You’ve installed WordPress, added a few posts and maybe even installed a few plugins. However, your blog isn’t live to the entire world yet. How do you publish your blog and make it available to both readers and search engines? Here’s a quick guide to help you with publishing your first WordPress blog.
Making Your WordPress Blog Visible
The search engines won’t index your WordPress blog unless you tell them to. If you don’t want strangers reading what you write, you may not want to make your blog visible to the search engines. However, if you want to gain traffic from the search engine listings, making your blog visible is the first step.
This process is quite simple. Just log into your WordPress blog, go to the settings menu and click on the “reading” option. Within this section of the settings you will find an option that says, “discourage search engines from indexing this site.” If this box is checked, the search engines won’t index your blog. However, if you leave it unchecked, they will index your blog and your posts.
Helping Others Find Your WordPress Blog
After you have made your blog available for the search engines to index, you have to become active in your efforts to get readers. Making your blog visible is just step one of publishing your WordPress blog.
Now, you should start becoming active on social media networks and social bookmarking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit and others. Join the top social sites and start sharing your content with others on these sites. This will not only help you get readers from the sites, but will also help you rank better on search engines.
Automating the Process
It can become very time consuming to share each post you create with all the top social media and bookmarking sites. When you publish your blog on WordPress, you gain the ability to use a number of free and paid plugins to add functionality to your site. Some of these plugins will help automate the process of sharing blog posts with social sites.
All you will have to do is join the social sites you want to use, set up the plugin once and allow it to do the job. Some of the top social sharing plugins for WordPress include:
- NextScripts: Social Network Auto-Poster or SNAP
- MailChimp Social
All of these plugins and many others will help you automate the process when it comes to sharing content with social sites. This will save you a ton of time and make it easier to gain visibility on both social sites and the search engines.
It’s important to know that along with the many posts you might want to share, there may be a few you would rather leave provide. Within the post edit screen, you can password protect or make a post provide by clicking on the “Visibility” option within the “Publish” section. This will allow you to gain the privacy you desire for specific blog posts.
Now you know how to publish your WordPress blog and get it in front of some readers. Make sure you choose the options that fit best for your specific needs throughout this process.