Last week I shared Part 1 of Spring Clean Your Blog over at my home A Day in Candiland. I told you I would be bringing you part 2 this week.
I hope you had time to visit part 1 and get the first few areas cleaned up on your blog. Once you have purged and organized what I shared last week, we can continue where we left off.
Many bloggers like to update their themes to streamline things or to update their colors. Jen and I both use the Genesis platform and Jen uses the Foodie Pro theme by Shay Bocks and I use the Tasty Theme by Restored 316. Just like getting a new piece of furniture or painting a new room, your blog gets a fun update. With the tutorials they have now you can do it yourself. Actually Jen walked me through mine when I last updated. You will probably have to spend a little money to get a nice theme, but it will be worth it in the end.
Opt In Forms or Sign ups:
Have you updated how you collect emails for your readers lately? I just did this on my blog. I got rid of the Hello Bar and I added PopupAlly. I know many people have different thoughts on this, but you want to give your readers the chance to receive your newest posts and the best way is to include a free gift for doing so. I offer a free baking substitution sheet. There are times when you just don’t have the right ingredient in your pantry. This list will show you alternatives to something else you might have that will work.
Plug ins are fun. They can add so much to your blog. But did you know they slow your blog down? It has been said that you should have between 10 and 20 plug ins and the more you have, the more problems you may have with your blog. Usually when there is a glitch with your blog, it is a plug in. Although you can google to find out which one it might be, you might have to start deleting and adding them back in to see which one it might be. Make sure you always update at least weekly each plug in unless you have them set to do so automatically.
One thing I suggest with your blog is to have a few friends or bloggers look over your home page or click around and see how everything works. Does it make sense? You need a fresh set of eyes.
Your sidebar is one of your biggest areas on your blog. Keep it updated each season. You don’t want your readers stopping by in Summer and seeing your best Christmas post on the side. Believe me it happens and it is because we look at our blogs daily and can’t see the forest for the trees. I recommend one ad near the top and then your about picture, (make sure your about picture links when you click it to your about page) a few of your best posts and then all the additional ads near the bottom. I also suggest a search feature somewhere near the top.
Social Media Buttons:
I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to follow someone on social media and I can’t find their buttons. Have them somewhere you can find them. Click on them. Make sure they work.
I prefer two sets of sharing buttons one under and one on the side or on top of your posts. Make it easy for people to share your work.
Newsletter and RSS Feed:
Does your weekly newsletter or RSS campaign need to be updated. I always suggest you sign up for your own newsletter or RSS so you can make sure it is going out. The other day, I looked at mine the other day and was a little surprised what I saw. I always update my monthly newsletter, but the daily campaign, I don’t always look at. As I opened it up, I noticed something in the sidebar, that was very outdated. I quickly changed it up. You want to make sure your readers have new content to read and they don’t see the same images in the side. I would try to change it every few weeks or don’t add images on the side.
I know this is a lot of info to take in at once, but if you just do a few tasks a day, you will have a well functioning blog all cleaned and organized.
So now that you have some work to do, set aside a day or two for a few hours and go through both lists. Have fun, remember after your home is cleaned how good you feel. Now get yourself a cupcake and enjoy.