5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Blog

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While I love the adrenaline rush that comes from cleaning my closet in spring {or anytime the moment hits me}, it occurred to me that there might be some spring cleaning needed on my blog. Here’s 5 steps I took to make sure I cleared out any cobwebs that were slowing my blog & I down:

1. A Working Rabbit Trail: I went to BrokenLinkCheck.com & was shocked to find 385 broken links on my site! Most of the culprits were that I’d edited URLs to some of my main pages/categories & then you forget where all you linked to those. Also I was surprised to find many of the blogs & websites I linked to had changed their names or URLs, plus I found affiliate links that were no longer working.

2. Social Media: Visit each of your profiles & make sure that your bio is up to date. Have you changed your tagline or are you offering a new service now?

3. Time Has Passed: Do you have anywhere on your blog that says “coming soon”? Change that to say “launching summer 2013” & then stick to it! Also check to see if you have any past dates such as saying on your about page that you’re going back to school in the fall, which actually happened 8 months ago.

4. Clear the Visual Clutter: Whether you have a desk you blog from or consider your laptop background your virtual desk, set aside an hour to clear things up. Visual clutter truly is mental clutter & you need all the brain freedom you can get to be an effective creative person.

5. Combine Your To-Do Lists: Personally this is what I’ve been tackling this month. I discovered Workflowy.com & I’m now trying to take all those emails I keep in my inbox as “to-do’s”, plus Google Docs of notes, plus Word Docs of notes & enter them all onto this one website in an organized manner. I confess I’ve spent too many hours searching for that half post I wrote somewhere if only I could remember where!

Some of these steps are brief, others may take a couple hours or even a few weeks to really tackle. But weight you’ll feel off your shoulders when you’re done is so refreshing that I promise it’s worh it!

Let’s make things happen! Which of these items will you commit to doing this week? What other tip do you have for spring cleaning your blog?

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    • Hilary Rushford | Dean Street Society

      Hi Melinda,

      I’ve actually gotten rid of my other apps & am just focusing on Workflowy, as I realized I was keeping things in too many locations & that was causing me to waste time searching or unable to find something when I needed it. So I’m really making that my personal assistant now & entrusting it with everything to keep things as streamlined as possible. 🙂

      with grace & gumption, Hilary

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  1. Kory

    I would be careful with the first one. I just checked mine and it said I have a lot more broken links than I actually do! Just thought I would share!

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    • Hilary Rushford | Dean Street Society

      Kory, great note. But it’s at least a good place to start. And a way to start whittling down the number of times a reader could click on something & reach a dead-end. Though I would also note that this can take hours, so I think you want to focus on the most important ones first & know that you may not have time to catch everything. But the ones that link back to other pages within your site, for example, are the most important. Or if you link to helpful resources in an article that still gets good traffic, etc.

      with grace & gumption, Hilary

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  2. Oksana Radionova

    Recently did a spring cleaning of the blog, but these tips are also so helpful! I would love to learn more about spring cleaning social media workload and sites like ifttt.com & hootsuite.com… Because when I go on my upcoming 5-month trip across Europe, I can’t be spending half the day on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram like I do now. I know scheduled posts exist, I just haven’t figured out the best way to utilize the sources available out there. XOXO

    http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com

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    • Jamee

      I love hootsuite! I love how I can manage multiple social media profiles from one app and it is really easy to schedule posts and tweets. I use the desktop version and the mobile app and have had no issues! I definitely recommend it!

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  3. Ainslee

    Great timing! I just recently decided to really take my blog seriously and it never occurred to me to spring clean my blog. I thought I’d just start again without actually weeding out posts or checking for broken links, but this is a better idea. I think I’ll do it step by step. So glad I read this 🙂 Thanks!

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  4. Clever buttons

    I have just spring cleaned my blog also. I have changed a lot of the design, themes and given it a good SEO check up. It has helped me to find my voice again as I was feeling bogged down by my blog before.

    Thanks for the post – really helpful!

    C x

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  5. Laura J

    Wow great post, after reading this it really got me thinking about my blog and as a result, I spent the whole of last night spring cleaning it by giving it a little bit of a face lift!

    Thanks
    Laura x
    http://www.blogbehindthelook.com

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  6. Kim

    Great post! One question however…. I can only ever read half of the posts you publish as the top half is covered by a huge box with “Our World!” and “Archives”. Any tips on getting this to shift?

    Thanks!
    Kim

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    • Hilary Rushford | Dean Street Society

      Kim, I’m sorry that I don’t know as I don’t oversee the back-end. I’d recommend sending an email to the main IFB address to alert them of the issue. 🙂

      with grace & gumption,
      Hilary

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    • Hilary Rushford | Dean Street Society

      I’m such a geek about it I swear I’m showing someone new how I use my Workflowy almost daily! 🙂

      with grace & gumption, Hilary

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  8. Sandeep

    I would be careful with the first one. I just checked mine and it said I have a lot more broken links than I actually do! Just thought I would share!

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