New WordPress Blog Theme

“The first thing you learn when you’re blogging is that people are one click away from leaving you. So you’ve got to get to the point, you can’t waste people’s time you’ve got to give them some value for their limited attention span”. – Alex Tabarrok

I spent countless hours today fooling around with my earlier blog theme. Well I did something wrong, and my category pages were showing up blank.

After researching on the internet to find some solutions, I decided to choose a new theme. I am using a free WordPress Platform template made by Pagelines.

It has so many more features than the theme I was using before. I still have to figure out how to customize the header. I want to upload a customized digital logo and tweak my blog name.

I am also learning how to make the post font larger.

I definitely want a theme that I can customize and make unique. I also want it to be user friendly and have a neat and clean look to it.

Eventually I will buy a professional series theme that comes with all the gadgets, but for now this will have to do.

I’m not sure what the best theme template to use would be. So if anybody has any suggestions, please let me know.

For a free theme PageLines really has a lot of perks for new bloggers. I didn’t want to spend any money on a paid theme so free is best for me.

PageLines is constantly updating the free theme which adds value in my eyes. So if you are a new blogger and need a free and easy theme for the time being I would recommend PageLines.

Unique Blog Designs affiliate theme is another great theme to use if you are serious about blogging. John Chow and Yaro Starak, two top tier probloggers both use Unique blog designs for their blog theme.

Another great theme for many bloggers is the Thesis theme by DIY themes.

The Thesis Theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website.

My current theme is WP-Clear .

So, if you are looking to revamp the design, look and feel of your blog then consider choosing one of the themes that I recommend in this post.

Look for themes that are SEO friendly as well.

Update: 3-18-13

Money - $100

I am looking into switching themes again for my blog. Since I use adsense on my blog plus I advertise as well I am contemplating buying the CTR Theme.

CTR Theme (for WordPress) makes it easy to build informational websites monetized with AdSense that get awesome click-through rates (CTR).

AdSense provides hands-off recurring income, but usually these sites leave a lot of money on the table by having bad designs or underoptimized ad placement.

CTR Theme has a lot of options that will make it easy to implement adsense and other affiliate ads directly onto my blog. I am almost certain that I will buy this theme in the next few weeks.

Another hot contender is The Adsense Pro Ultimate Theme. Apparently this one may be better than the CTR theme when it comes to earning more with adsense. I’m not really sure which one I will get though.

Either way, I am looking for an easy way to implement ads directly into my blog and both of these themes seem like they will do the trick rather easily.

I have been doing some research online about both of these themes and the one thing to be sure of when you use them is that you are being compliant with Google Adsense terms and conditions.

Other than that, it appears that users of these two themes are seeing an increase in adsense earnings month after month which means that the theme will pay for itself in no time.

 

Update: 7/10/13

I finally went out and purchased a professional blog theme. The current theme that I use for Mazzastick is the Genesis News Theme by Studiopress. I am completely happy with it and don’t plan on changing themes anytime soon.

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