7 Steps to Spring Clean Your Blog

Many of us skim past our blogs appearance just before hitting publish on our latest post, without really looking at it.

After all the hard work you put in to writing a post, taking and editing photos you owe it to yourself and your readers to keep on top of the small things that make your blog tick.

There are a few things you can do to instantly improve both the appearance and functionality of your blog.

7 steps to spring clean your blog

Keep it social ~ ensure subscribe options and social media links are easy to find and up to date
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve wanted to follow a blog in one way or another yet been unable to find a way to do so, if I don’t see it when I land on a page I’m unlikely to go hunting for it.
These are one of those items that do belong in your sidebar at the top if possible, make sure they actually work and aren’t hidden amongst other things.
Streamline Your Sidebar

It’s so easy to clog up your sidebar with blog buttons, social media contacts, affiliate links amongst other useful and not so useful information. Take a good look and decide if you really need everything there; perhaps a {Blogs I Recommend} page could host all those pretty blog buttons, likewise a page dedicated to all your ‘features’ will trim down the clutter whilst keeping your readers aware of your popular / successful posts.

Update Your About Me Page

If you don’t already have one, create a About Me page, you don’t have to get in to the nitty gritty of your life, but readers will appreciate, and stick around longer, if they are able to identify with the person behind the blog. Let your readers know who you are and what you are blogging about; include links to your most popular posts, keep it fun and add photos!

Ensure your contact and subscriber information is also included.

Remember The Top is Just as Important as The Bottom

Most of us utilise the header {top} of our blogs to provide social media links, page links and the like yet give scant notice to what is going on at the footer {bottom} of our blogs.

This is a place where you can hold information that you don’t want clogging up your sidebars but doesn’t necessarily warrant a page of it’s own; Instagram, copyright notices, blog rolls to share some link love or links to your most popular posts; after all once a reader has got to the end of a blog page / post you want to try and entice them to stick around.

Promote Your Posts With a Link Widget 
One of the best updates I did was add the Link Within widget; below every post it showcases 3 blog posts the reader may find relevant, this has been amazing at keeping traffic on my blog.
There are plenty of other widgets out there that do the same job of suggesting relevant posts, find one that works for you and add it.
Ensure Affiliate Links & Widgets Are Relevant & Up to Date

Whether you have affiliate links in your sidebar or blog posts, make sure they are update, change out those Christmas links for more up to date ones. Check all the affiliate links actually take you to a current URL, if the host website has undergone a few URL restructures the redirects gone have awry.

This is something you probably want to check on a regular basis, every month or so.

Check any and all widgets you use, whether they are for commenting, Instagram or whatever else are all working properly, update those that no longer work.

Let People Have Their Say!

I had a gripe on Saturday via Twitter over Captcha, an ever increasing number of blogs are using Captcha and comment moderation together; I {along with most others} detest Captcha, please get rid of it, you are most likely losing out on comments because people get so frustrated with it.

If you do need to moderate comments, change your settings to allow comment moderating, you’re more likely to have readers leaving comments if they don’t have to jump through hoops.

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I’m going to be taking my own advice and set to work on these myself, which ones will you be tackling?

Comments

  1. Great post! I have never, ever, used the footer on my blog! I'm planning some news page buttons for the sidebar so will be utilising the footer when I do this rejig! :) Thanks for the tips x

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  2. Thanks for such a useful, easy-to-follow post. I'm still pretty new to all this so always on the hunt for tips. Thanks also to Donna for sharing on Twitter, as it's meant I found this post and your blog!

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  3. Great tips! I hate Captcha's! I never get them right first time...

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  4. Ooo I especially love your tip about utilising the footer! I am planning a re-vamp myself at the moment but will definitely be taking that on board!

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  5. Great post! , I hate Captcha too, and when theyäre used in combination with moderation I just wonder if the blogger actually wants someone to comment at all!

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  6. Ace tips - especially that bloody Captcha!

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