If you’re like me, then I know you are excited for the arrival of spring. On the East Coast, we had a pretty mild winter with the exception of winter storm Jonas that brought at least 24 inches of snow to the DC area. Being stuck in the house for 4 days was NO fun. With the arrival of spring, I’ve been looking around my apartment trying to figure out how I can declutter and reorganize. In addition to my home, I figured my blog could use a little spring cleaning as well. So I’m sharing 10 ways to give your blog a spring cleaning.
- CHECK FOR BROKEN LINKS
Broken links can have a negative impact on search results and are definitely no fun from a user perspective. I installed the Broken Link Checker which sends me emails weekly to let me know if I have any broken links on my blog. So if you don’t do the check weekly like me, now would be a great time to fix those links.
- CREATE A CUSTOM 404-PAGE
Since I don’t always fix my broken links on a weekly basis, I’ve created a custom 404 page. A 404 page is basically what a reader will get when they click a dead link. The page basically lets the reader know the page they were looking for cannot be found. My 404 page has a personalized message as well as 6 blog posts I think the reader might be interested in reading. This is a great place to highlight some of your top posts. I use the 404page plugin to create my customized page. If you want more details on how I created my custom page to include blog posts, let me know in the comments and I can do a blog post on it.
Speaking of plugins…
- DELETE OLD ONES THAT YOU AREN’T USING
- UPDATE CURRENT ONES if you haven’t already done so
- DELETE DUPLICATE PLUGINS
If you have two plugins that perform the same task, chances are you only need one of them, so delete the one that is least effective.
- CLEAN UP YOUR CATEGORIES
Go through your list of categories and see which ones can be combined. At one time, I had over 50 categories. I would create a category for everything. I finally took the time to go through my list and combine categories and delete others. I try to have one or two main categories now for a post and just add multiple tags if I want to be more descriptive. Another tip, make sure you don’t have any posts that are marked as “uncategorized”. This can happen if you save a post as a draft without selecting a category or you never selected a category at all.
- GO THRU YOUR DRAFT POSTS
I recently went through my drafts and realized I had about twenty random posts sitting there. I was able to delete half of them because they were outdated or just didn’t apply to my life anymore. And there were others that I re-looked at, updated and was able to schedule them for upcoming posts. #winning
So, look through your drafts and delete the ones that you feel you aren’t relevant or outdated. Find ways to re-purpose or finish others. There’s nothing like having content just sitting there waiting for you to come back and put those finishing touches on it.
- RE-PURPOSE OLD CONTENT
Now is a great time to go back and look at old posts and see if they can be updated and re-shared. I’ve started to go back and review posts from when I first started blogging. I was really into quotes (and I still am), but now that I know a little more about graphics, I can create a nice image to go with the quote and I’ve already started sharing some of them for Motivation Monday.
- REVIEW YOUR ABOUT PAGE
The about page is one of the most important pages of your blog and chances are, it’s also one of the most viewed pages on your blog. If you’re like me, writing about yourself is hard and it took a while for me to come up with an about page I was comfortable with. As time goes on, it’s always good to go back and re-read the page and make sure all the info is still up-to-date. If it’s outdated, update the page and add some new life. Here’s a great post on how to write a killer About Me page. If your picture is old, have a photo shoot and take some new pictures.
- BACK UP YOUR BLOG
I’ve never been hacked or lost my blog completely (knock on wood), but it’s always a good idea to back up your blog regularly because you never know when something could happen. I use the WP Back It Up plugin and try to back my blog up on a monthly basis. But if you are posting more frequently, you might want to do weekly back-ups.
And once you’ve backed up your blog, don’t forget to download and save the backup.
Once you’ve cleaned up your blog, you’ll be ready for a new season of blogging.
Now that you’ve taken care of your blog here are tips to de-clutter your home for Spring.
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