WordPress Blogging Tutorial 3 – Publishing Your First Blog

In the previous article, we have discussed the basics of blogging. We have typed our draft, inserted pictures and saved it. In this post, we are going to discuss the finishing touches of our first post and then publish it.

Before we publish our first blog, we must do two more things: We will add categories and then add tags.  We want search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN) to see our post.  The best way of doing this is placing  categories and tags in each of our post.  Of course, at first, search engines will not place our blog at the top list during a search, but as more visitors visit our blog, and as more articles are being posted, it will increase its search engine rankings, and will increase the probability of being listed when a search is performed.

A category is a content specification of a post. For instance, since our blog is about high school mathematics, we might want include categories such as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics and Calculus. Of course, we can add more categories such as Math Games, Famous Mathematicians, or anything related to high school mathematics. Our first post, the Pythagorean Theorem falls under Geometry and Trigonometry categories.

Tags are the keywords that are related to our article.  The possible tags for our post The Pythagorean Theorem are Pythagorean theorem, proof without words, Pythagoras, and right triangles. Notice that tags are more content-specific than categories. » Read more