SEO Website Checklist This is for setting up a new WordPress website.

Last Update: December 02, 2014

SEO Website Checklist
This is for setting up a new WordPress website.

-Know Your Main Keyword
-Install & Enable Plugins:
All in one SEO
Google XML Sitemap
Ping Optimizer
Robots Meta
Jetpack by
-Install Preferred Theme - I use Thesis
-Settings > General
Site Title Keyword (Add Keyword Only)
Tag Line (Small Blurb About Site)
WordPress Address (URL) & Site Address (URL)
Add www if domain is short
No www if domain is long
Change Timezone Settings
Settings > Discussion
Uncheck - Allow people to post comments on new articles
-Settings > Privacy
Check - Allow search engines to index this site
-Settings > Permalinks
Select - Post name
-Settings > All in One SEO
Home Title - Add Keyword Only
Home Description - Add Meta Description with Keyword in it
Home Keywords - Leave Blank
Leave the rest as is
-Delete Sample Page
-Remove Sample Page from Trash
-Create New Page with Keyword as the Title
-Create New Page called Blog
-Settings > Reading
Select ‘A static page’
Front Page: Page with Keyword as the Title
Post page: Page called Blog
-Create New Page called Privacy Policy
-Create New Page called Contact and use Jetpack’s Contact form feature
-Ensure All Content is created for all Pages
-Go to and Submit Site Link
-Go to and Submit Site Link
-Go to and Submit Site

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hmasters Premium
Great check list, Linda. Thank you for taking the time to post it.
lmccoy17 Premium
Thank you hmsters, I found it some place in WA. at the time I really needed to use something to help me stay on task. It is so much to do. It helps me all the time.
Loes Premium
gone print this and run it through - To Do list 501
azgorilla Premium
Yep, got everything done.......except the last 3. I totally forgot about those sites to be able to submit to.

Thanks for the great reminders !

Well done. :) Tom
Christabelle Premium
I think for many of us the list is still a little daunting! lol
jonw Premium
A most helpful 'value added' post Linda!! I'm filing it in my Beginner Help File. You did very well & I'm really surprised you don't have other comments. No worries though, this will be well used, as needed. (-: Jon