Not too much of a post today. My poor dog seems to be developing food allergies in his old age, so our nights are rather restless between the itching, scratching and shaking. He’s miserable. We’re exhausted. But, we’re working on it. Hopefully we can all sleep again soon.
Anyway, today I just wanted to share a few blog things you should check from time to time. They do not need checked obsessively. Two or three times per year will likely suffice. These are a few things that have either been brought to my attention by readers or that I was not happy with myself. Feel free to share yours in the comments.
Check Your Forms. There is a good chance you have a few forms available on your website or blog. Opt-in boxes and contact forms are two of the most common. I had a contact form awhile back that wouldn’t let visitors using Internet Explorer use it. Though few people use IE, you want to make sure your site functions properly for them too. Apparently there has also been a problem with my opt-in boxes lately. It was jumping between the sidebar form and Magic Action Box when you tabbed. This seems to be a common problem when running more than one HTML form on a page. I simply switched out the AWeber form in the sidebar for Genesis eNews Extended. All is well for the time being.
Follow Your Opt-In Process. While trying to get my opt-in boxes working properly, I went ahead and followed through on the process to get a taste of the user experience. I was not happy with one message along the way, so I quickly updated that to make it less confusing to new subscribers.
Check your Rich Snippets. If you have implemented some type of Google markup (Authorship, Reviews, Recipes, etc.), every once in a while make sure those are still working properly. If you change themes or plugins, your previous settings may be lost. Take a few seconds to see if things are still previewing correctly.
Check your Twitter Cards. The fact that I got Twitter Cards set up in the first place was a miracle. But again, if you make any big changes to your website those things can get lost along the way. If you are using Twitter Cards, hop into your Twitter stream and make sure your Summary or Media is still available.
Those are things I checked and updated this morning. What items are on your blog checkup list?