Imagine you have few hours of free time that you can dedicate to improving your blog. It’s not enough for a major redesign of your theme or reorganizing your categories and tags (particularly if you have lots of content on your blog), but there’s still enough time for some basic tweaks with an immediate effect on your site making it more accessible and friendlier for your readers. Here are five quick and easy improvements you can do in less than an hour each:
Modify Your Blog Theme
The appearance of your site maybe shouldn’t affect the way it is read, but when it comes to the online world this is almost always true, especially if your blog presentation affects the content readability. Take some time to observe and analyze your blog, see if you can improve the typography so readers can easily scan and digest your posts, add new RSS buttons and do anything you can to address its weakest points in the shortest time possible.
Check How Fast Your Blog Loads
Your blog’s loading speed is one of the elements Google takes into account when determining your rankings. Even though this isn’t a big-impact SEO factor you should still look into it because most searchers don’t have enough time (or nerves) to wait a century for your pages to finally load. Run a site speed test to find out how fast your blog is and what’s slowing it down the most. You will make a significant difference in your site’s loading speed if you remove whatever files are slowing it, and if there’s something you cannot eliminate consider hosting those pages on Amazon Cloudfront to expedite them without changing hosts or spending more money. Also make sure your images are well optimized so they won’t drag your site down.
Update or Add to Your Blog’s Static Pages
Take a look at your blog’s traffic stats – there’s a great chance your static pages are the ones with most visits compared to your day-to-day content. Post readers will come and go, but if they see something that interests them on your static pages the chances are they’ll become regular readers. But because we don’t constantly write and update these pages on our site in time they get outdated. Take a few minutes to add a little text that describes you, include an image to forge a more human connection and link to recent blog posts that relate to their topics – this will really make a great difference.
Add Widgets and Plugins
WordPress and other platforms have made it easy for bloggers to add their favorite widgets, plugins and other elements, but you should be careful not to exaggerate with this and get in trouble with your blog’s speed and appearance. There are so many great and very useful plugins your blog and readers can benefit from, but when adding them make sure to closely monitor how they affect the performance so they won’t do more harm than good to your blog.
Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas Ahead
It is hardest to write a post when you don’t know what topic to cover. Then we lose great deal of time and energy coming up with ideas, when we could’ve been writing and crafting our high quality content. If you brainstorm in advance you will notice that your writing is much better, tighter and more focused, not wondering off the readers. 10 good ideas will take you less than an hour to outline but will provide you with two weeks of top notch writing material if you post on your blog every weekday. Considering how crucial superior content is there’s nothing else that can improve your blog this much.
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The truth is that making your blog better doesn’t take lots of time, but lots of dedication and a bit of sacrifice. What quick tweaks can you do on your blog, and recommend for us?