New to blogging? Just started a new blog and now trying to figure out how to make it work?
You are not alone. More than a hundred thousand blogs are being hosted every day. With that, you can understand that there is competition, and there are difficulties, which every blogger has to face.
The best that you can do to stay ahead is give your blog the start that it needs. Here is a list of 7 Things to do on the First Day of your New Blog.
7 Things to do after starting a New Website
Creating a website is tricky. You have to take care of a lot of things. Even after you have hosted the website and it’s live, you can’t just forget it.
There are a few things that you need to do after that.
1. Setup all the important pages
There are a few pages which every website should have. Even as a beginner, and even when you will be a Professional blogger, these pages will have to be there on your website.
So, never miss out on these. Whenever you create a new website, the first thing that you should do is set up these pages. Have a look at these pages below.
- Terms of Service (if you provide any services)
- Contact Us
- Advertise (set up when applicable)
Now, these are the most important pages for any website.
2. Setup social networks
The next thing for you to do on the first day of your new blog is setting up of the social media profiles. Whatever your niche is, even if you are targetting all organic visitors, your website should have a social presence.
This is how users can always connect with you, and also believe in your content. So, whenever you create a new blog, don’t forget to create an account on the following social media websites.
- Google Plus
Although these are not all of the social networking websites, and even apart from these there is a whole sea to explore, these are the websites which your blog must have a presence on.
This is the least you can do for your blog’s social presence on the internet.
3. Setup Google analytics and Google webmaster tools
Another important thing that you really need to do on the first day of your new blog is set up the Google analytics and Google webmaster tools account for your website.
If you don’t already know what these tools do, let us dig a little into details.
Google analytics: It is a tool powered and provided by Google. With the help of it, you can monitor traffic on your website. Providing both basic and advanced features, Google analytics is being used by 52.9% of the total number of websites around the web.
Google webmaster tools: This is another free tool by Google. Google webmaster tools take care of a lot of activities occurring on and about your website.
The first thing you need to do after setting up the Google WMT account for your website is to submit a sitemap of your website to Google.
This just means that you gave Google a map of your website, so it can quickly add your website’s structure to its index.
4. Setup email accounts for domain name
While you were buying the hosting plan and the domain name, you might have heard of email accounts on your domain name.
The general form of these email ids is “email@example.com”. These are the official email accounts for your blog.
Obviously, when you have created a professional blog, you wouldn’t want to use your personal email address for that, or would you? In such cases, these commercial email ids are useful.
Although you can set up a number of such commercial email addresses, the first email addresses should be “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com”.
You can then use these to let your users connect with you, and to reply back to their emails as well.
5. Install all important plugins
If you are new to blogging and to using content management systems, it will take you some time to figure things out. Keeping the tricky parts away, you still need to know about Plugins.
In any cms there are plugins. Different plugins perform different functions. A few of the most basic yet important plugins are mentioned below. You can simply install and activate these to start using.
- Social Content Locker
- Contact Form 7
- Yoast SEO
- W3 Total Cache
- Table of Contents Plus
- No Follow
Apart from these there are so many other plugins as well, which you might find useful in the future as you grow as a blogger. To start with the list above is sufficient.
6. Install SSL certificate
Another most important thing you need to do on the first day of your website is set up the SSL certificate.
There are one but many reasons why you should install an SSL certificate on your website. First of all Google and other search engines prefer websites with valid SSL certificates. Websites running without an SSL certificate are not given equal preference in the SERPs.
Apart from that, an SSL certificate helps users trust your content as well.
7. Email Subscriber form
No matter how much traffic you get to your blog. No matter what the source of your traffic is. If you are not collecting emails from your users, you are lacking.
There are a number of plugins which you can use for creating an email subscriber form and adding it to your website. One simple plugin which does the task is “Email Subscribers and Newsletter”.
Simply install and activate this plugin and add it in the widgets or at any other place on your website. After that, all you need to do is create persuasive content, which attracts users and is appreciable.
Blogging is more than just a business. It takes investments of all sorts, yet being driven by passion, the results which it gives are fruitful, if done in the right manner.
The best way to start is the right way to start. And in order to start right, you can consider the 7 most important things to do on the first day of your new blog, which were mentioned above.