Quick Start: Blogging


You’ve got something to say. We’ll show you how to say it with style on your own blog.

Watch our recorded sessions or register for our weekly webinar to join our experts for a live Q&A

Our Blogging webinar is designed for adult beginners. It focuses on the essential steps to start and manage a Blog on WordPress.com. Everything covered in this session is available in our Free Hosting Plan.

Topics Covered

➤ WordPress.com Dashboard

➤ Working with the Block Editor

➤ Blog Post customization with different Blocks

➤ Blog organization with Categories and Tags

➤ Join the community with WordPress.com Reader

Watch a prerecorded Quick Start: Blogging demo below or register for an upcoming webinar with a live Q&A.

The live Q&A portion of our webinars provides a ton of additional value. We highly encourage you to attend a live webinar in order to ask your own questions and to benefit from the questions being asked by others.

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Blogging FAQs

Is it a paid feature to make posts/blog/website easier to find in search engines?

WordPress.com has search engine optimization (SEO) built-in, so even without a paid plan, as long as your site is published and public, it’ll appear in a Google search.

How can I make my blog or website easier to find in search engines?

WordPress.com blogs and websites are very search engine friendly by default. The best advice we can give you about getting listed in search engines is to write good content and descriptive titles for images.

When search engines view your site, they’re looking at all of the text on your site, and then they put you in the search engines based on the content (text/images) currently on your site. This means that whatever search terms you’d like to show up for, you’ll need to have matching content on your site (pages/blog posts/images). This will help the search engines see that is what your site is about.

Here are some great articles on SEO, which have some action items:

Search Engines and SEO

All About SEO on WordPress.com

How to Publish Posts that Search Engines Will Love

How can I get more viewers on my blog?

While there is no magic formula to increase your website traffic, this article contains our best strategies for: Getting More Views and Traffic

How do I add a share button to my blog?

We have a tutorial here on how to add those sharing buttons for you.

Can I upload a pdf file to my site?

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to upload a PDF file to your site.

How do I add new categories to my blog?

You can add categories from Settings > Writing > Categories or in the right sidebar when adding a post. Here is a guide to walk you through using categories.

How can I make category pages to display only specific, category relevant posts?

When you create a category on your site, we automatically create a page for that category and add all blog posts in that category to that page. You can add that category page to your main menu by following this guide.

You can also create custom category pages by creating a new page and using the Blog Posts block (or multiple instances of it) to have full control over the page layout. You can learn more about the Blog Posts block in this guide.

How can I add photos to my blog post?

You can add an image to your site by using the image block. Here is a step by step guide to walk you through using the Image block.

Where can I get free images for my site?

We have a built-in Photo Library for you to access copyright-free images. This guide will cover how to access it.

How do you insert videos within a blog post?

We have a few options for you here. You can embed videos from many video services like Youtube or Vimeo for free. The video will embed automatically by placing a link to the video in your post or page, here is a detailed guide for those video services.

How can people “follow” my blog?

We built-in this feature for you that enables your readers to sign up to receive your posts via email. It’s called the Follow Blog Widget. Here is a detailed guide on how to use this widget.

Can I add content in advance and schedule a post to publish (go live) at a later date and/or time?

Yes, you can schedule your posts to publish at a future date and time. Here is a guide for scheduling posts.

Noteworthy Updates

As technology is constantly evolving, you may find there are some differences in the user interface shown in the demo recording compared to what you see in your site currently. If you have any troubles with these differences, please reach out to our support for assistance.

The Launch Site message now displays at the top of your site when previewing it.

The visual and options available on the Themes page under Appearance is now slightly different.

Links for Additional Resources

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