Every other week, I spend an hour or so doing behind the scenes stuff for my blog that keeps it running smoothly and looking good. Here are a few easy, relatively time-consuming things that you can do today to clean up your blog.
Resize Post Images
If you’ve been blogging for a while, chances are that your post images are not all the same size. Go through each blog post and resize the photos to make sure each one fits the width of your content area. For example, my blog content area is 620px, so all of my pictures and videos are 620 pixels wide (they vary in length).
- Tip: It’s easier to resize images before uploading them to WordPress or Blogger. Also, WordPress measures in pixels whereas Blogger measures images as small, medium, large and extra large.
Trash Irrelevant Posts
Since you’re already going through your posts to make sure that the photos are the same size, you might as well skim each post to see if it aligns with your more recent content. If an old post drastically deviates from the type of content you’re currently publishing and if the post is no longer relevant to your overall brand and audience, you should consider deleting it.
- Tip: If you want to hold on to the post, I recommend copying the whole thing and pasting it into a Word document.
Check For Broken Links
As a blog reader, nothing is more bothersome (other than pesky pop-ups!) than clicking a link within a post and then being redirected to the Error 404 page. If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, chances are that some of your links are no longer active. The post/page might be under a new permalink or it could have been deleted altogether. Either way, you can easily remedy this by unlinking or by replacing the link with the proper URL.
- Tip: I suggest downloading the broken link checker plugin (available to WordPress users only) to tackle this problem.
Update/Delete Unused Themes & Plugins
I tend to update themes and plugins as soon as I get the notifications telling me that I need to. However, some of you may log in to your WordPress/Blogger dashboards less frequently or choose to ignore these notifications when you see them. If you want your blog to operate as optimally as possible, I strongly suggest updating these things as soon as WordPress/Blogger notifies you to do so. The process generally takes no more than half a minute. While you’re at it, delete any themes or plugins that you’re no longer using to save space.
- Tip: If you’re likely to forget, set a reminder in your phone or pencil it into your calendar to do this at least once a month.
Other Ways to Overhaul Your Blog
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