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How can a person become WordPress blogging superstar with these 30 steps?
It may be so difficult for you right now. But after reading this post you will thank me. I bet.
Mostly mentors promise to make you a WordPress blogging superstar in weeks or in months.
But I suggest you spend your more time for content creation. Learn the basics in days by going through this single post.
After reading it you won't become a web developer. But you will never face any problem handling basic techie things on your blog.
Overcome Your Fear
I say don't dive into the world of blogging by burning all your boats. Keep a safe passage if you fail.
It is good to be careful while starting any business. But you should equally know the difference between caution and fear. If you become extra cautious you won't take your first step.
Be Cautious With Your Strategy
You should be careful but follow a strategy as well.
The common advice you mostly get is to start a blog on a free blogging platform. Once you feel you can make it then go for professional blogging. Right
So being a newbie start a blog on a free platform but with a startup strategy. Else your dream to become a professional blogger will never come true.
Strategy: Think Long-Term
Many people say it is good to start a blog on Blogger, a completely free blogging platform. After learning blogging skills there you may transfer your blog to WordPress.
Just search the term “from Blogger to WordPress” and you would get thousands of posts on it. It is enough to show how popular WordPress is. People are shifting from other blogging platforms.
So instead of moving from one platform to another, isn’t it good to try the one from the beginning that you would finally need?
Free Versus Premium WordPress
Don’t worry I won’t ask you spend money for this. One kind of WordPress is also free. It is on www.wordpress.com. All its basic features are not that different from WordPress on paid hosting, which is at www.wordpress.org.
How To Become a WordPress Blogging Superstar?
So it is wise to set up your blog with WordPress on free hosting. You can export your blog from there to any hosting once you decide to blog professionally. We will discuss how to do that further down in the post.
Step 1: Getting to know WordPress
WordPress is an online tool in PHP language to help you create your website without any coding knowledge.
All coding is done for you and you simply have to click on your favorite options to set up, design and manage your blog. You can also manage your WP blog without any help.
Step 2: Getting started with WordPress.com
Let’s start now to learn how to build your WP blog free and become a WordPress blogging superstar.
Step 3: The one and only requirement is to register
I am sure you have a valid email account. That’s the main requirement to register on www.wordpress.com.
Step 4: What you want on your home page?
After arriving on the main page of www.wordpress.com, click on “Get Started”. It asks you what you want on your home page. Do you want:
- A list of your latest posts?
- A welcome page for your site?
- A grid of your latest posts?
- Or an online store?
Step 5: Pick a theme
If you click on any of first three options above you go to a page with many themes to pick from.
If you want an online store on your home page, they recommend that you buy the recommended hosting and the e-commerce plugin.
So in the beginning, go for showing your latest posts on your home page and pick your favorite theme.
Step 6. Enter a domain
On the next page, pick your domain. Decide on a domain name that you want by putting .wordpress.com at its end. It will then be a free domain.
Select a domain that you don't have to change once you go to paid hosting. Think long-term and pick the one reflecting your niche.
It may also be your full name if you want to run your blog with your own name.
As an example I selected bloggingsuperstarblog.wordpress.com. Your suggested domain is approved if that domain is not already taken.
Step 7: Pick a plan
Next, it asks you to pick your plan. Click on the free plan as it is the best for you if you are new to blogging.
Step 8: Create your account
Fill your email address, user name, and password.
Confirm your email address and then you arrive on your login page to reach your dashboard after submitting your user name and password.
Step 9: Settings
Click on “Setting” in the sidebar of your dashboard. Name your blog. As in my case, I wrote Blogging Superstar in the column of “Site Title”. Write its description as I wrote: “A blog to help you become WordPress blogging superstar in no time”.
Select the time zone of your country and then click on either “Public”, “Hidden” or “Private” depending upon your goals. I clicked on “Public” as I want to help everyone become a WordPress blogging superstar.
Step 10: Building a profile
People want to know who is the owner of a blog. So inform them by filling all the columns of your profile.
On top right-hand side of your dashboard, click on “Profile icon”. Write your First Name, Last Name, Public Display Name and About Me (You).
At the end, you can also click on “Add” button to add your earlier blog or site (if any).
Step 11: Creating WordPress posts
On the top left-hand side of your dashboard click on “My Site” and then on “Add Post” in the sidebar. Create your first blog post. First, write your title and then create the body of the post.
Step 12: Learning to beautify your post
On your menu bar of the control panel of your post, you have options to:
- Format your post
- Link it to a post you want to mention
- Insert images/videos and
- Select different styles H2, H3, H4 for your sub-headings within post’s body
Step 13: Categorizing your post
Click on “Categories and Tags” and then on “Add New Category”. Write the name of the category of your blog post.
For example, if your blog post is on “How to up the page rank of your blog post” so its category should be SEO. Add a “Tag” that is a sub-category of the post. In my case, it is “Page Rank”.
Going down, you have the option of selecting the “Featured Image” from your post’s images to show it on the home page and on social media with the excerpt of your post.
Step 14: Social media sharing
Clicking on the “Sharing” button in your sidebar of your dashboard, you see another page to connect with your social media accounts. Your post is shared on all of them once you publish your post.
Step 15: Formatting your post
Select “Standard” under “Post Format” to show your blog post as a normal post. Finally, you have the option of “More”. Write your main keyword of your post in Slug column and a description of your post within 150 to 160 characters.
To show your location hit “Current Location” button and select “Yes” in the pop-up that asks for permission to know your location.
Step 16: Copying features of an earlier post
At the end is the option of “Copy Post”. It asks if you want to copy the title, category or tag of an earlier post. It brings those features from that post to your current draft of the post. If you don’t have any previous posts, skip that notice.
Step 17: Publishing your post
Before hitting the publish button, check again to see if you have put all the information in relevant sections in your post. All set.
Hit the “Publish” button and it’s done. Your first post is published.
Step 18: Creating WordPress pages
Click on “Pages” just below “Posts” to create your “About” and “Contact” pages. In your About page, write about yourself and why you started your blog. In the Contact page, write your contact details.
CONGRATS: You Are About To Be A WordPress Superstar
You have learned all the basic tasks of WP blogging other than transferring your blog to premium hosting.
Wait a while before going to pay for hosting.
So follow a few more steps before finally deciding to become a professional blogger.
Step 19: Follow a robust posting strategy
The basic structure of your WP blog is ready. Publish more and more posts. With Google Keyword Planner pick highly searched long tail keywords related to your niche.
Create SEO friendly contents with them. Try to publish at least one post daily.
Step 20: Share your each post massively
Share your post on social media and in your niche forums. Promote it as much as you can. So you will get traffic to your blog to know if you can create popular posts.
Step 21: Send its link to your friends for feedback
Email the link to each of your blog posts to all your close friends, especially those related to your niche. Ask them to give you their reaction and feedback.
Step 22: Check overall response
Check the results of what you have achieved in terms of.
- Daily visitors
- Number of comments
- Likes, +1, reshare and retweets on social media
This will help you decide if you can go for a professional blog or stay longer on the free blog. I am sure with a little practice you will bring better results of your efforts.
On the basis of your initial performance, if you are confident you can blog professionally, go and move ahead. Otherwise, stay on your free platform and hone your blogging skills further.
Step 23: Moving to self-hosting
Survey online all the main hosting companies and make their list. Then shortlist it with high-quality hosts only.
Hint: Your list should have following hosts:
- WP Engine
Select the best premium hosting for your blog to migrate it from free hosting. Check reviews on your shortlisted hosting services and select the best one.
Buy your selected hosting with a basic plan. It has the lowest price and is enough to serve the hosting needs of newer bloggers. Pick monthly, yearly or three-year payment plan, depending upon your budget.
Step 24: Pick the top-level domain
Your hosting company also asks you to name the domain which you want to buy. So delete the word “.wordpress” from your present domain and it’s your top-level-domain. In my case, it is www.bloggingsuperstar.com.
If it is already taken, pick the one nearest to it, like www.bloggersuperstar.com.
Step 25: Buying a blog theme
Instead of going for a free theme, make sure you buy a premium one. A good quality template is available from $40 to $130. A few famous blog template makers are:
- Thrive Themes
Most of the companies also guide you which theme is most fit for a given niche. So you don’t have to do much research to pick the best one.
They also tell you different features of each theme, including its SEO friendliness, responsiveness and after sale support.
Step 26: Installing WordPress
Login to your hosting control panel and search the icon of WordPress on your dashboard. Many hosting companies show and icon instead of the word “Website”.
Click on it and follow its instructions to install WordPress on your hosting. (It is usually done with just one click.)
Once it is done you will get the password and user ID of your WP control panel, which is different from your hosting control panel.
Step 27: Installing premium theme
In the sidebar of your WP control panel click on “Appearance” and then “Themes” on top of the drop-down menu. It offers many free themes.
You already have bought a premium theme, install it by clicking on “Add New” and follow the steps given on the theme page.
Step 28: Customizing appearance
You can move all your contents from your free platform to your paid hosting, but your theme and widgets can’t be brought from there.
Click on “Widgets” in the drop-down menu of “Appearance” tab and pick the widgets that you want to show on the sidebar of your blog.
Then create a Navigation Menu to display on its pages and categories of your posts by clicking the “Menu” in “Appearance” tab.
Step 29: Installing necessary plugins
Plugins perform different functions so that your blog works better and helps you become a WordPress blogging superstar.
Here are the most essential functions of your blog with plugin suggestions to pick the one for each:
- For security: Wordfence, ITheme Security or Sucuri Security
- For cache: W3Total or WP Super Cache
- For spam prevention: Akismet
- For contact with readers: Contact Form 7 or WP Forms Lite
- For Search Engine Optimization: Yoast SEO or All-In-One-SEO
So click on “New” in “Plugin” option and follow the instructions to install the above plugins. Later on, you can install more plugins as needed.
Step 30: Importing your blog posts from free hosting
EXPORT FIRST: Go back to your dashboard of your wordpress.com blog and click on “My Site”, “Setting” and then “Export” and finally “Export All”. Save the download of that zip file (of all your contents with their images).
IMPORT: Go to the control panel of your WP paid hosting that is www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and click on “Import” under “Tools” option. It shows a list of blogging platforms, so select the one where you want to import. Select “WordPress” from the list as your blog is the free version.
Then “Choose” your file, click “Upload File” and “Import”. Finally, select the option to “Download & import file attachments”. It’s done. You have uploaded all the posts and pages that you earlier published on your wordpress.com blog.
Do you think any of these steps needs any techie skill? Just with a few clicks, you can do all that very easily. After reading this post, building and managing your WordPress blog is a no-brainer.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, I am sure this tutorial will help serve your blog setup needs.
If you have any confusion following these step,, let me know.
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Mi Muba has been blogging for the last five years. He manages his blogs Be A Money Blogger and Pollution Pollution. He earlier contributed more than 1,000 posts in two UK-based popular blogs as a ghost writer. You can join him on Facebook to learn money blogging.