Welcome to Day 11 of How To Make Money Blogging with Purpose
Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday. See Part 1 of How To Customize your blog if you missed it.
Again, navigate to the main “Settings” menu. Then start by clicking on “Privacy”…
By default, WP doesn’t allow your blog to be indexed in the search engines. So the first thing you need to do is go under the “Privacy” settings and choose this option: “I would like my site to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers.”
Then click “Save Changes.”
Now click on the “Permalinks” option under the “Settings” menu.
Ideally, you should choose a special structure for how your links will appear, as doing so will make them more search-engine friendly (rather than the default “yourdomain.com/?p=123, which doesn’t even give you a clue what the link is about).
The “Month and Name” option is one such option.
Here’s a big tip:
You can create a custom link which is even more search-engine friendly. For example, your link can use your category and post
I use /%postname%/ as my permalink structure
For more information about how to do this, visit:
Now click “Save Changes.”
Then click on the main “Tools” link in your left-hand navigation menu, and navigate to “Plug ins.”
Tools -> Plug ins
You’ll see the option to activate a plugin tool called “Akismet.”
Go ahead and follow the onscreen instructions to do so. That’s because this tool will help “catch” unwanted comments so that you don’t get spammed.
It’s well worth the effort.
You’ve changed the main and necessary settings to make your blog perform well. Generally, the other settings can stay in the “default” mode.
Nonetheless, if you’d like to further tweak the function of your blog, then go to
http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page to learn more.
Now you’re ready to post!
Click on “Posts,” then click on “Categories.” Now set up the main categories for the types of posts you intend to create.
Example: A weight loss blog might have categories such as:
- Weight lifting
As you set up each new category, click on “Add New Category.” When you’re finished, return to the main “Posts” menu and select “Add New.”
Go ahead and customize your blog. Put a sample post on your blog, just to see how easy it is to add a post, edit it and delete.
In other words, familiarize yourself with posting, because you will really start posting on your new blog in a couple days.
Tomorrow we’ll look at promoting an affiliate product.