Here are helpful tips on How to “Spring Clean” Your Blog. Keeping it fresh is a great way to make sure your blog is running properly.
With the arrival of spring, many people start thinking about de-cluttering their home. Going through closets, dresser drawers and all other collect-all spaces in the home is a normal occurrence for many homeowners. When it comes to spring cleaning in the blogging world, it means something completely different. Today I’m going to share who you how to spring clean your blog so that your blog is fresh and new, sparkling clean with minimal clutter.
How to “Spring Clean” Your Blog
This is the perfect time to review all of the plugins you may have installed. Many of us install plugins throughout the year and as time goes on, those plugins may not be needed. Review your plugins to make sure you’ve updated them, and check to see if you can deactivate and delete any of them.
The sidebar is seen whenever someone visits your blog. Over the years we tend to put various links, images and other pertinent information on our sidebar. During your spring cleaning event for your blog, review what’s on the sidebar and try to make it as sleek as possible by removing any extra fluff.
Remove Dead Links
Use a dead link checker to remove any dead links that you have inside the blog. Over time you have linked to various resources. From time to time links no longer work or create issues and that’s not good for SEO. You can use a dead link checker to clean up any and all dead links on your blog.
Be sure you have a spot for your social media links. This ensures visitors and brands can quickly check your social media profiles when they’re thinking about hiring you or reaching out to you. Readers and brands need a quick way to access your socials to follow you or check out how active you are there.
Refresh About Page
Spring cleaning season is the best time to refresh your about page. Every blog should have one page where you list more about your blog and what your mission is. This about page should also include an easy way for people to contact you and other pertinent information regarding your blog.
Perhaps you’ve had a habit of creating new blog categories and now your blog has far too many. Consider consolidating some of your blog categories so that you don’t have so many menu options. Categories are great for SEO, but too many can be a deterrent from visitors and ranking.
These are just a few simple ways to start spring cleaning your blog. Whether you want to dig deeper and review blog broken links or look at webmaster tools to update keywords on blog posts is up to you, but that’s another way to start getting your blog refreshed and ready to move forward during this lovely spring season. The key is to make sure your blog is running smoothly, isn’t taking too long to load, and is easier to navigate when someone comes to see what you’ve blogged about recently.