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Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog

Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog


Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog

If you've been here before you'll know that over the years I've hosted several blog audit challenges. The idea behind them is to improve our blogs by taking on different tasks each month so that it's more doable and less overwhelming. 

This year I'm not doing an official blog audit but I do still want to work on updating and improving my blog. That's why this year I'm going to be doing a big digital Spring clean.

That's right, just like your home can get messy and cluttered so can your blog. A thorough clean out helps make sure it stays looking fresh and makes your blog better in the long term.

As always, I figured I'd share the process with you all in case anyone else wants to join in and do their own Spring clean.

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How to Spring Clean Your Blog

Freshen Up Your Homepage

Now is a good time to take a look at your homepage and make sure it still reflects you and your brand. Consider things like your navigation bar, featured posts, colour scheme and blog theme. 

Update Your Profile Photo

How long has it been since you updated your profile photo? Does it even look like you anymore? If not a new pic could be a good idea. 

Clean Up Your Sidebar and Footer

The sidebar and footer are areas that can get cluttered easily. Take a look at what's there and make sure you get rid of anything that doesn't need to be. 

Less clutter will also mean your site loads faster which is an added bonus both in terms of user experience and from an SEO point of view. 

Check Your Social Media Links

Make sure your links are all still relevant and working. Need to add new ones or maybe a delete some you no longer use?

Refresh Your About Page

Your about page is one of the most important pages on your blog and should be regularly updated. It tells your reader what your blog is about and who it is for. 

Make sure you check any dates e.g. information like how long you've been blogging for.

Clean Up Your Comments

The comments section can get overwhelming. Now it the perfect time to empty your spam folder and go through your comment backlog to approve, reply to, or delete comments. 

Update or Delete Old Posts

Take a look at older posts, particularly the ones that don't get much or any traffic, and see if they can be updated and improved. If not delete them. Poor quality content hurts your SEO. 

Check for Broken Links

Search engines like Google hate broken links as see them as a sign of a neglected site. This can therefore damage your SEO. 

Find any broken links on your blog and either fix them or delete them.

Update Your Media Kit

Don't have a media kit or not sure what to include in one? Check out What is a media kit and why do you need one?

If you want to work with sponsors it's a good idea to make sure your media kit is up to date, especially things like your stats and contact info.

Will you be doing a Spring clean on your blog this year? What tasks do you want to concentrate on? How often do you audit your book blog?

Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog

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  1. I think it’s a good idea to invite friends to check your social media links from time to time! I do a little blog maintence at the end of every month….especially empty my spam folder (I sometimes find legit comments) and check that I’ve answered all comments. My weekly throwback Thursday post is my minimal attempt to update at least one old post per week. I did notice a jump in my SEO after I started updating. One blog maintenance tip I would add is to make sure your gravitas is linked to your blog. Several times lately I’ve clicked on a commenter with the intention of visiting their blog and returning the favor of a comment only to find out that it’s not linked. Thanks for sharing these blogging tips Jo! Great post! ~Carol @ Reading Ladies

    1. That's a great tip! I've seen that too where they aren't linked up.
      I really should set a regular update routine to stick to as by constantly doing a little bit would make a huge difference...and they'd be less need for a huge Spring clean 😉