It's spring! Finally!! Maybe you're cleaning out your closet or your home, ready for the warmer weather and something NEW. Don't stop there though – take the momentum to your blog.
Here are some things you can do to make the back end of your blog leaner, meaner & more efficient for spring – and going forward (and it doesn't take very long):
Check through spam and see if it missed any “real” comments
Empty spam comments
Respond to comments
Back up your database (here's a good article on IFB on how to do that)
Back up your files
Install plugins to do this automatically
Update your plugins
Delete plugins you're no longer using
Delete outdated blog links on your sidebar
Check your affiliate links, product links in content (the broken link checker plugin is great for this)
Make sure you have the latest version of your theme
Backup any files you may have changed
Make sure it's updated to the latest version for security reasons
Now, are you ready to shake it up a little bit?? Try something new? Break out of your comfort zone? Whether you did it for the new year or not, spring is a great time to try something different on your blog. Perhaps you were thinking of trying out a new theme, or switching to a magazine style instead of a blog style layout. Maybe you'd like to write more, or get more personal with your readers. Go ahead, do it.
Chances are your readers are also feeling an itch for something new and different in their own lives, inspire them to do a new thing or two by doing it yourself.
What is something new you want to try on your blog? Have you done your spring cleaning yet?
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