I’ll take you step by step from installing your wordpress blog to configuring your plugs. I’m going to cover the important plugs and configurations in detail to make sure you get them done right.
This should take you about 40 minutes to an hour to do. At most two hours. That’s assuming you already have your domain and hosting. If you don’t then you can just add another 10 – 20 minutes.
So with that said, lets begin…
Installing Your WordPress Blog
Just in case you got you domain at GoDaddy, you’re going to need to change and point your Nameservers to Bluehost. Here’s a super quick video tutorial showing you how to do that.
In this video I’ll be showing you how to install wordpress from my Bluehost cPanel. It’s really simple and easy to do. If you have Hostgator or any other hosting, you’ll want to watch this video (How to Install WordPress on Hostgator) because they use a tool called Fantastico to install WP. It works the same though.
Now that you have your WordPress installed, lets get to some configuring.
Before You Do Anything Else
The very first thing you need to do, before you do anything else is configure the permalink. You want to have your links looking pretty. For example. If you don’t do this you’ll end up with a link that looks like this (http://www.incomepress.com/?p=643), this looks horrible and it won’t give you any SEO juice.
What you want is to have a link like this (http://www.incomepress.com/21-day-reader-challenge/), this will give you very good SEO juice. This is very simple to configure.
Go to the settings tab and click on permalink.
Then copy and paste this ( /%postname%/ ) into the correct field.
Installing Your WordPress Theme
First thing we’ll do is install a theme to your blog. You can search for a theme right from within your wordpress back office. Totally free. Or you can purchase a custom theme. I use StudioPress for all my blogs.
Just simply go to your theme tab, click on install themes, and then simply click on the search button and a slew of themes will pop up. Or you can just type in something like flowers, cars, toys, or any keyword and themes related to your keyword will come up.
If you purchased or got a free theme from somewhere else, then click on upload, then click browse, look for the folder you downloaded your theme to, and click on install now.
Once you’ve chosen and installed your theme, you can click preview to see how it will look like or click on activate button to activate your new theme.
That’s it for the themes part. Now we’re going to install and configure your plugins.
Installing and Configuring your Plugins
Every time I create a blog, I use the same set up plugins. These are important because not only does it automates a lot of the stuff that I would normally have to do manually, but it helps your blog perform better and a lot smoother.
To upload and install your plugins simply click on plugins tab, click add new, click upload, click on browser and search for the plugin folder I gave you (you can only upload one plugin at a time unless you have an FTP software), click install, then activate the plugin.
Make sure you activate each plugin individually. If you try to activate more than one at a time, you may run into some problems, and we don’t want that.
Here’s the list of Plugs I use:
- Google XML Sitemaps: This is the very first plug I activate. It creates a certain page or file on your site. When Google spider bots crawl your site, they go through this file to find content on your site and indexes them in google. Once you activate this plugin, you don’t need to do anything else. The plug works on its own.
These plugins require some configuration.
- All in One SEO Pack: This is a very important plug to have. It gives you that extra oomph of SEO Juice. Without it, you’re basically running blind. Below are the settings I use. Feel free to set yours up the same way.
Top part of the All in one SEO
- Google Analytics Dashboard: Helps you keep track of your Analytics right from your WordPress backoffice.
- Robots Meta: This plugin allows you to add all the appropriate robots meta tags to your pages and feeds, disable unused archives and nofollow unnecessary links. Below are the settings I use. Feel free to set yours up the same way.
- Max Banner Ads: Easily rotate banners and ads in almost anywhere in your wordpress blog without editing the theme.
- MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer: Saves your wordpress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer by installing this plugin.
- Page Link Manager: Some times you create pages that you don’t want seen on the home page. This allows you to choose which pages appear in the site navigation.
- W3 Total Cache: This is a must have plugin. It improves the speed and user experience of your site. Very important especially when your traffic starts to pick up.
- Advertisement Management: If you’re going to monetize your site with Adsense, then you’ll want to activate this one.
These are the first plugins I activate. As the site grows and the more traffic it gets, we’ll add other plugs to help monetize it better and more efficiently. For now this is all we need.
I’ll leave the content part for the next post. I will be going through a very detailed explanation on how what and how to write an article. I will also be going through some of the features, tabs, and other goodies you’ll need in order to make your blog STAND OUT for the crowd.
This post has gone quite a bit long and don’t really want to make it a mile long, lol. So I guess I’ll finish up now.
This is how I set up my blogs and all the plugins I use. There are a few more plugs to use for monetizing and optimizing for maximum results. But we will get to that part when the time comes. You really don’t need them now and will only be getting in the way.
Do this now, then proceed to the next step: Creating Content
DO NOT WAIT!
Don’t wait for the next post to get this done. Do it now because in the next post we’re going to start putting content on your blog. The content part will take you the most time. And in my opinion, it will be the most fun.
Also in the next post I will reveal some of the things you’ll need on your blog in order to qualify for the $50 Gift Card from Amazon.com.
Anyway, thanks a ton, I hope you enjoyed this one. Also a big thanks to all who have accepted my challenge. I’m having a blast and hope you are too. Let’s just keep moving forward. Together we’ll see results ;-)
C-ya on the next …
Any Plugin or Theme Recommendations Are Welcome:
If you have any favorite plugins or themes you’ve used in the past or currently using, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section below. I would greatly appreciate it and I’m sure everyone else will too.