8 Important things to do after Starting your Blog

by | Jun 16, 2019 | Blogging tips | 48 comments

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Are you planning to start a blog? or did you just start a blog and have no idea what things you are supposed to do after starting a blog?

You have registered your domain, got the hosting plan, set up your blog successfully, created all the important pages and now you’re excited to put some content out there.

Technically, you’ve started your blog but what to do after that?

I can feel your excitement here!

Also read – 10 must-have free WordPress plugins for your blog

But there are a few other important things that you need to do immediately after starting your blog in order to avoid facing some serious issues.

What are those things? Keep Reading..

1. Setting up your permalink structure

Permalink structure? What’s that?

A permalink structure is just the fixed web address of a specific post or page (basically the URL of that page).

Once you select your structure, all posts will be published using the structure.

Here’s what you have to do –

Go to Dashboard>Settings>Permalinks and under the common settings, select “post name” & save the settings.

That’s it! You’re done.

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2. Submitting the Sitemap

Creating & submitting a sitemap allows Google & other search engines to crawl through your website and rank your blog posts subsequently.

The easiest way to do this is by installing the Google XML sitemaps plugin.

Next, submit your sitemap to Google in the Google search console>Sitemaps after signing up for the Google webmasters tool for free.

3. Securing your Website

What happens when tomorrow you log in to your website & find out that there’s nothing except a blank screen?

Who are you going to blame? None other than yourself…

But can you avoid that? Yes, you definitely can.

Here’s how…

Using a security plugin

I use & recommend Wordfence plugin. It is completely free to use.

All you have to do is just install & activate it.

Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that was built from the ground up to protect WordPress.

Using a CDN (Content delivery network)

What a CDN generally does is improve your site load speed and boost SEO. Moreover, CDNs also improve the security of your website.

On my blog, I use CloudFlare and it constantly stops threats even before they hit my blog.

4. Setting up Google Analytics

Google Analytics is really helpful to track the number of pageviews and visitors for your blog, see how people are finding your website, track real-time visitors and much much more!

Install Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin & activate it.

After that, set up your Google analytics account & copy + paste the tracking code in the plugin.


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5. Fonts, Colors & Favicon

Decide your fonts + colors carefully and use them constantly throughout your blog.

It helps you develop a brand for your blog and makes stand you out of the crowd.

If you notice, I use 2 Fonts and 3 colors constantly throughout my blog.

A favicon is a small image that you see at the top in the Internet tab beside the page/post name.

Make sure to add your own favicon as it will make your blog look more professional.

6. Set up Social Media accounts

It doesn’t matter which social media network you plan to be on, set up all of your social media accounts. This would include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Make sure to use the same social media handle/username for each one, if possible.

This would protect your username from being stolen or used by someone else.

Also, Complete your social media descriptions carefully and use your topic related keywords in them.

7. Post at least 5 blog posts

Once your blog is up and running, Make sure to write some posts & promote them.

Your visitors are not going to show up out of nowhere to see your empty blog.

Writing some good blog posts & promoting them will bring some audience to your blog, which will motivate you and give you a good headstart.

8. Start Building your E-mail List

Start Collecting e-mails & building your list from day one.

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to give your readers a way to subscribe to your mailing list.

Your list is going to be your most sure source of traffic. Google can change its algorithm, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have the exclusive right to do the same and this can have a negative impact on your traffic.

But you completely own your list and you decide when and how to use it. Don’t make the mistake of not building your list from day one.

Also read9 Cool Tips to Write Great Headlines & Catchy Blog Titles

Talking about mistakes, I have created a checklist of mistakes that most of the bloggers make & end up failing.

Make sure to grab the checklist from below & avoid making those mistakes.

Doing these 8 things immediately after starting your blog will set the foundation right for your amazing blog to stand out in the crowd.

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48 Comments

  1. Sue Berk

    Great tips, thank you!

    I am finding that my test peeps can’t subscribe to my blog because they don’t receive the confirmation email. Any ideas?

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      Which e-mail marketing service are you using? Try switching from double opt-in to single opt-in, it will confirm your subscribers (without any confirmation through e-mail required) as soon as they subscribe. Then you can set up a welcome e-mail by autoresponder.

      Reply
    • Paul

      Hi Rahul how are you doing? Yes you are right this steps need to be done in order to get your blog going. This is definitely the steps for affiliate marketing I am so impress!

      Reply
      • Rahul Choudhary

        Hey paul! I’m great, thankyou for asking. These are not the steps for Affiliate Marketing, I guess you got something wrong.

        Reply
        • Nadja

          Good advice about creating at least 5 posts. Most people never move past 1. Doing a good couple will inspire you to keep going.

          Reply
          • Rahul Choudhary

            Exactly that! You gain the momentum to keep going.

  2. Nyxie

    Very important information for setting a blog up for the first time. I know it was super daunting for me and I’m still not 100% I did it right! I certainly didn’t concentrate on my email list like I should have!

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      Building an E-mail list from the start is very important. Thankyou for your valuable comment ✨

      Reply
  3. Emily

    Thank you for the advice. I didn’t know much about permalinks, site map, or CDN. Since reading your article I have taken steps to improve on all three.

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      If it’s not done, then you should do it. If you face any issue, feel free to reach out.

      Reply
    • Kendra

      This is super helpful! Thanks for sharing – I’ll be utilizing some of these tips!

      Reply
      • Rahul Choudhary

        I’m really glad that you found this useful. Tell me if you face any difficulty with any part XX

        Reply
  4. vivirewellness.com

    These are all very important steps to take after starting a blog and some that are sometimes overlooked.

    Reply
  5. Ellen

    This is so informative for newer bloggers! Great post.

    Reply
  6. Martin

    Really interesting post. Lots of detail for a new blogger. Having only really started working on my site in the last few months, I found the information fresh and interesting. I have just added the google analytics you recommended as didn’t have that plug in.

    Thanks again

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m really glad that you found this information useful.

      Reply
  7. Mama V.

    This is an awesome list to help little bloggers like me! I thought I’ve read everything to help me, but I didn’t do half of the things you’ve mentioned in this blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      All of these things are really important for a blog. I’m glad that this post helped.

      Reply
  8. Juliet Amor

    The information you provided here really open my eyes to more knowledge of blogging

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m glad! There’s really so much to learn in the blogging world.

      Reply
  9. Nick DePasquale

    This is a great step by step plan – so easy to follow!

    Reply
  10. Julie

    These are great tips. Thanks so much for sharing them. I didn’t know a few of them so I will definitely implement those on my website.

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m really glad that you found this post useful. Make sure to ask anything if you face any difficulty.

      Reply
  11. Matija Antonić

    This are some helpful tips for upcoming blogers, or for people who just want to start a blog as a means to express themselves. This doesn’t guarantee success but it makes it a bigger possibility.

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      In reality, Nothing guarantees success. Following these steps just allow you to become a better blogger.

      Reply
  12. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    These are all great tips. Good security is essential. I was happy that I had checked all of these items off the list already!

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      That’s really great that you’re already done with everything. XX

      Reply
  13. anshul

    I don’t know a lot about Google Analytics, does it integrate with wordpress. I need to purchase security plugin too. Thanks for your suggestions.

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m glad this information was useful. Yes, google analytics easily integrates with WordPress as I showed in the post. And you don’t need to purchase any security plugin, You can get wordfence easily for free + set up Cloudflare. that’s more than enough.

      Reply
  14. Alexine

    Lovely post and well explained. You pointed out the essential things to focus after starting a blog. It’s very helpful!

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou for your valuable comment! I really appreciate it.

      Reply
  15. vaishali

    Good to know about wordfence. I will check that out

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      Wordfence is really good. Thankyou for your comment.

      Reply
  16. Hackytips

    This is a great and detailed guide for beginners. Neato!

    Reply
  17. Itzel Gomez

    These tips are so useful for those of us just starting out! I’ll have to remember them.

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      You can bookmark the post for reference. I’m glad that you found it useful 😉

      Reply
  18. Abhishek

    nice blog post it s help me lots I have saved it use full info

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much! I’m glad you found it useful.

      Reply
  19. Ambriana

    Glad i found this post! I’ve been blogging since May and have yet to set up google analytics

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m glad you found it useful! Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
  20. Melissa

    Love your blog! This was so helpful, I’m a new blogger. Thankyou so much for the wonderful tips!

    Reply
    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou, Melissa! That means a lot.

      Reply

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