Say the words “Blog Maintenance” and you will get a “nervous roll of the eyes” from most bloggers!
I understand it’s not as glamorous as hanging out on Facebook or writing those awesome viral posts. I get it, maintenance isn’t fun…but it is a necessary evil that all bloggers have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and get the shit done!
Why you should be maintaining your blog?
- To keep out hackers.
- To have it running quickly and correctly.
- To make sure you’re running the latest plugins, themes, and WordPress.
- Keeping your spam comments emptied.
- Make sure that your links aren’t broken.
- That you don’t have any malware
- Saves space which in turn saves money.
- The list goes on and on!
If you don’t maintain your blog all kinds of horrible problems can develop and they can happen pretty quickly.
So, if you’re here then you must want to know how to maintain your blog like a boss! Pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine, and get ready for me to drop some knowledge on you!
Have you ever gone to a slow site with broken links?
Bet you didn’t stay there long. It’s so annoying to go to a site that takes FOREVER to load! I click right off and I bet you do too!
What about those sites that make McAfee sit up and beg?
You know if they start with a WHOA!!!!!!!!!! You don’t want to go in there. Then it whispers quietly, “you might get a browser STD! Sssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!”
You’ll also keep your web hosting pricing down because the less garbage you have on your site the less storage it’s going to take therefore SAVINGS!
When a Brand comes looking at your website in consideration for sponsored posts or influencer jobs or even a product ambassador they want their product to be shown in the very best light so it behooves them to check sites out before they hire someone. If your site is not running quickly, looking its best, or you have links that are broken they are going to give you a big fat NO THANK YOU!
I don’t want that to happen to you! Last night, I created a brand new PDF that entails my own monthly maintenance plan. Everything from: What I do, What I use, and How I do it is included. That’s right, everything that I do for my maintenance plan clients & my own personal sites I’m going to share with you. Why because I sincerely want you to put your best foot forward and shine!
On the other hand, maybe you’ll realize how crazy busy your life is or maybe you’ll think about the last time you actually did maintain your site and you’ll realize how much easier it is just to pay me the $149 FOR A WHOLE YEAR which by the way comes to about $12.50 a month and you’ll never have to think about maintenance again, but if not, it’s okay! We’ll still be friends…my blog will just look better than yours! Just kidding…kind of.
So let’s get down to it and if you want the downloadable version sign up right over here ⇒ & then you’ll get a password for The Blogging 911 Resource Library where this and a whole lot of other resources are housed!
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING TO YOUR WEBSITE YOU MUST MAKE A BACKUP!!
I really can’t stress that first point enough! Backup, Backup, Backup!
For this, I use the Updraft Plus backup plugin or the WP-Backup plugin depending on the theme you are running. Updraft is my first choice because with all of my sites I like that I can connect with Dropbox and all of my backups are just a click away when I need them.
My next step is updating and with everything else, there is a system. I always start by updating WordPress first, followed by themes and finally plugins. The reasoning behind this is that everything runs off of WordPress so if it needs an update everything else will follow. Think of it as a hierarchy.
Have you ever written a blog post and as soon as you got it all set up you see a misspelled word? Then you went back in and fixed your mistake saved your work only to realize you forgot to put an important link in?
Each one of these instances has created a new revision and those revisions can add up quickly. That’s why optimizing your database is so important. These revisions bloat your site, slow it down and also cost you more money because it makes your site larger when it doesn’t have to be.
Now you have backed up your site, updated it, optimized your database next you want to scan for malware. For this, I use the Wordfence plugin.
The next thing I do is check for broken links (on some sites). I no longer offer this service because the tool I used to use no longer exists. There is a broken link plugin, but I’m not going to recommend it because it can really slow down your website.
After all of this, I like to go to the front end and check things out. Updating can sometimes make unwanted changes to your site and you may have to make a couple of adjustments.
The very final thing I do is to go to an outside source called GT Metrix and do a site speed test. Anything that comes in above 5 seconds needs to investigated to try to make it faster. REMEMBER THIS THOUGH: Site speeds can change just from the time of day you check, the server it uses to perform the test or even something simple as what day you check. Take this speed with a grain of salt and try to go in at different times and check the speed. This will give you a good average.
That is website maintenance in a nutshell and if you’re not doing this at least once a month then you’re playing Russian Roulette with your website.
Don’t forget to get your copy of the maintenance log I created!