We all have to learn sometime – there is something inherently truthful about those words. This is why we are going to offer some helpful and effective techniques for WordPress beginners, to ensure that you are going to see results faster and set yourself up for future success. Even though some of these might not make sense to you right away if you are brand new to WordPress, there will come a time that it just ‘clicks’
Tip #1 – Clean Up Those Permalinks
You want Google, Bing, and Yahoo to find the compelling content that you are creating for your site. Sometimes you might have to point them in the right direction. One of the biggest improvements that you can make right now is to use the WordPress permalink field that you see on top of the editing page. This is going to help you revise your links before you publish them.
You should intelligently use keywords in your description and eliminate unnecessary words altogether. The goal is that you tell a search engine what your post is about, while also helping you rank for any keywords that you might be targeting.
Tip #2 – Make Those Images More Effective
You can add interest and attractiveness to your pages by using images. However, they also have a SEO function. You can add a keyword in your alternate text fields and image title each time that you upload an image. The alternate text tag is the text that your viewer is going to see in place of your image while the title tag shows some text whenever someone hovers his or her mouse over your image. This is another chance to tell search engines what they can expect within your content.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention To Your Footer
Oftentimes people forget about the footer area, but it can be a great place to include some information. Perhaps you post who owns the website, provide a link to an important page, or include a copyright message. You could even make it into an entire content section where you offer links to popular posts or pages, give readers an opt-in for your email list, or offer them a short bio. This is an important space to engage your readers.
Tip #4 – Make Your Library Easy To Search
If you have a library of books or movies, are you going to want to rummage through every bit of your home to find one specific book or movie that you want? Of course you don’t want to do that – you want easy access. The WordPress Media Library is the same way. Place all your media in a single integrated folder. Once your media is located there, a single keyword can help you find the file that you are looking for. By unchecking the “Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders” in the Settings & Media options, you can make sure that all your media goes into a single folder.
Tip #5 – Keep The Sidebar Organized
We all have one closet in the house that we do not even want to open, for the fear that the junk stuffed in the closet is going to spill out. Unfortunately, that closet is what many sidebars look like. They are stuffed with photos of your Facebook fans, links to your most recent tweets, social media icons, ads, and more. The best option is to only include the absolute essentials in your sidebar. Browse over to Appearance & Widgets and make sure that you remove everything that is not actually doing something vitally important for your blog. If your widget is not making people take action, putting money in your bank account, or adding people to your mailing list, it is a good idea to just remove it.