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- A page about you.
This is one of the most important pages to add to your blog, it gives readers an insight into you and provides a form of contact. It should include a form contact (preferably email), your name, location and a description of yourself. Even if you're not a personal blogger I think it's important for your readers to know who's behind the posts.
- Tags, archives or sections.
Don't use lots of tags because it makes more difficult to find the post your reader could be looking for and stop using silly ones, this isn't Tumblr. Correct tags will help your reader find the appropriate post and loop read your blog (find one post that leads to another that leads to another...). Sections are quite handy but you don't have to list every worth blog post in them like I do. But I think a good archive is important, it allows your readers to quickly browse through your history and see how frequently you post. Personally I hate drop down menus, in order to open up a post I have to leave your homepage and it's more difficult to browse through your archive.
- A quick and simple commenting system.
If you've got moderated comments then remove the captcha, you're not going to piled with spam as soon as you without it. In reality spam is easily removed with one tick of a box and moved into a spam folder. Also make sure the comment box is pop up so it's easier to use in Bloglovin'. If your comment system isn't quick and easy to use a reader may stop leaving comments, you'll be surprised how quickly people give up.