The new year is the perfect time to spice up your blog. Your blog is probably already pretty awesome, but there are always things we can do to make it better. I have a few ideas to help you get your blog kicking ass in the new year!
Add some variety to your posts
Mix things up! Try something new!
Do you mostly post reviews? Or memes? Try adding something new into the mix to keep your readers interested. Add in a discussion post or a personal post.
Even if all your reviews are fabulous, only posting reviews (or another type of post) every single day can get a little repetitive. Adding a brand new type of post once in a while will spice things up.
Do that thing you’ve been meaning to do for ages
Do you keep promising you’ll update your review index? Or migrate to a better email subscription platform? Or move to a new blogging platform? Or add a new feature?
Well, there’s no time like the present!
Quit putting it off and just do it! You’ll feel good about yourself and your blog and it will help you stay motivated.
Perform a health check
Does everything work as it should?
First, review your blog’s functionality.
- Do all your links work?
- Try signing up for your email newsletter. Did it go through successfully?
- Check your posts and sidebar for any broken images.
Don’t let silly mistakes bring down your SEO
Now do a super quick SEO check. Do your page slugs match the title? For example:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people use the default “Sample Page” that comes with a WordPress installation. They change the title to something like “About Me” and add in all their text… but they never change the slug! So instead of having a URL like http://mywebsite.com/about-me/ their URL is http://mywebsite.com/sample-page/ . That doesn’t look very good (or professional), does it? Plus it won’t do you any favours when it comes to SEO.
So, check all your pages, and make sure the slugs relate to the titles. You can edit the slug by clicking “Edit” next to the permalink when editing a post.
Tell us about yourself
Have you ever blogged about your personal life? If not, consider giving it a try. Your readers will love to learn a bit more about the person behind the blog. Try doing a weekly (or monthly) wrap up post where you talk about what went on in your life. Describe your activities, outings, movies/TV shows you watched, music you listened to… whatever you want!
You can even combine this with a blog wrap up where you list:
- Your most popular posts that week/month.
- Interesting/weird/funny search terms that led people to your blog that week/month.
- One post that you wish got more attention that week/month.
In the mood for spring cleaning?
If you’re REALLY ready to rock, then let’s do some early spring cleaning.
Prune that sidebar!
I can think of six things you don’t need in your sidebar. Check your own sidebar and make sure you don’t have anything on that list! Most importantly, make sure your sidebar is never longer than your actual post. That’s just yucky! A good sidebar is short, minimal, and only has the essentials.
If you have more than one sidebar, consider removing any extras. The fewer sidebars you have, the cleaner and more organized your blog will look.
Organize your categories and tags/labels
Next, try cleaning up your tags and labels. Remove/merge any duplicates and typos.