Formatting - Your post need not be a circus. If you are not good with formatting, then stick to a theme that is light and descent in colors and the post layout. If you are good with trying new stuff then use that skill to better express through colors, fonts and layouts. Avoid colors that are dark and fonts that are overtly bright.
Focus on good content, not on monetization. Over time, money and benefits will follow good content.
Audio Copy - Making an audio copy of a blog post is a great way to market your content. You can use it to share on a podcast feed. It is easy, fun and mobile.