When it comes to blogging it isn’t all about the post content (although it should be roughly 90% about that), you should also be paying careful attention to the pages that you have on your blog.
When I was writing this article I was thinking about which pages would be considered as the most important ones to have on a blog. I managed to come up with four pages which I believe should be the foundation pages of every blog.
1. About Me Page
Every month when I go over my traffic stats in Google Analytics I discover that my most visited page, behind the main page, is my About Me page. More people visit my blog via that page than any post I have ever written.
This is the page where your readers find out about you. It is the place where you should be introducing yourself to your reader and explaining what the blog is all about. Some may also include pictures and videos to make it a bit more personal.
2. Contact Me Page
The days of simply slapping your email address in the sidebar have long gone people. These days it is absolutely vital that you have a contact page, with a form on it, for your readers to contact you.
Having a contact page means that you are making it easier for your reader to contact you (they don’t have to copy and paste the email into their email client, readers can be rather lazy) and you can add some information on how long it will take you to reply and which kind of emails you’ll reply to.
Sadly spammers are happy to abuse the contact form so I’d advice using one that integrates Akismet into it.
3. Disclosure Page
If you have content on your blog that someone has paid you to write then you should really have a disclosure page. I write a fair few sponsored posts on my blog and I have to make sure I have a disclosure page up as it is now an FTC requirement.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy (you can copy mine if you like), it just has to say that you receive money in return for writing certain content on your blog.
What About You?
Do you agree with this? Which four pages would you say were the most important for any blog? Feel free to drop your answers via a comment below.