The first day of Spring is right around the corner which means you are probably busy cleaning out your closets and deep cleaning your house. But don’t just stop there. Don’t forget to do a little spring cleaning on your blog!
Clean Up Your Sidebar
Take a look at your sidebar. Is it getting cluttered? Do you have outdated buttons or ads that have expired? Clean out the tchotchkes and get some white space back on your blog.
Fix Broken Links
If you’re on WordPress, you should install Broken Link Checker. Why should you fix those broken links? Valid links help search engine spiders navigate your blog. One of your goals for SEO is to make your site friendly for the web spiders. If they can navigate your site without hitting a roadblock, your site can be indexed and you will get more page views. If you have broken links, the spiders can’t follow them.
Update Your About Page
Update your kids’ ages (or better yet, remove your kids’ ages and add the years instead), add new accomplishments, and whatever else you would like to show off on your about me page. Also, don’t forget to update your site’s stats.
Update Plugins and Themes
It seems like there is a new update every day when it comes to plugins and themes. But sometimes, it pays to wait. Many times when there are new releases there are also bugs to the update. I tend to wait a while before updating to make sure there isn’t any issues.
Delete Unused Plugins
Do you have a thousand plugins like I do? Chances are you aren’t using all of them. Go through and delete any unused plugins you may have to keep your site moving quickly.
Go Through Drafts
How many times have you sat down to write a blog post and then not finish it? If you have a bunch of posts in draft, go through them. Pull out the posts that you can salvage and finish those posts! If the post is outdated, trash it.
Update Old Posts
Did you post about a sale or coupon? Chances are those posts are no longer relevant. Instead of deleting the post, update the post to give it longevity. Throw in some affiliate links and remove the sale or coupon information. This is also a good time to go through and interlink your posts with each other.
Get a New Headshot
I know, I am guilty of it too. We all want to use the headshot of us pre-kids (and minus 10-15 lbs) but you need to do it. You don’t want someone to meet you at a blog conference or meet up and not know who you are. Invest in yourself and hire a professional photographer. Your headshot should look clean and professional, not like you took it on your cell phone and ran it through an Instagram filter. Check out my tips on what to wear for headshots.
Update Your Disclosure Page
Go through your disclosure page and make sure that the programs are current and relevant.
Clean Up Your Categories
Another thing I am guilty of: too many categories. I blame blogger and not really knowing what I was doing back then. When I made the switch over to WordPress, I started cleaning up my categories and utilizing tags more often. I don’t know what the right amount of categories should be, what the golden number is. But I do know, I have way too many!
Spring Clean Your Blog Checklist
To help you Spring Clean Your Blog, I put together this checklist! Not only will this help you get better organized but they will make your site look cleaner and run smoother.
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