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Day 3: Let’s Make Pages!

Lesson 3

How's it going? Still hanging in there? You can do this! If you're ready, we can move on to some pages your blog needs. If not, that's cool. Don't rush. Come back when you're ready.

Pages are different than posts. Posts are articles. Pages are part of the structure of your website. If posts are like furniture in your house, pages are the walls.

So what pages do you need?

Step 1: Write Your About Me Page

Your readers want to know more about you! Go to Pages and add a new page. Most about me pages are just called About Me. So that's a good place to start.

Your about me page isn't just about you. I know that sounds stupid. Your about page should also tell your reader what to expect from your blog and if they're the right person to be reading it.

So yes, include your story, add photos, and some facts about yourself. But also include why you started blogging, what you blog about, and who your blog is for!

For reference, here is my about me page. It's not perfect by any means. But it's a work in progress. Same with yours. You don't have to make it perfect now. Go back in a few months and revamp it.


Step 2: Set Up Your Contact Me Page

You'll want a contact page for your readers and potential brand representatives to get in touch with you. This is very important.

Let's create a new page. You can just call this one Contact Me. Be creative if you'd like but that's normally what people look for when they want to send you a message.

Make a couple little notes on the page. I have notes on guest posting and sponsored content. But you can tweak it for your needs.

Add a contact form to your page. If you have the Jetpack plugin enabled (it usually gets autoinstalled for you) there should be a "add contact form" button on posts and pages.

Click on the form and find the little pencil edit icon to choose the parts to your form. A name, email, and text area for a comment or question are usually the basic requirements. You can add in other things if you'd like. I have a website field that is optional and a selection for what type of contact it is.

Here's mine for reference.


Step 3: Set Up a Privacy Policy & Disclosure Page

Ok so these pages are boring but you have to have them. You can create one page for both or separate pages. It's up to you.

To create a disclosure policy go to this website to generate one. Then just copy and paste to your page. EASY!

For your privacy policy you can just put this:

"This blog does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit to this blog other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies.

You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission."

Simple and it does what it needs to do for legal reasons. Boom. Done.


Step 4: Add Your Pages to Your Menu

Now you can add your about me and contact me to your menu. I would put your privacy policy and disclosure pages as a drop down and not a main menu item. Your readers probably won't look at them, but you want them to be able to find them to appease the Google overlords.

Remember your menu options are under Appearance.


Today You're Going To:

  1. Write your about me page
  2. Set up your contact page
  3. Set up your privacy policy and disclosure page(s)
  4. Add all your pages to your menu


Seems relatively easy after the first few days, right? Don't worry about rushing through all of this. I know it's very exciting. And exhausting! lol But it'll be worth it. You're building a business!

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