I have been doing blog critiques for a long time now. Something I have noticed during these critiques is that almost everyone I talked to I told them very similar things about what they should remove from their blogs. I wanted to give my two cents on what things you need to remove from your blog now. Remember this is my opinion. If you love having these things on your blog then by all means keep them! I just get asked this question A LOT.
Things You Need To Remove From Your Blog Now
Excessive Ads: You do not need to have multiple ads on your sidebar. Unless you are raking in hundreds of dollars a month from them, they need to go. Having ads in between posts, on your sidebar etc really clutter things up and make your blog hard to read and navigate. If you partner with Nordstrom a lot and make a lot of affiliate money from it, then by all means have a Nordstrom ad. But if you have ten ads from different stores and you really aren’t making much, you should probably remove some. Plus, in between each post you have a Google AdSense ad it’s just way too much!
Buttons: A long long time ago every blogger would have buttons of other blogs they read on their sidebar. Now, it’s just extra clutter you don’t need. It doesn’t mean you don’t love and appreciate other bloggers, but your blog will look cluttered with it.
Network Badges: A lot of bloggers have badges from Networks they do sponsored posts with on their sidebar or on the footer of their blog. Guess what, you do not need them! You can ask the network for an invisible badge. I have a few invisible badges from networks on my blog, and it’s great because they are getting what they need (your analytics) and you are getting what you need which is the ability to work with them without having it clutter up your blog.
A List of Tags: I use tags on my blog. Tags are great. They are great for organization, SEO, etc. But no one needs to see the long list of tags you use. I see so many blogs that have an entire half of their sidebar dedicated to the long list of every single tag they put in a post. Please remove it. It’s taking up space and cluttering up your sidebar.
The rest of the clutter: Look around your blog and ask yourself “Does this need to be here? Is it helping me?” If you have several links to your Pinterest account, do you need a big graphic with your recent pins? If you like having your Instagram photos on your blog do you want them on your sidebar or would it look better in the footer? Just really ask yourself a lot of questions about placement and what makes sense.
Remember that brands LOVE a clean space. Other bloggers love blogs that are pretty, functional, and easy to navigate. Your blog is representing your brand, and you and it should look and feel like a comfortable and fun place!
What are some things you need to remove from YOUR blog now? I would love to know!