Name.com WordPress Hosting: A Better Way to Get Started with SEO

Getting started with SEO can seem overwhelming. You want to figure out what keywords to use, which landing pages to build, and how to track the results of your efforts. Don’t worry—we’re here to help! In this article, we will discuss how to get started with SEO on a WordPress host that is fully managed by Name.com. This will be a lot easier than having to figure all of this out yourself. Let’s get to it.

Step one: Sign up for Name.com

You can register for a free Name.com account here. Once you have an account, you can log in and click on the orange button that says, “Go premium.” This will take you to the WordPress dashboard. If you already have a WordPress account, just log in with your credentials.

Step two: Install and activate the WordPress plugin WP Starter

WordPress has a free starter plugin that you can download from their official website. This plugin will create a WordPress site with a landing page, a blog post, and a few other pieces of content pre-installed. All you need to do is activate it on your WordPress dashboard.

To do this, visit the Plugins page on your WordPress dashboard. You will see a couple of options in the “Add new” area. Select the option that says, “WP Starter.” Once you’ve selected it, click on the blue button that says, “Activate.” You’re finished! Now, you can start creating content to go along with your new site.

Step three: Set up your SEO settings

Once you’ve installed and activated the WordPress starter plugin, you’ll see an “SEO” menu on the left-hand side of your WordPress dashboard. In the menu, you can select the settings that you want to use for your new site. For our example, we will use the “Default” settings provided by the plugin. If you’d like, you can create a new landing page and replace the content that’s already there. Just click on the “Edit” button under each piece of content to make changes.

If you can’t find the option to edit each piece of content individually, you can always go back to the “Dashboard” area and click on the gear icon to reveal additional options. From there, you can edit every post and page individually.

Step four: Begin creating content

With your new site set up with the basics—a landing page, a few blog posts, and some basic SEO settings—you can now begin creating content for your new site. For this example, we will use the “Blog” option under the “SEO” menu on your WordPress dashboard. Once you’ve created a blog post, you can click on the button that says, “Publish.” This will replace the “Raw Post” content with your blog post.

The nice thing about this setup is that it takes all of the guesswork out of getting started with SEO. You can literally just get to creating content and tracking the results of your efforts. There’s no complicated steps or extra fees associated with this type of hosting. Plus, you get a free domain name and you can park all of your other websites there.

Step five: Monitor and review your progress

WordPress has a built-in tool called the “Analytics” tab that you can use to track the results of your efforts. Just click on this tab and you’ll see a graph that looks like this:

You can use this tool to track the following:

  • The performance of each page on your site,
  • The performance of each blog post (including the blog page itself),
  • The performance of each individual keyword and keyphrase, and
  • The performance of each advertisement on your site.

From this point onward, you will want to perform keyword research and track the results of your efforts. Just remember—this is all free as long as you’re monitoring your own hosted WordPress site!

What now?

Congratulations! You’ve made it this far. You’ve set up a new WordPress site with a free account at Name.com and begun the process of installing and activating the WP Starter plugin. You’ve also created your initial content and begun to monitor the results of your SEO efforts. Now, all you have to do is sit back and relax while we build your brand new site a little SEO goodness along with it.