Essential Blog Admin
Below is my own list of six essential blog admin tasks, which I hope you will find useful.
1. Check Spam
Most spam is spam, but sometimes real comments do end up there. It is a lovely surprise to find a nice comment lurking there, so I do check my spam regularly. There can be many reasons for real comments to be marked as spam. Your spam checker may learn what is real and what is fake. I moderate all my comments so that I don’t miss any, but you can change the settings to automatically approve comments if people have comments that have been previously approved.
2. Backup your content
At the very least you should export your data on a regular basis. You would not want to lose any of your work would you? Getting into the habit of exporting your data BEFORE you make any changes is one I would highly recommend. The export file does not back up your theme etc, but it does save your posts, media and comments.
Learn how to export your WordPress blog: https://en.support.wordpress.com/export/
3. Respond to comments and follows
Probably the most enjoyable admin task of all, because you get to engage with other bloggers. The feedback you receive will give you an idea of what is working and what isn’t, as well as directing you to new blogs to follow.
4. Share your links
When you publish a new post, remember to share your link on at least one other site. Include an excerpt of the post to get your readers interested. Use an app such as Hootsuite to schedule sharing to other sites. Getting involved in a group tag or a collaboration is an excellent way to share the blog love. Other bloggers love it when you share their links as well as your own, so why not highlight a blog post you have enjoyed in a regular feature on your own blog. See my previous Social Saturday posts.
5. Check your appearance
Have a look at your full site as others see it, and decide if you need to change anything. I am always tweaking my theme to try to make my blog look the best it can. Right now, I am only 99.9% happy with the way my blog looks. My theme has a Drop Cap built in that I hate but can’t get rid of, but I am putting up with it for now, until I find something better.
Check that your posts are properly categorised. This helps with your SEO but it also helps readers find what they are looking for easier. Try to avoid “uncategorised” because that is just confusing. I use “musings” when my posts don’t fit into any other category, but you could use “random thoughts” or something similar.
I hope you have found my Essential Blog Admin list useful. Please use the comments below to tell me about your blog housekeeping.