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Your First Post On WordPress

Dear JudgeWordPress, being in blog format, shows posts in the ‘most recent first’ format. Which makes sense right?

The idea being that when anyone visits your site they are seeing the freshest content first. There are ways around this ( for example using pages and having a Static Home Page) but, ‘out of the box’, that’s the way WordPress works.

It’s important to get into a posting routine too. I’m not talking here about how regularly you post ( that’s another topic we’ll discuss) but rather I mean making sure you complete all the steps to not only get your post on your site, or schedule it to appear at a later date, but also make sure it’s done in a well optimized fashion for good navigation, visitor friendliness and Google juice!

Life’s too short for constantly returning to edit your posts! Get it right first time by taking a little extra time!

So in this video I take you through my posting routine and offer some pointers on writing a better post.


Relevant links/Plugins for this tutorial:

  • All In One SEO Plugin ( totally vital plugin if you are serious about ranking well in Search Engines!)
  • Wordcount copy and paste your post into the box if you want to check how many words
  • Lettercount just copy and paste your post’s title (should be 60-65 characters) and description (150) to be optimised for Google search

Glossary/Explanation of Techy Terms used in this tutorial:

  • Categories: If you have a generic fishing blog your Categories might be Fly Fishing / Trout Fishing / Deep Sea Fishing / etc. What’s cool is that you can dictate sub categories too e.g. Trout Fishing > Scotland, Trout Fishing > Ireland. Apart from the fact that this keeps you and your blog organised it makes it easier for visitors to explore your site – hurrah!
  • Tags: Kind of like mini, mini categories: a one or two word phrase (or multiple phrases) that sum up what a post might be about. For example a post titled ‘My Recent Fishing Trip To Killarney’ might be Categorised under Trout Fishing > Ireland but the tags might be: Holidays,Ireland,Guinness,Trout Fishing,Getting Arrested. If somebody was only interested in your Guinness tagged posts therefore they could click on that particular tag to find more Guinness related posts. It’s all about navigatory options folks!

Got a question about any of the info above? Let us know in the Comments section below….

Bonus: here’s a video from Dr Antony re using Market Samurai for adding content effectively:



Clive

Clive

Managing Director at Big Buzz Projects
Clive McGonigal is a full time Web Developer, Marketer, WordPress Evangelist and all round Decent Chap. He lives between London and France ( on a tiny rowing boat with an internet connection) and spends his offline time wining, dining and conversing with his dogs. He loves WordPress ( themes, plugins and tweaks) and blogs about them whenever he can.
Clive
Clive

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  1. allsaints says:

    Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your website unintentionally, and I’m shocked why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

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