Check Yourself // 8 Weeks To #ImproveYourBlog

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Welcome to 8 weeks To #ImproveYourBlog, the first edition.

During this 8 week course, we’ll be focusing on one thing per week. Every Tuesday, they’ll be a new post for you to read, go away and do some tasks that will hopefully enable you to improve your blog.

If you want to see what’s coming up in future posts, then check out the introduction post where I go through each weeks topic.

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  • Week 1: Check Yourself an audit of your blog and social media accounts to make sure everything is up to date and ready for the new year.
  • Week 2: Learning From Othersanalysing other peoples blogs to see how you can improve your own.
  • Week 3: Figuring Out What You Wantbeing clear about your blog goals and what actions you need to take to achieve them.
  • Week 4: Improve Your Images how to improve your blog images, use props, make graphics and where to grab free stock photos. 
  • Week 5: Improve Your Contenttips and tricks on how to improve your writing.
  • Week 6: Blog Consistentlycreating a schedule that works for you and sticking to it.
  • Week 7: Socialiseusing comments and social media to get involved in the community and grow your traffic and social proof. 

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Week 1: Check Yourself.

Today, we’re going to be going back to basis by making sure our blogs are ready and where we want them to be for the new year. We will do this by checking our pages are up to date, our information is correct and we’re making the most of the space we have.

Read and Update Your About Page.

It wasn’t until someone pointed out that my age was wrong on my About Page that I realised I hadn’t updated it in over a year! Not only was it displaying my age wrong, but I had changed jobs since I last updated my about page too.

So read your about section, make sure it has an updated photo, updated information and is relevant to your current lifestyle and what you’re blogging about.

Most new readers are probably going to visit your about page – so make sure you use this space well. You might want to show off some of your favourite photos, or even link to some of the posts you’re most proud of to direct new readers to your best work.

In my About Page, I link to a post where I spoke about the story behind my blog name and it’s a post that people often Tweet me about today.

Treat your About page as a cover letter for a job – you want to use it to convince people to come back again and again.

Review your Description

Similar to your About page, but not as long – your description can be equally important for keeping people on your blog.

There are many ways you can have a description:

  • A tagline – a sentence usually under your blog header to describe what your blog is about.
  • A description in your sidebar – this is a couple of sentences long that can be used along side a photo to let your readers know a bit more about your blog and your interests.
  • An author description – not all blogs use this – but this is another chance to let your readers learn more about you and is displayed at the bottom of each post.

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Whether you opt to have one, two or all three of these things is up to you – but I would recommend you have a description of yourself and your blog in your sidebar at the very least!

I always enjoy funny descriptions, so if you can be clever and witty in it, it’s always a plus!

Review your pages.

Just like your About Page – review any other pages in your sidebar or tabs, such as a blogroll, PR info or most popular posts – are they up to date? Do they reflect your current situation and can they be improved?

Is your side bar slick?

Sidebars are a great opportunity to direct your readers to social media, your favourite posts, or even other sites.

The thing is – sidebars can get messy really quickly if you keep adding stuff in without taking time to review them. Especially if you keep adding badges and social media widgets in there!

I’ve wrote a whole post on how to keep your sidebar slick, so I won’t go into too much detail on this one, just head over to the post!

Review your social media accounts. 

Check in with your social media accounts to make sure they’re all consistent and up to date.

It’s best practice to have the same profile picture and header across all social media accounts but unless you review this, you might update one and forget about the others! I recently went through a theme change where my blog header changed, but took a while to update my headers on my Facebook and Twitter accounts!

The reason for doing this is to make you more recognisable. People might not remember your blog name or real name – but they’ll likely remember a picture of you or your logo if it keeps popping up!

The tasks:

So to quickly recap, your tasks this week are to:

  • Ensure your About Page is up to date.
  • Review any taglines and descriptions.
  • Check in with any other pages or tabs on your blog.
  • Audit your sidebar, keeping only the essential things in there.
  • Review your social media accounts to make sure it’s consistent.

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I hope you found the first week useful, please do come back and let me know what things you’ve learnt, what you’ve changed and link back to any blog posts so the rest of us can get involved and engaged with you.

Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Twitter using #ImproveYourBlog!

Next Tuesday we’ll be delving into the blogs of other people to see how we can grow from watching what other people are doing well.

See you then!

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47 Comments

  1. January 5, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Very useful, thank you for the tips! Looking forward to next week!
    Darina recently posted…Weekend Notes #39My Profile

  2. January 5, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Super tips! I definitely need to check my sidebar and work on my about page.

  3. January 5, 2016 / 10:14 am

    So helpful! I’m going to go and update my about me page!xx

    bethmay75.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Jackie Harrison
    January 5, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Great tips and is true about the profile some people do not change and age is wrong sometimes location because they move.

  5. January 5, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I swear you have the best blogging tips haha! I’m so going to be following this 8 week plan and get a start with week 1’s tasks. Thanks for sharing x

  6. January 5, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Hahahaha LOL my about me says I’m 25 when really I’m 26 and I’ll be 27 soon. Definitely going to update that this week
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  7. January 5, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I found this really helpful! I recently did an audit of my about pages etc., but I should probably check my taglines on social media and make sure they’re okay! I can’t wait for week 2! 🙂

  8. January 5, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Great tips so far! I also just went to your About page and read about the story behind your blog name – so funny! As a new reader of your blog I was wondering where you got the name from!
    Looking forward to the next seven weeks of this course 🙂
    Nicola x
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  9. January 5, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I’m going to do everything you said on this list, every page needs checking once in a while. I will have to update my pictures too, they are a few months old.
    Anca recently posted…The Best Thing About Being VegetarianMy Profile

  10. January 5, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Love these tips! Now, to make time to do them… 🙂

  11. January 5, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I’ll be doing my homework, probably over the weekend! I know I haven’t looked at my about me or contact page in months, if not longer! Eek! I love the idea of an author bio too, I used to have to have one for another site I used and I got a fair amount of traffic back through it – so people DO read them!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland
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  12. January 5, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    You have really good information here, I will come back. Thanks for sharing.

  13. January 6, 2016 / 12:51 am

    I love this! I will definitely be trying to keep up with the 8 week plan (I feel like it’s an exercise plan!). It’s such a fab idea! The about section etc are so important as well but it’s so easy to neglect them. Looking forward to the next instalment! Gweni xxxxx

    http://www.gbeauty.co.uk

  14. January 6, 2016 / 4:43 am

    Some great tips here! Will definitely be taking them into account as I’m a newbie in the blogging world.

  15. January 6, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Really great post I keep forgetting simple things like updating my about page. Think I’m going to love this series. 🙂 x
    Rachel recently posted…Top Tips For Revising In JanuaryMy Profile

  16. January 6, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    So, basically, I have done nothing from this list and I suck. Haha. I’m definitely doing all of those over the weekend. Only on the first week and I already know I’ll learn so much from this free course of yours. Thank you so much, Corinne!
    Richel V. recently posted…For the New Year: Goals for 2016My Profile

  17. Hayley F
    January 6, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Great tips thankyou, i’m in the process of changing my blog layout so it’s abit all over the place at the moment. I don’t blog about a specific subject. Its usually about craft, craft makes and my life with a disability x

  18. January 7, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Such a wonderful post! Will stay tuned for the rest!

  19. Bea
    January 7, 2016 / 4:25 am

    EEEEP! Thanks for reminding me to update my about page!! HAHAHA Looking forward to week 2

    BCfactor Blog | bcfactor.blogspot.com

  20. January 7, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    I just recently updated my About Me page because I felt like it wasn’t a great reflection of me. When I first started my blog I kinda rushed it just so I could have something there. So glad I updated it though, even if it can still be improved upon in the future! I’m going to go through all my media accounts and see if all my headers are the same because I have a feeling they aren’t haha! So thank you for reminding me with post. 🙂

    Mollie Victoria Beauty | Blog

  21. January 8, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    So wonderful useful!
    I love it. A big THANK YOU.
    I have now a new about me page and a tagline!

    Greetings & Love
    Ines

  22. Lucy Furneaux
    January 9, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Thanks so much for this great post! I’ve been blogging for over three years but only recently have I been making a real effort when it comes to outreach and consistency, so I’m really looking forward to following this series and picking up all your tips and advice. I also wanted to wish your luck with your line-a-day diary – I’ve had the blue one for three years now and although I’ve not written in it every day, it’s still an amazing keepsake to look back on!
    Lx
    http://lucyeyf.co.uk

  23. January 12, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Thanks so much for these tips! I have literally been working around the clock on my sit and finally got to a place where I could slow down. And then I read this…lol…back to work I go.

  24. January 13, 2016 / 9:20 am

    As always really useful looking forward to this series of posts. My about me definitely needs to be updated Lucy x
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  25. January 13, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Ahh, how am I a week behind!
    My about page is something I need to work on, I never even thought about putting links to my best posts within the about me description. Great idea! Off to read week 2’s post 🙂

    Ami x
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  27. January 19, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    You made me realize my about me is out date.Now I have homework for this week.I will try to figure out how to write a non-boring one thanks. http://sheismelrose.net/

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  29. February 27, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Sounds really dumb, but I have no idea how to put an about me in the side bar! I’m going to have to give up on this!

  30. June 18, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I have only recently found this series, after stumbling across you on twitter, but I love it and as a new blogger find it so helpful!

  31. July 12, 2016 / 3:02 am

    I am excited to join on the challenge even though I think it’s already officially ended. I am the absolute worst at updating things. My pages and social media are in need of serious love.

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