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Wordpress Quickstart Guide

  1. 1. Quickstart Guide to Starting a NewSelf-Hosted Blog on the InternetAn Action Plan With A 7-Step Breakdown of EverythingYou Need To Get Started Within 7 Pages!By: Thu NguyenThis Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 1
  2. 2. Before We Start, Attribution and A DisclaimerThis document was created as a simple means to help the beginning blogger start theirfirst website online. So you are FREE to share this ebook in parts or in full with anyone aslong as the content hereon are attributed to the author Thu Nguyen of Blogging For Info.With that said, the information presented is not to replace common sense nor is it meant toserve as the ultimate guide through which all blogging is set upon.The content is meant toput into use and help the user practice through doing.There are also a few affiliated links below. If you do decide to give these services a try, Iwill be compensated. Moreover, this quickstart guide is best used with the online e-course,Unleash the Blogger, where youll learn the blogging process in depth.There, youll go behind the scenes from mindset, community, content creation, onlinemarketing, time management and finally developing a long-term strategy for growth. Eachlesson in turn comes with a workbook so you can apply what youll learn right away!Now heres a breakdown of what youll be doing in this quickstart guide:• Step 1 – Getting the Basics in Place• Step 2 – Applying Security and Envisioning the Future• Step 3 – MakingYour Site Search-Engine Friendly• Step 4 – Contact Information and Backup• Step 5 – Allowing Outside Connections In• Step 6 – Targeting Content on Site and Making It Look Pretty• Step 7 – Bringing In Additional TrafficAlright, lets get started!To your blogging quickstart,This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 2
  3. 3. Step 1 – Getting the Basics in Place1. Purchase domain name / hosting (Bluehost gives you both for one price!)date of purchase: _________________________________________domain name: _________________________________________login/password: _________________________________________2. Install Wordpress within your host.login/password: _________________________________________3. Set a tagline you want to brand your blog with (Settings/General).4. Set permalinks to custom with /%postname%/ (Settings/Permalinks).5. Set your blog categories (Posts/Categories).6. Write your About page (specify your purpose for readers coming to site).Step 2 – Applying Security and Envisioning the Future1. Apply for an Akismet key and activate the plugin (its FREE!).Record it here: _________________________________________2. Search and install additional plugins through Plugins/Add New/Search:• All-In-One SEO• Robots Meta• Growmaps Anti-Spambot Plugin3. Think about a logo design (research online for ideas, try LogoMaker).4. Think about your sites layout (for ideas see Wordpresss theme directory).Step 3 – MakingYour Site Search-Engine Friendly1. Search and install additional plugins within your Wordpress dashboard:• Dagon sitemap generator• Google XML sitemaps generator2. Generate a sitemap within Google XML, paste URL of sitemap inside Dagon settings3. Create a page called Sitemap and insert Dagons code <!-- ddsitemapgen -->4. Create a Google Analytics account (e-mail/login:_______________________________)5. Create an Alexa account (e-mail/login: ________________________________________)This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 3
  4. 4. Step 4 – Contact Information and Backup1. Search and install additional plugins within your Wordpress dashboard:• Lester Chans WP-DBmanager• No Self Pings• Contact Form 7 or cForms2. Set settings for your database backup frequency (Database/DB Options)3. Create a Contact Page (Contact)4. Set ping services (Settings/Writing and scroll down to Update Services).Copy and paste the links below into your Update Services box area:1. http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC22. http://1470.net/api/ping3. http://api.moreover.com/RPC24. http://api.moreover.com/ping5. http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC26. http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping7. http://bblog.com/ping.php8. http://bitacoras.net/ping9. http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC10. http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc11. http://blogmatcher.com/u.php12. http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc13. http://coreblog.org/ping/14. http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt15. http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/16. ttp://ping.amagle.com/17. http://ping.bitacoras.com18. http://ping.blo.gs/19. http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/20. http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc21. http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/22. http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc23. http://ping.feedburner.com24. http://ping.myblog.jp25. http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php26. http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php27. http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php28. http://ping.weblogs.se/29. http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC230. http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 4
  5. 5. 31. http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC232. http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/33. http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/34. http://rpc.newsgator.com/35. http://rpc.pingomatic.com36. http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping37. http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC238. http://topicexchange.com/RPC239. http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php40. http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b41. http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php42. http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC243. http://www.blogoole.com/ping/44. http://www.blogoon.net/ping/45. http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates46. http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=147. http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php48. http://www.blogsnow.com/ping49. http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi50. http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php51. http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud52. http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php53. http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php54. http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC255. http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/56. http://xmlrpc.blogg.de57. http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/Step 5 – Allowing Outside Connections In1. Join social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleuponTwitter username/password: _________________________________________Facebook username/password: _________________________________________Digg username/password: _________________________________________Stumble username/password: _________________________________________2. Create a Gravatar account and upload a profile picture.username/password: _________________________________________3. Search and install additional plugins within your Wordpress dashboard:• CommentLuv or Disqus• Dofollow• Share and Follow or Getsocial4. Burn a feed at Feedburner, set reader to Full text for syndication (Settings/Reading).This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 5
  6. 6. Step 6 – Targeting Content on Site and Making It Look Pretty1. Search and install additional plugins within your Wordpress dashboard:• Subscribe to Comments• Thank Me Later• Top Commentators Widget or Top Commentators Gravatar• Yet Another Related Posts Plugin• Wordpress Popular Posts• Hello Bar2. Play around and position how you want the add-ons displayed on sidebar/posts.3. Decide on a professional or fun logo and layout (the one you researched on Step 2!).Step 7 – Bringing in Additional Traffic1. Submit your blog to networks as Technorati, BlogEngage, BloKube and Dofollow.2. Start building your social proof by activating your e-mail subscription inFeedburner under Publicize/Email Subscriptions/Activate.Then copy the script theyhave there and put it as a text widget on your blogs sidebar.3. Start building a list of places to guest post at by looking through MyBlogGuest,SeededBuzz and Bloggers.4. BONUS - Energize your blog with more ideas by joining BlogEnergizer FREE andlearn what the movers and shakers are doing by listening to BlogcastFM podcasts!Final NoteI hope you have enjoyed this short quickstart guide which haswalked you through a few tips and tricks I personally use to make myself-hosted blogs shine.The best way to learn is to just get into the process.This allows you totake action right away and the point is to keep it simple but do it.So thanks a lot for downloading these short steps. I hope the information within have gaveyou ample, if not the basic starting points for optimizing your self-hosted blog online.This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 6
  7. 7. Now you may have noticed that the only missing ingredient is content.Thats kind of a complex subject to walk you through in this short guide, because everyblogger has their own method towards implementing it. As I mentioned, you can get an indepth course on blogging by subscribing to Unleash the Bloggers E-course.There you will understand clearly what youre up against when it comes to crafting contentfor readers as well as for the search engines. And since this is an e-course that I haveworked on for more than a year, I know that its going to provide you with much more valuethan the 7 pages youve found here.Consequently, each step will be an accompanied by a video, workbook as well as someadditional templates/resources which will allow you to apply what you learn instantly.And why is it FREE?I love freebies however, Im also a big believer in making use of those freebies.So if youre not getting the most from me in terms of understanding, Im not doing a goodjob as a blogger.With that said, I hope you carry on with this action plan by learning moreabout how you can Unleash the Blogger in YOU.Additionally, you can check out the Start Here page of my official blog over at Blogging ForInfo to see whats available.Keep in touch to learn more about the blogging process through marketing, branding, self-development and tracking your online performance by following me through the socialnetworks below:• Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/thublogger• Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/bloggingforSincerely,This Guide is Free to Share! - http://www.unleashtheblogger.com – Page 7