April and the A to Z Challenge will be here before you know it. Whatever your reasons for running a blog, we all hope we'll gain more followers and receive lots of comments. Writing interesting content if one of the best ways to keep people coming back to your blog but here are a few little housekeeping items you can work on between now and April 1st.
Do you have links along your sidebar? Perhaps to your Twitter or Facebook? To your author's page on Goodreads? Buy links for your books? Do they all work. Now is the time to make sure they will take someone where you want them to go.
Do you list some of your favorite blogs on your sidebar also? I have found some of my favorite blogging buddies on other bloggers' sidebars. Is yours like mine and has a few friends who haven't posted any new content for weeks or months? Perhaps it's time to take them off and add some new favorites.
What about the other pages on your blog? Most people land on your homepage but hopefully some of them will check out other parts of your site. Are they up to date?
Do you have a tagline near the top of your blog? You want to share a short phrase that tells visitors what you're about. Invent one. You'll need it for other things also.
Have you made it easy for people to follow your blog? I have visited so many blogs that I want to follow and can't find the follow thingy because it's so far down the page and perhaps even at the bottom. Have that near the top. Especially if you're keeping your A to Z posts short.
Another thing that you want is for any links you have on your blog to open in a new tab and not carry people away from your blog. You want them to explore the things you've shared but you don't want them to leave before they've arrived at the end. Let the link carry them away, but after they check it out and close it, your blog is still there. This is simple to ensure on blogger but I don't know about wordpress.
This is the part where I confess, "Do as I say, not as I do." for some of my advice. I need to update my other pages, especially since I lost two publishers. The blogs on my sidebar need updating. I've added a few more favorites but I really could take a few non-active blogs off.