Learn to update your blog for yourself.
The most important aspect of the blog set up is updating it. Even though not a technical thing, you can update the blog for yourself. Once you have your blog theme active, then you need to change a few snippets before adding content. They are as follows:
1. Change About Page:
Your about page will currently be a set of standard WordPress text. Not ideal when people come across it if you are going for a professional appearance. This is not hard to fix, though.
Log into your WordPress admin panel and choose the Pages link on the top left menu. Now under About, you can click edit and change the text to information about your blog, include things about your blog and what you hope to do for your readers. Do not write any stuff related to making money.
2. Change Permalink Structure:
Your permalink structure is the way in which each post and the page is referred to by the blog and appears in the URL for that web page. Currently, you will click the about page and see something after your domain name that resembles?p=1. Now that is no good for About, I want your about page to say about instead.
To change this click on the permalink link under the Settings tab. Tick the box that says custom and in the box enter “/%postname%” without the speech marks. Remember to click save changes while updating your blog.
3. Update Blog Titles:
You may have chosen your blog titles when you first set up you blog, but if you didn’t update or you want to change them now, click on the general link under the settings tab.
You may need to change your titles to make them longer or shorter to suit the new theme you installed, try to make both your Blog Title and Tag Line catchy. Make sure you include your keyword topic in the title so that everyone knows what the blog is about.
Two Must Do Things While You Update Your Blog Settings:
After updating the blog snippets, you need to have some important info about the blog settings. You don’t need to do anything technical, just edit the following settings:
1. Register Correct eMail:
While in the general settings tab, you can verify whether you’ve entered the correct email address in the Email field or not. This is where you will be notified if people comment on your blog posts and it will remind you to review, delete spam comments and reply to others.
2. Don’t Forget Your Potential Advertisers:
Like the about page, you can create a new page. Select Pages from the left menu followed by Add New.
Create the page aimed at potential advertisers who want to buy link or advertising space on your blog. You can include what the blog is about, and how it may help their site, service or product to have an ad placement on your blog.
You must keep going back to this page to update the blog’s information, useful stats to put on there are:
- The blogs page rank.
- The blogs Alexa or traffic stats (monthly visitors).
What types of advertising is available, banner spots (with sizes) link placements. You can also include prices or give these out upon request.
Also, make sure you include an email address on this page to the potential advertisers know where to contact you. A domain-based email e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org will look better than a Gmail or Hotmail address.
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