How to Set Up a Free WordPress Blog Quickly

I’ve had a ton of people ask me lately how to get started marketing online, and more importantly how to get up their first website and start making money in the fastest time possible.

Most of you guys know, I am not a big techie person. And I always tell people that the best way to get started marketing online is by setting up a free WordPress blog. You can set up and update your blog with a few easy clicks!

Even if you don’t know anything about HTML or setting up a web page (I still don’t know HTML!), let me show you a real easy way to get a web page set up in minutes-literally!

Here’s what I did–first, I set up a blog. It was really easy setting up the WordPress blog.

I just went into my cpanel within my Host Gator web hosting account, and I clicked the Fantastico button, and my WordPress blog was set up automatically.

Boom-instant website! How’s that for easy?

Now the thing about WP blogs is that WordPress sets up the shell, but then you can customize it and make it look however you want.

You do this by installing themes and plugins. There are millions of free themes to choose from, and more plug-ins than you can ever hope to use. I’ll list the plug-ins that I am using so that you don’t have to go searching endlessly for the right ones.

I found a free theme for my WordPress blog within WordPress; I downloaded it, and then uploaded it with my FTP software. I then went to get some plug-ins for my WordPress blog (and you can search for these various plug-ins from within WordPress).

The plug-ins that I decided to use and that I recommend, are the following:

  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Add to Any: Share/Save/Bookmark Button
  • Cookies for Comments
  • Stats
  • WP-EMail
  • Enforce www. Preference
  • AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Ultimate Google Analytics
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP-SpamFree
  • WP tags to Technorati
  • Replace WP-Version

There are a lot of these plug-in, and millions of free themes to choose from with WP. You can tweak your blog, and add widgets, and start adding content that is important to you-that is the best things about blogs! Blogs are so unique and personal-you can really make them reflect your personality and your business any way that you want.

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Best WordPress Anti Spam Plugins

Stop Spam

Stop Spam

This is “must have” WordPress anti-spam plugins. They’ll help you a lot. The one I like the most is the first one in the list.

Here we go:

1. Akismet
Akismet – a very popular plugin which comes by default with WordPress. To use it, you need to signup for a WordPress acount and get an API key for your website.

2. Cookies for Comments
Cookies for Comments – Sets a cookie that must exist for a comment to be allowed.

3. WP-SpamFree
WP-SpamFree – The WP-SpamFree plugin for WordPress seems to be much better than Akismet at blocking spam bots.

4. Spam Karma 2
Spam Karma 2 – This one assigns a karma score based on multiple factors like the age of the post, the email, if there’s a link inside, etc, etc.

5. Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior – though mainly used as a comment spam protection plugin has reliable security features too.

6. Math Comment Spam Protection Plugin
Math Comment Spam Protection Plugin – This plugin does not require JavaScript or cookies. It uses a special encryption function; the result of the question is being passed via a hidden field. The result is being compared with the value entered by the visitor – after encrypring this value as well.

Well, I think this tools are enough to keep you away from spam comments. Test them and use the one(s) you like the most.

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Why You Should Be Using WordPress on Your Website

If you do not have a blog, then you should. With a blog you can encourage user interaction, start conversations, ask questions, post content, and much, much more. Also, search engines love blogs, and therefore blogs can rank more highly than similar websites. You have probably noticed that you come across many blogs during your searches, so you should know that I am not lying.

You may have noticed that I tend to love WordPress blogs. In fact, what you are looking at right now is a WordPress blog that I have put onto my website. You may have also noticed that I have created WordPress themes that you can use for free.

Why do I like WordPress so much? Well, here are a few of the reasons that I absolutely love WordPress blogs and why I think everyone should be using them:

1. Anyone Can Use It

Anyone can add a WordPress blog to their site either using Fantastico or through This means that anyone can add a WordPress blog to their website, or make their website a WordPress blog. It is also free, which means you can have a great blog set up on your website in no time!

2. It is Search Engine Friendly

WordPress blogs are designed in a way that is friendly for search engines. This means that your blog will get indexed quickly and rank highly with little effort on your part. You can also get plugins that can enable you to really set up your posts and pages so that they easily rank in the search engines.

3. You Can Choose From Thousands of Themes

With WordPress you can choose from thousands upon thousands of themes so your blog will look like whatever you want it to. You can even get themes that look like normal websites, but still have all the benefits of a WordPress blog.

4. No HTML Required

If you have no knowledge of HTML, it doesn’t matter with Worpress. At times it can be helpful, but HTML is not needed to have a fully operable WordPress blog.

5. Thousands of Plugins & Widgets

Probably one of the best parts of WordPress is that you can use thousands of plugins and widgets so that you can automate many processes including SEO, and you can add many cool features such as polls, surveys, language translators, and basically anything you can think of to your blog!

These are just 5 of the reasons you should be using WordPress blogs. If you are not already using one, you should seriously look into it right away. WordPress is an amazing tool that if you aren’t using, you are missing out.

To Your Success,

Shawn Horwood

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WordPress SEO Tips

SEO Tips

SEO Tips

Here are some steps you should take to optimize your WordPress blog for search engines:

1. Change the Permalink Structure: By default, the Permalink structure in WordPress is very dirty, with url’s being shown as ?p=123 etc. You can easily change this by going to the permalinks tab of the WordPress settings, and using a custom structure like /%postname%/

2. Optimize your Meta Tags: Write unique title tags for every page, and also write meta description tags for every page. You can use the All in One SEO Pack to make your life easier.

3. Use only excerpts of your post on the home page, category page and tag pages. This should help you to avoid facing duplicate content issues

4. Use the Xml Sitemaps plugin to generate a sitemap. The plugins default settings are fine. Simply upload and activate the plugin and you’re fine. But one other thing I do is to submit the sitemap to Google.

5. Use Proper Internal Linking Structure: It is very important to maintain a good linking structure within your blog. It helps keep visitors on your blog and helps in improving search engine rankings. Here are some steps you can take to improve your internal linking structure:

6. Optimize your Images: some of the ways you can do this in are – Use keywords in the alt attribute. – Include keywords in the image names – Enter a description in the title tag. – Use the Seo Friendly Images Plugin

7. Ping Sites after publishing new posts. Go to the Writing Tab and scroll down to the update services box. Add a list of sites you want to ping when you publish new posts in the box. Use the MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer Plugin

8. Make sure your code is valid. Use the W3C Validator to check the same.

9. Make sure that your blog title is an h1 on the home page and that your post titles are an h1 on the post pages.

10. Choose between www and non www version of your site and redirect one to the other. You can use the Redirection Plugin for this. Another plugin which you can use is the Enforce www. Preference. I redirect the non www to the www, but you can do whatever you want, it doesn’t really matter. Also, you might want to redirect the index.php version of your site to the homepage.

11. Lastly, use a related posts plugin, and use simple text based navigation. Also, optimize your anchor text when you link to other pages.

For A list of the best WordPress plugins, check out this post on Best WordPress Plugins ( Another post you might like is this roundup of the Best Web Layouts (

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Can I Learn WordPress in One Week?

You own a small Italian gourmet store and are passionate about Italian cooking. You have been advised to start a blog for a long time and now that you have decided to do so, you are a little concerned about the technical details of the whole process. You just want to share your cooking passion with others through the blog and hope to hear about new recipes as well. Not being technically inclined, you wonder if you would be at the mercy of some technical person every time you are in the mood to write up something on your blog. Well, with WordPress, you have the power to build a blog and manage it just the way you want.

Learning the Basics of WordPress

You can certainly learn the basics of WordPress in one week, maybe even less. To begin with, there are two ways in which you can use WordPress. You can install WordPress on your website through your web hosting service provider and customize it to suit your needs. This will give you more flexibility and control over the website, but you’ll need some basic technical skills in setting it up. The other simpler option is to use which provides you free blogging services. You can begin your blog in a matter of minutes. Being a free service, it does have its limitations but is quite enough if you are just starting out. It offers enough customization to give a professional look to your blog.

Note that there are two WordPress sites: and The .com site provides the free blogging service and the .org site provides the technical support, free themes and plugins for more advanced users.

To start your own blog, visit the website and click on the ‘Sign Up’ button. You will immediately be taken through several screens where you will have to fill in simple details like your email address, user name you desire and your password. You will of course be asked if you would like to start a blog and if so, you will be asked for the desired blog name. You may want the name ‘ItalianGourmet’ for your blog and being on WordPress, the complete address will be ‘’. Your site will be a subdomain because it’s part of the site.

As you log into your new blog you will be taken to the user dashboard. From here you will be able to customize the blog by changing the design, adding useful features – called widgets – like an RSS feed, search tool, area for user comments and so on. You can decide what content goes where on your blog. If you have any problems, you just need to click on the ‘Support’ tab and you will be given access to online help and will also be directed to many user forums where similar issues are being discussed.

Once you have finished customizing the look of your blog and have added enough functionality to it, you are now ready to write your first blog. All you need to do is type your thoughts, give it a suitable title and click on ‘Publish’ for your first blog post to go live. You have learned the basics of how to use WordPress! It’s that easy to get started.

Though WordPress is better known as a blogging tool, it can also be used as a complete website management tool as well. Most hosting companies now include WordPress in their hosting packages. Although this does allow for greater freedom in designing and developing your website on the whole, it does require some technical expertise. A good option is to start off with a blog on and get comfortable using it before moving on to a hosted option.

Kurt R. Hansen

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Blogging on WordPress – A Delightful Experience

Blogging is an effective weapon using which you can communicate, interact, build credibility and community of readers thereby driving in remarkable web traffic to your website and opening multiple revenue streams.
Blogging, in addition, empowers you to hone your writing skills & pen down your thoughts convincingly on the World Wide Web and enables you to create a strong online presence.
Where to set up the blog?

Thanks to a blogging platform like WordPress! Now anyone can start writing a blog even without adequate knowledge of web designing or web hosting. Take a quick tour of the steps mentioned below that would help you get started with blogging instantly:

1) Create a free account on and give a name to your blog as per your choice. However, there are some important points to keep in mind while choosing a name for your blog:
– The name of the blog must be easy to remember.
– The name of the blog must work for you.
– The name of the blog must not be lengthy or complicated.

2) Once you’re done with filling in all the details & creating your account, you can log in and then you’d be directed to the dashboard.

3) Selecting a theme for your blog matching your blog message can be a mind-boggling task. However, WordPress gives you ample of options to choose from. Click on the “Appearance” section on the left hand bar, which would direct you to the themes page. You get to see the theme thumbnails and then choose a theme that you like the most. Activate the picked theme. Click on ‘View this Site’ and see how it appears.

4) Write a test post that would fetch you some firsthand experience about blogging on WordPress. You can
delete this post later on.

5) Add a Category under which you want your post to be published.

6) To add a new post to your blog, click on “Add New” button that is placed on the left-hand side menu bar.

7) Once you have finished the writing part, you’d like to enhance your write-up with some visually appealing images to add value to your post.

8) You can add images and hyperlinks (if any) in your write up.

9) Before publishing, do not forget to add the tags you want for your blog post. Tags can be the keywords that you have used in your post.

10) Place your post under the relevant category.

11) Once you have added the tags & category, click on the “Publish” button.

12) Now visit your website to see how your post appears on the Internet.

13) Also if you wish to customize your blog some more, you can:
– Remove the default post by clicking on the Edit button under “Posts” on the dashboard. Put your mouse on the post that you wish to delete and click on the “delete” button there.
– You can also edit the post similarly by clicking on the “edit” button there.
– You can edit the default “About Me” page that comes with WordPress blog. You can write down some about yourself, your career interest and other personal information such as likes, dislikes, hobbies etc.
– You can also adjust your widgets, which can be easily accessed via Appearance button. Remember to put the widget appropriately on your blog post.
– We hope that by now you must have gained a fair idea about blogging on WordPress. Get started with sharing your thoughts with the world in the company of your online friend-WordPress.

Mark is an online marketing consultant and has worked with renowned organizations and published authors for more than 5 years now. With stupendous professional business writing related to the topic Web Hosting, Domain name etc.. and a penchant for traveling around the world, Mark has got a lot to say.

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WordPress Login Security

WordPress remains a very secure and stable blogging platform, but there is more that can be done out of the box to help protect your private data. There are many simple steps that can be taken, even by the inexperienced blog owner and a multitude of plug-ins available that can help. Once thing to be particularly aware of is brute force attacks. Brute force login attempts are one of the more common, rather annoying and potentially dangerous types that can occur.

Brute force happens when an attacker targets the login screen for your blog and repeatedly attempts to guess the username and password to gain access. By default, WordPress allows you to type in incorrect usernames and passwords infinitely. Since there is nothing to stop the attacker, they can try for minutes or hours entering a dictionary list of names and simple passwords in the hope of just stumbling upon the correct one. Installing something as simple as the “Login Lockdown” plug-in can combat this.

The plug in works by limiting the number of attempts you can make to enter your username and password in a given timeframe (typically 3 tries in a 5 minute period). Once that limit is reached, the IP address of the potential attacker is blocked for up to an hour. This is usually enough to discourage the would be hacker and make them move on to a different target. There are many plug-ins that can do this, but we recommend the plugin is recommended for three reasons:

  1. Easy to set up
  2. Easy to administrate
  3. It just plain works!

Brian Yurick

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WordPress is No Longer Just For Blogging

Seems like a rash statement I know. But by the time you finish this article you will know six ways to use WordPress besides as a blog. Exactly why WordPress is more powerful than the majority of static websites. And why you should be using it too.

WordPress is well known as one of the best, if not the best, blog platforms around. What you may not know is that with minimal effort WordPress can be used in not just one or two other types of sites but at least six and probably ways besides Being used as a blogging platform. Don’t believe me here are six different ways you can use WordPress.

1. As a squeeze page to collect leads for your email list

2. As a review site allowing you to make affiliate sales

3. As a sales letter for your product that is search engine friendly

4. As a static looking site for any regular content site

5. As a membership site to help you generate residual income

6. As an affiliate site to promote your favorite affiliate programs

Those are the ways that you can use WordPress That brings up the question as to why you would want to use it for any of those things. There are 3 primary reasons.

1. The structure of a WordPress blog with just a couple of plugins is very appealing to the search engines.

2. Search engines tend to spider them faster because of the structure that is inherent in the software.

3. Add in the automated RSS feed and you have a perfectly set up spider friendly site quickly and easily.

Think how many more visitors you can get by having the search engines liking your site structure. Think your page just may rank a bit higher in Google, Yahoo and Bing? Will that generate more visitors to your site for whatever purpose you are using it? I sure think so what about you?

The other great thing about WordPress is the ease of installation and the vast number of plugins. You can add lots of functionality quickly and easily. There are literally thousands of plugins available to you.. The really nice part is most of them are free.

There are also a huge number of themes available to customize your blog to get the look you want to achieve. All of these things together mean that once you get comfortable with WordPress you just may put your webmaster out of a job. It is easy when you know how.

To discover exactly how to bend WordPress to your will spy on this programming nerd and watch exactly how he does it at

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How to Reset WordPress Administrator’s Password

You installed WordPress and you forgot the administrator’s password. You’ll need it back for a lot of reasons.

  • you need to perform certain administrative operations, from time to time. You must be logged as an administrator do do that.
  • if you are the sole author, usually you’ll publish as an administrator
  • if you posted as an administrator and you got a reply, you have to get inside the adminstrative panel in order to approve it or to delete it.

The password is stored in the WordPress MySQL database, in the encrypted form. In order to reset it, you have several choices.

1. You can use the link “I forgot the password” to receive a reset link by eMail. The problem is that, sometimes, you don’t receive that eMail.

Possible reasons for not getting the eMail:

  • you set a wrong eMail address when you created the blog
  • the eMail is filtered by the ISP’s SPAM filter and you don’t have access to it
  • the hosting server is simply not sending the eMail.

2. You can access the database, using PHP MyAdmin. This method is very hard to do because:

  • you might not have PHP MyAdmin available and your hosting company will not allow you to install it
  • you need to know MySQL well enough to be able to write an encrypted password in the database
  • the name of the table that contains the password can change from version to version. WordPress made quite some changes to the table names over the years.

3. You can use only FTP and simple search to reset WordPress administrator’s password

Try to think as the program. What the program does is simple:

  • it compares the password you enter with the password from the WordPress database
  • if they are identical, it will let you access the administrative panel
  • otherwise, it will ask you to enter another password.

The above behaviour can be changed. There is only one character, from one file, that needs to be changed. After changing it, the system will allow you to login using any WRONG password. Once inside, you can reset the password, by using the WordPress’ interface. Guess what? WordPress will not ask you for the current password.

Method 3 has some exceptional advantages:

  • it works with ANY version of WordPress, because it’s not influenced by the changes of the tables from the WordPress’ database.
  • it’s by far the most safer, because you’re not playing with the database, but with some plain text files.
  • it does not need PHP MyAdmin to work. You only need FTP access to transfer back and forth one file from the server to your computer.
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The Easy Way to Turn Your WordPress Into a True CMS

WordPress is becoming a very popular blogging platform by each day. Now a days it is used not only for blogging but large scale business content management systems. You can do almost anything with WordPress if you really have good knowledge of WordPress.

There are thousands of free themes available for WordPress but sometimes you need to have a unique design for yourself. The easiest way to create a theme for WordPress is to use some online theme builders.There might be many online WordPress theme builders tool but you may have never seen such a tool.

WPThemeBuilder is not only just a formatting tool but can also build premium WordPress themes. Here are some good things about WPThemeBuilder

  • You can do all formatting and styling up of elements like all other online theme builder tool does.
  • Theme background formatting with built-in image manager and ability to upload your own graphics (best for designers)
  • Rounded corners support for layouts (browser compatible feature)
  • Customize almost every part of your WordPress themes including theme background, wrapper, header, sidebar, content column
  • Custom Home Page (Rocking Feature): Now you can create a custom home page that will have different look than all of your other site pages.
  • Archive Layouts (Another rocking feature): Create themes from simple blogging style to complex magazine based styles by choosing an archive style from a big list.
  • WordPress CMS Widgets : These widgets are a part of your home page. You can add/remove these widgets to your home page. This is a big help for business oriented websites. Once you added any of premium widgets to your home page , its control panel will be automatically built and embedded in your WordPress admin area.. These widgets are of many types such as text widgets, photo gallery widgets, content sliders widgets, slide show widgets, multi-column magazine widgets, sticky post widget, tabbed content widget and a lot more.
  • Drop down menus in your hands: Now you can also create drop down menus for any page or categories list. These drop down menus can also be configured from WP-Admin and you can add/remove menu items in these menus.

In short, WPThemeBuilder is an excellent product and it can defeat the popular rockers very easily such as WP-Remix, thesis, revolution and all theme clubs. Because those themes and clubs does not gives you a unique end-product but WPThemeBuilder does…. And it have better flexibility over them.

Best for those people who manage a lot of sites and don’t want to pay extra cost to the developers.

Imran is a professional web designer and developer and also have very good WordPress development experience. He built the which is becoming a popular community of WordPress users.

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