If you’re a WordPress newbie it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options and features. Unfortunately, it’s often much easier to choose the easier route and to just go quickly through the motions rather than taking some time out to think about it carefully and make the right long-term decisions. These beginners tips for WordPress users will help you make the right decisions right from the start and to gain a larger audience, as well as to avoid having to spend a lot of time changing or updating various aspects later on!
Keep A Clean Sidebar
Make sure your sidebar contains the most important things that you would like your audience to click on or view. If you have a sidebar that is full of different social media icons, Twitter and Facebook updates and photos, your readers won’t be able to find what they’re looking for, or to notice the most important parts of your page!
Make Your Permalinks Short and Sweet
Cleaning up your permalinks will make it easier for potential viewers to find your page on Google, Bing or Yahoo. There is a fine art to eliminating most of the unnecessary words in your permalinks without making them completely unintelligible to your audience. So, for example, let’s say you have a site about memory tricks, instead of vitaminsforthebrains.com/the-seven-most-important-tips-for-memory-beginners, you may be better off using something like vitaminsforthebrains.com/wordpress-beginners-memory-tips.
High Impact Titles
You want to make sure that your title is picked up by search engines, but you also want to make sure they are interesting enough to grab your audience’s attention! Your titles should say exactly what your posts are about, but must also be unique and interesting enough to stand out from other similar posts or sites online.
Add Visual Content
Humans are largely visual creatures. Studies have estimated that over 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual! Because of this, the WordPress theme you choose, as well as the quality and quantity of images that you choose to display on your site is of utmost importance. Images can also be useful for SEO purposes because the title tag for your images is used in search engines!
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your footer, because many of your readers will definitely not ignore it! Many readers scroll down to the footer on a site to get a quick summary of it and to find other useful information (contact details, etc.). Adding a short biography or “About us” section in your footer will help your audience get an instant feel for your site and what it is that you’re offering them!
Schedule Your Posts
Most bloggers on WordPress have a blog schedule; this ensures that their readers know when to check for new posts, and saves them time constantly checking for updates. If you’re planning on posting a blog once a week for example, but you think you may not always be free to upload the post, use WordPress’s “Schedule For” feature that allows you to schedule a date and time for your post to be released, instead of publishing it immediately. This way you can follow a strict blogging schedule even when you’re busy!
Track Your Progress
Keeping track of your progress is an essential part of developing a successful site. Tracking your visitors with the help of Google Analytics or Jetpack stats can give you clear evidence for what works on your site and what doesn’t. If you tried something new one week and it resulted in a significant number of viewers, then you know exactly what it was that you did to get a specific result!
Use the above tips to get your blog or website off to a great start and to make sure your audience always has a pleasant experience at your site!
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