Is Your Blog A Coloring Book?

Last Update: January 22, 2014

You're probably thinking Eddy is on that stuff & of course my blog isn't a coloring book. Duh! Well I wouldn't be so sure of that. I've reviewed quite a few WA member websites and some of you are acting like toddlers at a restaurant, that just got some crayons and a paper menu used to shut them up. LOL

Because you've learned how to use the WYSIWYG editor in wordpress, now you think it's an open invitation to use every color, style and alignment option of that editor. Please stop the madness! Just because all the features are there doesn't mean you need to use them.

Why You Should Be A Content Formatting Racist!

Obviously racist tend to only like their own race or "color" and hate everyone else. You sort of need to take a similar approach with your blog. Stick with one or 3 colors at most. Use black for your content, white for your background and I tend to prefer blue for links because people are already trained to click on them. But usually they can figure out what color your links are if there are only two colors being used.

If you're not being a racist with your colors here's what is going to happen.

1. People will visit your blog and think it's unprofessional.

Check on some of the top websites on the web or your industry. Go do it now, I'll wait... Are they going all crayola in their content? Google is a billion dollar company and they tend to stay pretty subdued with their color and style usage in their actual content. It was done by design. They literally spend millions of dollars researching what we do. Shoot, they even pay you to do the research for them. (Click here to find out how.) So if they are using a white background, black text and blue links, you better believe it's because they make more loot that way! If it's good enough for Google and Wealthy Affiliate it's good enough for me. Yes, notice the wealthy affiliate uses the color conventions I stated for their content? Hmmm makes you wonder doesn't it?

2. It's just bad usability.

It makes it very difficult to read your blog if your justification are all centered, you're highlighting every other word and you're using a whole bunch of different colors. Your audience has the attention span of a roach. If they need to try to decipher how to read your content, guess what? They won't and will leave your coloring book... I mean site. Then they will head to your competitor that has a professionally looking blog that doesn't look like someone throw up on it.

Stop Acting Like Children

You're a grown ass man or woman! Now you need to present that on your blog. Show the restraint that you preach to your kids when it comes to how you use the wordpress editor. Your audience eyes will thank you for it! They may return the favor by sticking around on your site longer and actually taking the action you want!

If you are guilty of what I've written above, I'm officially putting you on a time out until you go and clean up your room aka your blog. Once you do, you're allowed to go out and play. LOL

In any event, what do you guys think? Are some of you guilty of being rainbow bright on your blogs? Do you see why that may be a bad thing now? Chime in below.

Eddy with a Y! LOL

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djlv Premium
I'm a naughty boy with my personal site going with a black background with white text.. but it just has a better feel for me as an artist.. but i do agree with your advice & i do apply the same on other sites I am associated with..
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EddySalomon Premium
I think with some industries it's okay to do that. But in general I just find websites like that harder to read. But to each their own my friend. Thanks for chiming in and seeing my point!
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ar20746 Premium
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once
he grows up. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
By using their words instead of every color, font and alignment available to them. LOL Thanks for chiming in!
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Mark Tait Premium
Hi Eddy.

I'm useless with colours - so try to avoid them for fear of scaring people away with poor colour choices!

I don't like garish sites either - they just put you off - you need to be able to clearly see the text, and be able to read it without getting a headache.

All the best, Mark
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, Well this is a case where you avoidance of color is a good thing. I agree the rainbow bright blogs do give me a headache too!
Thanks for chiming in!
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Trialynn Premium
I plead not guilty except maybe this one page: http://www.mydogmyjoy.com/dog-food/dangerous-foods/
do you think I should change it?
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EddySalomon Premium
This is fine Lynn. It's more of an infograph so it's acceptable there and it's still easy to read. So you're good for that post in my eyes.
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Trialynn Premium
Thanks, had me worried for a minute!
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BIS Premium
You certainly shouldn't change it. It looks great!
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EddySalomon Premium
Nah, you're good Lynn! It looks good!
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theholygrail Premium
Hello there, I was curious and looked at your page and was pleasantly surprised at a very nice page and a good balance of color. Don't change it.
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Trialynn Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words! I think I will follow you!
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tommydillard Premium
Well I am guilty of a little color in my background but nothing else thanks for writing this hopefully it will open a few eyes. Cause you are right I have seen some very scary sites lately.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tommy! Glad you're not going crazy with your colors and alignment! Hopefully the message is loud and clear for everyone else too!
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