What To Include In Your Sidebar

Last week I wrote about what to include in your website footer, so it just made sense to continue with the trend. Today I want to cover what to include in your sidebar, so that they are designed with intention and helps you showcase how awesome you and your blog are!

  1. Head Shot + Bio.  By showing a picture of you and sharing a little bit about you you suddenly become a person to your readers.  People love to connect to others, and they are more apt to come back again or work with you if they feel like they know you.  Things to include in your bio should be who you are, what you do and how you can help people.
  2. Search Bar.  This is one thing that I use all the time when I visit a blog and it drives me crazy when I cannot easily search for what I need.  Make it easy for your readers to find what they are looking for.
  3. Recent Blog Posts.  This is an easy way to make other blog posts easily accessible.  By displaying some of your other blog posts you will draw your audience in and they’ll likely stay longer to read on.
  4. Category Lists or Buttons.  This is another great way to organize your content and make it easy for your readers to find other areas that may interest them.

Tell me what you are missing from your sidebar or what are some things that you love to include in yours.  I’d love to hear from you!


Lindsay McNierney


  1. Rebecca on October 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Love it!! Now I just need new headshots!

    • WFSAdmin on October 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      YAY! Getting headshots done are so much fun!!

    • WFSAdmin on October 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      P.S. I totally just stalked your website – gorgeous pictures!!!

  2. ginny on October 19, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    This is such great info! Thank you!

    • WFSAdmin on October 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      I am so glad you found it helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! =)

    • WFSAdmin on October 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      P.S. Just peeked at your website – I love the site and you are incredibly talented!

  3. Chris on October 20, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Thanks, Lindsay, for sharing your thoughts – great idea to include recent blog posts in the sidebar!

    • WFSAdmin on October 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Hey Chris, thanks so much for stopping by! I am glad you found the tips helpful!

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