How To Clean Up & Organise Your Blog

A Little Bit Of Maintenance Goes A Long Way

I’ve been running All In My Head for around 5 months now – and I’ve learnt so much along the way. As I’ve adapted and tweaked my techniques, my content has changed dramatically. And as we grow and improve, there are always things we need to update and organise. It can make a massive difference to your traffic, engagement and growth. So if you’re wanting to organise your blog, you’re in the right place!

I decided to create a list of things to help you organise and clean up your own blog – and things that I am working on too!

Old Posts

This one can be a bit of a pain. I’ve written nearly 100 blog posts now, and knowing that probably 25% of them could do with looking at, editing, and updating seems like a nightmare task. But there are so many benefits to doing so:

  1. Your blog is your portfolio – all of your content pieces together what outside influences feel about your work. Making the effort to update and clean up your old posts can make the world of difference.
  2. Refreshing your content can bring in new readers, especially if you promote the post again.
  3. You wrote the content for a reason, why not make it something you’re even more proud of?
  4. By updating content, you can help improve your searchability. I’ve read that Google prefers older, updated content over brand new.

Check your headings and make sure the theme sits in line with your brand. Make sure the font has updated, especially if you’ve changed it since you started publishing posts. Sometimes it doesn’t pull through on old posts, so it’s worth double checking!

Another element to look at is your images. No doubt, as the months have gone by, you’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to photography. You might have better equipment, or found a new program that works wonders for your images.

Go through your posts and update images to better ones and update any featured images [if using WordPress], to make the post really stand out as something your readers cannot miss! Check out my list of blogging resources that every blogger needs if you’re looking for an awesome photo program to use.

Categories & Navigation

Making sure that your blog is easy to navigate is a really important part of making it a success. No-one wants to look at a site, read a post maybe, and then have no idea how to follow on. They’ll click away from your site in seconds. Most of the time, people don’t want to have to search for things. It’s slow and boring, and if another site is easier and simpler, then people will just go there instead!

Check your menu and make sure that you only have the things you really need at the top. If you are using WordPress, you can make drop down menus to hide elements from the front screen. If you have a lot of different topics and pages, setting up your menus in that way can make your site much easier to use.

People like to find things quickly and easily – don’t make it hard for them or you might lose them as a reader.

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Sidebar & Widgets

This is something that I struggled with to begin with. There are so many awesome features you can have and I wanted them all!

And then I realised a few things.

  1. They were making my site sluggish and slow to load
  2. They gunked up my sidebar and made things look too busy
  3. They pulled away from the most important thing that I wanted people to see – my content

I decided to clear it all away and only leave in the things that actually helped and added value to my site rather than just being a flashy feature.

So, gone was the Instagram feed, and the list of brands I love, and so many other things that I just didn’t need! My site is faster, more clean-cut, and useful because of it.

I know that it’s really easy to be sucked in by all the amazing features you can have on your blog, but it’s good practice to always ask yourself these things before adding it:

Does it help my readers? Does it add something necessary or useful? Would I use it on someone else’s site if it was an option?

If the answers are no, then don’t put it in!

Plugins

This one is most relevant if you’re using WordPress. I am probably going to write about WordPress 99% of the time, because it’s what I use and what I know!

Plugins are those little apps we download that add something useful to our site. But whilst we are cleaning out everything else, those plugins can sometimes sit there even when they’re not being used. And what’s the point in that?

Once you’re done sorting out everything else, then just head to your installed plugins page, and start deactivating and deleting the ones you no longer need. There’s no point keeping them on your system if you’re not using them so get rid πŸ™‚

Of course, there a lot of plugins that are incredibly useful, and by no means am I saying you need to get rid of those! There are some which I feel are absolutely vital if you want to make your blog successful.

Welcome To A Cleaner & More Organised Blog!

I hope that you’ve found these tips useful and it has given you some motivation to have a look at your own blog and see whether there are any tasks you need to complete!

I know as a blogger, you’re already thinking about #allthethings. Me too! But by doing the above, you’ll have a lot less to worry about, and you can simply focus on #therestofthethings…

 

If you haven’t already, you should definitely be focusing on starting an email list next. It gives you the privilege of being able to contact your readers directly and helps you connect in a way that you will never regret.

Email Marketing will grow your business faster than any other marketing medium! I use and recommend GetResponseΒ which is so useful for creating beautiful sign up forms, newsletters and more.

Let me know in the comments if there are other things you do to help clean up and organise your blog!

Laura

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  • Nice suggestions. I’ve been thinking I have too many categories. I figured I could delete some categories because I can still use tags. I’m just not sure which ones I want to delete yet. I’m still working on figuring out the direction of my blog and what type of posts I want to create the most.

    http://surrealistique.wordpress.com

    • Thank you! I’m in the exact same boat, it’s about honing your site and your skills to provide the best content possible πŸ™‚
      I will definitely check out your site too! X

  • K H A D I J A 🌻

    Such a helpful post! Thank you for sharing! XO

    https://octoberslallu.blogspot.qa/

  • I’ve been updating all of my blog posts with new Pinterest graphics lately, and while it is a lot of work like you said, it’s SO worth it and makes your blog look so much more cohesive and professional!
    Great tips, Laura! πŸ™‚

    • Definitely! It can be really slow and frustrating, and it’s something I need to finish working on too, but like you said it makes your blog look so much better as a whole! Thanks Bria, glad you found them useful πŸ™‚ x

  • tachi

    This came at the perfect time my first posts are a bit of a mess lol . It is quite time consuming but very much worth it

    • It is very time consuming isnt it! So happy you found the post useful πŸ™‚

  • Lovely Twenties

    I actually am starting to organize and clean up my blog in hopes to better my site. Updating and cleaning up old posts is a great idea I know so much more now compared to when I first wrote many of my posts.

    • That’s the trouble isn’t it, and it depends on how many posts you’ve got under your belt when you realise that!

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