Sex Blogging 101: Layout, Navigation, and Extras
So you’ve figured out where you want to host your blog. You’ve either decided to purchase a domain and hosting or you’ve chosen a free service. Where do you go from here? Well, we’ll assume that you know what topics you’d like to focus on “ whether it be reviewing, your personal life, erotica, photography, or a mixture of anything. Now you have to decide on a layout and navigation.
Having a layout is a matter of personal opinion. Some people love white backgrounds, but I personally dislike them; I prefer my layouts to be on the darker color-scheme of things. Go with your personal preference on this, but I do recommend you ask some friend’s opinions before you choose a layout. What may look amazing to you may hurt someone else’s eyes “ and while other people don’t have to fall in love with the layout you choose, it’s always best if it’s comfortable for them to view it.
Finding a layout can be a bit more difficult. There are tons of websites on the internet that offer free layouts. Just search “Free WordPress layouts or “Free Blogger Layouts on a search engine, and you’ll find tons of sites just waiting there “ wanting you to take their layouts. They want you to take their layouts because they leave a small link to their own website on the bottom of each layout. It’s always possible to take it out, but don’t; they made the layout, it’s just common courtesy to leave it there.
Just like other free things though, a free layout may not have the same amount of quality as a paid layout would. Many free layouts are done by people who are just starting out and can’t charge for their layouts but still want to get their name out there. You may have to do hours of searching on websites before you can find the perfect layout for your sex blog. Once you find that layout, you may find that the coding was never done properly, so you might have to spend time researching how to fix some minor aspects of the layout that don’t work like they should. Overall, free layouts will definitely take more time off your hands.
However, paid layouts can cost quite a bit. Unless you have a web designer friend, paid layouts easily go from $40 up to $80 for a decent quality layout. If you want a professional-looking layout, they can go even higher. Make sure you make your requests known when you go to hire a web designer. Some will not want to work with an adult blog (though most don’t care; money is money). They’re going to ask you basic things about the layout “ like whether you want multiple columns, the color scheme, and any blog banner you were thinking of wanting. A web designer can’t read your mind, so feel free to make whatever silly requests you want, and they’ll do the best they can to accommodate you.
Some people have asked what the difference between “magazine and “blog style layouts are. Well, “blog style layouts are the traditional type of layout where all of your blog posts display at once. (Well, not all. Usually about five of them.) The entire content of the post is displayed on your home page which makes it extremely easy for a reader to read through your posts at a glance. “Magazine style layouts are layouts where more blog posts are shown “ but that’s because it only shows a short amount of the post. It usually only shows a sentence or a paragraph with a picture, and the reader is required to click on the link to read the rest of the post. Magazine styles make it easy for guests to target in on topics that interest them the most “ and you’ll get more exposure for your blog posts since they’ll be on the homepage for a longer period of time. If you have a preference between the two, specifically searching for that will bring up more layouts that suit your needs.
A big consideration of your layout is how “adult it’s going to be. While I wouldn’t recommend anything pornographic on your banner, there are still things that are erotic and suggestive without being pornographic. However, some people enjoy reading blogs at work, so that would keep those readers from checking out your blog while they are the workplace. It really depends on your own preference, but keeping something that is semi-discreet seems to work the best for most bloggers.
Your next big step is navigation. You want to make it easy for your guests to get from one aspect of your website to another. The links to navigate your website should be extremely easy to find and shouldn’t be hidden in the layout “ that could make it so your guests don’t look around. A lot of bloggers do share the same types of pages, so if you are looking to add more content to your site, you can look into these:
A disclaimer or “honesty policy: When you are reviewing items that are sent to you for free with a promise of a review in return, under the FTC guidelines, you must make a disclaimer that the items are sent to you in exchange for the review. Some bloggers choose to take this a step further and make an entire page talking about their policy for honesty when it comes to reviewing items.
“My Collection page: Some sex bloggers enjoy listing all of the sex toys that they currently own. This usually includes BDSM items, sex toys, books, and other items. If you want to show off your collection (or link to past reviews), this is a good choice for you.
Best Of….: If you have certain blog posts that really seem to represent your blogging attitude or are favorites of yours, you can make a page that tells your guests all of your best posts. You may also choose to list why you like those posts.
Friends/Affiliates: Having other blogger friends can be fun, and if you have quite a few of them, you can list them on a separate page to try and help get your friends some traffic. You can just list links or mention why you enjoy their blogs.
Sex Toy Stores: If you do a lot of shopping at (or reviewing for) sex toy sites, you may want to list all of your favorite stores on this page. This would allow you to include your affiliate link for affiliate sales as well as use the store’s banners to help promote their items.
About: Of course, the ever-popular “About page does make a come-back on a lot of different blogger’s websites. You can explain why you got into sex blogging, aspects of your personality, people you blog about, or lots of other things. In case your reader is curious about the person behind the blog, this page should give them a lot of information.
Layout and navigation are only a small portion of what’s important to your blog. You’ve learned about domains, hosting your blog, and why you’d want to sex blog, so keep visiting back to read the last two segments of the series.