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Declutter and improve your blog

Hello everyone,

I have had my blog for just over 3 years and during that time, my blog has become a little messy. So, here are a few ways you can declutter your blog and in no way will it happen in one sitting because that would just take forever!

Add featured images

When I write a new blog post and schedule it, I preview the blog post and underneath the post, other posts are recommended. If it doesn’t have a featured image, I would add one and it takes a maximum of 2 minutes per post. Gradually, you should be able to have all your posts to show up nicely instead of it being blank.

Alternatively, if you do choose to sit down for an hour, go through each year (starting with the first year you’ve blogged) and add featured images. You don’t have to take new pictures. It would be more ideal to use a picture already integrated into that post. Make sure you start adding featured images so then you don’t constantly have to do this step.

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Update your pages

I do this at least once a month or once every two months. This is to make sure that the information on there is up to date or are still working. If you’ve changed your colour scheme or take better quality pictures, it would be a good idea to replace any images.

Rearrange Widgets

When was the last time you have added, replaced or gotten rid of a widget?? Not only will it give your blog a fresh look, it would make it look less cluttered because having too many unnecessary widgets could lose you readers OR vice versa! Having a bare widget or footer may look boring and will not be useful. Here are a few basics you should consider for your sidebar and footer:

  • Search
  • About Me
  • WordPress follow button
  • Email follow form
  • Popular posts
  • Archives

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Fix broken links

This is by far the hardest out of them all (especially when you have a lot of content). Install a broken link checker plugin and get rid of or update the links. This will improve your SEO score. I’m not sure why it does but if you search it up on google, it would be more helpful.

Change your titles

I would go through your posts and get rid of complicated titles and change them with keywords. This improves SEO because it makes it more likely for your site to be indexed and searched. Start to add to keywords now so you don’t have to change your titles later on.

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Give a title to your images

This would be mentally and physically draining to go through all your images and change it from img37826 to What’s in my bag. So the best thing to do is when you are adding your featured images to your old posts, from time to time, change the title of the images. Make sure to make this a habit when adding images to your new posts. The point of this all is to improve your SEO as it makes it more likely for your site to be indexed and searched. Also, if someone pins your image and someone clicks it, it won’t say img37826, It will say What’s in my bag.

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So that is all the tips I have for you all today! I hope you guys have found it helpful in some way. Have a great day everyone!
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  • sepatuholig

    Although I constantly improve my blog and some bullet points here are what has been done; I never came to the idea of sharing!
    Thus, I thank you…
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    IG @grace_njio

    October 3, 2018 at 3:04 am Reply
  • Tuva Zetterdahl

    Some really great tips Najida! Thank you so much for sharing them!

    Tuva,
    http://tuvasworld.com

    September 29, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Ellie Phillips

    Some handy tips here! I sometimes go through and check links but need to do it more!

    September 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Glad you liked the post x

      September 28, 2018 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    So many good tips! I’ll have to keep this post handy for future reference x

    Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com

    September 27, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Glad that this was handy xx

      September 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Elin

    So many fab tips! I’ve recently installed the broken links plugin and omg it’s so helpful! Loved this post as always xx

    September 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      That plugin is so helpful! And thank you for reading as always xx

      September 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • Amelia

    Some fab tips! Love the photos too. I’m definitely going to look into fixing broken links and naming my images! Wish I knew more about SEO haha, you need to teach me! xxx

    September 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you! SEO stills confuses me but thank god for google😂😂

      September 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Hopelessblog

    Its so useful to change your theme every now and then but I find the WordPress theme customiser so fiddley 🙁

    September 23, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      It definitely is! That was one of the many reasons why I went self hosted. Thanks for reading xx

      September 23, 2018 at 10:53 pm Reply
  • Jess

    This was super helpful thanks for sharing I definitely need to start renaming my images!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    September 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      You’re welcome lovely! Glad it was helpful xx

      September 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • Life in the Happy

    I’ve never thought of changing titles before – such a good idea!! Loved the post so much x

    September 23, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you! Glad you found it helpful xx

      September 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm Reply
  • PINKSERENITYx

    This is so useful and handy! Will be giving these a go thank you for this hunni x x

    September 23, 2018 at 11:20 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Glad you liked the post xx

      September 23, 2018 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Muslimah World

    Very useful information! Thanks for sharing!

    September 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you and you’re welcome!

      September 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • Zoë

    Ahh I definitely need to go and declutter my blog again soon!! I haven’t been through it since I set it all up in April!! I do love going and redesigning my blog though so definitely need to make some time for this! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

    September 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Good luck with it all! xx

      September 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Kirithika

    Some useful tips! Definitely gonna do these before my move!

    September 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Glad you found it helpful!

      September 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply

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