I am pretty certain that a large portion of my readers have blogs of their own.
Do you have a sidebar? If so, is it on the right, left, or both?
I recently read an interesting article discussing the merits of both right and left sidebars.
I contemplated my own sidebar position. And after much consideration, I decided to try a right sidebar.
(And luckily, Squarespace allows me to do this with just a click of a button.)
The main reason for this change is because I want content to be king. In addition, I want this blog to be more user-friendly:
- Most of my readers (who are western) read left to right, and as a result, scan a page left to right. A right sidebar ensures that the first thing my readers will see will be my content.
- Visitors with lower image resolutions will not be forced to scroll to read my posts.
- Some argue that a right sidebar is easier to navigate for right-handed mouse users.
I know that these days, one of the most popular reasons for right sidebars is for SEO purposes: a right sidebar is more friendly to search engines, ensuring that your content is loaded before your sidebar (unless coded specifically not to do so). However, I honestly believe that when it comes to gaining more exposure, providing good quality content far supercedes something as trivial as sidebar position. Thus I did not take SEO into consideration when making the change.
Visually, I think that a left sidebar looks better on my site. However, this may just be due to the fact that I’m not used to the change.
What do you think? Left or right?