So you’ve setup your site and decided which design to use.
Now you may be wondering what the next steps are. Following are the must-haves for me after I have installed a new site.
- About Page. Make an introductory page where you explain about your project and yourself.
- Contact Page. Make a page where people can get in touch with you. Contact Form 7 is the plugin I usually use to add a contact form to a page like this.
- Create a Sitemap. Your sitemap lists all the posts and pages that are accessible for search engines to crawl and index. Basically having a sitemap helps Google and other search engines send you traffic. I usually use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to create a sitemap.
- Install Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a useful tool to track and analyse your visitors. It provides you data to see where they find your content and how they like it.
- Add the URL to Google Webmaster Tools. Webmaster Tools is useful to track the progress of your site in search engines and also for Google to provide you with feedback on what you can improve. One of the first things I do there is to verify my URL and submit the sitemap.
- Create Social Media Profiles. Create profiles on Twitter, Facebook and/or any other social media platform where your target audience is. Make sure to link back to your URL from the profiles and vice versa. Don’t just create profiles at every social media site, be focused on sites with most potential.
- Write your first post. Then write the second one. Then the third one. The content is everything so you must start building lots of content that attracts visitors. Beware that your first post might suck, but keep doing it.
I hope that these tips give you a good head-start. After you write the first few articles is where all the fun (read: hard work) starts. You need to promote your content, you need to continue writing new posts regularly and optimise everything as you go along and learn. It is a fun ride though. Good luck!