Although we are three weeks into the new year, it is still January, so sprucing up or revamping your blog is still a possibility! Updating your blog is so important to stay fresh and current with what’s going on in your life as well as what is currently happening throughout the internet. Having outdated content on your blog seems unappealing to readers that happen to stumble into your corner of the internet, so let’s change a little bit to keep them around longer (and maybe convert them to a follower!)
If you are a regular visitor of Blissful Gal, you know that this little space looks a little different! I have been wanting to change the look of this space for a while but couldn’t find something that I loved. After what seemed to be like eternity, I finally found something simple, yet girly with a pop of color.
“Where do I even start,” you ask? Well if change is just as difficult for you as it is for me, start small! In order to make your blog look awesome, you don’t need to get a whole new blog theme! Making several little changes can actually be immensely more beneficial too!
Pictures are one of the first things someone sees in relation to your blog posts. I know that when I am on Bloglovin’ or Pinterest and am scrolling through my feed, I rarely look at the titles unless the pictures intrigues me first. Our brains are attracted to attractive/ stimulating images, which is why making them look insanely awesome is so important.
- If you have changed the way you create/ style your images, why not go back to some older blog posts and update those images to match your current branding? This will not only streamline your blog posts, but you can also add these images to Pinterest to get more eyes on older blog posts!
- Make sure all of your images are titled properly. This means naming them like “how-to-update-your-blog” instead of “picture457098.” This will ensure that when people do a search in any search engine for something related to your post, there is a greater chance of them stumbling across yours.
- Never leave the Alt text blank. By adding a description to your pictures, you increase your SEO. The Alt text also serves as the Pinterest pin description when someone pins your image.
Your sidebar should be a place of reference for your readers! The most important items that you should have are social media icons (if they aren’t housed at the top of your blog page). Letting people know where else they can find you around the web is the perfect way to grow your following.
If you use ads on your blog, analyze how well they are working for you. If you haven’t made any money on that Amazon ad, then get rid of it! It isn’t adding any value to your site and isn’t helping you, so it’s basically just making your blog appear cluttered. If you still want ads on your blog, look into companies that you already love and talk about so they will go along with your brand.
3. About Me page
Show your readers that there is actually a person behind the words! Introduce yourself, share your background, how you got involved with blogging. When I have found a blog that I particularly enjoy and can relate to, the “About Me” page is the next place I click. I love learning more about other bloggers and where they have come from and where they plan to go!
One of my favorite posts for creating an “About Me” page is by Melyssa from The Nectar Collective, which you can read here.
4. Mission Statement
I think that by having a mission statement, you not only help readers understand the purpose of your blog, but you also help yourself in continuing to create content that follows your ultimate goal. They can also serve as your motivation to keep blogging when you struggle to find inspiration to write new content.
Need help creating a mission statement? This post from CoSchedule is awesome!
5. Start something new
Want to start the year fresh?! Try writing about a different topic that interests you, but you haven’t talked about before. Or start a new series that goes along with your blog! I’m excited to announce that I have started a “College Chronicles” guest post series for others to share their college experiences with others (you’ll be seeing the first post on Friday!!). I love writing about college, but I know I don’t have every college experience, so I enlisted in the help from others! Creating a guest post series allows you to get to know other bloggers and also showcase awesome bloggers to your readers, which is always awesome to share the love.
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Also, Make sure you check out Chelsie’s BLOG BOSS post tomorrow!