Start Your Own Blog

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How to get started with your blog

It’s not difficult to start your own blog. Blog platforms and content management systems have removed many of the complicated processes that previously required technical knowledge.

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Problems generally ocurr after you have purchased a domain name, opened your web hosting account and installed your preferred blogging platform.  The most popular is WordPress.

So, you’re at that stage in the process.  You have logged in to your WordPress admin account and you don’t know what to do next. Experienced bloggers start here:

Adding Pages & Categories

From the pages section you can add more pages to your blog and do not forget to remove the sample page from the list. Adding an About us and Contact page is also essential to gain the visitors trust.

If you are going to post about various topics then creating categories is a good thing. This would allow your readers to find posts on a particular topic easily.

Adding categories is quite simple. From  the categories section on the dashboard you can add another category and fill the details and its done.

Optimize your blog

In order to make your blog search friendly you need to optimize it properly. It is good to have a set Permalink structure which is based on the post title which is easily indexed. For this, you can edit the permalink structure and use a custom one like: /%postname%/ Or you can also choose other types like numeric, day or month if you prefer to do so.

SEO Plugin

To make your posts show up in search rankings you can install an SEO plugin like Yoast which would further optimize your posts and help them getting indexed. And the XML sitemap plugin which would generate a sitemap of your blog and submit it to search engines so the pages can be crawled and indexed properly.

…More at Got your first WordPress Blog? What Next?

There is a lot you can do when you start your own blog and the online web host site is here to give you information, tips and guides to help whether you are new to blogging or have lots of experience. Right now you could take a look at:

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Felix October 10, 2013, 3:24 am

I’m new to blogging and didn’t know about permalink, thanks for the article. January 24, 2018, 10:20 am

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