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Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up A First Blog Site

Category : blogging

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Beginner Blogging ChecklistOver the last few months, the questions I’m receiving from friends and readers regarding setting up a blog has dramatically increased. Who says this medium is on the downside? So, I thought I’d put together a “Basics” checklist for beginners to use. There are more facets to setting up a blog than I list here, but this should give you a solid base from which to build. I’ve used this same method for both personal and business blogs.


For Starters:

  • Select a memorable, relevant name: Think about your topic and audience and select a title and tagline that you think will appeal to them.
  • Buy the domain: Whether you’re using a hosted or self-hosted version of a blogging platform, buy your name as a domain. Someday, your blog could be very popular and you won’t want to have missed the chance to have your own name.


Decision Time:

  • Select a Platform (from which to jump): WordPress, Blogger, and Typepad are a few to consider. I’m not the one to ask about comparing these platforms – I gravitate towards WordPress every time. Problogger offers a great writeup on selecting a platform – it’s over a year old but still very relevant.
  • Hosted vs. Self-Hosted: For the purpose of this post, let’s assume you’re taking my advice and selecting WordPress. Will you choose their hosted version or will you take their software and install it on your own server space with a web host? WordPress.com offers a very nice way to get things started in about 5 minutes. They host your site and all the setup is done for you. But, this is more limiting and down the road you may wish to have more freedom. Your other option is to download their latest version and install it on your own hosted space on your own domain you just purchased. Don’t be scared off by this option! With this option you have complete freedom over your site. The WordPress.org installation instructions are very thorough. I’m not a web developer and I’ve been able to pick up on it pretty easily. There are even hosts that offer one-click installations!

Claim Your Property:

  • Technorati: Once you get your site set up, go out to Technorati and claim your blog. Technorati is an authority on blog ranking. They track and rank your coveted incoming links. The more links the better your rank and the better you’ll be in search engine results when people search on keywords that could lead them to your blog.
  • FeedBurner: RSS feeds and FeedBurner seem to be a tough concept for people new to the blog world to figure out. FeedBurner is the most widely used RSS feed distributor. What do I mean by feed distributor? Go sign up for a Google Reader or Bloglines account. They are free online readers of RSS feeds. When you subscribe to an RSS feed and select your feed reader, the RSS feed (or blog) that you just subscribed to will now be in your reader. FeedBurner helps it get there. It reads the feed from your site and distributes it to other sources. Those big orange buttons you see on sites lead to a FeedBurner feed where people subscribe. FeedBurner keeps track of your subscribers so you can see how many subscribe to your site. They also offer a decent, free stat tracking tool.

Now, let’s jump ahead and assume you’ve done your research and made all the above decisions. I could go on for pages and pages on the above discussion points, but remember this is a general checklist meant to give you starting points from which to get started.

You’ve selected to host your own blog on your own domain and have gone ahead and installed the WordPress software. You now need to put some structure to your new site. Below is my list of must-have initial plugins with which to start your blog.

Build Your Site:

  • Akismet: This comes included with your WordPress installation. Don’t be a fool – activate it and set it up – quickly. Akismet helps block comment and trackback spam. To give you an idea of its importance, it has blocked over 8,000 spam attempts on this site.
  • Subscribe to Comments: Allows users to register themselves on any given post to receive follow-up comments via email. I very much endorse this plugin as it allows your readers who comment to get updated on your response or the responses of other readers without having to remember to come back and check.
  • WordPress Database Backup: Essential for any blog. Allows you to schedule backups of your database to be emailed to you or saved to your server.
  • WP-Cache: A WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It caches Worpress pages and stores them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and the building the page from the database.
  • A Contact From – The contact form is a module that you can drop on any page or any post and it gives visitors a way to fill out a form and contact you. It is much better than publishing an email address that can be picked up by spammers. I’d link to my contact form plugin, but it has been sold to a person who publishes it in a different language now. Anyone know of a good one?
  • Add This: This plugin puts an icon at the bottom of your posts that when clicked offers multiple options for bookmarking your content. This is important for getting your content added to sites such as Digg, del.icio.us, and StumbleUpon. If you’re a fan of Search Engine Land and Sphinn you’ll want to add the Sphinn button as well!
  • FB StandardStats: This plugin gives your site the capability to track stats via FeedBurner as a backup to Google Analytics or your stat package of choice.
  • FeedBurner FeedSmith: The plugin will detect all ways to access your feed (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/feed/ or http://www.yoursite.com/wp-rss2.php, etc.), and redirect them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber. It will forward your main posts feed, and optionally your main comments feed as well.
  • Google Sitemap Generator: This plugin generates an XML sitemap of your WordPress blog which helps search engine spiders crawl your site. This format is supported by Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.
  • Simple Tagging: Simple Tagging allows you to tag posts with keywords that will appear in the meta tags of the post source code. Thus, making the content more searchable.
  • SEO Title Tag 2.0: This plugin allows you to write a post title that will appear in the title tag for the post. What’s nice about this is you can write a keyword-stuffed title for the title tag and keep a more catchy title for your published post. See Update Below

There are many more useful and powerful plugin – what would you recommend as an essential plugin for a beginner?

Next, you’re ready to start writing and socializing….

It All Starts With Content:

  • Posts: I usually recommend having 5-10 posts written and posted before you go out and start “socializing” your work. By socializing I mean commenting on other sites, linking out heavily to other blogs, and participating in social networks to name a few. If you’re going to bait someone to check out your site you’ll want to make sure you have a good cross-section of content that gives that visitor an idea of what they can expect from you.
  • About Page: Have a decent About page to educate your visitors on what you’re all about. I think it’s important to give visitors something to which they can relate.
  • Make It Easy: Make life easy for your visitors by offering an easy to find subscribe button.
  • Most Importantly – Have Fun!!: If blogging is not fun for you – stop doing it! Your dislike will show in your writing anyway. Enjoy this platform and the great communities and relationships that develop.

Is there more to setting up a blog than what I’ve outlined here? YES! But, I’m hoping this checklist gives beginners something to follow as they dig into setting up their first site.

What did I forget? Is there something you would tag as essential for a beginner?

UPDATE: I wanted to clarify the use of the SEO Title Tag plugin. I did a poor job of describing that plugin. “Writing a keyword-stuffed title” is absolutely not the way I should have described that. I don’t recommend stuffing keywords into title tags to help with search engine optimization. You’ll notice I do not practice that on this site. Rather, I should have described the plugin as giving you an opportunity to optimize a title tag with keyword phrases related to your post. For example, sometimes you may want an eye catching HTML title like, “Essential Image SEO Tips!” that might get the attention of someone in their feed reader. But, you’d want your title tag to actually represent the content to help search engine spiders crawl the page better – something like, “Tips for Optimizing Images For Universal and Blended Search”. Sorry if I mislead anyone! If you have questions be sure to ask. Thanks to Johan and Jennifer for bringing that to my attention!


Comments (106)

Great overview Patrick.

I also heavily recommend the About page – always good to know more about who you are reading…

Thanks, Chris! I agree – people underestimate the About page. If you give people a chance to relate, you increase the possibility that the visitor will come back or subscribe.

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As familiar as blogging is to many, many others are still quite new to this world. A desciption or link to a page that explains how to use all of the tags and links at the bottom of the blog (DiggThis, del.icio.us, etc.) makes the blog more accessible and user-friendly to newcomers.

SEO Title Tag 2.0: This plugin allows you to write a post title that will appear in the title tag for the post. What’s nice about this is you can write a keyword-stuffed title for the title tag and keep a more catchy title for your published post.

I wondered how you were doing that. I think I might just have to use this plugin.

Hey Peter,
Thanks for contributing! That’s an excellent suggestion and something I should have had in the post. I’ve been doing this for about a year now but remember how overwhelming it was to learn about all the different tools and communication options.

Hey Adam,
Yeah, it’s pretty slick. Since I’ve put it on, I’ve seen my search engine traffic spike upward.

Good article for begginer. Thanks!

Great tips! i’ll make sure i’ll pass this along to a couple friends.

-
Chris the wedding photographer

Patrick, I found this to be a great overview. I stumbled you and sphunn you.

A very nice starter guide.

Hi,

Vittorio Bosio told me about your blog and im very happy he did it, there is a good content and good advice here.

thanks.

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I will be back!

Thanks for this. Been wanting to starting a blog. This is the best source I’ve found.

Superb article.

Thanks for the Akismet tip. I’ll be setting it up today fo’ sho’. It’s disappointing to see that %99.9 of your comments are spam. I was close to just closing comments.

I liked your list of recommended plugin. Just added a few of those myself. :)

What did I forget? Is there something you would tag as essential for a beginner?

One thing I think is important is developing a cohesive theme. People need to be able to tell what your blog is “about” when they see it, and your posts need to reflect that. Whether your blog is for posting news, reviews, or pictures of your family, you’ll get more consistant readers if you narrow your scope and present it to readers up front.

Other than that, I think your article was right on. Blogging’s free — join the wave!

This post makes me want to start a blog.

I am now approximately twice as intimidated away from starting a blog as I was before I began to read it. He’s got me buying a server connected to the Internet sitting in my basement, running WordPress software. Akismet, WP-Cache, FeedSmith, Analytics… I damn well better have a burning desire to fill your busy lives with my bloviations to want to try and leap this obviously high hurdle. Thank you for waving me away.

I set up a really simple blog by using Light Content Management System. It’s pretty simple, but I was able to configure the CSS on it.

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Setting up your first blog? Read this?…

Great tips for beginners!…

Great post Patrick. Read and Dugg. Congratulations. And a BIG thank you for including the subscribe to comments plugin. I hate blogs that don’t have that.

very well written. everything i need to know seems to be there. thanks a lot.

Great job on the article. I definitely learned a couple of things as well. Your site is looking awesome.

I have a contact-us form plugin for WordPress. If you contact me through my web site, and refer this web site, I’ll give it to you for free.

Ravi Jayagopal
Author of Contact-Us Plugin For WordPress
http://www.WPonSteroids.com

If I didn’t already have a blog I would definitely start one. Nice post!

This article has a catchy name, but it’s totally biased towards WordPress. Even though you say at the beginning you are biased and not to look to you for advice, the whole article is only about WordPress! Give me a break.

I use Textpattern, and I love it. Tried WordPress, it’s ok but you have to know PHP to really do your own thing with it, otherwise you’re stuck using templates. That makes WP good for sheep only, or those fluent in PHP who for some reason would rather write PHP than use Txp tags.

Also, why is there a Google Analytics plugin? All you have to do is paste a small bit of HTML into your page for it to work. Must be something specific to WordPress, as usual.

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Great tips, big help for bloggers just starting out. This is a little off topic, but I was wondering if anyone has heard of Capazoo?

I read something online about its founders brothers Luc and Michel Verville. Seems really interesting and cool…I think it launches later this month- everyone keep a look out, seems like its going to be fun to blog and network with.

Wonderful article. It’s so simple that anyone can start blogging as soon as finish your article. “If blogging is not fun for you – stop doing it!” – strongly agree …!!

I want to start a blog but only for myself – I’m not interested in letting the world know what I think about things. I’ve tried Blogger and Yahoo but they seem geared towards self-publicists – what do you suggest? OK – I could just keep a diary but I’m going to be on the move for a while and I want something that’s quite secure.

Patrick, Excellent! With this one article most any one could go from A to Z. The reason I say most any one is that, no, a cave man couldn’t do it, regardless of what they say on the commercials.
You’re the champ!

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Hello,

Thanks a bunch for the tips and hints, I’ve installed many of the plugins now to my own blog, and it was mind-blowingly easy in almost all cases. Super cool!

Check out my Go-related blog for beginners, David’s Go Dojo or my related Open Source project for the iPhone, iShudan.

Woot!

All,
Thanks for the nice comments and additional contributions! I typically try to respond to all comments on this site, but won’t be able to keep up with that on this post. I selected a couple comments below and responded. Thanks again to all of you for visiting the site!

Rob – I completely agree on the About page. It’s very important to give visitors some way to connect with you and your topic

Rick – Yikes! I certainly didn’t want to discourage anyone – sorry about that! I was hoping to do just the opposite by showing it’s possible for people who don’t have experience. I’ll admit that getting started was intimidating, but there are so many great resources available to learn, that I found I could pick up on this pretty quickly. I hope you reconsider!

Andrew – Thanks for recommending Textpattern – I appreciate the contribution. You’re right, I’m very biased towards WordPress. I’ve tried other platforms, but really liked WordPress. Just my opinion.

Thanks for your tips. The Add This tips was really helpful to me.

Why would you want to use SEO Title Tag? Isn’t keyword stuffing considered black hat? You would eventually get penalized by Google for doing that.

Johan,
There is not penalty in correctly titling your page or post. I use it for when I want to try something more catchy in the title of a post to grab attention, but want to correctly indicate to the search engines spiders what the post is about in the title tag. Make sense? I typically don’t stuff it with keywords and don’t recommend that.

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Hi Patrick. SEO Title Tag is a useful plugin as long as its used ethically so it does have value. The problem is that there are so many blogs out there that are only interested in page rank and not producing quality content. :)

Thanks for article!

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Nice guide

Good stuff, but only strong opinion is to NEVER use a WordPress hosted blog. This was my biggest business mistake of 2006 to be honest. I had a little blog that I really didn’t think much of, or enough to invest in setting it up on it’s own server. Well, over time and through some creative posting, it started to generate a 4 figure income all from affiliate links (no AdWords). You know what’s coming next… they shut it down saying that they don’t allow commercial blogs. Ah, excuse me? I was driving traffic to THEIR domain… shouldn’t that count for something?

Anyhow, all but one of my blogs are now hosted except two with Google that are just out there.

I hope that helps save someone from losing a cash cow as I did.

fantastic post. you cover it all man.

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Patrick, excellent article. I’m a huge fan of WordPress. Wouldn’t use anything but WordPress for a blog. It’s easy to install (Hostgator has a one-click installation for it) and setup quickly. There are many free plugin’s for it that I find very useful, as you mentioned a few of them. Here’s a directory of them:(http://wp-plugins.net/). Also, there’s plenty of free nice looking templates to choose from for a beginner to get started with if he/she chooses not to pay a developer for a customed designed one. (http://themes.wordpress.net/).

Finally, if anyone is looking for a contact form plugin to use with WordPress, I suggest this one: http://www.douglaskarr.com/projects/wp-contactform/ – It has spam protection for those of you concerned with spam.

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Thank You for this short but informative introduction to the world of blogging!

Thanks for the overview of blog creation. I didn’t realize how easy it was to start. Who cares if it was WordPress-centric?

Hi pat,

What a comprehensive post, my only concern is that for most people your list could be a bit overwhelming. What’s your view on plain vanilla blogs like James Brausch’s groupies have. As your site has loads more content on and links to other stuff than most?

Gavin

P.S. do you have a blog theme or template set up with everything you suggest in your post

Great article and i would back wordpress all the way for its flexibility for blogs, CMS etc.

Thank you for the information. I used your recommendation for WordPress and it was easy. I am still not sure how to engage the tools and get myself out there but getting the blog started and set up was easy. I am pretty slow to get technology but have had fun learning, hopefully I will learn how to get my page noticed somehow. thank you.

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Hello, how can I be claimed on Technorati with a self-hosted wordpress blog ? thanks

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Thanks Patrick. I just claimed my blog at Technorati. Cheers, Arne

Hi Patrick,
I want to take the blog site I have (the address is above)using Blogger and change everything over to WordPress. Would this be hard to do?

Regards,
Phyllis

Hey Phyllis, thats no hard to do. WordPress handle an option to import comments and posts from blogger. You will need to redesign your theme or get another new for wordpress but the information will stay there with the import tool.

Good stuff, but only strong opinion is to NEVER use a WordPress hosted blog. This was my biggest business mistake of 2006 to be honest. I had a little blog that I really didn’t think much of, or enough to invest in setting it up on it’s own server. Well, over time and through some creative posting, it started to generate a 4 figure income all from affiliate links (no AdWords). You know what’s coming next… they shut it down saying that they don’t allow commercial blogs. Ah, excuse me? I was driving traffic to THEIR domain… shouldn’t that count for something?

Great suggestions. I also like recommending the plugin Bad Behavior to help stop spam. It’s astonishing how many autospammers will try to hit and post junk to your blog.

Best wishes,

Barbara

Hi,
Indeed a very good beginner´s guide to start a blog, I would add an anti spam plugin to your list.

I think this is a great guide for beginning bloggers, nice work!

Good stuff, but only strong opinion is to NEVER use a WordPress hosted blog. This was my biggest business mistake of 2006 to be honest. I had a little blog that I really didn’t think much of, or enough to invest in setting it up on it’s own server. Well, over time and through some creative posting, it started to generate a 4 figure income all from affiliate links (no AdWords). You know what’s coming next… they shut it down saying that they don’t allow commercial blogs. Ah, excuse me? I was driving traffic to THEIR domain… shouldn’t that count for something?

With wordpress 2.5 now, all will be more simple for people that are not geek-kind

WordPress doesn’t make it clear enough on their wordpress.com sign-up that you can’t use their free blogging service for profit. If you do you might get away with it for a while but in the end they’ll close you down.

If you want to use WordPress for monetary gain you should opt for the wordpress.org version as Patrick has said. Get your own domain and your own hosting and the blog will always be your own property.

Sarah

It is a great post thanks.

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Thanks for this.
Been wanting to starting a blog. This is the best source I’ve found.

Nice review..I also highly recommend the About page – always good to know more about who you are reading…

Would you recommend WordPress over the other two that you mention? I have only used WP so not sure what the others are like.

Wonderful article. It’s so simple that anyone can start blogging as soon as finish your article. If blogging is not fun for you. stop doing it! strongly agree.

You may also want to add twitter to the list with technorati and feedburner. It can be a very valuable asset to post to twitter when you post new articles. The best title I use is | and make sure the post title includes plenty of relevant keywords with minimal stop words. Also make sure the URL permalink does not contain stop words or unnecessary words not seo-friendly.

Clear and concise guide there Patrick, the only thing i would recommend is the use of the All-one-seo plugin for page titles etc available from wordpress. It is an invaluable addition to any blog wishing to gain exposure. Also make sure permalinks are being used.

Yup All-in-one seo plugin is pretty good for new blogs. But we certainly have to do some things more than that to get some initial exposure.

I’ve always felt that, even for beginners, self-hosted platforms were a better choice simply because they offer greater flexibility. Free platforms like Blogger.com and wordpress.com are great tools, but they have limited marketing capability, especially in terms on revenue. I would personally go with a hosted wordpress install as the plug-in’s really provide enhanced functionality. But, that’s just my .02 cents worth.

Brad

Hi, still interesting to read, although we’re 3 years further. Good job!

Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for newbie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

I don’t think you necessarily have to set up a domain right away. I know a lot of people recommend this, but a lot of people may also be skeptical about spending money before their blog ever takes off. Start off with a wordpress blog and later you can register a domain and redirect it. :)

With all the new wp and other great blog creations, this tutorial still helped me get the essentials. thank you.

ven for beginners, self-hosted platforms were a better choice simply because they offer greater flexibility. other free platforms are there to stay I tell you

Thanks for the post Patrick; it is very beneficial for me as I’m planning to set-up my own blog one of these days. Your ideas are just what I’ve been searching for. I’ve browse and read some blogs about this business, but none is clearer than your post.