Why Blog Maintenance Is Important

by Adrienne Smith on April 30, 2012

Why Blog Maintenance Is Important

You guys know I’ve had a pretty rough couple of weeks but I’m getting back to being my old self.  Although I’m still moving a little slow, I’m ready to jump back in and meet my business obligations head on this week.

Today’s post was suppose to be on the topic of Facebook but that’s been delayed a week so hopefully next Monday you’ll learn why.

Checking Blog Stats

Periodically I like to compare my blog stats from last year to see how things are going.  So I compared January 1 through April 29th of this year to last year and I’m so excited to share with you that I have a 424% increase in traffic to my blog, 410% increase in unique visitors and 168% increase in pageviews. Overall that’s a 67% increase in new visitors to my blog.  Dang, that’s pretty darn good.

I now have 390 posts and 13,059 comments.  My blog will be three years old in June but I had no activity whatsoever until I started blog commenting at the beginning of 2011.  My Alexa ranking has been going up and down so although I finally made it under 50,000, it seems to be creeping back up for some reason.  I’ll just have to see what I can do about that.

Blog Maintenance

I’m very proud of my blog and what I’ve been able to achieve in just a little over a years time.  So we need to keep things running pretty smoothly right!

I visited Dee Ann Rice’s blog last week and she had written a post about her blog loading too slow. There are a number of reasons this can happen and she shared several in this post along with some sites that can help you diagnose your problem areas.

I have done the majority of what she suggests which were:

  • Check your blog for load time, check
  • Get rid of any plug-ins you aren’t using, check
  • Condense your images, check
  • Check for broken links, check
  • Have a good hosting service, check
  • Set up your links correctly, check
  • Do not use externally store images, check
  • Optimize your database, check
  • Use CloudFlare, no and I probably won’t

I’ve checked by blog for load times at different times on different days and I never get the same number.  You would think if I had some issues with my blog then those numbers would be pretty consistent.

Having too many plug-ins can be a major problem with load time.  I try my very best to not add any additional plug-ins that I don’t have to have.  With CommentLuv Premium, I was able to get rid of about seven extra plug-ins so that’s been a huge help.

Broken Links

The one thing on Dee Ann’s list that I had not done was check for broken links.  I know there is a plug-in for this but I had read some time back on a post Ana Hoffman had written on this subject and she had claimed that this plug-in doesn’t catch everything.

Yesterday I used one of the services Dee Ann had recommended called Broken Link Checker.  I checked the one to “report all occurrences of each dead link.”  Now this will definitely take a lot longer but man was it worth it.  The only problem is if someone’s site is down while you’re checking this, every single one of their links will be reported as broken so this can slow down the process.

I did run into a few problems because I kept losing my internet connection, it was one of those days, so it took several hours to generate.

It checked over a 1,000 pages and it gave me over 12,000 links.  The majority of those were from lost connections thank goodness so I only checked the ones with the bad hosting service and 404 codes.

What I like about this service is that it will highlight where the link is so if you scroll back up that page, you’ll see which post it’s on or who made that comment.  All I had to do from there is just go to my comment page and type that person’s name in.  All their comments came up so I could check all their links.

Overall I was excited that I only had about 50 or so broken links and those were mainly from people who are no longer blogging and have let their URL expire.  I did have a few broken links in some of the comments on my Promote Yourself post because those sites no longer exist.  Go figure!

It’s a tedious process but well worth the time.

Do You Maintain Your Blog

How often do you do maintenance on your blog?  Have you ever had any problems with it loading slowly?  Do you have too many plug-ins or some you aren’t using now but have yet to delete?  What about checking for broken links?  You know the longer you put this off, the more you’re going to have to check and the more time consuming this will become.

Making sure your blog functions properly is just part of the process you know.  So make sure you do the majority of what Dee Ann has listed and your blog should be just fine.

Would love to hear what you have to share and if you have any specific measures you take that Dee Ann didn’t list.  Now remember, we aren’t that tech savvy so make it easy for us okay!

If you enjoyed this post then be sure to comment below and spread the love. It’s always greatly appreciated you know!





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Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net


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1 sureshpeters
April 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The major important thing that bloggers forget is “cpu usage of the shared hosting” . Most of the web hosting providers allows only 25% of cpu usage, if you cross that then your site is suspended ,so Every time we upload a image, wordpress plugin then we have to think of it . One of the other major issue is security too, we need to tweak the directory permission, htaccess file and need to install some security plugins . Daily website backup is really really a important .

Hope i covered some critical blog maintenance tips .If you need more tips , do let me know :)



2 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Hi Suresh,

This post is mostly about maintenance and not security measures my friend. That’s a whole other post and one I’m not qualified to write. I only do what people have suggested not totally understanding why but so far it’s working.

As far as cpu usage with a hosting account, I also don’t know anything about that either. I’ve been with the same hosting service for over three years now and I’ve never run into this problem. Obviously I’ve never gone over any “limits” and I don’t believe my hosting service has any. I’ve heard of these services outside of the US having restrictions so again, this isn’t exactly my area of expertise.

Thanks for sharing that though and I’m sure that will help someone reading this.



3 Chrysta Bairre
April 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Thanks for this great reminder to perform regular blog maintenance, Adrienne!

I know this lesson too well as unfortunately my blog was recently hacked- 3 times! Though I’ve put in place many best practices for blog security there was still a vulnerability in my WordPress theme (which is strange to me since my theme was up to date). At any rate, it was a good lesson to stay current on blog maintenance and security as well as best practices recommended by blogging experts like yourself!

Have a grateful day!



4 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Hi Chrysta,

I’m so sorry your blog was hacked and three times at best. My goodness young lady, what a nightmare.

I know that the security measures need to be a post of their own but I’m not qualified to write about that. I just do what people suggest not fully understanding why but just know that it’s necessary. I did install one plug-in and found that people tried logging into mine a bunch. They’ll never figure out my log-in information that’s for sure. I still haven’t upgraded WordPress, I meant to do that this weekend but just ran out of time.

As far as the maintenance goes though, these measures have definitely helped and I hope you’ll find them useful as well.

I’ll wish you the best of luck from this day forward Chrysta.

Thanks for your well wishes and I wish you a grateful day as well.



5 Harleena Singh
April 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Much needed post Adrienne!

Wow! I’m first here today it seems, all thanks to that wonderful post at Carolyn’s about RSS (remember!). I just added yours to my reader too, so now I am in time, or else the emails came to me a day late, don’t know why :)

Those are awesome stats and congratulations for doing so well, and all within 3 years. I guess a huge boost is due to blog commenting also – isn’t it? And yes, about Alexea, I guess those ups and downs we are seeing lately must be due to the latest Google Updates that’s been going on, as I noticed it on my blog too.

It’s nice to see you back on track and yes, I did read Dee Ann’s wonderful post about why the blog load’s so slow. While I do take care of most of the things, I was still debating about if I should use CloudFlare from her list of recommendations, because there are many pros and cons about it, so that was one thing left out.

Yes indeed, Broken Link Checker is something I have been using for sometime now and I love that it gives us the option to check the post with the comment along with the URL that’s broken, so you can check it out right away.

Also, I need to reduce the number of plugins that are not in use and are simply deactivated presently. Guess all these do add up the slow load time, and some thing that we need to be careful about.

Thanks for sharing a much needed wonderful reminder post to take care of your blog and maintain it so that it loads fast and is running well. :)


6 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I’m happy to hear that Harleena,

I’m so happy to hear that you’ve subscribed to my RSS feed from the post I shared over at Carolyn’s place. See how easily that is now? They’ll start loading up now and don’t worry yourself if you get behind. Just glad you’re here.

Thank you and even though my blog has been active for three years you are right, I didn’t start seeing activity here until a year ago. That just goes to show that when you do the right work to get traffic to your blog, you’ll start seeing results. I have no doubt my Alexa change is due to this new change with Google but at least it’s not like I took a hard bash this time. It when from 49,000 to 52,000 so that’s not too bad. As least my PR stayed the same this time.

CloudFlare is the only one I will not do. They make you change your hosting account and there’s no way I’m doing that. It might help and maybe some day there won’t be so many problems attached to that but I’ve heard some horror stories with people who have used their service and I don’t intend to be included on that list.

Although you had already read Dee Ann’s post, I appreciate you stopping by here today. Glad to hear that you’ve used some of these practices yourself so I have no doubt you have everything in place like you should Harleena. Thank you for sharing that with me.

You enjoy your day and have a splendid week okay!

~Adrienne :-)


7 Jamella Biegel
April 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Hi Adriennne,

I must confess that I don’t do any of the maintenance tasks that you shared with us, except that I do have a good hosting service. I don’t have a ton of plugins on my blog, but this is a good reminder to check and see if there are any that I can delete.

Curious as to how you check for load time. I know that slow load time will drive away visitors, so I definitiely do not want to have this issue.

I am going to make it a point to do regular blog maintenance. It just makes sense to do so.

Thanks for sharing. I’m glad to hear that you’re getting back to your old self!


8 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hi Jamella,

Your blog is fairly new Jamella so I’m sure you don’t have as many of these issues to deal with then someone who has been around for over a year now.

The broken links can drag a blog down and over time, people who have commented on your posts will drop off the face of the earth and so will their blogs. Down the road that can hurt your blog so just be sure and check that on a regular basis and you should be fine.

Dee Ann shared two sites that can help you with showing you the load time but as I mentioned, mine was never the same any time I did that so I just rely on my readers to let me know if for some reason my blog starts to load really slow.

Thanks for sharing this and there’s no time like the present to start right!

Enjoy your day!


9 Bill Dorman
April 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Did I count as a ‘unique’ visitor? 390 posts, wow; I’m impressed.

You have and are continuing to do a bang-up job, I’m very proud of you. You just take care of what you can control and get it done w/ minimal complaining; that’s very commendable.

Best of luck on your continued successful journey; bravo.


10 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hey Bill,

Well my friend, you’re definitely unique there is no doubt about that! 😉

Can you believe it! 390 posts and still going strong. When I started this blog I wrote three times a week and then around the middle of last year I cut that back to twice a week. So I’ve been religiously posting ever since I started this blog. I’m come a long way baby!

Thanks Bill, I’ll definitely do that. Wish I could control everything but I learned a lot time ago to just give that up. It does no one any good to worry or complain about things that are out of our control. Darn it!

I appreciate that and to you as well Bill. Hope that book is coming along fine..


11 Devesh
April 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Hope everything is going well with you, now. Blog maintenance is something that every blogger needs to do every week or bi-weekly. I always do a maintenance of my blogs on weekends.

2 years back, when I was just getting started with WordPress, my hosting account suspended because of high CPU usage. No I wasn’t getting millions of visitors, but it was one of the WordPress plugins that was making the high server load.

So, I think it’s important to do a maintenance every week and see how’s things going on the backend of your blog.

Thanks for sharing this fantastic stuff, Adri.



12 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Hi Dev,

Thank you, it’s looking up!

Wow, your hosting account suspended your account. Without any notice at all? I mean you are paying for their services so I would think they would give you a warning or something. I’m not familiar with this at all but obviously I’m doing something right. Or maybe I’m just ignorant and am staying within their limits by default. Either way, I’m happy with that.

I’ve had issues with some plug-ins in the past and they royally messed up my blog which is why I just refuse to upload them just because. They are convenient for a lot of things so I do have the ones I just really can’t see myself doing without. Other than that, no way.

Maintenance is important Dev and if you do it on a regular basis, you’ll be just fine.

Thanks for sharing that with me. I appreciate that and hope all is well now!



13 Devesh
May 2, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Everything is working fine, now.

Yes it happens and usually when your site generates a huge server load. Later I found the issue was with YARP plugin.



14 Dee Ann Rice
April 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM


Thank you so much for mentioning my blog post in your post. I was really surprised when I read your post.

I think maintenance is extremely important and I have not been very diligent about it. That is why I wrote that post. It seems like everything goes along great and then it all catches up.

I have worked on my blog to try to get it running better and think I have made an improvement.

You have a great blog Adrienne and I am honored to be mentioned on it. I have also really enjoyed following you for the past year and leaning so much from you.

Here’s to another great year ahead.

Dee Ann


15 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Hey Dee Ann,

Well I did some clean up on my blog this weekend from your list so I wanted to just share this with all my readers. You had mentioned some steps to take that I guess I just take for granted and don’t really think to even mention to my readers so what better time to do that then now.

I know I’ve never had an issue with your blog loading slow Dee Ann. So all is good from my point of view.

I appreciate that Dee Ann so thank you. It’s definitely my pleasure and I wanted to mention your post because it really helped me to remember that there are areas I sometimes forget about. The broken links was one of those areas.

Let’s both have a fabulous year shall we! :-)

Enjoy your day Dee Ann and thanks again!


16 Sabrina Sabino April 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Hi Adrienne! Hope everything’s alright on your side! Congrats on hitting the 3 years mark. I’ve been blogging for many years but mainly on those free blogs (all of them have been saved and archived, thank goodness!). I’m still in the process of manually copy & pasting all these old blog posts to my new blog on my domain name which I officially started just about 9 months ago.

It definitely is important to maintain our blogs. I noticed my blog has been loading rather slowly these past couple of days and I have absolutely no idea why. I have good hosting, and I’m not hitting the limit with the hosting resources I’ve been allocated. I’ve received a climb in the number of visitors lately, although I highly doubt that’s the problem. Recently I’ve accepted some guest posts, and some of them have linked to external image sources…so now that you mentioned it, I’m starting to think that’s probably it. Then again I’ve installed and then uninstalled a bunch of plugins, so that probably contributes to the slow speed as well. Time for me to sort that out!

Thanks so much! 😀


17 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hi Sabrina,

Thank you and I’m definitely getting back to normal now. Whatever that is! 😉

So you’ve been blogging for a number of years but mainly on free platforms. Well happy to hear that you broke down and got with a self hosted blog now. Kind of like you made it right!

Sounds like you may have an idea where the culprit is. I have no doubt you’ll find out what is slowing your blog down. When I have guest posts I set them up myself and I host all my images with my hosting service. So I have that taken care of myself. Now cleaning out those plug-ins that you’re not using is something else that will help. Just having them deactivated won’t do the trick.

Thanks for sharing that and best of luck to you from this day forward. I’ll have to stop by for a visit.



18 Carol Lynn
April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Since I develop websites it would be pretty bad if I didn’t maintain my own blog :)

Actually, I have not heard of that link check service you recommended, so thanks for that! It’s a good tool to have in my arsenal.

I pretty much do what you do – check speed, get rid of useless plugins and I always optimize my images before they go on the site.

Here’s a live and learn lesson: one of the maintenance things I do is periodically go through and update my plugins and theme, not to mention Wordpress. But of course, those updates come out all the time and I can’t be updating stuff every day, so I usually do a big pass every so often. But last time I saw a plugin update, it was something I wanted the new version of, so I just hit that update button. ARGH! Total mistake. There was a bug, and it stopped working and threw the whole site off. And the lesson: I should have BACKED EVERYTHING UP FIRST! So I ended up having to disable it until a fix came out which was really annoying. So let that be a lesson to everyone who updates. It only takes a minute to make a backup of your database and files, and if you skip that step and update live, you could be in for some bad news. That’s my 2 cents!


19 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I know a lot of people Carol who create a lot of sites yet end up not having time to manage their own. Hard lesson to learn unfortunately. But I’m happy to hear that you do the majority of that as well.

That’s a good point to make as well Carol and something else I just take for granted that everyone knows. Of course I did a post some time back and mentioned that when you upgrade your WordPress to the next version that you should disable your plug-ins just to be on the safe side. If you reactivate them all and your blog goes nuts, you know it’s one of your plug-ins so reactivate one at a time until you find the problem.

I’ve only had this issue once and all I did was call my hosting service and they found the plug-in that was causing all the trouble which is why when I share my list of favorites, it’s never been on that list and people remind me all the time how much I need it. It’s not happening since I had that issue before.

I’m guilty of this, not backing up my blog before I update a plug-in. I guess because the majority of the time there has never been an issue. Just that one time so I guess I should have learned my lesson then but obviously I didn’t. Shame on me right.

Thanks for sharing that and I’ll have to do that from now on myself.


20 Larry Rivera
April 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Hi Adrienne ,
This post just kicked me in the you know where. I am so lazy when it comes to blog maintenance. I clear out my cache regularly.. But I confess I have about 30 plugins on my 1 blog that I need to go into my ftp and just straight up delete.

I think you just encouraged me to go do some blog spring cleaning thanks for the motivation :)


21 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Hey Larry,

I think we all get like that at times Larry so don’t beat yourself up. But, if you let this get away from you you’ll have a heck of a time cleaning everything up when the time comes. I make sure to delete my plug-ins from my blog and my server when I don’t use them anymore. I still have them in my backup files if I ever change my mind so that’s no big deal.

Glad I could motivate you to take care of your baby. Your blog needs that TLC too ya know! :-)


22 Bruce April 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I’d never thought of checking outbound links. Though a broken link won’t affect your load speed, it will look “bad” to any visitor of yours I guess.

Getting a decent plugin for compressing images is my next project, which one did you use?


23 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I hadn’t either Bruce which is what I spend my Saturday doing and I found a bunch. It will affect your site in the eyes of Google and eventually your load time if you have too many.

I don’t use a plug-in for compressing images but the one that most people recommend is WP Smush It.


24 Mayura
April 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Wow… impressive stats. I was about to ask you 😀 Just kidding dear. Congratulations Adrienne :) You deserve it for what you say and do. I think this is blog maintenance week :) Lisa posted about checking broken links via Google Webmaster Tools too. And again I’ve got another brand new solution here :) I’ve gone through it just before I comment here. Really worth a shot, even if you don’t want to. For me, I’ve used “Report distinct broken links only ” option first and found one external link was broken and all other broken links were commentators’ website and blog links they left when commenting. “Report all occurrences of each dead link” option comes up with fewer links, but it seems some broken links not showing up there.

Mostly communicating with external servers or sources keep lagging page load time, when it comes to plugins/scripts and external hosted images. So obviously, different load times in different days. But further we can prevent such lagging caused by plugins/scripts, if we can use and they provide asynchronous versions of that plugins too. Further as my experience, you can try out Google Page Speed to get more suggestions to improve your page performance dear :) It will help you to find out which plugins are degrading your pages too. You’ll love it. And Dee Ann’s list, must check. I’ve checked Dee Ann’s list and few are applying for me, as I’m not self-hosted yet.

Thanks for coming back with another informative post and sharing your stats dear :)



25 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Hi Mayura,

Why thank you, I thought so too. Talk about a major increase from last year but then again, I was just really getting started. I looked at that time as my rebirth. :-)

I believe I read a post last week about Google Webmaster Tools checking for broken links but they suggested that it was one of the slower routes to take so I didn’t even try that one. And I’m happy to report that I didn’t have any broken links in any of my posts, just comments. Yey!!

I’ll have to try that Google Page Speed service Mayura so thanks for that. My problems is that some of the stuff that they report, I have no idea what it means or what I’m support to do. See, I’m not all that smart when it comes to this stuff, I admit.

I appreciate that Mayura and thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy your week okay!


26 Carolyn
April 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hi Adrienne, This is another one of your very important posts. It reminds me of your post about what to do when you update your Wordpress software which I will be referring back to shortly.

I tried CloudFlare and it was a disaster. Great idea but it didn’t work with my theme.

I am using Broken Link checker as we speak. I have the plugin but it’s good to double check to make sure the plugin hasn’t missed any.

Thanks so much for helping us with our spring cleaning, Adrienne!


27 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you Carolyn and that’s what I had mentioned to Carol as well. I had written a post about backing up your blog before you update to a newer version or your plug-ins. Glad you remembered that one.

I’ve heard horror stories with CloudFlare too which is why I’m not even touching that one but it was on Dee Ann’s list and some people may have no problem with it. I’m not even going to try.

It definitely never hurts to double check since I hear it doesn’t pick up CommentLuv links which can be a problem if people stop blogging on their site. Hope you find it helpful.

We do need that spring cleaning before spring is gone right! Enjoy your day Carolyn!


28 Carolyn
May 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Adrienne, you know what a big fan I am of yours. Well, I took your article to heart and now The Wonder of Tech is undergoing maintenance. I am totally revamping the site to make it faster and better. I cleaned out a bunch of plugins, optimized images and other content and am changing themes. Once I got started with Spring cleaning, well, it was just hard to stop!

Stay tuned for a new and improved Wonder of Tech very soon! :-)


29 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I saw that your site is undergoing some maintenance Carolyn. Good for you young lady because you’re getting a lot of traffic to your site now and a lot of links. I’m so happy to hear that you’re optimizing those images because they can take up a lot of space. So you’re getting a new theme again! I can’t wait to see what it will be. I’m eager and excited so I hope all goes well as I’m sure it will.

I can’t wait!


30 Lisa Stoops
April 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I am bookmarking this post! I’m just getting back into blogging and I feel like I don’t know anything any more lol! I need to clean up my blog and back it up. Thanks for this useful post!


31 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Ah Lisa, blogging is like dancing. You never really forget how. You just have to get back into the swing of things. If you need anything, I’m here for you.



32 Barry Wells
April 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I get the felling sometimes that you’re looking over my shoulder :)

I had a really bad week last week that just got worse as the week went on. I started creating my next video and Camtasia kept freezing when I came to producing the video, so rather than taking me a day it actually took 2 and I still wasn’t happy with the end result :(

Then as I was putting the finishing touches to it I got an email saying my blog was down.

As my video was about loading times I felt a bit of a hypocrite and obviously had to solve my blog being down.

Hostgator got in touch with instructions for what I should do, which I done. I got it turned back on and 30 minutes later it was off again. So I got back in touch and asked them to turn me on so I could check everything (again) 5 hours later I was back up and running :(

Absolute night mare Adrienne, it turned out to be crawlers from MSN and Bing so I had to install a robots.txt file to avoid them crawling. All in all I was switched off 3 times in 48hrs and probable spent the best part of a day waiting for them to turn me on again

I think it’s a good idea to service and check our blogs on a regular basis and will be heading over to Dee Ann’s right after this comment.

I noticed you said about using CloudFlare, I’ve been with them for sometime now but It didn’t save me last week so I’m now thinking of doing away with it. Why did you choose not to use it yourself?

Thanks Adrienne, hope you’re well :)



33 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Hi Barry,

Oh I’m so sorry to hear of all your problems last week. I can feel your frustration and I know what you mean. I’m not the most intelligent person when it comes to things like that which is why I love the blogging community so much. I’ve learned things from so many different bloggers and that robots.txt file is something I learned some time back.

I hope that once you finally got back up and running that you won’t be having these issues again. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be sure that you do the maintenance on your blog so that maybe some issues can be prevented in the future.

I’ve heard a few nightmare stories associated with CloudFlare plus they want you to assign them as your hosting account and that’s just not going to happen. I’ve been with mine for three years and they’ve got the best support ever so I’m not switching. Nightmare stories plus me switching my hosting, not going to happen.

Thanks Barry and I do hope you have a really great week. You definitely deserve it.



34 Barry Wells
April 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I’ve decided that a good clear out is needed Adrienne and that has to take priority at the moment.

I’m amazed at how many bloggers have either closed their blogs or changed the link structure. Meaning allllllll those links are broken and need removing. Fingers crossed I can come up for air by Thursday to catch your next post…… Hopefully I’ll find a short cut for removing those broken links in CommentLuv 😉

I can understand your point about changing the DNS, to be honest I’m thinking on switching back to normal after this clear out.

I’ll keep you posted Adrienne :)


35 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I can understand that Barry, most definitely.

I had several with my clean up this past weekend. A few that just abandoned their blogs and others who have just quit altogether. Kind of a shame because some of them I had really enjoyed reading. I didn’t delete their comments, just their links and URLs and that’s what I love about CommentLuv Premium. I can delete that link to their post that no longer exists.

I hope everything goes smoothly Barry. I’ll wish you the best of luck!



36 Sonia
April 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Good topic. When I first started out I had tons of plugins that I installed because I thought I had to and it turns out it created more harm then good. Some might have done the job, but I clearly just didn’t understand the plugin enough to warrant its value at the end of the day.

Now, that I am more familiar with my blogs process, I can stay keyed in on the plugins I need to use and remove the one the ones I don’t. It’s almost like backing up your site too and believe me, that scares the hell out of me because I keeping hearing about being hacked from friends all the time.

If you have a blog you have to really keep it up and make sure that its running at optimal speed and not scare off new readers. Broken link checker is one of my favorite plugins because I attached old links to articles that now have either disappeared or no longer available. It’s so easy to unlink it and move on.


37 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Hey Sonia,

I know what you mean. There are so many really cool plug-ins out there and they do make our lives a lot easier but are the really needed. I mean really! They can cause havoc on your blog eventually and especially if they aren’t updated regularly. So you’re right, only use the ones you really just can’t live without. The rest aren’t necessary.

Happy to hear that you are getting much use out of the broken link checker plug-in. I really hate it when bloggers quit blogging but I guess everyone has their reasons. Linking to one of their posts or them linking to their comment isn’t very helpful either. But all of that can initially be resolved thanks to so many helpful tools.

I appreciate your comment Sonia and for sharing this one with us.

Have a great week and by the way, loved your pictures on Facebook of you fishing. I got to see the real Sonia!



38 Sonia
April 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Thanks..we had a blast and I was exhausted when I got home. Of course I caught the biggest bass too, but had to go home because he sat on a fish hook under his leg. Poor thing it’s the second time he got hooked and the first time I did it. Still feel bad about it. He had to get a tetanus shot and everything. He was so mad! LOL.


39 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

You caught the biggest bass! Way to go girl! Oh no, he got hooked in the leg.. Dang, that had to hurt. Poor thing, hope he’s okay. Can you even imagine that happening to you? I’d be pretty ticked too I suppose. Not exactly what you expect when you’re out to enjoy a day of fishing.


40 Sonia
May 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I got hooked, but not like that. It just pricked my finger and I was able to get it out. He thinks he is cursed now and doesn’t want to go back. Poor thing.


41 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Ah, poor thing is right. Ah heck, he won’t be able to help himself Sonia. Give it a little while, he’ll come back around.


42 Barry Overstreet
April 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m glad you’re getting back to normal. And those stats are awesome! I’m glad you’re blog is still growing fast. You’ve certainly earned it.

This is an excellent post. My blog is new enough that I should be OK with most of the stuff, but I do need to go in and evaluate my plug-ins. I know I have a few that are deactivated that I just need to delete. I also need to look at those that are active and see if I really need them, or if I’d ultimately be better off without them.

As always, thanks for the great, insightful information. I hope you have an awesome week!!

Chat soon,


43 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Hi Barry,

Thank you and thank you… It’s been a rough two weeks but I’m getting there and so is my blog. Although it’s almost three years old, those stats say a lot. I got no activity for the first year and a half so that just goes to show if you implement the right things, it can just take off.

Glad you found this post helpful as well and with newer blogs you can get a better handle on things right from the start. Once you start getting a lot of comments and traffic you’ll really need to check for those broken links and then everything else that needs to be in place too.

Thanks for stopping by Barry, it’s always a pleasure to see you. Hope you have a wonderful week!



44 Jens P. Berget
April 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This is probably one of my biggest concerns when it comes to blogging. I keep writing and I keep going forward without looking at what I have already created, or without doing any maintenance. But, like you’re saying, it’s very important.

I have started to do some linking to older posts, in order to get some traffic to them, and that has helped a lot. But I have never checked broken links, and that’s a big issue for me. And, I have been thinking about looking at all the older posts in order to maybe rewrite them or delete them, because many of them are not even relevant any more. But, it takes time, and so far, I have just been creating, because that what I have believed is the most important part in the short term – but I need to start thinking long term effects and I am absolutely sure that maintenance is a lot more important.

Thanks a lot for reminding me :)


45 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Hi Jens,

That was the area I had never checked either, broken links. Luckily for me, none of my posts had broken links. Only in the comment section so remember this. If you start deleting or changing those older posts now, when you have used that link in someone else’s comment, they will now that a broken link issue.

I know that I had read a post over at Ana’s blog some time back about deleting older posts that don’t service your blogs purpose anymore. I can’t remember exactly what it said now because it’s been some time back but she mentioned that if it was hurting your rankings in Google then delete them. If not then leave them which is why I’ve left all my older posts even though I don’t blog about that any longer. Make sense!

Maintenance is important so we won’t have issues later on so there is no time like the present to start. Put that on your to do list for the weekend. It can be time consuming that first time around.

Thanks Jens and enjoy your week.



46 Stacy
April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for this reminder! I read Ana’s post a while back and I was amazed to find out how much the plugin really does miss. I’m running the broken link checker link again and I’m amazed at how many broken links there really are. It will take a long time to to resolve all of those! At least I found an error in a widget that I wasn’t aware of – that was causing broken links in every single page of my blog!



47 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hi Stacy,

I should have checked my links back when I read Ana’s post some time back but I just didn’t. I also didn’t rush out and install that plug-in since she mentioned that it doesn’t catch everything so I thought why add another plug-in right. I’m sure this service didn’t catch everything either but it sure did catch a lot.

Glad you got everything resolved Stacy. How time consuming right but we definitely want our blogs running smoothly and as quick as possible.

Thank you for sharing that!



48 Michael Stetina April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hi Adriennne – You are so right about performing regular blog maintenance. Page load times will decrease with regular maintenance and it gets you in the habit of updating your WordPress installation and plugins on a regular basis. Malware attacks are on the rise – two of our clients got hit last week alone!


49 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Hi Michael,

I’m hoping with correcting these broken links this past weekend that will really help. I believe I’ve been doing everything else so no complaints so far.

Wow, sorry to hear that two of your clients were hit last week. I just don’t understand what’s wrong with these people who create these services that do only harm. I hope things worked out well for them.

Thank you for your comment and for sharing that with me today.

Have a great week.



50 Lisa
April 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Make sure you have a sitemap. I found one of my websites sitemap missing in Google Webmaster tools as traffic was going down. It’s easy to do now too, no more having to use ftp. Check your webmaster tools and analytics regularly so you aren’t missing something. I haven’t finished up all my broken links but am working on it. I will have to check page speeds next. Thanks for that reminder Adrienne. Congrats on almost 3 years!


51 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Hi Lisa,

Yep, that would be in my plug-in post including a sitemap on your blog.

That’s a good suggestion to check Google’s webmaster tools and analytics on a regular basis. Something that I do not do I admit. Thanks for that reminder.

Those broken links, just going through them all can be time consuming. But well worth the time so doing a regular maintenance can cut down on that right!

Thanks for sharing this with us Lisa and I can’t believe my blog is almost three years old. Might have to have a blog party ya think! :-)


52 Oliver Tausend
April 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Hi Adrienne,

blog maintenance is very important and a job I take very seriously. For instance, I use the BrokenLink checker plugin too and it works flawlessly. I also have a look at the redirects – it’s very interesting to what ugly pages people redirect their formerly good blogs – sites I would never want to link to.

Whether this affects loading time or not, it’s all about quality, right ?

At the moment, I am deleting all the comments that don’t match my current quality standards, especially the faceless ones, that were approved by me originally.

Thanks for sharing all insights.

Take care



53 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Hi Oliver,

That’s wonderful to hear that you’ve taken pride in keeping your blog maintained regularly. It really does help doesn’t it!

You are definitely right about quality over quantity. That’s why I don’t approve all comments that come through. I’m sick of these short sweet replies and some of these people leave the same ones when they come by. And I’m not talking about a bot either. I just quit approving all their comments and marked them in the blacklist section.

That’s a big job Oliver but I understand what you mean. Just hope that doesn’t take you too long.

I appreciate your comment Oliver, thank you for sharing that. Best of luck to you and enjoy your week.



54 Jack
April 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Broken links are my nightmare. When I first started blogging I linked to so many different stories and bloggers. It really helped build my traffic but now so many of those links are bad it just makes me crazy.

Every time someone clicks over to one of those posts it is like hitting a newspaper where someone cut out an ad- just a big hole in the page and nothing to read.


55 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Hi Jack,

I agree with you Jack. There were so many bloggers that I enjoyed reading their posts and they just shut their blogs down so they all have those black holes now. Not fun and kind of embarrassing too.

What a pain to clean up!


56 ntathu allen
April 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Thanks Adrienne..another informative blog letting me know what I’m supposed to be focusing on…thanks and happy day.


57 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Hi Ntathu,

Glad you found this one informative Ntathu and I do hope that you’ll do some maintenance on a regular basis from this point on.

Always good to see you and I hope you enjoy your week.



58 Jeremy Ruggles April 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Blog maintenance is definitely important, something that I have recently learned a lot about. There is a plugin that I use called, W3 Total Cache. It is great for improving your WP blogs performance in a number of ways including keeping unused files and partially loaded files cleaned up from your server.

It is really useful, you should check it out.

Take care,



59 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Hi Jeremy,

Glad you are doing maintenance on your blog.

I can’t tell you how many people recommend the W3 Total Cache plug-in to me. Funny thing is Jeremy, it’s the reason my blog went down after I upgraded it. Oh yeah, couldn’t even access my log-in. Had to call my hosting service and have them fix this problem. I didn’t realize at the time it was the culprit but I learned really quickly so that’s one plug-in I’m staying away from.

Glad it’s working properly for you though. I have no idea why it went bonkers on me. But, once bitten I’m definitely shy! :-)



60 Angel
April 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Thanks Adrienne,

I am already using Broken Link Checker as a Wordpress plug-in and is so good. I don’t like when you click on a video and is not there anymore. With this plug-in, it seems to be gone the problem. It tells you where it is, redirected ones as well, etc.

Also, wouldn’t be nice to have a plug-in to detect what picture, video, etc, needs for copyright permission? that would tell you what you have to do if you don’t want problems with others? I am learning about this issues now, i find them worrying.

Or a wide-range plug-in that would tell you what things you need for blog maintenance and just clicking on something all gets sorted, like the wordpress updates! something like a general maintenance plug-in.



61 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Hi Angel,

Happy to hear that you’re using the broken link checker plug-in as well. I hear it’s fairly good, won’t catch them all but quite a few. That’s great because you are right, when those videos are taken down, that’s another broken link.

That’s a great idea Angel. Too bad you aren’t ready to start making some money online or you could hire someone to create one like that. A plug-in that will notify people that registered their photos, etc. for copyrighting permissions and that plug-in will warn you of what restrictions are there. I have no doubt something like that will be in the making soon.

The maintenance one is a good one too but I’m thinking because there are so many different things that need to be done, that might not be as easy. Still sounds good to me though. Great ideas!!!

Hope you enjoy your week Angel and always a pleasure to see you.



62 Sylviane Nuccio
April 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Wow, this is really coming at the right time for me. I have been wanting to check for broken links on my blogs and I couldn’t remember on what post I had read about this. Thanks to you I now have a link to check this thing out.

Congratulation on your 300% traffic raise :) I am not surprise, sometimes I’ve gone to some older posts of yours just about 6 month old and the comments are like half of what they are now. You know that you’ve got to be doing something right girl!

Keep up the good work, Adrienne :)


63 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Hi Sylviane,

I remember reading Ana’s post on that too but I couldn’t for the life of me remember which one it was. I had to go searching for it but Dee Ann gave me just as just great information and I ended up liking the site she recommended much better to be honest with you. It was easier finding my links that needed repairing.

Yeah can you believe! Go back through my archives and look at my first year. NO comments, kind of sad really. Which is why I’m so excited about this increase. I was just really getting started so that just goes to show you what can happen when you do the work right!

Thanks Sylviane, I appreciate your continued support! You’re the best!

~Adrienne :-)


64 David Frey - MarketingBlogger.com April 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM


I used a fellow I found on elance to optimize my blog. He did a great job. His name is Stavros.

I paid him around $300 to optimize two of my blogs.

But since he did his optimization, I’ve put in a few plugins and it has slowed the blog back down. Frustrating. It’s a never ending battle for speed.


65 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hi David,

Thanks for sharing that with us and I have no idea what that would entail to go back and optimize two blogs.

Were those two plug-ins you just had to have? I’m assuming so even though they did slow your blog down. I’ll have to stop by and check it out.

Thanks for sharing that with us.



66 Dia April 30, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Blog maintenance is very crucial. I look at my stats once every month, but I check how many visitors I get on a daily basis. We have to keep up to date with all the new social media icons, new plugins, etc… It is also very crucial to look at what the top posts that get views. Glad to see your growth Adrienne, you have come a long way. 😉 Thanks for sharing my friend


67 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hi Dia,

I would think it would be on your blog Dia since you promote your books. I have no doubt that traffic is extremely important for you as well and that you definitely get a lot of it.

I have a feeling both our blogs have grown within just one year. Let’s continue to keep them both on an uphill climb shall we!

Thanks Dia!



68 Damayanthi
April 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I got to admit that I’ve never done any of the maintenance you have mentioned above. Just the other day while doing a post I deleted a few plugins I don’t use just because I felt like it … :)
Anyway, thanks for the checklist I have copied it.

Appreciate you sharing this information.



69 Adrienne Smith
April 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hi Damayanthi,

I think there is so much to blogging that a lot of us don’t realize needs to be done. It’s just learn as we go right. Glad you deleted some plug-ins you don’t use. That will help some.

Glad you found this post helpful.

Enjoy your week!



70 Janet Callaway
April 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Have to admit that I am woefully bad in this area. That being said, I have recently started to clean up my act.

Like you, I kept getting different load times–none of them good. Even after cleaning up plug-ins, which I keep to a minimum anyway, and smushing images my lad tiems were still slow.

However, I have never taken the time to do the Broken Link checker so I will put that on my list. It certainly makes sense to do it.

While I could check off most of the items on Dee Ann’s list, I am not doing CloudFlare because I have heard of some definite challenges with it from people who are techie. Techie frustrations are something I do not need.

Thanks for inspiring me to keep plugging away and to use Broken Link checker.

Best wishes for a glorious week ahead and a return to normal. Sending you Big ((Hugs)) and aloha. Janet


71 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Hi Janet,

Better late than never right! Glad to know that you are at least aware which is a start.

The thing about that Janet is that your blog has never loaded slow when I’ve visited. So I’m not quite sure what they judge that on exactly. I personally think that we both are okay but it’s always better to keep our blogs maintained anyway.

I’ve heard not so good things about CloudFlare either which is why I won’t use it but it was on her list and I know that some people are happy with it. I guess that’s all that matters.

Thank you for your comment and I’ll be by your place today so stay tuned.

You have a wonderful day and a great rest of your week.

Sending big (((hugs))) back your way! ♥


72 Cathy
April 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I saw that post as well at Dee Ann’s blog and that was good one. This is on my list for this week to go through and check off the things she suggests. The link checker is one I need to do, and after almost three years as well, I’m sure there are some broken links in there. Thanks for sharing this great information.


73 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Hi Cathy,

Glad to hear you had been by Dee Ann’s place. I’m so glad she wrote that post and reminded me of some things I needed checked. Broken links being the main one.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you do have a very enjoyable day!



74 Jonathan
April 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hi Adrienne!

It’s been a while! To answer your question, yes! I search all my old blog posts to see if I have any broken links. This is crucial especially because I’m deciding to convert my blog into something else (my design). As in, this post actually comes close to heart. I hate when everything keeps messing up. I learned this the hard way as well, like you, there was a point where everything wasn’t loading fast enough – and I almost lost all my data!!!

But, now I regularly update my site and watch out for any bugs that come my way. (:


75 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Hi Jonathan,

It has been awhile and I do hope you’re doing just fine.

Well good for you and I’m so happy to hear that you stay up on things. It’s a good thing right! Not having to wait until your blog is several years old and then start running into some major problems. I’m glad I learned several of these things some time back and started being more aware of what count potentially cause problems if I just let it go.

Thanks for sharing that with me and I do hope your week got off to a great start.

Take care,



76 Colleen Kelly
May 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM


I’m so glad you are feeling a little better. As usual I learn aomething new by readling your blog post! 😉 I do check my stuff to see if it’s working at I don’t think I have too many plug ins. Thanks for posting this info. So much I didn’t know all this stuff about keeping up a blog!. Thanks a lot Adrienne!! More to learn. Whew ! 😉


77 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hi Colleen,

Yep, definitely more to learn about keeping your blog running smoothly. We can definitely let it get away with us if we aren’t careful but happy to hear you have yours under control.

Thanks for sharing that Colleen and you enjoy your day okay! :-)


78 Corinne Rodrigues
May 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Thank you for this, Adrienne. I moved to WP in February this year and though my Alexa rank has been improving, I’m having major issues with load time. I’m going to follow your advice and check out Dee Ann’s post too. Thank you for all the information you so generously share. It makes life so much easier for me. ♥


79 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hi Corinne,

Well congratulations for making that move. I do hope you’re loving WordPress. I still am! :-)

So you have a major issues with your load time with such a new blog. I sure hope Dee Ann’s suggestions will help you. It will take time for that Alexa ranking to drop but that’s all we have anyway. I have a feeling it will be down in no time at all.

Thank you for your comment and give me a shout if you run into any issues.



80 Corinne Rodrigues
May 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Actually the problem is that I have been on Blogger for four years prior to the move and I think I took all my broken links with me and had no idea about that. After I read your post I realized the problem. Thanks for everything, Adrienne.


81 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Oh well that could be a problem because when we transfer a blog over, everything comes with it. I hope the broken link checker is helpful Corinne. It definitely was for me and easier to help you actually locate where they are too.

Good luck with that and you are so very welcome.

Hope you’re enjoying your day!


82 igor Griffiths
May 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Well hello Adrienne
Great tip on the broken link checker, I actually started on my site as I was reading this post, so maybe able to report my findings by the end of this comment, keeping 10 fingers under control is no easy task!

I always keep 2 versions of my stock images, the original high quality, several MB file and a web version which comes in at under 100Kb in size for use on my sites.

There is a site called http://www.websitedefender.com/ which has a WP plugin that alerts you to security issues on your site. I use hostgator for my hosting and there you have a main site with all others being either sub or add on domains, you only have to add this service to the main site and it will monitor your entire collection of sites, oh and its free!

As always great information, my brokenlinkcheck scan is still running but is already giving me plenty of food for thought and perhaps some work for a child who wants more pocket money!

igor Griffiths


83 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Hey there Igor! Hope you’re doing well today.

Oh, but you are so talented Igor and I have no doubt you can achieve several things all at once. 😉

That’s a great idea Igor and I started doing that in the beginning but then realized that I more than likely won’t be using that photo for anything else but my blog so why hang on to it.

I don’t think I’ve heard of that one but I do have about four plug-ins to help with threats and security issues on my blog at the moment. If it’s a plug-in which means you add it to your blog then how is that able to regulate your other blogs without that plug-in being installed on them individually? That doesn’t really make sense to me but then again, most things don’t. lol…

Thank you Igor and I had a feeling that it would still be running as you were nearing the end. I got a LOT of timeouts but that’s okay, I knew those links weren’t broken.

Good luck with that and thanks for your comment.



84 igor Griffiths
May 2, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Well hello again Adrienne, to clarify the plugin gives you the option to register for free on their main site, you can then install a php script into the root of your main site, this will then monitor all of your sites as these are just organised as sub directories of your main site in Hostgator. You then get regular emails with any alerts found.


85 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Okay, well that makes sense then. I was kind of confused about how that actually worked. I like that idea Igor so thank you for clarifying how that works. Pretty cool indeed.

Have a great day and thanks again!


86 Ruth Zive
May 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

As always, a helpful, actionable post! Thanks Adrienne for helping me to ensure that all of my blogging ducks are in a row. Glad to hear that your days are getting easier :-).


87 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Hi Ruth,

Glad you found this one helpful and I have no doubt you’re keeping up the excellent work over at your place.

Thanks Ruth and I’ll be by your place today. You’re on my list! :-)


88 Micah
May 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I think the only thing I haven’t done is check for broken links. Adding that to my todo list.
I am wondering why you are not using cloudflare, it seems to be all the rage these days. I actually don’t use it either, I tried it out but didn’t notice any increase in load time. It actually slowed things down a bit.


89 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

That was the only thing I hadn’t done either Micah until last weekend. It really helps to clean that all out.

Two reason I’m not using CloudFlare and I won’t. I’ve had too many blogging friends tell me horror stories about how problems occurred with the switch and load time ended up being worse. The second reason is that I’m not switching hosting accounts just to hopefully speed up my blog a little. I’ve actually not had any complaints about load time so until that happens I’m staying right where I’m the most comfortable.

See, you didn’t see an increase in speed either. I think it’s great for sharing large files but that’s it. Just my opinion of course.

Thanks for sharing that with me.


90 Sergio Felix
May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Seems to me like you have pretty much covered the whole spectrum here, the only techie thing I could actually think of was optimizing the database and you already covered that so good job!

The never ending debate is number of plugins.

I have many and the standard is to use a plugin for something you can’t hard code into your own blog, if you absolutely need to have that extra functionality or if it actually helps to make your blog better.

Even with those rules, I have too many but I am aware and getting rid of as much as I can, still not quite where I want to be at though.

Will definitely have to do some more research on this so thank you for the reminder!



91 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Hey Sergio,

Ah, so glad that most of the basics have been covered here. Hey, I do try ya know! :-)

The plug-in issues is varied depending on who you speak with. Some people have told me that it doesn’t matter while others have told me no more than like 15. Who the heck really knows!

I don’t know how to hard code things into my blog but if someone walks me through with where to place what code, that I can definitely do. Figuring that out on my own, well that’s just not going to happen.

The way I look at plug-in is which ones can I just not live without. Which ones help me in certain areas and which ones do I just absolutely love. All the rest are gone which is why I don’t have tons of plug-ins but I do have more than 15.

If you come up with an exact number, please do share. I would really love to know but then again, I think it just depends on the individual wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks Sergio for your input. Always enjoy seeing you any time.


92 Linda May 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Good to hear you are feeling better :)

I have been doing a lot of maintenance with a few of my sites. I think the idea to switch to a different theme helped me out a TON! I have done those checks you mentioned, in fact before I came to your blog I deleted a lot of plugins that have been deactivated, although I still have some…I sort of wanted to keep them for reference – ha! But, I probably should just get rid of them.

I use a plugin that condenses my images automatically, which is pretty cool. I’ve never checked for broken links…I will have to do that and I haven’t checked my loading time since I switched over.

I won’t be using cloudflare either because so many people have had problems – it’s not a concern for me.

Been concentrating on my other site right now and not really on my main blog and my stats skyrocketed with Alexia…oh well. Not a priority right now of mine.

Anyway, just thought I would pop over and say “hi” while I had a little time on my hands.

Hope your day has been a good one!


93 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hi Linda,

Thank you and I most definitely am. :-)

Well that’s good to hear that you’ve already been doing a lot of maintenance and deleted some plug-ins you weren’t using. What I did was added a bunch to my favorite plug-in list last year so I can always revert back to some if I ever decide I want them again. But, if I’m not currently using them then they really aren’t necessary right.

Thanks for sharing that with me and hope everything is going okay for you with your other sites. I know you have a few to maintain and sometimes things take a back seat.

I appreciate you popping in and saying Hi. I’ll have to do the same if you have a new post up. You know me, got to stop by and check it out. So, see you soon.



94 Cat Alexandra
May 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Oh this is such an important subject! It’s one that’s near to my personal recent experiences too! I had a recent challenge with major blog sluggishness and had to do a complete revamp from the inside to make sure that everything was firing off properly!

It’s easy to take for granted that all of our awesome plugins will “play nicely” together, but this isn’t always the case and I personally learned this the hard way!

I have also found that Broken Link Checker that you recommend to be a fantastic little tool. I actually look forward to the email notifications letting me know when a broken link has been found on my blog. Pesky little things like broken links really can put a burden on the site!

Kind of like stacking prescription drugs on top of one another, wordpress plugins may cause contraindications! lol

I’ve been keeping copious records of what is and is not working now because I’m actually putting this all into an ebook I’ve been writing to teach a very simple process of exactly how to build a self-hosted Wordpress site that functions right and that the search engines love! I’m hoping to wrap this baby up soon so that I can give it away to my readers. I know that if I’d have had a blueprint like this, it would’ve saved me some agony along the way!

As usual, this is another gem, Adrienne! Thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom with us! Especially with regard to the newcomer bloggers, I know that this is just what the doctor ordered!

Cat 😉


95 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Hi Cat,

Sorry to hear that you’ve had problems in the past with plug-ins not working together. I guess I’ve been rather lucky. I’ve only had one issue in the almost three years I’ve been blogging. But I also bought the Thesis theme probably two years ago so I’ve never regretted that decision. I have a feeling you have a paid theme as well. I do think that’s an important part of this process wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t have the broken link plug-in so I don’t actually get notified when there are broken links but I guess that’s always a good one to have. I’m glad I didn’t have too many to begin with so that was nice.

I bet your eBook will be great and extremely helpful for anyone just starting out. I just got off the phone with one of my team members who is basically starting all over with her blog and she’s a little overwhelmed with it all. Wanting to do the right thing yet there are so many different directions to go. I have no doubt that will be extremely helpful Cat.

Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. You are always so kind and I love it! :-)

Hope your day is going well…



96 Cat Alexandra
May 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Oh thanks for that, Adrienne! As with all things tech, there is some value to having stumbled on the path here and there because of the learning opportunities presented. I have been fortunate to have been patient enough to glean something invaluable from the issue, so I think it was a good thing that it happened! :)

Ya know what they say, “Attitude is everything!”

I am using Thesis and just like you, I’ve never regretted making the decision to use it! I wouldn’t ever use a free theme for my self-hosted site. I think that there are too many potential problems with ads and lack of support or upgrades needed down the road, so it never made sense to me to pinch pennies on my theme!

I sympathize with your team member who is giving her blog a new go. That can be a very confusing process if you’re not really skilled on what to look for and how all these little pieces effect one another. I was certainly one of those people when I first started my blog. I remember just seeing code and kind of losing my cool because it was so foreign to me. lol I’m hoping that my eBook will be helpful for folks…I’m also considering making a full on video demoing the exact steps in rich detail.

I forgot to mention before, but I’m so happy that recent turmoils are beginning to diffuse in your world and that you’re getting back into your groove! I’ve had you on my mind a lot and it is so nice to know that you’re feeling better!

Cheers to a HUGELY successful rest of the week!

Cat 😉


97 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Wow Cat, you’re using Thesis and ran into these problems! Maybe we don’t have the same plug-ins installed so I’m thinking that has to have something to do with that. I guess I’m just surprised that you’ve had these issues but then again, we know it’s not the theme.

Yeah, revamping your blog and starting over isn’t fun sometimes. Just glad I’m not there again. So I do know that your eBook will be very helpful and I will admit, for those who are not in the know, videos are so helpful in this case.

Thank you for that Cat. I really appreciate you thinking of me and I’m so thrilled that things are getting back to normal.

You have a wonderful and successful week as well my friend.



98 Cat Alexandra
May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Yeah, I’m definitely on Thesis and did still have a problem. It really wasn’t Thesis’ fault though! I think that there were coding conflicts between some of the plugins I had been testing out. They just didn’t seem to like to “play nicely” with one another. lol

Fortunately, I had an idea of what had gone awry so when I called my host for assistance (they’re really awesome), I was able to get some help in pinpointing where it fell apart and we were able to expediently remedy the situation. Since then, I have a fresh re-installation that is working quite nicely (and much more quickly than before). – I took the opportunity to enhance the “look” of the site just a tad to freshen it all up!

And yes, of course, I took copious notes of what and how these little things inter-relate so that when I go forward into the future, I have a systematic way to put a site up similar to my main blog with no problems or glitches.

I’m going to follow your lead on the videos, Adrienne. I think that what you said is absolutely true about some people preferring a video to follow along. So many people have different learning styles, so multiformatting is definitely a great idea. Thanks for that sound recommendation!

I appreciate all the well wishes for the week! It’s really turning out to be quite a doozy here! I’m happy, excited, energized, and simply THRILLED. 😀

Cheers to you, sister!
Cat 😉


99 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Taking notes is always a good thing. Hopefully though you won’t run into this issue again in the future.

Ah, well that’s a good idea. The videos are always helpful and I know I learn so much better that way. It never hurts to throw those in you know.

My pleasure and I’m so glad you’re having a great week.

Cheers to you too girl! :-)


100 Mike Beaumont
May 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Adrienne, once again you delivered the goods. I am glad you recommended Dee Ann and her tools she uses. I wondered how the heck to get rid of the stored revisions. I am going to recommend these tools to others I know that blog also. Thanks again for the great info.


101 Adrienne Smith
May 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Hi Mike,

Glad you enjoyed this one and Dee Ann’s post as well. She went into a little more detail with each section and she really helped me as well. Now we can all maintain our blogs so that they will continue to run smoothly.

Norma told me you’ve been working on your video so I’ll be sure to drop by your post soon and check it out. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done. That’s the way you take action Mike. I’m very proud of you my friend.

Hope your week is going well.



102 Dr. Bob Clarke
May 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Wow, you have been a busy blogger! On your way to 400 posts! Amazing, Adrienne!

I agree that Alexa has been weird recently. Mine has also been creeping up and I have no idea why. Perhaps there is more competition in my niche, I don’t know.

I do regular maintenance on my blog, and I use the broken link checker plugin as well. I also keep a keen eye on blog speed, because it can change a lot by just adding a few things to your blog.

Show me a slow blog and I’ll show you one that is visited by no one!


103 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hey Bob,

Yeah, I’ve been heading in that direction for sure… Almost 400 posts is right. Dang.

Ah, your Alexa ranking is creeping up too. Well I know I wasn’t penalized with this recent change so I’m not sure what that is and I’ve been just as active here with new content and consistent with traffic so still scratching my head over that one.

Glad to hear you keep up with the maintenance on your blog Bob. We all know how important that is.

I agree, it’s definitely not being visited by me.


104 Dan Sumner
May 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I have most of what you talked about today pretty wrapped up on my blog. I wrote a recent post about speeding up my blog too.

Its always a good idea to keep on top of your plugins to. The amount you have doesn’t necessarily matter as long as they are compatible with each other. If you are not using any then remove them.

Broken link check er is a great tool to use especially if you are promoting affiliate products and services from your blog.

Thanks for a great article Adrienne.

Dan Sumner


105 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Hey Dan,

I have no doubt you’re on top of all of this. I think you’re right though, the amount of plug-ins isn’t always the problem, it’s them working well together that can cause the riff. I know I’m good there.

I can see where the broken link checker plug-in would be necessary if you promote a lot of affiliate products. We definitely don’t want to have problems with those.

I appreciate your comment Dan and thanks for sharing that. I’ll have to check out that post.



106 CarolB
May 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

A little late to the party but – I have a good reason! I started doing “plug-in maintenance” on my blog on Sunday, and your post’s timing was perfect! I now have gotten my SEO and pinging plug-ins up and running – thanks to your recommendations – as well as the Broken Links plug-in, and corrected a PinIt button that wasn’t working. Still have things to do, like check my load times. Question – what do you think of having Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest feeds in the side-bars? I’m sure these contribute to a slower load rate, but is the trade-off worth having these in a side-bar? Right now I have all three. I’m wondering if I should trim, but which one?


107 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Great minds think alike don’t they Carol! Sounds like you and I were doing some of the same things. Of course mine was mainly checking for broken links and that did take me much longer because I kept losing my internet connection for some reason. That’s so annoying! :-)

Happy to hear you’re getting yours all cleaned up.

I’m not sure, I’ve never had mine on the side of the page before. I have mine in my sidebar and nowhere else so it may have something to do with it. It’s an extra plug-in so you just have to ask yourself is it really necessary. If you have them at the top, just add a couple more and I think you could do away with the one on the side of your page. You already have your social share buttons below the posts.

Thanks for sharing what you’ve been doing lately and hope everything will start running a little smoother now.


108 Leora Wenger
May 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I will have to try your Link Checker tool before it goes out of business or starts charging big bucks.

Yes, blog maintenance is SO important. I’ve had two clients with hacking problems recently. One was due to not updating, but the other was related to a plugin that really is a bit old and I think the developer lost interest. It was rather obscure how the hacker might have gotten in.

But you also mention speed and responsiveness (perhaps being penalized by search engines, too).


109 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, I’m surprised that it’s free actually because it gives you a lot of information. I found it extremely helpful and then easy to locate the links.

Damn those hackers. I just don’t understand their purpose behind making other people miserable. MLSP has a free webinar tonight where a former backer, we’ll give him hell, will share with us the tools we need to prevent this from happening. I’ve got several plug-ins in place already so hopefully he won’t have too much more to share with me that I’m not already doing.

Thanks for sharing that Leora. You would definitely know my friend, you’re the blog creating Queen! :-)


110 BG Jenkins May 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Blog maintainance is so important. I’ve just recently heard of the broken link plug in. Thanks so much for all of the info.


111 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Hi BG,

It most definitely is and as long as we maintain our blogs on a regular basis we shouldn’t run into many problems. There are always plug-ins that get updated that are no longer compatible with others but that’s out of our control. The rest is up to us though.

Thank you for your comment, I appreciate that.


112 Ilka Flood
May 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You should be very proud of your blog and what you have accomplished in such a short time. I know, it took you a little while to learn all the ins and outs, but girl, you are rockin’ it now. Congratulations!

Yes, I do blog maintenance every so often and actually, it’s that time again. I do need to get rid of some plugins so thanks for the reminder.

Keep on rockin’ it!



113 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hi Ilka,

I’m very proud of my blog Ilka and what I’ve accomplished because when I started this I had no idea I’d be where I am today. It does take time to learn but well worth every moment.

Ah, that time again right! Spring cleaning of our blogs I guess. 😉

Thanks Ilka, I appreciate your comment and I hope you have a very enjoyable evening.



114 John Ernest May 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Why not use CloudFlare? Sorry for asking I was just too absorbed in your blog. It was a great post! So what is CloudFlare and how does it affect loading times?


115 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

CloudFlare is a file sharing site so by putting a lot of the files on that service instead of hosting it on your blog will save load time. I’ve heard pros and cons with it plus they make you change your hosting service to them and I’m not comfortable with that. But, I don’t know enough to really give a recommendation so you might want to check into it. I think Dee Ann wrote a little more about that as well.

Hope that answered your question and glad you enjoyed the post.


116 shannon May 2, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I saw this article and thought “When was the last time I made a pass though the plugins to see if there any that needed or could be removed?” Oi….it had been a long time. I spent the last couple of hours debating on what to keep and what to delete. ( My wife says I do the same thing with my real world collections of electronics and stuff) In the end I deleted over 10 that I was not using and/or would not be using in the near future. I have the habit of installing to test and then not using but leaving them in.
I have to thank you for getting me to do what needed to be done. Maybe you can re post this in about…..a month of so just to keep me honest :)
Glad to see you back in fighting trim.


117 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hey Shannon,

I was on a webinar tonight about how to secure your blog from being hacked and Jeff said that if you leave plug-ins on your blog that you’re not using, then your site is vulnerable because those plug-ins are just sitting there and haven’t been updated. There can be problems with them and we think because we aren’t using them and they are deactivated then we’re safe. That’s not the case so they should be deleted from your site and your hosting account. So, glad you stopped by today and got rid of all of those.

We all might need a reminder in about a month. Thanks Shannon! 😉

Hope you’ve had a great day!


118 richard
May 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I use a plugin called p3 plugin performance profiler. It tells me which plugins might be slowing down my site. Generally, I find that plugins are the most common culprit when my site slows down. The other biggie for website performance of course is your hosting provider. You just can’t make up for a good host. If all else fails, you can look into getting a cdn to improve load speeds. Cloud flare is a good free cdn.


119 Adrienne Smith
May 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Hey Richard,

Thanks for sharing that and I might look into that plug-in just to see if I do have any that may be causing me problems I’m not aware of.

Great info Richard, thanks!


120 Princess Shimari
May 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I always enjoy reading your posts. I have to maintain my blog, because I am learning as I go. Only recently I learnt about the broken link checker, and also about deleting plugins that are nt being used. Also deleted themes that I had tried out. See? I am learning as I go, and it is so thrilling that so many others share their experiences.
Thanks for sharing.


121 Adrienne Smith
May 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Hi Yvonne,

Ah, thank you and I love hearing that.

We all learn as we go Yvonne and I did as well. I certainly do not claim to be an expert but just look at everything you’ve learned up to this point. Looking back now are you amazed at just how much you do know! I know I am but I’m just loving it.

I hate to see anyone have problems with their blog so hopefully these small tips will make our blogs run a lot smoother.

I appreciate you stopping by today and I do hope you’re enjoying your day. Always a pleasure young lady!


122 Nicky
May 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Well you put me a little to shame there Adrienne as I only do very quick routine maintenance to clear out any spam backlinks etc . I had heard of this plugin that checks for broken links before but I never loaded it but now you have put a link here, I will go do it now! (Something about someone making something so easy for you!!).

Also I wouldn’t worry too much about your Alexa ranking since it only keeps records from people who have the Alexa toolbar installed on their computer. Mine fluctuates only when I am not being so consistent and it is less likely to be about what you are doing, but more about what others are doing to improve theirs, if that makes sense!

Thanks as ever for the really useful advice,


123 Adrienne Smith
May 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Well I’m so glad to hear that this post was helpful Nicky! The broken links was a biggie for me so this service definitely was a life saver. With as many comments as I have now, it’s only going to get worse with time. At least now I can stay on top of it all.

Well that makes sense because I’ve always been consistent with my blogging and hopefully continuing to add value with my content. I also know that I wasn’t doing any of what Google didn’t like with this latest update. So now that you explain it that way, I don’t feel so bad. I was just so excited to get below 50,000 but in the US, my site is ranked at 27,000. So, I am loving that although no one really cares.

Thanks Nicky for stopping by and sharing this with me. I really do appreciate it young lady.

You enjoy your weekend okay!



124 Jeffrey Morgan
May 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I didn’t look before I leaped into StrongAngels and had to take the site down; reason, I am not up to speed on “Relational Database Management”. I’ve become a MySQL junkie.

As soon as I got into StrongAngels, I realized that I would need not just a crashed course but a thorough understanding of “RDM”. No place to start like WordPress, soooo ……

As I started the study of WordPress, I was interested to find that most all issues with database management could be traced to “Wp-Comment Meta”. I thought that was what “Akismet” did!

I’ve learned that if you purge “WP-COMMENT META” ( this is not to be confused with “WP-COMMENT” ), you will improve your sites speed by a factor of 10 …… or so they say. If that is the fact then I fail to understand why it is used in your database at all. I’ve never been able to find a good answer to that. “WP-Comment Meta” did not come along as an entry into the database until “wordpress-3.0”. I stated about the same time as you did, and my beginning version was “wordpress-2.5”. So I really don’t understand why the new entry into the database.

However, one thing is clear, successful maintenance of one’s Blog is dependent on good database management. After-all this is where all information flow is controlled.


125 Adrienne Smith
May 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Hi Jeffrey,

You are absolutely right Jeffrey. If we don’t maintain our blogs then things will just continue to happen. I know you know that a lot of what you share technically is so over my head I’m not even going to try and understand. So for now, I’ll stick with what I do know.



126 Allyson Stewart May 9, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Well, hello, Adrienne! It’s been tooooo long since I last visited, and I was just stopping by to say hi and see what you’ve been up to. I’m finally just beginning to get back into the swing of things, and have missed you.

Your post is so timely, and you are indeed correct when you say checking for broken links is important. Wow, that’s a lot of pages. Thank goodness, you didn’t have to check all of them manually! But good thing, you didn’t have that many “broken links.” It sure takes patience!

In answer to your question, I’m one of the guilty ones. I haven’t maintained my blog for a while, but hope to change that soon. I would love to maintain my blog (check for updates) at least bi-weekly, add posts at least weekly, and do a major cleanup every six months. I learned a hard lesson recently, that I need to check in on my blog, at least every couple of weeks, or I never know what I might find.

I’m so proud of you! You’ve accomplished so much in three short years! Great job, my friend. I’ve really missed reading your blog. I’ll have to catch up on all this wonderful material I’ve missed in the last months. You always have great info to share.

And congratulations, by the way, on everything!!

Your friend,


127 Adrienne Smith
May 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Hey stranger! Where have you been? Is everything okay with you!!! It has been way too long. You’ll have to let me know what you’ve been up to. It’s like you just disappeared. But always a pleasure to see you and I missed you too! So happy to have you back in the blogging community.

Yeah, maintenance is a biggie. Next thing you know all sorts of things are going haywire and you have no clue why. Like you said, you don’t blog for awhile so you don’t check in on your blog and you fins all sorts of things taking place over there. Most of them aren’t too good either.

I hope you will ease back into the swing of things and I miss your informative updates on all sorts of goodies. Hopefully you’ll be blogging again soon.

Thanks Allyson and you take care. Don’t be a stranger.



128 Allyson Stewart May 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Thanks, Adrienne. And yes, it has been too long. Yes, everything is well, thanks for asking. I just had a ton of stuff I had to take care of, and unfortunately, had to put blogging on the back burner for a while. I hope I never have to do that again, or at least for that long. It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you tremendously.

Take care as well.



129 Mandy Allen
May 13, 2012 at 6:04 AM

I am running the link checker now and can see from the results already that there are a couple to blogs I know do not exist anymore. And there is definitely a plugin I need to get rid of as it’s featuring highly in the broken links. I had a feeling it wasn’t working, should have checked it before. Brilliant information, Adrienne, thanks for sharing.

Enjoy the journey.



130 Adrienne Smith
May 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Glad to hear that Mandy and I hate for anyone to locate broken links but there are just people who have stopped blogging so now those links aren’t good any longer and can be hurting out blog in the long run. Happy that this post was helpful and here is to a much cleaner blog from this day forward.



131 Atish Ranjan
August 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Yes, blog maintenance is needed for every blog. If your site is having so many not found pages(broken links) then it can loose rankings in Google. So regular monitoring is important. Nice tips Adrienne!

~ Atish Ranjan


132 Adrienne
August 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Thank you Atish, glad you found them helpful.



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