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
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
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
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
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
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.