The homepage slideshow needs to be eliminated as it has been seen that a majority of visitors stay on this site for just a short while. Also, it has been seen that the images are not so significant to the visitor
One must make the site easily to navigate. This is possible if one does not provide links to visit other pages.
One must remove drop down menus which can only be navigated by a very skilled mouse user.
Eliminate the sidebar as earlier it was considered to be a very modern web design. Blogs having no sidebars encourage the visitors to read the article and at the end call them to take action.