BLOGGING : Spring Cleaning you can do as a Blogger.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Cleaning tips for bloggers.

It's official, Spring has sprung! It may be nearly 4 months since you set your new year resolutions but now is the time to finally get organised and do a bit of house keeping when it comes to your blog. Nothing too strenuous, all things you can do as and when you have a few moments spare. Or if you prefer dedicate a whole morning/afternoon to it. You decide!

SPRING CLEAN YOUR BLOG.

I have touched on this before in this particular post, but as a bit of a reminder lets recap again...

Basically clean up those broken links using this website. Like I said before, this process will catch any dead links you have on your blog. It could be where you've linked to an item that is no longer for sale, a company that no longer exsists. Or more commonly in my case I had a lot of comments left on posts, which included blog lilnks which no longer were active. Clear those bad boys up and improve the SEO of your blog. When Moz do their next update, it may help your score.

Update your blog pages, You know those ones at the top where you have your about me, contact, disclaimer etc. Chances are you wrote them when you started but haven't done anything with them since. If you check your stats, the chances are that these pages do still get visited, they may get a lot less views than your blog posts, but they do get looked at, therefore its important that everything is up to date.

Add Alt text to your photos. If you are a blogger who does this already, I salute you. If not, well I'm sorry but this may be a bit tedious! If you don't know about  adding alt text on photo's take a look at this page The basics of using alt text for SEO - they explain It much better than I ever would. It wont be an instant fix but it will definitely help in the long run.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

It's quite easy to forget to sort out your social media channels when we are so busy posting to them. Take this time to have a bit of a sort out. The first thing I did on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts was to have a little bit of a following cull. I followed A LOT of accounts on twitter due to entering competitions. I unfollowed a lot of those that I was no longer interested in, which dramamtically reduced the numbers. I did the same with Instagram, with the new algorithm coming into play soon, I wanted to ensure that I followed accounts on Instagram that I was genuinely interested in, those who's photos I 'liked' on a regular basis. A ruthless tactic but it felt good to get those numbers down.

Update your profile pictures and information. I know I had the wrong age on my twitter feed along with a profile picture of myself with bright blonde hair - Hey I'm brunette now! On Twitter you can update your header photo. I decided to update mine to the same as my blog so everything is consistant. At the end of the day you are a brand so it's good that you ensure that everything matches. If your'e a fan of using the pinned tweet option on twitter, switch it up and choose a different pin to have at the top of your profile. Perhaps a blog post that would be helpful to others, a positive message to others, mix it up.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR LAPTOP 

It's time to get out your external hardrive (or buy one) and have a clear out of all the blog photos you have stored on your laptop. Not only are they taking up valuable space on your internal hardrive, they may be causing your laptop to run slowly! You can get decent sized EH on Amazon for a fairly reasonable price. You should backup everything on a regular basis anyway, so this is something worthwhile to get into the habit of doing. 

If you choose to keep select photos and documents on your internal hardrive, make sure you have them named and filed in a orderly manner. Create a folder specifically for your blog and then smaller sub folders to keep everything organised. It will help you in the long run when you searching for particular photos to upload to facebook or instagram! Make sure you name your images properly, rather than HGOSLHF.jpg. Google will scan your blog and discover your photos by their names. So calling it something like 'Lush Easter products.jpg' will work much better. 

Clear the desktop and empty the recycle bin. I'm sure I am not alone when it comes to just randomly dumping the odd document or saved image to the desktop rather than its 'proper' home on the laptop. Tidy it up a bit, organise your desktop to suit you. I always forget to empty my Recycling bin, again another thing that could cause your laptop to run slowly. So empty it! You dont need to documents in it so get rid! Finally delete any temporary internet files. This will cause your laptop to run slowly which can hinder your blogging process. To do so you need to go to your computer (In my case its the :C Drive) Open the file called Windows, then look for the Temp folder. You can then delete your temporary files. I tend to delete them so theres only a weeks worth of temp files in there. 

So there you have it, a few Spring Cleaning style tasks you can do that will help you as a blogger.
Have you done any of this before, or are you planning to know you've read this post? 

Much love. 


25 comments:

  1. Spring cleaning my laptop and organising my photos is on my to-do list this week. I have been putting it off for far too long.

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  2. Bookmarked as there is so much i need to spring clean on my blog - just set the broken link checker off and could be here a while!!

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  3. Thanks for reminding me to spring clean my social media accounts.

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  4. Great tips. I've just moved to self hosted WordPress from Blogger so I am having to through and add alt text to all my images which is a pain x

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  5. I really need to do my broken links again they are the one thing I find such a nightmare to keep on top of. x

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  6. I have so many broken links and need to sort it out just reminded me to do it.

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  7. Some great tips here! It's just finding the 'virtual' time...my mummy is too busy spring cleaning the house!! ;) we updated our media pages recently but haven't had any culls......yet

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  8. Great advice I need to spend a day sorting the little admin jobs that need doing.

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  9. Yes I so need to do all of these I just keep putting them off

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  10. Gosh these are really good ideas. My daughter and I need to go through all of our old posts and check links and photos.

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  11. Broken links is something I've been working on this year. I've found it a very tedious job and wish I'd known to do it when I first started blogging then I wouldn't have 3 years of broken links. *Big big sigh

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  12. Some brilliant tips here. I really need to sort out broken links. I never even thought of the ones in the comments!

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  13. I have so many links to sort out and although my blog is looking more the way I want it now there is still so much I want to do.

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  14. I fix broken links once a month but at the moment I am going back through all my old posts changing links from follow to no-follow

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  15. It always feels so good to unfollow accounts on social media that are either inactive or no longer following the content I like. I find I use twitter less now because I open my feed and am faced with a long list of crap I don't actually care about and I want to change that!

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  16. great tips!! I really need to spring clean my blog. I often unfollow social media accounts that are no longer active

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  17. Great post. I need to sort all of my social media out x

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  18. LOVE this and thank you for all the links... off to do a few bits now to Spring Clean my blog ;)

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  19. This is the most helpful post i've read in a while, THANK YOU. Going to use the broken link checker now as in 5.5 years I've NEVER done that!! xxx

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  20. I have never even thought to spring clean my laptop! This is all some great information, I will add this to my to do list for over easter

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  21. Such great tips - I really need to have a spring clean - I dread the broken link checker! Kaz x

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  22. Great tips. I really need to spring clean my Macbook and the photos on it especially x

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  23. Very handy list! I have bookmarked and will go through each area this Easter weekend. I have five days off from work and for ones my blog will be priority!

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  24. These are some awesome tips, I need to check the broken links and just changed my laptop end of January and just got extra storage for my laptop memory.

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  25. Some amazing tips and suggestions here. Most of which are currently sat on my to do list. Thanks for sharing :)

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