In this post, I am going to walk you through some of the basics of WordPress so that you can start becoming familiar with the platform and begin setting-up your blog.
In the below videos you will learn:
- How to install a Theme
- How to change the Permalink structure
- How to customize your theme
- How to add Posts and Pages
- How to create Categories
- How to add Menus
- How to install Plugins
- How to add Widgets
We have a lot to cover so let's get started.
Google analytics is the eyes and ears of your blog. Once the analytics tracking code is installed, it helps you track, measure and understand the actions and behaviours of visitors to your blog.
In my last post, I walked you through the process of installing analytics and in this tutorial I will walk you through some of the basics of the platform, highlighting the key areas that will be useful for you as a beginner blogger.
Before launching your blog, you should set-up Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is a free tool that enables you to analyze your web traffic. It provides you with audience insights and helps you track, measure and understand the actions and behaviours of visitors to your blog.
In the coming days, weeks and months you will add tracking tags to your blog to integrate it with the different platforms, channels and services that you will use for marketing and analytics.
As a blogger, one of your primary jobs is to keep the content flowing but consistently coming up with fresh content ideas is a challenge, it’s an issue that many new (and seasoned) bloggers face.
The good news is, if you do hit a content idea slump, or don't know what to write about, there are some excellent online resources that you can use for inspiration and to get the creative juices flowing again.
Yes, it's true. You can earn money from blogging.
Making a fulltime living from your blog is not a pipe dream. It's not easy, and it won't happen overnight, but it's totally possible.
Many bloggers earn thousands per month, others tens of thousands and some like Pat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com earn over a hundred thousand per month.
Many factors determine the success of a blog but none more so than the niche you choose. If you get it wrong, your fledgeling online enterprise could be doomed to failure from the get-go.
With so much at stake, your future blogging success, it pay's (literally) to put some forethought into your niche selection.
But, many budding bloggers don't.
One of the quickest ways to get traffic to your blog is to go where your audience is hanging out. And there is a good chance that some them are over on Quora.
If you're not familiar with Quora, it is a Question and Answer platform used by over 400 million people per month. That's a lot of people looking for answers to their questions!
Did you know that Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second? That’s an astonishing 3.5 billion searches made by people every day – thousands of whom are your audience – seeking answers and information.
With stats like that, you should be trying to get a slice of the action by using SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as part of your marketing strategy.
What if I told you that there was a way to get traffic to your blog, grow your audience, position yourself as an authority in your niche and gain backlinks to help your blog rank better in Google and other search engines.
Oh, and did I mention that it won’t cost you a penny – just your time. Would this be something that would interest you? I am sure it would!
Well, there is a way, and it’s called guest blogging.