As a blogger, there are tons of different and much needed social media tools to use as part of your blogging arsenal. We have previously talked about needed plugins and social media tools. Some are free, and some are paid. In an ever evolving landscape of the online world, you have to determine what doesn’t work, but more importantly what works for you. As part of the online tools that l find very effective, l want to share with you one of my favorite tools to date, Recurpost.
Now that you’re more comfortable with your new blog and have hopefully written and published some posts, you might be wondering if there is anything left to learn. The short answer is yes. You never stop learning. The online world is forever evolving and it’s up to you to keep up or be left behind. The worst part of having a blog is not the writing itself, I assume an interest in doing that led you to owning a blog. The worst part is writing, but not having an audience to read your great stories. It does take time, just keep writing good stuff. Here are some highly effective and free tools for growing your audience.
Conquering SEO is one of the things you will most often hear about as a blogger. A lot of money is spent trying to master it. I don’t claim to be an expert, nor do l want to be one, truth be told. You may or may not want that either. What you do want however, is to have a fighting chance when it comes to competing with the big boys online. This post will help with the basic things that you should be aware of when writing a blog post with the aid of Yoast SEO plugin.
This is what you’ve been waiting for since the start of the tutorial I’m sure. Actually writing your first blog post and putting it all out there. By this time, you have already picked your domain name, registered with your host and are familiar with your dashboard. Writing your blog post is the easiest part of all because you have already laid a good foundation.
Choosing a theme for your new blog can be exciting and frustrating all at once. There are many different kinds and many different opinions when you ask experienced bloggers. What you need to remember is that “one size does not fit all”. While people will try and talk you into buying professional themes for outrageous amounts, it is perfectly fine to start out with one of the many totally free and gorgeous themes provided by WordPress. In this tutorial, you will learn how to preview a range of themes before deciding which one works best for you.
Moving right along with the new blog tutorial, you are now ready to start shaping your blog. At this point, you have already installed the WordPress and are familiar with your Dashboard. Now, we will choose some plugins that are essential to your blog functionality. At the very least, you should have these to get going. As you become more familiar with WP, you may choose to add or delete plugins as needed. It is important that you don’t have too many though. At some point in time, you may find your WP version not compatible with some plugins and it can be a real pain trying to figure out which one. It might mean having to delete and then re-install every single one just to find the culprit.
Updated: July 2, 2021
Introduction to your WP dashboard:
At this point, you should have already crossed these off your list assuming you have been following the tutorial.
We will now proceed with familiarizing ourselves with the menus on WP. Below is a screenshot of the dashboard when you first register. The podcast goes through the function of each menu.