Blogging Recipe for WordPress Newbies – 100% Success Rate

Published On June 3, 2008
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Blogging Recipe

If you are new to the blogging world and have recently thought of starting up your own WordPress blog, then let me give you a “success recipe” that every new blogger must follow to cook up some decent traffic. The following recipe might look overwhelming at the first glance but it can be essential for giving a solid foundation to your blog.

Ingredients required for this recipe :-

I have spread this recipe through a week’s schedule, so be patient and take it easy. I can promise you that at the end of this period, you will see a good stream of visitors on your blog. So, munch on..

Day 1

Install your blog theme and configure all the plugins mentioned above (you can get help with the plugin installation by going to the particular plugin’s homepage). Now, download this WordPress SEO Guide and setup your blog as per the instructions in the e-book. Post your first article on the blog. Keep in mind that the title of your article plays a vital role in capturing the attention of the search engine spiders, so keep it relevant. Also, make sure that you choose the right categories and tags when making the post. These should be in accordance with your articles’ content because these are your blog’s keywords. And finally, find and use a good picture to go along with the article.

Go to Gravatar.com and sign up for a new account. Upload your picture and set your blog’s URL. Now, go to 10 popular blogs and leave comments on their posts. Normally, the blogs will allow you to enter your blog’s URL so do that too. Also, make a note of the blogs where you commented because you have to comment on 10 different blogs every day during this recipe.

We are done for Day 1.

Day 2

Sign up for a Google account (if you don’t have one already), and enlist your XML sitemap on Google Webmaster Tools. The sitemap helps the search engines to quickly index your blog’s content. Also, add your blog’s URL on Google Analytics to monitor your traffic and visitors. Finally, go to Google URL adding service and add your blog’s URL for indexing on Google.com.

You can try your hands on some promotion work today. Write up a 500 word article about your blog (like a short review) which should contain information on your blog’s niche, what you write about, and why someone should visit your blog. Now, go to this services section of Digitalpoint forums to get someone to submit your article to various article directories. (I am using Digitalpoint forums for this purpose but you can use any other webmaster forums that you like). Usually, the going rate is $10 for submitting to around 500+ article directories but you can get better rates if you look hard. This exercise will help you build some good incoming links for your blog. But beware of the scam artists who lurk around in such forums. Only assign work to people who have good iTrader ratings :). If you cannot afford to spend money on this part, you can submit your article yourself to different article directories. Find a list here :- Article Directories (Excel format).

To do : Post your second article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Day 2 over.

Day 3

Go to the services section once again and get a directory submission service done for your blog. Through directory submissions, you can list your blog URL in many Web directories that are operating all over the Internet (for example, DMOZ, Yahoo Directory). On Digitalpoint forums, you can get a manual submission to 1000+ directories for around $30-$40. The submitter will usually give you a report at the end of the process. The acceptance ratio to these directories is around 40%-50%, but once again, this is good for link building.

If you don’t want to spend money on this service, you can also do it yourself. Here is a Directory List

To do : Post your third article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Day 3 over.

Day 4

Open up Google.com and search for forums and communities that are related to your area of blogging. For example, if you blog about finance, search for the term “Finance Forums” or “Money Forums”. Pick the most popular ones (around top 10) in your niche and become a member of all those forums. Forums usually let you mention your site’s URL in the profile signatures, so go ahead and update your forum signatures with your blog’s link. From now on, make sure that you post regularly (Posting means replying to existing threads or creating your own new threads) in 10-12 such forums every day until the recipe is over. This should not be too difficult a task assuming that this is your area of expertise.

Over the time, the incoming links from these forums will give a lot of search engine value to your blog.

To do : Post your fourth article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Day 4 over.

Day 5

Its now time to do some link exchange for your blog. Make a links section on your blog that you will be using to list external sites with whom you exchange links. Now, go to the Link Exchange section and start a thread to invite people for link exchange activity (read existing threads to learn how people do it). Exchange links with around 8-10 new sites every single day of this blogging recipe. This might prove to be difficult initially as people do not want to exchange links with a newly established blog but, press on. You can also join other webmaster forums if you like to diversify things.

Link exchange process will help you get additional traffic from external websites and you will not be totally dependent on search engines for your traffic needs.

To do : Post your fifth article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Makes posts in 10 new forums. Day 5 over.

Day 6

Go to StumbleUpon Advertising and sign up as an advertiser. StumbleUpon can help you in getting some targeted traffic for your blog but this service costs money (What is StumbleUpon?). You can add funds to your account and set up a limit to the daily visitors to your blog. The traffic rate is $5 for 100 unique visitors. If you have good content on your blog, many visitors will like to bookmark your blog and come back to it again. So, go ahead and spend the rest of your budget for this advertising method. You can set the spending limit to $5 per day (for a start) which will instantly start sending traffic to your blog. You can also pause the campaign anytime you want and have a look at the visitor statistics. This advertising technique will help your blog in getting more exposure and people in your niche will know about your blog.

To do : Post your sixth article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Makes posts in 10 new forums. Exchange links with 8-10 new sites. Day 6 over.

Day 7

This is the final day for the recipe. By this time, you should already be getting visitors through the StumbleUpon advertising program. You can check your Google Analytics account for the number of visitors and referrer statistics. If you did everything correctly, your blog’s URL will also be indexed on the Google search engine (try searching for it).

You can now concentrate on getting your articles bookmarked on social networking sites like Digg, deli.cio.us, Reddit, etc. Here is a list of social bookmarking websites where you can create accounts and submit your posts. If you have viral content, you can even make it to the front pages of these sites.
To do : Post your seventh article on the blog. Leave comments on 10 popular blogs. Makes posts in 10 new forums. Exchange links with 8-10 new sites. Day 7 over.

Please write your comments and let me know how you like this recipe. πŸ™‚

59 replies on “Blogging Recipe for WordPress Newbies – 100% Success Rate”

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An idea that is very helpful is to type the keyword of your site in the name field of the comment box. Many sites do not like this but it directs the search engines that your name is the keyword and gives your blog great rankings for that keyword. VERY GOOD SEO TECHNIQUE TRUST ME

Jai,

This is great information. My blog is just a few weeks old and I am still working on it in between making a major transition in my life. I hope to go through your suggestions step by step within the next week.

Thanks for helping a boomer newbie.

Thxxx……friend

This is the vital guide to blogging for newbies blogger. U explains step by step information. Moving to WordPress is really something I want and require to do and this article is in my bookmarks. It’s very useful information for new blogger. ……..

Thanks Jai. I’m currently starting today as day one according to your tips! hope it will bring me success, along with my motivation of course!
Keep us newbies motivated by your tips for successful blogging.

Nice and practical guide for a WordPress newbie for me.Hope I can improve my blog and my traffic using your recipe.Thanks a lot!! (and please visit my blog;wanted to know opinions from others)..

I LOVE IT! This is a wonderfully creative post. Your recipe for success is a great beginner’s guide to blogging. I’ve read several blogging e-books that had less helpful information than this post.

Thanks Jai!

Good points.

I would also say that if you have on facebook/orkut/myspace a good size friend list let them know about it also what you have created.

Make sure you have some content. No content = no interest in the future.

Great guide! You mentioned some things that I had not thought of, thanks!

Just a note: if you can’t afford a Stumbeupon advertiser’s account, you can just make normal account and “thumbs up” the pages you want people to see. So long as you use relevant tags, you’ll get hits.

@Jessica & Penyu: As far as I know, you don’t set your gravatar with your URL, you tag it with your email.

As long as you provide your email address, your gravatar will appear beside your comment.

I went to Gravatar (day 1) but there is no way to set your site URL over there. I looked at those plugins and a couple are not supported anymore.

But overall, thanks for supplying detailed instructions for blogging success.

I’ve become a huge fan of Gravatar.com. It’s great being able to have a little branding / site recognition wherever you go.

I do have a question though – does Google actually count forum signature links? Some sites say yes, some seem to say no.

Nice guide, if only you publish this article half year ago when i just started my blog, pretty much done everything except those services at digitalpoint forums, are those links recognize by google?

Hi Jai.

Just so you know.. your slideshow ( on the main page.. ) does not work correctly..

it shows;

Current Theme :6/13
Previous Theme :Corptheme

While the shown theme was chronicles.

I just tought i’d report it!

I’d just responded on you useful reply to my comment on the redesign thread Jai. Moving to WordPress is really something I want and need to do and this article is in my bookmarks.

How long do you suggest I set aside to set the blog up. I am not a techincal whizz!

A very comprehensive and well-thought lessons for beginners. I haven’t got myself into using StumbleUpon Advertising but you make it sounds really interesting. I guess it’s about time I put into my To-Do list.

Thanks, Jai.

Nice guide….it’s comforting to know that my friend and I took similar steps in starting our blog a month ago. We’re still struggling with the theme part (finding the perfect one is so difficult!), but other than that things are going smoothly.

Truly one of the most comprehensive yet easy to understand guides. Seriously very good article.

But one observation though:

Day 6 to do list you have mentioned Day 6 over.

Day 7 to do list again you have mentioned Day 6 over.

But thats just a typo. I actually feel like copying this entire article and posting it at a few forums (along with the source link of course).

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