If you just installed your WordPress blog and you’re ready to write and publish your first post, don’t do it just yet! First check to see that you’re not making these mistakes.
Even if you’ve been blogging for a while, these mistakes can still apply. Maybe you haven’t gotten around to fix them.
Following the steps in this post, you can go in and check to make sure your settings help your blog looks its best while also ranking higher in search engines.
So what are 3 big blog setup mistakes you don’t want to make?
Mistake #1: Numbers in URLs
In a browser, open one of your blog posts and check out the URL in the address bar. If it looks something like this:
it means you can read the URL, search engines can read it, and so you are in excellent shape.
If it looks more like this:
you need to go into your WordPress dashboard, Settings, Permalinks and set your URLs (permalinks) properly.
I like them set as Post name (http://happybloggerplaza.com/sample-post/), and I also recommend that you do a bit of cleanup when WordPress gives you the default permalink for each post, by taking out prepositions and other unnecessary words. Keep it nice and clean!
For example, the default URL for this post would have been:
and I cleaned it up to say:
You can change it by editing the permalink at the top of your post.
Word of caution: For an existing blog, if you are switching from permalinks with numbers to permalinks with words, get someone with more experience to take a closer look at your current permalinks and blog setup.
This is to make sure the links will still be working properly after the switch. In most cases, links will not break, but you’ll lose the count for the social media shares, if you have them displayed on your blog.
If you’re not comfortable updating these settings, get help from your website person or hire us.
Mistake #2: admin User
Check who’s writing your posts. I know you are actually writing them, but when you publish a new post, does it say ‘Posted by admin’? You need to fix that because YOU want to be the author of your blog! Use your own name or your blog name, but do not use the default admin user.
In fact, after you create an Administrator with your own name, go into your WordPress dashboard, Users, All Users and remove the default admin user. Keeping the admin user on your blog, with perhaps an easy to guess password, is also an easy way for intruders to break into your blog. Better not take that chance, right?
Word of caution: If you’re not comfortable changing these settings yourself, get help from your website person or hire us.
Mistake #3: ‘Uncategorized’ Posts
Do you still have the default ‘Uncategorized’ category on your blog? Please don’t leave your blog posts hanging around as Uncategorized. It looks unprofessional and gives an unfinished look to your blog. In your WordPress dashboard, Posts, Categories, you can either remove or rename this category to Other, for example.
Time saving tip: While there, set your default category to an appropriate one for your blog, so it gets picked up automatically when you write a post, in case you forget to set it. For example, I have my default category set as Blogging Tips, because it’s something I know I can use if I forget to set it.
Learn more about setting up categories and tags for your blog.
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