The first thing you need to do is go back and do an inventory of what the heck you have written and that in itself is turning into a daunting task for THE Canadian Personal Finance Site, that is for sure. I am astounded by how much I have written about 6 years and even more astounded by how crappy some of these posts are.
What started this was I installed a plug in that looks for broken links and I have many hundred of those, so I figured it was high time I went back through my archives to see what was back there.
So my cleaning up has started to include:
- Cleaning up and/or wiping out all broken links (that is going to take a very long time at the end of it all).
- This causes me to look at many posts, which helps with the other tasks I have started to take on.
- Finding the few weird posts I did near the beginning of my blogging career where I went to sites to get stock content. What a load of cods wallop that stuff is, and they have all theses crappy links back to things, so those are being deleted with great impunity.
- This includes some weird posts that I did early on for ReviewMe and a few others, what I was thinking then I don’t know, but holy cow, what a load of crap.
- I also look at some of my older posts, which were really just slapped together and not of very high quality, I am making a list of those, to see whether I may just delete them, or simply rewrite them, or reuse the thematic premise, not sure, I will see. I don’t really want to delete these, since they are great examples to look at and try to NOT emulate.
- It is important to remove as many photos on my site that I do not have publishing rights to. I don’t publish that many photos, so there aren’t many, but having a photo that I don’t have the right to use, is just a headache looking for somewhere to hit. I’ll delete them, although many times, I linked to them, so the link is already dead.
- Many of my posts have left over meta data and tags from when it was hosted by Google on Blogspot, so it never hurts to clean those out as well. The problem with that is that sometimes, my auto-publish Twitter plug-in pumps them into my Twitter feed, you need to watch for that one. I wonder what Google does with this info when it wanders through my feed? Never hurts to clean up bogus data.
- This also gives me the opportunity to use the All in One SEO plug-in to tweak things for some posts as well. Always a good idea, to try that stuff out, it is there, you may as well use it.
- Finally it allows me to clean up some nasty tricks I may have included in my younger age, before I got smacked down by Google (yes, even old folks try to get ahead).
I may think of a few more things to clean up, but for now, that is my basic list of things to get done, and any new ideas that might pop in my head.