I know 22 things sounds like a long list, but trust me, do these things right after installing your new Wordpress blog, and you will start to see immediate traffic, it won’t take as much work to manage your blog, and your visitors will love it!Little Tweaks With A Big Impact
First and foremost are those little annoying tweaks, that left undone now, can have repercussions later. (These are presented in no particular order since I make sure ALL are done before I install plugins or start posting.)
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With the self hosted option, you no longer have anyone telling you what you can and can't include for advertising, plugins, or content. Need a customized change? You can.
I have been promising a list of my personal *must have* plugins that I install on any new blog. Today, that promise is kept.
These are the plugins I install on every blog I create, regardless of niche or specialty. There are a few that I add to certain types of blogs that will won’t be discussed, but you can get more information on these in my book, the Ultimate Guide To Wordpress Plugins.
They are listed alphabetically, not in the order of installation.
Yep, you heard me right. Spammers, hackers, trogans and viruses… it’s a jungle out there. And your blog is a sitting duck.
I have a series of suggestions I will be making over the upcoming days to help you defend this valuable asset in your online marketing arsenal, so stayed tuned. And if you haven’t grabbed the RSS feed yet, this might be a good time…
I know you thought you’d never hear me say this, but a plugin isn’t always the best way to handle a small change in your Wordpress Theme. Especially since each plugin adds it’s own load time to the overall page load time. Fast = visitors stay longer.
Come on, we are a generation of short-attention spanned humans, struggling to assimilate the thousands of bits of information that flow like a river into our awareness. The longer a page takes to load, the less inclined we are to look at other content on a site. One slow page, especially the main page, and most folks will pack up their little red wagon and move on.
Its true. Fancy blogs look good, but they take time to load on your visitors browser, and that can cost you. If it takes too long to load, that little voice in their head says “All the pages will take this long, do I really want to click the next link?”
At that point, you have lost them…many for good.
Although I have no hard numbers to back up this statement, I figure you have about 8 seconds. If they aren’t seeing real content delivered in 8 seconds, they are
In fact, we probably have them more often since we tend to *boldly go where no man has gone before*.
This week has been a week of just such difficulties. Some were self-induced (and therefore I have no one to blame, throw sticks at or give the evil eye), and some were brought on by outside influences. (Dare I say *hacker*?)
So, my apologies.. on the eve (so to speak) of a major launch, my site is in the toilet. If you visited and got a perfectly white page and nothing else, don't worry, it's not you. You have stepped off into the...
For those of you have followed my directions on a few of the plugins like Ohz Admin Panel or some of the commenting plugins, this upgrade will require a bit of extra work for you.
The new Wordpress contains some of these same features built right in. If you have also installed