Do you want to write a blog? Maybe you currently use a WordPress blog and do not like the way it works. There are some things you can do that will make it easier for your blog to attract more visitors. Use the following information to build a better blog.
Don’t use a common design for your WordPress site. It saves time, but doesn’t make a great impression on others. Your site should be unique and reflect your personality.
Before installing WordPress, take some time for education. Increased planning leads to a better executed blog. Learn about SEO, creating effective content, and using WordPress and its many features to help ease your workflow.
Clean up the content and comments that do not add any value to your website. This will make your website fresh and professional. An excellent plugin that can aid you in removing spam from your site on a daily basis is Akismet.
Remove any special characters in the URLs of your blog posts. Special characters make it more difficult for search engines to index your site. Attempt to keep your URLs simple for visitors as well.
Sometimes you may spend a lot of time adjusting your WordPress blog and then mistakenly think none of your changes have been saved. That is probably not the case. Clear your cache to see if it will fix the problem. Press and hold the Shift key when refreshing the browser for changes to show.
Posts are filed chronologically by default. First you must modify the date, then you can rearrange the list. To demonstrate that, open a post and notice the date on the upper-right-hand corner. Change the date after clicking on it to get it moved from the original position.
Do you get many comments on your posts? If they do, it can be quite a chore for you and your readers to comb through all of them. Use a plugin to add page numbers. This makes your website easier to navigate.
Rank higher with the search engines by paying careful attention to the images that you upload. Use a title and also text tags. If someone “pins” one of your images on Pinterest, your title will be what shows up on their blog.
Be sure that your readers can forward your posts to their emails whenever they desire. Many people who won’t have access to social media will still want to share with friends. The WP-Email plugin is great for this.
Avoid common words and phrases for your user name. Bots will attack your blog if you make your username ADMINISTRATOR or ADMIN. Using these usernames can put your site at risk. Look at the users of your site and delete any names that use admin or administrator. Select a different user name.
Connect your posts via a linking plugin to easily provide visitors with more of your content. These plugins will add 3 to 5 links underneath each post according to the pertinence of tags on the posts of your site.
Attempt scheduling blog posts in advance with WordPress. You can schedule them to post at different times, and you don’t have to be around a computer. You can do this by tapping into the Publish box on your edit screen. Click on the option that says publish immediately. Change that so that it will change it to the time and date you want to publish it. Pick OK. Click on the ‘schedule’ button on the ‘schedule for’ screen to plan schedule your blog posts.
When you looking for plugins, be sure to look at the user reviews of the plugin. Anyone who can program can make their own plugin. Check the reports on issues, flaws, and bugs. To help protect your site only use plugins that you have researched with a lot of downloads and high ratings.
Try using different authoring tools for your blog. Do you dislike the dashboard at WordPress? You may want to consider Windows Live Writer. There are a lot of tools outside of WordPress that work well with the platform and are very efficient. Give a couple of them a try to figure out which one is most effective for you.
It may be worth your while to highlight comments that you make in a blog post. People often ask questions or express concerns in comment sections. Answering these questions is easy to overlook in all of the comments. Use a different color, and bold or italicize the text. These tricks will make it easier for users to find the author’s comments.
Running a successful blog requires the right blend of elements. Know the capabilities, plugins and other things you need to make a blog that gets noticed. The article above gave you some knowledge. Now you can use what you’ve learned to improve your site and to get people excited about visiting it.