Are you new to blogging?

Did you recently launch your blog and are feeling a little overwhelmed, lost, and unsure of what to do next?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

In this post, we’ll go over some things you can do to get your blog moving in the right direction.

So, keep reading for things you MUST DO if you want to be successful, along with how to grow your audience, create valuable content, and more!

Things To Do After Starting A Blog

After you’ve bought your hosting plan and launched your blog for the world to see, this is where the fun, and possible frustration, really begins.

I’m going to make these 15 things to do after launching a blog as painless as possible, but remember, there’s always a learning curve with everything when you start something new. So, Be Patient!

Although these are considered important for business, be sure not to overwhelm yourself – do them at your own pace.

Here’s a list of things to do after starting a blog to prepare it for your “Coming Out” party.

Let’s get started!

This is Part 5 of 5 of the ‘Start a Blog for Beginners’ Series
  1. Why Start a Blog? 12 Damn Good Reasons to Start a Blog (7 Why You Shouldn’t)
  2. 17 Common Blogging Myths About Starting a Blog (Killing Your Chances for Success)
  3. 9 Things You Need to Do Before Starting a Blog (+ Helpful Advice to Get YOU Started)
  4. How to Start a Blog and Make Money in 2023 (Easy-to-Follow Steps for Beginners)
  5. 15 Essential Things to Do After Starting a Blog (Helpful Step-by-Step Instructions)

1. Set Up Your Blog General Settings

After you’ve launched your blog, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that some of the general fundamentals are in setup.

These fundamentals will include:

  • Your Blog Site’s Title (name of your blog)
  • Your Tagline (brief description of your blog)
  • Administration Email Address (your blog’s contact email)
  • Timezone (your timezone)
  • Date Format

To get these areas set up, you’ll start by logging in and visiting your WordPress dashboard within your blog.

On the left side of your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see the “Settings” tab, as shown in the screenshot image below, indicated by the Blue arrow.

Within your “Settings” tab of your WordPress blog, you’ll click on the “General” link, which will take you to the General Settings page.

This is where you’ll customize your blog’s General Information.

TheBlogPilot - WordPress Dashboard General Settings

Starting from the top, working down the page:

Site Title

Let’s start with your Site Title (your blog’s name). Your blog’s Title should be as simple as typing in your blog’s name. As you can see, mine says “TheBlogPilot.”


Next, let’s move on to your Tagline (brief description of your blog). For your tagline, you’ll want to add a brief description for your blog with no more than two sentences that says what your blog is all about or what you’re offering.

Example: my tagline says, “Find Financial Freedom Through Blogging – Start, Grow & Build a Sustainable, Money-Making Blogging Business!”

You don’t have to overthink it; simply choose something that makes sense. You can always go back to it to update it later if you need to.

WordPress Address (URL) & Site Address (URL)

These 2 boxes should already be filled in by default when you created your WordPress blog.

Administration Email Address

This will be your site’s contact email address, which will be the default email address when you add a Contact Form.

If you don’t know it or have it at this time, no worries, we’ll cover it in Step #10 below.

Time Zone

Change your time zone for where you live. By default, it’s usually set to UTC+0 (GMT).

The easiest way to do this is to choose a city that you live close to that has the same time as you. I live in Colorado, so I chose Denver.

Rest of the Settings

The remainder is set by default, but you can play with them if you like. I personally left my other settings alone.

2. Confirm That Your Permalink Structure is Correct

Another way to ensure the success of your blog is by choosing an effective permalink structure.

When you’re visiting a website, the permalink is what you see in the navigation menu, in a nutshell, the address of the website page.

Nowadays, a normal permalink structure would look similar to:

Where it says, “blog-post-title” would be the keyword phrase for your article, using dashes to separate the words (not underscores). I.E., if you look at the address bar above, my keyword phrase for this article is “things to do after starting a blog.”

Back in the day, the permalink structure of a URL (website address) would have dates or numbers, etc.

They would look similar to the following: “,” as shown in the screenshot below.

WordPress Permalink Settings - Day and Name Structure

This is old school and doesn’t help your site for search engine optimization at all – and it could chase your readers away too.

Why, you Ask?

Example: Let’s say you created an article back in the day, on 3/21/2016. It could appear to anyone looking at the website address that the article is from 2016, which is not the most recent information, so the chances are they would skip it and look for a more updated article.

That sure isn’t going to do your blog any good for readers to pass you overall because the content appears to be outdated!

So, let’s visit your permalinks page to determine that it’s correct right now because once you start posting articles, you don’t want to come back to it later and change it because that’s a whole other problem in itself.

Warning: Changing the permalinks on a live, indexed site may result in a serious loss of traffic if done incorrectly. Consider adding a new redirection from the old URL format to the new one.”

It is possible to redirect an old version of a URL to the new version with what’s called a “301 redirect,” but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. So, let’s only use this as a last resort!

It’s always good to start a blog on the right foot from the very beginning!

Let’s confirm that your permalink structure is set up correctly.

In your WordPress dashboard, click on the “Permalinks” link under the Settings Menu.

Once you land on this page, you’ll see the following Common Settings.

The choices are:

  • Plain
  • Day and name
  • Month and name
  • Numeric
  • Post Name
  • Custom Structure

The latest version of WordPress should have the permalink set with the “Post name” as the default setting (shown below).

TheBlogPilot - WordPress Dashboard Permalink Settings

Now, as we covered earlier, it’s been my experience that it’s better to leave the date off since you will most likely update content down the road to keep it current and appealing.

It’s also of the opinion of SEO experts that your permalink is as mentioned above, the simple formula of your ‘Post name‘ (Post Title) after your domain name forward slash.

If you agree with the idea of hiding when you publish a blog post because it could appear outdated down the road, then the Post Name option is for you.

This permalink structure will include only your domain name and the post title using this setting.

When I first started this blog, I added the word “blog” within my permalinks structure, as the image shows in the “Custom Structure” above. It’s of no value for SEO, it just shows a person that it’s a blog post compared to a Page, is all.

Your call!

More Help >> Best WordPress Permalink Structure for SEO

3. Setting Up Your Core Pages (if you haven’t already)

For these, I’m just going to run through the basics.

Depending on your site’s goal and individual requirements, you can choose which pages to include.

These are the most frequent pages used by bloggers that run a money-making blogging business:

  • Homepage Page – “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” For help developing your Home Page and what to include: How to Build the Perfect Home Page
  • About Page – The “About us” page is the most common type of page on any blog. This page can be about anything that you want: it could be about you, your interests, passions, or journey. Here’s some assistance for your About Page.: How to Create the Perfect About Page
  • Contact Page – In its most basic form, a Contact page should include a warm invitation for visitors to get in touch with you. At the very least, your contact form should offer a field for an Email Address, a short Subject Line box to explain the topic of the message, and a box for the actual message. Recommended Contact Form: WP Forms
  • Resources Page – This page can provide an overview of the products and/or services you use, recommend or are associated with. Here’s my Resources Page: Recommended Blogging Tools & Resources.

If you followed my “How to Start a Blog” post, you will have, most likely, already created your Cores Pages.

If you haven’t, visit my Start a Blog – Creating Your Core Pages for extra help. This section will run you through setting them up step-by-step (the link will open a new tab).

4. Create Your Legal Pages

After you start a blog, the next logical step is to set up legal pages. This includes your Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and an Affiliate Disclosure if you plan on making money with your blog with affiliate products.

The privacy policy is a legal document that specifies what information you collect on your website, how you use it, and whether or not you share it with others.

The Terms of Service is a legally binding contractual obligation between a firm and its customers that are outlined in the terms of service agreement (also known as Terms and Conditions or simply TOS).

Although you might not possess in-depth knowledge about the legalities of blogging, there are a few basics you should be aware of to ensure your blog is appropriately covered from a legal standpoint.

To protect your visitors’ privacy, you must make clear where their data will be going and provide a privacy policy.

You’ll also need to disclose any ties with affiliated businesses, so if you plan to use affiliate links on your site, an Affiliate Disclosure, along with any other disclaimers, are necessary.

Many services and plugins exist that provide users with pre-made legal pages; all you need to do is follow the steps on their websites.

There are a few options available to help you with a Free Website Terms Generator by Termly or a Legal Bundle template.

There’s also a WordPress plugin called Legal Pages. This plugin will help you create a Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions, GDPR, CCPA, and Cookie Notice.

5. Add Categories to Your Menu

Every blog should have at the least, 3 to 5 (possibly more) categories that represent what their blog is all about.

Before you can add Categories to your menu bar, you must first create the categories.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.

If you already have an idea for your categories, the following is the easiest method to add them.

Create Your Categories Via the Categories Page

Within your WordPress dashboard, on the left side links, click on Posts > Categories.

To add categories or sub-categories, do the following:

  • For a New Category – type in the name of the category (make it short) within the ‘Name‘ box. Then click the link below that says, “Add New Category“.
TheBlogPilot - WordPress Adding a New Category
  • For a Sub-Category, type the name of the sub-category within the Name box, then click on the dropdown menu, ‘Parent Category‘ box, and choose which category from the dropdown menu you’d like your sub-category to be under. Once you’ve clicked on one of the categories from the drop-down menu, click the ‘Add New Category‘ button to save it.
TheBlogPilot - WordPress Adding a New Sub-Category

Here’s the second method. This method would work best if you’re unsure of your Categories at this point and you’d like to add them as you create content.

Many times it’s easier to come up with a category after you’ve written a post.

Many bloggers will have an idea for categories and blog post ideas ahead of time, but it’s not a big deal if you don’t.

If you’re more of the person to create your content, then add a category, this one’s for you.

You’ll create an article and then add a category to it before it’s published on the Internet.

Create a Category via Blog Post

To do it this way, you should have a basic understanding of which Category your article would best be suited for.

NOTE: I am old school, so I’m using the ‘Classic Editor‘ look for my Post and PageEdit” pages, so it may look different on your page. But it should be a similar concept.

To get to this page, you’d click Post > Add New from the left menu in your WordPress dashboard. This will open the ‘Add New Post‘ page, where you can add your category.

Under normal circumstances, you’d write at least some of your post along with its Title first, then add your Category before you click on the ‘Save Draft‘ button.

So, below is the way to add a category once you’ve written some of your article. Of course, you can put your Title in the ‘Add title‘ box, then add your category if you’d like.

  • For a New Category – click the blue hyperlink, ‘Add New Category,’ as shown in the screenshot with the red oval. This will create a new box beneath the blue link for you to type in your new Category name. After you’ve given it a name, click the ‘Add New Category‘ button.
TheBlogPilot - WordPress Add  New Post Page- Add New Category

If your blog post falls within 2 categories, not a big deal. Simply repeat the same process as above.

If your post is more suited for one particular category, tick the small ‘Circle‘ as indicated by the blue arrow in the image below. Whichever category has the circle filled in will be considered the primary category for your article.

It’s Time to Create a Menu

To make this category from your blog’s article appear in your menu bar, go to the Appearance > Menus page from the left sidebar. This is the page where you’ll create your menu.

In the “Menu Name” box, create a title for your menu.

For example, you might name your menu something simple like Main Menu, as I did in my screenshot below, but you’re free to choose whatever name you’d prefer.

TheBlogPilot - WordPress dashboard - Create a New Menu

Under the Menu Settings, check the box where your menu will be located. Your selection may not look like mine, much will depend on your WordPress Theme.

After you checkmark, the location for your menu, click the button labeled ‘Create Menu.’ as shown in the image above.

Adding Categories to Your New Menu

As shown in the screenshot below, where it says, ‘Add menu items,’ there are many things you can add to your Menu.

TheBlogPilot - Add Categories to Menu

You can add Pages, Posts, Custom Links, and Categories.

For our purpose, we are going to be adding the categories you created from one of the methods above.

Click on the dropdown arrow for the Category box. Checkmark any of the categories you’d like to have on your menu, then click ‘Add to Menu‘ button.

If you have a page you’d like to add, for example, your “Privacy Page” or “Contact Form,” then visit the Pages dropdown box and add it.

Once you’ve added Categories and/or Page(s) to your menu, you can click and hold your mouse button over the boxes and move them around, putting them in the order you choose, as shown in the screenshot below.

TheBlogPilot - WordPress Adding Categories/Pages to the Menu

You can also click on the dropdown arrow on any of the boxes and change the wording for how you’d like the page or category to be shown on your menu.

If one of the menu categories or pages is a sub-category, you can click and hold the mouse on the sub-category box and put it below and slightly to the right of the main category, as shown below.

TheBlogPilot - WordPress Showing Category for the Menu

When you’re satisfied with your menu, click the ‘Save Menu‘ button then visit your site to see how it looks.

If your menu doesn’t look right, go back to your menu page, uncheck the box below ‘Menu Settings‘ and check mark a different box and click on Save Menu and preview it once again.

For a Complete Tutorial to Add a Navigation Menu – Visit: How to Add a Navigation Menu in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

For a Complete Tutorial to Add Navigation within your footer – Visit: How to Edit the Footer in WordPress (Step by Step)

6. Set up Google Analytics for Your Blog

Set up Google Analytics for Your Blog

The next step is to set up Google Analytics for your blog.

If you’re not already tracking page views and visitors to your site, then Google Analytics is a great tool to have in your arsenal.

You can track the number of page views and visitors for your blog, see how people are finding your website, monitor real-time visitors, and more with Google Analytics!

To create an account, go to, then click on the “Get Started” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Once you’ve signed up for Google Analytics, you’ll need to validate your site. This is an authentication that tells Google that you own the site or have admin rights to make changes.

To validate your site, the most common way is to insert a code that’s placed in the <head> sections of your website.

Once you’ve validated your site, you have a few options for getting the analytics to start working.

The most simple way to install Google Analytics is through a WordPress plugin as a stand-alone plugin.

Or take my advice and use what I believe is the best SEO plugin created called, RankMath. You’ll have the option to install Google Analytics by just toggling it on during the Setup Wizard section.

To set up Google Analytics with RankMath, follow along with their Setup Wizard, which will be under RankMath > Dashboard on your left menu once the plugin is installed.

Google Analytics through RankMath Plugin

You’ll also be able to use RankMath for your Site Map, which will be our next subject.

If you have a little bit of knowledge with WordPress and you want to take it on yourself, follow these instructions laid out by Google.

To be honest, I have found Google to sometimes be a little less than helpful with their instructions, so here’s a post from WPBeginner, which has better instructions for adding Google Analytics to your site if you decide to add it manually.

7. Create a Site Map for Your Blog

Another thing to do after you’ve launched your blog is to create a sitemap.

What is a sitemap? A sitemap is a simple XML file that tells search engines like Google which pages and files are on your site and how they’re related.

This way, Google and other search engine spiders can intelligently crawl your site to rank your posts and pages for the search engine results pages.

A sitemap is simply an indicator to Google and other search engines that you are ready to be seen by the search engines.

The easiest form for creating your Sitemap is by sticking with the plugin that works, RankMath.

RankMath WordPress Plugin to Create a Sitemap

For the sitemap, you simply toggle on the Sitemap, and away you go, it’s now automatic the next time you save an article. Each time you create a new blog post, it will update your sitemap.

Pretty Cool, Huh?

8. Create a Favicon

What is a Favicon?

Favicons are the small square images that usually appear before a URL in a browser’s address bar, in the browser tabs, and next to a site name in a user’s list of bookmarks.

TheBlogPilot Favicon Image

Benefits of a Favicon

Plain and simple brand recognition. Brand presence is at the heart of search engine optimization (SEO).

A favicon or a shortcut icon quickly and efficiently brings visitors to your site and can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your brand’s image.

If someone bookmarks your blog, your favicon will appear to the left of your blog’s name or page title that was saved.

This will not only help people to navigate to your content, but it will boost your site’s visibility giving your brand a more professional look which will also strengthen your authority giving you more credibility.

MORE Info >> How to Create a Favicon

9. Create Your Social Media Accounts for Your Blog Name

In my blog article, “9 Things to Do Before Starting a Blog,” the 9th subject was to check the availability of your blog name for Social Media accounts.

If you haven’t already done so, here’s one simple method at your disposal.

Since you have already started a blog and are on this page, use the following online name-checking tool to see if your blog’s name is available for social media accounts.

This will check the most popular social media platforms and let you know if the chosen name is available. If your name is not available, for example, Facebook, it’s time to get creative with the name.

If the name you want for your blog is available on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (among others), you’ll want to grab it now before somebody else does.

NOTE: For many social media platforms, you can set your new accounts to private until you’re ready to use them… I promise you’ll be glad you got them before anyone else did.

10. Set Up Your @domain Email Address

One of those important things after you start a blog is to set up a professional email address specific to your blog.

Having a domain-specific email is an important component of a blogging business.

Why you ask?

A domain-specific email is a crucial part of the business because:

  • It allows you to keep in touch with visitors and your customers
  • It also allows you to create an email list, which is a crucial step for making money to support your business
  • It looks professional when an Email is Associated with Your Domain
  • It creates trust in your message by demonstrating that you take your business seriously
  • It allows your brand to be front and center with every message you send

Branded or domain email addresses also have greater security layers than Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo email addresses.

In addition, it will help you maintain organization by keeping business and personal emails separate, as well as a way of flagging important messages.

The BEST WordPress hosting services come with Free email accounts (hopefully your chosen web hosting service did), allowing you to create as many email accounts as you’d like to.

If you believe that your hosting service provides email hosting with your web hosting and aren’t sure how to set it up, be sure to reach out to your Hosting Service Provider’s customer service.

Here are a couple of services if you don’t have a free email with your hosting:

Once you have your @domain email address, if you haven’t done it already, be sure to go back to Step #1 General Settings and add your email address in the ‘Administration Email Address‘ box.

11. Sign Up for an Email Marketing Service & Collect Emails

This is one of the first steps new bloggers take to begin the monetizing process for their blog to help create a passive income for their blogging business.

If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to make sure that you’re collecting emails from people who visit your blog. This way, you can stay in touch with them and let them know about new content regularly.

By starting an email list early, you are more likely to develop a stronger relationship with your visitors and keep them coming back to your site.

Additional Reading >> 7 Proven Benefits for Building an Email List – and How to Get Started

If you want to turn your visitors into die-hard fans, email marketing is the key.

The next step is fairly easy but does require a small investment, which will pay off tenfold in the future.

It’s straightforward, all you have to do is sign up for an email marketing service.

Choose whichever one you feel is best… follow your gut!

I personally use ConvertKit, which offers a free 14-day trial, after which it is only $29 per month for up to 1000 subscribers.

Sign Up for ConverKit Email Marketing Service

Or you can go for the gusto now and opt-in for the 300 subscribers for $9 per month.

Not sure which email marketing service is right for your blogging business? Check out my article: 5 Best Email Marketing Services & Software’s for Bloggers

12. Create a Freebie Offer for Your Readers

In order to encourage your readers to sign up for your email list, you need to entice them with a free opt-in incentive in exchange for their email address.

If you offer your blog readers something of value in exchange for their email address, they will be more likely to give away their personal information.

The email addresses you receive from your visitors are more valuable if they feel as though they are getting something in return.

The concept of reciprocity dictates that if you give me something, I’ll feel inclined to return the favor.

It’s a way to provide your readers with something useful or beneficial in exchange for staying in touch with them more often.

The best incentive is something your reader can digest quickly.

A few things to consider are:

  • Cheat Sheet (something that helps them accomplish something easily)
  • Step-by-Step Checklist (save people time or help them check off tasks)
  • Deals or Discounts (20% off coupon for something you offer)
  • Fun or Informative Quizzes (people love quizzes – reveal their answers after an email sign-up)
  • eBook (not as effective because they’re less likely to actually read the ebook)

The whole idea is to engage your reader. If you give them an incentive that they can digest quickly or one that helps them solve a problem, it will be a greater memory for them, and they will be more likely to return for more.

Optin Offer Help >> Examples of Brilliantly Effective Opt-in Offers and How You Can Use Them in Your Business

13. Set Up Your Opt-In Form with Your Email Service

After you’ve created this free opt-in offer, you’ll want to set up an opt-in form within your email marketing service so that readers can receive the promised content.

Creating an opt-in form is a cinch, no matter which service you use. Below are some tutorials for Convertkit, MailChimp, and Aweber.

Having your Opt-In form is going to be one of the many ways to monetize your blog for making money. Plus your email list is yours – it will always belong to you.

How to create an opt-in form in ConvertKit

How to create an opt-in form in Mailchimp

How to create an opt-in form in Aweber

If you’re not used to the tech involved in blogging, don’t worry! ConvertKit is user-friendly and easy to use. Plus, you can get a 14-day free trial here.

14. Create a Content Calendar

After you start a blog, it’s super important to create a content calendar as a way to help you stay on track with your new blogging business and remain consistent for the purpose of search engines and die-hard followers.

To get the ball rolling for your content calendar, let’s start with your categories and come up with some article ideas.

Under each category, create a list of blog post ideas that address a question your audience might have.

You can research many different ways, but a good start could be to use your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out Google Trends to see what’s popular or do some keyword research using a tool like AnswerthePublic to discover what people are asking about.

If we’re near a particular season like Christmas or Halloween, search for topics that are seasonal.

Attempt to come up with a full years worth of content. It may not be easy to do, but give it your best try.

As ideas come up, be sure to put them into your calendar for ideas of an upcoming article, which will allow you to produce a new blog article every week throughout the year.

To keep things interesting for your readers and yourself, be sure to change it up, by posting a different topic each week.

This won’t just make you feel more motivated to write; it will also help prevent writer’s block.

Consider making your first blog post one that answers a big question your readers have.

After that, branch off and explore related topics for the following posts.

Content Calendar Template

Consistency is key when publishing content, which means being on a schedule and staying organized.

Creating content has a lot of moving parts. A blog post outline must be created, the content written, proofread, checked for errors, and fixed. Adding images, videos, and outgoing links, etc.

It might be difficult to handle if you’re doing it all on your own.

Grabbing a content calendar template will help you be consistent with the creation and publishing of high-quality content.

MORE Help >> How to Create a Content Calendar

Content Calendar >> Content Calendar Template Download

Read this Post >> for How to Come Up with ENDLESS Blog Post Ideas to enter into your Content Calendar.

15. Start Blogging – Create & Publish 5-10 Blog Posts

Now that you’ve completed all the things to do after starting a blog post checklist for your blog, it’s time to start creating content.

Start Blogging - Create & Publish 5-10 Blog Posts

You’ll want to write interesting and engaging blog posts that will keep your readers coming back for more.

With your blog set up, it’s time to start writing blog posts. This is where your content calendar will come in handy.

Having an empty blog is something that every new blogger will experience, and sometimes it’s difficult to get things moving.

A mentor of mine talks about a “Minimum Viable Post.” What he’s referring to is that, as a new blogger, virtually nobody is going to read your posts until the search engines find your site, so don’t worry too much about perfection.

I truly believe in quality over quantity, but when your blog is brand new, you’ll need to post more frequently than usual to engage your early visitors.

Once your site has established itself, I believe it’s better to have the mindset of high-quality, informative blog posts.

When I began, I kept overthinking everything until my website started gaining traction and getting traffic. Once people started visiting my site, I finally had peace of mind.

It dawned on me that, as long as the quality is maintained, it’s always beneficial to write more posts rather than fewer.

More Help >> How to Write Your First Blog Post – Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide

Extra Help for Blog Article Ideas >> How to Come Up with ENDLESS Blog Post Ideas (11+ Genius Ways)

Obviously, writing up to 10 articles is going to take some time, but please read on, so you have an idea of what to keep an eye out for as you progress.

Assess What You’ve Done to This Point

Now that you’ve completed some of the basics of your blog, it’s time to assess where you are.

When a month or two has passed, it’ll be time to reach out to others for some feedback.

It might be difficult to receive constructive criticism, but after a little time has passed, it’s time to solicit input and feedback from friends, family, and other bloggers.

One way you can go about doing this is to check into Facebook groups. They are an excellent way to get ideas for how you can improve your blogging business.

There are Mastermind groups for bloggers or other Facebook groups within your niche where bloggers help each other.

This might be a good place to find other bloggers going through the same start-up processes as you.

It will be helpful to collaborate with other like-minded people that have been blogging longer than you. Once you’ve connected with them and exchanged some good conversation, consider asking them if they’d be willing to critique your blog.

More Help >> Connecting with Influencers – Your Shortcut to Business Success

Many of these Facebook groups are known for helping to improve businesses through collaboration and mentorship.

If you’re interested in finding a group like this, I would recommend doing a quick Facebook search for blogging groups within your niche.

Building any business is a never-ending process. Being open to change, constant improvement, and continual tweaking, along with trying different strategies, is a must in order to have a successful blogging business for years to come.

Additional Reading >> How to Create a System for Blogging Success in 2023 – 90 Days and Beyond

If you started your blog on a whim and are still in the early stages of planning, read this blog article to learn Things to Do Before Starting a Blog, just to make sure you’ve covered everything.

Summarizing It All UP!

To sum up, the key things to do after launching a blog are:

1. Set Up Your Blog General Settings
2. Confirm That Your Permalink Structure is Correct
3. Setting Up Your Core Pages
4. Create Your Legal Pages
5. Add Categories to Your Menu
6. Set up Google Analytics for Your Blog
7. Create a Sitemap for Your Blog
8. Create a Favicon
9. Create Your Social Media Accounts for Your Blog Name
10. Set Up Your @domain Email Address
11. Sign Up for an Email Marketing Service & Collect Emails
12. Create a Freebie Offer for Your Readers
13. Set Up Your Opt-In Form with Your Email Service
14. Create a Content Calendar
15. Start Blogging – Create & Publish 5-10 Blog Posts
Assess What You’ve Done to This Point


There ya have it!

15 essential things you need to do after starting a blog.

Of course, there are other things you can do and tweaks you can make as your blog grows, but following these simple steps will give you a strong foundation on which to build.

We hope this article has been helpful to you. Now it’s time to get started on your own blog!


Did You Miss Any of The ‘Start a Blog for Beginners‘ Series?

  1. Why Start a Blog? 12 Damn Good Reasons to Start a Blog (7 Why You Shouldn’t)
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