Your Blog is Alive, Now it’s Time to Feed It.
Lessons in Step Five:
- How to write and publish posts in WordPress.
- Explanations on how to add pictures, links, and various text formats.
- A few suggestions to get you started.
Congratulations on setting up your blog! Now it’s time to make some magic happen!
Creating Posts in WordPress
On your WordPress dashboard, select Posts and then click Add New. This will bring you to a screen that looks like this:
The top bar is where you’ll write your blog post title. The large box beneath it is where everything else in the post will go.
When you’re ready to step away or publish, the box to the right has everything you need. You can see a preview, save the draft, or push the post live with the blue Publish button. Other options in this area allow you to tweak who can see it, and even schedule it to be published later.
Next, we’ll discuss some of the other major features you’ll want to take advantage of when crafting your posts.
Adding Links and Images in WordPress
Like most other things in WordPress, adding images and links to your posts is easy. These two elements are absolutely needed in any given post you do, so let’s find out how utilize them.
- Add Media
We’ll start with this button which reads Add Media. This button allows you to upload images to your blog that can then be inserted into the post. Once you click it, click the Select Files button in the center of the next screen.
Choose the images on your computer to upload and WordPress does the rest. Once you’ve selected the photos, click the Insert Into Post button in blue at the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Insert Links
Adding links to other pages on your site, and to other sites where you got your information is key to having a successful blog.
Not only is it good for your success, but it adds more value for your readers and builds trust that you got your information from a good source.
To do this, click on the Insert/Edit Link button, it’s the one that looks like a link in a chain. The next screen looks like this:
Let me run you through all of the options here:
- URL – this is where you place the link. Make sure it begins with http:// or the link won’t work properly.
- Link Text – this is how the link will look in the post, also known as your Anchor Text. This could be anything from “click here” to something specific about the link you’re sending people to.
- Open Link in a New Window/Tab – checking this box ensures that a new tab is opened when they click, that way they don’t leave your blog.
- Link to Existing Content – This final option allows you to search through items in your blog and click on them to set up a link that way.
Formatting and Editing Text
A great way to structure your posts is to break things up under different headers, that way people can scroll to the section they need most or quickly skim the content if they’re in a hurry (which is most often the case).
Where it says paragraph on the bottom left of the toolbar, you can click and see a number of headings, each with a number next to it. These are typically referred to as H1, H2, H3, and so on.
H1’s should only be used once in your post, typically at the top. The H2 and H3 headers are great for breaking up your post into sections or sub-sections.
- Fonts and Styling
Just like word processing programs like Microsoft Word, WordPress has all the standard options for formatting your text:
- B – for Bold
- I – for Italics
- U – for Underline
- A – to select your font color
Most likely you’ll feel right at home with these options.
A Few Quick Tips
I know you’re writing fingers are twitching, I get that feeling too. I just wanted to give you a few quick tips to make your posts the best they can be:
- Your title is extremely important. Make sure it’s eye-catching and intriguing.
- Headers, bullet points, and bolding are all great ways to keep your post light and easy to read.
- Always include images. They help break up the text and they’re nice on the eyes.
- Check for typos before you publish.
- Don’t stray too far from your topic, remember that people are expecting certain bits of information based on your title.
- Don’t be afraid of writer’s block. Everyone gets it, and there are plenty of ways to spark your ideas out there. I even have a few of my own to get your creative juices flowing, should the need arise.
Want to learn how to write the perfect blog post? Check out this article here where I detail everything you need to create a flawless blog post every single time.
You can also download this handy (PDF) cheatsheet below.