Getting started with WordPress can be really overwhelming at first, but we’ve broken down these steps of how to write a blog post in WordPress and publish it – with proofreading checks, images, categories, and more!
For most of you, you will have already created your WordPress website and are just looking to write a blog post.
If you still haven’t created your blog or Wordpress website, please check out our step-by-step guide on How to Start a WordPress Blog.
I remember the first time I logged into the dashboard of a WordPress website. I thought I had been given access to controls of a nuclear power-plant.
To say that I was intimidated would be an understatement.
So much so, that I ran back to using my Wix website for a while because WordPress seemed too hard.
Which ended up being a huge mistake.
The time that I wasted on other blog platforms like Wix and Squarespace was time that I should have been learning WordPress – The most powerful blogging platform on the Internet.
There’s a reason 27% of the INTERNET is run on WordPress.
And looking back, WordPress is really not that complicated once you get the hang of it. There is just a slight learning curve that takes time and a little patience.
Fast forward to today, and Lauren and I fudging LOVE Wordpress!
It’s the only blogging platform we use and recommend for our websites.
My goal for this post is to take out the complexity and help you write your first WordPress blog post, the right way.
Here is an overview of what we are going to cover:
- How to Write a Blog Post – Initial Setup
- Editing a Blog Post
- Publishing a Blog Post
- How to Add Images to a Blog Post
- How to Add Categories to a Blog Post
Let’s move on to learning how to write and publish your first WordPress blog post! I know this guide might be a little long for a newbie, but hear me out…
The goal is to help you establish good habits and practices when publishing blog posts, so you don’t have to change anything later on.
Begin with the end in mind, right?
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How to Write a Blog Post – Initial Setup
These are the steps you should take to create not only your first post but all your WordPress blog posts.
Open Microsoft Word (or other document software).
Start every post you write in Microsoft Word and not in the WordPress dashboard because it’s easier to edit outside the dashboard and can be done without Wifi (really helps a distracted writer like myself).
Do keyword research and add 3 keywords.
This step is optional for your first post because it’s usually just about generating excitement for your new blog!
And I only post about topics people want and are looking for to get organic traffic to them.
Out primary traffic source for our health and fitness blog is Pinterest, and we have a FREE 4-Day Pinterest eCourse for Beginners that you can check out for more info on Pinterest traffic.
When you have your keywords selected, type them into the top of the Word document.
This just reminds me to put the selected keywords (like “How to Post on WordPress”) into the actual post.
For your first post, you really don’t need these, but you can use 3 keywords like “About My Blog,” “My First Post,” and “Why I’m excited” to get some practice.
Write the rough draft of the blog post.
All of your posts should have a purpose.
For this post, my purpose was “to help complete beginners publish their first WordPress blog post and be able to repeat the process for future posts.”
Your first post should be short and convey a few ideas in just a few sentences:
- How excited you are about starting your blog
- The purpose of your blog and what you are hoping to accomplish
- Your current feeling about your blog and some of your goals
The goal of your first post is to have something to look back on and smile about when you become a successful blogger.
Here’s an example:
“Oh. My. Word. I’m so pumped and excited to finally start my blog on parenting! I have learned so much about being a mom and raising 3 kids, and I want this blog to help new moms adapt to the crazy lifestyle that comes with being a new parent. My goal is to turn this blog into a full-time income as well, so I can support my family and bring my husband home. But for now, I’m just excited to get started. Thanks for being here and reading this! And thank you to my homeboy Alex Nerney from createandgo.co for being so smart and handsome and suave and helping me make my first post.”
Ok… you can probably eliminate that last line, but you get the idea. 😉
Your first post should be fun!
Link and edit.
On a normal post, this is the stage you edit your content and link to other blog posts and resources.
A good internal link usually looks something like this:
“Are you ready to master WordPress and launch your blog? Make sure to check out our Launch Your Blog Course if you’d like to learn more.”
That blue text is linked to our product, but we often link to other blog posts we feel are helpful to our readers. This is called an internal link. It means when you link back to your own content within your website.
An external link is when you link to websites, resources, and references that other people own.
You can do this in the WordPress dashboard, but we like to do it within Word, especially when we are using external links. If you are researching and using someone else’s content as a reference or an example, it’s easier to link their website at the same time that you are actually on it and have easy access to the URL.
How to Link Another Post or Website in Your WordPress Blog Post
As you can see above, I added a helpful link to my Launch Your Blog Course.
To do this, simply open up the URL you want to add in a new window, and copy it.
Next step: Highlight the text that you want to add the hyperlink to, and then click the “Insert/edit link” on the toolbar (shown below).
Paste the copied URL into the box that comes up. A shortcut to this process is to highlight the text that you want to add the hyperlink to, and hold the buttons “Control + V” to insert the copied URL.
Pro Tip: Make sure to also edit the settings for the link that you added and make it open up in a new window.
All internal links (to your pages) and external links (to other websites) should open up in a new window EXCEPT for links to your sales pages.
Sales pages should open up in the same window because you want your users focused one thing ONLY, and that is your product/service.
Final note about links: You should have BOTH internal and external links in your post. Internal links help readers stay on your blog and find other useful content, and external links provide credibility and helpful resources to your posts.
How to Edit a Blog Post
As far as editing goes, make sure to read over your article with a fresh set of eyes (at least a few hours after writing).
Read it once to proofread for grammar and spelling. Read it twice to make sure that your message makes sense and comes across the way that you want it to.
Ok, now it’s officially time to publish your WordPress blog post!
We use a tool called Grammarly to help catch the grammatical mistakes. You can either upload a Word document to Grammarly or you can install the browser extension that will highlight mistakes directly in WordPress.
Grammarly has a great free version, and you won’t likely need to pay for it unless you need a lot of extra help.
How to Publish a Blog Post in WordPress
Log in to your WordPress blog (if you aren’t already logged in).
Writing and publishing are two very different tasks, and it’s usually better to accomplish them at different times.
Writing can be mentally draining, and you want to edit your posts with a fresh set of eyes. The next few steps also take some time as well, so it ends up being a separate process from writing.
Go to www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin (substitute “yourblogname” with your own domain name), and enter your login information. If you have forgotten it, you can go back and get it from your host.
- Login into your account at bluehost.com.
- Click “Wordpress Tools.”
- Click “Users.”
- Finally, click “login,”
Wahoo, you are in!
Add a new WordPress post.
Hover over “posts,” and click “add new,” (or click the “+ New” icon on the top bar of your WP dashboard.
Add a title, and copy and paste your draft from Word into the content box.
Title your first post whatever you’d like! For all additional posts:
Make sure to use selected keyword(s) in the title of your posts.
After you have copied the content in WP, click “Save Draft,” and then click “Preview” to see what it looks like!
The preview will open in a new window, and you can now edit the post to make it look how you want. This includes adding images and making everything look sexy.
Once you’re done editing and everything looks good, hit “Publish.”
That’s it! You published your first post in WordPress!
Pro tip: You can also schedule future posts to publish automatically whenever you want them to as well.
Here are some other helpful tips that you will find useful on your journey to figuring out WordPress…
How to Add Images to a Blog Post in WordPress
While you are editing a post, you can click the “Add Media” button above the toolbar to add an image to your post.
You can then select an image that is already uploaded to your media library, or you can upload a new file from your computer. Then just click “Insert Post.”
You can also resize the image within WordPress and align it left, right, or center.
Just make sure to first resize the image using befunky.com, and then compress the file size using optimizilla.com. These are two free tools that help keep your images as small as possible so that your website loads faster.
How to Add Categories to a Blog Post in WordPress
Categories are what separates your content into different sections or “sub-niches.” For example, at the top of our website, we have a secondary menu with all of our different blogging topics (traffic, monetization, etc).
Categories can be found in the “Posts” section.
Add the title of your category, and edit the slug, which is what will display after your domain name.
For example, the slug in this category of “Get Visitors and Fans” is “get-visitors-and-fans” https://createandgo.com/category/get-visitors-and-fans/
Remember to check out our Launch Your Blog Course if you are looking for some additional help getting started with WordPress, getting your WordPress theme setup, and starting your first email marketing list!
We teach all of this and more in our newbie blogger course and help you get your blog started and launched in one month or less!
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