How to Publish a Post in WordPress

Since WordPress is extremely versatile, it can be very intimidating when you’re unfamiliar with it. If you’re ready to publish your first post on your WordPress site, there are a few things you need to know.

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Although the video walks you through the technical aspect of creating and publishing a WordPress post, there are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the last ten years or so that can make this creative process much easier.

When I work on a WordPress post, I complete a circle around the screen. I begin by writing the content. After that, I move down to the Yoast SEO box and the excerpt. I then move up the sidebar by adding the featured image, tags and categories. Lastly, I craft the title and hit publish! This process has streamlined my posts and helped me create content much faster.

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Although writing the content and designing a headline may seem fairly self-explanatory, there are a few things here that you need to know.

Yoast SEO requires that you identify the focus keyword for your topic. Click here to learn how to identify your focus keyword. Once you know what it is, type it in the Yoast SEO box. The plugin will evaluate your content for search engine optimization. It will clearly explain your problems and areas that could be improved. Fix these to improve the optimization of your post.

Featured Image requires you to select an image from your media library. Never publish a post without an image! Even if you don’t have any readily available, you can always find some relevant images on a free stock photography website. If you’re feeling especially creative, you can run these images through a free photo editor. Here are some of my favorite free image sites and photo editors.

You can also include images throughout your post. WordPress can support a variety of media, including PDFs and videos. The video below will guide you through adding media to your posts. Don’t forget to add some SEO keywords into your image’s alt tags!

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Tags and Categories help you organize the posts on your website for your readers. Categories are generally broad subjects whereas tags are usually narrower keywords. The way you set up your categories and tags will depend heavily on your niche and preferred site layout.

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On this website, I use categories for the general topic (such as WordPress or Domains) and tags for minor keywords (such as headlines and blog post ideas). On Low Income Relief, the categories are state names and the tags list the keywords and concepts that describe what the post is actually about.

Headlines are one of the most difficult parts of writing new posts in WordPress, at least at first. Since it’s the first thing that your readers will see in Google searches and on social media, it’s important to get it just right. Here are some tips to help you craft the perfect headline.

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