Welcome To Day 10 of How To Make Money Blogging With Purpose
Yesterday you learned how to find and install a WordPress theme, which ensures your blog’s design better fits your niche. Now that you’ve changed the form of your blog, let’s move on to changing the function of your blog. Read on…
If you really wanted to, you could start blogging right this moment. However, you’d likely soon find that your blog doesn’t function the way you want it to function. That’s why you should take a few minutes today and tomorrow to customize it.
Your first step is to log into your blog’s dashboard:
typically htttp ://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php
Next, click on “Settings” on the main navigation menu on the left side of your screen.
Now let’s go through some of the options…
This is where you change options such as site’s name, your email address and your time zone. It’s pretty self-explanatory so you may not have to change anything here. If you do, then click the “save changes” button when you’re finished.
Now click on the “Writing” link (under the “Settings” menu on the left side of your screen). Again, these are basic settings, so the default options should suit you in most cases. However, if you plan to do any blogging via email, then you’ll need to enter some information about your email account (check with your webhost to get this information if you don’t know it).
When you’re done, click on “Save Changes.” Then click on “Reading” on the left side of your screen (underneath the main “Settings” menu).
Here you decide if you want the front page of your blog to always show the most recent posts, or if you want your visitors to see a static page (such as an introductory page). For now, keep the default of showing the last ten posts.
Now click on the “Discussion” link under the “Settings” menu.
This is where you decide how comments from your readers are handled. Most bloggers allow comments. People will spam your blog, but you can reduce that using a plug-in called Akismet (which you’ll learn about next time).
To encourage discussion while reducing spam, be sure these options are checked/enabled:
- Allow people to post comments on new articles.
- Comment author must fill out name and email.
- Email me whenever someone posts a comment.
- Email me whenever a comment is held for moderation.
- Hold a comment in the queue if it contains 2 or more links.
You can also add words that will send comments into moderation or on a blacklist, such as: “porn”, “Viagra”, “casino”, “gambling” and similar “spam-like” words.
You can choose settings for the rest of the options according to your preferences. Then click on “Save Changes.”
Customize you blog as described above.
More customization tips coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!