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[PART 1]

1. Install WordPress. Not using WordPress? Then don’t read further.

I will not go into detail with customizing your WordPress installation as there are many articles about these practices, some of them right inside your WP dashboard, although I could mention setting up your permalinks, activating your SE visibility, installing SEO Pack, XML Sitemap Generator and more.

2. Install FeedBurner plugin.
3. Add your blog to Google Webmaster Tools and add a sitemap.
4. Add your blog to Yahoo SiteExplorer and add a sitemap and a feed.
5. Add your blog to MSN Live Webmaster Tools (or something like that) – you’ll need a Hotmail or Live account.
6. Register your blog with Technorati.
7. Register your blog with BlogCatalog (it works really good for me).

Take care though to have enough content on your new blog (something like 10 articles), or you’ll end up with a reply like this:

Unfortunately upon reviewing your blog we are unable to grant it access to the directory. Your blog was declined for the following reason: Your blog is brand new and/or doesn’t have enough content to make it truly valuable. If this is the case, please resubmit after you have made more postings.”

8. Register your blog with MyBlogLog.
9. Add pinging services.

Mine are:


10. Start writing articles.
11. Use tags.
12. Start commenting on blogs and forums.

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6 thoughts on “What I Do When Starting A New Blog

  1. I have just installed WP and hope to start off blogging in my own domain in the next couple of weeks. Your tips for me are very timely. Thank you.

  2. The 3 pinging services you listed are maybe the most important but … why don’t add more such services even if they are less powerful?

  3. Right on, here is my previously compiled feed directory list:

    I didn’t have time to look for pinging URLs, but they are surely there.

  4. Here are much more blog pinging services (not feed directories – that’s something else ;-) ) listed by the well known WordPress:

  5. Thank you, I’ve added them to my pinging services list. How could I not think about checking the WordPress Codex?

  6. You’re welcome. Sometimes the easiest way is the most difficult to find … because being so easy we’re overlooking it :)

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