Posting frequently on your blog is a great way to boost your search engine rankings and drive relevant traffic back to your website!
Here’s a beginners guide on how to make a new blog post in WordPress.
Step 1: Log in to WordPress
Go to yoursite.com/wp-admin and log in with your username and password. Contact your site administrator if you don’t have one yet.
You’ll then be taken to the WordPress dashboard. If you were already logged in, you’ll go straight to the WordPress dashboard without having to log in again.
Step 2: Create a New Post
Every WordPress dashboard may look slightly different depending on the plugins activated on the website, or the access that you have been given. Look for the ‘Posts’ tab (Pin Icon), hover over ‘Posts’ & click on ‘Add New’ to create a new blog post.
Step 3: Enter the title of your new post
Think about what search terms people might be using when you are thinking about what to title your new post.
Step 4: Enter body content
This is where the magic happens!
Step 5. Add relevant images
Adding relevant photos to your blog helps retain the reader’s attention, by breaking up the text into digestible sections and providing visual aids.
The ideal image size is 1200 x 628 pixels for WordPress blog images.
Adding a caption gives the image context. It’s always a good idea to give the image source credit in the caption if applicable (i.e. Source: Pexels).
Step 5. Choose a feature image
The feature image will usually be shown at the very top of the post. It will also be your post’s thumbnail, meaning wherever this post appears, the thumbnail image will appear along with it.
Step 6. Select tags and categories
The Tags & Categories tabs are on the right side of the post. Categories help you organise your posts on your blog, you can think of them like document folders. Tags help to tell Google and the reader what your post is related to. For example, if you’re a recipe blog. Your category could be “Keto Recipes” and tags include “Avocado”, “Bacon”, “Baking”.
When creating tags and categories, try to think of topics your audience will want to read more about. You don’t want to be too general, but you also don’t want them to be so specific. My best advice is to go with your gut and keep checking back on the results, learn and optimise over time!
Step 7. Preview, check & publish!
There is a ‘Preview’ button in the top right corner which you can use before you post to check that everything looks good! Once you are happy, hit ‘Publish’ and your blog post is live!
You can always click Save Draft come back to it later. Drafts are saved in WordPress but not visible to any of your site visitors.
Step 8. Share, share, share!
Once your blog is live, it is always a good idea to share your blog around if you want more people to see it! Copy the link to your new blog post & share it with your friends, colleagues, email list etc. The more views you get within the next 24 hour period helps Google and other search engines recognise the post and begin to show your blog posts to more users!
You did it! You’ve posted your first blog post. Keep posting quality content frequently and you’ll notice that you’ll start to attract new readers.