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WordPress 101: A How-To for Beginning Bloggers

So you want to start a blog? Fantastic! We’re here to help with some easy tips for getting started on WordPress.

The blogging tool utilized by millions is a fantastic vehicle for getting your wonderful words out there for all to read, with limited setup time and the easy ability for someone with no web development experience to get started. Here’s how you do it!

Determine the theme and target audience of your blog. What topic(s) are you going to be covering with your blog? In general, who is the audience you are going to be targeting? Who is going to read your content most? You’re going to want to gear your content and offerings to them, and write consistently in a voice that speaks to them.

Name your blog. Next you want to name your blog, as one of the first questions WordPress will ask you in the registration process is to create a domain name and then a blog title. Many of the obvious ones will already be taken (WordPress will let you know if your choice has been taken), so you may need to get a little creative with this. Try to make it something your fans can easily remember – it’s helpful when the domain name matches the blog title for so that both are more memorable.

Determine a description for your blog and associated keywords. Think about what you would say if someone asked for the ‘elevator pitch’ on what your blog is about. Create a quick synopsis so that anyone who comes to your blog’s homepage can quickly tell what your blog is about. One to two short sentences will suffice.

Next, you’ll want to think about which keywords your target audience will be typing into Google or another search engine that would have them come upon your blog posts. This helpful post by Smarta.com can walk you through the process of selecting the right keywords.

Pick a theme. How do you want your blog to look and lay out? WordPress has multiple templated options for laying out your blog that allow you to have zero HTML experience. All you have to do is plug in the content you want people to see!

Now start writing! Give this part some thought as you want to be sure you are writing high-quality content that people want to share (or no one will ever find your content). You shouldn’t have to labor too much over your blog posts, but they should contain a few key components: a title, an intro, a body that proves what you are stating in the intro, and an outro, all of which utilize your keywords.

Definitely use at least one image if not two in every post. Images break up the monotony for a reader. People don’t like to read big chunks of copy at a time. Try to find free stock photography online that is complementary to what you are writing. Consider using humorous imagery – people love to have a little chuckle in seeing how a photo relates to a post.

Use WordPress’s All-in-One SEO to draw attention to your blog. Follow the steps in WordPress’s All-in-One SEO, which will help to search engine optimize your blog.

Tell your friends or fans on social media about the blog. Put a link to your blog on all of your social media pages, as well as on your website if you are a business. Don’t be shy about asking people to share your posts, as that is the best way for others to find out about your blogs. The good news about WordPress is that it has social media icons on it so that people can easily share your blog posts from the blog itself.

Happy blogging to you!

Cara Aley is a freelance writer who covers a wide variety of topics from digital marketing strategy to Spokeo removal tips.

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Alex Sysoef is an IT Consultant, Internet Marketer and ProBlogger who shares his passion and knowledge of WordPress, SEO, Social Media and traffic strategies on his blog WordPress Howto Spotter. Connect on Twitter or Facebook

11 Responses to “WordPress 101: A How-To for Beginning Bloggers”

  1. Bilal Akbar
    Twitter: blogtrigger
    says:

    Nice step by step guide, but WordPress.com is just a demo of what it offers. Definitely WordPress as a CMS is the best out there in the market.
    Bilal Akbar recently posted..CHOOSING THE RIGHT CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

  2. Kapil says:

    I am a new blooger it is relly helpful for me.
    Thanks for your valueble information.

  3. owais
    Twitter: owaiskhanking
    says:

    Hello there , This is owais
    I enjoyed reading the article . A good Beginners guide for wordpress starter . But what for bloggers that want to migrate to wordpress . I request you to please publish a post on how to migrate from blogger to wordpress. This will be awesome as I have my blogging platform as blogger and want to migrate to wordpress. By the way this article was very good and was worth reading and encouraged me to move to wordpress instantly .
    Thanks
    owais recently posted..Thing to Do to optimize Your WordPress Blog

  4. Deepak says:

    Yes, i agree with your article.
    Sir , i want to know about – Is there any effect on any blogger site if i change its domain form —blogspot.com to —.com.
    Please help me .
    And thank you for this valuable blog.

  5. Andrea says:

    A friend of mine asked me how to teach her how to blog in WP, I’m not really good in giving instructions hence I will share the link of this blog to her. Thanks a bunch for saving me from future headache :)

  6. Cindy says:

    Great tips! I’ve found the following other blogs part to be really difficult as a mother. I usually only have time to quickly read them but very rarely comment. I love the idea of making some blog friends though.
    Cindy recently posted..My Life updated Thu Jun 20 2013 3:07 pm EDT

  7. Robi says:

    Nice tips for a newbie!
    It’s important to decide what your blog is about, so you can always publish related and relevant content for your reader.

  8. Matt says:

    Thanks for the 101. Even though I’ve been blogging for a while I still learnt a thing or two!

  9. Shruti
    Twitter: resultplanet
    says:

    I’m a rookie at blogging. I can hardly get a written blog together and posted correctly. Lately I’ve been thinking about what I could do to spice my blog up. I did try to add pictures to my blogs. I got them on there but couldn’t manipulate them well. I will give this some consideration. Thanks for great information

  10. Bilal Akbar says:

    Nice post. It is good to start as beginner, But it is just a limied access. I love WP.org that allow you to edit every file the way you want..
    Bilal Akbar recently posted..10 WordPress Plugins To Display Related Posts

  11. Deborah says:

    Hi Alex –

    Ok I haven’t done this for several years and I have forgotten just how to put up a wp site! I will have my own domain name but what I want to know is if I can download a theme to my computer, create what I want then upload to a hosting company rather than putting it all together online?

    I became aware of you through DU and used a webinar from you to set up the basics of my blog – do you still have that and is it still valid or has the info changed?

    Also, if I remember you used to recommend host gator – do use them or who is the most reliable out there now?

    Thanks so much,
    Deborah

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