6 Spring Cleaning Tips For Bloggers

Spring is about renewal, starting fresh, decluttering, and streamlining which is why I tend to get in a cleaning mood. When spring rolls around I start cleaning out my drawers, closets, and cabinets. Each Spring I do some Spring cleaning on my blog. One year this included rebranding by updating colors, editing images, and creating new graphics.

You may not be looking to rebrand your blog, but if you've been blogging for a while it's probably been some time since you've looked at any of your older posts or blog pages. So while you're in the mood for some decluttering and cleaning why not also tackle your blog?

Giving your blog a little refresher could help with increasing your blog traffic and growing your readership. Sounds good, doesn't it? Keep reading to see six ways you can Spring clean your blog.

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1. Check posts for broken links

Including links to related posts or popular posts around your blog can be great for reducing your bounce rate because readers tend to stay on your blog more. They are also great for driving traffic to old posts. But if those links are broken and don't work they can discourage readers so they don't come back.

Going through old posts and checking that all links still work is an easy way to clean up your blog. I've been doing this as I update old posts with my new branding. Thankfully I've only come across a few broken links so far.

2. Review old posts for spelling errors

As part of my rebrand, I've been going through old posts and updating the images and graphics. While I've been doing that, I'm also re-reading these posts and updating spelling and grammatical errors.

I'm a decent editor but if I've been working on a post for a while I find that it gets harder and harder for me to see spelling and grammatical errors. So I'm now using a tool called Grammarly. It scans my post when I'm editing and points out errors and provides suggestions for fixing the errors.

In the future to avoid publishing posts with errors I'll be doing editing 24 hours or more after I've finished writing it and use Grammarly as a second check.

3. Update old images

When reviewing my old posts for spelling errors I saw all my old pictures and realized I had been terrible at editing. Several of my pictures were dark and poorly cropped. Images are so important when it comes to making your blog posts attractive and enticing. So I don't know what I was thinking. 

To correct this I've been going through all my old posts and either editing the old images to brighten them, re-shooting them in natural light, or replacing them with free stock images. If you'd like to use stock images on your blog check out my post Where Beauty Bloggers Can Find Great Stock Images to see what some of my favorite stock houses are.

4. Add or update image titles

This is important as the title is what shows up when the image is saved to Pinterest. The image title can also be helpful with SEO. So if this isn't something you've paid attention to yet, now is a great time too. Most of my images had titles, but they had my old blog name, didn't include a URL or keywords related to the post. During my rebranding, I worked on correcting that.

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5. Clean up the sidebar

Sidebars can be an important part of a blog but tend to get misused. I was doing this, misusing my sidebar. I've since cleaned it up by:
  • Moving important items towards the top such as a short welcome message and social icons
  • Removing some adds and other information and navigation that wasn't getting used

6. Provide multiple opportunities for social sharing

As I spend more time blogging and reading blogs about blogging I've developed a greater appreciation for social media as a traffic driver. So I made it a priority to provide several easy options for people to share my posts on social media.

Some ways to do this are:
  • Install the Sumo social sharing app 
  • Add a Pinterest "pin me" button to your images
  • Add a call to action in your post asking readers to share it

What are your blog spring cleaning tips?


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