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Is Your WordPress Blog Set Up Properly?

February 2, 2012 | By Adrienne Smith

 Is Your WordPress Blog Set Up Properly?I’ve been blogging since the summer of 2009 so I often forget just how much I really do know.  To me some of the simplest things I don’t even think about anymore.  I do remember starting out though and not knowing a darn thing.  I’ll admit, those times were tough.

That’s why I’m so passionate about helping others who are so lost here online.   My heart just goes out to everyone who is where I was back then and still trying to figure things out.

My Aha Moment in 2012

I just had my first aha moment this week.  I had several people ask me at the very beginning of this year to write a post about pinging which I did just this week.  I admit I was very surprised at the number of people who weren’t familiar with this term.  I honestly had no idea so many people still didn’t know what it was or that WordPress automatically does this for you.


If you are one that isn’t sure what pinging is, be sure to read that post.  But don’t go just yet because I have a feeling you’re really going to want to hear what I’m about to share with you in this post.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

Because I was hit with so many people who didn’t really understand what pinging was it got me to thinking.  We are told we need a blog so we install WordPress and we’re off and running but were you aware of everything you really should put into place in order for it to be set up properly?

Now before I continue, this is for all those self hosted WordPress blogs, not the free versions over at WordPress.com.  Sorry Bill Dorman, you’re being left out yet again!  I promise I’ll get around to something you can bite into soon okay!

Permalinks

I’ve already covered pinging and that post is what inspired me to write this one.

The first thing I do want to share with you is how to set up your permalinks properly.

If you’ve never heard of a Permalink, it just means how a URL of a WordPress post appears.  So by default they look something like this www.your-site.com/?p=123.  Now SEO is very important so you want your keywords in your URL so the search engines can pick those up!  In order to do that, all you need to do is change your default Permalink.

In order to do that you will need to be in your WordPress dashboard and you want to go to “Settings” and “Permalinks”.  Under “Common Settings” you’ll see where it says “Custom Structure”.  Click that and then add this code /%postname%/.  Now when you see your URL, it will look like this www.your-site.com/your-posts-name.  Tada, you’re all done.

One word of warning…  If your blog has been up for awhile and you get an error message after you do this, don’t freak out.  I suggest calling your hosting company and ask them how to get around this because I certainly don’t claim to be a coder.  I’m sure my friend Jeffrey will come to the rescue after he reads this one and save the day for us all.  I definitely will leave that up to the pros.

XML Sitemap

Here’s another one you want to be sure is in place.  An XML Sitemap is basically a directory that allows search spiders to find and index every single page of your website. You want them to be able to find the pages they might have otherwise missed. If you haven’t installed this yet then you are just letting all your hard work go to waste.

This is why I love WordPress so much because you can just upload a plug-in, install it, follow the instructions and you’re done.  You definitely want to be sure and install the Google XML Sitemaps plug-in. Don’t worry, it’s easy.  Once that’s done we now need to go to the next step which is to submit your blog to Google and the other search engines.

Google Webmaster Tools

I’m sure you’ve heard of this service before even if you weren’t sure exactly what it was.  Once you have the XML Sitemap installed you need to add your site to Google. What Google Webmaster Tools does is it lets you access data that was generated when they crawled and indexed your website.  It displays Google’s view of your site, helps you diagnose site issues, lets you share information with Google to improve your site’s visibility in search engine results, provides you with crawl statistics, recent queries, errors and other information that Google collects about your site… really, the Google Webmaster Tools is a pretty awesome free service.

You want to register using the same gmail account that is connected to Google Analytics.  You will have to upload a file to the root of your server so that Google knows you are indeed the webmaster.  The instructions are pretty simple to follow I promise.

Google Analytics

As I just mentioned, you definitely need to have Google Analytics. It’s a must because it will show you how people found your site and what they did once they were there. With this information you can increase conversions and learn where you need to make improvements.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.  Once you sign up with them they will give you a code that you can put on your blog and because I have Thesis, that’s really easy to do.  But if you don’t want to mess with that I suggest you just download their free plug-in.  It will do all the work for you.

Suggested Plug-ins

Here are a few plug-ins that I believe will help you set a few things up that you’ll definitely need:

  • Contact Page: You definitely want people to be able to get in touch with you so a Contact Page is a must.  I’ve used a few different plug-ins but the one I have been using for awhile now is Clean Contact.
  • Great SEO feature: If you aren’t using a paid theme like Thesis, you’ll want to grab a good plug-in that will help you with your SEO.  The one I suggest is All In One SEO Pack but Yoast has a good one too.  It’s called WordPress SEO.
  • ReplyMe: When someone comments on your post and you respond, it will send an email to that person automatically letting them know what you said.  It’s a great way to keep the conversation going in your comments.  You can download it here.
    Note: This plugin is no longer being supported but CommentLuv Premium added this feature in one of their updates.
  • CommentLuv:  I can’t say enough great things about CommentLuv.  They have a free version but the premium version is definitely worth the price in my book.  It has so many added features but it’s main purpose is sharing the link love in the comment section and it’s a great way for new readers to find your blog posts.
  • Spam Filter: We all hate spam and there are a lot of plug-ins that will help cut this down.  GASP is one of the best I’ve found.  What it does is it puts a box at the end of your comment so that people have to check it.  It cuts down on the bots automatically sending spammy comments to your site.  With the CommentLuv Premium version, this one is included.
  • Do Follow:  When you create your blog your comments are automatically nofollow.  In order to remove this nasty old attribute you have to install the DoFollow plug-in.  This is another thing I love about CommentLuv premium.  This plug-in is included as well so that’s just one more extra one you don’t have to worry about.
  • Mobile Access: Unless you are a high tech whiz most people don’t consider this.  I didn’t for the longest time but when people view your blog from their phones you want them to be able to read your posts.  The plug-in I use is WPTouch but if you find a better one, feel free to use that one.  Make it easy for people to view your content from their hand held device.  In the near future that will be the only way they view your content.

Few More Suggestions

I just have a few more suggestions that I think are important for the overall workability of your blog.

  • About Me Page: Everyone should have an about me page.  Remember guys, this is a people business so new people just visiting your place will want to learn more about you.  Tell them what you use to do, why you’re here and what you will share with them on your blog.
  • Favicon: Set up a Favicon so that your site stands out from all the rest.  A Favicon is a small icon, most commonly 16×16 pixels, associated with a particular website or blog.  It sits in the address bar of your browser.  If you look up at your browser while here on my site you notice my photo to the left of the text in this browser.  That’s a Favicon.  If you want to learn how to create your own, I shot a video that may help.
  • Social sharing buttons: You definitely want it easy for your readers to share your content so be sure and help them with this.  I’ve tried so many myself but my favorite one is Share Juice Pro and you can try it for free for 30 days.   When you set these up, don’t forget to set up your Twitter ID.  You definitely want to thank the people who shared your content.
  • Backup your Blog: Last I want to just share how extremely important it is that you back up your blog on a regular basis.  There are a few plug-ins that will do this but I have yet to locate one that will also back up your images as well as your theme.  It’s best that you just back it up directly from your CPanel and if you need instructions on how to do this my friend Jeffrey Morgan explained this over at Barry Wells’ blog.

Is Your WordPress Blog Set Up Properly?

So is your WordPress blog set up properly?  Do you have everything I mentioned above in place or some of it at least?  Were you aware of the majority of this?  I know a good bit of you are pretty familiar with what I shared here but since my post on pinging, I’m now aware of just how many people are more than likely not up to date on a good bit of this.

Sure hope you found this post helpful and if you run into some problems, don’t hesitate to ask.  Be sure to share with me in the comments any other suggestions you would recommend that you feel are a necessary.  There is plenty more that I have on my blog of course but I believe to initially set it up correctly, these are a must.

Thanks for hanging in here with me once again and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Until then, have a really great day!

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

P.S.  Please know that any affiliate links mentioned in this post are mine and I will make a commission from any products that you purchase.

{ 231 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jamella Biegel
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February 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Once again you’ve come to my rescue! I did not know that the picture in the address bar is called a Favicon. I knew I didn’t have one and was wondering how to set it up. Now, thanks to you again, I will be able to.

You are the best!

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2 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Hi Jamella,

Glad to hear that you have your blog set up properly and the only thing that was missing was your favicon. I know that it helps people remember your site when all of it flows together. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with.

My pleasure Jamella and thank you so much for those kind words. :-)

Enjoy your day!

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3 Stephen Peters February 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Great list of plug-ins Adrienne. Thank you so much for taking the time to list these! I have much your suggestions set up,… but not all. I’ve wondered about the “Favicons” but never checked it out. I’ll have to watch you video to help me get it figured out. The “ReplyMe” looks like another must have I need to work on. Great post! Great help!

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4 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hi Stephen,

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the post and that you have the majority of this set up. That’s really what I wanted to hear.

I hope the video is easy to follow and it’s really not hard to do at all. I think everyone needs theirs set up.

The ReplyMe plug-in is a must in my book. That’s how I’m aware that my comment was replied to because I don’t necessarily want to be in on everyone’s conversations. I’ve never get anything done.

Glad you found this one helpful and I hope you enjoy your day!

By the way, your link isn’t working. Even when I hit the home page on your blog and then the title to this post, it takes me nowhere.

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5 Carolyn
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February 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Another helpful post by the tech expert! Thanks so much for all of these helpful hints. I set all of these up when I started my blog (except for the pinging, you helped me with that) as I read a bunch of blogging books. But I set up my permalinks with the month and year and post name. I can’t remember why, but that’s what I did.

I hadn’t thought to change my Favicon since I got a new logo, thanks for reminding me.

You are amazing, Adrienne. Be prepared for loads of traffic because this is going to be one hot post!

Thanks for guiding us all! :-)

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6 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Ah thanks Carolyn! I knew that a good bit of my blogging buddies would have the majority of this set up so that’s really what I love hearing.

I just remember that the keywords you are going for are the most important thing in your URL and I didn’t want that link to be longer than it already is for when people share it. That’s why I just went with the title myself.

Glad I reminded you to change your favicon. Since you have the new look you definitely want to keep that all consistent. That will take you no time at all. :-)

Thank you Carolyn, I appreciate that as always. You are oh so kind my friend. I do hope this post will be extremely helpful but I would much prefer hearing about how most people have all of this already into place. Just in case, Adrienne to the rescue! :-) Think Bill will be upset with me again?

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7 Carolyn
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February 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Adrienne, I think you should keep up the good work upsetting Bill. Eventually he will realize his genius belongs on a self-hosted blog! :-D

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8 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

As I was writing this post Carolyn I could already hear Bill’s comment! A-G-A-I-N!!! When will you ever share something I can bite into?? I was chucking which is why I had to make note and let him know I still love him! :-)

Maybe someday his wife will let him switch! lol…

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9 Carolyn
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February 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What a great idea for a Valentine’s Tech gift for Bill! I hope his wife reads this. ;-)

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10 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

That’s a great idea Carolyn! Bill, are you listening? :-) Send this to your wife!!!

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11 Bill Dorman
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February 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I’m waiting for the post on how to be all things great from a free site; or all the things a free site can do to make you great.

My wife is the family CFO; every penny goes through her. It would be a hard sell to go self-hosted just to promote my greatness. I’m pretty sure if there is no income associated with it; she will say not only no, but…..no louder.

It does look like my youngest son will start work on the 13th and at least be making enough to cover his living expenses; maybe I can slip the request in then, huh?

As busy as my day has been, I did have to stop by to defend myself if necessary….:)

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12 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I guess I’d have to go get me a free site and then figure all of this out too Bill! I tell you what, why don’t you do that for us in a post. That way I can send my readers over to you whenever they ask me those questions. Oh yeah!

Your wife sounds like my Mom! Harsh but oh so realistic when it comes to money matters. So no Valentines self hosted blog present for you I guess. Boohoo… :-(

How about I just say a little prayer for you Bill! lol… I sympathize with you but at the same time, your wife sounds like a very smart lady and I know you’re thrilled to have her beside you. We are the backbone for many families and it sounds like your wife is the one for yours. Good for her!

Didn’t mean to pull you away from your busy day but as I was writing this you definitely came to mind. So I promise I won’t just be writing about all of this for the remainder of the year! Thanks for hanging in and being such a good sport.

Enjoy your afternoon Bill.

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13 Carolyn
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February 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Bill, with every post you show us how free can be great. :-)

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14 Bill Dorman
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February 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I was hoping for new golf clubs………..:).

Ok, you two wonders of tech, if you can make my Santa Claus go away I will be really happy. I have gone to WordPress; Avatar; Livefyre & Disqus and changed it back to my original, but Santa keeps showing up. I don’t know where to go or what else to change………..help………..

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15 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I didn’t see Santa Bill. Where is he popping up? What did you do to make him appear?

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16 Bill Dorman
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February 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Huh, you can’t see a Santa pic as my Avatar for your replies?

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17 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Oh your gravatar. You need to go over to Gravatar.com and change the picture in there. You have it connected to your business email address.

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18 Bill Dorman
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February 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I have and Santa doesn’t even show up there; I have gone to every commenting system where I have a photo…….I can’t make it go away.

19 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It’s so tiny Bill it was hard to see what it was to be honest with you but when I look at it closer I can tell it’s Santa. You just need to change your avatar… Shouldn’t take any time at all.

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20 Carolyn
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February 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You must have been very naughty, Bill. ;-)

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21 Devesh February 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Fantastic post, gal. This is a great guide and very useful for someone who’s setting up a WordPress Blog.

Thanks for sharing !!

-Dev

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22 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Thanks Dev, glad you approve.

I’m sure I left some things out but I wanted to cover what I felt were the most important parts to getting your blog set up properly. That means a lot coming from you.

Have a fabulous day my friend!

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23 Barry Ranns
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February 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Wonderful advice once again, with great tips. I now have SEO Super Comments installed.

Knowing which plug-ins are available, we can find that in many places, but knowing what the plug-ins do, and what benefit they have is something different, and you give us it all. Once again you deliver the goods and more.

The favicon is a great idea, one which I also utilise. In fact one of my list building tools is a free Favicon Creator. I won’t give you the link for this, as it is not my blog, and it may not gel with Adriennes video,

Great stuff once again, my friend,

Barry

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24 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hi Barry,

That’s wonderful, that’s a great plug-in to have. People often forget that comments can get ranked too.

I know what you mean Barry. I’ll see a list of ones people recommend but I have no idea what they do or why I need them. I think a lot of people can go overboard with plug-ins but some can really help your blog so for those I say go for it.

I think that any Favicon creator will do Barry. It would be the same process for uploading it to your server but thanks for letting me know.

Have a wonderful day and I appreciate your support.

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25 sunil prajapat
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February 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

i just started my blog before 20 days back..this post will certainly help me..Adrienne can u pls post something about how to get more traffic, improve alexa ranking pls…

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26 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Hi Sunil,

Happy to hear that you are just starting out so if you don’t have all of this set up yet, be sure and jump on that.

Oh my friend, I’ve written several posts on the subject of traffic. In order to get your Alexa ranking low quickly you need more quality backlinks to your site. Here are two posts that I’m sure you’ll find helpful:

30 Ways To Promote Your Blog For Free
My Secret To Blogging Success

Happy reading! :-)

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27 Paul February 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I always love your content. I’m also happy that you share the content and the love with all of us. Have a great week and looking forward to the next. By the way do you think you might be at Blog World West this year?

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28 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Thank you Paul, I’m so happy to hear that. Glad you are getting something from my posts.

Do you have a blog yet? Would love for you to share it with us.

I doubt that I’ll be attending Blog World West this year Paul. I hope to make one of them soon though.

Have an amazing day!

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29 sunil prajapat
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February 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

thank you so much Adrienn… you are a life saver and an Angel for bloggers..keep doing the good work :)

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30 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

My pleasure and I’ll continue to do my very best! :-)

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31 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Adrienne, this is a great, great post of yours :)

I remember buying a $47 eBook 3 years ago to learn how to set up my Wordpress blogs that didn’t teach me anything more than this blog post of yours.

You are right, there are a lot of newbies that don’t know much at all about all this suff. Well, if no one shows you, how who would you know? Like I said, I had to buy a book to find out about it. As a matter of fact, there are a couple of plugins that you mentioned here that I didn’t know about and will definitely look into it.

Thank God I am down to only 3 blogs now :) and I feel that I can concentrate on uptimizing them better now.

Thanks Adrienne,
Have a happy day :)

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32 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Thank you, I’m really surprised that I’ve shared more in this post that was helpful then the product you purchased over three years ago. That’s just kind of sad don’t you think?

I wish there was some kind of guide and I’m sure there is about all the things you will need to set up your blog so that you can tract how well you’re doing, where your traffic is coming from, how you can utilize SEO, etc. I have a feeling I’ll end up creating a product around blogging and how to not only set it up properly but to really get it some attention. You know, have it all located in just one place instead of spread out into different posts that is hard to elaborate on at times.

That’s great Sylviane, three blogs is still a lot to keep up with so I applaud you for that. I’m loving the two that I know of, great job!

Have a wonderful day yourself. Speak soon.

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33 Linda February 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I got everything set up – but don’t have the SEO Super Comments plugin.

This is an excellent informative post for all new beginners. I know how overwhelming it is when you first start something new, especially wordpress….it is so different that anything else out there.

Thanks for your hard work Adrienne :)

Have a GREAT day!
Linda

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34 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I don’t doubt that you do Linda so that’s fabulous news. I learned about the SEO Super Comments plug-in over at Ana’s place last year. We all know that she’s the traffic queen and once social media started being found in the search engines, we definitely want our comments there as well.

Thank you, I thought or hope it will be helpful for a lot of the newer bloggers. As you said, this can really be very overwhelming for most who are just getting started and really don’t understand all the benefits of setting your blog up properly. I know there are still a lot of things you can do with them and it depends on what you are here to accomplish.

I appreciate your comment Linda, thank you so much. You are so supportive of my blog and I really do appreciate that! Have a fabulous day young lady and hope all is looking up for you!

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35 Hajra
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February 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Every time I come here, I just keep loving you more ;)

Like I mentioned I do have something new planned and everything helps at the moment. My personal blog was all set up by a friend who handled all the technical hiccups. But this time, though there are going to be two of us at a blog, I am hoping to learn everything about the technicalities. Though it might be a little confusing, I feel more in control when I have it all sorted out by myself.

Though the contest is keeping me busy at the moment, I think I will start on other things by next month seriously! Just have to get over with the contest now ;)

Thanks for this. Book marked it for future! :)

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36 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hi Hajra,

Ah, thank you.. I’m so happy to hear that. Sure hope I can keep you coming back for more!

I like knowing how to do things so that I’ll know what’s involved. There are some areas that I certainly don’t claim to know it all and that would be more about design and stuff. Setting up a blog though is not hard at all.

I can’t wait to hear more about what you have planned.

I know this contest is keeping your busy and I sure hope you’re doing well with it. Keeping my fingers crossed for you Hajra.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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37 Deeone
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February 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Wow Adrienne,

You really loaded this bad boy up with a lot of great information!! I’m actually proud to say that many of which I’ve managed to cover… go figure huh? :D Of course, there’s still a few things that I should definitely get a jump on, such as the sitemap, and Webmaster Tool. I’ve heard of this, but many bloggers have told me that it was necessary. It had something to do with the Thesis theme already having it included or something like that. I guess I better look into that further.

I also haven’t done the mobile access for my site, and you’re right… it never crossed my mind. But, I can see why it would be important to include. There’s so many people at the moment using their mobile devices to access the internet. I don’t foresee that going away anytime soon. If anything, it’ll get more popular over the next couple of years.

This was a great share, my friend. Thanks as usual for your wonderful insights into the blogosphere.

Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

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38 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hi Deeone,

Yeah, it took me awhile to write this one I’ll admit. Trying not to overdo it but think of all the important things I felt needed to be addressed. I’m so thrilled to hear that you have the majority of this all covered. Fabulous!

The Thesis theme dos not have these included. The Thesis theme is great for making some things much easier to install but that’s it.

When people access your blog through their mobile device, they’ll get a headache scrolling back and forth just trying to read your posts. They’ll quickly move to something else so installing a plug-in that will help them access your posts will definitely benefit you in the long run. You are right, this is the way things are headed so I’m sure over time these plug-ins will also improve.

Thanks Deeone and glad you found this one helpful.

I’ll definitely enjoy the rest of my week and hope you do the same. :-)

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39 Praveen Rajarao
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February 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

All the awesome features and plugins of WordPress rightly explained with a tinge of self experience. Very nicely done, and i am sure this will be very useful for all bloggers out there who have either started newly or even those who have made their names in this blogosphere. There is never a time when I still wonder why I have so many errors in my page load and why my keywords are not proper. It is always good to keep your blog clean and “Google” friendly.

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40 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hey Praveen,

I love how you described that, thanks!

Thank you and I also hope this will be useful for new bloggers and even some that have been here awhile yet are still scratching their heads about a few things.

I have learned as I’ve gone about page loads and errors myself Praveen. I remember when people use to ask me where my traffic was coming from and I had no idea you could install Google Analytics on your site and it would tell you everything. I slowly learned over time and I’m so very happy that I did.

I appreciate your input on this topic Praveen so thank you for stopping by today. You are always a pleasure to see.

Have a beautiful day!

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41 Dee Ann Rice
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February 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Adrienne,

Great post on how to set up a WordPress blog properly.

It is really true that when you are starting out just trying to get the plugins that a need installed it an effort.

How easily we forget how complicated it was to set up a blog the first time.

Dee Ann

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42 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hi Dee Ann,

Aren’t we glad we aren’t starting from scratch again? I know when I set up my other blog for Alex’s course I was trying to remember everything I needed. There’s so much to remember.

Thanks for visiting today Dee Ann and I’ll catch up with you soon.

~Adrienne

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43 Cathy
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February 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This post is filled with great information! I had many of those plug-ins, but not all, so appreciate the list and the reasons behind the plugins. I’m definitely saving this one to refer back to.

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44 Adrienne Smith
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February 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Hi Cathy,

Glad you found this post helpful and I’m happy to see your site back up. I couldn’t comment the other day and it was even down on your fan page. Happy to see it back up and running.

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45 Oliver Tausend
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February 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hi Adrienne,

thanks for sharing your knowledge and you definitely have a lot of it. I couldn’t agree more that it is highly important that a blog is set up properly. Not all things are set up properly by default. Even when the WP software pings every blog post automatically, it does so too when posts are edited. So we definitely need certain plugins – not only for that issue – to fix certain things that could get us into trouble, or that hurts our chances of success in general.

Be blessed

Oliver

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Hi Oliver,

So nice to see you again and thanks for your comment.

I only wish some things were already set up when our blogs were initially installed but I guess that’s not always best because some people like certain things while others definitely don’t. I guess giving us the leeway to include whatever we want really is the best way but for those who are unaware it can be rather annoying.

Thank goodness for plug-ins right!

Thank you Oliver and I sure hope you’ve been enjoying your day!

Be blessed as well!

~Adrienne

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47 Peter February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I use BackupBuddy to backup my blog, and I think it also backs up all the images. It’s a premium plugin, but it’s very handy.

Another tip would be to use a service like VaultPress, it has a monthly cost, but it seems to be the easiest backup system for WordPress – almost everything is automatic. I haven’t used it myself, though.

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I’ve never used a paid service to backup my blog Peter. If you just backup your blog from the CPanel it takes no time at all, honestly. Once Jeffrey walks you through what to do, it’s actually pretty easy. I think I’ll stick with the free route for now but thanks for that information.

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49 Peter February 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I also backup manually via CPanel, once a month. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I really like things that are automatic. And I like redundancy. :)

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I have some friends that do it both ways but it doesn’t back up everything so I just feel better doing it all in one place. I know though, better safe than sorry and there’s nothing wrong with that. :-)

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51 CarolB
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

This is perfect timing! I started my blog three months ago and just this week began the transition to a self-hosted site. Earlier today I started searching for what plug-ins I will need, but being the newbie that I am, I was overwhelmed quite quickly. After reading your blog on plug-ins, I am no longer confused. Now I just need to start “plugging in”! And make a final decision as to whether I go with a Genesis framework or Thesis. More decisions to make. Thanks again to you and to Carolyn Mohr at The Wonder of Tech for steering me to your blog. You both rock!

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Hi Carol,

Welcome to my blog and congratulations for moving over to a self hosted WordPress platform. I’m sure you’re really going to love it here and with all the plug-ins they have that make our lives so much easier, you’re going to be in heaven.

I also wrote a post last year with my favorite plug-ins for the year so there are more on that post you might find helpful. I just wrote this one as a starter for the newbies since it’s hard knowing what you really need.

I’ve never used Genesis but I hear that it’s a good one as well. I’ve been using Thesis for well over two years now and I can’t say enough good things about them.

SO glad you dropped by after Carolyn steered you in my direction. She’s such a wonderful woman and I just love her site. I think you’ll learn a lot from us both.

Enjoy your afternoon.

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53 CarolB
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Hi Adrienne, Thanks again! I can’t wait to get my blog moved to my self hosted site. Wordpress is installed, and now for the plug-ins. If you don’t mind, I have two more questions for you: 1. The All in One SEO Pack, you say you don’t need since you have Thesis. If I am running on Genesis, will I need to load this? and 2. I’m a little confused on the DoFollow plug-in. If I get CommentLuv, do I also need to get this? I do plan to “splurge” on the premium version. That’s it for now … or at least until I’ve read the link you provided above! That’s my Saturday night homework
And yes, Carolyn has been a wonderful source of inspiration for me. I doubt I would be this far if not for her.

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54 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Hi Carol,

Congratulations and glad you are now with WordPress.

I don’t know if Genesis has this function but you can find out when you go to create a new post. Just look at the very top right hand corner and you’ll see the “Help” and right before that will be “screen options”. Click on that down arrow and if you see something that says SEO details then it’s included.

If you get CommentLuv premium then that’s included in the plug-in so you won’t need an additional one. It also has the GASP plug-in as well and it’s fabulous for preventing spam comments.

Have fun with your Saturday night homework. I offer the CommentLuv premium plug-in on my site if you need that link. If you are already purchasing it from someone that’s fine too!

That’s wonderful to hear and I’m not surprised at all. Carolyn is indeed a wonderful inspiration to me too! :-)

Thanks Carol!

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55 Bryce Christiansen February 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Thanks Adrienne,

This is a fabulous resource.

I was the same way. I had a number of wakeup calls throughout my blogging journey.

One fairly early on was that our site wasn’t showing up in Google. I mentioned it to my webmaster, but eventually took matters into my own hands when I looked at our wordpress settings and saw in plain English a button selected to keep your site out of Google.

There are millions of little things like that when running a site and we often don’t notice it until we have those wake-up calls.

Thanks for stopping a dozen more of those.

Bryce

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Hi Bryce,

Thanks, so glad you found it helpful. It’s hard when you’re new and you just don’t know right!

Wow, that was a big one Bryce. I bet your webmaster felt really ridiculous since you had to find that mistake. I think a lot of us are afraid to check any boxes that aren’t already pre-checked when we first get started because we don’t understand how everything works yet. I can understand that happening though.

I hope this will help dozens from making the same mistakes we did.

Appreciate your comment Bryce, thanks!

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57 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Wow, oh wow! This post is the holy grail of WordPress blogging! You’ve really outdone yourself, Adrienne.

Thanks to you I discovered a few more plug-ins I can’t wait to try, specifically the Google Webmaster & Google Analytics plug-ins. So excited to dig into those!

And thank you for helping me achieve success online. You are truly a shining star!

Chrysta

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Well hey Chrysta!

Oh wow, the holy grail of WordPress blogging. I love that young lady. It definitely took me quite some time to write trying to think of what I really thought everyone needed. The behind the scenes stuff most people don’t even think about.

So you didn’t have Google Analytics installed so you hadn’t registered your site with Google either? Oh girl, you’ve definitely got to do that now. You’ll be able to see where your traffic is coming from, what keywords they are searching for to find you, how long they are staying and how many pages they’ve checked out while they were there. It’s a wealth of information. What of their features I love is you can compare your traffic from a year ago and see how much it’s increased. Oh yeah, lots of good stuff.

I’m so very happy to help you achieve success online Chrysta. It’s totally my pleasure.

Hope you’re enjoying your day!

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59 Nicky
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

This is a wonderful post Adrienne and I can see your readers have appreciated the tremendous value you give away here.

I always love it when marketers I know and respect give away what plugins they are using as we all have some of the same and some slightly different. One that I keep forgetting to add and I must, must, must do is the mobile access one! I have just made a note of it and it is on my list of things to do for the morning.
Thanks for sharing such great value,
Nicky

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60 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Hi Nicky,

As they say when we are just learning how to blog is that we should give our readers helpful and valuable content. This is the only way I know how to do it Nicky! As I mentioned in my post, I easily forget just how much I know that others don’t and I really don’t want to go over things I’ve covered in the past but things change a lot. Plus I get new readers all the time who have found me through someone else or have been recommended to check my content out. I then see how outdated some of my previous posts really are.

The mobile plug-in was one I really just didn’t know anything about because I don’t have internet access through my cell phone. I know, I’m so 1990′s still. But a blogging friend shared it on his blog so I installed it and then went over to my neighbors so he could pull it up for me and show me what it looked like. I had no idea.

So many people are accessing your content through mobile devices and trust me, they aren’t going to read your posts if you don’t help them out. Be sure to definitely get that one installed Nicky. It was a life saver for me.

Thanks for the comment and hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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61 Sergio Felix
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Hey Adrienne,

One thing that I have learned (the hard way) is that sometimes we take a lot of things for granted and roll with it.

The things that seem obvious to us, may not be so obvious to others so I think you did a fantastic job here by talking about how to properly set up a wordpress site.

I think I have pretty much everything covered already although I never heard of SEO Super Comments before but I’m still thinking to migrate my commenting system.

I am thinking of Disqus but I still can’t decide on this.

I use a paid plugin for backing up my site but I decided to buy that mostly because of its cloning features. I want to build the “perfect” wordpress theme (a niche based theme) and the main idea is to clone this site with all the whistles and bells and just add content later.

And last but not least, the contact form.

My contact form is HORRIBLE right now but it works (lol) I was thinking of upgrading to a paid form application but I will just get out of my lazy butt and code something nice myself.

I have done them in the past but I wanted to use something a non-coder person could use.

That is actually the MAIN reason I keep buying plugins for stuff that I can actually do myself but I decided to stop doing that already. I will let you know more about it, when I can show stuff instead of just talk about it! lol

Take care and keep the great content coming Adrienne, all the best!

Sergio

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Hey Sergio,

So I did good? I was trying to cover really the basics for a good set up, the important things I feel are necessary to get your blog set up properly and start getting it the attention it deserves.

I don’t really think it matters which commenting system you use but then again, I’m not familiar with the other commenting systems and I know some plug-ins are compatible with them. Ana Hoffman turned me on to that one so you KNOW it’s good stuff…

I’m sticking with the commenting system I have because I know a lot of people who still refuse to leave comments through those other systems. They don’t want to sign up with a commenting system in order to share their thoughts. I’m not that bad, I’ll do it but I admit, I don’t like it either. I understand why they have it set up that way though.

So you can create and code your own plug-ins actually. That’s pretty cool Sergio, I would LOVE to learn how to do that. Man oh man wouldn’t that be cool.

I use to use the Contact Form 7 plug-in but when people would hit submit it did nothing. Little did they know that everytime they continued to hit submit I was actually getting the message. Man, that was annoying so I went in search of yet another one that would work. I’ve been happy with this one.

I’ll look forward to seeing some of your work Sergio and I have no doubt that once you get off your butt, it will rock!

Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll keep it up if you do! :-)

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63 Cat Alexandra
Twitter:
February 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I think that this article is one that so many newcomers would benefit to learn from. Blogging with efficacy and in any way that can realistically be monetized has a lot to do with how well our sites are set up. It’s a lot more than just a “pretty face” and nice “looking” appearance.

I am happy to report that I meet all of the major checkpoints you’ve shared, too! All though I will say I didn’t know about SEO Super Comments. Thanks for that one! I’m going to race over and check that all out for myself because it sounds like something I should be using!

Thanks for organizing this all in one tidy place. I’m definitely retweeting this one out to my readers!!

Muchas gracias!
Cat ;)

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Hey Cat,

I agree which is why I decided to write this one. I think it will be another good reference point to send new bloggers to if they still have questions since we never know what’s going on behind the scenes.

I have no doubt that your checklist is clear with everything I mentioned. As far as plug-ins go, I think everyone needs to decide what’s the most important to them and the longer we are doing this the more we’ll understand. The lovely Miss Ana Hoffman turned me on to the SEO Super Comments so I’m sure that alone says it all wouldn’t you agree?

My pleasure Cat and thank you again for sharing this with your readers.

Have a fabulous Birthday girl… Hope you have the best day ever.

P.S. Your comment still has to be approved every single time and all my settings are correct. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. This is driving me crazy. You meet all the requirements of a regular comment yet this happens every single time and there’s nowhere for me to set if up so that you slip through. I apologize for that.

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65 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I am familiar with most of the plugins, and I think I have done many of the right things when it comes to setting up my blog. But, having said that, I haven’t been using SEO Super Comments. And I have never ever thought about doing any type of SEO regarding comments, and I didn’t think that it was even helpful. I thought that Google just ignored them. That’s how much I know :)

Thanks a lot for sharing.

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66 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Hey Jens,

Happy to hear you have everything in place because you have a very popular blog my friend and it deserves all the outside attention it can get.

I believe it was around the middle of last year that Google implemented social media into the search engines. That’s why you’ll see tweets show up, posts from Facebook and even comments with good keywords in them as well. This particular plug-in gives them the extra attention they deserve.

Thanks for stopping by Jens and I hope you enjoy your day and your weekend. I’ll be my your place soon.

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67 annie andre
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Adrienne,
What a wonderful resource. When i first started out everything was so confusing. You’re so right in that we take for granted all the things we know. You especially. I’m always impressed by your knowledge.

A couple of things that used to puzzle me that i think your readers might like to know is
“what is a slug” how and why use it.
Also, how to optimize your title for search engines. ie. title with keywords, length so that google doesn’t truncate your title. Using descriptions in WP to optimize for SEO. How many characters to use for google before it truncates those too. ? Or have you already talked about this? Thanks Adrienne.

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68 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hi Annie,

Thank you, I appreciate that. You are right, even when I first started out and began the learning process I still knew more then the brand new person which to me I didn’t feel was very much. As the years have gone by and I’ve been blogging for awhile I continue to learn things all the time. I’m just happy to share this with my readers.

Thanks for those suggestions, you’ve given me a few more topics for blog posts now. I’ll be sure and put those on my list to include in future posts.

Thanks Annie and enjoy your weekend.

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69 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Awesome post Adrienne!

I did go through the post on pinging and was rather surprised myself to know that WordPress already has this feature- and that was thanks to you! You are so right there, your aha (matches with my blog name!) is right here- when you too surprise us with awesome and informative posts :)

Permalinks were another thing that took me time, but I think we should remove the date-month-year from within the URL for a better ranking- is that so?

And of course all the other wonderful features you mentioned do need to be checked back again- a great reminder for me to sit and work at this weekend now :)

CommentLuv premium was of course the great addition I made to my blog also the moment I changed it to WordPress and I think all the juices of DoFollow come along with it! However, i do wonder if we should let it be a DoFollow just for the comments or make the blog a DoFollow blog also?

Me and my questions would go on and on, but I know I am at the right place and shall look forward to more informative posts about all such things- knowing that coming from you they would be fool-proof :)

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful and informative post.

Have a great weekend :)

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70 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Thank you Harleena, this definitely was an aha moment for me. My first of the year and I know I’ll have plenty more my friend.

I always thought that pinging was something most people found out about early on but then again, why would we unless we either stumble upon some content on this topic or we are specifically told in a training community. I can’t tell you how many training communities I’ve been a part of and none of them ever mentioned pinging to us. Go figure.

The keywords you are going after for your particular post are the most important thing so having the date in your URL is only helping the reader see where that particular post is located. That’s what archive pages are for or category tabs in my opinion. As long as the keywords are in your URL though, I don’t think it really matters.

The plug-in in CommentLuv or the stand alone one does make your blog a dofollow. With the CommentLuv premium plug-in you have the advantage of making a particular comment to your blog a nofollow if their link isn’t relative to your blog topic. In other words if someone visits you and leaves a comment and they are linking to a product to sell dog supplies, Google will eventually penalize your blog when you have a lot of links pointing to your place like this. They will know that you are allowing any type of comments just for the link juice and that’s not okay with them.

I certainly don’t mind the questions Harleena and I’ll be more than happy to help you if I can. Just glad to help.

You are so very welcome and glad you enjoyed this post. You have a wonderful day and a really great weekend okay! I’ll be by your place later.

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71 Aisha DaCosta February 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Seriously Adrienne, you need a training program…that’s not free! You have tons of information to share that you could leverage. But, in the meantime I thank you for the pro bono golden nuggets of success. Blogging is easy…NOT! There are tons of things to think about. Tons of things to tweak. Tons of things to think about and tweak again. Thanks for the great info! Have a great day!

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72 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hey Aisha,

You are too kind my friend but this is what giving value to your readers is all about. Oh yes… So just think of the things I’ll be sharing when I start charging for stuff. :-)

Blogging is easy to just blog. Setting up your blog in order to do what’s necessary to get the attention of not only new readers but the search engines is a little more involved. Plus it’s always changing and it’s up to us to stay on top of that. Just hope this post will help those just starting out that need a little information about what’s what.

Thanks Aisha and enjoy your day!

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73 richard
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Hey Adrienne,
It’s funny, when I first saw your blog title I thought you ment actually pinging your potential host as opposed to website url structure, which is where I’d actually start out: making sure you pick the right host and check on speed and performance before setting up the blog.

Then I’d move on to all the points you mention about the actual setup. You make very good recommendations on site structure and basic pages to have on a blog.

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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hi Richard,

Well, I’m glad you decided to check it out anyway. No actually, this is for people who already have their blog installed so finding the right hosting service would be something they’ve already done.

Because of my article on pinging I realized just how much some people may not know that needs to be set up on your blog which is why I decided to write this one. I’m sure someone else may have other suggestions but obviously I must be doing something right with mine wouldn’t you agree? Would love to hear your thoughts if there is something I’ve left out that you believe would benefit my readers though. You sound like you probably know more then me about some things.

Thanks Richard and have a wonderful day!

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75 Richard
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Hey Adrienne,
I would say that one of the most important things for your blog is load speed. That’s not just for the search engines, but for the user experience. I find that too many plugins will slow down a site drastically, so I try and weed out plugins I don’t need as much as possible.

Actually, the single most important factor is finding a good host. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but you want reliability and speed. One of the things I learned to do is to ping my host as a part of my selection process.

Then after I pick the right host, I start with a clean install of wordpress and check the speed and then add my needed plugins, checking speed as I do it. These days, I limit most of my plugins to a couple of SEO plugins, my security plugins, one for my contact page, one for sharing and then caching.

Then I do the SEO stuff with the permalink structure and meta information about the site.

Then, just start blogging!

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76 Greg Meares February 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great article, sometimes we rush to set things up and then miss some important points. You mentioned….

“One word of warning… If your blog has been up for awhile and you get an error message after you do this, don’t freak out. I suggest calling your hosting company and ask them how to get around this because I certainly don’t claim to be a coder. I’m sure my friend Jeffrey will come to the rescue after he reads this one and save the day for us all. I definitely will leave that up to the pros.”

There is a plugin that completely helps. I had set my blog up years ago and set my permalinks to have the date in it. Well I wanted to change that so I ended up changing it to /%postname%/ the only problem is that I had post that looked like this…./%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/ needless to say then I would have 148 post that had broken links.

Easy solution… Permalinks Migration Plugin

Just google that and you’ll find it. The plugin is old but it still works – I just added it yesterday.

I hope that helps others.

Thanks again for the great post.

Greg

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hi Greg and welcome to my blog!

Glad you enjoyed this one and I do hope it will help the newbies.

I had changed a permalink some time back upon a suggestion and I really don’t even remember what that was and when I hit the save key all my posts disappeared. I totally freaked out but didn’t realize that it took a few moments for everything to catch up so I didn’t want anyone to think that they had screwed things up. I called my hosting company and they are always so darn nice and patient with me. Hey, it’s a learning process right.

Thanks for that tip on the plug-in. I’m sure that will come in very handy since Jeffrey has yet to stop by for a visit. He’s my WordPress guru, he builds themes. He usually has to set me straight on a few things which he does.

Thank you again Greg for not only your comment but for your suggestion. I really appreciate that.

Now, enjoy your day and have a really great weekend.

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78 Barry Wells
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hi Adrienne, this is the sort of post that I wish I had come across when I first started blogging. Like you I had to learn it all as I went.

I’ve just added WPTouch to my list of plugins, thanks you. I did test how my blog looked on mobiles some time ago and it looked ok, but it’s always worth making sure with a plugin aimed at doing exactly that.

I did use SEO Super comments for quite a while but when I had all those resource issues and stripped my blog bear this was one that I got rid of. I may add it again as I really liked it and the page it produced.

Talking of my resource issues, I moved to Hostgator last week and have been checking my resources on my old hosting company every day since…… You’ll never guess what….. They were still reporting that I was hitting my limits on a daily basis, 9 days after all of sites were transferred. Now who had the issue, my sites or the hosting company ;)

Anyway, that saga is over now :D

I’m pleased to say that I have all of the plugins and settings you mention here Adrienne except the one mentioned above.

Have a great weekend Adrienne,
Respect and Regards,
Barry

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Hey Barry,

Glad you had time to stop by today, I know you’re so busy with your launch. I promise to get to that this weekend myself so I can add my two cents worth and help you out.

I know what you mean, I wish I had found a current post like this when I was starting. It was all trial and error and boy what a learning experience it was for me.

That mobile plug-in really does help set it up much better since most blogs will show up just like you and I see them on the computer. But we all know that our posts aren’t going to fit across those tiny screens. Why not just make it much easier for our readers since we don’t want them leaving our site right!

I’m so glad you moved to Hostgator and I sure hope you like them. Unfortunately, I tried them about two years ago because I purchased a program and they wouldn’t let me host the sites on Bluehost who I currently use. I had to use Hostgator and I had nothing but problems with them. Heck, my blogs wouldn’t even show up and they had no explanation for it. After one entire month of this and having to call them each time I said to hell with it and got my money back for all of it. Anyway, people rave about it so obviously this was a bizarre thing that happened with me. They had no clue themselves. I couldn’t believe the problems you kept having with your old hosting service. That was just the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. Just glad you moved.

I’m not surprised at all Barry that you have everything set up. As I knew you would so if you run across any newbies wanting some help, point them to this post okay! :-)

Thanks Barry and have a really great weekend.

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80 Garth O'Brien February 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Adrienne,

When you contact your hosting company to fix the broken URL issue after changing your permalinks you MUST request they implement 301 Redirects. In fact before you make that change I would discuss whether or not your hosting company can make the change. If they cannot then it is imperative you have someone on-board that can before the change takes place.

I have discussed the value and importance of 301 Redirects.

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81 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Hey Garth,

Thank you for sharing that, I really appreciate it.

Great mentioned a plug-in that will solve this issue as well, Permalinks Migration Plugin. Are you familiar with this?

Thank you for sharing your post with us on this topic, I know that it will come in very handy. Appreciate your suggestion.

~Adrienne

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82 Martin Hurford February 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great list of resources. I’d like to add a couple more if I may.

If you get a lot of traffic then I would recommend a caching plugin like ‘W3 Total Cache’ which can reduce your sever load significantly. Also you should check out CloudFlare.com, they are a free content delivery network and serve all your non-html files for you saving you more server resources……oh and did I mention it’s FREE!

Sure there is a learning curve to these things but once they have been set-up the performance gain on WordPress sites is impressive.

Regards,

Martin.

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Hi Martin,

Glad you decided to stop by my post after our Twitter chat. :-)

I didn’t recommend the W3 Total Cache plug-in because I had nothing but problems with that one. I couldn’t even access my log-in page because of this particular plug-in. I know they are important but I’ve yet to have anyone recommend an alternative for me. Plus, I only recommend ones that work for me so it’s not that it’s not a good one. Do you have any suggestions?

Please enlighten me but the CloudFlare service that you mentioned, why would that be useful? Are you saying to put things like your images and vidoes on a service like this instead of your server? See, I don’t claim to know it all but would like to understand how this actually works. Does this service limit so much volume and then when you reach a certain limit you have to start paying? I know a lot of services do that because let’s face it, they’ve got to make money some way.

You are so right, the learning curve is the biggest thing but in all honesty, it’s kind of fun. I know I have enjoyed learning things that were way over my head in the beginning and now I feel so smart at times. Silly, I know but that’s why I enjoy helping others because if I can figure this out trust me, anyone can. :-)

Thanks Martin, appreciate your comment and hope to hear back from you soon.

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84 Martin Hurford February 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Adrienne,I know what you mean about W3 Total Cache, it can be difficult to setup sometimes depending on your server. I mainly use the HTML page cache with minify option (and skip minifying the css and javascript). This reduces my HTML page request time quite a bit. A lot of the options are just not relevant in a shared server environment like most people have.

CloudFlare works by copying all your non HTML files to their servers and then serving them from there instead of your server. They have multiple servers across the world and serve files from the nearest to the website viewer to cut down latency times. Unlike a traditional content delivery network (CDN) you don’t have to manually upload all your non-HTML assets, they will copy them automatically for you and replicate them across all their servers. They also provide some compression/minification features which I use for my css and js files (seems to work better than the same W3 Total Cache feature).

Setting up the basic features requires you to amend your domain name settings to use CloudFlare name servers and then they do the rest automagically.

By combining the two services I get reduced resources on my server and reduce load time for viewers of the website, it’s a win-win situation.

Oh and go and install the Super PAC plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/super-pac/) and use the shortcode on one of your posts. We CAN get the Colbert Super PAC to number one in Google! Then I can call myself ‘SEO to Stephen Colbert’ and get loads of gigs ;)

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Wow Martin, so much of what you shared is SO over my head… Dang..

I have taught myself a lot of stuff pertaining to blogging and some coding but trust me, nothing to the extent that you’ve mentioned here.

I appreciate your explanation of the problems that the cache plug-in can have. It definitely does not like my blog at all. I think right now I’m okay with load time though but I’m sure there will come a time and I’m going to be in deep do do…

Okay, I understand a little more about the CloudFlare so I may have to look into that. Thanks for taking the time to explain that, I know that was a mouth full.

Still not sure how the Super PAC plug-in can benefit me or my blog but I’ll be sure to read your entire post. I’ll be by there later.

Thanks again and enjoy your day!

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86 Martin Hurford February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Your welcome. You should check out CloudFlair, I believe they have a video that clearly explains the service. It can extend the life of a shared hosting account when the traffic increases i.e. save you from upgrading to a VPS etc.

The Super PAC plugin really won’t help you or your blog. It’s a bit of fun related to Stephen Colberts ‘Colbert Report’ and Super PAC. Last night he mentioned he’d like to rank at the No.1 spot in Google for ‘Super PAC’ (currently no.2). I thought I’d help the situation along and created a plugin to enable blog owners to add the link back (with the right anchor text) to the Super PAC website.

If you don’t watch the Colbert Report then it probably won’t mean much to you.

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I will definitely look into CloudFlare Martin so thank you for sharing that with me. I’m sure their video will be helpful as well.

I did finally make it over to your post so I say good luck with that and I’m sure Stephen appreciates you helping him out with that.

Have a great day and weekend too!

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88 Felicia Gopaul February 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Wordpress has indeed made our blogging lives a lot easier since I am not much of a programmer. I just installed the All in one SEO pack the other day but I haven’t really noticed a huge difference. I’m looking for ways to update my podcasts on itunes (especially the description) through Wordpress and I read somewhere that you can easily edit your podcasts’ details with the All in one SEO, but I haven’t resolved this yet. What plugin can you suggest specifically for podcasting?

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Hi Felicia,

Glad to hear that you installed the SEO pack but Felicia you aren’t going to have any overnight success I’m afraid.

I don’t do podcasts and really can’t help you with that but I sure do know someone who can. Ms. Ileane Smith of Basic Blogging Tips is becoming quite the pro and her latest post shares the equipment she’s using and that she’s now on iTunes so I’m sure she can answer any questions you may have on that subject. Please be sure to stop by and you can tell her I sent you.

Hope you find that helpful Felicia and thank you for your comment.

Have a wonderful day!

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90 Felicia Gopaul February 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Wow! Thanks so much for this. I am checking her site now and it’s a great resource. I am now a fan of your blog.
Have a wonderful day Adrienne!

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ah thanks Felicia, hope you’ll find that helpful as well and glad to hear I have a new fan! Come back anytime okay! :-)

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92 Allie
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Adrienne,

I saw Paul Wolfe’s tweet and had to come see if my blog was all set up ok. Whoo hoo! I think I have it all covered. Thanks Paul for sharing and Adrienne for this awesome content.

You know, at one time I commented a lot more here and on other blogs. Then I got busy trying to figure out which way I was headed only. I am in Jane’s contest and it has brought me back to my blogging and commenting roots and I sure am glad. I got a guest post on a popular blog and I am making great friends, like Hajra.

I guess I could have put all that on my own blog, lol. I guess my point is that I am glad I refound you and your blog.

~Allie

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hi Allie,

Great to see you again. So glad you decided to check out my post to make sure yours was set up and I’m happy to hear that it is. I didn’t doubt that for a second.

I love commenting on blogs because I learn so much great stuff plus I have the opportunity to meet some wonderful people.

You and Hajra were brave enough to enter Jane’s contest. I applaud you for doing that. I guess I’m not brave enough yet or have the time to spend. I would probably obsess over whether or not my post was good enough. I’ll have to check yours out too.

I’m glad you refound me again Allie and hope you won’t be a stranger. I look forward to visiting your place as well.

Take care and have a great weekend. Good luck with the contest, I wish you both well.

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94 Allie
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yes, I miss the interaction I get from commenting. I got caught up in my little blog world that I forgot that there are so many out there I can learn from.

I won’t be a stranger. I got you on my RSS and I am going to make it a point to come by my favorite blogs, yours being one.

This darn contest is grueling! I signed up to do this Muddy Run 5K in April, I think the blog contest is going to prove to be more of a challenge! LOL. If I don’t win, I sure hope Hajra does, she is so nice and funny too.

~Allie

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95 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I think I would go into withdrawals if I didn’t have the interaction with my blogging buddies. They’ve become good friends and so very helpful as well. Extremely supportive which comes in very handy when you are in contests like this one.

I’ll stop by and comment today and thanks for adding me to your RSS feed. Glad to have you back on the commenting circuit!

I can’t even imagine the work that goes into these contests which is why I’ve yet to sign up with one I suppose. But I wish you the best of luck with the contest and the run. Wow! You are a very busy lady.

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96 Kesha Brown
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

All awesome notes on setting up a blog successfully and efficiently and I mostly use everything you’ve mentioned!

I’d only like to add that regarding backups, I use a premium plugin called backup buddy. Yes, it costs but it backs up everything, database, images, and theme files! And you can even schedule it to backups on a periodic basis so you won’t have to even think about it.

However, I do manually have it do a backup when I’m making changes or updates to the blog just so I always have the latest and greatest but I’m paranoid like that :-)

An alternative are 2 free plugins called WP Backup and WP DB Manager. Together they back up everything.

~Kesha

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97 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hi Kesha,

Glad to hear that girl and I’m not surprised. I knew a lot of my regular readers who have been here awhile would have pretty much everything in place.

The Backup Buddy plug-in was mentioned earlier but backing up your blog from the CPanel will do the same without the cost. I’ve never used a paid plug-in so of course I couldn’t recommend that so for those who would prefer going that direction we now have been told by a few people that this is the one to get. Thanks for sharing what you use and recommend.

I know that the WP Backup plug-in doesn’t backup images or your theme so the WP DB Manager does? That’s interesting, no one has been able to recommend one to me yet so thanks for sharing that Kesha. I appreciate that.

Have a wonderful day and a really great weekend.

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98 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
February 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Yeah, I’ve pretty much got these covered except for a couple.

I’m going to have to research that Super SEO Comments thing because I’ve never heard of it before and I don’t quite understand based off what you wrote.

I’ve also never considered using something to format my blog for mobile phones mainly because those I’ve seen using something like it end up having their blogs look like everyone else’s, and truthfully all one has to do is just enlarge the screen if they’re having problems reading anything. But I’ll look at it.

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Hey Mitch,

The Super SEO Comments was recommended by Ana Hoffman last year Mitch and it’s really interesting how it works. When someone leaves a comment a new dynamic page is created on your blog holding the actual comment information. This page will not actually exist in the WordPress database, but will be created using this WordPress plugin.

What you instantly get in this way is a big jump in your site’s index visible to the search engines. This is possible because blog comments are crawl-able, index-able and most importantly rank-able content. You will start to get search engine traffic for the context of the comment.

If you’d like to read what she wrote about it, you can find that on her post about DoFollow vs. NoFollow.

With the mobile plug-in it actually just puts your blog in list form and we all know that people are about instant gratification and easy. Although you can really see that my blog stands out like it does viewing it through a mobile device, I would much rather they stay and read my content then know they have to make some of their own adjustments in order to do so. Make sense?

Thanks Mitch for the visit and hope you have a really wonderful weekend.

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100 Manish February 4, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You have shared the great post. To get better results with wordpress blog, it is essential that every blogger must take into account seriously all the above steps that you have shared. One important thing that I learned from this post is that to take backup regularly and it is important because we never know something wrong may happen to our blog anytime, so it is always beneficial to take a backup of wordpress blog and that too on a regular basis.

Your blog always teach me something new and because of it I am improving myself in a blogging. Thanks so much. :D

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101 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Hi Manish,

Glad this post was helpful.

My friend Dee Ann accidentally deleted her entire blog once so she’s a very strong advocate now of backing it up regularly. I’ve also heard of friends getting theirs hacked so being able to resolve that issue and restore it is important. I’m one of those better safe than sorry people because unlike everything else, I’ve had my computer die and loose my work because I didn’t back it up within the past month. It’s just something that should be done on a regular basis even if you never end up needing it.

Glad you are learning a few things from me Manish, I love hearing that.

Enjoy your weekend.

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102 Marcus Baker
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I smiled when I read your post as just this week I was speaking to someone who recently started blogging.

She could not understand where her post was published once she hit the Publish button. Yes sounds bizarre but true.

I had to explain in as simple a way as I could the relationship between the admin area and the actual blog interface so that she understood how they worked together.

It reminded me of how easily we take for granted what we know and yet every day there are hundreds if not thousands of people starting out who know so little especially if they were not born into the digital age.

Your post will have helped many people I am sure!

~Marcus

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103 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hi Marcus,

I’m smiling too when I read your first sentence. I get some of those too bless their hearts.

You are so right Marcus, we do take for granted what we do know but I wasn’t born into the digital age either and I did find a lot of this confusing. Now I had been in the secretarial field for well over 30 years so I was no stranger to computers or the internet. I even updated our company website but my brother built it and he made it easy for me to just go in and edit. I had the understanding but I certainly didn’t know the terminology or the understanding of things done behind the scenes.

I do hope this post will come in handy for those who are just starting out so please feel free to pass this along the next time to speak to someone that needs a little assistance.

Thanks Marcus and enjoy your weekend.

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104 Sire
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 3:33 AM

Hey Adrienne, there is a plugin that you can use that does all the redirects for you. It’s called Dean’s Permalinks Migration and I’ve used it with great success.

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105 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Thanks Sire, I appreciate that share. Wish I had known that when I did this some time back. Scare the heck out of me but I soon learned that I just needed to be patient. I did decide to put things back though so no redirects were necessary.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Enjoy your weekend! :-)

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106 Steve Hippel
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Hi Adrienne.
Great post full of good advice for people who are new to WordPress and blogging. I thought it worth mentioning that it’s quite a good idea to have a privacy policy page. This can be a pretty daunting task but fortunately there is a plugin for this too, it’s called easy privacy policy.
Not sure how true it is, we all know that there is a lot of conflicting information out there but I read that Google likes to see a privacy policy page too.

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107 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hi Steve,

Thanks and hope it comes in handy.

I use that on my other sites but I actually sell things there so I didn’t really think it was necessary if you just have a blog. I’ve yet to run across many blogs that aren’t really selling anything that have one but I certainly don’t claim to be an expert.

I know the privacy policy just lets people know you won’t be sharing their information when they opt-in but I have that stated on my opt-in form. What are your thoughts on this Steve?

I know that when you have capture pages and are getting people’s information because we all know those will lead to selling something that they are required. I have the privacy policy set up on all of my sites.

Thanks for pointing this out and now we just need to get more thoughts on this. What, you’re comment #102 and the first to share this. Huh!

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108 Steve Hippel
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 2:33 AM

To be totally honest Adrienne I’m no expert on the subject either.
I know that there are times when it’s a legal requirement. Because I’m no expert, I use it and encourage my clients to use it. It’s a case of, when in doubt…………
The other reason is that I heared that Google likes privacy pages. Not sure if that’s true either but when in doubt……
While I’m here, thought I would mention another good plug-in called “better related content”. This one ensures good internal link flow around your site by adding links to related content at the bottom of your post. It’s great for blogs because it helps Google crawl all pages, even those that are archived.

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109 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I know what you mean Steve, I don’t claim to be an expert in that area either. Whatever I have learned and implemented, if it’s working for me then I certainly don’t mind sharing it with my readers.

I thought about sharing that plug-in as well, related posts, but I didn’t want to overwhelm everyone I guess. Oh heck, they’re going to be overwhelmed anyway I guess. But thanks for sharing that one too. You’re right, it’s a good one.

Thanks for that tip and enjoy your day!

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110 Sustines February 4, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Adrienne Ma’am,

Is my wordpress set-up properly? My answer is, I think it’s yes and no.

Yes… because I found no problem with the Wordpress installed in my blog.

No… because I don’t have the essential plugins installed. For example, just recently, I opted to disable URL in the comment. Then enable it back again but I opted to close the comments in older blogposts. Why? It is because I was attacked by comment spammers using their bots to drop comment into my blog.

I actually don’t have problems with comments posted by bots as long as the comment is related to the article. The problem is the comments are just telling me “Hi! You have a good article…blah blah blah…” Comments like this just slow down my blog.

Well, thank you for mentioning what plugin you used here in fighting for spam comments. I was searching for that for days. I asked several bloggers but they just simply told me that it was included on the CommentLuv.

I tried the CommentLuv but just the free version because I couldn’t afford yet to buy the paid version of it although I know that paid versions are better compared to its free one.

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111 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hi Sustines,

The installation is one thing, the set up is yet another aspect of it.

What you have to remember is that these bots are only after the link juice and can hurt your site in the long run. You don’t ever want to disable comments because that the livelihood of your blog. Why have it if people can’t contribute to the conversation?

Just install the GASP plug-in and it will cut way down on those spammy comments. It won’t cut all of them out because people are still hired to leave comments for people but you won’t get even 3/4 of what you use to. Just delete them and continue on.

CommentLuv still has their free version and although the GASP is included, it’s a stand alone plug-in as well created by someone other than Andy.

Glad this post was helpful. Enjoy your weekend.

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112 Ganesh Maharjan February 4, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Hi Adrienne,
This is really nice post, after reading this post I asked with myself “Is my WordPress Blog Set Up Properly?” and I found almost yes but not complete YES. So I’m trying to set up my blog properly.
Thanks for this nice post…!

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113 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Hi Ganesh,

Glad you found it helpful and hopefully you’ll get the main components in place now.

I appreciate your comment and have a wonderful weekend.

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114 Vikrama Dhiman February 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM

This is a great post.

Hope you also do a post on how to set a multi-site blog where individual sites also feed to the main blog. Having big trouble setting that up one at Online Courses on WizIQ blog.

Keeping track on this :)

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115 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Thank you Vikrama, glad you enjoyed the post.

I’m no expert in that area I’m afraid. off the top of my head I can’t think of anyone who might be able to help you in that area either. Sorry!

Thanks for stopping by and your comment. Enjoy your weekend.

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116 Corinne Rodrigues
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Adrienne, I’ve bookmarked this post – very useful information as I’m in the process of moving over to WP soon. Thank you for sharing!

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117 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Hi Corinne,

Yey, you’re moving over to WordPress. I hope the move goes smoothly and be sure to come back to this post and get everything set up properly.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for your comment.

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118 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

OK …….. here goes!

The reason you get an error message when you attempt to change your permalink structures is because the access or permission to your .htaccess file ( Hyper-text access file ) is restricted on a managed server. This file allows for decentralized management of your web servers configuration. Simply change your file permission to ( remember the .htaccess file is a hidden file) 777 and then make the changes to your permalink structure. Once you have your permalinks properly in place the way that you want them return to your .htaccess file and change your permission back to 644. This prevents anyone on the server from accessing this file! If this does not work contact customer support where you host your Blog and ask them to enable the .htaccess file by editing the httpd.conf file.

If you have a dedicated sever your process is a bit more complicated. You must first enable the .htaccess file by editing the apache/conf/httpd.conf file via your VI or VIM editor at the terminal. There is no copy and paste solution here as the seriousness of the effect on your server requires you to hand-type the rules yourself. And it might be a good idea for you to back-up your original apache/conf/httpd.conf file before you begin your edits. Once your .htaccess file is enabled follow the instructions above to change permissions so that you might be able to access the file itself for editing.

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119 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Well it’s about time! :-)

So do you do this through the CPanel? Just locate that file and change permissions? That I know how to do.

I would think that most of my beginners would not have a dedicated server, at least not yet so this shouldn’t be a problem for them.

Thanks Jeffrey for this information. I think we now have all our bases covered.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.

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120 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Yes, you do access the .htaccess file through your Cpanel. Remember to chech the box that highlights your hidden files, before you enter your home directory to search for this file.

I threw in the point about the dedicated servers just as a point of interest! I sometimes like to call this “Thinking Out Loud”. If I don’t write it down over and over again in multiple places, I’ll forget it. That’s where I got the idea for the support forums at “Down The Rabbitt Hole.com”. I’d like to say that I’m building a community, but the truth of the matter is that I need to organize all of the material I learn in one place so that I don’t forget it. The “phpBB” is a powerful piece of software to do just that. It’s a ton of work, as it has a pretty steep learning curve, but I’m have a big time learning! The forum spam is killing me though! :(

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121 Adrienne Smith
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February 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Thanks for that tips Jeffrey, I guess I never paid attention to checking a certain box because I know my files all show. I’ve seen this particular one numerous times which is the only reason I asked. Better safe then sorry I know.

I understand what you’re saying about thinking out loud and really covering all bases. We just never know do we.

Glad the forum is going well and that’s one thing I don’t like about forums. The amount of spam is horrible and of course you have to read through a lot of stuff in order to contribute to the conversation and it can be a real time killer. I feel for you. What a job to undertake. :-)

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122 Dia February 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thank you for providing us with al these plugins. I have most of them installed on my site. I would like to mention one that I believe is important which is super-cashe. I got a message from my host saying that I’m consuming so many resources on their database and I have to do something about it. They advised me to install this plugin which will reduce 99% of the problems. I did and now everything works beautifully. As always, thank you my friend for all your continous help and effort with your posts ;)

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123 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Hi Dia,

Glad to hear you have everything set up great.

I have not had much luck with the caching plug-ins I’m afraid which is the only reason I didn’t include it. I haven’t found one that doesn’t give me trouble or shall I say dislike my theme.

I used that one first and then went to Super Cache but had problems with them both. Hopefully I’ll eventually fine one that works well with my blog but thanks for mentioning that.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. :-)

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124 Janet Callaway
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Adrienne, aloha. What a public service this post is. Absolutely fantastic, my friend. This is a must read for newbies and regulars alike. Notice that neither Carolyn nor I had our favicons. See, it is good that you reminded us.

Adrienne, even though Bill’s wife may eventually loosen the purse strings and let him have a hosted WP website, I am not sure that would work to anyone’s benefit As it is now, you and other bloggers can continue to kid him and, of course, he receives all that special singled out attention.

Congratulations on this brilliant guide to setting up your WP blog.

Hope you are enjoying a Spectacular Sunday. Until tomorrow, aloha. Janet

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125 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Hi Janet,

I sure hope that the newbies will find this post helpful Janet, thank you.

Carolyn did have hers set up but it was the older one before her site got a new facelift. She told me she was going to have to fix that.

You are right about that Janet, we wouldn’t be able to give Bill such a hard time if he upgraded. But then again, we might be learning a few things from him. Wouldn’t that be a hoot! :-)

Thanks for your kind comment, it’s greatly appreciated Janet.

I am indeed having a spectacular Sunday and hope you’re doing the same. I’m getting a lot accomplished today so it’s been great! Now, I’m ready for Monday!

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126 Diane Aksten
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

OMG, I’m overwhelmed at how much I still don’t know about maintaining a blog; so glad I have friends like you to enlighten me!! ;-)

Loks like I’ve still got a lot of work to do so thank you once again Adrienne!!

Diane

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127 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I’m smiling here Diane! Lots of stuff huh! I know, kind of overwhelming at times right!

Glad you found this one helpful and look at it this way. You’re learning now right girl!

Thanks Diane and thanks for liking my Facebook Fan Page too! I really appreciate that!

Enjoy your week! ;-)

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128 Peter February 6, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hey Adrienne,

i must say that i am amazed about the amount of things i didnt knew about Worldpress!Thank you so much for the enlighting article.You made me realize that i have lots of work to do to improve my blog.Keep up the good work!

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129 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Hey Peter,

Glad you found this post helpful. Don’t feel alone, we all had to learn this stuff but now you know! :-)

Have a fabulous week Peter and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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130 Kirsten Lodge
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Hi Adrienne

Thanks for another super informative post… I finally worked out how to add my site to Google. I have tried before but failed. I used the ‘uploading the html’ method but I couldn’t work it out so I used the meta tag method and worked out how to enter the code! Woo hoo! My confidence is really building with blogging and I have you to thank! I always gain so many handy tips…

Thank you again!!

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131 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Hi Kirsten,

I’m so happy to hear that you got it done this time. Isn’t it a fabulous feeling? So happy to hear that and I’m so glad I’ve been of some help.

Enjoy your week young lady…

~Adrienne :-)

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132 Daniel Sumner
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Looks like we are one and the same Adrienne. You use everything that I do. I must however get around to installing comment luv premium (mental note).

I know you mentioned installing a cache plugin, did you get around to it? I know my hosts gets on to me about the amount of data I use. They want me on a dedicated server which is a lot more cost.

Great resource Adrienne thanks for sharing.

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133 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Hey Dan,

Ah, that’s great news! You definitely need to grab CommentLuv Premium. You’ll love it!

I have yet to install a cache plug-in so no. Haven’t found one yet and I guess they all make me nervous. Have really tried two but I don’t think I have quite the information on my site that you do though. If you locate one, please let me know okay.

Thank you Dan and have a great week.

~Adrienne :-)

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134 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I would say you had just as much probably even more info than me Adrienne. I think my hosting company is being a pain.

I can’t upgrade my blog with my plugins on. I know we shouldn’t anyway, but I run out of database memory when I do.

I have changed packages today, so lets hope this makes a difference and makes me faster!

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135 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I know you have a few more training sites then I have but I do have one.

It seems that Barry had the same problem and I’m thinking it has to do with UK based hosting accounts! I’m not sure but I’ve been using Bluehost for almost three years now and honestly Dan, I’ve never had any issues with them at all. I would say that my training site would be holding the most files at the moment but I have about ten sites altogether right now. I’m just never had any issues.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that changing packages will help. Hope it wasn’t too expensive! Yikes!!

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136 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

My videos are all on a managed server. I have very little in the way of video content on my blog server. Also my servers are based in Germany?

My package is actually cheaper with 1and1. They must have forgot to mention that the legacy package of ‘business professional Pro’ is not used anymore. This is why I hope moving has made things better.

I would change as they are excellent and (not tempting fate) I have had 0 downtime. Cant complain :-D

Thanks Adrienne.

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137 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Ah so I’m scratching my head then. I can’t believe they didn’t tell you about your package not being used anymore. Not a great way to keep your business. I switched someone’s hosting from 1and1 and found it so very confusing. Guess I’m just use to the CPanel.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you Dan! I know all will go well. :-)

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138 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Wow, this site is really AWESOME..people do not realize how very important it is to set up WP blogs in the right way…and so just because they read that they can do it all by themselves…they go and they end up making a mess. But it is sites like this that actually show people what it means to set up great WP blogs… Thanks for sharing your info, it is really good fo people seeking the answer to how to setup wordpress blog

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139 Adrienne Smith
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February 6, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hi Veena,

The initial set up is easy Veena but putting everything in place to make it work right is another. I’ve heard so many people say that they wish there was a step-by-step guide that WordPress shared. I’m hoping that some of my tips will be helpful.

I also walk them through how to install their first WordPress blog on my free training site Veena. Just another something I wanted to offer that would help.

I appreciate your comment, thank you for stopping by today. Hope you enjoy your week.

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140 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Testing..hope u can see my smiling face -
followed the instructions on your AWESOME blog

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141 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

oops…
wat did i do wrong?
no picture of me???

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142 Adrienne Smith
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February 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Did you check it to make sure it’s connected? Sometimes it takes just a little while. Other times it’s really quick. Don’t worry, it will show up if you followed their directions. Looking forward to seeing your smiling face!

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143 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Will wait n c if my pict comes
Regards
Veena :)

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144 Sandy Halliday
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Great advice Adrienne. I think you should add that not only do you need to have an about page but you should also introduce yourself by name. I have seen several blogs recently where the blogger writes about himself but does not ever give his name!

Super SEO Comments is a new one on me so I will add that.

For my permalink I use /%category%/%postname%/. I was told that if you use keywords for your categories, which you should, then you should also have your category in the URL for your post.

Sandy

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145 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Do you know Sandy that I actually did have that in there but took it out. I don’t understand why people will take the time to create that page yet not include them at all. Those types of blog are so impersonal so I won’t even bother with them.

You can add the categories if you chose but I just prefer the titles only because there are a lot of people who don’t have the category in their keywords so why add them. But if you are then you are correct. They can be included.

Thank you for sharing that Sandy, I appreciate that!

Hope you are enjoying your day!

~Adrienne

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146 Joe Lampo February 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Hi, again, Adrienne. Thanks very much for all your time and effort in generating the content for your blog. You present a lot of good useful info here. While I have read some material in various books about WP and blogs in general, about some of the aspects of blogs and blogging that you present, such as pinging, SEO, sitemaps, etc., you have provided some info that fills in the gaps here and there, and that is very useful and appreciated. I am still in the throes of putting the blog site together. I have been ironing out some problems little by little, as time permits, mostly late at night when the house is quiet and even the cats are sleeping! I hope to be ready soon. Among the things I am doing now is writing my “About Me” page. I wanted to ask you one question, and I’m asking it here, as your answer might help someone else, too, who is seeking similar info. I am considering purchasing Studiopress’ GENISIS FRAMEWORK. What is your take on that in comparison to THESIS? I am inclined to go with GENISIS as there seems to be more info about it available, and I like the looks and layout. It seems perfect for a blog. Thanks for any light you can shed on my query. Stay well and keep on bloggin’.

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147 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hey Joe,

My pleasure and thank you for that compliment. It’s greatly appreciated.

I can’t wait to see your blog Joe but I know you are working hard on that.

I’ve never used Genesis but I’ll share with you a conversation that we just had tonight on our mastermind group. Alex Mangini is a young graphics designer who actually creates Thesis themes. Another lady in our mastermind was considering going over to Genesis so she asked his opinion. He said that Thesis is much more advanced and the only reason some people are changing is because they are anxious for the new version to come out, which it hasn’t, so they are going with a new theme. Brankica, she is the one that designed my fan page, recently jumped ship because she said she had coding problems with Thesis. Alex said that is not the norm and I’ve never had any issues whatsoever. I find it extremely easy to use and I’ve never done anything like this before. So just from my own personal opinion and from what Alex shared tonight, I would have to suggest Thesis. Now remember, I’ve never used Genesis so I really can’t say.

Hope that helped somewhat Joe. You just go with what you like most because you are the one that’s going to have to be happy with it. I know several people who prefer Genesis over Thesis so I think it’s just a personal preference.
:-)

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148 Dr. Bob Clarke
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Hey again Adrienne!

What a terrific primer for those just getting started with Wordpress. I think I will bookmark this post and send it to all my students who are having trouble “getting set up”.

Awesome resource!

I am continually amazed at just how much information you can get from Google Analytics. I admit to not really paying attention my first year. Big mistake.
Not only will this online resource tell you where your traffic is coming from, but you can find out the specific search terms people used to find you.

Pure gold. So glad you included it.

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149 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Hey Bob,

Thank you Bob and I would appreciate you sharing this with your students. I hope they’ll find it helpful. You know they can always ask me questions if they run into a bind.

I know that some people are going with other resources for their stats but like you, Google Analytics continues to amaze me. I mean you can even find the keywords people are using to locate you. I’ve been very surprised actually about some of them that they’ve used but I love seeing my name pop up. Puts a smile on my face. :-)

Glad you started paying attention Bob and I’m sure it’s been extremely helpful.

Appreciate your visit today and I promise to be by your place tomorrow. My last four days have been some kind of busy. Good busy that is. :-)

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150 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Hi Adrienne:

How are you?

Still not bale to get my picture on, dunno watz wrong…
but your site is AWESOME :)

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151 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Hi Veena,

Just be sure that whatever email address you are using to comment is the one that you are setting up. A lot of times we set it up to our main email but that’s not the one we use for comments. Check out their FAQ if you still can’t get it to come up. It’s got to be something simple that you’re just overlooking. I hate those too! :-)

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152 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

lol..i give up :(
now i really do not know what to do

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153 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I tell you what, you send me your info tomorrow and I’ll set it up for you. Sound like a plan? I’m calling it a night now. I’m beat!

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154 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

awesom…thnx for ur hlp
sleep well :)

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155 Lenia
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Hi Adrienne!
That is another interesting article! Thank you very much. My blog is not set up properly yet. I have to install some of the plugins you mention in this post. But i am in a good way. I have already tried to install the WPTouch but I couldn’t understand its goal so I gave up. Now i have to do it properly :)
I have also tried to install the GASP and Replyme but for some reason I could not make them work for my theme. Do you have an idea if some of these plugins don’t work properly for some particular themes? The thing that the theme I chose is a free one so I don’t know if that plays a role.
For instance when I installed the GASP there was a bug: there were two check boxes at the end of the comment instead of just one…
I have to check out more carefully that!
ANd a last question: Does the back up plugin is for free?
Anyway, thanks a lot for this great article. You are creating are To Do list :)

Have a good day…it is 10 in morning in Chios Island!

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156 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Hi Lenia,

Hope this one is helpful as you make your switch over. Glad to hear that you already have some of the necessary plug-ins.

Usually if a plug-in isn’t working correctly on your site it has to do with the theme. Not all free themes are compatible with some plug-ins. In the beginning I just had to play and play and play until I found one that worked well with everything I wanted. I finally just broke down and bought a theme so I wouldn’t have this issue any longer. So I would have to say it’s the free theme you chose.

Some backup plug-ins are free while the Backup Buddy plug-in costs money. As I mentioned though, you can back your blog up through your CPanel as well but Kesha shared with us two plug-ins that will back everything up for you. Those are WP Backup and WP DB Manager. Some don’t backup images or your theme so together these will do it all.

Hope that helps Lenia and wow. It was 10:00 in the morning when you shared this comment. It was 2:00 am here. So I guess your day is already over so have a great week! :-)

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157 Lenia
Twitter:
February 9, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Great answer! That helps me a lot! You are right about the free theme. I have tested the GASP plugin twice and I have the same bug. I contacted Gail Gardner to see if I can find an alternative solution. Gail told me exactly what you say. there are some themes that don’t work properly with some plugins. I don’t have in my plans to buy a theme for the moment. I know there are some themes very good price. It is just that I have to do the whole work again and I am overbooked. But i put that in my future to do list.
And thanks for the information about the back up plugins.

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158 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hey Lenia,

It’s usually the theme verses the plug-ins Lenia.. That’s why when you upgrade WordPress to a version they’ve done a lot of changes on, it’s best to disable all plug-ins before doing that because if there is going to be a problem it will be with a plug-in. I’m sorry you are having this issue and can’t afford to purchase a theme. I know time is not always on our side and I have spent an entire day searching for just the right free theme. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you find a compatible one.

Have a wonderful day/night! :-) I appreciate you sharing that with me. It might help someone else.

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159 Ashvini
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hey Adrienne,

That is one good digest. I think it covers everything that is needed for blog.Maybe this post can be put in blog hall of fame.
I think I am quite compliant with the list but nevertheless went through it two times to confirm it. One more thing I would suggest is to use a good archive plugin so that all the posts can be shown in really beautiful manner.
Great post once again. Thanks :)

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160 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Hey Ashvini,

Thanks my friend and glad it meets with your approval. That says a lot.

A good archive page would be good, I agree with you. I know some people prefer categories but I have so many that it would almost take up my entire sidebar. lol.. :-) I knew there would be a few things I would probably leave off so thanks for sharing that one.

Appreciate your comment and always great to hear from you. Have a fabulous week.

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161 Barry Overstreet
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yo Adrienne (I watched Rocky II last night :-) ),

Thanks again for the great information. Yet again you’ve provided some areas that I can focus on and some excellent tips.

The favicon and WPTouch were two that really stood out to me. As soon as I’m done here I’m going to head over and work on getting that stuff set up.

Thank you so very much for working so hard to help everyone out. You’re a valued resource in the blogging community, an absolute must-read for anyone new. Please keep putting out the tips and tricks and valuable information. You’re touching untold lives with your efforts!

Talk again soon,

~Barry

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162 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I’m chuckling over here Barry! I guess I don’t even have to tell you how many times I’ve heard that. I couldn’t wait until he quit making all those sequels. lol..

Glad you enjoyed this post as well and you found some things helpful.

Can’t wait to see your favicon so I’m excited for you. Don’t you love to learn new things!

I really appreciate that Barry, seriously. I’m very touched with your kind words so thank you so much for saying that. I do want to help and certainly do hope that I’m touching some lives. I want them to know that they can do this too and we all started at the very beginning not knowing a darn thing. There are people here to help.

Have a beautiful evening Barry and thanks again. Really appreciate it!

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163 Scott D February 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Wow, this is one of the most comprehensive list wordpress-improvement tools I’ve seen anywhere. I use some of them, Yoast’s SEO tool is my favorite, and I use the Google plugins…but I wasn’t aware of many others. I’d like to recommend another useful plugin: Google seems to love blog tags so I use the WP-Auto Add Tags plugin. It gathers and sets tags suitable for your post based on your content.

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164 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Thanks Scott, glad you found this one helpful and I appreciate the suggestion. I’ve never heard of that plug-in I’m afraid. I appreciate you letting me know, I’ll have to check into that one.

Thanks again and I appreciate your input. Hope you’re having a great week.

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165 Linda February 9, 2012 at 1:31 AM

The post is very useful Adrienne A good archive page would be good, I agree with you.
your blog is real good and I am sure that you will be of immense help to all the people who come to you.thanks :) for sharing

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166 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Thanks Linda, glad you found it useful. I think it will be a good reference post for all new bloggers. It’s a beginning so to speak.

I appreciate your suggestion, thank you.

Have a wonderful day! :-)

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167 Ian Ieba
Twitter:
February 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hi Adrienne

Once again another excellent post packed full of information for your readers and visitors. This post is one to be booked-marked and will continue benefit bloggers old and new time and time again Adrienne; thank you. :)

Most of the Plugins and features you mention I have installed with the exception of “WPTouch” which I will act on once I have left this comment. I do agree with you the use of mobiles to view blog and web content will be the future and anything that helps the viewer access your content has to benefit us in the long run; right!

I did have the Favicon loaded and a few other plugins running up until I had the disaster with my blog last year and to be honest I have not got round to putting it back! Yet another reminder of something I must put right; thanks Adrienne ;)

As always Adrienne; thank you for continuing to share and provide great and informative content, you a real star!

Hope you’re having a great weekend?

Take care

Ian :)

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168 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Hi Ian,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed this one and I really wanted to help some of those who have really been scratching their heads trying to figure some of this out you know.

I think the mobile plug-in is important because not all phones are set up to view them properly or so I’ve been told. I’m sure over time they will all do that and we’ll no longer need them but for now, absolutely.

Ah yeah, that stuff you had going on last year with your blog. I’m sure there was a lot of stuff to set back up and it’s really hard to remember it all right! So, glad this post helped remind you. :-)

Thank you Ian and I appreciate your comment. Always good to hear that others have found it useful.

I’m having the best weekend ever. Just got home from spending yesterday and last night with my brother and his family. We went dancing last night for Valentine’s and my nephew was my date. A great time was had by all.

Hope you’re enjoying yours as well! :-)

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169 Franziska San Pedro
Twitter:
February 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I just went through your list of recommendations and proceeded to my blog to add some (to find out that I use them all already).
When it comes to all this technical stuff I have a short term memory and it’s always good to double check. Looking back, in 2010 when I wrote my first blog post, I was so overwhelmed and had absolutely no clue!
Thanks for the lists,

Franziska San Pedro

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170 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Well congratulations Franziska, isn’t it great that you already had all of this in place? I know what you mean though. When you initially set it all up sometimes we can’t remember exactly everything we did. I know that feeling.

Happy to hear that everything is in place and I also know you’re enjoying blogging. I just love it!

Glad the list was helpful anyway.

Have a great week okay!

~Adrienne

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171 Veena Furtado February 15, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Hi Adrienne:

How are you? Have been busy setting up by new blog, all about -
classic indian recipes ….
hope you find a recipe you like :)

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172 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 15, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Hi Veena,

I’m doing well and hope you are the same.

Glad to hear you’ve been setting up your blog. I hate to tell you this Veena but I’m not a cook. I live by myself so it’s never fun cooking just for me. I’m sure your recipes are wonderful though. Best of luck with you and your new site.

Enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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173 Earl Dickerson February 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Google Analytics is an excellent free tool that comes with a Google Adwords account. Highly recommended and will help you immensely.Thanks for sharing this.

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174 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Glad you approve Earl and you are most welcome.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

~Adrienne

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175 Veena Furtado February 15, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Hi Adrienne:

How are you?

Am still unable to see my Gravtar?

Can you help me plz??

Hope you are enjoying my choice of classicindianrecipes

Regards

Veena :)

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176 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Hi Veena,

Did you check the link? I know this is a ridiculous question but are you responding to comments with the email address you just set up? If you’ve done this then go to their common question section and see if anyone else is having issues with this. It should work with no problem at all.

Best of luck!

~Adrienne

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177 Veena Furtado February 15, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Yes Adrienne

I checked it all and I am using the right email…

This is really so confusing :(

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178 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Do you want to email me your access and I can check it out for you? That’s the only other alternative I have. Be happy to look at it for you.

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179 Veena Furtado February 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM

What access do you need?

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180 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Your log-in information so I can access your account and make sure everything’s set up properly. If you trust me doing that. If not, I would see if I could get in touch with their support and have them figure out why it’s not going through.

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181 Veena Furtado March 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hi Adrienne:

How are you?

My computer needed to be fixed and so I was out of touch -
bet you thought I had given up -
lol – i never quit.

Yes, i would love you to take a look and see about my Gravataar.

So what log in details do you require and how do I get them across to you?

Regards
Veena Furtado :)

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182 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
March 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Hi Veena,

I was wondering what happened to you after the gravatar conversation. I was hoping I hadn’t upset you in any way but happy to hear it was just computer issues. Gosh, I hate those and glad you’re back online.

Email me at adrienne@adriennesmith.net with your username and password for the gravatar service. Be sure and attach the photo you want set up and the email address you want it connected to. Also include your website address so I can be sure that it’s all working properly. Sound like a plan?

Thanks Veena and we’ll get you set up. :-)

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183 Jeremy Ruggles February 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Great post! There are really a lot of little things that make your blog more powerful and effective that may take many people a long time to learn…. like me for example =0)

I did learn something new from your post today. I had no idea how to create my own favicon, but after watching your video, I do. Thanks for the info!

Take care,

~Jeremy

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184 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Hi Jeremy,

Thank you, glad you found this one helpful. I know there is a lot to setting it up properly but I wanted to be sure and share the things I thought were necessary in the beginning.

I had a conversation with someone who checked out my video and I think the site has already changed a few things so you can really use any free service to upload it. Hope the video helps.

Enjoy your day and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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185 Angel
Twitter:
April 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Hi Adrienne,

About the Favicon, thanks for letting me know that was possible to change. I ended up liking the issue and now is changed. I chose a grape leaf, because it is strongly related to the bar my father had for many years, and therefore i chose it to honour my father and his work and that bar that gave us so much.

I started using your info, your video, somewhere i got lost, and i used a plugin called favicon in wordpress, then it worked. I remember you mentioned the existance of these plugins for mthe favicon, even though you said it is better not to abuse plugins. I credit you for the plugin info as well.

I thank you, because i am taking many things you do as a model. I also put the search box , inspired by you. Is easy when i have a model like i have in you.

Warmly,
Your friend,
Angel

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186 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
April 4, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Hi Angel,

You are so welcome and glad you found it helpful and easy to apply. I’ll have to stop by and check it out. I bet it looks good.

It helps when you have someone showing you how doesn’t it Angel? I’m so happy that you’re able to learn from me, that makes me smile.

I’ll have to stop by tomorrow and check out your blog and see what you’ve done lately.

Until then my friend, enjoy the rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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187 Ajnabii April 9, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is my first visit on your blog, and i found awesome and useful information from your posts. Wordpress is more more and more than blogspot. Yes all of your tips and suggestions are appreciated and I am follwing. I want to add 2 more Plugins names.

1. WP Super Cache: super charge your wordpress blog with this nice plugin.
2. Related Posts: Grab them after the post with thumbnail, your readers will check them too and stay long on your blog.

Thanks for sharing nice post.

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188 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
April 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Hi Ajnabii,

Well welcome to my blog and I’m happy to hear that you’ve found this post useful. WordPress is the best blogging platform in my opinion. I have no doubt that over time, others will come along and do their best to outdo them. Until that time, I can’t speak highly enough about it.

This post was really my thoughts on what’s needed to set up your blog properly. I have a post I wrote that has my favorite plug-ins and the related posts is listed there. I have not include WP Super Cache because if you’ve noticed in any of my other comments here, I’ve had nothing but heartache with that one. It’s given me so much trouble so I can’t personally recommend it. But a cache plug-in is important for helping your blog load faster if you have it loaded down with too many as it is.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They are always appreciate.

Have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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189 Wendy May 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Fantastic information at your blog Adrienne. I have spent a few hours this evening reading your posts and implementing quite a few plugins for my blog.
I will be back to your blog regularly as you have the answers to many questions.
Thank you
Wendy

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190 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Thank you Wendy, I’m so happy to hear that you’ve found my information helpful. That’s music to my ears.

If I can assist you in any way please don’t hesitate to ask. I love helping people figure this place out and move in the right direction.

I appreciate your comment and you enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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191 Den Nicholson June 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Thanks Adrienne, Nice blog I was interested to see your favicon video thanks

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192 Adrienne Smith
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June 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

You are very welcome Den and glad you stopped by. Hope this post was helpful as well as the video sharing how to set up your favicon.

Enjoy your day okay! Thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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193 Phil McDermott July 15, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Once again Adrienne you have generously provided a valuable post. I have most of your suggestions implemented on my blog though I am really interested in the SEO Super Comments plugin. This is something that I am totally unfamiliar with and will take a much closer look, the idea sounds great and should help to increase a site’s visibilty.

I also use the “Tweet old post” plugin on my site which I have setup to retweet an old post randomly up to three times per day, there are many choices available within it’s configuration and I find it beneficial but think it needs to be used subtly.

Again thanks for sharing your considerable knowledge, it is much appreciated.

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194 Adrienne
Twitter:
July 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Hey Phil,

Ah, glad you enjoyed this post. I know there are a lot of blogger just coming on to the scene and aren’t familiar with what all you need in order to really get your blog set up properly. I just thought I would help a little with this post.

I learned about the SEO Super Comments plug from Ana and she definitely knows about this so I took it upon her recommendation. So glad I did too.

I know a lot of people who use the Tweet Old Post plug-in but since some of my earlier posts are about things I don’t really do anymore, I didn’t want those coming up in tweets which is why I don’t use that plug-in but thank you for sharing that.

You are most welcome and I appreciate your comment. You enjoy your week okay!

~Adrienne

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195 Enstine Muki
Twitter:
August 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Sometimes, it seems very easy to set up a wp blog but looking at this post, I think there is really much to do. I will want to try out SEO Super Comments. I was also on a look-out for some recommended mobile plugin. I’m grabbing WPTouch right now and thanks for sharing these

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196 Adrienne
Twitter:
August 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Hi Enstine,

Installing your WordPress blog isn’t hard at all but knowing everything you need to put in place in order for it to really function properly may take a little more time. The initial setup though isn’t hard at all, just a little time consuming.

If you find a better plug-in for mobile then please do let me know. I’m always eager to have the best one.

~Adrienne

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197 Roz Bennetts
Twitter:
October 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Oh heck Adrienne, I think I’m just going to have to take the plunge and get a WP blog. I don’t know why I feel so negative about it because I like projects like that; I suppose I’ll feel a bit sad to say goodbye to my Blogger blog, I get sentimental about things like that. Anyway, I’ve bookmarked your page and note that I should visit your training site when the time comes!!

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198 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

You just have so much more flexibility with WordPress then you do Blogger but you can move your blog over. It would just be on a different platform so that’s all. You wouldn’t lose anything with your current blog plus you can add more cool things like plug-ins. How fun is that!

Thanks Roz for your comment and if you ever need help with the switch, let me know.

~Adrienne

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199 Roz Bennetts
Twitter:
October 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for your reply.

If this is true then it changes everything. So if I were to self host a WordPress blog on say rozbennetts.com, would I not need to repost all my posts, would all the links that point back to my existing blog transfer over or would I have to start from scratch?

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200 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Oh heck no girl, just get in touch with your hosting service and they will walk you through how to move it over. I know we can do it ourselves but I combined one of my blogs with this one some time back and they were so nice to do it for me while I was on the phone with them. It took like a minute but I did move from a WordPress platform. But you can move the Blogger blog over as well. You shouldn’t lose anything. it’s the same domain name so all the links will remain in tact.

Thank goodness for that right! You can always call them to make sure, just talk to someone in technical support and they’ll tell you everything. Just to make you feel better before you move forward.

~Adrienne

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201 Roz Bennetts
Twitter:
October 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Thanks a million Adrienne,

I had no idea I couold take the whole domain name with the blogpsot.co.uk bit at the end and move it to another host. I think the Blogger to WP bit may a bit more tricky, but if each post can be ported across intact with all the HTML for the post the date and the comments then I’m laughing.

Thanks for clarifying that.

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202 Adrienne
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October 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You can’t move the blogspot domain because that does belong to Blogger but you can move your roz-bennetts domain. You can still move all your content over though so that you don’t lose any of that.

I’ve never moved one over myself, when I started with WordPress I started fresh. But now things are a little more advanced and I’ve been told it’s not that difficult. I know that when I was on the phone with them there is a function to just export the content. I’ve heard from a few people who have moved theirs over and they say there isn’t anything to it. Yeah, I prefer my hosting service doing it for me though, just to be on the safe side. I’d probably mess it up for sure.

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203 Mark Gray October 4, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Nice blog, very informative.

Great post above, excellent points and some major things that people always forget especially stuff like auto pinging and permalinks. i am sure people new to blogging and WP will love this post as do I.

Thanks,

MArk

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204 Adrienne
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October 4, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Hey Mark,

Welcome to my blog, nice to have you stop by. I tried to make some rounds myself yesterday but got behind. I appreciate the visit and your comment.

I enjoy sharing things I’ve learned along the way that can help others with their journey to success. I know for me when I started blogging I had no idea what all was involved. Now I love to help others figure it all out.

Thanks again and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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205 Sorina Dascalu November 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Great article, you managed to touch base with what’s needed to have a good setup of WordPress.

I want to ask you something – I noticed there is no link for the SEO Super Comments plugin. I was wondering if that is for a reason – maybe you are not that sure about the SEO effect this plugin has.
I never heard about this plugin before, but it got me curious… I’m not sure if this is so beneficial; I read the description of the plugin in WordPress.org repository, and the concept is interesting. But my fear is the following: creating pages from each comments will not result in a lot of pages with thin content if we consider not many people post long comments, usually comments have much under 200 words? What do you think?

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206 Adrienne
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November 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Hi Sorina,

Thank you and glad you enjoyed my post and I always appreciate a new visitor.

That was an oversight on my part and you are the first person to point that out. Sorry about that and I included one just for you but you can also just Google it.

I actually first heard about this plug-in from Ana Hoffman over at Traffic Generation Cafe and she shared that at the time we both came upon this plug-in, Google was indexing more social sites. So Facebook posts and Twitter tweets aren’t very long either but they are on their own separate page. Google was looking at comments in the same manner so I would say no, it’s a great function to have. I will point out one thing though. It’ a pretty big plug-in and can really bog down your site if you already have a lot of plug-ins. Just an FYI of caution.

Thank you Sorina and hope that was helpful. Thank you again for your visit today and enjoy what’s left of this week.

~Adrienne

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207 Antonio Perez January 9, 2013 at 5:31 AM

I’ve never heard of SEO Super Comments before. Doesn’t having more comments on a page mess up the keyword density? I could have sworn that Yoast had mentioned this on his site a few times.

I also have to get better about pinging all of my posts when I add a new one and doing analytics.

Mahalo,
Antonio

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208 Adrienne
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January 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

With this plug-in Antonio, the comments are on their own page which is what the search engines like.

If you’re on WordPress then your posts are automatically pining. You just need to make sure they are seen by as many sites as possible. If you have the pinging plug-in installed then that will make sure that you don’t get penalized for it pinging every time you revise your posts.

Thanks for commenting.

~Adrienne

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209 Antonio January 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I’m thinking that I should probably install MBP’s Ping Optimizer just to be on the safe side.

Antonio

P.S. Thanks for the comment on my blog.

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210 Adrienne
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January 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

If you don’t have something similar to that installed Antonio then I would suggestion getting that one. You don’t want to get banned when you make a revision on your post and it gets pinged again and again. Google hates that.

You are most welcome, my pleasure.

~Adrienne

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211 Lee April 15, 2013 at 5:24 AM

Hi adrienne
I have used this post a few times now to refer back to as I have just set up a blog this time on word press simply because all the plug ins are there and waiting for you rather than the other format I used which is always long winded to use and not really user friendly.

So thanks for tips lee

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212 Adrienne
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April 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Hey Lee,

I’m glad you found this post helpful because there is a lot to setting up your blog so that you’ll be able to actually get noticed you know. I appreciate you letting me know, that’s so much.

Enjoy your week okay!

~Adrienne

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213 Reginald
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July 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Hello!

Opps, the post is last year but I think the info is great. I get the same ‘thrill’ every time I start a new blog or website.

Names, widgets, permalinks etc etc. The biggest issue I always face is when I use Yoast SEO sitemap. It just don’t seems to be able to ‘convince’ webmaster tool that the sitemap is legit (thankfully the last update solves it).

Right! Just want to say that this post is great especially for newbies. Definitely worth a read and bookmark it!

Reginald
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214 Adrienne
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July 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Hey Reginald,

Yep, you’ve landed on an older post for sure but a lot of the information is still very good.

I tried using Yoast SEO some time back but found it to be way too confusing for me plus Thesis has most of that built into it’s theme so why use a plug-in when not necessary. Glad they updated that and you got that resolved.

Thanks Reginald and I’ve done a yearly update on some of my posts so this one might be on that list as well.

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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215 Sam Adeyinka
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July 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Thanks for recommending this post to me, I am exceptionally grateful! I have installed some of this plugins except the dofollow plugin. I will do that now. Thanks once again Adrienne…x

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216 Adrienne
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July 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hey Sam,

You’re very welcome and it’s a great place to start so you can get everything set up properly. The dofollow helps you’re blog become a dofollow blog but if you chose to go with a paid plug-in later like CommentLuv Premium, that has the feature in it already therefore that’s one less plug-in you’ll need.

Good luck my friend.

~Adrienne

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217 rakesh kumar July 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I think SEO Super Comments does not worth at all since we all love to remove duplicate contents from search engines and when we enable search bot to crawl them, we basically allow search engines to dilute our page rank and thus allow google to penalize our site with panda, so in my personal opinion it is worthless plugin. What is your opinion on this issue.

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218 Adrienne
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July 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

SEO Super Comments has nothing to do with duplicate content so I’m not sure where you got that. Did you even read the explanation of what it does?

On another note, this post was written almost a year ago and I no longer use the plug-in mainly because of how big the plug-in was and how Google was changing their algorithms so that the comments were going to be indexed anyway. Win/win for us all.

~Adrienne

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219 Surbhi August 7, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Dear Adrienne

I’m a newbie to the blogosphere. I must thank you for such amazing articles. There’s no usage of fancy jargons and you make it sound so simple. Guess I still have a whole lot to learn before I go in for a wordpress account with a domain name and all :)

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220 Adrienne
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August 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Hi Surbhi,

Well welcome to blogging and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Glad you found this post helpful.

WordPress is awesome although there is much more to it then just throwing up a blog. It’s best though to actually own your own content which is why I highly recommend it. Hope you’ll consider coming over to our side soon. Also, be sure to set your gravatar up so that people can connect with you more. It will really help a lot.

Enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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221 john bocata October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Hi Audrienne, i used all the plugins you mentioned except for the mobile version plugin. I thought wordpress did this automatically. I will definately use this plugin because in the near future most websites will be opened with smartphones and tablets.
thanks

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222 Adrienne
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October 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Hi John and welcome to my blog!

Glad you’re using all of these already. Now some themes have the mobile aspect already included but not all. WordPress unfortunately doesn’t have anything to do with this but a plugin will definitely take care of that.

Thank you for stopping by and happy blogging.

~Adrienne

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223 Andy Britnell
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October 11, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Thanks Adrienne – yet again you come up with some cool tips that help me out big time.

We have the old Mystique theme running on workfromhomewisdom.com which unfortunately is not supported anymore (No updates for over a year now so it”s at the end of its shelf life). It’s not a responsive theme so to change this site for mobile and touch users would require a big investment of time and money due to it’s mass of content.

Your link to WPtouch seems to have done the trick to cover us off in the short term. Longer term we will invest in a better theme. Maybe Thesis or Genesis – still can’t decide which one is best :-) Plus you’ve given me loads of content for a WordPress for Beginners workshop I’m doing in November.

So big virtual hug from me – I love what you share here :-)

Andy x
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224 Adrienne
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October 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Ah, you’re so very welcome Andy! Glad you found this post helpful!

A theme that’s not being supported anymore. That’s an accident waiting to happen my friend. You hear how those hackers can get in because of that so I would definitely upgrading to a paid theme so that you won’t have that issue. I use Thesis of course and have for the past three years and still love it. It wasn’t mobile ready which is why this cool little plugin solved that issue immediately.

I know that Genesis has the mobile ready themes but I also know from people who use it that you have to use some plugins to make it work too. So I think I’m fine with Thesis. Just something to think about as you move forward.

This post is over a year old but still pretty relevant. Some things have changed but most of the important stuff remains the same.

Thanks Andy and have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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225 Ravi Chahar
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April 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Hi Adrienne,

As always this post is worth reading. But I want to know one thing. How can I change the font of my whole website? When I write my post I select Georgia but it doesn’t appear before opening the post. I want to select Georgia font for H1 tag and all other.
I have read that in HTML5 it is better to do with CSS but don’t know how?
May I know how can I do that?

~Ravi
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226 Adrienne Smith
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April 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Hey Ravi,

Thanks for commenting on this one and I try to go back and update it so that it’s not too terribly outdated as time goes by.

I think changing the font will depend on your theme. Like I have Thesis so I can change my fonts and sizes easily. I know they have some plugins for that but I’ve used one in the past and when it quit working it messed everything up and I had to go back through it and change everything back which wasn’t fun.

Sorry I’m not much more help but just take a look at your theme and see if it gives you that option. You can always go to the support area for your theme as well to find out how that works.

~Adrienne

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227 Anurag May 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Well, I have already done almost everything that you have listed here. My luck?
But still I have to do a couple of things, One is to create that About Me page and to install some of the WordPress plugins.

Thanks for the Post!
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228 Adrienne Smith
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May 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hey Anurag,

That’s good that you’ve gotten most of this done. I know that a lot of people coming into blogging aren’t familiar with the analytics or the sitemap. How to set up their permalinks and stuff like that so I thought this was a good way to share that with them.

I appreciate your comment, thank you so much and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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229 Adrienne Smith
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February 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

That’s odd Bill because it’s there because it’s set up as your gravatar. That photo is connected to your business email. Maybe you can just delete that account altogether and then create a new one and start over. That’s the only suggestion I have. Or write support and ask them why it’s not changing.

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230 Veena Furtado February 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hi Adrienne:

So good to hera from you, your blog is real good and I am sure that you will be of immense help to all the people who come to you. Shuks, I can’t seem to get my photo on the comments, how do you do that?

Regards

Veena :)

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231 Adrienne Smith
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February 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Hi Veena,

Thank you, so glad you’re enjoying my content. I aim to please! :-)

You need to set up your gravatar. Go to the top of my blog and check out my commenting rules. Scroll down a ways and I show you where to go to set that up. It’s really pretty easy so hope to see your smiling face soon!

Take care…

~Adrienne

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