Most people are now getting into blogging world irrespective of their lifestyles. Blogging has evolved to a great extent that most people are making a living from it.
This is what making most people to start a blog and monetize it as soon as possible.
If you are also one among them who wants to start a new blog using WordPress, this article is for you.
Lets dive into the details..
4 Things to Do After Installing WordPress on your Website
Step 1: Choosing and installing a theme
After installing WordPress on your blogs, selecting and installing a theme would be your first step. Why?
First impressions count A LOT if you want to quickly build great impact on others. So, make your design (theme) visually appealing to the users, make it simple, easy to navigate and use search engine friendly themes to reap the rewards in the long run. Don’t go for free themes that are available on WordPress or somewhere else, they add no value to your blogs and you can’t easily stand out from the crowd.
If there’s only one secret behind making a blog successful, it would be definitely ‘standing out’ and making a great impact on others. How can you stand out by using the same free themes that thousands of other bloggers are already using? Invest money, get a premium theme like Genesis or Thesis, either customize yourself (there are tons of tips and tutorials out there to customize your themes) or hire a designer to do it for the professional way. This way you can start with a bang to create good impression on other bloggers.
- The Ultimate Guide for Choosing A WordPress Theme
- The WordPress Handbook – 55 Resources For First Time WordPress Users
How to install a theme?
To install any theme on your WP blogs,
Go to WP dashboard >> Appearance >> Themes >> Add New >> Upload the theme >> Activate
You are done!
Step 2: Installing essential plugins
The following are the essential plugins to install on your WordPress blog.
- WP SEO by Yoast – Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
- Backup Buddy – The best backup plugin that you can use to backup your WordPress site.
- GASP Anti spam plugin – Best anti spam plugin to fight against spammers.
- Digg Digg – Add static and floating social media buttons to your WordPress site.
- nRelated Related content – To showcase the related posts with thumbnails.
- Use Contact form 7 plugin to create a contact for your blog
How to install a WP plugin?
Go to WP Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New >> Search or upload the specified plugin >> Activate
Step 3: Writing your first blog post
Now, you are all set to write your first blog post to let the world know about you and your blog. Take time, don’t rush.
Pro tip: Don’t launch your blog with just a SINGLE blog post, try to create 5 to 8 killer blog posts and publish them at once. This way you will be creating more room for others to read different kind of articles on your blog when you start.
What to write on your very first blog post?
What to write on your first blog post? This is a common problem for anyone who is just starting out. There are two kinds of posts you can write on your first blog post.
- Write a ‘Welcome’ or ‘Start here‘ blog post which will let others know about your site, why you’ve started etc.
- Write ANY post that will add value to your target audience.
Step 4: Publishing your first post to the world
Now, you have written your first blog post, it’s time to hit the publish button to let others know about your blog stuff.
Before publishing the blog posts, make sure you are double checking your content for typos, errors etc to create a great impact on others for the first time. Try to properly optimize your blog posts for the search engines to drive quality traffic from Google.
After publishing the contents, use sharing buttons to promote it across your networks.
Email your friends, bloggers and influencers about your blog contents and ask them for the opinions, they will surely consider stopping your blog or sharing your content etc.
Few essential steps to do after installing WordPress on your blogs are
Use a ping list: Whenever you publish your blog posts, ping list will let you the know ping services on your list that you have published a post to crawl and get the feed faster. This could help in getting more traffic, links and/or shares. Here’s a great list on pinging services:
Create an about page: Most people neglect the importance of their about pages. If done right, you can create most out of your about page, you can either build a list, create great impact on your readers by making your about page shine. This is a MUST page on your blog, let your readers know about you and your blog.
Email List: As they say “Money is in the list”, so starting build email list from the day one. I see a lot of people neglect the importance of building a mailing list and later regret it. If you want to build an authority website, than building list is a must. Sign up for an email service – Aweber or GetResponse. I am using GetResponse, here for this blog and it works really well.
Add Google Analytics Code: Set up and install Google Analytics snippets. GA is the best free tool around to monitor your traffic stats. The Google Analytics shows a detailed report to help you improve your WordPress website.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.