How to Spring-Clean Your Blog

15 Ways to Spring Clean Your Blog

There is something special about spring that motivates so many people to clean up their apartments, re-think their routines, upgrade their beauty rooms, and thoughts in preparation for the warm season. I am no exception here! I’ve been in a de-cluttering mood for the last few weeks.

My desk, calendar, house, social media accounts, and many more areas of my life are much more straightforward and easy to navigate now. Finally, it’s time to audit and update my blog!

Today, I’m sharing with you my go-to tips on how to make your blog more user-friendly and clutter-free.

Update “About” Page

Those are the most visited pages on your blog (don’t believe me? check your Google Analytics), so make sure the information there is current.

Include the list of the collaborations you’ve been working on for the last year and check to make sure all the links are current and working.

Also, consider updating your profile photo, especially if you changed your hairstyle recently. Finally, make sure your “About” page contains your email address.

How to Spring-Clean Your Blog

Delete Posts That Are Irrelevant

This tip is inspired by a recent episode of my favorite podcast, Smart Passive Income. One of Pat Flynn’s show guests deleted a third of his posts and tripled his blog’s traffic.

I don’t recommend taking such a dramatic cut and removing all your hard work, but a look through old posts that you never actually liked might be a good idea.

Create an Editorial Calendar

Many bloggers use such services as Buffer and CoSchedule to organize their social media shares, but not that many take the time to create a social media calendar. Spring is a perfect time to do it finally!

I’d been struggling with keeping on track with my editorial and social media calendars too. For a long time, I jotted down my blog post ideas in a paper planner. But this strategy was not very successful.

Then, I dedicated a few days for figuring out CoSchedule, and my blogger routine became so much more organized. Now, every time my blog post goes live, it is automatically shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Another fun tip is to plan a series for your blog. It’s much easier to stay consistent if you know what type of post readers are expecting from you on which day. Not to mention that a good series can make it or break it your blogger career.

When it comes to Instagram posts, I signed up for a paid version of Planoly that allowed to schedule (and auto-post) pictures for the upcoming month. It’s super convenient! Not to mention that pre-planning your IG post makes your feed look more consistent.

Delete Unused Tags and Categories

Having a lot of tags that you use only once or twice doesn’t provide any benefits for your blog’s SEO. Be strategic about labeling your posts and make sure to create only tags that you’ll be using all the time.

For instance, I keep only a few tags for my makeup posts: lips, eyes, face, nails, fragrance, and tutorials. You can use a similar technique or, perhaps, divide your posts according to the topics you are covering. That way, you’ll have an organized blog structure that Google loves.

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Tweak Your Blog Design

You probably have a few design changes in mind that you always wanted to make but never had a chance to accomplish. It’s time to get them done finally!

Spring-cleaning means making your blog look and feel more professional, and neat design is an essential part of making it happen.

Answer Every Comment

This the most challenging tip that I wish I used myself! I’m known for letting comments pile up until I can’t handle responding to all of them.

However, this spring I’m dedicated to reviewing all the feedback I receive. Supposedly, it’ll help me to understand what my readers want to read. A side benefit: last time I did this, my traffic boomed!

spring cleaning checklist for your blog

Update Pinterest Boards

This update will take just 15 minutes, but you’ll notice how satisfying and productive it is. Bright, standout covers bring people’s attention to your Pinterest account, which eventually leads to more traffic for your blog.

Create a Freebie

Ask any marketing pro, and they’ll confirm that the money is in the list. It’s time to start working in that direction too!

Many bloggers wait too long trying to create a perfect freebie (preferably a 100-page-long e-book), but in reality, all you need is a simple checklist or guide that helps people solve some kind of problem.

Share your knowledge with the world in exchange for people’s email. It’s super simple, and it works!

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Update Newsletter Layout

People love consistency, but it never hurts to spice things up a little bit. Add some new series to your newsletter to make it unique, change the fonts or template’s dividers, make your photos clickable.

Be thankful to the people who signed up to your list and so make sure to send only high-quality, well-organized content!

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I hope this checklist on how to spring-clean your blog was handy for you. Please let me know in the comments which of these strategies are you planning on executing first.

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37 Comments

  1. Awesome tips!!! I need to do a bit of spring cleaning myself on my blog! I love doing editorial calendars but I’ve kinda been off my game but now May is the time to get back on it haha! It really does save up time in figuring out blog post! I tend to get random burst of creativity and have to right it down and usually it always gets put into my calendar to do that month!

    Jasmine :)
    colorubold.com

    Posted 5.3.16 Reply
  2. Pineapple & Prosecco wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE this post and think it’s so important to take spring cleaning to your blog! Definitely going to use lots of these tips as I continue to work on mine.

    Xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Thank you for your sweet comment, Danielle! I am actually still working on my blog’s spring cleaning projects! I guess it’s a never-ending project! :))

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  3. What a great post! I’ve been using Google Spreadsheets to stay organized but I desperately need to start using CoSchedule.
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    Posted 4.7.16 Reply
    • Oh, really! How did you do it in Google Spreadsheets? Could you please explain in details? I am certain many of my readers would love to know your strategy. Any tips would be really appreciated! Thank you in advance, Amanda!

      Posted 4.8.16 Reply
      • I have a Google Spreadsheet of a calendar to pre-plan all of my blog posts and sponsored social media content. I also have a Google Spreadsheet to keep track of my blog and social media analytics. I upload all of my photography into Dropbox, so I can edit on the go / sit down and write a post whenever I find extra time.

        Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  4. Lea wrote:

    Your article is helpful for my blog. I need a little bit inspiration :) Thank you
    http://www.jeansglam.com

    Posted 4.7.16 Reply
    • Thank you for reading, Lea! I am glad that you find those tips helpful! Kindly let me know if you have any follow-up questions – I am always happy to help! Have a wonderful day!

      Posted 4.8.16 Reply
  5. Great ideas here! A spring clean for your blog is such a good thing to do. You’ve shared some really lovely advice xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    Posted 3.26.16 Reply
  6. Kaitlyn Lacy wrote:

    I’m so glad I came across this post you have amazing advice<3 Thank you!

    http://kaitlyn-emily.blogspot.com

    Posted 3.21.16 Reply
  7. kali kingsley wrote:
    Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  8. I love this post darling ! I am off work next week and will use this opportunity to spring clean my blog!! Thanks for the tips!

    Saira
    http://www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxx

    Posted 3.16.16 Reply
    • You are very welcome, Saira! I’m still working on my blog’s spring clean. It takes forever, but I’m excited to see how it will turn out! Please keep me posted on which changes you decided to implement! Perhaps, you will also have a few blog cleaning tips to share with Style Sprinter community! ❤️

      Posted 3.16.16 Reply
  9. Such wonderful tips!!!! responding to comments is one of my fave things to do on my blog!

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply
    • Yes, mine too, but I’m really struggling to find the time to do it… I hope you don’t mind that I am responding to your sweet messages with a bit of a delay ;)) Thank you for your support for such a long time! I really appreciate it! ??????

      Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  10. coffeeslag wrote:

    I love these tips, especially the respond to every comment one, which can be VERY difficult to do sometimes! Like, literally, sit down with a coffee and respond to every one, which I think is super important!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG New Phone Cases!

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply
    • That’s exactly what I am doing right now :)) Starbucks coffee on the table, laptop is ready for the action! :))

      I actually have a question for you, ladies. When you are responding to comments on your blog, do you comment back to people who left their comments? I wonder what is your strategy on that… Thank you in advance for sharing!

      Posted 3.18.16 Reply
      • coffeeslag wrote:

        Yes, I try to! Sometimes it can get overwhelming if there’s a bunch of comments but I do try to comment back to everyone, as long as it’s not a spam site! As things are kicking off and the blog/Instagram is getting busy, it can get harder, and that’s when devoting an hour or two to just respond can come in handy!

        Posted 3.18.16 Reply
        • I started researching this topic and I’ve heard that some bloggers spend a few hours per day answering comments. Well, I guess with great success comes great responsibility! :))

          Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  11. These are great tips! I never really thought about a spring cleaning for my blog, but it makes sense to tidy it up every now and then.

    xo, Liz

    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply
    • Indeed! I was just thinking if you approach it as a whole project (as opposed to a few tweaks here and there) you can actually accomplish more in a shorter period of time. So – yeah! – let’s start that spring cleaning thing!

      Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  12. Jennifer wrote:

    Love these tips, I’ve been debating deleting old posts for a little whilst but you’ve finally convinced me to do it!

    http://www.barelytherebeauty.com

    xx

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply
    • That’s what I am working on right now! Apparently, there are a few blog posts on my blog where I announce giveaway winners, but they don’t do anything for my blog. I’ll just move giveaway announcement into comments area of the original post.

      Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  13. Shireen wrote:

    I do need to update my About Page, I kept telling myself to do it but honestly haven’t found the right time to sit and rewrite it. Thanks for the reminder, Katya!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply
    • Me too! I am thinking about it all the time, but haven’t updated it yet. Let’s motivate each other and do it next week?

      Posted 3.18.16 Reply
      • Shireen wrote:

        Yes!!! I hope to get it done by next weekend! ❤️

        Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  14. I love the tips, thank you shall be doing some very soon

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

    Posted 3.15.16 Reply

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