“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This proverb is by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu and is particularly relevant for new bloggers. For every blogger, the first step should be sensible and accurate.
Take for example, you have bought a domain, set up hosting, installed WordPress, then what is the next thing that you must follow? Do you need to start blogging? Well, how do you start it?
To start blogging, know the 5 things that you must do from ‘Day 1’of your blog.
1. Burn The Blog With Feed Burner
Have you come across the major blogs like Problogger, Copyblogger, and TechCrunch? What is the most common thing that you might find identical in them – Well, all serve their RSS feeds through a Google acquired tool called FeedBurner. It is a standard version that Google endorses.
What things do you need to burn your blog with FeedBurner? Let us see:
* Go to www.feedburner.com
* Sign in with your Google account
* Burn the feed by popping the URL in the box
* Click on next
* Choose the feed
2. Make The About Page
Do you know the most viewed page of your blog is the About Page, as the readers often like to know the people behind the website? Now the question is – What should you have on the about page to make it more appealing?
1. How will the blog help the visitor? – (Follow it with an opt-in box)
2. Show that you are an expert in the particular niche – (Follow it with an opt-in box)
3. Try to build up a personal connection with the story – (Finish it up with an opt-in box)
Your about page needs to be treated like the sales letter for someone who follows the site. If you are able do a better job, visitors will ask for more information, hence you should use the opt-in formula.
3. Create The Contact Page
As soon as you finish off with your personal information on the about page, switch on to the contact page to let people contact you. Divide the contact into two parts:
1. Contact Information: This should contain the list of email ID, Skype ID, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Plus.
2. Contact Form: At times, people prefer to contact you directly from the website, then you might include a contact form using ContactForm7.
4. Choose The Category Of Content
In WordPress, you can create the categories for your posts and help in organizing the site both for your readers and for the search engines. Categories are able to show the archived posts based on the category you choose.
How will you set up the category page? – Go to Posts > Categories. Be sure that you do not forget to include the Meta data as the introductory content.
5. Take Part in the Writing Marathon
The newbie bloggers often make a mistake by telling people about their blog, when they have just a few posts. If you start telling people, you must keep the blog updated. You have to work hard with your blog. Here are the lists of blog posts that you need to write before you publish the “first post”.
* Recreational Blogger: 5 Posts
* Intermediate Blogger: 10 Posts
* Serious Blogger: 20 Posts
* Career Blogger: 50 Posts
As soon as you launch your blog, it becomes hard to keep up with the rigorous posting schedule, so it is better to have a couple of posts ready in the queue.
If you have crossed the ‘Day 1’ at your blog any how, these things are still important. Even if you have been blogging for many years, revitalize your blogging as though it is ‘Day 1’.
Author’s Bio: Charles Malcolm is a freelance blogger who has blogs on two different niches finance and social media. He often tells reader about personal finance and tactics to make money online. He is also a social media-marketing manager for outsourced call center enabling them to tap more consumers via popular social networks.
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