It doesn’t have to be springtime to clean up your blog. These free tips can be used at any time of the year.
1. Give your blog a brand new theme. WordPress offers lots of free themes, and you can try them out first before deciding on which one best suits you. Giving your blog a brand new theme will give it a fresh new look. However, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with your current theme if you’re happy with it.
2. Customise your existing theme. Press the ‘customize’ button on your blog’s dashboard to see what you can change.
3. Change the background colour of your blog. However, be careful when choosing a colour. Ask yourself if you’d be happy reading a blog with that neon coloured background that plays tricks on your eyes. Press the ‘customize‘ button to make any changes.
4. Change the type of font (and its size) you use on your blog. Again, be careful in what you choose. Make it easy for your readers to be able to read your blog without having to squint or having to decrease their computer screen to fit in the size of the font you’re using. Press the ‘customize‘ button to make any changes.
5. Update your widget bar(s). You don’t need to change what widgets you have, but changing the order of them will give your blog a fresh new look.
6. If you use the ‘Social Media’ widget, check that all the links to your social media accounts are working. Repair any broken links.
7. Update your site icon. Not sure how to do it? On the dashboard of your blog, click on ‘Settings’, and under ‘General’ you’ll see your icon with a ‘change‘ button underneath it. Click on the ‘change‘ button and follow the instructions. Remember to save any changes.
8. Update and/or change your blog’s ‘Site Tagline.’ Not sure how to do it? On the dashboard of your blog, click on ‘Settings’, and under ‘General’ click in the ‘Site Tagline‘ box. Remember to click the ‘Save Settings‘ button when you’ve made any changes.
9. Check all the links on your homepage are working. Repair any that are broken or that lead to an incorrect site/page.
10. Update your ‘about me’ page. Don’t have an ‘about me’ page? Click here to find out why it’s important to have one and what to put on it.
11. Check your ‘drafts’ folder and delete any posts that you are no longer going to publish.
12. Check your ‘published’ posts and delete any that no longer attract any traffic, and which you do not intend updating or using again.
13. Check your most popular ‘published’ posts and update any out of date information on them, especially if they are still receiving lots of traffic.
14. Check and empty your blog’s ‘spam’ folder (although this should be done on a daily basis). Mark anything that should not be in there as ‘not spam.’
15. Check your media library and delete any images, photos and videos that are no longer being used. This will free up valuable storage space (necessary for those who use free WordPress themes). However, ensure those images are no longer being used on any published posts before deleting them.
16. Update the ‘Categories‘ on your blog. On the dashboard of your blog, click on ‘Settings‘, and under ‘Writing‘ click on the small arrow in the ‘categories‘ box. A new page will open where you can update and delete ‘categories.’
17. Update the ‘Tags’ on your blog. On the dashboard of your blog, click on ‘Settings‘, and under ‘Writing‘ click on the small arrow in the ‘Tags‘ box. A new page will open where you can update and delete ‘tags.’
18. Categorise any blog posts that have ‘Uncategorised’ as their category. This helps visitors find your posts more easily, meaning they will probably return or follow your blog.
19. Add, update and/or change the ‘menu’ bar on your blog. Click here for full details on how to do this. Repair any broken links.
20. Unfollow blogs you no longer want to follow. Click on ‘Reader‘ and then on the ‘Manage‘ button next to ‘Followed Sites.’ To unfollow any blogs, click on ‘following’ and you will then no longer be following that blog. Tip – unfollow any blogs that have not published any new posts for over a year, as they are likely no longer being used.
21. Update your blog’s ‘disclaimer’ page and copyright information. You can view my ‘disclaimer’ page by clicking on ‘Disclaimer’ on my menu bar. My ‘copyright’ information can be found at the bottom of the widget bar to the right of this post.
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