If you ask an experienced blogger what the most important aspect of becoming a successful blogger is they will say that unique content is king and this is the only thing you need to work on to make your blog popular.
Whilst I do agree to a certain extent that content is a very important aspect of becoming a good blogger I do not agree that it is the only important thing. I believe that the layout of your blog is just as, if not more, important as your content.
There are many free templates on the market, each one is used by about at least a thousand other blogs so you will have a swarm of blog clones that all look just like each other.
When I started this blog I decided that I needed to make the blog stand out so I purchased a template. I know a lot of people do not like spending money but it really makes all the difference because you know that not many people are going to have the same layout as you, and in some cases your layout is unique to you alone.
There are a number of web sites that offer great premium templates at very low prices but the one design site that I recommend are called Revolution Themes, they are the guys who designed this blog and other blogs run by me.
Below are some of the samples, simply click the images to see a live demo:
Revolution News Theme
This theme is a great solution for those who want the online newspaper look similar to websites such as CNN News, US World News & World Report, etc.
Revolution Magazine Theme
This theme is perfect for those who want to publish an online magazine. It’s built for daily posting, displaying video and is easily monetized with ads.
Revolution Real Estate Theme
This theme is a great solution for Real Estate agents who want to showcase their listings, blog and market themeselves to their community as well as place themselves above competition.
Revolution Pro Media Theme
This theme is structured towards media and has a very diverse homepage – including a place for featured tabs, video, photos, thumbnail images and more.
Revolution Pro Business
This theme is great solution for a small business or company who wishes to have a static web page as well as include a corporate blog.
Here’s a great way to turn your site into a major sports news/infromation hub. Feature sports like Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey and more.
This theme is ideal for the Techcrunch fan, and who wants their site to feature a technology, focusing on the latest tech news, product reviews, etc.