WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint – Part 2 (Setup)

This is part 2 of a 5-part series on how to create an automated traffic generation system for your WordPress site. This tutorial explains the processes and methods used in this system.

Website Traffic Blueprint Part 2 - A Complete Guide To Increasing Your Website Traffic Automatically Using WordPressIn Part 1 of our WordPress Web Traffic Blueprint article series, we explained that the key to creating an automated web traffic generation machine is to use an “expertly configured” WordPress website.

As we also explained, an expertly configured WordPress website or blog is not the same thing as a professionally-configured WordPress web site. An ”expertly configured” WordPress website or blog is a website or blog that is not only driven by the WordPress CMS platform, but has also been expertly set up and configured (either by yourself or professionally) to take advantage of the tremendous power, features and built-in functionality of WordPress and the way it integrates with various services, specifically in areas like search engine optimization, third-party site syndication and analytics.

With an expertly configured WordPress site, all you have to do is publish great content regularly to automatically generate more web traffic!

(With an expertly configured WordPress blog, all you have to do is publish content on a regular basis to start driving web traffic!)

Once you have your WordPress site fully set up and expertly configured, all you need to do to start driving web traffic is publish great content regularly.

As outlined in Part 1 of this article series, the components of the automated web traffic machine are as follows:

  • Setup
  • Configure
  • Automate
  • Optimize

In this article, we look at the “Setup” phase of the blueprint. We will help you understand the best way to get started if you don’t have a web presence yet, or if you already have an existing site that may or may not have been built using WordPress.

WordPress Web Traffic System – Setup Phase

If You Don’t Have A Website

If you don’t have a web presence yet, then it’s really quite simple … build a WordPress site!

WordPress is the most powerful, flexible, cost-effective and easy-to-use content management system on the planet. We provide many articles, tips, and tutorials about the benefits and advantages of using WordPress to grow your business online.

For example, to learn just how popular WordPress is, see this article: WordPress: Statistics And Popularity

After choosing to build your site with WordPress, the next step is to decide which type of WordPress platform you will use to run your web presence on.

This step is important as there are two types of WordPress platforms available …

WordPress.org Or WordPress.com?

Self-Hosted vs Hosted WordPress Site

(WordPress – Self-Hosted Or Hosted?)

WordPress provides users with a “self-hosted” and a “hosted” option.

With the “self-hosted” option you can download the full-featured WordPress software at no cost from WordPress.org and host a WordPress site or blog under your own domain name.

In the “hosted option”, WordPress will host your site for free at WordPress.com. There are, however, some limitations to what you can and can’t do with your blog when it is hosted for free at WordPress.com.

If you plan to build a professional business presence online and you want to set up the traffic system described here, then choose the “self-hosted” WordPress version. The benefits of choosing the “self-hosted” option (WordPress.org) far outweigh those of hosting a free site at WordPress.com. You have full control over your web presence and avoid the limitations of the hosted option. Keep in mind that you can overcome the limitations of the free hosting platform by upgrading to a paid option, but then why not start off by hosting a WordPress site on your domain and avoid the hassles of upgrading later?

If You Have An Existing Web Site

If you already own an existing site, check to see if your web site has been built using WordPress.

If you need help with this step, check this article: The Easy Way To Tell If Your Website Was Built Using WordPress Software

If your existing web site was built using WordPress, move to the next step, and make sure that your site’s internal settings have been properly configured. We cover this step in more detail in another tutorial.

If your site uses a platform technology other than WordPress, then you will need to make some decisions.

Take a look at the simple flowchart below …

Where to set up a WordPress website on your domain

(Use this simple diagram to help you choose where to set up a WordPress site on your domain)

Basically, you have two choices:

  1. Replace your existing website with a WordPress-driven site, or
  2. Keep your existing site and add a WordPress blog. This blog will then be used to drive traffic to your main web site.

Practical Tips

If you choose to keep your existing web site and add a WordPress blog, make sure to use the self-hosted version of WordPress, which requires your own domain name and webhosting, but allows you to fully configure your site’s settings and customize the look and feel of your existing web site using a closely-matching WordPress theme.

To use WordPress as your main site, install the software in the “root” folder of your domain (i.e. mydomainname.com).

If you have an existing website, then you will want to install WordPress in a subfolder of your domain, e.g. www.mydomainname.com/blog (you can name the subdirectory anything you want).

If you already have a site that you don’t want to delete or replace with a WordPress site, you can choose to set up your WordPress site or blog on an entirely different domain.

This way:

  • mydomainname.com – goes to your existing website
  • myotherdomain.com – goes to your WordPress site

Once you have set up your WordPress site, the next step is to configure it. This step is explained in the next article in the WordPress Traffic Blueprint series.

WordPress Web Traffic Blueprint Part 2 - A Complete Guide To Getting More Website Traffic For Your Business Automatically

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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Originally published as WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint – Part 2 (Setup).