What's something 99% of blogs have in common? They have sidebars! A lot of times sidebars can turn into the "junk drawer" of your blog, with outdated clunky buttons and widgets laying forgotten, in the mean time taking up precious space on your blog.
Luckily this issue has lots of easy fixes that will make your blog a neater, more professional, and all-around more user-friendly experience. Below I have some tips and tricks, and two coinciding challenges for you to do that will help you get the most out of your sidebars!
TIME TO DECLUTTER!
When’s the last time you cleaned out your sidebar? If you’re like me, it’s probably been awhile. Leftover buttons for giveaways that ended last year, or widgets for highly anticipated releases that came out last week are the most frequent sidebar clutter.
But even beyond that, bloggers tend to overstuff their sidebars with things they don’t need. They don’t really add anything to your blog except load time, which isn’t what your readers want. You want to optimize your sidebars so they best reflect your blog without distracting from the content.
What do you really need? The only things I think a blogger really needs are follow options, an archive, and a grab button (with an HTML code!) Challenge and event buttons, and about me section, and all that other pretty stuff could ideally go on its own page, but since that’s somewhat unrealistic, instead you can prioritize your content. Putting the most important content on top is not only going to benefit your readers, but also help you keep things organized.
Go through EVERYTHING on your sidebar and delete anything and everything outdated. Easy, right?
Comment below telling me how much clutter you got rid of!
Prioritize all your content based on importance. Every blog is different, but you still want to optimize the content of your sidebars. You could easily follow my example above of how to organize them, or however you feel you could get the best out of your sidebars.
Comment below telling me any changes you made in the order of your sidebar content!