5 Signs You Need a Blog Refresh

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Have you been considering a blog refresh but are not sure if you should or not? Well, this blog post will help you out. I have gone through many blog redesigns with my blog Miss Millennia Magazine. And every time I changed it was for one of the reasons below.

Today I want to talk about five ways to know if it is time to update your website with a blog refresh.

1. Your site is hard to navigate

There are so many websites out there competing for your audience’s attention. Having a website that is difficult to navigate makes your blog irrelevant. I know that sounds harsh but it is the truth! When I say hard to navigate I mean on desktop computers and mobile devices alike. Your website theme should be responsive meaning it looks different on a mobile device than it does on a desktop computer sot hat it is just as easy to navigate.

If it is hard to navigate to the place where you want to go on your blog or if it is not mobile-friendly, it is probably time for a blog refresh. But easier said than done. 

The best thing you can do to resolve this issue is to try mapping out a content hierarchy or also known as a site map of your blog on paper. Start with the homepage on top, then the category pages, and keep going from there. Write it all out on paper then go to design it on your site. If your site is not mobile-friendly, just switch a new theme that is. Restored 316 has a ton of responsive themes you can choose from here.

2. Your brand has changed

 Blogging is a journey and sometimes a brand change is a part of that journey. If your brand has changed names, your avatar has changed, or maybe you have had a niche change. Whatever may have changed, it could mean it’s time for a blog refresh.

That can mean changing your websites name, the layout, or even the brand colors and so on so forth. If this is the case I highly recommend taking some time out to think about how you want your new brand to be. A great way to start this is by using our blog branding cheat sheet.

It is a pretty easy step-by-step guide that shows you what to think about when creating a blog brand. And it’s free! Sign up below.

3. You’re not getting your target audience to your blog

Does your blog have an avatar? 

Are they finding your blog? If you’re targeting them in the right places and you’re still not getting the traffic you like, one of the reasons could be that you need a blog refresh.

If you already have your avatar details down, go back to your Avatar document sheet and review it again. What type of website would your avatar be attracted to? What type of color, font, and photos would they like?  Use this information to guide you on what to refresh on your blog.

If your blog does not have a distinct avatar no biggie! I recommend using our Free Avatar Discovery Cheat Sheet. It will show you step-by-step what you need to figure out about avatar before you do your blog redesign. You can download it below.

4. It has been several years since your last blog refresh

This one is subjective. Some bloggers keep the same blog design for years and years without worry. But chances are that their blogs are working for them. If your blog is not working for you and you think the blog design or brand has something to do with it; That may warrant a blog update.

This was one of the main motivating factors for me during my last blog design refresh. You can use a beautiful thing by Restored 316 like I did and I haven’t looked back since. If you are thinking about a complete blog redesign, I highly recommend going with their themes since they are very customizable and mobile-friendly as well.

5. You don’t like your site design

Last, but certainly not least, you just don’t like your site design is a big reason to do a blog refresh. This was also a reason why I change my site before. I thought I was there Magalie but I don’t know you tell me to take a look at my first website design tell me what you think.

Miss Millennia Magazine in 2012

Miss Millennia Magazine 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I know. I agree with you. Much better today.

But the unsightly appearance of my blog then was enough for me to update it. And it can be reason enough for you too. The only thing you want to make sure you do is one make sure you put enough thought into the overall design and structure of your website before changing anything.

The second most important thing is that you make sure that you’re not unintentionally sabotaging yourself by putting the most important things that you’re looking to achieve on the bottom of your page. For example, if your goal is to get more email subscribers, make that one of the first actions they are able to take at the top of the page.

 

If you have experienced one or more of the items on my list above then it is likely it’s time for a blog refresh. But don’t get overwhelmed with it because it can be a very big project. My first blog redesign took me over a month to figure out. My last one took two weeks. You don’t have to overthink it. Here are a few tips to get started if your blog needs a refresh.

  • Have a clear picture of what you want your site to look like. Use tools like Balsamiq to do a digital sketch or write it out on paper.
  • Have a clear understanding of what you want your site navigation to be. Don’t make your website incredibly confusing and hard to navigate for the sake of it being cutesy. Think about the goals you want to achieve when someone visits your website and prioritize them on the homepage. 
  • Don’t overthink it and use the right resources to get the job done. Like I mentioned above, it only took me two weeks to create my last blog design. And it can take that long for you too if you have the right resources. Here are a few you should consider using.

Good luck on your blog refresh!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Essential tips to keep in mind!

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Tabitha Bradley-Raines

You definitely got me to thinking. Sometimes a change of backgrounds can make a great difference as well.

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Christa

I’ve never heard of Balsamiq before. I’m going to have to check it out. Thank you!

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kelsi

I am in the progress of updating my site and even now I am so thankful for the refresh! Great tips.

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Marisa

I’ve been thinking about doing a blog refresh!! I think after summer I want to try something new!! These are great tips on why we should update more often!

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    Jasmine Watts

    Yeah for sure. Plus your readers like new! It gives them another reason to explore your site.

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Fran Jorgensen

What great points to consider!! I can’t believe I have never thought of these, maybe it’s time for a change after all …

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    Jasmine Watts

    It may be time sooner than you may think!

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Blessing

This is so wonderful and educating……i am considering doing a blog refresh.

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    Jasmine Watts

    Nice! Which one of the reasons above is motivating you to do a refresh?

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Lina Melo

Content is king, so it’s very important to incorporate one of the tips mentioned above! Love the way you explain each of them

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    Jasmine Watts

    Agreed!

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Ashley Stephenson

I think a blog refresh is great! I had one last year and it was much needed!

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    Jasmine Watts

    It makes such a difference doesn’t it? Thanks for reading.

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Stephanie

I’ve redesigned my blog a few times in the three years I’ve had it. Once because I rebranded, another because it didn’t flow well, and another because I just plain didn’t like it. But, between my husband and I, we know html, css, and graphics design so it isn’t a big deal for me to make major changes.

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Chad

Great article! I think i might need a refresh, i do like the design but i think the brand slightly changed over the years.

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Nish

I love to change up the look of my blog at least once a year. I find it keeps me refreshed and motivated to keep blogging.

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Mistle

All great reasons for a blog refresh! I am currently in the process of getting a new blog design. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a new look. Well over due.

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Margaret Smith

Great tips, I’m actually just finishing up a refresh on our blog.

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Jennifer Maune

I think having a site design that you love makes for a great way to inspire yourself, even when the blogging world can get a little tired and repetitive. It’s like having a fun planner – when you look at it, it excites you before you look at all of the tasks on your to-do list!

-Jennifer

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Melanie williams

There are some really good tips here. The most important is that the site should be easy to navigate xx

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