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The Sidebar in Your Blog is Hot Garbage

Eric E. Anderson
Apr 8, 2013 · 3 min read

You Don’t Have to Use a Sidebar

15 recent tweets. Blog archive sorted by year and month. Tag cloud with all the tags. Ads. Lots of ads. Search box. Social profiles with links to all your social networks. Pictures of all your friends. 9 recent Instagram and Flickr posts. Stop me when we reach something relevant to the article I’m reading in your blog.

  1. Add a search field to the header or footer of your site. Again, placing helpful links and facilities where they are most needed by your reader will make your website more user-friendly. You’ll find that more people see (and use) these features when they are thoughtfully presented and carefully placed.
  2. Create an archive page for your blog(s). Help your reader by curating useful lists of links on a page dedicated to archival links. Posts by month or year, post by tag or author. All of this type of cross linking is much better served from a dedicated page.

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