Theme Installed: We covered this in Module 2 but the only goal is to have the MAIN components of your theme set up. Watch the video here.

Logo: If you’re stuck on this try creating a version of your blog name in an interesting font, using Photoshop or Canva.

Plugins: The key is to keep this simple. There are five plugins that most bloggers start with – but beyond that there’s no rush to install more – as you find areas you want to improve the need for plugins will present itself.

Categories: As you start blogging you’ll want about 3-10 categories for your posts. Keep it simple, but set those up now!

About page: There are three simple questions every about page must answer…

Sidebar Subscribe Box: This allows your readers to sign up to receive an email every time there is a new post. I recommend two ways of doing this: Jetpack or Mailchimp. Read more…

Sidebar Social Media icons: Many themes have options for social media icons built in, and there are countless plugin alternatives for this, but what you can do quickly and most easily is use Jetpack’s widget that will be available to you as soon as you have Jetpack installed.


Speed Test: Test the speed of your website and try to troubleshoot areas where you can speed up the load time and retain more people coming to your site for the first time.

Feedback: An important part of figuring out what needs to be tweaked comes from hearing from your peers to see what works and doesn’t work for them.

Social Media setup: Before you get started building your presence on social media channels, you need to know what size images go on those channel’s profile pages so there is some consistency from your site to your various social media profiles.

Editorial Calendar: The most important factor you will have in growing a readership is consistency and regular posting. We will sort out the way you want to approach your calendar so you can create a plan for your blog ahead of time to avoid scrambling to make it up as you go


1Theme Installed
6Sidebar Subscribe Box
7Speed Test
9Social Media
10Editorial Calendar
11Soft Launch! Announce in the FB Group