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Old 4th July 2008, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How Many Posts Should You Show On Your Blogs Front Page?

Its not a topic that Ive written about specifically before so let me write on that topic now for you and open it up for some discussion (looking forward to seeing what others think).

Ive never put a lot of thought into the number of posts on a blogs front page before and think that it probably varies a little from blog to blog.

There are two main factors that I like to achieve on a blogs front page:

1. Highlighting a variety of posts - my personal preference is to have more than one or two posts on the front page so that when new readers come to it they are more likely to find something that interests them to read.

While blogs with just one post on the front page are definitely cleaner and can be quite visually pleasing I worry a little that they miss out on connecting with readers who come and dont find that one post to connect with them.

2. Not too much clutter and length - I find this hard to achieve and its a balancing act with point #1 - but I dont like to have my front page as being too long or too overwhelming.

As a result I try to use excerpts on my front page - giving readers the title and a taste (a paragraph or two) of each article and the option to click a link to read more.

While I know some bloggers dont like these excerpts/extended entries (some believe blogger do it to increase page views) I do it simply so I can highlight more posts on the front page and shorten the length of the overall page.

Another option is to use larger segments of your posts in feature posts and to show shorter excerpts from other posts (or even just titles).

Its a Balancing Act
As with many aspects of blogging - its something that you need to balance. Some blogs lend themselves more to featuring full posts on front pages, others can get away with excerpts more. Some blogs have 20-30 posts on the front page while others just have one.

I guess its partly personal preference and partly working out what works with your topic and readership.

Whats Your Preference?
How many posts do you have on the front page of your blog?

Do you use excerpts or full posts on the front page?

Why have you made the decision as you have?

Source from http://www.problogger.net/archives/2...gs-front-page/

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