Blog Setup: 40 Practical Tips

By Daniel Scocco

One of our readers, Max Pool, was kind enough to send a guest post with 40 practical tips to setup and optimize your blog. All the tips are actually links to previously published articles on Daily Blog Tips. Enjoy!

WordPress Setup

  1. Do your homework first and read about others’ mistakes
  2. Choose a reliable web host
  3. Choose a good domain name
  4. If you need inspiration, check this list
  5. Register and keep your domain name with a registrar
  6. Always install WordPress in the root directory
  7. Update your ping list

Themes & Design

  1. Choose a professional theme
  2. Remove unnecessary information from your theme
  3. Add a favicon
  4. Place an RSS icon at the end of single posts
  5. Create a functional footer for your blog
  6. Organize your categories
  7. Optimize the “About” page
  8. Speed up your site

Check & Validate

  1. Make sure your blog works in different browsers
  2. Check the load time of your site
  3. Test the SEO aspects
  4. Validate your website
  5. Keep a maintenance checklist

Plugins

  1. Install Akismet
  2. Install WordPress Database Backup
  3. Install Subscribe to Comments but leave it unchecked
  4. Install Chunk URLs
  5. Install Related Enteries and consider setting it to 3
  6. Install Custom Query String
  7. Install Jerome's Keywords
  8. Install sig2feed

SEO & Analytics

  1. Install Google Sitemap Generator
  2. Install Enforce www Preference
  3. Optimize your Meta Description Tag
  4. Setup an optimal URL structure
  5. Make category pages display excerpts
  6. Setup any needed 301 Redirects
  7. Create a robots.txt file (and here is a collection of different ones)
  8. Modify your title tag to be optimal
  9. Remove the hyperlink from the single post titles
  10. Offer email subscriptions
  11. Install the Feedburner Replacement plugin
  12. Add the Google Analytics plugin and track your stats


Max Pool is a software engineer by day – aspiring SEO expert by night. More ideas can be found at his blog codesqueeze.com.



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107 Responses to “Blog Setup: 40 Practical Tips”

  • The Blog Builder Guy

    The very first one caught my eye.
    “Do your homework first and read about others’ mistakes”
    It’s good to learn from your mistakes but it is even better to learn from other people’s mistakes.
    I also liked your list of plugins a few of which I never heard of.
    Thanks!

  • Daily Good Tips

    Thanks for the complete tips with complete categories.

  • Used Audi

    Thanks for the tips, very useful..

  • Ramon Fritsch

    Thanks a lot! Very helpful.

  • Steve

    Max, great article! I would also suggest installing Bad Behavior to keep the spam at a minimum. The ping list is very nice but it will bring in a lot of spammers especially as your page rank increases. Akismet will catch a lot of the spam but not all of it.

    In addition, I would suggest putting together articles (5-10) before you install your blog. Then after the install immediately post the articles. The most spiders & bots will appear after the install and grab the content (and index it). This gives you a rush of traffic to your site.

    Good Luck!

    If you are looking for detailed steps on creating sites that run themselves check out my ebook called “WordPress on AutoPilot: Get Your Blog to Automatically Find Content, Traffic, and Sales”.

    Here is a link: http://www.chimp-simple.com/2009/03/24/wordpress-on-autopilot-ebook-description/

  • cctv kamera sistemi

    Wow,
    I’ll definetely bookmark this. It’s great to have it all down in one place like that.

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online. How’s he doing it?

  • cornhole

    Thanks for this incredible write up. This helped me get up and running smoothly. I still have some work to do but you have saved me a TON of time and for that I thank you!

  • seo consultant

    nice tips about word press seo. I did not find any information about changing robot meta tag in word press blog in your post. can you give some idea on this?

  • Search engine optimisation strategies

    Just wanted to thank you so much for this. I have been trying to figure this out and you made it so easy! Thanks so much! :)))

  • UK Search Engine Positiong Blog

    I am planning to start my new blog in wordpress.This article will help me to start easily.Thanks!

  • search engine optimisation

    Great tips. I have bookmarked you site:)

  • web designing company

    I have my own blog in Blogger platform.I wanted to create in wordpress.By reading your post I got an idea.thanks for sharing!

  • Den

    Helped me with my site immediately..thanks

  • Vikas Nigam

    Hi

    These tips are great for a beginner.

    Vikas

  • dm2

    thanks for good suggestion tool….

  • diabetes

    great tools and source………..very helping me to build my web….

  • czy

    hello

    Nice One!!!

    Now I know how to developed my poor blog..hehehe:)

    Thank a lot

  • Chris

    Great stuff, Thanks

  • Sale

    Simple, clear advice is still the best.

  • gout

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  • Bryan Hee

    I’m definetely bookmark this. It’s a “bible” to guide the newbies to install their first blog. It’s appreciated if you can provide some video tutorial on “installing” the blog or “plugins”. Thanks!

    To Your Success
    Bryan Hee

  • Francois

    Simply Excellent!

    This is definitely a reference for new bloggers! Thank you very much for all of these tips 🙂

    Keep it up!

  • Susan

    Thanks for all the great tips! Very useful!

  • SEO Genius

    Some absolutely great tips here, awesome indeed.

    I can not wait to get started on my wordpress theme if i do decide to go with a WP theme instead of my current design.

    Thanks.

  • SEO Genius

    Another awesome tutorial, loads of information
    Thank you 🙂

  • Philippine Website Developers

    Thank you very much for sharing 40 Practical Tips in setting up blog. Great help!

  • hamdanm

    thank you for the tips. just found it.
    About the theme, I think it should be updated 🙂
    There are huge improvements in this area.

  • James

    Thanks for such useful article. I hope it will really prove helpful for me in promoting my site!

  • Friendzhug

    Thanks for this idea. When I first added these links ( I added both in my wordpress admin site and in my ecto preferences) I noticed a boost in traffic. In the last week or so, I have not seen much traffic at all. Granted I am real new to this but I’m still trying to figure out If I might be shooting myself in the foot by having these ping links in both ecto and wordpress.

    any thoughts?

  • Website Promotion Lincolnshire

    Wow, thanks for the list. This will save time.

    Many Thanks

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