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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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  • Caitlin January 19, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the very useful tips for those of us new to Wordpress, especially the SEO and plugins!

  • Shahbaz Sayyed October 16, 2014, 4:30 am

    I don’t understand no. 21 can you please explain it briefly. I mean why should i add these what will happen after that?
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  • Satish January 30, 2014, 10:38 pm

    Amazing Tips! Thank you.
    Really helped me set up my new WordPress blog.

  • Prabhat November 3, 2013, 7:34 am

    Great Post, thanks a lot.

    Now I have a list of at least 5 things to do with my blog.
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  • Prime Aque May 7, 2013, 10:17 am

    This tutorial is very comprehensive. This is a perfect guide for newbies who want to set up their Wordpress blog manually – I am once a newbie on Wordpress before I did the same thing. I have enabled the automatic ping services – that’s one of the best feature of Wordpress.

  • Mark April 28, 2013, 10:27 am

    Thanks for this quick guide!
    I have done most of the stuff on this list, but there’s alot of stuff I haven’t yet done like the RSS Feeds!

  • Fasil April 17, 2013, 2:52 am

    Hey Andrew. Sean Ogle, if you know him, suggested I read your post as I was just beginning my online business and I thought I knew everything and your post is very awesome.


  • 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 November 26, 2012, 1:53 pm


      You may be surprized how many people look to see those Privacy, Disclaimer type pages. Not only does Google like such pages, it helps improve your trust.

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  • 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.

  • carol m February 19, 2012, 10:40 pm

    I cannot believe how lucky I am to have found this website! It feels like Coming Home. And this article is one of the most useful I’ve seen anywhere on the internet. I’m 4 weeks into Blogging and amazingly I’ve already done some of these ‘must do’ things (happy!), but about half of these tips are completely new to me (also happy) because now I have a whole new set of things to learn about, and implement, and then blog about.

    My main blog is charting my journey to online mega-stardom – it’s a work in progress….and I give tips to my readers along the way – very much like Famous Bloggers itself. Articles like this one on 43 Tips for Beginners are so useful for all us new bloggers.

    I’m slightly curious – did you write 43 tips because of SEO research, or is that the number you ended up with after you’d written the article? I personally think it makes sense to use a number that isn’t 3, or 5 or 10, or 50 because there must be hundreds of lists that use these numbers already on the net. On the other hand, maybe people looking for tips, are putting those common numbers into their searches, but I doubt that.

    I’m particularly grateful for everything you list under ‘Traffic’ – pure information gold! And also the “MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer” plugin, and some other plugins I’d never heard of – syndication! You’ve got to love it! This article is incredibly time saving and useful.

    So thank you, thank you, Andrew – you’re a gem!

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    • Andrew February 20, 2012, 4:36 am


      I am so pleased you found FB (and in particular my guest post!).

      Why 43?

      You are right when you say…”is that the number you ended up with after you’d written the article?”.

      It was!

      Good luck on your journey to online mega-stardom – many of us will be watching closely!


      • carol m February 20, 2012, 6:39 am

        Thanks for replying Andrew, it’s appreciated. One thing I can’t quite get over yet, is how much fun this blogging business is. For example, when I posted an earlier comment here, I was puzzled by a line of text with a heart next to it about How to add a Photo to your Comments. To see what that was all about, I clicked on the link and found myself on my own website! I couldn’t believe it – how did that happen? Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing – It’ll take me a while to get over that.

        I’ve just posted another article, I wonder if that will appear here by magic…..let’s see
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    • Tony Medina June 10, 2012, 8:54 pm

      I concur with you Carol, Andrew is giving me more useful information in one page than I had gathered in weeks.

      So he really is a jewel!!!
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      • Carol June 11, 2012, 12:53 am

        And now, Tony Medina (above) has posted a comment on my own blog, so naturally, I checked out his site, and somewhere in my surfing I found your (Andrew’s) other post on How to Make a Blog: how to get 100’s of backlinks every day, and now I have a whole new website at http://www.webuildyourblog.com to help me to my mega stardom – still a work in progress.

        Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing – a lot of work though.

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  • Cathy February 14, 2012, 12:42 pm

    This is a great list. Number 17 is the most important one that most Wordpress newbies miss, and changing your permalinks to include post names is CRUCIAL for getting your blog found via search engines, and is easy to do (look under settings) even if you are not geeky or confident with technology – you just change the default button to look like what they says above – it is one of 4 choices.

    The other CRUCIAL thing you need to do VERY FIRST THING – is not on your list above. You NEED to go into the privacy settings and change it to “hide this site from search engines.” Do this first, then make all of your changes and updates and get the site looking good, and post a few blog posts, THEN go back in and de-select that button.

    This way search engines like Google don’t check out your blog and put it up on searches before you are ready, or worse yet – decide it is a lousy site and bury it even further in search rankings. But If you want to show a friend and get their opinion, you can give them the link yoursitename.com and they can see it, they just have to type it in, not search for it.

    Just don’t forget to change it back when you are ready to open your blog to the world!
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    • Andrew February 15, 2012, 5:06 am

      Hi Cathy

      Thanks for sharing a great tip. It is one that I do follow myself and I’m pleased you shared it!



    • carol m February 19, 2012, 10:58 pm

      Really? Hide your site until you’re ready to show it to the world? I asked this specific question at the Warrior Forum and they all said – get it visible as soon as possible, don’t wait – it takes ages for Google to index your site so get in early.

      I followed their advice…..that must be why I don’t have 10,000 visitors a day, yet. Yes, that must be it. :)

      Thanks for your advice Cathy – I’ll pass it on

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    • Tony Medina June 10, 2012, 9:06 pm

      Cathy, thank you for a great tip, I never thought of hiding my site from search engines, more like the opposite. It makes so much sense…
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      • Cathy June 10, 2012, 9:33 pm

        I will admit, I could be over emphasizing this idea of hiding your site until it is ready, but I have seen client’s new wordpress sites show up within a day on Google – especially if there are keywords in the site name or a good keyworded site headline/subhead. I’ve also seen other designers forget to do hide the site from Google, and clients be horrified that the site is showing up live, unfinished, while they work on it for weeks. If you are working with a designer, there are more sophisticated ways for a designer to work on a site and allow the client to see it before it goes live. But the way I suggest is simple and gets the job done, until you get the site done.
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  • TriNi December 20, 2011, 11:01 am

    Yikes, my apologies for the triple post! It kept telling me error, my comment didn’t go through. Feel free to delete two of those! :) sorry again.

  • TriNi December 20, 2011, 10:57 am

    I recently moved to Wordpress too from Blogger… Earlier this year actually, and even though I had done most of these things already, I learned a few new tricks to improve my blog.

    Thanks! Really appreciate it… Bookmarked too.. for future reference.. :)
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  • TriNi December 20, 2011, 10:53 am

    I recently moved to Wordpress too from Blogger, and even though I had done most of these things already, I learned a few new tricks to improve my blog. Thanks! Really appreciate it… Bookmarked too.. for future reference.. :)

  • Nathan November 5, 2011, 7:26 am

    Thank’s for this. I am going to transfer a blog from the Blogspot platform to WP as an SEO ‘experiment’. I have transferred from one blogging platform to another quite a few times but always skip and forget some of the steps you mentioned. The great thing about this post is that I can use it as a walk-through and tick/cross-off areas that I have done as a reminder. Thanks Andrew!

    • Andrew November 6, 2011, 8:42 am


      Good luck in the move and thanks for your kind words.


  • Priya October 31, 2011, 12:03 am

    Nice article. I shifted to wp from blogspot last month. but I lost entire organic traffic. all redirections happening perfectly. still old blogspot site(source site) still showing 200OK when checked in php header tool. It should show 301. any solution to this pls?

    • Andrew November 6, 2011, 8:41 am


      I think you are going to have to share some more info – I don’t understand your issue.


  • Saikrishna October 27, 2011, 10:24 am

    Planning to shift from blogger to Wp..Thanks for sharing some of this tips :)
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    • Andrew November 6, 2011, 8:37 am


      Good luck with the move!


  • samrat kafle October 24, 2011, 10:22 am

    Thank you Andrew for awesome post really very much helped a lot after installing wordpress.
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    • Andrew November 6, 2011, 8:36 am


      You are welcome and I hope it makes a difference.


  • Sam October 18, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Thanks so much for the valuable info, Andrew. Tip #21—Do you recommend doing this for a Website as opposed to a Blog? I don’t Blog (as of yet) on my website so I’m wondering if this will still encourage more traffic. I do add Posts frequently. Thanks, Andrew!


    • Andrew October 19, 2011, 4:59 am


      You don’t blog but you add posts? What’s the difference?

      If you are using your own WordPress hosting site then, yes, point 21 is relevant.

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      • Sam October 19, 2011, 10:11 am

        I meant that I don’t have a blog in the traditional sense…I have a fairly static website (for the most part). Anyway, thanks again for the wonderful tips. Much appreciated!

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  • Saket Jajodia October 9, 2011, 10:00 am

    Delete Uncategorized category..
    Change your permalink..
    For SEO I will suggest Yoast, using it from long time and it have many features..

    I didn’t knew about the point No.21, just now updated it.. really gr88 post, thanks.. :)
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  • Louise October 1, 2011, 11:26 am

    I found Woo themes brilliant. I’m working on the Canvas theme right now:)
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  • Louise October 1, 2011, 11:23 am

    Privacy, Disclaimer and Affiliate can you recommend templates you can get?
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  • mark September 30, 2011, 2:26 am

    This list of tips would be invaluable to a WordPress novice; in fact, after installing WordPress, going through this list should be the very next step. It would also serve as a useful check list for the more experienced. Just one suggestion, I use a plugin called StatPress which tracks and organises visitor stats and I’ve found it very useful.

  • Louise September 27, 2011, 7:02 am

    Brilliant I shall work my way through this lot! Sometimes you need to be reminded what needs to be done and lots of tips I was unaware of! Thanks

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