10 Ways To Spring Clean Your Blog

10 Ways To Spring Clean Your Blog | Keating & Co.

10 Ways To Spring Clean Your Blog | Keating & Co.

It’s almost springtime which means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning our lives.  I love spring cleaning.  I know.  It’s weird.  But I’m typically a clean and organized person so it’s refreshing to do one big clean up a couple times a year.  It’s nice to get rid of things I don’t need anymore and really downsize my belongings if possible.  And if you’re a blogger, then this would be a great time to clean up your blog while you’re at it.  It’s so easy to get disorganized in your blogging every once in a while so sometimes a major clean up is necessary.  I started my clean up back in January and am still working it all.  It’s a process.  So today I’m sharing 10 ways you can spring clean your blog!

Update all pages.

This includes (but is not limited to) your About Me, contact page, services, advertising/pr, etc.  I try to update my pages every month, but I admit I don’t.  But it’s good to double check them and make sure all the information is accurate.  Your contact info should be correct, your bio should still pertain to your life, the pricing for your services should be accurate, your blog stats should be up to date.  Whatever it may be, the information should be up to date.  Simple as that.

Remove posts that aren’t relevant.

I hate having to delete posts that I know I worked hard on.  But if it doesn’t fit your content, then it really wouldn’t do you much good to keep it around.  For example, I  typically write about marriage, military life, blogging, and beauty with a mix of lifestyle posts in there as well.  But if I went back through my older content and saw one for a chicken pot pie recipe, then I’d say it’s safe to say that it can be deleted since it’s completely irrelevant to my blog.  It’s also perfectly okay if your blogging niche changes.  It happens!  If it’s a post that you worked hard on and really can’t delete, then maybe see if another site will take it as a guest post!  What way it’s off your blog, but still out there for everyone to enjoy.

Clean out your sidebar.

I’m horrible at keeping my sidebar neat and organized.  I’ll clean it out and then a few weeks later, it’s cluttered with miscellaneous widgets that no one cares about.  The top things I recommend your sidebar has is a short bio, social media links, a search bar, and a place to subscribe.  Everything else is a free for all.  But make sure it’s not cluttered!  Your readers should easily be able to find everything they need without any issues.

Update/remove images from your media library.

Sometimes I upload images and then never use them.  They’re just sitting around in my media library not being used.  Rather than letting them take up space, it’s a good idea to go through and delete any images that aren’t being used in posts or on your blog pages.  Once you have it down to just the photos that are actually on your blog, you should then go through and make sure they’re all labeled properly.  Yes, this can be super tedious, but it’s necessary to do at some point.

Update your page images.

Speaking of images, it’s good to change up your profile photos (and any other photos for that matter) with something new and fresh.  This goes for your About Me page, your sidebar bio, and any other pages you have that contain images (contact page, services, pr/advertising, etc.).  It’s a simple way to make a page feel brand new again.

Check for broken links.

This can be sooooo tedious SO I’m using an awesome plugin for this instead called Broken Link Checker (pretty simple).  Broken Link Checker monitors the links in your posts, pages, and comments.  It will give you feedback of any broken links that no longer work, redirects, and missing images.  Within minutes of installing it, it gave me a whole list to go through and check.  I can then look at each item on the list and determine if it needs to be edited, ignored, or removed.  It does all the work for me so that I don’t have to go through and manually check out every link on my blog which saves so much time and energy.  The one thing I do recommend, though is to adjust the settings to not include comments.  It found hundreds of broken links just from comments when all I wanted was for it to check my own posts and pages.  But at least it does its job!

Popular posts.

I currently have four (?) popular posts listed in my sidebar.  This is another thing that I ideally would like to change every month, but it doesn’t always happen.  SO when it’s time to do some spring cleaning, swap out your featured posts with newer content that your readers will love!  This is even a great way to drive traffic to older blog posts that may not have gotten as much love as you wanted them to get the first time around.

Remove unused categories and tags.

I tend to create way too many categories.  I’m constantly going back and forth with having a few broad categories and making all my content fit into them and creating a bunch of categories so that everything is properly organized.  Sometimes it’s a mess back here.  So every once in a while, I like to go through and make sure everything is in their proper category and delete the categories that either aren’t being used or aren’t needed.  Typically if you only have a few posts under that category, then it can probably be deleted.

Update your navigation bar.

Like my categories, my navigation bar can sometimes become super cluttered.  I’m constantly fighting with myself on which categories I want to include in it and how in-depth I want everything organized.  So take the time to remove any categories or pages from your navigation bar that may not pertain to your blog anymore.  You can also reorganize everything if necessary.  This is where your readers go to find out more about your blog and what you write about so it’s important to make it easy to navigate and find things!

Update your design.

I just went through a whole re-brand so there wasn’t much I had to do design-wise, but I did end up changing my color scheme.  I didn’t want it to match as much with my other business venture.  So this color scheme now features turquoise!  A whole re-brand isn’t always necessary, but even just switching up your logo or color scheme or blog layout can make a world of a difference.

About halfway through this post, I realized there are so many things you can do to spring clean your social media as well, so stay tuned for part 2 of this spring cleaning series!

What changes will you be making to your blog this month?  Will you be doing some spring cleaning?

  • This is a great list! I’ve never thought about deleting the images I don’t use from my media library. Thanks for the tip, Keating! 🙂

    • Thanks Nicole! My media library becomes super cluttered after a while. Sometimes there are images in there that I uploaded and then didn’t end up using or there are images on there to deleted posts. It drives me crazy haha so I try to go through and remove the ones that aren’t being used.

  • Deleting posts actually hurts your SEO. Plus you can’t just delete them, you should also redirect your 404 pages. It’s a long process, but basically you really shouldn’t do it unless you really know what you’re doing.

  • Great tips Keating! Pinning this one to share because these are good reminders to have. Thanks!!

  • Great suggestions! I’ve been updating links since moving my blog. I have a few more sections to go, and I’ll be done.

    • Thanks Latonya! Updating links can be such a process sometimes! Good thing you’re close to being done! 🙂

  • Jen

    I love getting a new design every couple of years. It’s fun to refresh everything.

    • Me too! I used to change my design every 3-6 months when I first started blogging. Now I’m trying to teach myself to stick with one design for a long period of time haha but I do agree that’s a fun way to refresh everything and make it looking new again.

  • Hi Keating

    You’ve highlighted some really great tips here, it’s so easy to forget about going back to old posts and giving them a makeover so to speak, but it can really make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of your blog. Really helpful post 🙂 x

    • Thanks girly! I’ve been in the never-ending process of updating old posts and I can’t wait to be done with it haha I think I started it back in January so it’s been a long process. But definitely worth it!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Well I am definitely pinning this!! Such great reminders. I’m going to work on this over my spring break. Great post : )

    • Thanks so much Lindsay!! I’m glad you found this helpful 🙂

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    It sounds like a ton of work. How long do you think doing al of this takes you? It has taken me forever just to print out my list of blogs to go through and make sure there are HERO images in them!

    • Hi Heather! I think I started this process back in January. So it’s taken a while. I only have around 250-300 posts right now, but this is all in addition to school and my regular blog and freelance tasks so it’s a lot of extra work. Definitely worth it though!

  • This just sounds like so much work! But I bet it wouldb e worth it!

    • Hi Brittany! It definitely is a lot of work. I started this project back in January haha but my blog already feels better so I’m excited for it to be done.

  • I know I need to check for broken links in old posts as well. I also have been going through older posts and updating them with Pinterest-friendly images. Great post!

    • Thanks so much Marette! None of my older posts have Pinterest-friendly images so that’s been a huge project of mine as well!

  • Love this post! I’m in need of deleting old posts that aren’t relevant anymore! My blogs from the first few months are hysterical… but for some reason it’s still just so hard to click delete haha

    • Thanks Amanda! It’s super funny sometimes to go back and look at my first posts. I’ve only had this blog for about a year and a half now and my writing style and everything has changed SO much in that time. My content is definitely stronger nowadays. So I’m doing my best to get those older posts up to date and looking as good as my current ones.

  • SO much to do!! I’ve been working on a lot of updates for awhile and there’s still SO much to do but it’s definitely worth it!

    • Hi Katie! It really is time consuming. I’ve been working on my updates since January so I’m hoping to complete everything by the end of the month. It’s never-ending! lol

  • Boxwood Avenue

    All of these are AMAZING tips! I hate it when I see something that still says ‘2014’ in a bloggers about me!

    • Thanks so much!! I see things like that all the time and it drives me nuts. I saw one blogger who still had the dates of her maternity leave in her about me even though her child is now a year old. It needed some serious updating.

  • Sara McCarty

    These are fantastic tips and I could really use a serious update for so many of these things. Now I just need to find 100 extra hours in the day to get them all done. 😉

    • Thanks so much Sara! I feel the same way. It’s so time consuming on top of everything else I have to do every day. My clean up has been a 3 month process so far. I’m very much hoping to have all of this done by the end of the month.

  • Leslie Soto

    I need to do so much of this. Spring cleaning should include cleaning up your blog, too!

  • So many great tips! Now that I’m over the year-mark with my blog, I definitely have some cleaning I can do…

    • Thanks Alyssa! I’ve had this blog for about a year and a half now and I definitely started to look into making some changes around my one year mark. I grew so much as a blogger and as a writer in that first year and honestly I had no clue what I was doing in that time haha so I’ve had to go back through and fix all my newbie mistakes. Everything is looking much better so far!

  • This are great ideas. I definitely need to update my sidebar – and I want to add popular posts there as well!

    • Thanks Becky! I just recently added the ‘popular posts’ section to mine and I love it. I need to change it up though and add some new ones 🙂

  • Tanashia Thomas

    Great post! I will be doing all of these things.

  • I’m really happy with my design, but there are still a lot of Spring cleaning things that my blog could use!

    • I was happy with my design until last night. Something felt off with it. So I changed it again :p BUT it’s looking so much better now so I can go back to focusing on the clean up lol it’s been a very long process.

  • I didn’t even think about spring cleaning my blog but now I feel I must lol. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I’m glad you found this helpful! 🙂 I had started this project in January since it was the start of a new year, but it’s perfect to add to your spring cleaning. I can’t wait for everything on my to do list to finally be done!

  • Samantha

    I love this! It’s easy to remember that it’s time to spring clean the house, but spring cleaning the blog never occurred to me! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  • Neely

    This is a great post! Cleaning up our blogs is always a good thing to do

    • Thanks Neely! 🙂 my blog is already looking and feeling so much better so far. A clean up was very much needed.

  • Mimi Rose

    Such great ideas!! I still need to update some of my previous posts from before my blog redesign last year and checking for broken links is a must! Thanks for the great tips, I’m excited for some spring blog cleaning now. 🙂

    • Thanks!! Updating after a redesign can be to tedious. My to do list really seems never-ending some days. But so far, everything is looking so much better. I can’t wait to be doe with it all lol

  • Mandi

    LOVE these tips, just went through and did this with my blog and it felt soooooo good. Took time but SO WORTH IT

    • Thanks Mandi! I’m so glad you loved these. It’s definitely a project haha I’ve been working on all of this for WAY too long now. I’m so ready for everything on my to do list to be done already.

  • Wow these are great ideas and some I never thought of! Didn’t know the media library was taking up space.

    • Thanks Anna! I’m glad you found this helpful! Your media library definitely takes up space. My blog is still relatively small, but I have WAY too many images that have been uploaded and never used. They just get in the way after a while. It’s good to go through and delete any that aren’t linked to a post or page 🙂

  • Thanks for the great reminder. I feel like so often we create pages or posts and forget to look back to make sure they’re still working and looking good. Definitely adding this to my to do list!

    • You’re so welcome Libby! I’m glad you found this helpful! I’m definitely guilty of not checking my old posts and pages as often as I should. It’s so easy to forget about them!

  • Great list! I think everyone should be doing a clean-up pretty regularly to make sure your blog and posts are always relevant!

    • Thanks Erin! I agree that it’s definitely needed. Everything is looking and feeling so much better so far 🙂

  • Thank you for this! I need to do a lot of these, big time.

    • You’re so welcome Amber! i’m so glad you found it helpful!

  • I didn’t know there was a plugin for checking broken links! That’s for that recommendation — I’d been doing it manually with a website!

    • I had no idea this plug-in existed until I did a Google search for helpful plug-ins haha I’ve been loving it ever since!

  • Great tips 🙂 I need to do a little blog spring cleaning in the near future.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thanks Jenny! 🙂 my current list seems to be never-ending haha right when I think I’m almost done, I add on some more tasks. But it’s definitely needed and everything is looking and feeling so much better so far.

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    Thanks for the tips! I know I need to get some new pics up but I just haven’t had any good ones taken lately…maybe next month!? Also, I will be checking out the broken links plug-in…

    • Photos are the worst sometimes! I think I’ll be getting new head shots done this week, but I’m not sure yet. I just did some back in September, but I’m already wanting an update lol and definitely check out the plug-in! It’s been super helpful.

  • Good list! Thanks for sharing. : )

  • I love the idea of spring cleaning my blog! I’m super clean and organized too, so this is definitely a must!

  • Keating, you’re a woman after my own heart! I love to keep things fresh and have clean outs at least four times a year, one with the change of every season.
    Such a great idea though to put your blog on your spring cleaning list. I’ll have to remember that when spring comes around for us in September!

    • Aww thanks Hollie! 🙂 that’s a great idea that you start each season with a cleanup. I should do that. As of right now, I really just do it whenever everything starts to get super bad and I can’t take it anymore haha it’s bad. I should get better about it.

  • Ah. This is a needed but painful kick in the pants. I spent all this time writing up an awesome About Me page, but I never added the photos! I need to go back and do that before much more time passes.

    • Think positively! At least you spent time updating your About Me page! haha that has to be one of my least favorite pages to work on. I don’t know what it is, but it drives me nuts. I’m always putting it off!

  • I love spring cleaning and this just made me so excited to spring clean my blog! I love all of your suggestions! I’ll definitely be pinning this for later.

    • Thanks so much!! I hope you find this list helpful 🙂 I pretty much just made a list of things I wanted to fix on my own blog and turned it into a blog post haha so I’m so glad so many people are loving it!

  • Great list! I recently updates my color scheme and about me page, but these are great ideas for other things I know I need to improve on to be less cluttered!

    • Thanks Janelle! I try to keep everything updated as I go, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen haha and I always procrastinate on my About Me page. For some reason, it’s my least favorite page to work on lol

  • Janella Panchamsingh

    Great tips I do these daily so i don’t fall behind

    • Thanks Janella! I try to stay on top of it as much as I can, but I admit that it doesn’t always work out the way I want it to lol it’s hard to add it into my day when there’s so many other things that I have to do as well.

  • Thanks Laura! I’m hoping to have all of my spring cleaning done for my blog by the end of the month. My personal to do list has been pretty long so I’ve been working on it for a couple months now. I’m so glad to be so close to done with it all! haha

  • Oh, gosh, I’ve been putting SO many of these off. The worst one for me is having a million tags and only using about 6 of them. I’ve slowly been trying to go through and delete the ones that are redundant or useless, but it takes forever since I have 500 posts stretching over 5 years. Most of those posts aren’t even relevant to my current blog’s focus, so I need to delete them as you suggest, too!

    • Girl, I’m the same way! I’m the queen of procrastination haha I desperately need to go through my tags at some point. I don’t even want to know how many I have going right now. As for posts, I luck out that I’ve only had this blog for about a year and a half so I don’t have nearly as many posts yet. I think I have around 250 right now. So it’s a bit easier to do these things. But I’m hoping to create a system for all this ASAP so that it’s not so much work in the future when I do have 500+ posts.

  • I just updated my design, but still need to tweak it a little. I’ve been meaning to cull my tags list, but OMG, so many to go through….doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be done, though…..

    • I just updated my design about a month ago and then just re-did it last night haha horrible. There was just something off about it. But I definitely need to take a look at my tags list soon. I don’t even want to know how many I have going right now!

  • Hi Jordyn! Definitely check out the plug-in! It’s been super helpful. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but helpful at the same time lol that’s a project in itself though. It’ll find them all for you, but then you have to go through and determine if they need to be altered, deleted, or ignored. It’s a process lol

  • Love all of these! I really need to spring clean my blog, especially deleting irrelevant posts.

    • Thanks Lexi! I’m glad you found this helpful! 🙂 my spring cleanup seems to be never-ending, but it’s definitely been worth it so far.

  • Justine Y

    I’d heard it’s bad for your SEO to delete old posts, do you know if that’s true?

    • Hi Justine! I’ve had a couple people ask me this and I honestly do not know. I’ve heard a lot of people say to delete them and for me, personally, it drives me insane to keep them around if they have nothing to do with my current blog.