Do you know that selecting a perfect theme for your blogger is also an SEO technique? in which many beginners are doing mistakes
Along with the rest of the SEO settings, the theme will also affect your rankings.
so for that, themes that you’re going to select should be understandable for the search engines crawlers as well as for your users
maybe you have a question in your mind that how do i choose a theme for my bog?
If you have a little time then let me tell you my personal story
Once I used a template that had all the basic functionality like it was Seo friendly, Speed friendly, user friendly
one thing which is missed on my theme was Data markup schemas
Which diminished my rankings and I was stuck with the serious ranking issue “data-vocabulary.org schema deprecated and not supported by Google anymore. Please migrate to using schema.org types“
this issue was called breadcrumbs issue at that time
So in this post, I will tell you how you can research and select the perfect theme for your Blogspot blog
Read Out This: If you Don’t Know how to start a blog on Blogspot for free
Things should See Before Selecting Blogger Theme
several things that you must keep in your mind before selecting a template for your Blogspot (blog).
This might be schema markup structures or maybe mobile-friendliness, load speed, good design, SEO optimized and many things
let’s cover them one by one
Schema.org (often called Schema) is a semantic vocabulary of tags that can add to your HTML to improve the way search engines read and represent your page in SERPs (source: moz.com)
This is very first thing that you must see before selecting a perfect theme for your blog otherwise it will hurt your site and your SEO efforts in the long run
Required Schemas for blogger theme
- Blog posting Schema: It is the Blog post level of schema it helps the crawler to identify the blogpost blog post and the CreativeWork such as an image, video, or audio clip
- Breadcrumbs list Schema: This Schema help the user to understand and navigate a website hierarchy (I also faced “Data vocabulary schema error” because this schema was absent from my blog )
- Hatom Schema: hAtom is a draft Microformat for marking up (X)HTML, it uses classes and rel “attributes”, content on web pages that contain blog entries or similar chronological content. This will help the crawler for the syndication of content
- Article Schema: It tells the search engine about your site’s content like is it a (news article, investigated report, etc and Many More)
How to Check schema Markups in Theme?
you just have to paste your blogger link on google’s structure Data Testing Tool in order to check available schemas on your theme
Just copy your blogger link and click on the “run test” button. after the completion of the test, schemas will show up on the right side of your screen.
Here you can see all available schema of your blogger theme make sure the above-described schemas are must available on your blogger template otherwise you will have to change it.
speed plays a very important role in Search engine rankings.it will affect the user experience
Be careful before selecting a template for your bloggers ensure it has the best loading speed
After December 2020 Google has officially announced in their summit that loading page speed is now a ranking factor by saying that more than half of visits are abandoned if a mobile page takes over 3 seconds to load.
How to Check Page Load Speed Of Blogger Template
Just go to you blog copy “URL” and paste it on any of above-mentioned speed checker tool and click on “analyze” button
make sure your webpage speed should not below 60% otherwise, it will affect your rankings.
Theme Should Be Mobile Friendly:
On the stating of 21 April 2015 google has officially announced that mobile-friendliness is a ranking factor and this change will affect all mobile searches in all languages worldwide (can read further documentation Here)
i already talked in my On-Page Seo post that mobile responsiveness is now ranking factor of search engines
Mobile-friendly means your website should adjust its size according to mobile and another type of screens respectively
Even though Google has a different level of crawlers to crawl mobile phone version of the website
Make sure your selected theme should be mobile friendly and it is adjustable on all screen sizes
How To Check Theme For Mobile Friendliness:
it is quite easy to check your theme is mobile-friendly or not. because Google has provided a tool named “Rick Result Test” it a bot of google who manually approach your website and check for mobile responsiveness
just put your blog’s URL on it and click the “Test URL” button – But make sure you have selected Googlebot smartphone other will it will check the desktop version of your theme ‘
I got a message that “Page is eligible for rich results” it means the theme which I am using is completely mobile-friendly, ensure you also receive the same responsive message when your turns come
User Friendly Theme
There is nothing a big difference between a user-Friendly theme and a mobile-friendly theme both works on the same motive called user experience
Make sure your theme delivers a better user experience that anyone who visits your site will impress and leave a positive experience
According to the study when a visitor land on a site then he has only a minute to decide whether to bounce from there or staying there.
for that make sure the starting look of your site must be good
In order to built a better user experience you have to work on three things
- Clean Navigation
- Easy To read
This term works on responsiveness. your site must be sizeable according to different screen sizes it works on something as large as a full-size Screen or as small as a phone.
Try To Make an easy-to-use navigation bar because it is a key factor for providing a good user experience. When building your navigation bar keep these three rules in your mind
- Alignment – All the elements lined up correctly
- Readability – Entire text is easy to read
- Functionality – your drop-down lists work correctly
Easy To read:
Ensure your site contains clean format text .it should not be too small to read otherwise google will through an error “Text too small to read” it usually occurs when your site text is less than “12px” size
The text should not be too close because it might be difficult for visitors to click any link
These three thing must keep in your mind before selecting a theme
The most important factor while selecting a theme for your blog is to ensure theme security
I noticed that many bloggers are not talking about security while selecting a blogger theme
many newbies bloggers are using nulled theme are trying to scam premium themes for free
in the future, if you get paid theme for a free offer so be careful because it might be inbuilt scripts that can affect your site
because nulled themes and plugins are very dangerous for your site’s security as well as your overall SEO
So be eschew from these Nulled themes and paid themes for free offers
Theme Which I Recommend For Blogspot Blog:
The theme which i always recommend to my users is S-Mag Blogspot (Blog) template
This template is developed by the largest theme development company sora template
if you are looking for the best, responsive, mobile-friendly & rich data structured then this theme is a perfect fit for your Blogspot blog (i am personally using this theme )
S-mag is a freemium (paid & free versions) template. in the free version, the template has footer credits in the paid version you will have to pay a decent amount of money in order to remove footer credits and theme live support
you can easily setup Smag template on your Blogspot (Blogspot) you just have to perform some basic steps for that. you can also read the full Smag blogger setup guide here
Practical Setup Guide OF S-mage Theme:
Features of Smag Blogger Template:
- The theme has a simple design
- Fast Loading
- Responsive template
- Complete SEO friendly template
- Ads Ready & Retina Ready
- clean Drop Down & navigation Menu
- Social Bookmark Ready
- Each Browser Compatibility template
- Red, Black & Yellow inbuilt colors
- WhatsApp Sharing option
- 1 Right Sidebar
You can use Smag Theme for Following Blogs:
- Magazine blog
- News Blog
- Technology Blog
- Blogger Simple Blog
- Fashion Blog
- Tech Blog
Final Thought :
i know there are many other things that I have missed while discussing the theme.
i just discussed here the things which will negatively affect your SEO efforts so make sure the above-written checkpoint must be present on your theme before selecting it for your blog
kindly drop your question or feedback in the comment box I will reply to you within 24 hours & also let me know whether this post is helpful for you or not?