Are you planning to start a blog? or did you just start a blog and have no idea what things you are supposed to do after starting a blog?
You have registered your domain, got the hosting plan, set up your blog successfully, created all the important pages and now you’re excited to put some content out there.
Technically, you’ve started your blog but what to do after that?
I can feel your excitement here!
But there are a few other important things that you need to do immediately after starting your blog in order to avoid facing some serious issues.
What are those things? Keep Reading…
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1. Setting up your permalink structure
Permalink structure? What’s that?
A permalink structure is just the fixed web address of a specific post or page (basically the URL of that page).
For Example, an URL is something like :
Once you select your structure, all of your posts will be published using the structure.
But if you choose the wrong structure at the start… not only can it hurt your SEO or search engine rankings but it can also be a disaster to change your permalink structure afterward.
Because if you do so… you’ll have to redirect all of your old structure URLs to the new structure URLs which can slow down your website by putting a lot of load on your server.
So be careful and choose the right permalink structure from the start.
Here’s what you have to do –
Go to your WordPress Dashboard>Settings>Permalinks and under the common settings, select “post name” & save the settings.
That’s it! You’re done.
2. Submitting the Sitemap
You want your blog posts to rank in Google right? We all do. Search engine optimization, baby!
But it’s not going to happen if Google doesn’t know your site even exists.
That’s why you need to submit your Sitemap to Google and make it known of your existence.
It’s not “mandatory” because Google can find you in other ways as well… but it’s good to do so. And it just takes a few seconds.
So here’s what you need to do:
It might look something like:
Once you’ve copied it…
Go to your search console account, and from the right side menu, go to sitemaps… paste your sitemap there and click submit.
That’s it now Google will automatically crawl your website from time to time using this sitemap and index your new posts and pages.
3. Securing your Website
What happens when tomorrow you log in to your website & find out that there’s nothing except a blank screen?
Who are you going to blame? None other than yourself… But can you avoid that? Yes, you definitely can (to some extent!).
- Have a strong password and don’t use “admin” as your username.
- Use a security plugin. I use & recommend the Wordfence plugin. It is completely free to use. All you have to do is just install & activate it. Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that was built from the ground up to protect WordPress. And don’t forget to activate the two-factor authentication.
- Use a CDN (Content delivery network). What a CDN generally does is improve your site load speed and boost SEO. Moreover, CDNs also improve the security of your website. You can go with Cloudflare as it has the potential to constantly stop threats even before they hit your blog. If you don’t know how to set it up, contact your host and they either set it up for you or guide you through the process step by step.
4. Setting up Google Analytics
Google Analytics is really helpful to track the number of page views and visitors for your blog, see how people are finding your website, track real-time visitors, and much much more!
The process of setting up Google Analytics and search console is fairly simple and you can refer to this post for more detailed help.
5. Brand Your Blog
Decide your fonts + colors carefully and use them constantly throughout your blog. And make sure that you use web-safe fonts as going with something fancy can slow down your website.
It helps you develop a brand for your blog and makes stand you out in the crowd.
On my website, you’ll notice that I use 2 Fonts and 2 or 3 colors constantly throughout my blog or social media platforms.
A favicon, on the other hand, is a small image that you see at the top in the browser tab beside the page/post name.
Make sure to add your own favicon as it will make your blog look more professional.
6. Set up Social Media accounts
It doesn’t matter which social media network you plan to be on, set up all of your social media accounts. This would include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Make sure to use the same social media handle/username for each one, if possible.
This would protect your username from being stolen or used by someone else. So just create an account on every popular platform there is.
Also, complete your social media descriptions carefully, use your topic-related keywords in them and add your website links in your bios as well.
7. Post at least 5 blog posts
Once your blog is up and running, Make sure to write some posts & promote them.
Your visitors are not going to show up out of anywhere to see your empty blog.
Writing some good blog posts & promoting them will bring some audience to your blog, which will motivate you and give you a good headstart.
8. Start Building your E-mail List
Start Collecting e-mails & building your email list from day one.
I recommend using ConvertKit to build and manage your email list. It is one of the most popular and highly recommended email marketing tools among bloggers & content creators.
Get a 30-day FREE ConvertKit trial here (without any credit card) instead of regular 14. This is my special link.
Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to give your readers a way to subscribe to your mailing list.
Your list is going to be your most sure source of traffic. Google can change its algorithm, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have the exclusive right to do the same and this can have a negative impact on your traffic.
But you completely own your list and you decide when and how to use it. Don’t make the mistake of not building your list from day one.
Talking about mistakes, I have created a checklist of mistakes that most of the bloggers make & end up failing.
Make sure to grab the checklist from below & avoid making those mistakes.
Doing these 8 things immediately after starting your blog will set the foundation right for your amazing blog to stand out in the crowd.
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