Blogging Starter Checklist – Updated

Blogging Starter Checklist – Updated

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 14 Nov 2005, 10:31 AM – 11 Comments

[Update: Oct 21, 2006]
Welcome to new readers. This post is almost an year old and is seriously OUTDATED. I am not keeping this current. But I have created a lens on Squidoo on the same topic that is current.

You can read it here:

Squidoo lens: Blogging Starter Checklist

Many of my close friends are entering the blogging world. I am so happy

for them. I started blogging in Feb 2005 and I have learnt that we need

to do a few basic things (for starters) and I have put together a

starter checklist for new bloggers. I have used this list to help my

friends and now I thought I will make this public. This list is by no

means complete and all the items may not be relevant to everyone.

1. Register a domain name with your name and redirect to your blog.

My friend Munwar Shariff

wanted me to do this for a long time but I kept postponing it. Finally

when I got it done, it was amazing to find out how many people were

coming to the blog by typing in It costs probably $10 a year but it’s worth every penny.

2. Get a “Creative Commons License”

Creative Commons makes it easy to assign a license for your online content. I use a license called “Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0″

This means (in english)

You are free to

    *  to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work

    * to make derivative works

Under the following conditions:

    *   by Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.

    *   Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

3. Get a feedburner account and direct feeds through feedburner

Most probably your blogging software will automatically provide an RSS

feed capability. However, chances are that you may not be able to track

how many readers are subscribing to your feed. By burning your feed via

feedburner, you can get those statistics. Again, it only takes a few minutes to setup a free account on feedburner.

4. Implement subscription chiclets

People use variety of RSS readers and you want to make it easy for them to subscribe to your feed from those RSS readers. Feedburner

provides scripts to create those subscription chiclets. I suggest that

you should take a look at the available options and add those chiclets

to your blog site.

5. Enable search

Again, search should be a standard feature for any website. Your

blogging provider would normally provide the feature. You just have to

find out how to enable it for your blog.

6. Claim your blog at Technorati

By registering yourself at technorati and

claiming it, you have an ability to put your photo with your profile.

When people search for stuff on technorati and your blog comes up in

the search results your thumbsize photo appears with the search result.

Every single thing helps.

7. Allow users to get your blog via email

You will be amazed how many people want to read your blog via their

email. It’s easy to set that up. You can get a script to do that by

registering at Feedblitz.

8. Link to your profile

Write up your introduction “elevator pitch” and link it from your blog.

People want to know who you are. Celebrity bloggers can ignore this

comment :)

9. Link to your photo album

If you have an online photo album with a service like Flickr, put in a link to that as well.

10. Announce your blog to the world

The first thing that you can do is to use a service like Pingomatic to ping a few servers. Of course, best would be to write compelling content that would make others link to your site.

11. Provide a way to contact you

Other than posting comments on your blog, provide a way (email, phone

or both) for your readers to connect with you. I have made quite a few

new friends from all over the world.

12. Link to your bookmarks

If you have an account with and are tracking some interesting websites, you can link to your bookmark page.

13. Create meaningful categories and chunk content

Very soon you will have a lot of content on your blog and your readers

will get confused where to go. One option is to create meaningful

categories and file content appropriately. That will be a great service

for your readers.

14. Put your photo on the home page

Blog is a conversation that you are having with your readers and it becomes more personal with a photo.

15. Ensure that your RSS feeds are OK

Simple way is to subscribe to your own feed in your RSS readers. Other way is to use FeedValidator to check if everything is OK

[Update Nov 3, 2005]

16. Geo-tag your blog at Feedmap

Feedmap provides a simple way of

associating your physical co-ordinates (city, zip) to your blog. As

more people sign up for this service, your blog will appear in the

“bloggers nearby” for your neighbours blogs.

17. Include a blog link in your email signature

Even people who you know may not know that you have a blog. Best is to include the link to your blog in the email signature.

[ Updated on November 14, 2005 ]

18. Claim your blog at Feedster

You claimed your blog at Technorati. Now, please go ahead and claim it in Feedster as well. If you do well, you might even get into the feedster elite club “Feedster Top 500:) You can add an icon or your photo to personalize the search results

19. Register at Findory

Findory aggregates some of the

finest blogs and they recommend content based on users’ interest. So if

a user is reading an article in another blog that has similar content,

he or she may be presented with your blog to consider reading.

20. Register at blogwise

Blogwise is a directory that is

created manually by a bunch of cool folks. You can submit your blog for

inclusion and someone over there will add it to the directory if they

find the content appropriate.  You can check out the listing for Life Beyond Code and may be leave your comments on this blog there.

Also, don’t forget to check out Stephan Spencer’s extended checklist on the same topic. Great stuff there.

 I am sure there are many more but this should give you a start!


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11 Comments so far, Add Yours

Anonymous  on December 7th, 2005

I started reading your very interesting list but I find the text so small that I can’t continue. I tried switching the text size to something larger but it didn’t work. Any suggestions besides copying the text into a document that I can manipulate. I’ve never had this problem anywhere on the web before so it’s not like I’m typically visually impaired. Thanks!

ECTIO  on December 7th, 2005

Blogging Starter Checklist

Via & life beyond code

by Rajesh Setty at 10:31AM (PST) on November 14, 2005

Many of my close friends are entering the blogging world. I am so happy for them. I started blogging in Feb 2005 and I have learnt that we need to do

Bernie’s ramblings…  on December 7th, 2005

More tips for bloggers

Ain’t it cool when fine bloggers post tips on how to blog? This one would make a good complement to the previous post. If you’re a blogger or considering blogging, make this a must read.

Life Beyond Code :: Blogging Starter Checklist – Upd…

Anonymous  on December 10th, 2005

Sorry about that. It will take me a while to change the font size on the blog. However, I created a Squidoo page to take care of this. Please visit for an updated list.

Anonymous  on September 13th, 2006

Thanks for the list, i used some of them…

Anonymous  on September 13th, 2006

I’m guessing this is for people who just found out what a blog is? Very obvious stuff.

Anonymous  on September 13th, 2006

Another tip would be to remove unnecessary links that will slow down your blog’s load time.

Anonymous  on September 13th, 2006

You did notice that he calls it a “starter checklist” explicitly created for people “entering the blogging world”, right?

Anonymous  on September 13th, 2006

It is also useful for people who work in other aspects of the web, want to start a blog, and would appreciate a quick jumpstart guide from people who already know the various ins and outs of getting it going. It saves a lot of research time, and saves reinventing the wheel.

Anonymous  on September 16th, 2006

Making the text larger works very well if you use Firefox as your browser.

Anonymous  on September 28th, 2006

Execellent post! I’ve just started two new blogs and this was a great resource to help me get started.

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