What should be the first widget on your sidebar ?

Simple question, you may say. What should be the first widget on your sidebar ?. If you  spend lot of time on keeping sidebar active, and well designed, this question is very important for you.

The general trend

Usually, people keep any of the following as their first widget : ads, a welcome message, about me text, categories, rss feed link, .. ( sorry, that is a never ending list.)  People who do personal blogging, usually put an gif or jpeg with welcome message, and sometimes they list the books they are reading, or movies they watch. People who wants money from blogging try to put ads as their first widget.

But, which one should I put first ?

Okay, answering that question is not easy, since your blog is different from everyone else’ and so is your needs. So, you should find out which widget is the most important one.  I will help you to find the right one.

When you visit a new blog, or a particular blog post, what is the first thing you do after reading  it ? we take a look at the sidebar, right ? ( yes, obviously… and that is why the first widget so important ) … so think like this … what do you want the user to do after they read your first post ( or their first post on your blog, if they reached through google or a link ) …  your first widget should be an answer to this question.

Do you want them to read more of your blog posts ? list all the topics you cover on your blog ( categories widget ). Do you want them to click on ads  ? Do you want them to subscribe to your feed ? put an RSS subscription link …  and so on …   Isn’t that easy  ?

Links From Friends :

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Binny’s eyes corrected themselves after 14 years !!

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  1. Actully that ‘s a great question, I believe it should be a welcome message + general intro, about the content to get a feel of the what can be expected . my $.02 😀

    • that’s also good … if you write that inro well .. it may make visitors to spend more time on your blog and discover more content, and eventually subscribe to RSS

  2. I think recent posts and RSS icon are the two most important widgets for a new blog.

    • I would prefer most popular posts, than recent posts .. people can browse your recent posts anyway, by clicking home and scrolling down ?

  3. Dude don’t let them scroll. Try and put as much in the Hot Spots as possible.

  4. Hmmm…your post made me reshuffle my widgets!! :)

  5. My preference would be subscribe and/or search.

  6. I think it depends on the intention of your blog.

    RSS icon and welcome are good. If you have a business site, then I think
    the most important one is an opt in box so you begin to build your list.

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