If you have your blog set up on WordPress – congratulations, you are on your way to creating an amazing blog! Many of the pro bloggers agree that WordPress is the BEST platform to use for your blogging – if you’re wanting to build a professional, profitable, successful blog. It’s what I recommend to all the bloggers in our Profitable Blogging For Beginners Online Class – and it’s what I use and love myself!
Now that you have blog set up, you will want to begin adding some great content. Readers will be drawn in by an attractive looking blog with some great bells and whistles. But your content is what will keep readers coming back again and again.
How To Write A Post In WordPress
Step One – From your dashboard, find the “Posts” menu. Choose “Add New” from the drop down menu. You can choose to create your content directly in your editor, or you can create your content in a word processing program and copy and paste.
I usually prefer to create my posts directly in the WordPress editor. I like to be able to make sure that my formatting is going to look right on the blog page. And I really like the ease with which I can add media to my posts. However, I have used a word processing program if I cannot connect to the internet for some reason. In those cases, I’ve written my post and then copied and pasted when I had access to internet again.
There are two tabs at the top of your post editing page. One says “Visual” and one says “Text.” The Visual tab is the one you will probably use the most often. In the Visual mode, you will see the text and media the way it will be shown on your blog page. If you have HTML code to paste or create, you’ll use the Text tab. Often affiliate links or banners will be in HTML code, so you’ll want to put them in using the Text tab. Sometimes you’ll receive photos in HTML code. You can paste that into your Text tab to add the photos.
Step Two – In the “Categories” section, you’ll want to choose a category for your post. When you are very new to blogging, you won’t have many categories set, so you can create categories that will help readers be able to find the topics covered in your blog posts. “Categories” are different than “Tabs” which we’ll look at below. You can think of categories as broad topics. If a reader comes to your blog and types “homeschooling” into the search field, they want to see all of your posts that deal with that topic. So all of the posts you’ve labeled with that category will show up.
Step Three – “Tags” are any keywords that fit your blog post. Choose two to five best keywords to tag your blog post.
Step Four – Know how to add some images. Depending on what type of information you’ll be publishing on your blog, you’ll probably want to use photos. If you have a “how-to” post or a review post, photos are especially important. Photos are some of those bells and whistles I talked about earlier. You can write a stellar post, but if your whole post is all words and no pictures, many readers won’t even begin reading. Use photos that will enhance your writing and appeal to your audience.
Step Five – Publish or Schedule. After you a complete a post, you may want to publish it right away. To do this click the blue “Publish” button.
Sometimes, however, you may want to write posts ahead of time. You can schedule your post to go live at any time. Click the time/date section, setting the date and time you want, then click the gray “OK” button. Your post will be published on that day and time. Until then, you’ll still the post in your editor, but your readers won’t see it on your blog.
Scheduling posts can be important. If you have a great idea for a series of posts, you may want to write all of the posts in the series right away while it is fresh on your mind. But you don’t want to publish five posts all at once. So schedule them out over a week or a few weeks.
If You Need To Make Changes Later… You can edit a post before you publish it or after you publish it. Click on “Posts” in the left sidebar of your dashboard. Choose “All Posts.” When you hover over the name of a post, you can choose to view it or edit it.
If you are reading your post after it’s live, and you notice an error, you can click “Edit post” from the top of the page.
Anytime you edit your post, click on “Update” to save the new copy. It’s no fun to make several corrections and then close out of the program without saving, only to realize later that your changes aren’t showing up.
What About Pages? How Do I Create Those?
One bonus topic to touch on: Pages. Creating pages follows almost exactly the same process as creating posts. Choose “Pages” from the left sidebar and then choose “Add New.” An editor will open just like the one you used in creating your posts. You can type into it in the same way and even add pictures or other media.
Pages can be used as part of your blog’s menu that readers can click on when they look at your blog. They can be used for static information like an “About Me” page or an FAQ page or a page to sell a digital product on your blog.
We’ve covered the basic information that will help you to get started with your WordPress blog. You can now begin to create your quality content and grow your readership.
What Was Your First Blog Post About?
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