plugin, thank you for sharing that with us. I do find the WordPress editor very limiting at the best of times and I’ve had to download a couple of free plugins to add just the simplest of things, now I will be able to ditch those just for one plugin with many more features.

    Good to see your bounce rate so low 🙂

    Best regards

    John.
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    • Dita Irvine September 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

      Hey John,

      Actually, I don’t understand that after so many improvement to the WP platform, the developers would not improve and update the editor. It does not make sense. It surely would save a lot of headaches for a lot of people, especially the beginners who are not very knowledgeable about the different plugins

  5. Rudd September 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Pretty cool plugin but I already bought a plugin with similar functionality from Elegentthemes.
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  6. Rod Moore September 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi Dita … terrific plug in … thanks for recommending it. Definitely will grab a copy of this and start to work on the visual appearance of my site. You have a terrific bounce rate so you are obviosuly doing something right.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Rod

  7. Tim Bonner September 14, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    Hi Dita

    It sounds like a cool plugin.

    I’m viewing this post on my iPhone though and none of the short codes work.

    All I see are the short codes themselves. I’ll need to check out the post on my PC later.

    Is there any options on the plugin so they work on someone viewing your site on a mobile phone?

    • Dita Irvine September 14, 2013 at 5:24 am #

      Hi Tim,

      At the time you were looking at the post my site went crazy. I lost the theme and the plugins thanks to a technical error at my web host. Anyway everything is fixed now and i sent yo an email to let you know.

      Take care

  8. Michel Snook September 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    I like the bling! I have some of my themes that have similar shortcode that came with them. But I like the additional options available with the plugin.

    Interestingly, I checked out your site using Alexa ranking tools that I recently added to my Firefox browser. Your site is ranking well here in the USA and overall. You are close to being in the top 100,000 with a ranking of 124,462.

    However, they have your bounce rate at 60.20% which is different from your Google analytics numbers. Google has my sites with higher bounce rates than Alexa, that is, those with rankings. I find that interesting as well. I don’t know which one is more accurate. I have become increasingly more skeptical of Google. Even Google maps is inaccurate compared to Mapquest. But to get back to the topic at hand.

    I agree that it can pay off to stand out from the crowd as long as you don’t find yourself standing all alone. Thank for the post!

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    • Dita Irvine September 14, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      Hi Michel,

      Thanks for your comment. Wow, I am surprised about the discrepancy between Google and Alexa when it comes to the bounce rate. I honestly believe that Google has it right this time because the average time spent on my site is also high, upwards of 20 minutes. As well, number of pages viewed is also greater than 3.

      Go Figure!

      I also liked the options of Bling plugin compared to some other ones. That is why I bought it. As well, it only cost a fraction of the ones I bought previously.

      I look at my blog as part of a business and we always need to improve otherwise w get stale. One would do this with an offline business as well. If my readers will find my posts more enjoyable, the little investment is worth it.

      Take care