How To Create a WordPress Blog – Make Any Kind of Blog!

Hey everyone it's Greg and if you're looking to make a blog about what you love doing your favorite stuff your business your travels your music your fashion or anything like that Then you're in the right place

So here's the blog we're going to make together today from start to finish And I wanted to fast forward here and show it to you guys completed because I'm so excited and because I think it's absolutely beautiful We've made a lot of blogs to date too many for this old brain to remember in fact but this blog takes the cake It is the most beautiful one we have ever made You can of course set all this up with that

Any computer knowledge required You don't need to know code or anything about technology and it doesn't matter how much previous experience you've had because we're going to complete everything together easily in this tutorial And like I said from the car you can make a blog about any subject you can think of I'm just going to make a travel blog because that's what I felt like making And that's what I've been up to lately

So I just wanted to walk you through some of the basics behind the blog to give you a little more context in the tutorial and to explain why we're going to make this exact blog and why I think it can be amazing for your own blogging After talking with hundreds and maybe even thousands of you guys on YouTube and other social media networks about the blogs we like making I learned that the number one most important thing we need to keep in mind is that simple is key Everything we make from the logo in the header to navigation menu to our social icons to the way our image slider looks and ultimately the way our blog post entries are displayed on the homepage must be simple people see a lot of clutter on the web today And if we want to get our blog posts across to them and keep people coming back for more of your blog posts its important to maintain a simple design and we're going to do exactly that

For example every blog post has a simple featured image a simple set of categories which you can create from scratch a simple title you give it and then a simple little excerpt and you can write whatever you want right here And then a simple button and some simple features like a date social icon so people can share it right away from your homepage and then the list of comments which is actually one of my favorite features If we click through in the read more button we can just see the whole blog post looks very simple and makes great use of this whitespace stuff Let's go back to the home page by clicking on the logo And check out another post

We can check out the cold winter sleigh ride and see that this post is equally simple but has a little more styling with an image gallery inside the post So I think you're going to like that It's also incredibly easy to edit your blog and I'm going to show you how to log in right now So here I am walking in through the log in screen you'll use and I'm just going to show you how to make a simple change We're going to make all of our edits through a perience customize in wordpress because this new way of editing WordPress

Let's see it changes right as we make them So let's say we wanted to edit this text here in the sidebar that says hey there Nice to meet you We could just find the text in widgets sidebar and there it is And now we just need to write whatever it is we want and the text will change right there in real time Next you just need to save and publish and the changes will be live

The second thing you guys told me on social media was that you wanted to make sure that you would make a blog the right way Well for starters we're using WordPress org which is the same software used by more than 26 percent of the top 10 million most popular Web sites on the Internet You know those blogs we saw in the intro weren't just random I got inspiration from everyone on these blogs and used it to make the blog that we're going to do in this tutorial here on tech crunch We're going to make a newsletter subscription just like they have in their sidebar and you can see we have a newsletter subscription right here like Tech Crunch in our Sidebar

And then on the Forbes blog we're going to make a Google ad just like they do It's not very clear though in the sidebar so let's refresh and there is a better Google Ad So I'm going to show you how to insert a Google ad or two in your side bar and Google will pay you when people click on those ads Anywhere from about one to $20 depending on what your blog is about And then we can see Marzia blog which is really cool

And I got the idea to include the date atop each post from Marzia So big thanks for that Marzia and that people can see how much you're writing or what your blogging schedule is and you know just stay up to date with all your content And then we have Zola another insanely popular blog and we all use is this really cool overlay overlapped feature with the titles of your blog posts and this white rectangle and we can see we have that same little overlay overlap a white rectangle on our blog which is Zool loves using then on the skirt 16 blog I realized they made good use of the Instagram widget So we brought that back to our blog and we're going to use that Instagram widget and the list really goes on and on

We can see on pinch of Yum One of the coolest food blogs on the net You should definitely check out They do a lot of great things We have the circle images and on our blog we're going to showcase some circle images too if we click on the About page

You can see I'm going to show you how to make this awesome circular image which looks like you're looking through a window So I hope you can check out all those blogs too when you need a nice dose of inspiration and get inspired just like I did So the third thing that you guys told me when I asked on social media is that you want to make sure your blog can go somewhere That's why I'm going to show you how to set up Google analytics software with your blog so you can check out how many page views you're getting every morning when you drink your coffee or you can click on behavior for example and then click site content click all pages and see which blog post or page is doing the best out of all your content And we're going to make sure we have an email list set up from the start so you can click e-mail subscribers and grow your email marketing

An ad set up from the start So you can make sure to earn a living on your blog There's no reason over time and with a lot of hard work that you can't earn anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars a month on your blog If you do this all the right way I kid you not use those comments below for any blog questions you have Whether it's something small like what your next blog post should be about or better like your whole blog Broke

If you post a comment you'll learn from other people involved in blogging I really wish I had that research when I started blogging long ago It might seem really hard at first or impossible or scary but that's why I'm here But that's not all The blog you're going to get also comes with a complete online store e-commerce

I just like calling it a shop where you can sell any products you want like your own arts and crafts or in this case the food and customers can complete real transactions with their credit card with their debit card with their paypal And you received the money All very effortlessly You can even sell downloadable goods like e-books or music and files and it's just nice to be able to provide that online store experience with blogs so you can write about your products and then link to them in the store where you sell your products Also the blogger are going to make today is going to be 100 percent mobile friendly responsive so that when I pull the screen inwards we can see how the entirely out response to the size of our device that we're simulating

So we're like on a tablet here Tablet sized device Pretty cool at home page in the featured boxes and the blog posts Everything looks good And then as you go even smaller you can see the layout on like a Blackberry or Android Nokia or the you know the iPhone would be right about this size

So you can publish a blog post and share it on Facebook and then go out and live your life while your audience consumes it from their phones and their iPads and their devices and the whole process looks good for everyone All right So now we're going to jump back in time to before this ball was ever made I'm coming home from vacation with Michelle and we're really excited to make this blog All right

So let's do it so that we can make this entire blog together Last year we were making blog from Fremont if you're with us for that If not no worries This video is going to cover everything Can't wait to get started and show you how to create an amazing blog

Racing back to the city right now and to start building All right so stick with us and Check it out Let's do it When do we start to create a blog about any topic

There are a million distractions that can pop up It's hard to actually start building even if you know you should because you have so many ideas and it oftentimes ends up just looking like this I'm here to help you complete a real blog because I want you to enjoy all the benefits of blogging right now So you guys what we're going to call a blogging scorecard and it's right here on my desktop right now Let me open it up for you guys

And here it is So this is a totally brand new feature for our video tutorials and it's really simple but I think could also be really powerful because if you use it you'll always know what step comes next On your way to making an amazing blog for example we've already done the Web site tour and we can click that box and check it off We've already seen inspirational blogs we can check that off too And now we just need to download and print the score card to do that

Just open up the part of the video that says show them we're right beneath it And there'll be a link that says download the blogging scorecard here So click that link And then you're going to get this page here And you can either click the arrow in the upper right and then click save

Or you can click File Save page as and you'll get the exact same score card So when we click save The scorecard will now download to your computer and I need to do is go to where your downloads are located In my case it's the downloads folder and just open up the copyright here So once you open it you'll be able to use the score card

There are about 30 steps on our blogging scorecard which you need to complete in order to create a blog today But my target goal for you right now is just step number six which is install WordPress right here I know from my analytics only about 7 percent of people complete my entire tutorials But if you can at least get to install WordPress and get that done then you'll have the exact same obl tools and software used but all the blogs we saw like Star Wars and Marzia and Zola and so on and so forth in the inspiration blog section and you'll have all those tools to do whatever you want online

I had to specify that it's WordPress dot org worst on installing here because we can't actually use WordPress dot com or press dot com doesn't let us post advertisements which we want to do to earn some income They don't let us have our own domain name and they don't let us own the whole blog So when you use a WordPress dot com blog you don't own it but when you use the word breast or suffer like we're going to do you own it 100 percent It's a really great accomplished feeling when you install your own copy of WordPress org And I want everyone to have that feeling because it's the best software on the internet so we can check off this third SERP now which is done and by the way you can also click the links to each step and they'll open up the video at that exact moment in the video

You can also convert the PDA to a Word document and write in your own notes or print it off manually and just scribble down with a pencil or a pen It's all yours You can do whatever you want with it And we're almost ready to begin I just want to explain you quickly how the hosting and domain name section and the install WordPress section are going to work because they're actually all done in the same place

Fortunately we can do those all at a Web site called home skater dot com So I'm going to show you that right now And just give you an introduction to them It's h o s t g a t o r dot com And then just hit enter

So Hozier is my favorite Web site host And I've used them all the way since I moved from blogger to WordPress And I think this is back in about 2011 So six years ago Yep I would would've been just 23 at that point in San Francisco and host Ghita helped me through all of that

It was like a big headache Moving from blogger And you know if you're just making a blog from scratch you will have a much easier time But the point is that they will walk you through any sort of scenario to make sure you get the best blog possible And that's one of the reasons I really like host Geter it's just their support and the fact that they're always with you if you ever need any help just scroll all the way to the top on their Web site and click support

And then you're going to get a bunch of support articles But what you want to do is click Start a live chat and you can just punch in your details and one them like real support people will come and sit down with you as long as it takes in this chat window and you'll know their name and you can talk to them you can ask whenever you want So I still use that all the time Another reason I like host gaters is that their prices are downright competitive Some web hosts will charge you a lot and not give you a ton but later they charge you a little bit and they give you a ton

All these features but why do we even need a web host in the first place You know why can't we do all this for free And that's because every WordPress blog needs the hosting and the domain name so that people can find them on the web and you can have an entire audience all around the world The hosting part of it is like some space It's like a plot of land that you would build your house on

You know so if you're going to go out and build a house you obviously aren't going to choose just any old field even if it might look kind of attractive to you You're going to choose a good field in a good neighborhood you know somewhere where you actually want to be a lot of the time So the hosting is the space It's like a plot of land and if you build a house your house is also going to need an address which is your domain name your domain name is the address And it's an address in the sense that people will open up their web browsers and they'll type in your address to go and visit your blog just like they would type in Google dot com to visit Google

You know they'll type in your dot com to visit your site or you type in Twitter to come to visit you know Twitter One of my blog is called Dear blogger and I got the domain MDO blogger dot org And you can tap that into visit my blog So it doesn't matter if you get a dot com or dot org dot net or anything like that just so long as it matches your brand and just long as your website name is equal to your domain name So if you get a site called like Jim's plumbing you should get Jim's plumbing dotcom or Jim's plumbing or or Jim's plumbing dot net you want

The web site name that people call your Web site as Tibe the same as your domain name and so the dot com is the most valuable and most recognizable So if you ever want to sell your domain name people are going to pay the most for it dot com So try to get that dotcom Once you have the hosting and the domain name we can install WordPress onto them And I'm just going to call it WordPress from now on we install WordPress with a simple process called the one click installer So in the olden days you had to know like database stuff and code to install WordPress

But nowadays with host creator all you do is just click one button and they put WordPress your own copy of WordPress onto your domain name and hosting for you and then you just log in through that screen we saw earlier in the video and you just run your blog you know just from the comfort of home You dont need to do any coding or technology stuff Its really just the set up part which were going to go through right now which is considered the quote unquote techie stuff And its not technical at all its really easy So of course you're wondering what all this costs how much moolah greenback's cash money doe do we have to shell out to make an amazing blog

Well a domain name will cost us $15 a year Thats an annual cost and web hosting or hosting or self-hosting or whatever you want to call it There are all the same thing will cost us $10 a month thats a monthly cost However I'm going to show us how to use a coupon to get both of these two things down to under $10 a month which I think is a great deal to run a blog with global audience on the best software on the planet where by the way you can blog for a living by means of Google advertising private advertising paid posts affiliate marketing or anything else I've tried doing which by the way I'm more than happy to show you how to do too

Once you have these two things you can install WordPress And despite what you might have heard WordPress is entirely free to install and use the domain name and hosting are the only two things you need to pay for to run a complete blog I'm also going to show you how to install and set up a premium theme down here in Create your blog which means that you'll be using a theme and a look it's perhaps more professional than other blogs from the start because I want your blog Tilak amazing for the very first reader and wow people The premium theme I'll show you how to use is called Laurell It's one of my favorites

It's incredibly new and hard to find It's known for being elegant crisp modern and having an 100 percent responsive mobile friendly design and little cost $49 which is $10 less than the standard the AM on theme forest Laurel is made by Sol opined designs I hope you love it Also show you how to recommend world to your audience with your own customer referral link so that you can earn some of the money back and then some that you spend buying this theme If you choose to do so

So like I said before not everyone completes this whole tutorial On average it's usually about 7 percent and people but I hope that includes you With that said it's time to go ahead and start the process of getting our domain name hosting and installing WordPress So let's open up our Internet browsers together and visit Host gator dot com where we are already

If you want to use a different host and host gator that's totally fine The step should be roughly the same Just keep in mind there's a lot of hosts out there that tell you they'll give you one thing and then give you something totally different I've tried at least a few hosts for other projects with private clients where they look great up front and then when I start using them they make it really difficult to make a blog or a Web site or do things I would imagine would be easy So once you here and host Cure's homepage just come up and click where it says Web hosting

You don't want to click cloud hosting WordPress hosting reseller VPN dedicated or anything else We just want to click on the simple web hosting option and that's also what you'll get if you click get started now Those will take you to the same place So just click on web hosting and when you click that button it it'll take us to host gaters powerful web hosting page where we can see the exact same options I looked at when I signed up so many years ago and what we want to focus on are just the hatchling plan and the baby plan

These two options we don't need the business plan because that's just too many features for us right now and we're trying to do this at the end of the day on a budget So when I first signed up I picked hatchling plan because I only wanted to work with one domain and host one domain and I could have gotten baby plan though because that's what I use now and I host unlimited domains like my blog my moms blog A few clients blogs the blog we're going to make today all sorts of stuff like that So if you know or envision yourself hosting a lot of Web sites or becoming like a massive web developer with your own empire in the future the baby plans a good option But for now we just want to set up one domain so we're going to choose the cheapest option which is the hatchling plan

This really is the cheapest option out of all the options here and it works perfectly it works great and I still run hatching plans myself So most people would just choose a plan now and click sign up now and go on with their lives But what we're going to try instead is seeing if we can get a better discount by visiting my custom landing page my private landing page at home skater So it's just hosier dot com slash Gragg and where you see these discounts that host caterer's is offering because they're nice people like 42 percent or 40 percent off 60 percent off Even though we're not doing the business plan where you see these discounts we're going to try to increase that number and get a better discount

So if you want follow me right now to host your dotcom slide Greg And we'll see if we can get this blue number blue bar number up and might not be a blue bar I'm not sure if their design will change because they're always updating it based on the season But if you come to the top end where it says web hosting just delete that part and write in G R E G and hit enter

And you'll be taken to my landing page and voila there's a nice new discount here which is 57 percent on the hatchling plan we're going to go with or 50 percent off on your baby plans So that's really cool So we've got an increased discount and because it discounts working or we're going to move forward quickly and we're going to sign up right now and get the discount All right So these are the exact same hatchling and baby plans you get from host gator at the exact same web hosting product

Only difference is we get a better discount now So let's go ahead and click Buy now Now All right So in step one choose a domain either register a new domain or click

I already own the domain and write in your domain name from Go Daddy or someone else and then proceed and complete your hosting order after which I'll show you how to connect the hosting to the domain name All right That's what you do if you already own a domain name you want to use But in our case I want to register a new domain name and because I couldn't really think of something clever like Google or Facebook or Twitter and then I'm just going to go with my name dot com nine dot com And when I was searching on host Guter earlier I realized that that was actually available and it wasn't when I checked about a month ago

So I got kind of lucky it's a good time to do this and I obviously want to get through this process quickly so that no one else can steal my name I remember what I said about the key words if you can't get your name or the word you want just write in one additional keyword after it and you'll likely be able to find that as available All right And go for the dot com Once you have your domain name entered perfectly we're just going to choose one of them and come down and uncheck domain privacy protection

I don't think we need that right now but we can add it later if you want In Step Two it's time to choose a hosting plan so we know that we want hatchling That's great And then for billing cycle I'm going to change it from 36 months to one month just because I don't like getting locked in but I know that a lot of people are choosing 12 months or something like that So next we want to enter and I use your name all lowercase start with a letter 2 to 12 characters long

Just go is something that you like using and this will be what you use to log in to host caterer's So make it something you like Then when you add a security pin 4 to 8 characters long with only numbers So why not something simple because we'll need this if we ever for whatever reason get locked out of our Hosain account which won't happen but just right those two things down somewhere safe in step 3 Enter your billing info

I'm going to do this all really quickly now so we can get on with it and that no one can steal my credit card info It and you could also pay with pay pal if that's more convenient But we're going to pay with credit card and you don't take offense that I blanked out that information One time I just went through the tutorial with all the credit card information out there and then I Woke up till like 50 e-mails from YouTube saying that they saw my credit card info and not using that card anymore

But you guys are all really nice people I appreciate it And step forward is going on check additional services You want more info Feel free to ask in the comments you know or about anything but I just don't think we need to spend money on all this

Now it doesn't really fit our budget but you could later on if you want And step five enter coupon code All right So this part's important Make sure you already have big bonus entered right here and click validate

All right And we could see it already validated But of course clicking again doesn't hurt this just make sure that you get the largest possible discount at home later and save the most money It's really important that you save money so you can use it on other aspects of making your website launching your business making your blog promotion If you use this coupon as was my custom one page link to sign up to host Keeter I earn a small credit for referring you to their services which doesn't comment any additional cost to you

And it's really cool because that helps me keep making these videos for everyone and keep helping you out for FREE on YouTube and everywhere else on the web where we use WordPress All right with all that said it's time to come down and review order details in step six We get the 24/7 365 phone live chat e-mail support for free instant account activation which will happen once we click Check out now is free money back guarantee for 45 days Domain registration for one year

We got it down from $15 to 599 As we said hatchling plan of one month get it down from $10 295 to 5:47 which is great And then these two green numbers here where mass is combined to make this read amount to total the green discount is the difference between these two numbers And these two numbers and the black subtotal is just the 15 plus to 25 So it's a little confusing that the discount is green but just keep your eyes on the 11:46 here on my screen if it says that on your screen you're good to go

And if it's a few cents lower or higher then you're good to go as well Let me know any questions All right and then come on down And once you're feeling good to go I know I'm feeling good to go check this box it says you read their terms of service and so on And now it's time to click

Check out Now finally Congratulations and welcome to the host gator family So host Guter is setting up your account for you and I just clicked on the hosting tab at the top which you can do to do that So I'm so excited to get going But if you don't see this screen which has all the options to proceed and install WordPress then just wait up to two more minutes and you can also try clicking my account

So host gaters is building everything for you If it's not ready yet But it should be ready in a maximum of five minutes And on my account you can see like what plan you got And when your next payment is due and pay packages like more information about your Hatton plan

Which could come in handy later So you know where it is But we want to click on posting's hosting right now And it's going to show your domain name that you registered right here at the top So it's pretty cool

In my older tutorials from last year we used to use two emails to proceed and install WordPress So you want to keep this window here open this host gator customer portal but we can also check out our email and we get two e-mails So the one from billing right here will help you get back to the host gator customer portal If you close this window by accident you can just come into this email and click on the portal link and then log in with this email and password and it'll get you back to the area right here and you can click hosting and proceed And then the other e-mail from no reply says your account info

This one gets you into your C panel at host cator which you may want to use in the future You may not see panel is the older way of installing WordPress and it is still really easy Just a couple clicks This is how we did it and the older videos we were just click the control panel link and the Mauleon with Your username and password that host gives you right here

So definitely keep these two emails for future reference And definitely try to keep this window open But if you close it you can get to this place through the Billing email right here OK so now that we're in hosting we can proceed and do this all the most updated way of course

Your screen should look exactly like this except for a different domain name right here where it says hosting an account So your domain name is sort of the name tag of your account Host creator understands what to do and what all these services should do for you based on what domain name you have here So as you grow your web site you might need more domains and you can just choose different ones here to do different sorts of activities Speaking of a new domain name if we try to visit it right now to see if it's working you're going to see this screen that says you're almost done and something like please configure your name servers if you're going to see the name servers screen

So what that means you need to do is go back to that host get a customer portal and then click on domains All right And I just need to do that little fly and screen for that name separate page because I don't see it anymore because I've used the domain name for another previous YouTube tutorial But the first time I checked it out I did see the names every screen Anyways when you're here you need to click on the gear right by a domain name over here and then where it says name servers you want to click change

And that's because you need to make sure these two name servers one and two are exactly the same as the name servers in your host gator emails and you can find those by going to the no reply postcard lcom your account info Open that up and you'll see first name server and second name server So all you need to do is just copy the first one comeback to host gator Click change and then paste that in where it says Name Server 1

All right So you can see I've already done that We can do it again anyways Just paste it over and we can do the same thing for name server too All right

Just come back to your host or e-mail Copy the second name cer makes you don't get any spaces And bring it back to your host Keiter customer portal and right click Paste are perfect So your numbers will look a little bit different depending on the slice of the large hosting world where your blog is living

But as long as you do it like I just did you'll be fine Make sure you get the name sort of wanna name server too just like that your account info email where it says first name server and second name server And if you want to write them in my hand that's fine too All right so then when we say name servers It'll show up green because we did it right and now want it done

Your domain name will be perfectly connected to your hosting And it's called pointing your domain name at your hosting tip Either way things should be working perfectly or you can close this gear section and then when you go and check out your domain name and hit refresh You should see this new screen that says host gator Getting started and that means it's time to proceed and reach our goal of installing WordPress

So great job All right get back to hosting And we open up our scorecard and cross off Choose a domain name and get hosting Those are two of the most massive steps in making a blog so can get some being done with those

And we're now ready to reach our goal and install WordPress All right So to install WordPress just come to the hosting tab Come on down and where it says launch a quick install Just click on that button

Want quick install Are Very good You're in the same place where millions of people have installed WordPress before and want to click on this black and blue word press tab right here All right and now we're in wordpress So you want to do is select our domain name

Just click the dropdown and select your domain name Leave the directory box blank Don't write anything right here and just click next All right Now it's time to enter in some details about our blog to you know have it ready when we log in

So we want to write a blog title and I'm going to make my blog title the same as my domain name just Gardner and so blog title web site name domain name that should all be the same thing And you don't need to put the dot com here And then for admin user try to pick something serious This will be what you use to log in to WordPress every time So I've used like joke names before and it just gets annoying seeing that old joke I made so keep that one professional

You cannot change it later although you can change this other stuff like first name last name blog title You cannot change admin user So make it good in the first name of course the last name And admin email where WordPress will send our logon information So once you screen looks just like mine except for with your info

Come on down and check this box The install Now button will light up and are now going to use the famous one click WordPress installer or you might have heard of or I might have told you too much about it It's pretty cool that we all get to be a part of this amazing piece of technology All right So if you're ready I'm ready

Let's click Install now and install WordPress All right so it is quick And host gator just did all the techie stuff for us so it was really easy just like we said it would be If you see the green check installation complete it means that WordPress is installed perfectly Leave this window open

Don't touch anything If you see a red X then post a comment for me to help out If you see a yellow circle then what the heck computer are you using So at the moment the most important thing to do is to copy down our instillation details I don't click this link right here because it's going to take you away from this page

I want this page a little bit longer just like this You know to celebrate the installation complete All right So we're going to copy this installation details I'm just clicking and dragging with my mouse Do that if you can

And then right click copy And then you can open up like a textedit file But maybe you have like a file or a word doc whatever you like using and just right click paste it in there So you always have your installation details If you lose this page

All right next So we're done celebrating now we're gonna get down to business I want us to Open up our scorecard and check off our goal because that always feels good to mark off a goal right away We've installed WordPress org successfully

Great job Done and done Now it's time to change our password and the easiest way to do that is I've found in my installs So if you just click my installs in the upper right click that then you'll see the domain name you chose and it should just show up once mine shows up three times because I've done this tutorial 3 times to get this step perfect for you guys so just picture that it says it one time and now we're going to come down to your domain name and click reset password So just click that and I'm going to do the bottom one

And then select your user and there you go And then just write in a new password that you're going to want to use to log in to WordPress An update password Passer you get You can click that button twice if you want

And now where it says admin log in just click that link click it me and logon All right so your WordPress is working If you get this log in screen and we're excited to get started but let's make sure to Check off our Change password step

We're done with that Very good And now we can logon to WordPress Using that password that you just set up in that quick install when you set change password I like clicking your memory and I also like bookmarking this page in the upper right depending on every browser you're using

Use the bookmark feature so that you can find this link in the future and you won't have to type it in If you do have to type in the logon link to get to the screen it's just your domain name dot com For example Ragnor dot com forward slash WP dash admin

That's how you would get to that page manually All right so your domain name whatever it is dot net or whatever you chose forward slash WP dash admin and then you can click enter and it would take you to the screen here

That's how to do it But bookmark makes it a little bit easier I want to save you as many steps and make this as headache free as possible So what's click log in Drum roll

And welcome to WordPress for the very first time If that's the case of Arty's WordPress a bunch times but for you welcome and I'm going to take you on a little WordPress tour now so that this all doesn't look now confusing and in actual acts a little bit familiar So we're going to click I don't need help because you have me at the top And now we're just going to close some of the notifications

All right So you don't want Opt in Monsour there This is just the standard Welcome to WordPress message page here with some nextstep links and more actions

And we're going to do all of these steps eventually but we've picked an order that is the most user friendly So there's no need to just click around Next what we want to do is where it says your site is currently displaying Coming soon page once you're at a launch click here We want to get rid of that coming soon page and I'll show you what it looks like

It looks just like this to anyone who's not logged into your site and want to remove it because it just doesn't match our branding So it's not going to be bright green and black It doesn't fit the overall theme of our site And also if you tell someone oh hey Tim can you come and check out my site from your computer I want you to see if the logo looks good or the with looks good or something you know hey Mary can you make sure that everything is looking right for launch

They're just going to see this if they're not all dead and they're going to be like what are you talking about So we're going to remove this page right now Cause that window and we're just going to click here to remove the coming soon page which I think is really helpful And if you're worried about you know not having your site ready then just go ahead and complete the tutorial and you'll you'll definitely have a blog that's ready Good job

Congratulations your say is now live We can click here to view it And when you do that will just show the home page of your new site or new blog We should call it All right

So this is running the 2016 theme What does that mean What is the theme Well to figure that out we can click on our name or site name in the upper left which will take us back to the dashboard where we added our site so no one sees this Only you do

Or we could click the name again to take us to the home page which everyone sees including you This is your blog front page homepage You can click that again And so that's just how it works that's how you get to the editing area in wordpress you click in the upper left I'm going to close some tabs here so it's nice and simple and to decide what theme our site is using we can come down and click appearance

And we see that the active theme is 2016 If we click that It'll tell us about the 2016 theme by the WordPress team which is just a default layout or template Those words are all the same thing that decides how our site looks and how our site looks is of course Displayed right here when we click to the home page

All right So let's get back So I'm going to show you how to change the theme in a second but we're going to complete our tour now I want to take you now to pose If you click post you'll see have one sample post by WordPress

And if you click the link you can edit it and you can publish and this is what it will look like when you're writing a new post All right So if you wanted to write a totally new one you can just click add and you Are at the top And that way you could just start blogging right away if you really had a post that needed to get out there to the world and you can try the different settings and play around

It doesn't matter if you make any mistakes You can always just delete a post and start over or added in wordpress saves all your edits right here You can also go to pages which is where you make what they're what are called static pages for your site So those go in your navigation manual about contact you know work with those services If you click add new screen for pages is a lot like posts

They just show up in different places around your site And as you blog more you'll get used to where everything shows up We can also click media This is where all your images will be stored All right or if you upload a PDA or something like that it will be stored here or your photos will go here

You click comments That's where all your new comments will come in And WordPress has this really cute like introductory comment so it's awesome You should definitely get a Gravatar by the way That's easy set up too it's just like a profile picture

So this little like squirrel peek at you guy is a Gravatar and you should make one of those for yourself at Gravatar dot com All right So now we're actually going to go to plug ins Plug ins just to help you do more with wordpress And we're going to edit them and clean them up in a second like WordPress for example doesn't know out of the box that you would want to have Facebook like buttons or Twitter buttons or create image sliders

And so we use plugins to do things like that All I usually do is use Google like plug in for blank in wordpress And if someone's made it it'll come up You can use it It's FREE

That's amazing That's one of the biggest benefits of the WordPress community If you click users that's where you live and that's where other authors or writers will live and you can add more people to create a multi-year Author Blog All using users and then if you click Settings This is the final Like really important area in this section and you can change your site title So let's open up our site in a new tab by right clicking on the upper left

Open link in new tab and we can see that this is our homepage and if we wanted to make a really basic change your first change ever you could just change the site title to like You know Your name like that And then maybe you want to say like just another Amazing

WordPress site So it's pretty cool I want to say awesome thing I like that word more And then you can come down Come down and save the changes

I wouldn't change too many other settings until your control of what you're doing Or you can definitely ask us in the comments because we've all done that already And then come to your blog and refresh to see or change this refresh button and we can see we made our first at it So it really works You can really change the web and you can really you know update a blog

You're doing it congratulations like it's actually happening You just change the site title and the tag line Some pretty professional you know household features that every blog has All right So I said that settings were the last important part of our tour but actually with in settings there is one more place I want you to go right now

All right You go to writing reading Those are all really important too But I want to go to Permalink And when you're in permalink this decides how your blog posts links look

So if you're on your homepage and if you click the hello world It's going to take you to our blog post and there's one problem which stands out to me Having made a lot of blogs and that's that in the link to the post we have indexed up DHP and the date and we don't want any of that We just want words up here because Google analyzes these links and it decides how they rank in Google And if you have complicated stuff it makes it difficult to rank them

And we want your posts to rank really well on Google with just keywords like this not with random information like this Right What you want to do to change that is in Permalink Just checked the post name option and click save That's a really important stat that a lot of people forget and a lot of tutorials forget right away

And so you do that and you click Save changes and then when you come back to your site you can click on the post And it'll look nice and simple in Google's eyes with just those those words which are the title of the post And that's just how we want it If the post doesn't show up try clicking your name to go back to your home page and clicking the post again it will work So great job

You just made our third change to the site and as a bonus your site is now a SEO friendly for Google So let's open up our scorecard and see how we're doing now And in just a little bit of time we've logged in we've done the dashboard tour and we've changed our permalink which is really cool You're making great progress Great job

Now to learn about themes and install our theme So back to the dashboard right here and let's click on appearance So here we are in appearance themes we don't want Abdin monster to get out of here All right So as we saw before the 2016 theme is active but what does that mean

You know what What is a theme What does that even mean Well if we view our site the theme is everything about the site It's the black borders around the edges it's the white background

It's the Way that the site titles in the upper left and the post is here and the sidebar has these black little separating lines It's the fonts It decides our entire site looks so it's really important You can install any number of themes for free and then you can try different ones or activate new ones to install a theme and activate it by the way you'd have to be back in the dashboard and back in appearance themes and if you click appearance once it'll just take you there

It's the same as clicking on the themes button here Same place So to install and I do it a new one and in other words get a new theme you would just go to This button on the right which says add new theme Click the big plus

And now you can search from like hundreds maybe even thousands of free themes in wordpress I see one you like You can just click it For example I know that pinnacle is a pretty good theme and you click the blue install button right there So you are installing

Just an example you don't have to install this one and then you could click activate it activate it like that Right And then now when we look at our site Everything looks totally different right away And because I'm like familiar with themes I know that we can go back

And go to themes again And then we can just click on the theme we previously had which is 2016 Opening up and then just activate this one to Go back to normal how we started Then when we click to our site everything was normal

All right So let's go back And that was just an example The problem is as you saw when you looked at that theme it didn't look very good A lot of themes don't look very good

When you can sell them and they're just not so great It takes a lot of work and like a lot of effort to get them looking good So we picked out a theme already that's going to look a lot better and we can see when we install the theme we have right here you can open it up and you can click the read delete button to get rid of it and it's all free so you can like install a theme again and delete it and so on and so forth Or you could have like 20 different themes sitting right here It's not very good though to try out a lot of themes because your audience can get confused when they see too many looks

And like I said before a lot of the free themes and stuff they just aren't that good to install and activate the theme we want to use for our tutorial today You can once again click that show more button below the video On it So there you go And then you can click where it says get the theme here

All right And that link is going to take us to the bottom market place So that is a referral link Some people like knowing that and I have to say that So if you get Loral through my link then invita sends me a little credit just for referring you to their theme right here

It's a good way of getting to the channel at no additional cost And I'm going to show you how to set up your own custom link like that too that you can put on your blog and recommend people to the thing you're using It took me about a year of tinkering around with wordpress free themes before I found the in Vado marketplace also just called in on market or theme forest It's also called and now it's the first place I look at when I want to make a new Web site for anyone because the themes are super tested by a lot of designers and they're like way above the other themes that I've seen So if you can afford it I'd say definitely do it

It's worth it to make people just say wow when they see your site for the first time and also the price here is not that big of a deal It can be a tax write off for you You can also refer people to your theme if they like your look and the Porus will pay you a little bit of money if people end up buying the theme I'll show you how to do that too So once you're here and you want to read the designs and the reviews if you want you can also look at other items by this author

There's like a lot of pretty theme So it was tough to choose Laurel but ended up going with it because it has the most stuff that we want then once you're here you can click Add to Cart All right and then just click go to check out And now is doing to create a account I already have one but I'll walk you through it oh And then you just click next

And it's going to ask you a username and password click I'm not a robot and then create account and continue All right And then after that you're going to do billing details and Slyke payment method and you'll be all ready to buy the theme All right so here we are at the checkout screen and we're ready to buy the world theme

So once you're ready to buy the world theme just right in your credit card right here And I'm so sorry There's a $2 to be added to it I'm going to have to yell at invita for that I don't know why that's even there

But our total is going to be $51 So looks like I'm really going to have to show you how to recommend it to others so you can earn your money back All right So now it's time to click make payment once you're ready Once you complete your purchase you'll be taken to a confirmation page

Sort of like this one where I have all my stuff and you can also get to this thing by hovering on your name the upper right and clicking downloads And what you want to do is click on the download button and then click installable WordPress file only All right so there's some information on like what to do with the theme but we just want to get the installable file only so we can put it up on our blog So click that And then don't change the title you don't need to just format zip archive where probably your downloads and click save the

Are Now that we've downloaded our copy of Laurell we can come back to the themes in our dashboard and we can just click upload All right and now we can click upload theme So it's going to tempt us with all these other free themes but we're not going to fall for that because we already have one click upload them and now click Choose file And now we can go to the downloads folder

Or wherever you have you download and find the theme for us file and you can either double click it or you can click open So what it and click open And some people told me this doesn't work but just make sure you don't change the title of the file And that it's the dad zip file And that should work perfectly right

So click install now And we'll see if it works It theme itself successfully Great Now make sure to click back to it

And once we've done that Laurel is active click it and read all about it It occurred to you to check out more on sopan design as well You know I enjoyed everything I've learned about them and we can click to the home page now and see what we made So it looks like we have this beautiful template now for adding in our content And that's the case we do

All right So next step is Well whatever our blogging scorecard tells us But we can open it up and say that we're now done learning what is a theme and installing that theme Great job

All right so next up what are plugins and how do we install plug ins Well we already talked about how plug ins extend the functionality of WordPress They help you do more in your site And it's good that we just installed our theme because now we get this this theme recommends the following plugins a little notification which is actually a good notification All right so once you go back to your dashboard and you see this then click began installing plug ins

All right And it's going to say we need three plug ins right here and we need a total of six plug ins for our site to run just like we want You know maybe more later as you build and grow and wordpress But for now just six and here's three of them So you want to do is check this box next to a plug in to select them all

From bulk actions Choose install and click apply Right And were press is running the installer and it works Sylhet Click return to reply appalling and Soller

And now you just click activate activate and activate and they're going to disappear from the screen All right So we're going to we're going to find them now in plugins Let's click on your plug ins tab And it might look like kind of a mess because there some of the default plug ins where a press came with

But we're going to clean it up Not to worry We're going to do it right now All right So what are we looking at here

Why don't we just go down the list as it is WordPress is spam protector and it's highly recommended and used by millions of people So that means we want to use it to make sure you don't get spam comments on your blog So let's click activity All right And the goal is to have all the poems we want in blue with this blue bar running all the way up and down

All right And then we're going to come down and we see Hello Dolly This is just a simple quote that comes in the Upper right corner of our screen which the founder of WordPress made so it's kind of cute cute and cool So let's activate it

And now we just see this cool little quote here So if random quotes are your thing then we can keep it I just want to show you what it does All right moving down jetpack by WordPress dot com Don't need it

So de-activate Boom and delete There is no harm in deleting a plug in It won't negatively affect your site and you can always reactivate it for free You have to click add new and then get it and install it again

But for now we are sure we want to do the jetpack So click OK All right And the only reason a plugin would negatively affect your site if you deleted it is if you were using it in a lot of different places on your site But we're not using Jap hack at all so we can delete it

Now And mojo marketplace again Here's one we're not using We don't want to deactivate And delete

Great job and OK Opt-In Monsour we're not using it we don't need it De-activate Feels kind of good cleaning up the site doesn't it Delete and OK

Great job and we need one more plug in that The theme didn't come with so I'll show you how to add a new plugin to your blog At the top click Bad new And now move your mouse to the right over here and just type in WP insert code with me and we're going to get this plug in

I really like using because it lets us connect code from Google Analytics and from Facebook really easily we don't have to know any code you just like paste it in here So install this one And use one later But will get it now And

Activate Right now are polling section is looking great We have six points in the blue bar spans all the way up and down If you ever have a update notification for a plug in it'll show up in red or orange you want to do that right away so that your site stays secure and runs as fast as possible We're all good to go with our six plugins installed and activated

Great work And let's check it off Now it's time to write your first blog post And this should be really fun I said Chevron hydrous

So I hope you don't mess it up But then again blogging is totally trial and error So it's OK if you mess up So follow me back to our dashboard and we can click on posts in the upper left And if you want to just quickly add a new post

You can hover on new and click post if you want but we're going to do it the old fashioned way So once we're in posts we're going to click trash on Hello world Sorry about that All right there goes her cute little sample post if you want to bring that back though It'll be in trash and you can just click restore orderly permanently

All right Now we're going to click and you get started writing All right And your first post could be about anything you want It's a good idea to write

Welcome to the blog post like hey guys this is what I'm doing this is what I'm doing differently This is why I'm starting a blog Sometimes we forget to answer the why question and that can really help readers relate to you and like you from the start So I recommend that But in my case I'm going to start with another thing I like a lot which is brunch

This post is just about one of the first things we did on our trip to Lake Placid we had brunch at the breakfast club etc All right so you put the title right here This is what the post is called and then the permalink fills in and this permalink is also known as a urinal or a link It's the link to your post

So if you want to put it in an email this is the link right here and it will go up top once the post is live All right Now we need to write the article itself and you can either write your article in the visual tab which I recommend or the text tab which is just like plain text right here I recommend visual because you get all the Microsoft Word ask Editing tools like paragraph bold italics a list numbers quotes alignment and so on and so forth which you've seen before

To get this second line here which has like text color all sorts of other stuff you need to click the toggle to a bar If that's not shown so keep that open and not just get some text to work with That's a big mouse So I like going to a site called Pan ipsum When I'm building a site and it's just like nonsense

Pin ipsum is dummy text about anything like Arnold Schwarzenegger or basketball terms or like minerals or vegetables anything like beetles Spongebob coffee So I'm going to go with like a mixture of coffee and cooking and baking because I'm hungry at the moment and click generate Epsom And you get a whole bunch of just not just gobble gobble So we can copy a paragraph and this is really good for developers too because we like just showing off text We don't like thinking about what we write

We just like doing so he can paste it in cool And then you can also change up the way it looks by hitting enter if you want to do a short space Like not a full space just hold shift and hit enter like that Or you can hit enter to do a full space And then to start playing with the text

You can make some more spaces highlight it If you want to create like larger text click paragraph And click something like heading for a little bit bigger or heading to would be even bigger So in wordpress they're called headings and it's important to use headings I usually do heading to for big points and heading for for little points because Google reads the headings to know what your post is about

So try to put descriptive terms in those headings Right And then we get like have another one That's pretty cool and we can even paste that text in again All right

So I'm just showing you how to use like the nuts and bolts of a post editor here you don't actually have to write and being a stripper a lot of Mazzard going To make a list you can open up some content And then just like Kind of You know dissect it a little and then you can highlight everything and click for a list or number list

There you go And you can also move around the alignment if you want So that's pretty cool So I think you can figure out the rest of that stuff I'm going to move on now to showing you how to make a category because categories go on the homepage and they're going to go on our menus

So what you want to do is click add new category on the right And when you do that just makes me really general like food And not category So categories are more general and they're like food and tags are more specific in wordpress and they're like brownies cookies pizza chicken if you catch my drift Like pretty hungry

All right So we're going to make this format a standard post We're going to make a gallery post later on with like a lot of images But speaking of which let's see how to add an image to this post So you would just put your mouse where you want that image like let's say I want the image

Right here right by the word half pop and I was there and we click Add media And now we click select files And we're going to Navigate to a desktop where I have some pre-made images and open up the blog folder And you can choose Hopefully the one that's called brunch

If not I'm going to have to click spacebar to preview it ever again Image 1787 You can see the double click click Open Open and wordpress will upload your image very quickly It's very quick now

Used to be slower All right And then you can get your attachment details on the right So in this section you can choose whether the image floated to write left or center You can choose whether it's linked to something if you want people to be able to click your image

But if not just like none and you can choose the size So I really like like a medium size for a blog post and I like a left alignment for starters and we can just click insert into post And there we have it There's an image Right

So that's pretty cool I'm not sure how this numbered part is going to work on any published but we'll see And at the same And we can move on from that And of course you can add like 20 or 30 images if you want to your post just might take a little bit longer

So now we can go down and we're going to add one of the necessary features which is called a featured image It's so useful I'm going to drag this box by clicking and holding And you should do it too Up towards the top So let's do it

You said a featured image by clicking this link And you could just choose any image which represents the post of course and click site featured in it And then this is going to go in a huge location above the post and it's also going to be the thumbnail on the home page that's your featured image is the thumbnail on the homepage Cool Now we can go down to post settings and we're going to choose how the post looks

So I think the default is going to look good but if you want to change the layout you can try these other ones and move the content and the sidebar around So that's pretty cool All right So let's go up and I think we've done enough work on this post Let's click the blue publish button to make it go live

And you can also use these buttons like you can click it on publish and you can schedule it for a later day which is kind of fun if you have like a ton of posts and content But we just want to publish could publish Cool And now we're going to click View Post And we have our first blog post

Eric so very nice very good stuff All right We just need to sort of move that little list right there because it gets in the way that image If we go to the home page We're going to see the post right here in front and center our location

All right see a little bit about the post like the title the category and the content And you can click read more So everything is working and we're very happy But I don't like how this looks In a minute at it post right now to change that

All right let's edit that and now I'm just going to click the image And I'm going to Remove it by hitting the X so that it's gone And we're actually going to put that at the top Let's see if it looks better

So if we put it by a mountain we can add media again To It The settings are the same just inserting the post Maybe that will get better

At the same time I want to make sure that the wording for the post on the home page is just a little bit of word and not like a random segment with dot dot dot So I'm going to choose just a few words right now from the start of the post which would represent the post like mountain plunger pumpkin spice perfect Copy that text And now we're going to click screen options in the upper right And we're going to check excerpt

So once you do that you're going to get a new window closed screen options Come on down And here's excerpt So let's put them out here and let's paste in That text that we want and make it a perfect setting

So that's a good sentence right Mountain punch or pumpkins All right And now when we Update The Post we'll see two things

So I'm going to click our name right here to get to the home page instead And the first thing we'll see is the exact text we want it right here in excerpt So that's really cool you can say whatever you want there And we're also going to see when we click that image to get to the post That image looks a lot better

All right So now we have a nice working blog post Great job And we can open up our scorecard because we're now done with writing your first blog post All right

So we're going to change it up in a second and upload images and get back to post But of course let me know any questions you have immediately on how to write a blog post in wordpress and hopefully we can get your posts looking perfectly Now we're just going to upload a bunch of images to the blog to save us some time I want to play around with images in a little bit And so that we don't have to just look at this photo of my brunch and I'm going to show you three best ways to add images to your blog

The first one is to take some photos with your smartphone and then just plug your phone into your computer I don't know if you heard that I just plug my phone in and because I use a Mac everything pops up right away But if you use an Android or a different kind of smartphone than just use whatever photo app is is the default one should work fine So you plug it in and you can go to The import section and I'll read your photos and then you can find a photo like this

One of the horses is good And then you just click it or you can like drag and select more photos or you can take command a and do all the photos It'll just take longer So I'm just going to select one photo and click Import one selected And it will come in right away

And then the next best thing to do is really old fashioned just click it and hold it And I'm going to drag to the desktop And then once it's on the desktop and you do that a few times you'll have a whole folder like I made right here so you can always just right click new folder blog photos and then put your photos in that folder All right And then you can make a whole section for your block so you don't have to do this just like making a folder for every blog because as you make more blogs then you know where all the right images are

We're going to upload all these photos to our WordPress of course but you don't have these photos of course so I want to show you the second way to get photos and that's going to be to use a tool called pick monkey All right So let's say you have a photo like the one we just took in blog photos of this nice horse carriage But you wanted to look different like you want the colors to pop out more or the carriage till it brighter or the horses look prettier even though they're beautiful right now So you can use the go to tool I use for all my website and blog

It's called pick monkey Get your copy of Pink monkey Just click the show More box The video again and then click on the link where it says get free trial pick monkey here

And that is another referral link So if you're worried about all the referral links then just know that when you start a blog you'll totally see that it pays to insert referral links wherever you can I like helping you out for FREE of course but if we don't insert a furling then we're sort of doing all of this totally for free And time is money So you know it just makes sense as part of the blogging business to at least try putting in there for all links

And thanks so much If you use this or any other ones or if not then no worries I'm still here to help out as well So we're going to start the free trial of pink monkey Click that button in the middle

Then you can either sign up with Facebook or use the e-mail password option I'm not a robot Check that verify and then just click the can me box right there It's really hard to make images for a new blog that stand out If you have to use Photoshop or wait for a designer it can take forever but with pick monkey you can do all this in a super easy Ed

And a lot of the images you see on blogs like Huffington Post BuzzFeed so all star wars Forbes New Yorker all of those I bet a lot of those were made with Pig Monkey All right So I'm logged in now

And the first step I always do is just click edit a pic right here And next we click open So this is just like a default image you could play around with And then I click my computer and then I'm going to go desktop blog photos and grab the image that we took from my smartphone right there and just click Open all ready then and now on the left We have our toolbar so we have a lot of cool things we can do but I just like starting in colors sharp and resize exposure in this like basic window right here which is on the top button

See the whole area So for starters how about exposure We can just click auto adjust and the image should get a little bit sharper All right We can cook apply and that's done

We can also do colors auto just so you can see the colors get a little bit sharper So cancel if you want but I like how the colors took that like sort of orange light away from it Apply and then sharpen and we can work on the sharpness as well We make it way Sharper's to the little details on the horse about Usually going somewhere in like the 75 percent range

And same for clarity So no it's too much Clarity I like going for more like a 25 percent improvement All right

And apply And now we can go back to colors and I want to show you how to mess with the saturation We can just like make the saturation higher and you'll get more reds and more blues or lower and you'll get a black and white photo So for this one we're going to go a little higher on that red to pop and the Blue Mountains still look like the Rockies even though they're just in New York And then temperature you can turn up the temperature maybe it's the sun in your day if you want to go for colder weather it would be blue

In this case it was definitely a cold day I think the blue makes a lot more sense there Again we're going for images that pop and make an impact on our readers So whatever suits your fancy we're going to go with a negative 40 on temperature Make it look colder and apply for exposure

That can also be changed This is sort of like the mother board of controls brightness That one's obvious highlights shadows and contrast but I think her image looks good without those she's going to cancel those effects I also love the crop tool if you need your image to fit a certain part of your blog or maybe you're making a thumbnail for a different site Just click crop and you can set up the size right here like 12 80 and 720 for a youtube thumbnail

And then you just need to choose the best part of that image That's great Then of course you can click apply We can also click on the T to add text on top of her image It's super easy to do to select your font and click add text

And now here we are just typing There you go And you can click and drag That's very easy and change the color click and drag on the right And you can drag to resize as well

So this is all just a lot of fun And the last feature I just discovered was when you click on the butterfly they have symbols that can go on top of our picture such as something I always need for my tutorials Arabs can click arrows and then grab one of these cool hand-drawn looking arrows pulled over to the image and then we can click that top little circle and drag rotate and of course There you have a horse So we're going to undo a couple of those and then we're just going to save and take our image to the blog

Once your is ready click save file name is important so you can find it later or secured at it I was shoes p n g which is the highest quality And then keep the same dimensions They'll be no problem for WordPress to handle and save to my computer And save

If that's not enough The third way to get great images for your blog is to use picks at bay Just type in ex-aide be a wide dot com and hit enter pixel It offers free high quality images and I love searching for really simple pictures like mountain then once you find one you like you can click the mountain and you can also click on the categories to get even more specific Alpine images from pixel Bay are 100 percent free You just click them and then click free download choose the size

Click download and then save them and you do need to go through like a capture I think Unless you sign in So if you sign up for a free account then everything is free So now that we've covered all that let's actually upload the images to our blogs are here we are back on the homepage and our new post is looking a little bit weird Now know we've had to stare at that food for even longer

So let's go to the dashboard Vehicle and then we can click on the media And then we can just click Add new and I'm going to show you how to bulk upload images if you have like 3 4 10 20 images that are ready Click select files Now we're going to go to our desks up

And get create a blog 20:17 images that I picked up for the tutorial All right you could just choose one but to a bird I'm going to command a to highlight all or control If you're on a PC and click open All right

And what we're press is doing the bulk upload we can also do other things For example you can open your blog up in another window and you could start writing a new post So let's get our scorecard out and see what comes next All right We're done uploading images because those are just going to take care of themselves

And next is add more blog posts Perfect So let's come back to NEW POST Click on post for a quick way to add a new blog post and I'm going to walk you through how to add another blog post just so we're all on the same page literally and metaphorically in terms of how to use the Post's editor features in case you missed it before It's good to keep our images open in another tab because they're still working

And then we can add new posts in a separate tab So this post is going to be called Driving from NYC For anyone who wants to go our same route after the title I like starting with the image because that image on the post or the featured image that people see first was sort of set the mood and helped me know what I want to say when I read the post So our image is ready This one right here that we took just a little dorky selfie and we're set featured image

For Body Text I have some pin ipsum on coffee because we needed a lot of coffee to get through the drive and we can see how the text looks different if it's in the visual and the text tab Keep that in mind If you're ever pasting in code that you get from another web site onto your blog make sure to paste it into the text tab But visual is the best for editing

We're not going to solve this post very much because it's going to be a video post and we can focus on that now So come over to a format and let's click video So to create a video blog post I need to do is use that video option and then you're going to get video post format options It's really simple All we need to do is find a YouTube video we want to use

We are getting a YouTube video with any YouTube video I am going to use my videos Although the go pro is really really cool and inspiring Check out those for sure And we can just get my like my Press obsessed with Go Daddy

You just need to copy the URL to the video and come back pay said in over video you are out and that video will show up on CNN a second Let's just choose a category for this post We need to click Add new and I'm going to call this one trail So now we have food and trail And click and new category

Good job And lastly we need an excerpt for your home page blurb All right And with just that much with your title with the featured image your body content with a format for the post and the video link that goes with it And now that you've chosen a category and insert an excerpt we have a blog post

We're ready to click publish although you of course want to spend a little more time making the writing part of it compelling and working on the writing All right let's publish and now Check out the homepage So when you click the homepage we have our new video post and video shows up right there All right

And then it comes right on top of our first post so the older posts will go down and the new post will come up top We can play the video in the homepage So just another tutorial I made and then we can click through to the bloggers and you see the video sits perfectly at the top and then we have our content fairness That's me trying to look professional in my home office All right

So let's add another blog post now that we got the hang of it Let's go to new again and click post All right And this post is going to be a gallery That means we want a lot of one type of images because a gallery should be like lots of certain things like lots of flowers lots of mountains lots of lakes

So let's set featured image and let's see what we have A lot of well judging from this We have a lot of vacation photos but we also have a lot of horse photos so let's make like a horseback riding gallery So because we're setting the featured image we're choosing the main image for the blog post And we should definitely use the image we worked so hard on and pick monkey

All right And set featured image don't even move down and actually set up the image gallery There's no need to write the title first or the body content first You can write blog posts in wordpress How ever works best for you

So when we click gallery we're going to get a new set of options right here in the world theme and we can just click Add media this button right here Super easy Now it's time to actually select multiple posts for the photo gallery So that's dogsledding We just want horses horses and I'm going to hit command control on a PC and hold it down so the checkmark comes on more than one image and we can select a lot of images

Right now the horse image Of the horse image and two more from riding looks like Okeydoke Now once you have your gallery images like did just click select And they'll come in

So we're going to move to categories just because it's right here and we're going to say tractions click Add new and also a trail So time for a title and your title here How about cold winters sleigh ride and you might think more about your titles than I do Don't go too crazy about titles But if you're making articles that want to rank in Google then you just want to insert one to three key words in the title so they'll also go in the permalink and Google will know a little bit more about what those posts are about

In this case it's just a travel blog And with these posts I'm not trying to rank them in Google but believe me I'm happy to help you rank posts in google if you want Because when I'm not doing these posts that's what I'm doing all right and somebody's content Panabaj them again our favorite tool Are in carriages and chariots Why not generate ipsum and we're good to go like this one

I was wanting to visit Berlin Copy and paste And we should have ourselves a new blog post Let's double check it We just need her excerpt so maybe something that would make people want to read the post

Perfect and now publish All right we are publishing our third post We can click back to the home page and there is Our new post did not come in why did that come in There we go

I was just thinking and the gallery was loading So if you want specific image to show up first on the gallery You can edit the post and we can put a certain image in this first story here so we can actually get rid of the Color version because we don't need to that photo Add media analysts choose the image from pick monkey that works so hard on select

And you can just drag it to the front so that way when we update the post Then it will show up on the first spot and it'll be what people will see right away Are there you go Great job if you're wondering how to launch a blog than three blog posts is a really good number to launch your blog with And my previous readers and viewers and I have actually pioneered the three blog post rule where you have one blog post which is a welcome to the blog post and you have a second blog post which is something controversial to shake up your niche and show your readers that you're going to do things a little bit differently and a third blog post which is a really long exhaustive list to show that you're an expert on your topic

If you have just those three posts that's enough to get people reading and get them interested in the new blog you just built It might sound super simple but believe me it works Simple works So with that said I might add a few more blog posts later But we now have three and we can move on on our scorecard

That's our scorecard That's our scorecard That's Microsoft Word and we can check off add more bloggers And now we can move onto create our image gallery cyder So in the last step we learned how to create an image gallery slider for our blog posts which is really cool but a lot of the blogs Gulotta in the intro had some sort of image gallery cyder or hero image which would just be one image or banner image or something that was really big and attractive on the homepage

So let's learn how to make that as well because bigger is better We can click the logo to go back to the home page and we just want to put a huge image at the top of the blog So how do we do that Well it's actually easier than you might think Just click customize

Now click feature areas settings and just check enable featured area and voila you now have a massive image gallery cyder at the top of the blog and it's working great the reason this is so easy is because we already added featured images to our blog posts and the slider is using those featured images It's also easy because we travel around the country and took good images and they're high quality And we edited them to look nice So that's just how it works In that case it's really easy to do this part of the blog

You can also select featured category and only show some images based on a category or change the amount of slides save and publish and we're done with this step great job accept All right So the next step is going to be to create a logo And there's like a million ways to make a logo but unfortunately a lot of those ways are wrong You can make an image that's too complicated too confusing too many colors too much going on and we all see a lot of logos everyday that look bad

So what I want you to do is just Google logo and then click images and whatever you see on your screen should be a lot like mine here I just want you to use these ideas to create a logo that's simple and yet beautiful Nothing too complicated We're already seeing some good ones here And we're all smart enough to know that Logos actually do take a lot of time and research

And you know brain power and even money to make like this Wikipedia one you have the peace sign but you also have a person that looks like they're reading or at least holding their arms together with a book and perhaps some other different themes going on there as well So I'm no expert at making logos but I do know that I'm bad at making them and that's why I like that I have picked monkey All right So what are you going to do is just go to Pig Monkey And we're just going to make a super simple logo that's only text

There's nothing wrong with the text logo especially if it's your first logo and I'll show you why So I'm pig monkey We can click design now because we want a blank canvas to design on And we also want a transparent canvas in case you change your blog background color So check that

And now we just need that for text apply canvas color Yes So right away we have the nice recent fonts I used good dog because it's the go daddy font for my go daddy website tutorial and then we have some other ones I like Ariel is always good to play around and make the most of your 7 day free trial at Pig Monkey All right

But I'm settling on this far right here I really like the way it looks And I think it looks like handwriting which I especially like so click add text once you have your font And then let's say about our name and we're going to go with Greg Arayan no spaces because that's also the website name Remember my address from earlier

So wherever these letters are here should be what it says in your logo It might seem like a no brainer but I see a ton of people mess this up so let's just drag our title or text logo whatever we really want to call it and I size it and we're going to make it a little bit bigger than it should be All you need to do is eyeball the space where your logo will go So it's roughly this area where we see lauryl right now We're going to want the logo to be maybe twice that big

So we're Will size it down and that will maintain the quality If you make WordPress size and image up into a space then it becomes blurry which we don't want So this is honestly perfect I'm going to keep the black text color and click to the Three Bars at the top and then click crop Now let's drag in the crop region to make it the perfect size

Give yourself about a quarter of a centimeter on the top right left and bottom and that will be perfect That looks good Now you can click apply if your logo is still too big like this Come back to the site and right click where it says lauryl And that use the inspect or inspect element option

So I'm going to show you a check to see the exact size of the logo that the developers of the theme chose And it popped up for a second but to get it back we can just come down where my mouse is and hover on where it says I am g s r c And C that that Laurell logo as it shows when it pops up right there is a 156 by 30 pixels It's very small That gives us a good estimation for ours though

So if if our logo is about 200 by 60 it'll be just fine Back in pick monkey we can click resize and then we can choose to change the size to 200 by about 60 pixels and click apply If you don't like it hit command or control Z and make it bigger then hit resize again and maybe it will go something even a little bit bigger like 300 by a 6 and that should be good Click Apply Now let's click save

Give R-TX a title and say it to my computer and save and replace To add the logo to your blog Just come back to the blog Get this little wind up and click customize Now click header and logo settings

Click select image upload select files And you'll see your logo Hopefully at the top Or you can find it by the name and click open Click choose image in the lower right and word press will insert your logo

The final step to make sure it fits perfectly is just sizing down the max with a little bit from 100 We can try 90 from 90 maybe we want 75 This gives us a little more whitespace around the image to make it look perfect And we can save and Polish accent or see it made and we have a pretty darn good looking first logo Not perfect but it'll definitely do for a start

As you can see how to make a logo for your blog is kind of a touch and feel process Try different sorts of images icons fonts and see if you can get the best logo for your site If you need icons and text next to each other just click back to the butterfly and pick monkey And feel free to explore to your heart's content But there isn't a simple text logo is great for your first logo because you can always add to it and people will appreciate how you're developing your logo

Before we finish the logo step let's add a browser icon Also called a fav icon which goes where my mouse is appear in the browser tab to identify our site We can see YouTube has one and Google has won and all those blogs we looked at in the intro have won so we should have gone to again let's keep it simple let's go back to pick monkey click on the T added are taxed and just click to highlight and double click to bring up your cursor for our icon I just want our initials so let's make it g n or whatever your initials are All right

We can click away and then we can click again and drag to Senate and now of course we need to do one more crop All right So let's come back to the Three Bars click Cup And drag in the perfect copter region with about a quarter centimeter around each side All right we're almost done just click Apply Now click Save G is great but let's just call this sort of Untitled site icon because that's where press calls it

And say it to my computer and say I've now come back to your blog click customize again And now click site identity And now you can fill in the site icon Just click select image upload files select files and we can double click our site icon Click select

We will skip the copying in the lower right And lets hope it works save and publish what we made And voila there we go You now have a beautiful simple site icon So now the logo step is done

Now we're going to create pages for your blog and then after that we're going to create menus to put those pages into So to create pages it's a lot like making posts with a few subtle differences to get started We can come up to new Page We like using this quick menu

All right and then a really good first page is just about us and I'm going to show you how to add some pretty content to the pages too So we first need some text right And I'm just going to lay out our text so we have some space to work with All right there we go So you might have some headers like you know first Hetter

I like using those heading for for some reason I just like using that even number just because someone told me they ranked better in Google once But I think they were just messing around with me And maybe you have a quote or two So that's also a great addition for your about page quote easy to set up There we go

So the cool thing I want to show you about a page like about us is something to do with an image so let's insert an image after this third paragraph Click Add media All right So we have some beautiful images we could choose from NPR Tough choice in fact but just for the sake of being artsy we choose our frozen fence like that one a lot

Next we're not going to insert this image into the page We're actually going to come up to the upper right and click Edit image So do that Now we could actually do a lot with this image But I just wanted it to be a perfect circle that sits in the middle of the page and to do that we need to first make an aspect ratio on the right of one to one

Eye and just leave that in there Next hold them the shift key See I'm holding Shift right now I just press it and drag a square on top of the image and then drag it even larger so you get as much as possible and then just let go shift and move it to the best possible part of the image Cool Now we can click the button right here and you've just created a perfect square image

We need to click save So if you want that image to be larger or smaller you could also click Edit now and you could change these numbers on the upper right which are the dimensions Let's click back Now in attachment display settings will see a new option for size full size which is perfect It's a full square

So choose that and then click insert into page Right So that's looking pretty cool to make this image into a perfect circle Now we can come to the text tab and we see that where the image looks like big and awesome like an image in the visual tab In the text tab

It just looks like this one line because WordPress has turned the image into a little piece of code That's what things look like in the text tab when they're an image So all we need to do is added this one line so that it looks how we want The first thing I want to show you is the width and the height Let's make those five hundred instead of twelve hundred and click visual

The changes will be made Now let's go back to text and let's add in one simple line of what's called CSSA and I probably shouldn't show you this now because technically we're still beginners but I want you to just know what's possible with word pass if you apply a little bit of knowledge of H T M L and C S S and tempt you guys with the possibilities So just follow to me and I'll bring it in nice and close so you can see So just try it with me style Igor's quotation mark

That's how I was like starting off border Just the word border radius colon 50 percent and then semi-colon close quote and one space So this is just one of the first ways I learned how to write C-s as on an image You started it with the style and then with the quotation marks you can write anything else you want Like border color or size and so on and so forth

And you can do that with a piece of text too You can write in that style and then give it like a font or a color as well But let's just stick to this for now because there's a little more to it So come on back to visual and see what we made with that style equals border radius 50 percent And we see we've created a perfect circle

So excellent job If your circle doesn't look like mine then let me know in the comments All right So we're almost ready to publish the page Let's see what else we might need for our About page

We can click template maybe you want a different template But let's see what default looks like and let's publish And click View page we can see we have very nice about us page And that could totally work I want us to put an image at the top of the page

So let's click edit page And let's say its featured image And that way we can give two images to our About page So I really like this one also of the family reunion at it which was a photo I got from pics of bay and then edited in pig monkey and now it's on wordpress Pretty standard way of it

We're going to set a featured image and now we're going to update And how you pitch Art that's pretty cool So it's coming to life If we wanted the image to go across the whole page just one more thing we could do at that page and then in template you can choose the

Page with full width image So you also have the full width page and the full width page But this option page with full with image gives us the content the full width image and the sidebar so it's up to it page and we should be good to go Let's add one more page and let's do it the old fashioned way First we're going to delete the tabs

All right So let's go back to our dashboard We can also add a page by clicking pages and then add anew And you can see the pages you've already made Sorry a sample page go to the trash

All right So at and And the next page you might want to add is a Contact Us page And because I said I'd show you how to do some cool things in each of the pages and this one we're going to create a contact us form People can use your blog

So let's click the publish first All right And now we have to put in that contact form now that it's published we can just leave it here and it won't go anywhere So let's go to the Paulines and because we've installed a contact form 07:30 we can click it's settings and now you can just copy the shortcut by clicking once right here and just copying This is why people have contact form 7 so much because you get the default contact form out of the box once you copy it come back pages

Click Contact Us and you can just paste that short code that we copied in in the text tab Remember you want to be on a text tab when you're pasting in code of any sort So right click paste All right And that could be all we need to do

But we want to make it look perfect with a featured image set featured image All right And I have this nice pixel image of someone potentially contacting us you know to get people in the mood to write us a nice note to choose that one Or you can find a similar one on pics of I am sure set featured image And now for template lets go with about page template as well

So that was just page with for with image and update page and we have a nice working contact us page or so most contact us pages look a lot like this On any other blog they might have some text at the top so you and your team work out the best little blurb there to be personable and talk to your audience It blogging the scorecard says create pages are done and now that there are some pages we can create menus All right So how do you make a menu on wordpress

What we have what looks like a menu But really this is just WordPress guessing where our pages should go to make a real menu Go back to the dashboard And hover on appearance and click menus So it's hard to find one but once you know how to do this it's going to become really easy next time

For starters we can just give menu one a name so I like the main menu and then we can just click the blue create menu button You actually have to create it by clicking that button And now it's real All right so now that it's real we can drag in like links or move them around And what I want to do because we actually already have the about us and the contact us

But if you didn't like if they were not here or if you deleted them by opening them up and removing them then you can just select it from the left like that and click to menu to change the title of one of your menu tabs You can just open it up by clicking the arrow up and then change the wording like that and then just close it And now to add more items to the menu what I want to do is click categories select all and click add to menu to give our readers the option of choosing anything that our blog post covers And you can drag them anywhere you want I just think they look good towards that start towards the home button

This top menu item is on the far left of our menu And let's see what that looks like All right So once you drag your items to a good arrangement and display location make sure to check primary menu and click save money And if you don't check primary menu then it won't show up

At So now we can click back to the site and we see we have a real menu Very cool And when you click trail you get all the posts about trail So it's just two posts now but hopefully I'll have more posts and more content

And food is working And about us and contact us also work great So we're starting to really make a real blog And one cool thing is that the category links look a little bit different So they have the word category in them so that your users and Google knows that your blog now has a lot of different categories

All right So that was super easy OK And the next step is going to be easy as well So it's time for a fun step

We're going to add social media icons to your blog And if you didn't have a premium theme you might find yourself copy pasting different icons around your blog and having them show up all funny in different places But with our premium theme here it's really easy to create social media icons and build a blog with more social media icons than any blog you might have ever seen So let's do it So we're going to click customize and the social media section is practically built in for us

We just have to click social media settings and now you just write in your Facebook name We don't even need to write out the link So do your blogger and Ragnor I and in All of the social profiles that you're proud of that you spent tons of time building So I unfortunately don't have all of these

But you can just write in a placeholder if you want and it'll show up And that way we can you know test it out We can see what the icon looks like So Google Plus is an interesting one Think it's just the number kind of weird

Yeah So we can basically do all of them I'm just going to write in the word itself I don't have it You should follow me on soundcloud but of good work Music don't have Yumiko

And then linked in It's hard for me to not hate on linked in because of how they make you add all your contacts by mistake when you sign up for them But let's just say that they're not my favorite although I know that can be very useful I've heard that people make good connections on snapchat I hope you use that Snap's big these days right

All right So save and publish And that's all you need to do X out And now we can refresh and test our social media buttons so you get Facebook

That's awesome So this is where we share free blog tips and stories and just small little videos that might make your day a little bit better No big deal And it looks like the social media icons are a little bit too crazy up there So I think we proved our point that we have more social icons than like any other blog ever

And we're going to remove a couple of them All right So it looks good It's all about social media settings and let's remove Our glove and drivel Tom work

We use WordPress Vimeo because we use YouTube and Fun That's great Or keep all this from OK

So we're done with the social media and So next order of business is to add the search box and we're going to progress to our Sidebar right now So I think it's going to be fun People spend a lot of time making the perfect sidebar and it's just a place to you know help your readers navigate your site a little better And please call the actions e-mail subscribe forms

Stuff like that it complements your content That's the idea with the sidebar it's supposed to go along with your content All right So we got to go to the dashboard and then we have to go to appearance Widgets What's a widget a widget is like a gadget in more press

It just accomplishes like one certain thing so it can be small or it can be bigger But like I have a gadget in my living room that turns on lights and I have a gadget that cleans the floor So if you have a gadget in your sidebar it's going to do something for you And if it doesn't work then you can remove it You can take it up

You can drag it down to inactive widgets or you can just open it up and delete it like that And this is your sidebar so anything in here any widget over here will then live on your blog sidebar so we don't want recent comments We don't have any yet and we don't really need recent aren't we We can keep reading post but the point is that you shouldn't have anything in your sidebar that's empty And that's a mistake a lot of us make

We want to like fill it in So it looks busy and our blog popular but really less is more You shouldn't have anything in your sidebar that doesn't have a purpose So we only have a few categories And at this point I think it's either categories or post that we should include and we have our categories in our menu so readily categories we're very strategic about it

The first item in our Sidebar though is the search box So that's done We just need to give it a title to say search the blog click save And now if we open our site in a new tab then we can see that the search of the log box is there and we can try to search like winter to get the winter post right here But what if we search something we know we don't have like chicken and then it's just going to come up empty

So that's OK But as you write MORE MORE blog post hopefully people will be able to search for them I mean if people search for All posts they know about leg you read a really good post on chicken that everyone wants to read them they'll probably find that Thomas search box All right

So now it's time to put some social buttons in our Sidebar So how do we do that All we keep the widgets window open and we're going to keep the blog window open I'm just going to click the logo and go back to the home page and keep our sidebar in in Plain Sight so we can work on it

Now we're going to get a widget and we're going to come down and we're going to see what we got So Laurel Combs with some special widgets are going to make use of most of them if not all of them are going to click social icons and then just click add to add widget And now you can choose your favorite widgets So because it's a sidebar it's a little bit less space I recommend three to five of them that should do it click save

All right And now you can you just click it and close it close that search and we'll also close the subscribing follow And we can also retitle it to say something different Close it and refresh All right so now your audience has two ways to follow you they can either click this Facebook or Twitter this Instagram and so on and so forth and those links are related to these links appear

So you don't need to write them in twice down here All right So now are Cruzan or social buttons Let's make our About box that's going to go in the sidebar right below those social buttons So this is a great place to say hi to the reader

People tend to bring their eyes over to the cyber as they're reading And if you can just say a few words about yourself and relate to them then you're in good shape So back to widgets and we're going to grab the special Boral about me widget This is the only theme I've ever seen that comes with this specific about me widget It just shows that authors care about your blog and they've thought through things you might need

So let's click add widget and make sure you've chosen sidebar and not Instagram We're going to make that later All right And then I'm going to call this one Hey there exclamation

Nice to meet you And it's going to go all caps lowercase It's fun So now we need some you or else How do we get to you or else

Well we can go to our media and we can right click and open it in a new tab so that we can keep working on widgets So what I want to do is just open up an image which includes Michelle and I because it's our blog and it's all of our blog but we're the authors and they are all that the widget wants is just this you are out So when you click on an image it's like the you are all right here in the upper right corner We can just copy it and then we can come back to widgets and we can paste it right there And then you can make the link go somewhere

So we actually do have a place for it to go If you go to your site and you right click on the about tab you can copy the link to that page or you can just click through it and copy the link up top right here Either way But we want to give that widget somewhere to go to OK so now it's time for some text and you just want to say a few words about you which might relate to the reader so I'm going to say we're Greg and Michelle were pretty bad and let them jump on the counter and try out all sorts of foods

Or at least smell them So yeah that's a pretty good intro and we're and we shall And it looks good So Audograph it means you out Now that is my fault we were supposed to make that Pig Monkey

So first thing of the night is going to be to go back to pick them And we can do this pretty quickly because we did it before We can just And you're still using your seven week free trial so we can go to design And then once you're in design you can just do transparent and then text

And now we want the font from before so we have the same design or on our blog So it's consistent to this one Now we're going to click add text and write out a signature which is just Greg Plus Michelle Amet again up there Bad Boy let's click three bars at the top and drop

Put it in So as long always you do a pretty precise job you don't have to be perfect but that looks good And then sort of applies to a lot of things at the blog doesn't have to be perfect just focus on the content And we're going to click apply All right

So it's really big Now click resize and make it like 200 in this case right now it looks save And Title it It's also funny if you PNB then it gives you the

James Bond options and Sean is the best one Clearly Sean Connery probably we're going to call it autograph now Autograph an inch And save to computer and if

All right So now you need to go back to your media and upload it and then get the link and click Add new and media select Double click Audograph image there it is now just clicked open highlight the URL and copy it right click copy And now just pop that bad boy in the autograph I mean you're a all right and we can save this widget and see how it looks refreshed the site and now we have this beautiful about us widget

Great job So score card we're done with that and now it's time to make that Instagram widget just like Scout 16 One of my favorite urban fashion blogs out there And we're going to go back to which it's Close up the previous one and we're going to open slash use the Instagram

Widget There it is just Instagram So most blogs don't have this We're using a great premium theme Laurel has it

All right So if you're not using this theme don't expect to see an Instagram widget That's all set But it's a really good idea to use this theme as we can see right here So we're going to add we're just in the sidebar and then username is just whatever you call yourself on Instagram

And I like nine photos and I also like the Small option that's pretty cool So that should do it for me Maybe not for me it's a little aggressive How about insta gram

Noura I get Caught Save it Close it up And let's take it to a cyber

Refresh And we just created our own custom Instagram widget there and it is so that part is done and we can move on to the second column over here or create your blog section We're getting there guys now going to say we're almost done but we are definitely getting there to install a Facebook box so people can like your blog right from the sidebar It's really easy to just come back to customize And by the way we can add just to our sidebar in customize also we can do it by going to widgets at the bottom

And then clicking sidebar So if this way feels better then this way then it's whatever you'd like this the old fashioned way in appearance widgets and customize is the new way So let's try the new just to get the hang of that too So we would just click to add a widget button And now we see the exact same selection right here as we do on this screen here

So we're going to grab The Facebook like box Click And it'll come in because we're already in the sidebar So now we just need to write in your Facebook you l

I know that by heart Facebook makes Stirling's really easy Dear blogger It and then it'll pull in right there We don't need to insert any code or anything like that You can also show stream

On show cover image And customize your lightbox so that it looks perfect on your blog And not say join Our it and we're done with that save and publish Next we want to add an email subscription widget to our blog

So let's make sure to check our Facebook box And now we're going to do the subscribe box This is one of the trickier steps though It's always a couple of steps to add a subscription widget to your blog because you need to create an email list for it so that people can actually subscribe to something Which I'll explain in a moment

And then you need to put the form on your side bar or like in a blog post and we can do all of that I just want to show you the best order to do that in having collected a lot of subscribers myself in the past So the first step is to sign up for MailChimp MailChimp has the best free e-mail newsletter option And we're going to make use of it It's just MailChimp

And their Web site is MailChimp dot com email marketing platform And on the screen click sign up free So we just need to enter a good e-mail address That's good idea And then a user name

And then a password and they are a little specific with the passwords So let's please MailChimp And then just click get started So much is going to help us create an e-mail newsletter for free We've sent a message

All right so now you just go to your e-mail Next you'll get an e-mail like this saying welcome to MailChimp and maybe you to verify your e-mail address so just go ahead and verify with MailChimp if they ask you to And then we can come down and click get started And we're going to have to log in here we're not a robot OK

We'll do that one just to verify they like being very secure which is a good thing in the long run And help you get that right and logon So all we need to do really to get this working is create a list on this end So once you see the screen just click this at the top And now we can create a list so a list is just like a blank sheet of paper like if you were signing up people at your community center for an event or for your e-mail newsletter you would just need like a clipboard and a piece of paper to write things down

The list is basically the clipboard and the piece of paper So we just want to create a list right here And all it needs is a name so we'll call it create a blog And from an e-mail address that will send to people So when you write newsletters that are sent from this one kitty and a name is all just really standard and normal and you're right people signed up

So maybe we can use like a standard one All right And we're going to come down notifications sent to you so we can get some more activity and you'll get an e-mail as people subscribe So that's really nice when you're out and about and someone subscribes You can be happy for that little moment and save

All right Excellent you have a brand new list No such garbage yet so let's put the form on our blog and people can start using it to subscribe OK so here we are back at the blog And now it's time to click to our dashboard

And click plug ins and we actually need one more widget to operate MailChimp to use the MailChimp features So let's click Add new and plug ins And this one free of course And now come up to the right and do a search for MailChimp for WP

just like that And this is the one we want In the upper left by Abair code so we can install now and then activate and now to set it up we're going to get the new settings in MailChimp for WordPress So click Settings and it needs an API key to be connected So we need to go back to MailChimp Hopefully you cut this window open

If not you may have to log in again So we just need to go back to MailChimp and click on your name in the upper right and then click the profile and you're going to find your API key in Extras PBI keys All right And then API key is right here MailChimp will generate it for you

Just click it to highlight it Copy the whole thing It's really long and weird but let me know if you have any problems creating an API key and then back and press paste it in and save changes And now are connected great So what we want to do is then have our lists

So they come in a second And if you don't see your list right here below then click Renu MailChimp bliss All right And done so we're all done on this screen and now we can just go to perience over there and click customize and back to widgets sidebar right at widget Now we'll have the option for the MailChimp sign up form perfect so choose that one

And we're going to go all the way down to the sidebar where it should appear And there is newsletter OK So we've added it Great

Doesn't look like much though it just says newsletter Maybe we can change that to join our newsletter called action verb arts hold close for now Just save and publish and we need to do one more step to show the newsletter lets go back by clicking x Now let's click on forms on the left in the MailChimp for WordPress settings It's going to ask us what the name of the form is so just choose any name you like subscribe form and now choose a list that people should subscribe to through this form

And click add new form Excellent work So let's scroll down now and let's just save changes without changing anything on the screen And let's see what we have our blog open in this window Go to the home page and click on

All right so we have an actual newsletter form that people can use That's really cool You get the choice of at least two designs now The first one is this really simple design with just e-mail address an option for people to put that in and click sign up So if you think that works for you then stick with this

Or if you want a larger more robust form then I'm going to show you how to use the specific form for our Laurell theme To do that let's Google Lauryl theme WordPress documentation and whenever you do this you'll find some goodies that the developers love for us You just have to work a little bit to make us work So where would this be

I think we want the beginner basics getting started with Laurell It's click that and so papain has this help site at Texas DOT com So of course link this to you guys in the video below Don't worry about that We're just going to want to click the section that says set up your newsletter widget and hope we'll find a good down here

All right So this is the design we're shooting for And let's see if we can get it Check out this article How to set up world news or just like that And let's see if there's a goodie

I know there you go Oh here it is All right So You can read through this whole article if you want

I already have And then we're just going to come down because we've already done the first step The second step we've done the third step All we need is this little beauty right here which is a little chunk of code just highlight this HVM on Copy

We don't need to know what it means unless you want and I can explain it And you want to go back to your Web site and then in this field We're just going to highlight it So what we're going to do actually is we're going to

We're actually going to highlight this code and copy it All right And come back to our text file from before We put our WordPress insulation details way back And we're just going to paste this in

So we have this simple layout and now we can use the really nice robustly All right So it's that again Just copy this little gem comeback Paste

It over What it says right here Just like I did right there and click save changes All right So you get to a subscription form lay out and I think we should be working now or refresh our blog

And excellent Great job We can test it out So let's use one of my other emails and subscribe to our list so when someone click Subscribe they're going to get a confirmation and saying please check your e-mail inbox to confirm So pretty standard and everything works

If you want any tips on how to build your email list design your form Gurry newsletter Give people incentives to subscribe That's what the comments are for because I've definitely gone through all this I know how you feel just starting out All right

And we can move on now But like I said that's what the comments are for Happy to help So we're down to subscribers And why don't we move on and add a Google advertisement

All right Put a Google ad or several Google ads on your blog is actually really easy You just copy paste the google code and put it on your blog The hard part is getting accepted to Google's advertising program called ads And so this is the first tutorial where I'm going to walk you through three steps you need to do before you apply to ads and to increase your chance of getting accepted

The first step is right Three blog posts Make sure you have content you don't want to have an empty blog because Google gets a lot of applications from bad web sites They don't want to do anything but post ads and they want to accept good blogs that have at least a few blog posts and also some pages If you've completed upped the tutorial and the steps you've done then you'll be fine as far as that goes

The second step is just to submit your website to Google So if you Google the Submit my site to Google you'll get it in that exact instructions on how to do that In fact there is a link that says Submit your l Where you can click it and literally all you need to do is just paste in the link to your blog right here and click I'm not a robot and that at least will tell Google that you exist

You're a real person and not a robot And if you want to rank in the search engines and want to start doing good things the third step is to add Google Analytics to your Web site All right so that's up we're actually going to do right now together so that you can make sure you do it right So I'm already signed up to analytics but I'll show you how to sign up in my little Incognito window here which doesn't recognize my google email So you just Google Analytics

And then you can click on the first link that says Google Analytics solutions All right And then once you're on the homepage for analytics click analytics and beleft And you're going to get an option to sign up for free So that's what we wanted to do

It's always free for me so I don't even know why they need to say that Just click the sign up for free button All right And it's going to tell you the steps you need to start analyzing your sites traffic and to install Google Analytics It's actually been a while since I set this up so it's nice to see it brand new again

It's looking pretty cool with all the graphics So let's do it together and click sign up And you're going to need to tell analytics about your Web site and your account name so account name could be anything but it's good to just put your website name in here whatever you call the web site and then put in your web name again and then put in your you URL here So in our case this would be For example right now at 9 and Jerry Ragnor com that should work

And they are to give us the TTP portion of that Next just use an industry category and we are an educational tutorial on how to create a blog So maybe we are jobs in education although we're not really jobs unless you use blogging as a job So all right that could work And then we're going to come down and click get tracking ID

All right And then click accept And then Google will give you this awesome tracking ID that they made just for your blog

This is unique to your blog So this is the Now if you google on this property if you're using a third party the voting are best go to a You'll need to follow their instructions to sort of analytics OK

Got it So you have me here so I'm your third party instructions and we're going to Highlight the code from the script part to the other script fire Copy it All right

And then we're all good right here We don't need to do anything else in analytics Just come back to the blog So we're back at the blog and we're going to click to the dashboard To install your Google Analytics code just hover on settings

And click WP insert code And Paste that code in the header code box Perfect just like that

So we can paste a lot of code in header if other sites want to like verify with us But for now this is a great start And this is all we need to do We're going to click save changes And now Google will be able to read your site and track the amount of traffic you get in your analytics dashboard

So give it about 24 hours for analytics to start communicating with your web site and tracking your visitors coming in from all around the world and gather some good rich data and then come back to analytics and click home And now we to have like all these analytics accounts but you just want to open up your eyes for example or open up like All right fine I'll show you one good number So if you open up the folder and you click to your blog Then you can see the traffic that's taking place or wave

And the best area I like to go is to click behavior and click site content all pages And this shows your best blog post or your pages both pages and post show up here you can analyze and look at the numbers All right so we're going to close analytics with those three steps done with your three blog posts and a couple of pages live now that you've submitted your content to Google And now that you've installed Google Analytics You could also add your site to Google Webmaster Tools You just get through Google just Google Webmaster Tools and set that up

If you do all that you're going have a much better chance of getting signed up and approved in Google and sense So now that we've done that we can go to Google ads and see it looks like All right And here we are going to sign in You don't need to read her story

And I'm sure it's good There's always people making a killing with that sense And I'm not one of them but they're out there and you want to learn from them There's a million ways to make good money with ads and do it all the right way And they really will pay you hundreds of thousands of dollars every month or you know just enough to cover the cost of a domain and hosting

That's good to So here's my dashboard And what we want to do is click on my ads to get an ad set up here blog And then you want to click new ad unit and you can decide how the ad looks the size what sort of texture visuals appear It's really fun

It looks like we already made an ad for our blog So let's just use that to save a little time So Greg Noorzai and sidebar ad and I'm just going to click get code that little blue link All right And now sort of like the analytics code you just need to copy what Google gives you

Make sure it says azing cronie is right there so that it loads in a good way in comparison to your other content on the page and it doesn't take long time to load Then click close And now we're going to go back to the blog so to insert a Google ad on your set come to your dashboard and you might know where to go Now we're going to go to your appearance widgets but we're going to do it through the customized window so click customize And now come on down backward we're before and click widgets like sidebar

So this should all be looking pretty familiar right now Just click add widget And I didn't notice it first but you can just put ads into the text widget That's the best way to do it You clicked text because this is really just a little window where you can write whatever you want like a world or you can also use code

It's good for both of those So we're going to paste our Google ad like search save and publish and that should be working out on sutee made dashboard Come then we can see we have our very first Google ad That's awesome It's showing up nice and clear and it's showing me that I should book the park Hyatt Sydney

All right And that's because I'm trying to plan a trip to Australia right now If you have any advice I want to make sure we see everything too So let me know the best places to go in Australia if you've been If you go to a different page the ad might look different like on our attractions page

Google decides what ad to show based on the words around the ad So depending on your page content you might see a different ad chip advisers Obviously a really great ad good company looks pretty good on our travel blog And you know it will vary depending on what your blog is about And that's one of the coolest things is that Google does that like work for us

We don't need to decide what ads and make those beautiful ads will do it for us If it's not showing up it might be because you have an ad blocker working so turn that off Mine is turned off All right So that's how to

Get approved to Google Ad Sense and make a Google ad Next we're just going to show off our latest post on the blog because we have a few of them right now that people can read So to do that let's go back to customize and close up the Top Right now we're going to click widgets sidebar

Add a widget so you probably do this on your own by now And we're going to click recent posts All right I'm going to say good Well this is and save and publish

And I believe that's done now it's X out So it looks beautiful and Laurel styles it all nicely with centered and the font and the two lines so no more work needed on our part All right let's cross that off we're really curious now And so we're going to put another Google ad now just because like you never know which ad people are going to click Maybe they'll click the first one the second one you want to give them choices

If people really need choices and want to click I think that's the strategy though There's a lot of successful sites that have ads in a few locations to optimize the real estate on your site So let's click customize again And click widgets sidebar and we don't even need to get new ad code You can just open the text widget and copy this code

So I don't Copy And just put that in another text widget Add a widget text and paste right in there And say and publish

All right so That's perfect We now have two ads working for us It shows you guys how much time I spend fumbling around chip adviser So cool

All right That part's done Cross off another Google ad Next we're going to set up our promo boxes which could be about your different pages or different advertisements you make for anything you want on the web at your blog or on another blog Really whatever you want

They're really fun So the boxes go in the sidebar which means that to create them we have to go back to customize and widgets and sidebar And once we're here look at a widget and now of course we're going to choose the Boral promo packs All right So this widget needs a few things but it doesn't really need a title

It really just needs a background image And some promo text that goes on top of that image and then a link So when someone clicks the image they can go somewhere that you want them to go to get our back on image you are l like we saw before we can just open your blog and a new tab And then go to the dashboard and specifically the media area to get a new image you are all sort of like media and now let's use our first promo box image So I believe that one of them was dying from the demo site so you can of course pick any image and your blog can be about anything

So your promotions might be any sort of subject like fitness fashion finance The list goes on and on But in our case because we're a travel blog we have nice pictures of hotels And the first one is this awesome wilderness hot tub that we're going to use for a promo box So we just need the you know we can just double click this file you are el

Copyright and come back to customize and we'll Pasted in this little bar Now for a promo text Let's just relax And for a promo link we actually need to open the blog in a new window

We want the real link to the attraction's page Copy and Now our first promo box is created and we can go down the page and see it and it looks really nice pretty with a white background with the text All right Now we just need two more promo boxes we can close our first one

Click Add a widget and now Primum a box and you can add like three or four or five whatever you want Keep your media window open That makes it easy or we can grab our image of the dining room table Copy the you are el I just did like a triple click or a double click right there to highlight it and copy it

And now paste that in and some text dining and a link And of course this link is going to go to our food page We're going to right click on top of the food page and come back and paste it in All right And we've created our second promo box

So that looks good too is better than one Alex you looks really professional If you have any questions as you make these promo boxes and you can move on to the third printing box save and publish Close it up Click Add a widget and choose a box one more time

And now we just need a picture of this nice little hotel where someone could stay Although I guess that would be someone that didn't really want company In any case it looks beautiful and relaxing So let's just copy the you are out all right and come back and we'll paste it in back as you or I'll paste promo code Lodging

And for our link we haven't created a page yet for lodging So what we're going to do is just write coming soon about this box so that people know that they can expect that content coming soon All right I think it will show up But save and publish

And will refresh and we have our promo boxes all set ready to go at the bottom of the site Great job So let's cross that off And now we're going to create an e-commerce Web site out of our blog but we're not going to change the entire web site We're actually just going to add a shop to your blog

So one separate page where you can sell anything you want from your blog All right So how do we do that Easily on web So I'll show you now how to add e-commerce to a blog

We can go back to the dashboard and we're going to use the best full service e-commerce plugin for WordPress called wude commerce It's kind of a funny name that you chose but after you hear it a few times it sounds a little more normal and it makes sense because it does so many good things So we're going to look ahead new and we're going to just do a search for new commerce All right And there it is so commerce is what we're going to use with 1 million plus active installs

And we're going to click install on the anklet activate all right in and follow the steps in newcomer's and it will set itself up for us So let's go and continue and just choose your state wherever you're located or your country around the world Or in New York and we're using pounds inches and dollars so if we ship anything and if we charge any money that's what it will be in But you can change that later on of course and continue All right

And so yes we're going to enable the shipping option And if you want to charge tax and check that box to continue And now we can choose the payment options that our site will allow So we want to allow people our standard check payment paying transfers and cash on delivery just to keep everyone happy But if you want to remove a payment option later or change how it works you can always do that in the checkout settings continue

So for one moment I just want to go back and see if it'll let us do that All right So what we want to make sure here is that the Pay-Pal I just checked and unchecked it that the Pay-Pal email address you have is your actual paypal email address and not your WordPress email So in my case that's a little bit different

I'm going to change this because when I set up PAME how I used this email instead So just make sure that your Pay-Pal email is the correct one That way when people make purchases and use Paypal to check out on your blog then you'll actually collect the money and they won't be like any problems with paypal and now continue again All right And now we're ready

We can create our first product so the products screen is just like adding a new post or any page And because it's so easy I'm going to walk you through creating a demo sample product or something you might want to sell on your blog So I like starting with a product image which is just like a featured image click product image We can choose our flowers Or we can choose something else

I think we had some food here Where's the food Oh there's the food Serenity's the food set product image and we're going to call this press key snacks All right Then you just heard a little description about the food and you can come down and write another description down here

Includes she read all right And then we just need a price you can set a regular price of course your price can change whenever you want You just have to update it and you can make a sale price to see how that works All right and now we're going to choose a category food click add new So it's a lot like adding a new post when you add a new product

And if you want to have multiple options like a T-shirt would have large small medium etc or different colors Then you need to change this option to variable product And I have a tutorial a different video tutorial on how to do that as well So I'll send you that in the comments if you want to create more options for your product But for now this is just called a simple product one price one set of options I won't publish

All right now let's view product and we can see we made our very first product If you click the image we get this nice overlay of habit So it's pretty cool And if we go back we can see just how the product looks So it has the description NAMBLA

Has reviews people concert reviewing it and buying it and then we also have the option to change the quantity of this opera Eski snacks item people can add to cart and then right away view car So it's kind of like a simplified version of Amazon You have a lot of the professional features just not a million products and a million options at once just the simplicity of e-commerce and you can give people coupon codes that are also really easy to create and then someone can click proceed to check and fill in some billing details and additional information and order details and then they can look at their order decide how they want to pay you and click place order and pretty much everything is set up So the only parts of this e-commerce shop here that aren't set up are that I don't have the boxes and the goods in place to go ahead and ship people these food goods if they order it from our store That's basically the only thing we don't have in place because we can now start accepting payments

And we haven't listed the shop in our navigation many even though commerce went ahead and set up all these pages for us We should give people the option of navigating the shop and then we're done So if you remember to edit our menu of top here we need to go back to dashboard And we need to hover on appearance and click menus and now we have more pages here because we come or set them up for us so we can just select shop cart check out my account Click and the menu

And that's great What I'm gonna do is just simplify it by drawing sharp up And then indenting my account check checkout and cart right here So we just indented and I want to make sure everyone notices that step So this is not only how to simplify your menu but also how to create a dropdown menu in word pass and I'll show you how it looks right now

Let's just save it And now we have like 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 items in the main menu and three items in the dropdown So let's go and see how it looks now We're just going to actually refresh the checkout page So now we added the shop edition and our navigation and the dropdown looks great

All right and everything fits And you didn't need to go ahead and create a custom dropdown or look up a tutorial on how to do that because we created it here right through WordPress and with all comers So that'll help people navigate just like they navigate on Amazon when they want to like check out right away or view the cart or just see their account and edit their profile details and their other personal details Of course within your blog So we open up our scorecard we can see that we're actually now done with two more

Steps We did the shop and we did drop down menu So great job Now we're going to learn how to set up your own Instagram filter so that when people are scrolling down on your blog whatever type of blog you make They'll think they're done with amazing content and then bam you'll show them a bunch of cool photos of you on Instagram so you can become just like James Franco or Gucci Mane or Solange or Blake Lively or anyone else that's really famous on instagram and it's going to be really tough to do this Only catch I'm just kidding

Actually it's going to be really easy And the rest of the tutorial is actually all downhill So let's do it Get your Instagram photos set up Just go to customize yet again an hour we're going to click widgets and Instagram putter and click Add a widget

And so now we just want the Instagram with Instagram There's Instagram To just choose on And now we can come down and let's click on the home page so it's a little bit more homey And then now we're just going to put in our username

So mine is now I got it even though I'm like never on Instagram And you can choose the number of photos And I think they said that medium works best original That's what Laurel recommends And let's just choose six photos us Let's try that save it and scroll down

All right there we go Now it's working now Looking at so when we accept you'll now have set up your very own entry and footer looking great Actually I kid you not That looks great

And good job So that part's done All right Now we're going to add the copyright section to our blog So really important but often overlooked

And once you think of what you want to write you can just remove the section at the bottom right here and right in your own text and links So that's something great So we're just going to go back to customize and now we're going to click on the footer settings and here we can get to work editing the footer Copyright So I already thought of some stuff I want to say

That's when I Copyright 17 and I want to write drag around in and then I'm going to hit the right arrow to move the cursor over and instead of the periods I want the vertical bar like that so you'll have to find that on your keyboard In my case it's in the upper right and then go into the right Even more designed and developed So what I'm gonna do here is just remove designed and developed and write in the standard WordPress theme created by

Right So that way people know that we run WordPress and there's a theme involved and then if they want to get to know the creators they can click or link right here and check it out All right And now is the fun part So now we're going to get our first taste of referral or affiliate marketing and we just need a link for right here

We need to create a custom referral link for you to do so Open up a new tab and head back to theme forest where you bought your copy of the lauryl theme And here we are All right so once you're here just click on All right

That's next Oh there she looked interesting What does that say Dan something about an affiliate competition which totally makes sense All right well we'll have to talk to that person later

So OK So we're going to click affiliates and now what we need to do is just get those linked to the Laurell page So we have our username because we're signed in And if you didn't sign in make sure it go ahead and sign in I'm going to open up another tab and was going to google him for his to log on because all the theme parks themes are in google and I find the theme right away

Just click the first link There it is All right So looking very familiar And let's go to the top think hobby link and now come back to that Phillip page

Leave your username in there and just paste that link over it where it says in Boston Market page so this is doing is creating a referral link to any custom invita page we tell it to When you click away for a link will create itself And now that's all we need to do We just need to copy the referral link which is now custom to you because it will say wrath equals whatever your username is right here So if you name names like Bober Amy it'll say rap equals Bob Arapahoes calls Amy

Copy that and now Easy as pie Just come back to WordPress and paste that in right over the soap I'm like we're going to actually just right click paste it over that link All right

And sometimes when we save and publish it doesn't actually go through So I'm going to actually highlight everything we just made check on the other highlight and copy it just in case it doesn't get saved We don't want to have to do it again And what you have to do it over again So copy it

All right And now save and publish on sialic complete the photo section scroll down you can see it's working And if we accept and go down on our actual home page and you have your own beautiful custom footer section cover it 20:17 the name of your site All rights reserved WordPress theme created by

And then we have the name of the theme creators so upon of course that when someone clicks it that'll go right to the theme for us page where someone can buy the theme and you'll get the referral credit aka a little bit of income for marketing the theme to your audience And just to prove to you that that works we can see that I've made like seven hundred dollars now from the referrals to invita So if we click that and then if we click earnings it's kind of tough to find So I wanted to show you And then if we click from item sales just referrals then Ill show you how many referrals you're getting recently and haven't really been referring to all of them for us lately

I did in 2016 at the start with the Mr Taylor theme and our e-commerce video but not much lately So if we took all time then we get a little more activity All right So just something to look at

We have like Dade's Click through a lot and 2016 and then registred people who want to deposit because then we earn some or real income And so on and so forth So it is real You can definitely earn your money back and then some using the affiliate marketing system at Vado

All right There's only one thing I wanted to change about that FOTR So it's that I want willing to open a new tab so someone doesn't leave your blog Let's go back to customize and I'm going to show you how to open a link in the new tab Just click footer navigate to every part and right after the quotation mark not inside of it

Right after it make space and right target equals Quotation marks underscore blank Close quote That's just shorthand for open link in a new tab that appears like everywhere on the web Site and publish

Close The Homepage And network business are So good job

Ron Let's cross off the copyright the image effects section We actually already did before when we uploaded images and styled our horse curious image in pig monkey So if you want to learn image effects then click back to the upload images section But this is just a free step that you guys can just cross off and just when you thought you were almost done by the powers of editing we have to add our big promo boxes

But it's a quick step and I think this is a cool feature for whatever kind of blog you want to create So let's do that quickly We can come to customize Doesn't it always seem like when you're almost done there's one more step And now we're going to go to

Premeal box settings So we had our promo boxes in widgets and now we have problem boxes as their main tab right here And those go on the home page These are the big promo boxes All right and now we just need to get our window like right here right beneath that image gallery slider and click and they'll prowl boxes and I think a space should appear

There you go All right Now to our first big promo box which can I select image And we're going to choose one of the images that you uploaded All right

So we're going to choose this one choose image and this will be for Instagram So we're going to call this one There you go And the URL is just going to be the Instagram for Micheles channel So I got that link

It's going to paste it in right here And if you want to follow Michelle she definitely Gram's more than I do Go ahead and just be nice Otherwise I'm not going to be happy So always be nice on social media

That's our rule And we of course appreciate any follow as you give us because as you know now that you're creating a blog building any social media following is very exciting stuff And we're going to come to premeal box to now so we can just Fill this one in Where am I going here

We can fill it in with another image So let's click select to image and we're going to grab the Picture of the flowers and choose which All right very good So this one is just going to go to our shop page so we can open up the site now

And you can right click on shop and copy link address And then paste that in Box number two you are up And then come on down The third box select image

And I'm going to go with our artsy little snowflake fence image because I love this one And so you can choose any images that will match whatever type of blog you're building here And if you want to you know start a blog about finance Maybe this says like stocks and this one is inside tips and this one is a newsletter or something you can create any images and link to any places And box number three is just called our story And the oil is just the about page so we can write like Cabul and get us

And come back and paste it in here So before we're done with this section we need a title for box number two Which was Shop And when your title for actually we're all done

All right So a suit made And we have our three big promo boxes looking fantastic All right So great job everybody

Save and publish accent and we can see what we mean Awesome so let's cross off the big promo boxes next I'm going to show you how to add Google fonts to your blog so you can style the blog And you know let your creativity run wild So the first step is just to Google Google fonts

All right And you're going to get Fahnestock googled up com click that And now we have all these awesome stylish Interesting You know

Hopefully emotion evoking fonts that you can use for your stories your posts your reviews you know your advice what I've given out and find the perfect font So I think India flour looks really interesting and something like we might want to use for a story about the beach or about a road trip and I'm going to show you how to use this one but it also applies to how to use any phone on Google The first thing you need to do is click the plus button right here and it'll give you this window that says family selected or maybe the design will change Google is always updating but it should be the same steps So you just open the window now and even though it looks confusing it's really easy

The first thing we need to do is click where it says Link HGF and you need to highlight the section just like I did right there And then copy it And now we're going to go back to our Web page or our blog The head part it's all just telling us code but we just need to go back to our blog Dashboard

And we already set up a nice plug in for inserting Google fonts If you have run settings you can click WP enter code And now all we need to do is open up the section for header code a little bit

Just expand it Give yourselves one space like that and paste in the code from Google And make sure there's a space there So those codes don't get in the way just like I did right there That's perfect

This section is perfect for inserting code from third party sites like Google And now save changes So now we actually have to write in the new font on the page where we want it or the post where we want it So it's clear to our site and let's click the About page where we're going to use this font All right and we have our beautiful finished up page so we can click edit page and we'll come down

And I'm going to create a new header for this font So we actually already have two forms I'm just going to make like our own custom hatter So here's what we're going to do We're going to separate some text

We're going to capitalize the first word of that sentence And now what we're going to do is make use of the Google CSSA right here So it's really easy to just follow along with me We first need to copy everything in the second section that says font family

Make sure you get all of it including the like on All right And then come back to the blog And now just put your cursor at the start of where you want to include the font And follow along

We're going to write an alligator bracket Pea style equals quotation mark And now I'm going to hit command paste or control paste Just like that Now close quotation mark close alligator

And at the end of where you want the font to be you could put it on a whole paragraph or just a couple of words whatever you want write an alligator for P alligator like that So what we did is we enclosed this specific text right here in New paragraph style which is just called pieced out a paragraph style and then we decided what style that would be So I think it will work I'm crossing my fingers we're going to update now And now click View page

And when we scroll down we hope we see a new Google find And we do it just a little bit small So there it is And Google fonts are now working on our blog And you can use a couple of them

I don't recommend more than three of them but choose the best one for whatever blog you want to make I don't like how it's so small though So let's click at page and come back And if you put your mouse after the summer cone you can write font Desch size Cone

And then choose a bigger font size like 36 x for pixels and then so on So after one command like this is one command you need a semi-colon Right here And then after another command like font size you need another semi-colon and you can write more right here Update the page

And now it's more easy to see that beautiful Google Fiber All right guys so great job You I know how to insert Google fonts on a WordPress blog All right And I'm getting kind of sad

I didn't really think this would come about but we're all done now And we have a complete blog to go and show the world I really can't believe it I thought we'd be building this blog like for weeks but we finish it now I hope it wasn't weeks for you I hope it was only a day or two but in any case now you have this awesome blog and it could be about any subject

I hope I showed you that you can make any blog And give you some inspiration to try out any niche and really you know go and prove the world that you can do it And it's not just another blogger doing it It's you and your blog and all awards the social media the comments the statistics the income the fame The speaking events the ability to quit your job

And of course all the great writing and you know all the beauty is coming back to you That's how it is And I mean you deserve it if anyone else can make a popular blog that someday becomes like Forbes or Huffington Post or tech crunch Mashable Time magazine Any other blogs we've heard of then there's no reason you can't do it too

Good luck And me and my small team at dear blogger dot org and the WordPress experience dot com are always here to help you So I'm signing off I'm really sad but I want to say congratulations on completing this tutorial I loved making it for you

These are always super fun This is like the fun part of my work And you know I can't wait to hear from you on what you're making We always have a showcase of new blogs and websites that are coming out from tutorials So all you have to do is you know send me an e-mail with that blog and we'll hopefully get you hooked up and featured in the showcase and that can get you some new traffic too

So congratulations And I'll talk to you guys soon Thanks for watching I'll talk to you later

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