5 Basic Things To Do After Setting Up A New Blog

It’s a world of bloggers. True to the meaning, we are a part of generation which has changed the way how humans used to look up-to things online. For us, blogging is a profession, a hobby, a need or may be an interactive field to expand our social circle. Whatever it is, having a blog or owning a domain name is really not a big deal these days. The bigger thing is to touch success in the field of blogging primarily in terms of getting a wide reader base, and then secondarily generating revenue from it. Here is a list of top 5 things you should do, after setting up a new blog:

1. Create A Sitemap

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A sitemap is like a hierarchy of links, posts and pages on your website. It is also a medium of letting Google know that your blog is ready for content to be extracted and placed in the Google. Creating a Sitemap is the first wise practice of maintaining a blog, since your data in Google’s Webmaster Tools depends very much on it as well. If you are not really sure of how to create a sitemap, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to create a sitemap for you automatically. If you have lots of videos on your blog then you can also create a video sitemap for your blog.

2.Sign-Up For Google Webmaster Tools

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Bloggers say, “If you are not on Google, you are almost invisible to the world” . Rightly said, the basic thing for you after you set up a blog is to sign up for Google’s Webmaster Tools service. It is the easiest way to get your site indexed in Google’s Search Engine after you submit a valid sitemap to Google. Also, you get to know if any errors are encountered while crawling your website or blog for content, and then you can rectify them later. You can sign-up for Google’s Webmaster Tools here. You can also add Google Analytics to this list.

3. Set Up Valid Feeds

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Feeds are a way to keep your readers connected with the best and latest of content on your blog. The readers subscribing to your feeds can be considered as permanent readers of your blog since they are going to remain connected with you for a long time period. I personally recommend using FeedBurner to set up feeds for your blog, however you can always use the one you like. Also, you can place a widget on your blog sidebar or content , providing your readers the ease to subscribe directly on your website.

4. Create A Social Network Presence

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It’s a time when major search engines take into account your Social Media existence and reach to rank your website or blog accordingly. Social media existence is now considered to be a good SEO practice, and Google considers it as one of its judgement factors for a blog. To improve your hold on social networks, you can share your content on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Further, you can also create a dedicated follow page for your readers on Facebook or Google+.

You can also use services like Reputation.com to control your own online reputation, and all the private data that includes. You can also block false, misleading or irrelevant content.

They also have tools to show you how visible you are online, the perception and tone of your presence and how much control you have over information posted about you.

5. Maintain A Blog Updating Frequency

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Search Engine crawlers love to see new content on your blog every time they visit your blog. If you are new to blogging, start gradually with a frequency like 1 post a day, and try to maintain it. Once you pick things up, maintain optimal blogging frequency, and religiously follow it. Do not leave your blog ideal for months, the crawling bots would hate you for doing that.

6 Essentials A Blog MUST Have For Perfect Launch

blog launchStarting a blog from scratch, building traffic and making money out of it has never been an easy job for bloggers. Building the first hundred visitors is one of the greatest milestones in a blogger’s career. Sometimes bloggers can’t even resist the first few weeks of blogging because it’s going to give lots of failures and disappointments if your blog launch wasn’t right.

To most of the new bloggers launching a blog is just installing WordPress. I’m here to say launching doesn’t mean installing WordPress. Installing WordPress and applying themes are one of the processes of setting up a blog. So, how to launch a blog properly so that you can reduce the chances of facing the early frustration and blogging stress?

Way of launching a blog differs from person to person, so it’s quite impossible to mention the exact right way of launching a blog, but in general there are certain essentials your blog must have to be launched properly without which it will be quite difficult to survive through the initial stages of your blogging career.

1. Choose The Right Niche

Only to new budding bloggers choosing a niche seems to be a difficult task, but actually it’s an easy decision to make. Just find out what you are interested in and whether you have knowledge about it or you have the passion to learn about it.

Choosing a niche is very important because once you publish a post on one niche, you can’t change your niche the next day. If you do so, it’s just like starting over again and again. So make the right decision that’s important.

2. Have A Nice Introduction About You And Your Blog

You may introduce yourself to your visitors by creating a neat About Me/Us page in your blog, let people know who is behind the blog. Also, you may tell them what the blog is about and who you are trying target (Webmasters, Gamers, Programmers, Tech Maniacs, etc).

3. Register In All Top Social Media Sites

In the initial stages of blogging you can’t expect search engine to send traffic to your site. It’s usually the Social Media sites that give traffic to the new blogs, so it’s very important that you have account in all top social media sites like – Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and of course Pinterest. Whenever you publish a post make sure you share your link in all the social media sites.

4. Make Some Completed Draft Posts

Prepare enough number of topics to write a blog post and have it as a draft. Once you launch your blog you must be consistently updating it so it will be easy if you have some posts in drafts which are ready to be published.

Once you have them you are all set to publish your first post (better if it is a very high quality and attention grabbing post) and remember you do it consistently everyday or everyday two/three days, or every week but it’s better if it’s everyday. Always maintain optimal blogging frequency.

“Blog Post A Day, Will Keep You On The Success Way.”

5. Go Out And Bring Them In

It’s the time to start promoting your blog posts. Go to some forums try to bring in some traffic (not by spamming), try to write some guest posts for other popular blogs (don’t forget to add your link) on your niche, leave comments on other’s blog and share your link in all social media sites. This will bring some traffic to your blog.

6. Build Up A Fake Conversation

It’s a simple strategy! To make your visitors to participate and start a discussion you just have to show as if there are already discussions going on, on your blog. You may have to build up a fake conversation in the comments section. You can ask your friends to do it for you. Good way to make your blog more interactive right? There are some cool WordPress plugin can be used to increase the comments.