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Step 2 – Advanced Settings for your Blog

Advanced Settings for your blog

SUPER IMPORTANT CHECKLIST FOR YOUR WORDPRESS

* Go to WordPress dashboard
* Go to Settings
* Go to Reading and change to Latest blog posts (if that’s what you want instead of a static page)
* Go to Discussion and take away “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts”
* Go to Permalink settings and make sure “Post name” is selected
* Go to Posts and delete sample posts if there are any

PLUGINS

* Go to WordPress Dashboard
* Go to Plugins
These are the only plugins you should have:
1. Contact Form 7 (Basic one for people to fill out a contact form on your site)
OR Contact Form by WPForms – Drag & Drop Form Builder for WordPress (More advanced one for people to fill out a contact form on your site)
NOTE: if the Contact Form of WPForms doesn’t fit properly in the mobile view then go to Dashboard>Appearance>Customize>Scroll down to “Additional CSS” and paste this in underneath:
.wpforms-form {
background-color: #eee;
padding: 20px 15px;
border: 3px solid #666;
border-radius: 20px;
}

2. Comment Link Remove and other Comment Tools (stop spam comments from people just trying to get backlinks)
3. Easy Table of Contents (to make contents tables for your posts)
4. Easy Updates Manager (To update all your stuff automatically)
5. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights (Basically a nice little snapshot of data in your dashboard of how much traffic is coming to your site)
6. Redirection (any time you change an URL of a page/post you can make sure the original one redirects here)
7. SG Optimizer (SiteGround Performance Enhancements for your site)
8. Smush (Reduces Image sizes)
9. TinyMCE Advanced (Makes writing posts like writing in Word instead of complicated blocks. Good for beginnners)
10. ThirstyAffiliates (Makes affiliate market links easy to place and correctly labeled so you don’t get any stick from google)
11. Updraft – Backup/Restore (The program you need to make a backup of your website whenever moving or big changes needed) I have it DEACTIVATED for now though
12. Wordfence Security (This is like your anti-virus)
14. WordPress Starter (Helps build new theme with a “get started” wizard)
15. WP Table Builder (to make comparison tables for buying guides on your posts)
16. Yoast SEO (Helps you to get good Search Engine Optimization for your pages)
Insert Headers and Footers (You’ll need this later for google analytics)

INDIVIDUAL PLUGIN SETTINGS CHANGES:

YOAST SEO
Things to Activate/Deactivate:
* General > Readability Analysis = OFF
* Admin Bar Menu = OFF
* General > Features > Admin Bar Menu = OFF
* Search Appearance > Taxonomies > TAGS > Show Tags in Search Results = NO
* Search Appearance > Taxonomies > CATEGORY URLS > Remove the categories prefix = REMOVE
* Search Appearance > Archives > AUTHOR ARCHIVE SETTINGS > Author Archives = DISABLED
(may not be necessary after the previous step but just in case…) Search Appearance > Archives > AUTHOR ARCHIVE SETTINGS > Show Author Archive Settings in Search Results = NO
* Search Appearance > Archives > DATE ARCHIVE SETTINGS > Date Archives = DISABLED

TINY MCE
* Settings > Classic Editor > ADVANCED OPTIONS > Add Classic Paragraph Block = UNCLICK > Replace the Block Editor with Classic Editor = CLICK

EASY UPDATES MANAGER
(To find configuration go to Plugins page and click Configure under the Easy Updates Manager name. If you can’t see this option then Click on Dashboard in the left-hand column and in the dropdown menu select Updates Options.
* GENERAL > Go down the list and enable ALL auto updates

COMMENT LINK REMOVE & COMMENT TOOLS
In the left sidebar click on QC CLR Settings
Check the following boxes

* Remove Website field from Comment Form
* Remove hyper-link from comment AUTHOR Bio
* Disable turning URLs into hyper-links in comments
* Remove HTML Link Tags in comments
Scroll down and click SAVE

CONTACT FORM 7
Click on Contact in the left hand sidebar of your Dashboard
Click EDIT button under Contact Form 1
* Change EMAIL if you have a specific one for your website
* Now Copy the text from the Shortcode which is to the right of the Contact Form 1 name (Click on Contact in the left hand sidebar of your Dashboard to see this again) and Paste this little code into the Pages > Contact text box area for this to show up as an awesome contact form on your contact page.

USER PROFILE

* Click on USERS > All Users in left hand sidebar of dashboard
* Hover over your Username and click the EDIT button underneath
* Change Nickname to whatever you prefer instead (Not the same as your WordPress login name; very important for security reasons!)
* Choose the Display name publicly to be your newly chosen nickname.
* Scroll down to Profile Picture
* Follow instructions when clicking on “You can change your profile picture on Gravatar” to set up a Gravatar account and have your personalized Profile pic.

ABOUT PAGE

* Go to Pages > About and write about your website. Recommended to put a picture of yourself and optimize it for Google search results to find your webpage and rank it better.
SEO TIPS for the About Page:
* Example Page Title: “About Mike and insertnameofyourwebsite.com
* Yoast > Slug > “About Mike and insertnameofyourwebsite.com
* Yoast > Meta Description > “About Mike & the inspiration for insertnameofyourwebsite.com which aims to solve the (problem you are solving) from Mike’s own personal experience”
* Plus go to any image you’re using on the About Page and in Advanced Options for the image put your website title in the “Image Title Attribute” space

CONTACT PAGE

* Go to Pages > Contact
SEO TIPS for the Contact Page:
Page Title: “Contact Mike @ insertnameofyourwebsite.com
Yoast > Slug > “Contact Mike @ insertnameofyourwebsite.com
Yoast > Meta Description > “Get in touch with Mike of insertnameofyourwebsite.com with any questions, comments or appreciative notes you want to send our way. Thanks for stopping by!”

TERMS, CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY POLICY PAGE

* Go to Pages > Add New and type “-yourwebsitename.com- Terms, Conditions and Privacy Policy”
* In another window open up this page:
https://www.bennadel.com/coldfusion/privacy-policy-generator.htm/
* Follow the instructions to get a template to copy.
* Scroll to the bottom and copy the HTML code
* Open back up the Privacy Policy page you made and click on the TEXT button instead of the Visual one at the top right of the box.
* Then Paste the text from the website into there.
* You should now have an awesome, professional-looking privacy policy page!
SEO for the Terms, Conditions and Privacy Policy page:
* Yoast > Slug > “terms-conditions-and-privacy-policy” (no website name included)
* Yoast > Meta description > “insertnameofyourwebsite.com website terms and conditions as well as our privacy policy, can be found here”
* Yoast > Advanced > Allow search engines to show this Page in search results? > NO!

MENUS

* From left-hand panel on Dashboard > Appearance > Menus > View All > now add your Policy Page (and any others that need adding) to the Main Menu
* Drag the Policy page until it sits under the About Page (effectively making it a submenu now)

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

* Go to the Google Analytics home page… https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/
* It’s probably best to create a seperate GMAIL account just for this website that you can link to the Google Analytics for your website.
* Click Sign Up and follow the directions
NOTE: If you see “show advanced options” whilst setting this up then CLICK on it and select Create a Universal Analytics Property.
* Copy and paste your website URL into space provided
* And under this select “Create a Universal Analytics Property Only
Once you’ve filled out everything you’ll get a Tracking ID
* Copy the Tracking ID
* Now go back to your WordPress and go to Settings > Insert Headers and Footers
* Now PASTE the Tracking ID from Google Analytics into the box which says “Scripts in Header
Remember to click SAVE
* Now Google Analytics will be able to track all your data! (If it says you aren’t recieving any visitors after the first few days then contact them because it probably didn’t work properly)
Note: A good way to check if it’s working is to open another tab and go to your website homepage (not the dashboard). It should then be saying in the Google Analytics Page that 1 person is viewing your website now!

To create an additional website within an existing Google Analytics account:
* Sign in to your Analytics Account.
* Click Admin in the bottom left-hand corner.
* In the ACCOUNT column, select + Create Account from the menu.
* Enter an Account Name.
Click Next
* Enter property name (I just use the URL of my website here)
* Change time zone and currency accordingly
* Click “show advanced options
* Select Create a Universal Analytics Property
* Copy and paste your website URL into space provided
* And under this select “Create a Universal Analytics Property Only
* Choose your category, business size and how you want to use analytics options and then press create!
* Once you’ve filled out everything you’ll get a Tracking ID
Copy the Tracking ID
* Now go back to your WordPress and go to Settings > Insert Headers and Footers
Now PASTE the Tracking ID from Google Analytics into the box which says “Scripts in Header
Remember to click SAVE
* Now Google Analytics will be able to track all your data! (If it says you aren’t recieving any visitors after the first few days then contact them because it probably didn’t work properly)
Note: A good way to check if it’s working is to open another tab and go to your website homepage (not the dashboard). It should then be saying in the Google Analytics Page that 1 person is viewing your website now!

GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

* Go to the Google Search Console home page… https://search.google.com/search-console/about
* Follow the directions and remember to enter your website name as it is shown in your WordPress settings (go to Settings > General > Site Address URL > COPY this text!)
* In Google Search Console click on Add Property
* Put the website name you copied from WordPress into the URL PREFIX box and it should verify you are the owner of the property.
* Now go back to your WordPress Dashboard
* Yoast SEO > General > Features > XML Sitemaps > See the XML Sitemap > Now COPY the website name for this page in the top search bar where you normally see website names etc.
* Now go back to the Google Search Console Page and navigate to Sitemaps.
* Now enter the URL you copied into this space (remove any HTTPS stuff you have to)
* Hit SUBMIT and it’s done!
Google can now show you if your site’s pages are showing up properly in its searches.

Congratulations!!! The hardest part is over and now the fun begins! hehe.

In the next step, I’ll teach you how to design your website so it looks great, how to write great posts that get to the 1st page of Google search results and start generating traffic and income to your site.

See you soon guys 🙂

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