If you are reading this article, you must be wondering what to do after launching your WordPress site.
First of all, congratulations on beating all the odds to get your business started.
Your blog is your business and once you launch your blog, you need to make sure it represents you to the outside world the way you want.
But look, after starting your new blog journey, you will want to do other things to keep it growing.
In this article, we show you nine things to do on first week of your new blog journey.
Let’s get started.
1. Create all the Essential Pages
These are must-have pages that shouldn’t miss on your blog:
These are important pages to have on your new blog, especially if you are planning to monetize it with Google AdSense.
There are tools you can use to create content for each of these pages.
2. Get Your Blog Indexed by Google
To become successful online, you must be visible to your audience and when it comes to blogging, search engine visibility isn’t optional.
For this reason, after launching your WordPress blog, you need to get it indexed by Google.
Usually, WordPress will get this done automatically during installation, but you must check if people are noticing you out there.
Go to your WordPress dashboard, on Settings>>Reading, on the section where it says “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”; make sure the checkbox is unchecked.
How to Get Google Index Your New WordPress Blog
Google can detect and index your new WordPress blog automatically, but sometimes the monster may not do that immediately.
And because the giant is the largest source of direct traffic, you must make sure your new site is listed on their database right away.
After all, the aim of creating your new blog is to make sure the world and Google know about it.
So you have to tell Google that your blog is up and running and the pages it has. If you don’t tell Google where your site is and the pages on it, you may find that some pages aren’t being displayed in search results.
In this section, we will show you how to get your new site indexed by Google.
Is it REALLY Important to Get Google Index Your New Site?
The simple answer is YES.
Here is the thing: Google is the chief source of organic traffic and visitors for websites and blogs. Google currently receives over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year around the world.
..And if you are looking to start a successful business, then you should get your blog indexed by Google immediately you launch it.
Well, if you adhere to the WordPress SEO best practices, Google will do the indexing automatically. Note that this may not happen overnight. Thankfully, you can get the monster index your new site.
Follow the tips below to achieve that.
We assume that you’ve unchecked the checkbox on the Setting>>Reading where it says “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”.
Now proceed with the tips below to get your new site indexed by Google.
Install Yoast SEO Plugin
Start by installing the Yoast SEO plugin. Once installed, activate it. After activating the plugin, you will have a menu labeled SEO in your WordPress dashboard.
Create a Sitemap
You need to show Google where your site is and the pages on it so that when you update content, it is added on their database automatically. For this reason, you need to create a sitemap.
You can create a sitemap using the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. This plugin will create the sitemap for your new blog and inform Google every time you publish new content.
Follow these steps:
· Download and install this plugin on your site.
· Head over to the Settings menu and choose XML-Sitemap.
· At the top of the screen, it will tell you whether a sitemap has been created or not. Click that section to create it.
Once done, you will have a page like https://yoursite/sitemap.xml
Connect Your Site with Google Search Console
After installing the Yoast SEO plugin, connect your site with Google Search Console. Here, you will need to create an account with Google Search Console then click on the “Add Property” button to include your site URL. Make sure you add your site URL as it appears on your browser’s address bar.
You will also need to verify that you are the owner of the site. Follow the verification process to the latter.
Submit Your New Blog to Search Engines
Once you have installed the Yoast SEO plugin and created a sitemap, you need to inform search engines.
Follow these steps:
We assume you’ve connected your site with Google Search Console.
· Use or create your Google account (if you don’t have one).
· Go to Google Webmaster Tools and log in (create an account if you haven’t done that already).
· You will see a field with “Add A Site” and a button. Once you click on the button, you will be asked to verify your site by either adding an HTML file or a met tag to your site’s header.
You can then login to your hosting and copy the HTML file to your site’s directory or copy the Meta tag to your site’s header.
If you aren’t tech-savvy, you can do this via the Yoast SEO all in one plugin.
Add Your XML Sitemap to Search Engines
You need to submit the XML Sitemap we created above to search engines. And you can achieve this by adding it to Google Webmaster Tools.
Well, don’t fret because we have made everything easy for you here.
· Go to Craw>>Sitemaps on the left-hand side of the screen (on your WordPress dashboard) and click the Add/Test Sitemap button.
· Submit the link to your sitemap and test its validity so that Google can display all the pages you have on your site.
You can also speed up your site indexing by the use of a plugin called WP Indexer.
3. Connect Your New Site With Google Analytics
You also want to connect your site with Google Analytics. This is a powerful marketing tool for tracking your audience and what they do while on your site. The tool will tell you about your visitors, pages with most views, conversion rates, how many people visit your site every day, etc.
4. Create a Back Up of Your New Blog
If you think your site is secure after installing security plugins and tools, then you are deceiving yourself.
Thousands of blogs are getting hacked every day. You need to make sure that even when a hacking incident hits your blog, you can still get your content.
This is why you should create a backup of your blog. There are various ways you can back up your site either manually. Jetpack is one of the powerful tools used by tons of blog owners to back up their site out there.
The tool does the backup of your task automatically every day so you don’t have to worry about losing your content no matter what happens online.
5. Create Professional Email Accounts
Google allows you to create email accounts of your choice. Remember, we stated earlier that your blog is your business. You want to be professional when contacting your prospects and anyone engaging you through your site.
For this reason, you need to create email accounts that feature your domain name.
Your email accounts need to look like firstname.lastname@example.org or something of this kind. Just make sure it features your domain in it.
6. Connect Your Site to a CDN Service
You also need to get your site a CDN. A CDN, also known as Content Delivery Network is a service that distributes your content to servers across the world.
This allows your visitors to get information from your site much quicker.
Good examples of CDNs include CloudFront, MaxCDN or Amazon CloudFront.
7. Boost Your Blog’s Security
Blogs are vulnerable to malware, viruses or hacker attacks. You need to beef up the security of your site with a powerful firewall.
Use WordPress security services such as Sucuri to heighten the security of your new blog. This is a powerful service that will monitor your site for hacks, detect and clean up malware, alleviates DDoS attacks, etc.
The Jetpack plugin is also a good tool to improve the security of your new blog.
8. Install Essential Plugins
While WordPress has thousands of plugins, not all are important. Besides, having too many plugins can hurt your blog speed.
Essential plugins you shouldn’t miss in your blog include:
· W3 Total Cache
· Table of Contents Plus
9. Change your WP-login URL
WordPress allows users to log in through their default URL “yoursite.com/wp-admin”. If you are still accessing your site’s dashboard through this URL, change it NOW. The default WordPress login URL is easily targeted by the brute force attack where hackers can still your username and password.
You also need to add a 2-factor authentication plugin so that anyone wanting to login is required to provide additional information to access your site.
Over to You
Generally, there is much you are required to do on first week of your new blog journey. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Installing plugins to your site is important but don’t overdo it. Creating a sitemap for your site is important so don’t ignore it. Connecting your site to Google Webmaster tools is important.
Well, everything we have written in this article is important so make sure you do the right thing.