I know the title says how to spring clean your blog, but you can spring clean (and should) your blog any time of the year. You probably think, what do I mean by this? Well, we are all so focused on writing new blog posts and interacting with others, that we sometimes forget to maintain the face of our blog: our homepage.
Before you start spring cleaning your blog, you need to check you still love your current blog theme. If not, it’s best to change it and start from scratch. I recently changed my blog theme- I am so much happier with it now! If you are on WordPress like me, you can live view all the theme’s to test them out and see what works well for you. If you do this, just make sure you don’t press the save button if you are just trying them out!
Once you are happy with your theme, you need to get into the head of your reader to start spring cleaning your blog. You need to make sure your homepage is aesthetically appealing, up to date and easy to navigate. I will talk you through my 5 top tips to spring clean your blog! I understand that everyone blogs differently, this is just what I do.
Check For Broken Links
When you are reading someone’s blog, there is nothing worse than stumbling across a link that doesn’t work. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you need to click on every link and make sure everything is running smoothly. Here is what you need to be checking:
- Check that all your social media links and widgets work
- Make sure your follow button, and email subscription box are working (subscribe/follow yourself to check!)
- If you link to web pages and blog posts in your writing, you need to make sure all the links still work okay
Update Your About Me Page
Personally, I think about me pages are hard to get right; you want it to look professional, but you want it to portray your personality at the same time. You need to let your readers know a bit about you, and what they can expect from your blog. People tend to be a bit nosey, so they want to know about you! It doesn’t take long to update your about me page and make sure all your details are correct. Remember, short and sweet is better than long and boring! I also like to add some images from existing posts to help encourage my readers to have a look through my blog.
Revisit Your Old Blog Posts
My writing and photography have come a long way since I first pressed publish in January. At the time, I thought my first post was the best thing ever, but looking back now, it definitely wasn’t! However, some of my older posts still get quite a lot of views, despite them not being the best. When I have some spare time, I like to revisit old posts and update them by checking for mistakes and updating pictures if possible. If you do this, all of your old and new posts will be the same quality and will be consistent.
Tidy Up Your Homepage
On WordPress, there are so many widgets you can pick from to put in your sidebars; some are necessary, some are just for fun- it’s hard not to get carried away with them! On my blog, I like to have my primary social media accounts linked (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), a link to my Facebook community group (Blogs In Bloom), a search bar and a grid displaying my ten most popular blog posts. At the end of the day, you don’t want too much to distract your reader; you want them to read more of your blog posts. Delete any widgets that don’t benefit your reader.
Update Your Blog Branding
If you haven’t already created a brand for your blog, you need to do this sooner than later. It is essential to see your blog as a brand to make it look professional and serious. If you already have a colour scheme and a header for your blog, then this is a good start. If you have this in place, you can easily apply this to your social media accounts as well, so you become recognisable and consistent. It is also a good idea to update your headshot and use it on your social media accounts as well. Don’t be tempted to change your headshot too often though, because you might become unrecognisable. Your blog brand is also about your style of writing, and how you compose yourself on the internet.
I hope you will find my tips helpful and that you will spring clean your blog! At the end of the day, we just want our blogs to be the best that they can be, stand out from the crowd and show our personalities. Have you got any other tips for spring cleaning your blog?