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Wordpress is free to use content management software that publishes your content in blog form. A blog does not have a static homepage like conventional web sites, instead all new content appears on the homepage and then finds it way in to folders and archives as more new content is published.

Blogging with Wordpress offers two huge advantages:

1. It's FREE to download and use 2. The Search Engines, in particular Google, love Wordpress blogs

Wordpress is open source software, which means it's free to use. When you choose a hosting account, try and choose one that uses a control panel called "CPanel", because installing Wordpress becomes as easy as clicking a handful of icons, it really is simple!

So you've bought a domain name, found a hosting company with CPanel and installed Wordpress on your new domain! In theory you're ready to make your first post! But before you do, read on!

Before you post, you need to configure your blog and optimize it for the search engines, doing this before you post makes life a lot easier for the future.

As Wordpress is open source, developers around the world have written literally hundreds of plugins that enhance the functionality of your blog, and again the majority are free to install. Take a look at where you'll find hundreds of free plugins. Ones I recommend are:

Installer (install this one first, simplifies plugin installations) - All In One SEO Pack (optimizes your posts) - Adsense Manager (adds Adsense blocks to your posts) - Google XML Site Maps (creates a site map for your blog) - Ultimate Tag Warrior (essential plugin for managing tags) - Sociable (assists with social bookmarking)

Next, within your dashboard, select Options in the menu and then Permalinks. You need to modify the settings on this page to improve the seo of the url's Wordpress produces so that your keywords appear. In the Custom Options box, type and save the following:


Typing this will optimize your posts, but you must be careful only to ever select one category per post in the future, and not change a post's category after you've published it!

When you post with Wordpress, it automatically notifies (known as pinging) blog directories of your new content, they index it based on the tags you assign. The search engine robots regularly visit these directories, and as a result your new post will be indexed by them very quickly. Rapid indexing is one of the huge advantages of blogging!

In your blogs configuration, you should add as many directory sites as possible to ping, in addition to the default url. Simply search on the web for "ping list".

Lastly, the appearance of your site needs to be optimized. You don't want to use the basic template that comes with Wordpress. If you do a search online for Wordpress themes, you'll find hundreds to download for again in their themes directory. Whilst there are hundreds of free themes around, I never seem to find one that perfectly meets my needs, so I often end up buying one!