The Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog

Spiderman is awesome! He’s one of my favorite comic book characters.

I have been literally dying to start this series and now that I’ve finished the first two series (Getting Started with Blog Advertising and Make Money Blogging) I’m ready to tackle number 3, which is going to most likely be upwards of about 30 or so posts.

Essentially I’m going to write the guide that I wish I had years ago when I first starting blogging (and developing) in the WordPress platform. I’ll walk you through everything that I do to get a new blog started from the ground up with every single plugin I use, every strategy, every settings, and every 3rd party system that I feel is absolutely required to make a new blog hit the ground running.

No stone will be left unturned: I will essentially give you my unique formula for creating a new blog from Day 1. I can’t wait to get started!

This blog post will serve as the landing page for all of the posts in the series like I’ve done before. This list will continue to expand and change as I create the content for the series.

Here’s a few key posts of note with much more to be filled in later.

  1. WordPress (Self-Hosted) Starter Kit
  2. 10 Core Assumptions and Requirements for this Series
  3. Launching a Blog? Easy. Success? Hard.
  4. Installing WordPress with Security in Mind
  5. Add Security, Salt Keys for User Cookie Encryption in WordPress
  6. Customizing Your Screen Options in WordPress Admin for Maximum Efficiency and Effectiveness
  7. Do You Have a Gravatar? Get One!
  8. Choosing the Right Settings for Your WordPress Blog
  9. Choosing the Right Permalinks
  10. One Quick Way to Speed Up Your Blog and Stop Spam
  11. Embed Videos in WordPress the Right Way: Save Time, Increase Views, Be Awesome
  12. How to Choose (and Find) the Right WordPress Theme for Your New Blog
  13. The Right (and Safest) Way to Install a New WordPress Theme
  14. SEO Categories WordPress Plugin
  15. 2 Plugins That I Activate Immediately on a New Blog: Akismet and WordPress Stats
  16. Static Content Areas You’ll Definitely Want to Have on Your Blog
  17. Creating a Comment Policy That Works
  18. Making the Best ‘About’ Page for Your Blog Ever!
  19. Create a ‘Subscribe’ Page and Keep Your Site Loading Fast!
  20. 5 Tips on Creating an Effective and Fun Disclosure Policy
  21. 5 Reasons Why You Should be Using Website Analytics for Your Blog and the 3 That I Use
  22. A 10 Step Visual Guide to Setting Up and Installing Google Analytics
  23. How To Decide on Your Categories for a New Blog
  24. Add Google Custom Search to Your Blog in Less Than 10 Minutes!
  25. 3 Ways to Backup Your WordPress Blog
  26. How Many Blog Posts Should You Have Ready at Launch?
  27. Setting Up Webmaster Tools for Google, Bing, and Yahoo
  28. Set Up Google Webmaster Tools for Your Blog
  29. Setting Up Bing Webmaster Tools for Your Blog
  30. Setting Up Yahoo!’s Site Explorer for Your Blog
  31. Get a Email Newsletter System Today! [I Use MailChimp]
  32. Track, Optimize, and Monetize Your RSS, Email Subscribers with Feedburner
  33. Add Your Blog to Google Directly
  34. Add Your Blog Directly to Bing
  35. Add Your Blog Directly to Yahoo!
  36. Submit Your Blog to DMOZ
  37. Add an Archive Page on Your WordPress Blog for SEO, Site Architecture, and Better Usability
  38. Optimize Your WordPress Blog Post’s Slugs for SEO and More
  39. A Simple Way to Add Tweets into Your Blog Posts
  40. Fix Broken Links Quickly in WordPress for Your Users and SEO!
  41. Create an Effective Sitemap Page Template in WordPress
  42. Create a Comment Experience Workflow for Moderation and Visitors
  43. 3 Features that Make Jetpack WordPress Plugin a Must-Have for Any Self-Hosted WordPress Blog
  44. Use the More Tag for “Continue Reading” and/or “Read More” and More Pageviews
  45. Are You (and Your WordPress Blog) Ready to Go Mobile?
  46. Intro to Page, Server Caching, and WordPress Cache Plugins
  47. Setting Up and Optimizing WP Super Cache for Your Blog
  48. Setting Up and Optimizing W3 Total Cache
  49. An Intro to Content Delivery Networks [CDN] for Blogs: Pros, Cons, and More
  50. Setup a CDN for Your WordPress Blog [MaxCDN + W3 Total Cache]
  51. 10 Sites to Test Your Blog’s Performance [Page Speed, Caching, Server]
  52. My Ultimate WordPress Blog Hosting Setup
  53. Simple SEO Sitemap WordPress Plugin for Search Engines
  54. More Security Tips for WordPress – WP-Config & .HTACCESS
  55. Top 3rd Party Commenting Systems, Platforms for WordPress and Why I Don’t Use Them
  56. How Many Plugins Should (Could) a WordPress Blog Have?

Please comment below letting me know any particular topics you want to make sure I cover! I’m excited about this series since it will essentially become a flagship series for TentBlogger!