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What are the musts in starting a successful blog?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mlkfahl, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. mlkfahl

    mlkfahl Newbie

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    I am in the beginning of starting a wp website, and need some guidance. What are the first things you would do? Is a custom logo in the header necessary? Also what does google look for, contact page etc.
     
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    ┼blackrat┼ Senior Member

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    - Pages:simple contact page, privacy policy(adsense compliant if that is the case) about page
    - Plugins - All in one seo pack and google xml sitemaps are good for a start
    - Change "uncategorized" to "general" or delete that.
    - Delete default link list.
    - Change permalink structure to
    Code:
     /%postname%/
    - Obviously delete or edit the default first post
    - Grab a better list of pings to the "writing" section.
    - Add content on a regular, natural basis
    - Always fill forms below the posts(tags etc. There are plugins that automate that as well).
    - Find out what your needs are, I´m sure there are plugins that can do it.

    And most important of all:

    **Learn how to Use the search function**

    Seriously there is a ton of info for you to feed on here. Don´t be lazy and expect ppl to spoonfeed you like I´m doing right now. Luckily I´m in a good mood and got time to spare, which is rare(not).

    Wp is powerful and simple, once you get the hang of it. And google loves it.

    Other than that, if you need to rank for keywords, then you´ll sweat like all of us and go through the long journey that is understanding SEO and why is a site ranked better than others, and if you decide to go BH, what are the shortcuts to make your site rank higher than the competition and the risks that come along with it.

    So you´ll need perseverance, lots of hard work, a dose of luck...

    Oh wait, you´ve already found bhw, so luck is on your side.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. EmpireQuality

    EmpireQuality Elite Member

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    Custom logo in the header aint necessary at all. Google looks for good, fresh, updated content. Whatever niche that you are in, just make sure you update your blog at least 10 times a day with good fresh new content. Articles, pictures, videos, etc.
     
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  4. mlkfahl

    mlkfahl Newbie

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    Thanks guys, especially blackrats lenghty reply. I understand the information is in these forums and I will try harder to search for what I'm looking for next time. I was just curious what other people do when they start a new blog. I'm sure everyone has a list right off the bat that they follow everytime they start a new blog, and I was interested in hearing them.