Categorized | Blogging, Wordpress

Must Do Things After Starting A New WordPress Blog

When I started TechBanyan, calculated in blog years, I was a bit of a green horn and shortsighted. To me then, starting a blog meant getting the domain name, installing WordPress and from then on concentrating on the posts.

However to maximize the potential of your blog, there’s a lot of in-between that you need to perform. For instance, there are some tweaks and absolute must-have plugins that would go a long way in making your blog a huge success.

Even if you have blogged for a while, I hope you still find one or two that you can use. So here goes,

1. Permalink Structure – Decide this asap whether you prefer the archive style (like I have at TechBanyan) or post the post blurb structure. Suppose you take a decision well after your blog was setup and decide you want to change your permalink, a lot of back-links will no longer work. So take a decision asap and stick to it.

2. Create Categories – The idea is to present a whole variety of topics to the reader who lands up on your page. Initially you may not be interested in defining Categories since you have very few articles but still go ahead and do it. As and when you post, keep indexing them using the Categories. You’ll appreciate this later on.

3. About Page – Any website/blog worth its salt has an informative About page. Give your readers some information about yourself and make it funny, interesting. The readers will relate more with your website if they know the brains or story behind it.

4. Install All In One SEO Pack Plugin – Install the latest version of this plugin. Keep you Blog SEO enabled from the beginning itself. I installed this plugin a bit late and immediately I could notice the difference in search results.

5. Feedburner Tacticts – Most of the themes today have inbuilt RSS button. If your’s doesn’t then get it. Along with the Post and Comments Feed, have your blog email subscription ready as well. I enabled my blog for email subscription long after the blog was set up. You don’t have to wait so long. All the feed needs can be fulfilled by Feedburner so explore it.

6. Google Sitemaps – Extremely important since this is what helps various search engines to start indexing your blog. Install the plugin and see the difference it makes to your blog.

7. Akismet – When I started my blog, I did not have this plugin enabled. I did not make an effort to study why I would need this weird sounding plugin which seemed more like a Japanese Anime to me. As of today, I don’t think my blog could have survived without this.

8. WordPress Stats – Easiest way to check out your website statistics since this thing is integrated into your admin dashboard. Its a pain sometimes to log on to other sites everytime to check out how many hits you have been getting. This plugin gives you all the basic stats that you need about your website like keywords, referrers, top posts etc.

In my opinion, these are a must do things on your WordPress blog. If you haven’t accomplished these, I would highly recommend that you do so right away.

    36 Responses to “Must Do Things After Starting A New WordPress Blog”

    1. Tarun says:

      Thanks Sita, I had been looking to get those plugins – Related Post and Page views!

    2. Tarun says:

      Glad you found it useful, S!

      WordPress.com does not give all the features that are available in the self hosted blog.

      Hosting is pretty easy, and the cost ranges from something like $2 a month minimum. This amount can be recovered through the ads though if the blog is popular.

    3. Tarun says:

      Found something which could be useful to you –

      Matt, the founder of WordPress, had something going here.

      http://wordpress.com/blog/2008/04/25/possibly-an-announcement/

    4. Suvarna says:

      Thanks a lot! I read it, exactly what I’ve been looking for. The feature is yet to be updated on the posts. It is showing in the dashboard though.

      Maybe it’ll take sometime ..

    5. Interesting submit. I’m curious about your recommendation for “leaving your Twitter handle or Facebook fan page URL rather than linking again to your web site.” I have generally thought that leaving your internet site address is one way of adding a few more links to your web site. I am curious about why “its better” to leave a Twitter handle and forgo that potential weblink. Do you’ve a blog publish the take a close take a look at this strategy?

    6. Thanks Thomas and Omar for reading! Share with us your cool findings about this amazing segment of the blog readers

    7. MuscleMax Xtreme is a perfect blend of natural ingredients that’s supports muscle strength and bulk. Whether you are an athlete looking to enhance your athletic performance, or merely just wanting to tone your body, MuscleMax Xtreme is probably the solution for you. MuscleMax Xtreme is formulated to naturally assist the bodies natural muscle growth and bulk, MuscleMax Xtreme, can give you the leading edge when it comes to competition, and give you the body that will drive girls crazy, with amazingly fast results and just minimal workout required.

    8. viagra says:

      You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart. “The only way most people recognize their limits is by trespassing on them.” by Tom Morris.

    9. Hiya. Very nice web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I’m glad to locate so much helpful info right here within the article. Thank you for sharing.

    10. Howdy. Very cool website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to locate numerous helpful information here in the article. Thanks for sharing…

    11. pod says:

      Hiya. Very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally…I’m satisfied to locate so much useful information right here in the article. Thanks for sharing…

    12. fort collins says:

      Hello. Very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I’m happy to find so much useful info here in the post. Thank you for sharing.

    13. Howdy. Very nice web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to find a lot of helpful information right here within the article. Thank you for sharing..

    14. bondage says:

      Hey. Very nice website!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally…I’m glad to find a lot of useful info right here in the article. Thanks for sharing.

    15. Working as an esthetician I always get people asking what they can do about their wrinkles. I tell them about PureLift Cream and how it contains anti-aging anti-oxidants for a smoother, younger face. They always come back to tell me how great it is and how much younger they look. It’s a great product and I back it up 100%.

    16. Aaron Walls says:

      I really liked your post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

    17. But a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great style and design .

    18. Agen Bola says:

      Hey. Very cool blog!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to locate so much useful information here in the post. Thanks for sharing.

    19. Parker Lasik says:

      Thanks SO much for coming to Utah to Doodlebug on Saturday. You’ve no idea how much I needed to hear what you had to say. So, yes, you absolutely do have the ability to “lift and encourage other women.”

    20. Jeffry Prado says:

      Thanks Camden, I’ll check out yours shortly

    21. bdsm says:

      Good day. Very nice web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I’m happy to find so much useful info here within the article. Thank you for sharing..

    22. site says:

      Howdy. Very nice website!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find so much helpful info right here within the article. Thank you for sharing.

    23. I’m not sure why but this blog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    24. Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    25. Abram Davies says:

      I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :).

    26. aion kinah says:

      This blog has inspired me to carry on writing on my own blog

    27. Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was looking for!

    28. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

    29. view website says:

      Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

    30. Great tremendous issues here. I am very happy to see your article. Thanks so much and i’m having a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

    31. Good day. Very cool website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I’m glad to locate so much useful info right here within the post. Thank you for sharing.

    32. bdsm says:

      Good day. Very cool website!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I am glad to locate a lot of useful info right here within the post. Thank you for sharing.

    Trackbacks/Pingbacks

    1. […] already have an earlier post on stuff to do after your blog is ready but this one is slightly different as it mentions the mother of all […]


    Leave a Reply

    You must be logged in to post a comment.