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3 TYPES OF KEYWORDS EVERY BLOGGER MUST KNOW

Types of keywords overview

  The types of keywords are hardly asked questions by bloggers.

But to tell you the truth,  the different types of keywords on search engines you will use depending on the type of blog post you are writing, can skyrocket your organic traffic and as well as impress search engines with your on-page SEO strategies.  

Although there are 9 different types of strategic keywords in SEO, in this blog post, I will be sharing with you the 3 most important keywords researching strategies you should be implementing in your blog posts as a blogger.

If this is your first time hearing about SEO then my post on tips for seo  explains in depth about what SEO is all about. You may want to head there if you don’t know the heck SEO means.

Moving on….

I don’t think you started a blog just for the fact that having purchased a domain makes you feel like you have got the whole world in your hands.

That will be a crazy idea if you really have a thought like that.

If you really want to make something out of your blog then you definitely have to treat yourself on the long roller coaster ride of SEO.

I know you are thinking roller coaster rides make you dizzy therefore you wouldn’t want to do SEO. But think of this: don’t you feel a rush of ecstatic adrenaline after the ride?

That is how SEO will make you feel when you start reaping its benefits.

So hop on the keywords research train let’s get to the main topic of the day

The 3 different types of keywords for bloggers to focus on

As I said earlier, there are 9 different types of keywords but the most important ones out of the types for bloggers like me are three.

Below are the 3 different types of keywords to use in a blog post.

They are:

  • Main keyword
  • LSI Keywords 
  • Long Tail keywords 

Don’t worry I will explain the three very soon. 

What is the Main keyword in SEO?

The main keyword is what all your post is based on.

If your post is about the “latest fashion trends for millennials“, then your main keyword can be the title of your post or choose certain parts of it. 

Here, you can equally choose fashion trends as your main keyword. But it is advisable to use all parts of your title and not bits. 

What are LSI Keywords? 

LSI simply means Latent Semantic Indexing.

What it means is that a search engine like Google wants to understand words that have more than one meaning.

Eg. The difference between bat (a flying bird); bat (a wooden rod)

 In this way, you will want to add different words and phrases that are related to your main keyword for search engines to understand that your post is about one specific topic and not the other way round.

A search engine like Google believes that a long  text that has phrases related to your keyword in your post is bound to be of high quality.  Therefore it is important to do a keen research on phrases that are related to your keyword and sprinkle it naturally in your blog posts.

Back to our example blog post content on the ‘latest fashion trends for millenials’.  In my search for related keywords here is what came up

LSI keywords

Therefore, including such terms  will tell search engines that your blog post relates to these search queries.

 A tool like LSI Graph can help you with coming up with related keywords  

Am I making sense here? Of course  I know I am duh…

Let’s  move on to the final type of keyword you should use in your blog post.  That is the long tail keywords.

What is the meaning of Long Tail Keywords?

Long Tail keywords are a combination of three or more phrases that are used by internet users to search on a specific topic.

Their main intent is to find information on a particular topic.

So, for instance, a search term like ‘ women fashion’ will pull out loads of information that may not relate to the user’s intent. 

But if let’s say they input a long search term like ‘what are the current fashion trends for women millennials’ then, the specific information related to the searcher’s intent is shown by the search engines. 

So if your blog post contains an exact long phrase as the query, then your post can be selected to be shown on search engine queries.

That simple huh?

Basically, these long tail keywords can be your blog post titles.

Equally, you can use long-tail phrases in your post to add more SEO power to your blog post 

These kinds of keywords should be what you should be targeting for your blog posts as most bloggers often tend to go for basic keywords whilst ignoring longtail ones.

Thus it makes competition for long-tail keywords easy to rank for on search engines. 

Now you maybe asking yourself this question;

How do I come up with long tail keywords?  

For you to come up with long-tail keywords, you will have to put yourself in the searcher’s mind and type in the exact words you will have used if you were the one seeking a particular answer from search engines.

Magical right?

A longtail keyword  research tool like Longtail  Pro is ideal for researching for keywords that have more than 3 phrases. SEM rush has a keyword magic tool that is simply worth checking out. 

It provides you with all there is to keywords. You can as well use Ubersuggest to search for long tail keywords too.

You can check out if your longtail is worth using by searching for it using the keywords research tools.

One way you can also use to come up with keywords that are long tail is to combine keywords suggestions in the keywords research tool you will be using.

 

Question: can you name 2 creatures with longtails? Hehehe. Tell me in the comments section.

So to sum up the three different types of  keywords strategy for a blog post here is an example using the post ‘The latest fashion trends for millennials’

  • Main keyword: The search term you want to rank for
  • It should be at the beginning of your first sentence in your blog post
  • Do not overuse it in your post. Use it according to the number of times an SEO plugin like Yoast recommends you to do
  • LSI : refer to the image above in LSI Keywords 
    • Choose 5 phrases related to your post
    • Use them interchangeably.
    • Let it sound natural in your post
  • Long Tail keywords: specific search queries that need specific answers
  • Use as your main title
  • Find other long-tail keywords and phrases related to your blog post which you can naturally throw in your posts.

How many keywords should I add in a post?

Although the number of keywords to use in your post  is limitless; it is always advisable to have at least 10 to 15 good keywords that are related to your blog post. You will use them together with your primary keyword in your post so as to avoid keyword stuffing. 

Now let me drum this into your mind.

Search engines like Google are very smart.

If you try to outsmart them by inputting the same keywords over and over again it will know you are trying to rank for that particular keyword, therefore, it will ignore you and your heartless blog post.

Google hates keyword stuffing.  Here is an image from Digital SEO Land image illustrating a keyword that has been overused in a blog post.

Image from Digital SEO Land

What you should avoid doing when researching for keywords 

  1. Avoid selecting keywords that are generic. Eg blogs
  1. Choose keywords that are Longtail. 
  1. Select keywords that have 500 to 1000 monthly volume.
  1. Don’t try to use keywords that are grammatically incorrect. Avoid them like the plague. E.g tips SEO
  2. Avoid keywords stuffing.

 Conclusion….

Strategic keywords play important roles in optimizing your blog posts for SEO.

If you feel it’s too much work to do then I’m sorry to break it to you that blogging for traffic is not for you.

But if you want to make blogging your thing, then implementing the use of these three important types of keyword for your blog posts will skyrocket your organic search traffic in due time..

I hope this post has helped you understand the types of keywords to use in your blogpost as a blogger.

Send me your questions and I will answer to the best of my lousy SEO knowledge.

If you found this post helpful, do be  a sweetheart and share it as much as you can. 

3 types of keywords research infographic

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How To Upload and Install a Theme Into WordPress

So you want to Upload and install a theme into WordPress but you are stuck? 

We have all been there and you need not to feel overwhelmed with such an easy task like this.

The thing is, you are not alone in this situation.  I remember how I struggled to find pieces of information like these when I started a blog.  

It was so hectic to deal with.

That is why I have created a blog post on how to upload a new theme to WordPress.

 If you are yet to start a blog in WordPress, my post on how to start a blog for beginners will do the perfect job of walking you through all the steps to start a blog easily. 

install a theme into wordpress

LET’S GET STARTED

Uploading a new theme to wordpress is not as scary as you think it is.

In fact, it is so easy to do. One thing you should really take note of when choosing a theme for your website is its weight and functionality.

Taking your time to select a theme for your site is good but it only delays (your site from going live.) Which only draws you back.

There are several WordPress themes you can choose from both in the WordPress theme repository or from external WordPress theme sources.

Basically, there are two ways you can get hold of a theme for your blog.

  • Installing themes from the WordPress repository from your site’s WordPress themes. Or
  • Downloading and uploading a free or premium theme from external WordPress theme sources.

There are plenty of free themes that can not be found in the WordPress repository but can be obtained outside of your WordPress environment and uploaded there.

Sites like Colorlib, Astra, Blossom, Themify, etc. have free and premium themes that are beautiful and easy to customize.

Actually, the theme I use is from Blossom themes and it’s totally free. I also use the free Astra theme on my other website and it’s a great theme.

There are not many differences between free Astra and Blossom themes.  But I will choose free Astra over Blossom theme because of the free range of customizations offered by Astra. 

I just chose to use the free Blossom Vilva theme because of its appealing structure. I will customize more with the free Elementor plugin to make it pop more in the near future.

Vilva theme from Blossom is not available in the themes section of wordpress.

I downloaded it from the Blossom themes website and uploaded the zip file to the site.

Okay I get it . 

You don’t want the stress(although there is none) with downloading and uploading a  theme brouhaha.

I recommend that you choose a good theme like Astra or Generatepress from the WordPress themes store in your backend and install.   

 Here is a blog post on how to install a theme in WordPress easily 

HOW TO UPLOAD A THEME IN WORDPRESS 

As I said early on in this post, I use a free blog theme from Blossom called Vilva. For the purpose of the demonstration, I will be sharing with you the step by step by step process I used to upload and install the theme into WordPress.

HOW TO UPLOAD A THEME IN  WORDPRESS 

  1. Go to the site where you intend to download the theme. In my case I went to Blossom Themes 
  1. Scroll through the themes available and select the one  you want to purchase or like me download for free.
  1. Select get it done or download 
  1. Fill in your information and click purchase
  1. Download the theme from the link that will be sent to your email address

Note: It will be sent in a zip file. DO NOT EXTRACT IT FROM THE ZIP FILE

  1. Login  to your wordpress account
  1. Click on appearance>themes
  1. Select add new theme
  2. click on upload new theme
  1. Click on choose file and select the downloaded zip file
  1. Click on upload your new theme
  2. Select Activate theme

Congratulations.  Your new theme is fully installed in wordpress

See? It’s  as easy as ABC

Now to the fun part. I am going to highlight  the features of the customize section of the theme and explain  what each and every kne of them means.

Are you ready to customize your theme? I’m so excited for you!

How to customize your uploaded theme in WordPress 

Just as I did in my blog post on how to install a theme in WordPress, I will highlight the features of the customization panel in your newly uploaded theme in WordPress.

I will take them one by one so you better ready your cup of coffee and chill while reading.

As usual, to be able to customize your theme, login to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance >Customize. 

vilva theme settings dashboard

This is what you should see in a customization panel.

Not all themes will have the same features please take note of that.

Are you in? Alright let’s begin!

Remember this tutorial is for the vilva blossom theme I use on this blog.

Basic customization settings

  1. Demo and Documentation: This where you can read everything about the theme and see how the theme looks like.
  1. Site Identity: Customize your site name, logo, icon, and the title color. Also change the fonts family, style and size here. Add a site tagline in this section too.
  1. Layout settings: choose how you want your post sidebar, page sidebar and default layout sidebar should appear on your site.
vilva theme settings for page layout
  1. Appearance Settings: Change your colors background image and your typography settings here.
  • In the colors section, you can  change your primary site color and background colors
  • Add a background image if you want to in the background image section
  • Choose a font type for your site in the Typography section 

   5. General Settings: This is where all my theme functions are hidden just to surprise me with its mind-blowing functionalities.

vilva theme general settings
  • Banner Section: This is a feature I love. You get to display your latest posts or category posts in a  banner section in the form of a slider or static video.
  • Featured Area section: Another cool feature of this theme is the featured image section. Add blossom image text to this section. You can include your categories, favorite posts, etc in this section
  • Social media settings:  Add social links to the header and footer section of your site
  • SEO Settings: Enable breadcrumb and last update posts for better site optimization for search engines.
  • Posts(Blog) & Pages Settings: customize your posts and pages appearance in this section. You will find the following options in this section
  • Enable or disable Hide prefix in the archive page.
  • Enable blog post excerpt(recommended)
  • Set excerpt length to for your posts on your pages(recommend 50)
  • Single post image (enable)
  • Show related posts (enable)
  • Show comments
  • Hide category
  • Hide post author
  • Hide posted date(enable)
  • Newsletter  settings: Install the recommended plugin for this option to work. Send newsletters to your subscribers using this option.
  • Instagram settings: Activate Blossom social media plugin to enable this feature to work. It will show your instagram feed in your homepage
  •  Settings: Enable the search Icon in the header of your site.

  For the functions of the menus, widgets, footer settings, homepage and additional CSS settings,  refer to my post on how to install a theme in WordPress.

Take note that these are settings for the free theme. You can visit Blossom Theme page to see the full features of the premium theme design.

CONCLUSION….

Uploading and Installing a theme into WordPress is quite simple. There is no need to pull your hair out when you can easily get hold of resources like this post to take you through the step by step process in blogging.

A good theme + mobile responsiveness= Great SEO

Read my SEO tips for beginners if you are yet to start doing SEO.

I hope this post has been helpful enough for you.

Can I ask for a favor from you? Will you be so kind to share this post? I will really appreciate your effort. TIA

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How To Install A Theme In WordPress For Free

Are you looking for how to install a theme in wordpress for free?

There are about 7000 themes in the WordPress repository which you can easily install on your new WordPress blog.

how to install a theme in wordpress

Choosing a WordPress theme is one of the critical most important steps involved in starting a blog that attracts visitors.

Some of the themes for WordPress are paid others too are free for you to use on your blog.

In this blog post, you will learn how to install a theme in WordPress and also how to customize some basic features of a theme in WordPress.

In order for you to install a theme on WordPress, you should already have a web host and a domain name with WordPress installed.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to start a blog that makes money for beginners

Now that you have your WordPress account ready, it’s now time to choose a theme for your blog.

There are two easy ways you can install a theme to your WordPress blog.

You can download a theme straight from the WordPress backend.

If you bought your theme out of the WordPress theme repository, you will have to upload a zip from where you got your theme to WordPress.

Read how you can upload and install a theme into WordPress

First, let’s look at some things to consider when choosing a WordPress theme for your blog.

  1. The theme should be lightweight 

Lightweight themes in wordpress are the themes that are not heavily  coded. The theme you choose should not exceed a weight of 70 kb. 

The theme I use on this blog is only 50kb which is extremely light and makes my site load speed be fast.

  1. Responsive screen 

A responsive theme is one that should be able to adjust itself to the size of the screen being viewed on.

  1. Structured For SEO

Every good theme is well structured for SEO. It should have breadcrumbs and schema featurecd in its structure. These features heavily boosts your site’s organic reach.

  1. Have a clear navigational menu

The theme should have places for navigational menu areas that can be clearly seen by visitors and readers of your blog. The navigational menu should include an about section, home, blog, and a search button

  1. Customizable 

A good theme should have if not all but most of its features easily changed to suit the users design taste. The fonts, colors, texts and image features of the theme you have chosen should be able to be changed easily.

  1. Sidebar and widgets

Your chosen theme should have a sidebar where you can display some of your blog contents there. Widgets like social media icons, email code, html etc are always present in a good theme.

All these and more should be what you look out for when you decide to install a free or paid theme. 

One theme  loved best by bloggers is  Astra. Although I don’t use it on this particular site,

I have it up and running on my other site. I paired it with Elementor page builder to design it and I loved it.

There are not many differences between free Astra and Blossom themes. 

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to install a theme in wordpress. 

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  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard. Read my post on WordPress dashboard basic features if you don’t know how to navigate through it
  1. In your dashboard, select appearance>>themes
  1. Click on add new
  2. Search for Astra using the the search bar
  1. Click on the install button
A collection of wordpress themes
  1. After installing it, click on activate

Voila ! You have a new and beautiful theme installed. Here is how it looks.

homepage of  an installed wordpress theme

NOTE: I had a site template already installed. Astra will not look like this if you install it.

What I love about Astra’s theme is that you get to do a lot of customization even with the free version.

You can equally pair it with a page builder like Elementor to design just like the way you want it.

Now, let me show you how you can customize your Astra theme.

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR ASTRA THEME SETTINGS

Once you have your theme installed, it is now time for you to make changes to your theme settings to make it more efficient and easy to navigate by users. 

For the purpose of demonstration, I will still use Astra to show you how to customize your theme settings. You can probably find this kind of settings in other themes.

Where to locate the customize settings in wordpress 

  1. Locate the menu on your left in wordpress blog backend
  1. Click on Appearance>>Customize
Astra wordpress theme settings dashboard

Here is your theme customization panel. You get to change the size, fonts, colors, menus and anything you will want to change with your theme.

Basic customization setting to focus on in your theme

  • Global settings has the following options 
  • Colors: Related to the color changes you can make to your background, texts, links, and icons
  • Typography: All writing  styles for your blog’s body and content texts. There are several font styles for you to choose from. 

There are two critical things you should change even if you don’t want to touch anything there. The recommended settings for the size of your text should be 20px and a line-height of 1.6.

  • Container: How will you want your content to appear? You have the option to select boxed, content boxed or full width
  • Buttons: Here is where you can maks changes to the button sizes, colors, and styles of the call to action buttons on your blog.

Note: On the whole, global settings are the changes that affects  the whole of your blog appearance.

  •  Header: All the settings for the upper part of your blog. It includes the following:
    • Site Identity: Add your logo and site icon. Change your site name. Include a tagline for your site. You can also decide not to show your tagline and site on your main site. 

Check the boxes that say display site title and site taglines’ to prevent them from showing if you don’t want them to be displayed.

  • Primary Header: For customizing your header layout
  • Primary Menu: This is where you choose the type of menu you want to be seen by your visitors. There are several customization options you can use to design your menu area in the primary menu settings area
  • Breadcrumbs: This is an SEO structure for blog pages and posts. What it does is to basically tell readers which category they are on the site. For instance, at the top of this page, you will see Home>blogging for beginners>How to install a theme in WordPress. 

It tells you are reading a post in the blogging for beginners category.

Still confused? Check out this post by Yoast on Breadcrumbs .

There are 4 options in this SEO setting for you to choose from.

You can select none or where you choose to display it

  • After header
  • Inside header
  • Before title
  • Blog: Do you want your blog post or page  title to come before your featrured image? Or you want your full post or excerpt of the post to be seen? This where you make these changes. In the blog settings you will see the following options
    • Blog/archive: choose the content width of how you want your blog page to appear. Drag and drop the title & meta bar and the featured image options to change blog posts look on the blog/archive page.

 Choose an excerpt or full posts under the post content. Customize the size of the Archive-title and the post title in the Typography section

  • Single Post: Make changes to how you want readers to see your written blog posts. It’s a drag and drop feature just as the blog/archive page
  • Sidebar: Where do you want your sidebar to appear on your pages and posts? Do you want to put it on the right, left or you don’t want have sidebars? All these changes are made in the sidebar settings. Below are the side bar options 
    • Default Layout
    • Pages
    • Blog posts
    • Archives
    • Sidebar width
  • Footer: The footer of a site is the lower part of your blog design where you can display other information that can be easily accessible. There are two footer sections settings in this area. 
    • Footer Widgets: This where you choose the layout, background colors and Typography of your footer
    • Footer Bar: The footer bar is where you choose the infornation you want displayed in your footer area. It comprises two sections. In the first section you can select menu or widgets.
  • In the second section select text. 

Pro tip: You can erase the Astra theme name from the text. It will be left with just your site name and the current  year

  • Menus: Select the type of menu you want to display in your header and footer menu
  •  Widgets: Select the widgets you want displayed in your main sidebar and Footer sections. There are four footer widgets you can add in your footer section. You can add your email, pages, contact form widgets etc in the footer widget settings.
  • Homepage settings: What do you want people see on your homepage when they land there? You decide and select what you want to appear on your site’s homepage.

Here is what you can do:  Select the latest posts to show only your latest posts on the homepage or static to show posts you want your readers to see.

  • Additional CSS: If you are a coding psycho then you should know what to do but if you are a coding dummie like me please DON’T TOUCH THIS PART

These are the basic settings  for Astra theme which you can use to customize your site.

You can as well import a site template to make designing your site easy to do. Here is how you can import a site template in Astra.

If you have Astra activated, follow these steps to import a site

  1. Click on Appearance >Astra options 
astra  starter templates
  1. Select install importer plugin 
  1. Wait for it to activate 
  1. Select the website design you like best
astra starter templates
  1. Choose the page you want to import or If its the complete site you want to import, click on complete
Astra theme template for a site

Note: You need to customize your imported site to look how you want it  to be. Images and texts should be changed to match with your site.

Whewwwww! That’s a lot to take in one day. But don’t worry you can come back to this post at any time.

CONCLUSION

WordPress can come off as a difficult maze game. Once you figure your way out of it, you will become aWorddPress superstar.

Did I cover everthing that is challenging for you in installing a theme? let me know in the comments section

I want to hear from you honey.

If you followed this blog post to install the theme, let me know how it went in the comments section

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WordPress Dashboard Basic Features And Its Uses

WordPress dashboard is one of the most confusing things that beginner bloggers find it hard to understand and make use of.

Most bloggers will show you how to start a blog as a beginner in 5 minutes but fail to help new bloggers to understand the features that makeup WordPress.

In this blog post, I will be highlighting the basic features of the WordPress admin dashboard to help beginner bloggers like you, find it easy to use WordPress right from the beginning.

Let’s get started !

WordPress Dashboard Customization

Call me the black sheep of my family. No one practically takes me seriously because of my being introverted.

The idea of starting a blog really meant something important to me.

I really got excited when I got my domain name , hosting and wordpress installed. It was such an emotional excitement period for me.

All the excitement died down when I logged in to my dashboard.

That dashboard practically gave me a heart attack with all those technical jargons there

I absolutely had zero experience with WordPress and it was such a damper on my excitement.

At that moment I hated WordPress for being so complicated……well, for a short time.

But that did not pull me down.

I decided I was going to figure out the WordPress dashboard apps no matter what. I can say I won in the end.

Here are the features of the WordPress dashboard I will be highlighting.

  1. Dashboard
  2. Posts
  3. Media
  4. Pages
  5. Comments
  6. Appearance
  7. Plugins
  8. Users
  9. Tools
  10. Settings

These are the features and I will be talking briefly on each feature.

Are you ready? Come on! let’s rock it!

Dashboard

The dashboard is where you can access a quick overview of your WordPress admin panel. It features quick access for your posts, pages, menus, theme customization, etc.

Wordpress dashboard
wordpress dashboard

However, the dashboard area is not where you should be focusing on.

On your left-hand side is the dark background dashboard menu within WordPress where all the settings are accessed.

This is where your WordPress settings energy should be focused on.

WordPress posts

The posts section has 4 subpages under it. You need to click or hover over it for the subpages to appear on your screen.

These are the sub pages you will see under the posts section.

All posts:

You will find all your posts in this section. Whether it has been published or it’s in a draft, you will find all of them there. At the top of your ‘All Posts’ page, you will see the state of your posts categories at the top.

Add New:

If you want to write a blog post, you will just click on the add new link and it will take you to a new post page for you to start writing your epic new posts.

Categories

This part is the tricky part. There is a need to put your blog posts in categories so that your blog visitors can access posts that are related to what they are reading.

wordpress dashboard posts

For instance, if you are a food blogger, you should create categories for the recipes you write on.

You can have a rice category where all the dishes you create using rice are grouped together.

The default category of WordPress is uncategorized.

You should always make sure the check mark for uncategorized for your new post’s category is unchecked. Assign the appropriate category to every post you write.

You should make sure you don’t add a post to several categories. It will just create duplicates for your post.

Tags

I’m sorry to break to you that tags are not the same as hashtags. Unfortunately, I also fell victim to this thought when I started my first blog.

I tagged several of posts using hashtags. It was such a perfect waste of time.

Let’s use the food blog category example I made above to explain the use of tags.

Early on, I said if you are a food blogger, you can categorize all your rice recipes under one specific category.

Now, if you have several recipes for fried rice which is in the rice category, from all over the world, that is when you tag your fried rice recipes with a tag name like Fried rice.

So, you will have a rice category and under that category, you have assigned a tag for fried rice.

Assigning a tag for your posts can help a visitor to see topics under a specific category.

You should, however, make sure that you separate your tags with a comma if you intend to tag a post in more than one tag.

Here is a link explaining category and tags

Media

The media contains all the photos on your blog.

You can access your photo library from this section.

Again, you can click on it and under its submenu, you can click on add new to add new images

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wordpress admin dashboard media

Pages

It can come off as weird but I really hard trouble differentiating between creating pages and posts.

I didn’t know whether to write in my posts pages or not.

It was one hell of a struggle for me and kind of still is.

You can create pages to display your posts.

For instance, in my homepage menu, you will see the following pages, Home, about, contact and privacy policy.

Those are on my primary menu.

The home page displays static posts. That is posts I want to be seen by all visitors.

The about page is where I have information about me.

The contact page is where you can reach out to me by filling the contact form and the privacy has all privacy policy embedded.

Here is a spectacular guide to Wp pages. Do read for more information on creating pages.

Comments

The comments section is where all people who have commented on your blog will be sent for you to approve and reply to their comments.

In the comments section, you will see the following pages in the comments menu listed below.

  • Mine: Your replies to comments
  • Pending: Comments that ave not been approved by you
  • Approved: comments you have approved
  • Spam: Comments you think were not written by humans and therefore you have sent them to spam. Make sure to send any comment that is ridden with links to spam
  • Trash: Comments you have sent to the WordPress trash.

Appearance

The appearance section is where all your WordPress dashboard theme customization will be done.

Everything that relates to your theme appearance can be found in this section.

Here is a comprehensive post on how to install a theme in WordPress

If you don’t want the themes from the WordPress repository, read this post on how to download and upload a theme to wordpress

Plugins

A plugin is a dashboard widget for WordPress which you can use to enhance your site.

Moreover, installing plugins will help you not to mess with your Cpanel.

If it were not for the invention of WordPress plugins, I think quitting would have been my next option.

When you click on plugins, you will see three sub-menus popping out. They are

  • Installed Plugins: It will show you all the plugins you have installed. you can also deactivate and delete activated plugins from this plugin setting.
  • Add new: For adding new plugins
  • Plugin editor: For adding codes and scripts to make the plugin function better for you.

Don’t touch the WordPress dashboard plugin editor ever. Well, Unless you know your way around coding.

When you install a plugin, you need to activate it before it will work.

Installing plugins that clash with other plugins can make your WordPress dashboard slow.

It can also lead to your WordPress dashboard not loading.

Also, whenever you want to delete a plugin, deactivate it before you delete it.

Users

This is where your profile information and that of other users are stored.

Let’s say you want to add another person who can have access to your blog.

You will create a user a role for the person and assign a role to them.

Here are the roles you can assign to a user

  • Administrator: They will have access to everything on your site. If you want somebody to alter your site design, you will assign them the administrator role to enable them to alter your site design

  • Editor: When you want to add a user who will only have access to writing and publishing your posts, you assign to them the editor role.
  • Author: A user added as an author can publish posts under their own name. They can also delete their posts if they want to.

  • Contributor: A contributor can only write text posts. You will have to modify their posts after they are done by adding images and probably assigning a new category to the post if the topic does not have a category on your site

  • Subscriber: You can assign a user to be a subscriber when you intend to have your readers to log in before they can have access to your content.

For SEO Editor and Manager user roles, please refer to this post on SEO roles by Yoast

Tools

These are tools that are used to maintain or make changes on your site.

Under the tools section on the WordPress dashboard, are the following tools

  1. Available Tools: You will find instructions on how you can convert your categories to tags and your tags to categories.
  2. Import: This is where you will be able to import files from other easily. It has built-in CMS like Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, etc.
  3. Export: You can export files from your WordPress site. Exported files will be downloaded in an XML file type which you can import to another WordPress site
  4. Site Health: This site will give you important recommended changes for your site as well as tell you testings your site has passed. you should make it a habit of checking your site health

SETTINGS

This is the last section in the wordpress dashboard when it is newly installed.

The setttings part contains most of the site functions features

Under the settings section in the WordPress dashboard, you will find the following settings option.

  1. General: This is where you will find general settings like your site title, tagline, your URL, date format, etc.

  1. Writing: determine a default category and the post format for your blog posts. There is also a way for you to post via email. that setting can also be accessed in the writing section.

  1. Reading: What do you want to display on your homepage? how many pages do you want to display? Do you want posts showing on your pages to be in full text or summary? if you have an answer for all these questions then this is where you make those settings.

  1. Discussion: The discussion settings are mainly about your comments section. You can make changes to your comments section as you want. you can also select an icon that is known as the Gravatar to display as an image of commenters.

  1. Media: if you want to assign specific image width and height for your thumbnails, medium and large uploaded images, you can make those changes in the media under settings.

  1. Permalinks: You have read posts on changing your URLs that contain dates and numbers. But where exactly do you make these changes? Those changes are made in the permalinks section. Make sure your permalink structure is set to post name.

Whewwwww!

You I know you are probably thinking and saying this is too much information but I promise you that you will get your hands around it and in no time, you will get used to it.

Nobody died of too much info anyway. lol

Now that you know what every term in the WordPress dashboard does and means, its time for you to start creating and writing posts with these tips for SEO in mind.

I hope this blog post has been helpful. Feel free to comment on your thoughts and suggestions.

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