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5 Ways to Declutter and Organize Your WordPress Blog

Taking time to declutter and organize your blog year round is important.  There isn’t anything magical about January, each year, that’s when everyone makes New Year’s resolutions, cleans, and organizes.  Clearing out the cobwebs and organizing your blog isn’t a bad idea either!

With all of the writing, networking, picture taking, social media posting, picture editing, guest blogging, and everything else we do, it’s no wonder our blogs get cluttered!  If you’ve got a couple of hours, here are 5 things you can do to declutter and organize your blog.

Remove Plugins

There are so many plugins out there (over 48,000 in the WordPress repository at the time of writing this post) and it can be tempting to try and install all 48,000 on your blog.  But you know you don’t really need 48,000 and so you “just want to see what that plugin does.” and install it.  Once you “see,” you deactivate but never delete.  

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Action Step:  Go to the installed plugins (plugins->installed plugins) page and delete all of those plugins that are deactivated and those you aren’t using.  

Add Call to Actions (CTAs)

Call to actions guide your website visitors through your website.  Every page on your blog should have a call-to-action that is bold and obvious.  Not sure of what are effective calls to actions?  Hubspot (whom I love) has a list of 101 examples of them.

Action Step: Go through your blog and where there is no call to action, add one

Get Rid of Old Pages

Are you a page or post hoarder?  If you’ve been blogging for a really long time, you probably have pages and posts that are no longer relevant.  We all grow and change and that usually means our blogs grow and change with us.  If you’ve got material that will no longer fit your audience or your brand, let it go!

Action Step:   Go through your list of pages and posts (choose 3-5 per day).  If they are no longer relevant, ditch them.  If they are, how can you make them better?  Perhaps a content upgrade?

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Review Your Analytics

Look at your blog’s analytics.  You can’t know if something is working if you aren’t tracking it and you should track everything.  If it isn’t working, ditch it.  If it is, keep doing it!  Find your most popular 10 posts.  Promote them and update them.  Now do the reverse and look for your least popular 5 posts how can you make them better?

Action Step: Log into your analytics account.  Look for your 10 most popular posts and your 5 least popular posts.  Create an action plan to make them better.

Blog Goals

What’s your blog goal?  You know the big, scary one you don’t dare let yourself dream about?   That one.  Is your blog supporting that goal?  If you decide that 2017 is the year of growing your email list, is your blog helping you do that?  Or, are there no opt-ins on your blog that are front and center and available, and easy to find?  

If you’ve decided 2017 is the year you will increase service sales, are your services front and center?  Is it even easy to find that you have services?

If your blog is not supporting those, it’s time to remove and declutter your blog and remove what isn’t supporting that big, scary goal!

Action Step: Write down your goal on a sheet of paper.  Go through your website with that goal in mind.  If there is something there that isn’t supporting that goal, remove it or revamp it so that it does support that goal.  Special note: Pay close attention to your sidebar.

There are many tweaks you can perform on your blog to declutter and make it more organized.  The 5 tweaks above can make quite a difference for you and your blog visitors!

What tweaks have you made to your blog that have made a major impact?  

 
See ya later!

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48 Comments… add one
  • Stacey Strickler 02/06/2017, 12:04 PM

    This is an awesome post! When it comes to working on decluttering projects, it never occurred to me to add my blog to the list. But it is something I definitely need to do! Thank you so much for these tips and action items to work on !

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:11 PM

      So glad they were helpful Stacey and thanks for reading!

  • Ashvin Nankoo 02/07/2017, 3:36 PM

    Great tips. I need to have more Call of actions!

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:17 PM

      Thanks Ashvin. If ever you forget to add them, just go back and add them later on. And, you can always change them if you don’t think they’re effective. 🙂

  • Laurie Albanos 02/07/2017, 4:45 PM

    Great suggestions. Your blog looks fabulous so you are definitely doing it right!

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:16 PM

      Thanks Laurie! 🙂 I appreciate you took the time to comment.

  • Jackie 02/07/2017, 4:54 PM

    This was a great article! Thanks for all of the information.

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:15 PM

      You’re welcome, Jackie. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Amanda 02/07/2017, 9:22 PM

    I so needed this for my blog. Its so cluttered with old plug ins and post drafts that I’ve never started. I also REALLY love the idea of adding call to actions to my blog!

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:15 PM

      Hi Amanda, glad this was helpful. Just go page by page and add your CTAs as you have time. Before you know it, all of your pages will have them! 🙂

  • Jessica Hugo 02/08/2017, 1:16 PM

    Very lovely read Lynn, thanks for sharing.

    • Lynn 02/08/2017, 11:13 PM

      You are welcome Jessica and thank you for taking the time to comment! 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum 06/02/2017, 11:41 AM

    Fab tips and I am just in the middle of a little blog revamp too!

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear 06/02/2017, 12:01 PM

    Great tips! Plugins will be the death of me. I despise having unused plugins just hanging out- makes such a difference when you finally just delete them

    • Lynn 06/02/2017, 4:23 PM

      Thanks, Shelby! There are so many amazing plugins out there, it’s hard not to try them.

  • Christy 06/02/2017, 12:54 PM

    These are some great actionable tips. The plugin thing is a must! They can be so bulky and slow down your site which will send readers packing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn 06/02/2017, 4:24 PM

      Thanks, Christy. Yes, the wrong plugin really can weigh down your site!

  • Kristen Kavan 06/02/2017, 2:25 PM

    I really loved this post. I’ve been wanting to go through old posts for a while now and either delete or update. You just gave me great motivation!

    • Lynn 06/02/2017, 4:25 PM

      So glad to hear Kristen! I just got rid of a lot of posts this week.

  • Denay 06/02/2017, 2:49 PM

    Lynn, this is an awesome post! I love these actionable steps for decluttering and organizing a blog. This summer I really want to delve in and start cleaning things up. I need to make sure all of my posts are on brand, and there are a LOT of images that I need to re-shoot and replace. I have so much work to do. But little steps and I’ll get there!

    • Lynn 06/02/2017, 4:27 PM

      Thanks so much, Denay! I have a lot of images I need to clean up too. I redesigned my featured images and now I’m going back through and changing them one by one and working on the SEO for my posts and pages. Good luck with your blog decluttering!

  • Rachel Ritlop 06/02/2017, 4:46 PM

    Such an awesome post! Super helpful!

  • Krysta 06/02/2017, 8:49 PM

    CTA’s are SO IMPORTANT! I never paid much attention to them before, but once I did I started to get so much more genuine engagement. With my social media posting’s I try and start with my CTA first and then figure out everything else later.

  • Kanani 06/02/2017, 9:50 PM

    I love this and running to see these CTA s from the other site, too!

  • blossawe 06/03/2017, 2:09 AM

    I have been putting this off for my blog since so many days. I really want to declutter it and improve my blog. Thanks for the tips!

  • Esse D 06/03/2017, 8:56 AM

    These were all really helpful tips. I try to actively do this on a weekly basis to make sure my site is reader friendly. These tips are spot on!

  • June Rostad 06/03/2017, 11:02 AM

    I totally need to go through and declutter all my blog posts … and also add some Amazon affiliate links too!

  • Bre Paulson 06/03/2017, 12:07 PM

    I definitely need to do this with my blog, finally got moved to Wordpress but some of my posts don’t look streamlined :/ Thanks for the tips!

  • Joanne 06/03/2017, 12:20 PM

    Excellent tips!
    I delete plugins all the time but I know a lot of people who only deactive them thus clogging up their bandwidth.

  • Maria - Dapper House Designs 06/03/2017, 12:41 PM

    Awesome tips! I have to be honest, it never occurred to me that a blog needed decluttering, but you are so right! Thanks for sharing!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate 06/03/2017, 12:47 PM

    Such great tips! Thanks for sharing and for the motivation. I really need to take this post to heart and get to some “housekeeping!”

  • Super Busy Mum 06/03/2017, 12:55 PM

    Such a great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Robin McMahon 06/03/2017, 1:34 PM

    I really need to get some spring cleaning done on my blog! Thank you so very much for the great advice! I know I have a lot of plugins that I never use anymore. Plus, I really need to get into my analytics so that I can see which content is doing the best. Thanks for everything, have a lovely day!

  • Katrina Centeno 06/04/2017, 4:00 AM

    Oh, I need to create a call-to-action in every page! I hope to get it done this month. I think I have done reviewing my plug-ins. Thanks for the reminders!

  • Jeni 06/04/2017, 9:45 AM

    Gosh my blog is brand new and I already feel I can declutter some! This is a great reminder to check in with the back end more often!

  • Carly Delski 06/05/2017, 11:07 AM

    These are great tips! I need to go back and clean up some things!

    xx Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

  • The Southern Thing 06/07/2017, 6:22 PM

    Removing plugins you don’t use makes a huge difference with site speed! I always try to check to see what I can eliminate!

    • Lynn 06/07/2017, 9:07 PM

      Yes, it can make a big difference! I make it a habit of deleting a plugin once I realize it won’t serve my needs.

  • Marette Flora 07/07/2017, 9:35 AM

    I like that you included action steps. I need to add more call to actions for sure!

    • Lynn 07/07/2017, 4:09 PM

      Thanks, Marette. To me, while you can give ideas, I think it’s also good to include what to do and how to do it.

  • Jess 07/07/2017, 10:19 AM

    I’m a teacher on summer break, so this is a great time to clean house both literally and figuratively. I’ll definitely be working through some of these. Great tips!

    • Lynn 07/07/2017, 4:11 PM

      Thanks for being a teacher and giving kids a good education. I have several friends who are teachers, principals, and superintendents and y’all just aren’t appreciated enough! Cleanning house is on my list for this weekend!

  • Angie 07/07/2017, 4:44 PM

    It’s been too long since I did this, it’s time to do some housekeeping!

  • Kuleigh 07/07/2017, 7:32 PM

    This is so helpful! I don’t use Wordpress but there are definitely ways that I can clean up my site. I also want to rework some old blog posts to make sure everything is the best it can be.

  • Roxy 07/08/2017, 10:59 AM

    I love the tip about CTAs! I recently redid my blog and a lot of these are so true (cleaning up posts, etc)

  • Rachel Ritlop 07/08/2017, 10:31 PM

    I love this post! I needed this de-clutter reminder!

  • Melanie @ Nutritious Eats 07/09/2017, 5:45 PM

    I totally need to do this. For the posts that aren’t relevant or don’t want on your blog anymore, are you deleting or redirecting? I heard you should redirect but I don’t know how to do that. I wasn’t positive if deleting was bad

    • Lynn 07/10/2017, 11:16 PM

      Melanie, there is a plugin called Simple 301 redirects which works great.

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