I just installed a new WordPress blog theme. I thought it was time for a new look.
It’s the DeepBlue theme from Daniel Scocco.
I selected this theme, because…
– it was easy to integrate 125×125 ad blocks on the right sidebar, so I can make money selling ads,
-and that sidebar can be used as a single one and/or split up in 2, which enhances flexibility,
-it has a very clean lay-out with lots of (white) space for easy reading,
-it’s search engine friendly, so you get indexed easily.
Nevertheless it was a close call between DeepBlue and CopBlogger, and the final selection could easily have been the other way around.
I did change the color scheme a bit though. I didn’t like the original green colors that came with the theme.
Also, I decreased the height of the header section to get more real estate for content and sidebar ads. On top of that, I’m using an image on all posts and only a text header on my home page. I did so to have the title of the post on top of the content that search engines read.
I kept the sidebar info to a bare minimum and placed the rest of the information in an extra footer section.
I kept my categories (Topics) in the sidebar, but I may delete them all together later on because they may distract readers and dilute search engine keywords (which is why their links are nofollow).
For that same reason I dumped the archives.
The theme was specifically designed to include a 336×280 Adsense unit on top of the sidebar, but I prefer to display my subscription form there. Besides that, I think that showing the ad in the content will result in more clicks, but I didn’t test that.
I wonder what my frequent visitors think of this WordPress theme.
So please, post your thoughts below.
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