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You’ve Installed WordPress. Now What?

Getting your website or blog going generally starts with installing WordPress. Here are 7 simple, yet essential, tasks you will need to do after getting WordPress installed.

Install a premium theme. The design of your website is essential to the overall success of your website. It needs to be visually appealing or it will turn people away. First impressions are not only important, they are essential. If your blog does not look professional, visitors will not take you seriously.

Start building an email list. Since your email list will be how you monetize your website, you want to set up your auto responder right away. This will allow you to collect and organize new subscribers, as well as schedule your email campaigns.

Optimize your blog for search engines. There are plenty of plugins at your disposal to help you optimize your website. It is also important to work on establishing your brand while optimizing your website.

Protect your blog from spam. Make sure comments need to be approved before publication. Then you can either delete spam manually each day, or you can utilize a plugin that will do that for you.

Add social media buttons. You want to have social media share buttons on your homepage, as well as on each blog post. This will make it easy for users to share your content with their social networks.

Install backup plugins. Doing this now will protect you in the future. The worse time to think about a backup plugin is after you’ve lost a lot of content. A great plugin for this is WP to Dropbox which allows you to automatically backup your blog to WordPress on a pre-defined schedule.

Track your progress. Add google analytics to your website, so you can easily track your blog’s progress. This will allow you to see where your traffic is coming from and help you make important marketing decisions down the road.

 

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Melanie graduated in 2004 from Bowling Green State University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over five years with previous experience in both sales and marketing.