How to Start a Blog on WordPress – First Steps

By | May 6, 2015

How to Start a Blog on WordPressSo if you read my post on how to start a blog and make money you know now how to create a website for your blog and the most important steps to create your blog business.

If you did not read it but you want to create your own blog and make money I would highly recommend you to read this post – How to Start a Blog And Make Money.

It shows you step-by-step how to start a blog on WordPress and it even gives you the opportunity to create a WordPress website for free. That means you do not have to pay for a domain and you do not have to pay for hosting.

Here I will share with you the first things I learned at Wealthy Affiliate when I started this website. This article is going to be more detailed and it will show you the exact first steps you should do with your new website.
So let´s lay a foundation.

Note: If there is something you do not understand don´t worry about that. There is a video at the end of this post which will explain all the information in this post. So if there is something you do not understand or if you just don´t want to read and rather watch a video just click on the video at the bottom of this article it will explain everything again.

Plugins for WordPress

First you should install and activate some plugins. If you decided to create a free website here on my site you don´t have to install them they are already installed and you only have to activate them.

What is a plugin?

A plugin simply adds more functions to your website. The following plugins for example are blocking spam and making your website ready for search engine optimization. If you are a beginner you can read here what search engine optimization is.

All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert

Makes your website search engine friendly. I could tell you more detailed what this plugin does but I think there is no need to make things complicated here.

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

Protects your website from Spam.

How to install plugins for WordPress

So now you need to know how to install plugins for WordPress. Don´t worry it is pretty easy. First login to your WordPress website area. You can see on the left site of the menu (dashboard) is the plugin section. Simply click on Plugins and a drop down menu will open. Then just click on “Add new”.How to install plugins for WordPress

Now you can type in the names of the plugins which I named above.

When you found it click on “Install Now”. The plugin will be installed on your website now but it is not actviated yet. To activate your plugins head over to the plugin section again and click “Installed plugins”. There you can find your installed plugins which you only have to activate now.

Note: In the picture below you see “deactivate” of course that means that my plugin is already activated. If a plugin is not yet activated you will see the word “activate” just click on that and the plugin will be activated. Just to be thorough here.How to install plugins for WordPress

Now you know how to install plugins for WordPress.

How to setup All In One SEO

Now I will show you how to setup All in One SEO. After you installed and activated All in One SEO the All in One SEO section will be added to your dashboard menu. So click on “General Settings” and now you can see the General Settings section.How to setup all in one SEO

 

There you have to click on  “Use Original Title:” Enabled as you can see in the picture.

After that head over to the “Home Page Settings” section. Here you have to enter

  • Home title
    The title of your website
  • Home description
    Information on your website. Simply write in a few words what your website is about.
  • Home Keywords
    Type in some keywords of the niche you are targeting

If you do not know what keywords are you can read it here.How to setup all in one SEO

If you did these two things scroll down to the bottom of the page and click update options.


Your first pages

There are two pages you definitely should have when starting a website.

  • About me
  • Privacy policy

How to create a page in WordPress

Just head over to “Pages” on your WordPress menu (dashboard) and click on “Add new” now type in the title of your page. (One is “About me” the other is “Privacy Policy” for now.)

How to create a page in WordPress

How to write an about me page

Tell your visitors something about you. As I said it is all about trust. So you have to introduce yourself to your readers. Tell them why you created that website. Tell them about your wishes maybe a little bit about your past that is totally up to you.
Just make sure you are honest. You don´t have to tell something you don´t want to but you should always be honest.
Don´t forget to add a picture of you that also builds trust and if you are as handsome as me maybe you also get some phone numbers. Just kidding… in fact if you get a phone number don´t use it. It´s most probably a spammer 🙂 .

How to create a Privacy Policy

Google requires a privacy policy for some things and that is why you definitely want a privacy policy. I mean you are not a slave of Google but you should definitely make them like you.

So how to create a privacy policy? Just go to my privacy policy page here on my website and copy/paste it into your privacy policy page. After that replace my URL (mywaytoamillion.com) with your URL. Make sure that you replace every URL in the privacy policy. Believe me there are a lot!

How to add a new user in WordPress

If you start with WordPress the only user name you will see is admin. That means whenever you write a page, a post, or a comment the creator name will be admin. Of course it is better if there appears your name. It just looks better and it builds trust.
So how to add a new user in WordPress?How to add a new user in WordPress

Go to the “Users” section in your WordPress Menu (dashboard) and click on “Add New”. Now it requires some data from you. Just fill out the template and make sure that you set up the new user as administrator. Ideally you want to take your own name as username.


Here is the Video

Now for all of you who did not understand something in this article ” How to Start a Blog on WordPress – First Steps ” or just did not want to read here is a video which will explain these steps in detail.

Note: The image below will take you to the website of Wealthy Affiliate where you can click on the video I mentioned.

How to Start a Blog on WordPress

This video is from the step-by-step training of Wealthy Affiliate and you can join it for free.
As you can see in this video this step-by-step course is explained in detail and really easy to understand and and this is just one of hundreds of videos they have there and they will show you everything you need to know if you want to make money with your website. If you need a little bit more information about Wealthy Affiliate I recommend you to check out my Wealthy Affiliate review here.

Was this post helpful for you? How was your first experience with your first website? Tell me about it in the comments below!

All the best,

Pierre

3 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog on WordPress – First Steps

  1. Surecome

    Hey Pierre,

    I find your post very informative and I noticed an important missing page on most of websites you emphasized here “How to create a Privacy Policy”.

    Thanks,
    Marius

    Reply
    1. Pierre Post author

      Hey Marius,

      yes most of the sites forget to name the privacy policy. However it is a very important page for Google so you should never forget it!

      Pierre

      Reply
  2. Sarah

    Great article! Very informative, thorough and to the point! I wish I had come across it sooner lol… but I will definitely check your future posts! You have a knack for making things look really easy to do ! Well done!
    Cheers
    Sarah

    Reply

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