5 Quick Tips to Tidying Up Your Blog
September 9, 2007
When you have so many things to do with your blog and a huge list of ideas you’ve got to put into action or complete, sometimes you just don’t know where to start. It’s even more stressful if you don’t have a list. Before we continue, I’d like to recommend you grab a notebook and begin to jot down anything you have to do for your blog. Keep your list organized, too. For example, keep one list of things you’re going to do to generate traffic to your blog, a separate list of changes you have to make to your design, etc. Organization is very important, and if you don’t have it then by the end of a tough blogging day you’ll be pulling your hair out.
Weekends are the best time to clean up your blog a little, and it make it look more appealing for your readers. They’re also the perfect time to get caught up on whatever you have to do, like responding to reader comments and emails. Since it’s a Sunday, today I’m going to supply you with a list of five things to do to tidy up your blog and catch up. Feel free to mentally modify this list to suit you, or to drop an item that doesn’t apply to your blog. I hope these tips are helpful for you.
1. Unclutter your sidebar. Look at your sidebars and take off anything you don’t need, whether it be banners to affiliate programs you’re not making money with, your archives list which can be moved to their own page, or anything. Don’t make excuses and clear up some cluttered space. For more details, read the link above.
2. Tidy up your blogroll. Whether you keep your blogroll in your sidebar or on its own page, it has to be cleaned out sometimes. Prune it of sites that are no longer updated, have changed topics, don’t suit you, or whatever. It’s worth rechecking all those blogs you’re linking to every now and then and deleting some of them. After all, they take up space on your site and you’re sending some of your visitors to them. You only want the best.
3. Clear out unused plugins. Surely there are some plugins you have installed that you don’t have activated or don’t use. Go to your FTP or your Cpanel and delete all the plugin files that you don’t need anymore. It’ll look a whole lot better to you, and trust me, organization does help to take some stress off the mind.
4. Go through old drafts. I’ve saved way too many drafts full of post ideas I’ve never implemented. Spend a little of your day deleting the drafts you don’t need or finishing writing the posts you’ve had saved for weeks or even months.
5. Delete all spam comments. If you’re saving all the spam comments that Akisment catches for whatever reason, DON’T. Do yourself a favor and clear them all out right now.
Of course, there’s a ton more things you can do to organize your blog’s appearance, feel, and inner workings. But if there’s a lot to get done, it’s hard to figure out where to start or how to go about it. If you follow this list, your blog will be more tidy already and hopefully it’ll get you in the mood to do some more weekend improvement.
After you’ve done these things, go around your blog finding other things that need reorganization or fixing up. Afterwards, be sure to catch up on what you haven’t done yet. Consider coming back to this list next weekend or making your own so you can stay on top of things. Let me know if this helped you or if you have any other tips for improvement. Thanks, and happy blogging!