Many bloggers are choosing the “No Sidebar” option as the best layout for their blog sidebar right now. You still see many blogs with a sidebar (like this one!) but more and more blogs seem to be removing sidebars on some or all of their pages and posts.
So, what’s up with that?
A sidebar seems like a great place to put things like email list signup forms, social icons, ads, about me profile boxes, category lists and more.
Since the sidebar shows up on most or all pages and posts, it’s a great place to put elements you want your visitors to “see” and interact with.
It’s a great place to add extra “navigation” elements like category or archive widgets. And to encourage readers to sign up for your email list or check out your social network profiles and follow you.
So, why are so many bloggers ditching the sidebar?
And if you aren’t ready to join their ranks, is a left or right sidebar a better choice?
In this post, I’m going to dig into these questions about the best layout for your blog sidebar.