7 Basic Things To Do in Your First Week of Blogging

If you are reading this article, my guess is that you are just starting a blog. You have actually taken a bold step which many authority blogs took when they started out in blogging. In order to make your reading count, I will be sharing with you 7 basic things which you must do in your first week of blogging.

Before we hit the nail on the head, I want to believe you have already purchased a custom domain, good looking search engine optimized theme like the Genesis Frame work  and hosting for your blog. These are primary to what you are reading today. Alright let’s get started:

First things first, write an “About Us” page

This is the foremost thing and a must do. Your blog be it a business or personal blog site must have a definition of what it’s all about. To say the least, most of the people who will be visiting your blog the first time will likely click on the “About” link to read about the person behind the blog and what the blog is all about.

Now that you know about this, how then do you write a reader converting “About” page? There is no special way of writing this, however, there are some key things which you must include when writing an “About” page. They are:

  • Brief history of your blog : How or what inspired the starting of your blog
  • Mission and Objectives of your blog : What will readers be expecting from the blog, its purposes and so on
  • Introduction of yourself with an image : Readers like it when they know who they are dealing with, so write briefly about yourself and include your recent picture, they really want to see you
  • Achievements of your blog : If you are just starting a new blog, there is no need for this, but keep tags on your achievements and include them here in the future
  • Social Media statistics about your blog : Set up your social media accounts and add social sharing buttons on your pages.
  • Place an Optin form at the end of the page : Because most first timers will likely click on this link, make it count by placing an optin form to convert them into real readers and subscribers.

Remember, there is no specific style for writing this, just use the above points I have provided and get creative with them.

Make Reaching you easy with a “Contact Us” page

The best blog sites makes it possible for its readers to connect with them. This should be the same for you. I am sure you don’t want to run a blog where only you will be the writer and the reader? The “Contact Us” makes it possible for visitors who happens to be your potential readers and your already existing readers to connect or interact with you.

Aside from that, it’s the medium through which potential advertisers will connect with you, people seeking advice, or making suggestions will also want to reach you through the “Contact” page.  When writing this page, make it simple, avoid too much grammar, an email address and contact form with few instructions on how to contact you will do.

Add a “Disclaimer”, “Privacy Policy” and Terms of Use Pages

The three sounds the same, but a little difference exists. The disclaimer page is where you will write a reminder for your readers to know that you will be earning through affiliate links on your blog. It’s also where you will disassociate yourself with some links or referrals made on your blog apart from your own affiliate links.

The Privacy Policy page is where you tell your readers how you make use of the information which you collect on your blog which includes their own private details. There are websites offering free privacy policy writing, just by filling in a few things about your blog, a privacy policy will be generated for you to use.

Terms of Use on the other hand guides your users or readers on how to use the resources on your blog. Some of which rules out the legal actions behind the use of contents on your site. This is very close or almost the same with the privacy policy, it depends on the context. However, if your blog is personal, a privacy policy and disclaimer pages will do.

Narrow down your blog contents with Categories

This is very important, there are so many topics to cover today on the internet and if you are not guided you will loose it. To remain focused and to make blogging easy for you, write down categories related to your blog title and integrate them on your blog. When you do so, make sure you write and cover articles based on those categories. This is what makes the best blog sites outstanding in the blogosphere.

If you need help, take a look at the categories covered here on Content Practical Blog and try making a study out of them.  As a beginner starting a blog, creating fewer categories will help you stay on course, by the time your blog begins to gain authority you can either add more categories or better still keep it that way.

Burn and Setup your Blog with FeedBurner

As a blogger, one of your priorities should be getting or announcing your blog content to the world. This is different from writing a blog post and hitting the publish button. Burning your blog with FeedBurner is a great way of doing this. By burning your blog with feedburner you get your blog content delivered to your readers in two ways, either through email updates in their inbox or simply a display of the list of all your recent blog updates.

When you are done burning your blog with FeedBurner, activate the “Email Services” and RSS and use the codes provided to get people to subscribe to your blog updates.

Sign Up for Social Media accounts and Integrate them on your Blog

Social media contributes significantly to your blog traffic if well utilized. You should take advantage of this by creating social media accounts with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Pinterest. While creating your accounts, make sure you keep it professional by using your blog name or url in your dedicated link. For instance here on DTD, I have the following social media accounts:

  • Twitter ==> http://www.twitter.com/user
  • Facebook Page==> http://www.facebook.com/user
  • Pinterest ==> http://www.pinterest.com/user

Add these social media buttons on the sidebar, header or footer sections of your blog to increase the chances of readers and visitors connecting and sharing your content with friends.

Get Google to provide you Insights Using Google Analytics

Google analytics helps you to monitor the performance of your blog both in real time and in time past. Aside from that, it also helps you know which post is driving traffic or which keyword(s) is ranking high on your blog so you can be guided on which keyword to focus more on.

To get Google to track your blog, you will need to create an account with Google Analytics after which a tracking code will be generated for you which you can put before the </head> tag of your theme or before the </body> tag. This is the code that Google uses to track the activities on your blog.

Call to Action

So far these are the basic must do things in your first week of blogging. When all these are put in place, you will then begin to write those epic contents to drive more traffic to your blog. Once you are able to do the whole of these seven (7) your blog will be ready to accommodate any visit to it.

Did I Miss Anything?

Judging from experience, these 7 things are basic, but you are welcome to dropping other suggested things you feel one should do in the first week of blogging. We can learn from you!

 

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