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43 Blogger Tips – What you should do after installing WordPress

After installing WordPress these are the best blogger tips I can share. I am assuming as you have installed WordPress you have already carried out your keyword research, so this blog post doesn’t cover the crucial stage of keyword research.

If you want more visitors, more natural traffic, a more ‘sticky’ (i.e. visitors stay longer) site and quickly indexed by Google, then check out this useful list.

(Please note there are many alternatives to the plugins mentioned – I just mention the ones I use).

Tidy up/Design

1. Adjust your time zone under ‘general’ settings.

2. Change “Other comment settings” and check the “Enable threaded (nested) comments 5 levels deep”, in ‘Discussion’ settings. This helps highlight any replies to any comments and is easier for the visitor to read.

3. Get yourself a Gravatar that will be displayed whenever you comment. Having a Gravatar helps promote you and your brand across the internet.

4. Get and install a personally designed header banner. Personally designed header banners make your blog stand out.

5. Change the “Display name publicly as” field to your name – under the “Users” menu tab. Doing this will display your name as the author of the blog posts you publish.

6. Delete the default “Blogroll links” and “Mr WordPress comment” – Under the “Blogroll” and “Comments” menu tabs.

7. Set up and install Google Analytics. The best free tool around to monitor your traffic stats.

8. Create an About Me page. You want to share a little about you and what you can do for your visitors.

9. Create a Contact page, so visitors can easily make contact with you.

10. Have a Favicon designed and installed – it’s all about your personal branding.

11. Delete the “hello world” default blog post.

12. Add a Privacy page. This is the page where you tell your visitor what you do with any data they give you.

13. Add a Disclaimer page. You also need to add a ‘Disclaimer’ page. This is the page that stipulates what you mention on your blog may not suit everyone and not everyone will get the same results.

14. Add an Affiliate Disclosure page. I believe in being totally open and honest with my visitors. If I am going to make some income from someone clicking on a link on my site, I like to tell them and so should you. This page should tell your visitors that you make an income using affiliate links on your blog.

15. Move to a premium theme. Those free WordPress themes are very ‘clunky’ – hard to change, difficult to maintain and restrictive in their design. For the best premium themes check out this post: Premium WordPress Themes


16. Add a blog title and tagline that includes your primary keyword phrase in the ‘General’ settings.

17. Change the ‘permalinks’ (‘permalinks’ under ‘settings’) structure to a custom structure: /%post_id%/%postname%/ This structure is deemed the best for SEO purposes.

18. Set up your categories using your keyword phrases. Again this helps with SEO.

19. By using the Google Webmaster tools, you can quickly get your blog indexed. Verifying ownership of your Blog via the Google Webmaster Tools.


21. Change the ‘Update Service’ under the ‘Writing settings’ to include the following sites:




















All the above sites will be updated when you publish a blog post.

22. Add a FeedBurner RSS Feed so visitors can be automatically informed when you add a blog post.

23. Also allow subscription to your blog via email.

24. RSS Directories. Performing this will make your blog index quicker in the search engines and can provide a steady stream of organic traffic. RSS Directories hold millions of links to websites and blogs and are some of the most visited websites on the internet.

By adding your blog’s RSS feed to the RSS Directories, every future blog post you add to your blog, will automatically be added to the RSS Directory. And that means it could potentially be seen by thousands of visitors and your blog will receive a powerful backlink from the RSS Directory.

You only have to add your blog’s RSS feed to the RSS directory once and everything is set up to work automatically.

One of the best RSS Directories for rankings is: http://feedagg.com

25. Start building your list by giving something of quality, away.

26. Start adding valuable comments on other blogs – get your name out there.

27. Add unique blog posts as least 3 times a week to your blog.


28. If you have used FTP to upload WordPress – store/remember your ftp login details. You can waste hours looking for access details.

29. Change the password of your WordPress Admin login. Some hosting sites provide the password when you first install WordPress – change it – you just never know who has also seen it.

30. Change the WordPress admin username – most hackers know that ‘admin’ is the username and then they only have to guess the password. Make it twice as hard and change the admin username to something other than ‘admin’

31. Keep WordPress and your plugins up to date. Often WordPress and plugins are updated due to security reasons. Keep your site updated on the latest versions. Make sure you backup before you upgrade and test after your upgrade.

Must Have Plugins

32. Add the Akismet and WP-SpamFree Anti-Spam plugins to reduce the amount of spam comments you receive.

33. Install the ‘Subscribe to comments’ plugin so visitors return and can reply to other commenters.

34. Show some Google Link Luv by installing the CommentLuv, KeywordLuv and DoFollow plugins.

35. Install the All-In-One-SEO plugin and include your primary keyword phrase in the ‘Home Title, ‘Home Description’ and ‘Home Keywords’.

36. Install the Google XML Sitemap plugin and manually build your sitemap. It helps get your site indexed.

37. Add the WP-DBManager plugin and schedule backups to be created everyday.

38. Make Better Use of the 404 Pageautomatically redirect the reader to a list of your best posts or you can present them your entire post archives. The  404 SEO plugin will help.

39. Improve the security of your blog by installing Login Lockdown.

40. Install a caching plugin like WP-Super-Cache to make your blog load faster.

41. Install SexyBookMarks plugin so visitors can easily socially bookmark your blog posts.

42. Install the “SEO Friendly Images” plugin. SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with extra search engine optimization functionality.

43. By installing the “MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer” plugin, when you create a new blog post, your blog will ping and notify all the ping services that it has been updated. This encourages search engines and different blog directories/services to index your updated blog properly.

So there you have 43 blogger tips which will help your blog receive more visitors, more natural traffic, be a more ‘sticky’ (i.e. visitors stay longer) site and quickly indexed by Google.

What are your views? What have I missed? Share your views in the comments below.

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Andrew is a full-time Internet Marketing Specialist and blogger from the UK. At his blog he shares all his knowledge and experience on how to make a blog .


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  • Mohd Arif May 19, 2016, 10:50 am

    There are pieces of information in here that I would have to read a few times just to get an idea of what they really are and how I’ll be able to utilize them effectively. I’m not really that tech savvy. However, I’m quite familiar with the ‘All In One SEO Pack’ and ‘WordPress SEO by Yoast’. I’m glad that you took the time to compile this information for bloggers like me. I really appreciate it.

  • Lorenzo March 20, 2013, 10:51 am

    You can also use the JetPack plugin to setup basic analytics for your site. I use Gaug.es, JetPack, and Google Analytics.

  • Ansh February 26, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Nice plugin collection Andrew. I guess they are truely must have plugin collection list for any kind of blog .

  • Carolm December 21, 2012, 2:19 am

    I first found famous bloggers website a couple of months ago – and I’m still using the information I am learning here. I’ve learned all sorts of tips from famousbloggers, and they are still working for me by bringing increased and quality traffic to my blog.

    I have also found out about some other really useful people to know from links I’ve found on this website.

    So thanks Famous Bloggers for publishing such high quality Content that we can all learn from.

    • Andrew February 27, 2013, 3:33 am

      That’s great, Carolm.

      I see you have visited my site, commented and provided feedback on my free blogging guide – thank YOU.


  • Marijn
    November 26, 2012, 8:24 am

    Hi Andrew. It has been said a few times already, but great post indeed. I\’m using a standard theme and it\’s working quite alright for me for now. Perhaps I should take some time and money to switch to a premium theme.I don\’t see the need to add those Privacy, Disclaimer and Affiliate Disclosure pages just yet, who knows in some time I will. Three posts a week also seems like a bit much to me. Time to start writing then I suppose 🙂

  • Andrew
    June 11, 2012, 3:08 am


    I have 40+ plugins installed but there are things you can do to speed up the loading time of your site.

    Check out my ‘site speed’ blog series. This post has links to all posts in the series:


    Re: “KStats reloaded” or “NewStatPress”

    I prefer my own stats plugin 🙂

    Do a search for ‘Pro Blog Stats’ – I cannot add another link in the comments.

    I hope that helps.

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  • Tony Medina
    June 10, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Andrew, I got so excited with the information you, and other bloggers provided that I have installed quite a few more plugins onto my WP.

    I am now concerned that it may slow my site a bit.

    Q 1.- Approximately how many plugins would you consider enough before it is counterproductive.

    Q 2.- Which plugin would you prefer “KStats reloaded” or “NewStatPress”

    Thanks Andrew, much appreciated.
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  • Tony Medina
    June 10, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Thanks Andrew for the generous content of your posts, I cannot believe how many mistakes I have already made building my blog. I feel very fortunate to have finally found your site, and will start implementing your many tips. I am sure my followers will benefit too.
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  • Rashmi Sinha April 25, 2012, 6:43 pm

    After installing Wordpress is where the fun starts. And the work of course. Many think that when you finish designing your blog they are all set. Not even close to truth. There are so many things to do! But the basics steps are presented here, so thank you for sharing them.
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  • Robin Carlisle April 18, 2012, 4:13 am

    How funny? Just finished my own step-by-step list to expedite blog creation and I have about 30 of the same to-do’s on my list. Nice to know I’m doing something right and heading in the right direction. Now about the back-linking debacle. Totally makes me skiddish to outsource any of it, but I’m overwhelmed thinking about the heavy workload it entails, especially for multiple blogs. What’s your plan since Google’s latest back-linking clean-sweep? Were you outsourcing; did you handle it yourself; and what are your plans now? I’m not looking for the easy way out. I’m just looking for the easiest way to stay in the game with the increased workload.

  • Koundeenya
    April 17, 2012, 9:01 am

    OMG! I never thought I’m supposed to take care of these many things after setting up my wordpress. I just did my on-page seo and left the site and being using it. Atleast i’ll make them all happen by now. Thanks anyways
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  • Victor April 5, 2012, 8:28 am

    Great plugins set Andrew! I’d also add All in One SEO Pack – greatly helps to optimize your SEO with Wordpress.
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  • Trung Nguyen
    April 2, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Awesome tips, I think it’s really helpful for new blogger who has started new WP blog. Thanks for share your great experience.
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  • Navin Kunwar
    March 19, 2012, 9:05 am

    Awesome list, it will really help new bies like me. thanks
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  • zimbrul
    March 15, 2012, 6:36 am

    I’ve got a stupid question to ask: when you start a new blob what is the right time to let search engines index your content? Is it just after you’ve written your firs blog post or after you populate the blog with many articles?
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    • Andrew
      March 16, 2012, 6:42 am


      That’s not a stupid question – it’s a great one and depending upon who you ask – you may get different answers.

      My thoughts are let the search engines index your content after you have adding your first blog post. But make sure you have about 10 blog posts all ready to be published within the next few weeks. Get into a consistent approach to puiblishing posts – at least twice a week.

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  • sai krishna
    March 13, 2012, 11:30 am

    i’m sure that wp database manager is must have for every blog . its help us to save our blog from hacked situations .
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  • Jay Castillo
    March 8, 2012, 2:46 am

    Awesome list Andrew, thanks a lot for sharing! For those using WP Super Cache, I would like to add DB cache Reloaded Fix, and Better WordPress Minify. These plugins help make your wordpress blog load even faster. I used to use W3 Total Cache instead of these three plugins but somehow it stopped working properly a few days ago, and I settled for a combination of these 3, for now.

    I would also like to mention WP Smush.it (to optimize images automatically when you upload them to wordpress), and RSS Footer (helps turn scraper sites into a source of back-links).

  • carol m March 2, 2012, 4:34 am

    The Ultimate TinyMCE plugin is brilliant – it adds lots of formatting options.
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  • Salman
    February 28, 2012, 6:44 am

    Pretty nice and detailed list of to do things after installing wordpress CMS.
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  • Mark
    February 27, 2012, 6:06 am

    I’d add growmap plugin to that list. And autoptimize.

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