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									                        Create Your First Wordpress Blog
                               The Beginner‟s Ultimate Guide




By Chris Bennett
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                        Create Your First Wordpress Blog
                               The Beginner‟s Ultimate Guide
           Create Your First Wordpress Blog - The Beginner‟s Ultimate Guide




Published by:
Chris Bennett
Worcestershire
UK

Copyright © 2010 – Chris Bennett.
You may sell this guide or give this guide away as long as the content within this
guide is not altered in anyway.

Disclaimer
This comprehensive guide has been penned to provide information to help you
create a wordpress blog.

Every possible effort has been ensured to make this wordpress guide as
complete and authentic as possible. Sometimes however, mistakes can be made
either in typography or content. In addition, this guide contains information on the
always-changing Internet only up to and including the publishing date. So, this guide
should be used as such.

This guide was written to educate. The author will not guarantee that the details
contained in this wordpress guide are fully complete and shall not be responsible for
any errors or items missed. The author and publisher will not have neither liability
nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused
or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this guide.

If you do not agree to be bound by the above, please do not use this
Wordpress guide.


This guide is in no way affiliated with Wordpress.com




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Contents

Page No                                                                          Identification

3…………………………………………………………………………………Contents

4………………………………………………………………..Buying a Domain Name

8………………………………………………………………Reliable Hosting Account

11…………………………………………………..”Name servers” point your domain

14…………………………………………………………….Installing Wordpress Blog

18………………………………………………………….. How to configure WP Blog
Choose a good title and description

Permalinks

Settings in reading tab

Discussion Settings

WP Plugins

Fast Secure Contact Form

Tracking with Analytics

Choose a Theme

Ftp and how to use & uploading a WP Theme

Widgets

Google AdSense

Easy Privacy Policy

Widgets and using Text

Categories

71……………………………………………………………....When Posting Content

77…………………………………………………………………….Adding Hyperlinks

79………………………………………………………………………...Adding Images

83……………………………………………………………..Pinging Something Extra

89………………………………………………………………………Getting Backlinks
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Buying a Domain Name
I have found that the best place to buy a domain name from is In Internet.bs I have
found this to be the easiest place for me to buy a domain name from. They never
send me spam and the site is so easy to use. I have also found them to be one of
the cheapest around.




From here you can get yourself a domain name from $5.43.

As you look at the screen shot above you can see how easy it is to use simple point
and click user friendly and the support is very good.

A lot of other sites are quite complicated to use and often they try to sell you
additional services that you simply do not need.


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When you first go to internetbs.net/ you will be presented a screen like this one
below, type in your required domain name. If the domain name is not available it will
tell you at the bottom.

You need to choose a domain name that is related to you intended website content
for instance; If your WP Blog is going to be about weight loss then you need to
choose something similar to that or better still a niche within this topic.

If you choose “weight loss” and this domain has gone, then simply add a word on
the end like review or home for instance.

So you could choose www.weightlossreview.com

When you have chosen a good domain select add to cart and begin the purchase.




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From within the interface you can choose “free private who is”

This means that all your private data is kept from the public and all who is data is
replaced with internetbs.net/ this is great because it ensures you do not receive
unwanted spam.

This option is entirely down to you.

Notice with internetbs.net/ you can choose to pay with PayPal, Moneybookers or
Credit Card if you want.




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When you click on my account tab you will then see your newly purchased domain
name and notice it will tell you when it expires.




Click on the domain name this will then take you to a new page, notice at the top it
has two tabs one named Standard and Expert. Click on Expert, on the right hand
side of the page select locking/unlocking, this will take you to the next screen and
you should choose lock.

Log out of your account now and we will return here later.

From here it is wise to create a new folder somewhere on your computer where it
easy for you to find. Anything related to your new WP Blog can then be stored in
here and you have it all at hand.




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Reliable Hosting Account
The best hosting by far I have used has to be Hostgator




As you will see the hatchling plan will only cost you $4.95 a month if you choose the
three year option. If you select to just renew on a monthly basis then this will cost
you $8.95 a month.

Ordering is a simple method and you can pay by either Credit Card or PayPal.

If you get stuck or have any questions Hostgator support is second to none and they
will always be on hand with live chat.




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As you can see in the image above I have highlighted the baby package from
Hostgator this is because I think it is the best package to go for as a great
starter.

From only $7.95 you can have unlimited domains hosted on this one account.
This is a great deal because once you have built one Wordpress site you will
want to build more.




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When you have chosen your Hostgator package you will be taken to the next page
as like the image above. Notice, I have entered a discount code in the box below,
this will give a further discount.

“Tip” Search on Google for hostgator coupon you can easily find fresh codes on
there.

Once you have paid and your account has been accepted you will then receive your
account details. Save these details into your newly created folder as mentioned
before, then you will know where they are.

We are now approaching the best parts of creating your Wordpress blog.




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“Name servers” point your domain

Before we do anything else we need to change the name servers within our hosting
account, this is very easy.

Head back to Internet.bs from the home page click on your new domain name. This
will take you to the next screen.




Now click on the Expert tab as shown in the image this will then show this page




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As you will see in the image above I have already clicked on unlock and the domain
is now unlocked and the tab has changed to lock.

Now press your back button and return to the page as below.




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As shown on the image above select Update DNS List and you will go to the next
page like this below.




Type in your name servers like above that you received from Hostgator

Press save and you will now have to wait anything up to 48 hours for these name
servers to be propagated. Sometimes however, they can be a lot quicker than this
maybe only two hours.

Now we can move onto the actual installation of Wordpress and have some fun.




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Installing Wordpress Blog

Go to http://www.yournewdomain.com/cpanel (replace yournewdomain with
whatever your new domain name is.




Type in your username and password, as they were supplied, from your Hostgator
account details and press OK.




You are now in Cpanel, scroll down the page until you find Fantastico as circled in
the above image. Click on Fantastico De Luxe icon




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Click on the tab New Installation




I would suggest here that you get ready to save passwords and usernames as they
are created. Save them to your folder you made so that you always know where
they are.




Nothing could be worse than to create a new WP blog and you could not access the
admin area because you cannot remember the username or password.




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   1) As shown in the image above enter an administrator username
   2) Enter a unique password
   3) Here you can enter a nickname that your viewers can see
   4) Enter an email address try to create a new email address from either
      Yahoo.com or Gmail. “You may get spam here”
   5) Think of a good site name and try to include your main keyword here and try to
      use this keyword in the start of the title.
   6) Next enter a good description using your keyword if you can. Do not worry
      here as the site title and description can be changed later.
   7) Click on Install Wordpress.




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Click the tab finish Installation




On the image below you will see that you can enter your email address, it is wise at
this stage that you do not enter an email address here. Hackers can gain sensitive
information here, it is better to write down in your folder your username and
password.




Congratulations your first Wordpress blog is now installed
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How to configure WP Blog

It is now time to login to your admin panel for the first of many times type this into
your browser http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php

Type in your username and password and click on the login tab as shown below.




You will then enter the admin homepage for the first time.




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Choose a good title and description

Toward the bottom left of the page you will see Settings and then a sub header
called General click on this. You will now see a page similar to this image below.




Choose a descriptive “site title” and a tagline that briefly shows search engines what
you want to be ranked for.

The tagline can be a great asset for you.

People often type into search engines long tail keywords for instance: if looking for
information about installing a wordpress blog they may type in “how to make a
wordpress blog” or making a wordpress blog. These are long tail keywords and can
be used in your tagline.

Put a lot of thought into this area and remember that it is easier to rank for long tail
keywords.




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Permalinks

By default, Wordpress gives you this dynamic URL for your post:
“http://yourdomain.com/?p=SOME-ID-NUMBER”. The best SEO permalink structure
is to have your post appears with „category‟ and the „post title‟ in the website
address (URL).

Instead of having a number on the end of a website address (URL) like
http://www.yourdomainname.com/?p=1

We can make the (URL) search engine friendly; if your first post is called WP blog
then we can make the (URL) look like this http://www.yourdomainname.com/wpblog




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Following the image as above:

   1.   Click permalinks tab
   2.   Highlight custom structure
   3.   Type in /%category%/%postname%/
   4.   In category base type in /.
   5.   Click save changes



This will make our blog search engine friendly and give us a good looking website
title rather than just a meaningless number.



By the way when you enter /. In the category base it makes our URL shorter by
removing the word category from the URL.




Notice the above URL is more descriptive and search engine friendly and any
keyword or your post title will be displayed on the end of the URL.




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Settings in reading tab




As in the image select the Reading tab in the bottom left of your admin page. By
default your page will look like this above.

Notice the Blog pages to show at most is 10 posts and Syndication feeds show the
most recent.

As for the other options, for now just leave them as they are.




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Notice in the image below I have changed the Blog pages to show at most and
Syndication feeds show the most recent to 15.




I think that 15 is a good number to work with here and it is better for the reader of
the blog but anywhere between 15 to 20 is ideal and should not slow the blog down
too much.

“For each article in a feed, show” Every WP blog has a RSS feed you can choose to
either have a snippet of your feed or the whole article shown. Change this to
Summary this way they have to visit your blog to read the entire post.

Always remember to click save changes after alterations.
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Discussion Settings

Click on the Discussion tab to be presented with a screen like the image below. I
have already set my options here. You can either keep them the same as I have or
alter them according to what you want




This is what is great with wordpress you can play around with the options and
settings you can always alter settings back if you do not like them.

The more you use wordpress the better you become and trial and error are all part
of the learning process.




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Within the discussion settings control page is very important that you allow
comments. Search engines love comments because it shows your blog is active,
however, you will eventually have spam comments but these can be stopped in
various ways which we will go onto later.




You will see on the image above that we can show avatars with comments, if we
want and we can even choose what sort of avatars to show.

We can also select what sort of audience our blog is suitable for. After making your
selections “save changes”




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WP Plugins

There are an endless amount of wordpress plugins that will enhance your WP blog.
The first WP plugin you need is already in your plugin folder and is called “Askimet”
this will get rid of almost all of your spam comments




Go ahead and click Plugins, you will then be presented with a screen like the above
image. Press Activate on the Askimet tab.




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You will then see a screen like the image above. Move your mouse pointer to the
highlighted “enter your Askimet API key” as above and use your mouse right click
press Open Link in New Tab. You will then be directed to Askimet website where
you can get a free Askimet API key.




Fill in the details and you will receive your free Askimet API key. Enter the unique
key into the box press update options and Askimet will be verified, as shown in the
image below.




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You have now activated and verified your first WP plugin and this is a very important
step. Askimet will save you a lot of manual deleting of spam comments later on.

I always delete the plugin Hello Dolly because I do not find it necessary for my blog.




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Fast Secure Contact Form

The plugin I recommend allows your visitors to send you a message and is easily
installed. Just follow the steps below to install this great looking professional plugin.




At the left hand side under plugins click on “add new” this will bring up the next page
as in the image below.




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Type in the search box “contact form” and press then “search plugins” you will see
“Fast Secure Contact Form” then press Install Now.

The plugin will now install itself and all you have to do is sit and wait for a very short
while.




When the plugin has installed you will then see a page like the image above, and
then simply click on “Activate Plugin”.




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In the image above you will see the tab “Settings” circled just click on this and you
will now be able to start filling in the options.




As can be seen in the image above you can click on help at any time to bring up the
help page of wherever you are.

By default within the Welcome introduction box is already <p>Comments or
questions are welcome</p> but you can change this to whatever you want your
welcome introduction to be for instance:

<p>Send your message here</p> or

<p>we welcome your message</p>




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As you will see in the image above you will have to add your email address in the
box. You can enter multiple email addresses if you want here for example:

Sales,johnburgess@yahoo.com or admin,petersmith@gmail.com

And so on, notice I have entered just one email contact here.

Just read through the easy to follow help buttons to add more options. For the
purpose of this guide I have entered basic information, but you can experiment if
you wish.

This is why this plugin is so popular because you can experiment and play around
with it until you get it just right for you.




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You will notice in the above image you can select to use Askimet here to deal with
any spam messages. You can even redirect your visitor to another URL after they
have completed their message. For instance another page on your blog.




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Now we have to create our first page. On the menu tabs on the left hand side click
Pages from the dropdown menu that appears click on Add New.




You will see in the image above first if you have not already click Add New then in
the title bar type in Contact Us in the content box type in [si-contact-form form='1']

Below this you will see the Discussion box uncheck Allow Comments.

Then on the right hand side you will see a tab named Publish click that.

Your contact form should now be complete and you will have your first page
completed. This is a great step because people will want to be able to contact you
later on.

With this form it will make the whole process so much easier and a professional
touch that your visitor will enjoy. Let us take a look at the completed contact form.

“By the way if you ever want to view your blog homepage and you are in the admin
page just look for your page title in the top left and click that.”


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You will notice that when a visitor to your wordpress site wants to contact you they
will click on the Contact Us tab. This will then take them to this newly created
contact form you have created.

Your visitor will have to fill in the details about themselves in order to be able to send
this message.

At the bottom of the message form you will see that they have to also complete a
Captcha code before the message is sent.

This ensures that the visitor is human and also prevents spam messages.

In addition to this you will also have Askimet stopping spam if you checked the box
before the contact form was made.




Remember you can send your visitor to another page on your blog after their
message is sent for instance a sales page or download page, the choice is yours.

If you have followed this tutorial until now you will see just how easy it is to use
plugins and how quickly they can transform a site.

Wordpress is so popular now and this has a lot to do with the plugins available.
There is a WP plugin for nearly every task on wordpress, make use of the vast
range available.




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Tracking with Analytics

We now need to add Google Analytics to our site this will allow us accurate tracking
and statistics so we know what visitors and how many we have to our new
wordpress blog.

Type in your browser http://www.google.com/analytics/




Signing up is a simple process just follow the instructions and fill in your details.
Once you have signed up you will have access to Google Analytics and you will see
a screen like this below.




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As shown in the image above click on + Add New Account you will then be directed
to a page like below.




Click on the icon Sign Up then you will be redirected to this next page as shown
below.




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Type in your Wordpress blog URL as shown above the account name will fill
automatically. Enter time zone country or territory and time zone as shown above
and click on Continue.

Then you will be directed to this page as below.




Fill in your last name and then first name, and then select in your country now click
Continue. You will then be presented with Google Analytics terms and conditions
page, read through these terms and conditions and if you agree to them select yes
in the bottom left corner and click Create New Account.




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As you will see above Google Analytics gives us a Javascript code to insert into our
source code of our sites. This is the old fashioned complicated way, now I will give
you a much easier way of doing this using a fantastic WP plugin.

In the image above you will see I have circled UA-20097105-1 you will have your
own unique UA code, please make a note of yours as you will be needing this later
on.




Go back to your wordpress admin page and select Plugins and then Add New type
in the search bar Google JavaScript and look for the plugin called Google Analytics
as shown above. Now press Install and then Activate Plugin.




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On the bottom left of your admin page you will see the tab Settings click the arrow
on that tab and from the drop down menu look for Google Analytics then click on
that.




Enter your own unique UA code and press Save Changes.


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Now if you head back to Google Analytics and press finish then you will find your
code has been inserted and now you can start receiving statistics about your
wordpress blog.




Click on View report any time to view your statistics.




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Choose a Theme



You can use a search engine such as Google to find wordpress themes or try here
Free Wordpress Themes




Enter in the search box what you are looking for as an idea you could enter “blue”,
“widget ready” or “seo optimized”. You can even find 2 columns or 3 column or more
and you can even find AdSense ready. In addition to this, you can find magazine
style wordpress themes or commercial types.

As with WP plugins, the choice of WP themes seems almost endless so you are
sure to find something you like with a little bit of searching.


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You are going to need a zip/unzip program and the one I use is called jZip and it is
100% free. Download from here www. Jzip.com

When you have found the wordpress theme you want simply click on the download
link at the top right of the page.




When it is downloaded you need to select open with jZip or your unzip software then
press OK.
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Make a new folder somewhere on your computer where you can easily find it.




Now extract to this new folder you have made, this only takes seconds to complete.




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FTP and how to use & uploading a WP Theme



Now you will need an ftp program you can use filezilla which is very good however, I
use another program called cuteftp but it works in very much the same way. You can
get a free trial with cuteftp but filezilla is a great ftp program.




You will need to enter details you should have received from your hosting account
supplier 1. Hostname should start with ftp. 2. Your username 3. Your password then
click connect or quick connect.

If you do get stuck then just click on your ftp program help tab but if you follow this
tutorial you should be fine.

Connection problems sometimes arise by not typing in the correct hostname or
username or password. Just make sure you enter the correct details as supplied by
your hosting provider.




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In the above image you will see a screen that is similar to what you should be
seeing. In the box on the left hand side you can choose files and folders from your
computer and on the right hand side will be your files and folders within wordpress
blog.

What we are going to be doing is simply taking files or folders from our computer
and transferring them to our wordpress blog.

Now to begin, double click quickly, with your left mouse button, on public_html folder
on the right hand side. This will show up all your files and folders within public_html.




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Scroll down the page until you find the folder wp-content as in the image above, and
then double click quickly, with your left mouse button again to open this folder up.

You will now see the contents inside this folder the folder you are now looking for is
named themes as shown in the image below.




You will also notice in the left hand box I have already located my folder containing
my theme that will be uploaded to the wordpress blog. Now this folder was within
another folder so I had to first open this folder up.

As can be seen above the theme folder is now ready to be moved into the theme
folder on the right.

This can be done in two ways you can either left click and hold the mouse key down
and drag it across to the themes folder or you can right click on your theme folder on
the left then click copy and then move your mouse across to the right on the themes
folder again right click on your mouse then click paste.




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Back to the admin area of our wordpress blog click on Appearance on the left hand
side then click Themes your newly uploaded WP theme should now be here. Click
on Activate this will now be installed as your new wordpress theme.

As you will see in the image below I have successfully installed this wordpress
theme and you should now be at this stage as well.

Wordpress themes can be changed at any time and you can search from within your
wordpress site for them as well.

From your admin area select Themes then at the top of the page click on Install
Themes. From here you can search for themes, if you find one here you can just
install from there and activate as before.

You can search for featured, newest or recently updated and from here you can also
preview the theme.

I personally prefer to upload my themes as I showed you.


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The same advice goes for wordpress themes as before with wordpress plugins
experiment. If you do not like something change it, you can change things around so
quickly with wordpress.

I personally like to use three column theme layouts as above but some prefer using
two columns and others prefer using magazine style layouts.

You will eventually have your own preference until then I would suggest using
simple layouts and build your knowledge from them. Remember the people who
created these themes and plugins were in exactly the same level of experience as
you are now.

We all have to start somewhere!




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Widgets



Widgets are an easy way to show items or text in your sidebars they give you a
better looking blog and make the blog more stylish.

Go to your wordpress blog admin on the left click Appearance and then Widgets you
will see similar to the image below.




In this theme I am using we see two sidebar options one says Left Sidebar and the
other Right Sidebar notice I have circled the arrows on these sidebars.

When the arrow is clicked it can either open or close the active area of the sidebar,
you will notice the active area of the Left Sidebar is open.

It is a simple matter of dragging the widgets from the middle into which sidebar you
want.




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Dragging of the widgets is done by using your mouse left button click and hold the
key down on a widget and while holding the button down drag the widget into the
sidebar active area.

When the widget is in place click on Save.




You can give your widget a title if you want before you click save.




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Now let us take a look at this newly installed widget on the wordpress blog.




You can now see the installed widget; you may notice I have also taken out the
picture from the top right corner.

Carry on adding more widgets as you require it is simply the same as above just
drag and drop where you want your widgets to appear.




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Google AdSense



A great widget is the text widget in here we can post normal text and change the text
colour, we can add an image and we can even insert Google AdSense html code.

Let us start by adding some AdSense code, if you have not already, then go ahead
and sign up for to AdSense.




Once you have your Google AdSense account login and click on AdSense Setup.




You will then see a page like this above, click on AdSense for Content.

Keep clicking continue for now just keep using the default settings until you get to a
page like below.


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Make sure the Ad Unit icon is selected and click continue. On the next page select
120 x 600 Skyscraper; this is an ideal size for the sidebar.




As can be seen on the above image scroll down on this page and click on continue
in the bottom left corner.


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You will now be at a page as shown below.




Click on Submit and Get Code. This will now give us our code that we can paste into
our sidebar text widget.




Left click anywhere within this code box and it will highlight all the code.

Right click on your mouse button and select copy.




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Now head back to your wordpress admin area click on Appearance then click
Widgets.




Now scroll down this page until you find the widget Text with your mouse drag this
this text widget across to your sidebar.

This text widget will now automatically open up and within this area paste your code.

To do this hover your mouse pointer within the text area that has opened up, right
click on your mouse and then select paste.




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We can now take a look at our blog to see how this looks.




You may have to refresh your wordpress blog before the Google AdSense adverts
show. This is because Google first has to find out what the content of your
wordpress blog is before it can display relevant adverts to your content.

There are a number of plugins, you can use, to display Google AdSense adverts on
your wordpress blog, but to place an advert in the sidebar, is a very simple task.

We will be adding a WP plugin later that will display adverts.




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Easy Privacy Policy

Now before we go any further, if we are going to display Google AdSense adverts
on our WP blog then we have to have a privacy policy in place this is in the terms
and conditions.

This is no longer a problem anymore because we have a great WP plugin that will
do most of the work for us.




Click plugins then add new type in the search box Easy Privacy Policy and the
install now, when installed activate the plugin as you have done before.




As shown above click on settings.


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As you scroll down this page you will see every section is already ticked by default
except for section 3 which is for adult content. Do not worry about this unless your
WP blog contains adult only material.

So just go ahead and click on Create Privacy Policy. Take a look the Privacy Policy
is now complete.




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Widgets and using Text

Now we are going to use the text widget, to add some text and try a few tricks. To
add text in the sidebar of our blog, we can simply drag the text widget over, to the
sidebar. When the text area opens, we can just start typing or paste a previously
written piece, into this text area.

This is all good but the text will be just simple black and will just look plain. I am
going to show you how we add colour to our text, use italics and use bold.




From your admin area click Posts then Add New, I know this is not the widget area
but please bear with me.

We are going to write our text article within this next area and then paste it into the
text widget. You will see why later, this is a top tip which a lot of professionals do not
even realise.




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Now you will see a screen like this image below.




I have circled the area we need to concentrate on. Notice all of the small icons, if
you hover your mouse key over these it will tell you on screen what each one is. I
have numbered the ones we will be using for now. Below is what each one of these
numbered icons is related to.

   1. B= bold text
   2. I= italic text
   3. A= colour selection from the arrow
   4. U= underline
   5. Visual= whatever you write in the box below these icons is a visual
      representation of what you will actually see when the article is written.
   6. HTML= shows what you have written with all html tags complete.

Do not worry about this too much yet you will easily learn as we go on.




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Now we will start writing content for our sidebar using the icons as we go as shown
in the image below.




Just write your text in the box as normal, when you want this text to be a different
colour, for instance.

Put your mouse pointer at the start of the word then click the left mouse.

While holding the mouse key down move across the whole word and it will be
highlighted.

When you let the mouse key go the text will still be highlighted.

Move your mouse pointer up to the arrow by the A click the arrow.

A drop down box of different colours will show, choose your colour.
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Repeat the above steps to make the text bold or italics and repeat this wherever you
want in your text. I have an example in the image below.




You can see I have some text in different colours with some bold and italics as well.

Notice at the top of this image I have circled the visual tab. Now click on the HTML
tab next to it.

As you can see in the image below, it has switched all of this text to HTML format
and this is what we need.




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Now we need to select and highlight all, of the above HTML and we do this exactly
the same way as highlighting individual words.

Go to the start of the HTML text click the left mouse key and while holding this down
move the mouse to the end of the text.

The whole of that text should now be highlighted, let the left mouse key go and
press the right mouse key.

A drop down box will appear now click Copy from this drop down menu.




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Now we head back to Widgets, now drag the text widget across to your sidebar
when the text box opens put your mouse pointer within the text area and press the
right key on the mouse.

When the drop down menu appears click on Paste.

This will put all of the text you wrote before into this text area.

Give this new text a title.

Remember to press Save.




If you knew html then you could write all this in here by yourself but this is a much
easier way




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Go back to your wordpress sites homepage and take a look.




Wow! Look at all the colour and different text, however, something is not right, all of
the text is pushed up so close together.

Let‟s add some paragraphs press your back button and go back to the admin area.

Go back to widgets and re-open this text you just inserted.




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To add paragraphs is easy, notice I have circled <p> in the image above this will
add our paragraphs now press Save.




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Categories

If for instance you have a wordpress blog about Weight Loss then your main
category would be weight loss and then you would for instance have categories
under that such as Atkins diet then cabbage diet and so on.

If your WP blog was on a wide range of topics then you could just name the
categories anything you like.




From the image above you will see we are in the Dashboard of admin from here we
can access the Categories from these two tabs at this point. Click on Categories or
the number 1 by Category.




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As can be seen in the above image if you move your mouse pointer over on
Uncategorized it opens a drop down menu, click Edit. I will change the name from
Uncategorized to General.




Notice the name a has a capital G and the slug has a lower case g, no parent has
been selected because this is the main category. With the description I never bother
with a description but you can if you want.

When you have finished remember to click on Update.

Now you know how to add a new category, you will be adding more as you create
new posts.

Until new posts are made you will not see categories listed on your wordpress blog
pages.




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When Posting Content

Back at your dashboard admin area you will see Posts and Add New but, there is
already one post already here click on the number 1 in front of Post.




You will now see a default post titled Hello World! we need to trash this post.




As you hover your mouse over Hello World! A drop down menu will appear just click
on Trash. From trash you can delete permanently if you wish.




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In the above image you will see we have no posts now because we have deleted
the default post.

Now click on Posts/Add New.

We need a larger work area to work with so let us tidy up.




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As you will see in the image above I have circled Screen Options click on the arrow
by the side of this.




A drop down menu like above will appear untick all of the boxes and choose 1 as
Number Of Columns.




As can be seen in the image above, we now have a much larger working area and
this will give us a better visualisation of when we start writing our content.




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Now begin writing some content for your blog.




As you can see in the image above, I have written some content and have added
colour and bold to some of the text, just as we did before.

You will notice in the image Preview, by clicking this tab it allows you to view the
content on your actual blog before you publish it for the world to see.

Save Draft saves a draft copy that you can go back to and edit before finalising.

Publish will post this content to your blog but even then if you not happy with the
results you can edit it or even delete if you want, all from the admin area.

Notice at the top of the content “Create Your First Wordpress Blog” this text is using
a H1 header and you should also do this with your keyword.




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First highlight your keyword text as before by sweeping the mouse across the text
while holding the left mouse key down.

Notice in the image above I have clicked on the arrow shown; this will give a drop
down menu.

Choose Heading 1 this will change your text to the required H1 heading that search
engines love.

Posting content should be a regular occurrence for you really the more unique
content on a blog the better.

Try to post regular amounts of quality content whatever your subject is about using
different variants of text and colour.

Now let‟s take a look at the blog now.




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Adding Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks allow us to link to another website or another page within our own blog

A hyperlink is a graphic or a piece of text in an Internet document that can connect
readers to another webpage, or another portion of a document. Web users will
usually find at least one hyperlink on every webpage.

We will now add a hyperlink to some text.




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Using the image above as a guide.



   1. Highlight the text you want to hyperlink
   2. Click on the hyperlink tab from the toolbar
   3. In the new box that appears enter the url of where you want your reader
      redirected like this http://www.somewhereelse.com
   4. In the Target area click on the arrow which will show a drop down box choose
      either “open link in the same window” or open link in a new window.
   5. Click Insert.


You can now see in the image below that the text “Create Your First Wordpress
Blog” has changed colour to blue and is underlined.

This is our new hyperlink




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Adding Images

We can now move onto adding images into our posts, first you need to have some
images on your computer we can use. These can be either photographs or free
images. Make a search from your favourite search engine for “free images” or try
this website Techradar

You will notice the number 1 in the image below, this is where our image will be
placed. Number 2 is the tab to click, when we want to add an image.




When we click on the add an image tab we will see a screen like this below




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Click on the tab labelled From Computer then Select Files.

Now we look for the image on our computer, as you can see I have located mine.
Highlight this image by clicking once on the left mouse key, then press open.




“Whenever, you store images or graphics on your computer, it is a good idea, to
store all your images and graphics in one folder.

By working in an organised way you can easily locate the image you want and you
may be able to use the image or graphic again”.

The page image will now change again and look similar to the image below.




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If you want add a title and alternative text.

You can even add a caption with the image or graphic.

Some like to add a description to the image, I never really do this.

Below this is the location of where your image or graphic is now it has been
uploaded.

Next is the alignment, you can choose to display the image as it says above, I have
chosen to the right this time.

Then the size I have chosen to keep mine the same size as it came.

When you are ready click on Insert.




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Above we can see how it looks in our admin post section, below is how it looks on
our wordpress blog.




You have now added your first image!




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Pinging Something Extra

I would like to give you a top tip here:



Whenever you post new content, on your wordpress blog, then you should really let
the search engines know about it and to do this is called pinging.




Click on the arrow next to Settings then click on writing.

When you are on the next page then scroll right to the bottom until you see Update
Services as shown on the below image.


By default you will see Pingomatic.com in the text box.




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In the text box write or better still copy and paste all of the below pinging services,
make sure each URL has a space between.

http://rpc.pingomatic.com/



http://1470.net/api/ping



http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b



http://api.feedster.com/ping



http://api.moreover.com/RPC2



http://api.moreover.com/ping



http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2



http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping



http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php



http://bitacoras.net/ping



http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc




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http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2



http://blogmatcher.com/u.php



http://www.blogoole.com/ping/



http://www.blogoon.net/ping/



http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates



http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1



http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php



http://www.blogsnow.com/ping



http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi



http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC



http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc



http://coreblog.org/ping/


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http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/



http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt



http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php



http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php



http://ping.amagle.com/



http://ping.bitacoras.com



http://ping.blo.gs/



http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/



http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/



http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc



http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc



http://ping.feedburner.com


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http://ping.myblog.jp



http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php



http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php



http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php



http://ping.weblogs.se/



http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2



http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php



http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/



http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2



http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/



http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/



http://rpc.pingomatic.com/


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http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping



http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2



http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2



http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php



http://topicexchange.com/RPC2



http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/



http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/



http://xmlrpc.blogg.de/



As you can see there are a lot of pinging services here which will work great for you.

Whenever, you post content on your wordpress blog each of these services will
notify all of the search engines.

Remember when you have inserted all of these pinging services, in the text box,
make sure you click on Save Changes.




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Getting Backlinks

By far and wide the easiest way to get backlinks, to your site has to be by using a
software called Scrapebox it is a simple program to learn and there are many free
guides and videos explaining how to use it.

The hardest and most boring part of using this software is building list of url‟s to post
comments on.

However this has all been done for you at my website cher-l.com

At che-r.com you can get massive lists of .edu or .gov links and high page rank
profile links. Wordpress forums and moveable type links are also included. The lists
get added to all the time.

So by becoming a member at this site you could easily, overnight have thousands of
backlinks to your site. This would simply blast your competition out of sight.

When it comes to website promotion it is a numbers game, simply the more quality
backlinks you have the higher in the search engines you climb.

For instance; if you are building a blog about “weight loss”, you will find your
competition will already have thousands of backlinks. What you need is a different
angle, find a lower competition keyword for example “weight loss and diabetes type
1” and then using Scrapebox quickly gain those links to your website.

Not all links are the same, you will need quality links that have a mix of dofollow and
nofollow and then add some profile links. With a little work and time your website will
climb the search engine pages.

If you would like more details about Scrapebox lists, feel free to PM me at Blackhat
World my id is cjbmeb14




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Fantastic! You are now fully equipped to start building wordpress blogs on your own.

Keep posting fresh and unique content on your blog this is the best way to climb
high in the search engines.

Building backlinks that are relative to your wordpress sites content is another
important factor.

Thanks for reading this EBook




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