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James Mattis Gave The Migrant Caravan The Bad News They Never Wanted To Hear

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The migrant mob storming through Mexico is one the biggest issues shaping the outcome of the midterm election.

Illegal aliens were counting on a wide open border.

But James Mattis gave the migrant mob the bad news they never wanted to hear.

James Mattis Slams The Door On The Migrant Invasion

Americans watched in horror as a reported 7,000 person strong migrant mob marched through Central America.

They demanded their leaders take action.

The American people wanted their government to stop this invasion.

And Donald Trump responded.

He won the election on the strength of his plan to crack down on immigration.

So he knew he could not afford a political setback two weeks before the election.

So Trump dropped the hammer on the migrant gang.

He announced he would send the military to the border to turn back these invaders.

Trump tweeted:

FULL EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO STOP THE ONSLAUGHT OF ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CROSSING OUR SOUTHER BORDER. PEOPLE HAVE TO APPLY FOR ASYLUM IN MEXICO FIRST, AND IF THEY FAIL TO DO THAT, THE U.S. WILL TURN THEM AWAY. THE COURTS ARE ASKING THE U.S. TO DO THINGS THAT ARE NOT DOABLE!

His critics in the fake news media mocked his announcement.

But Secretary of Defense James Mattis made good on Trump’s word.

He ordered another 800 troops to the border.

They will provide support so the border patrol can concentrate on turning back the migrant gang.

Why Is The Migrant Mob Heading To America Now?

Americans are wondering why a 7,000 person mob is heading to America in the run-up to the midterm election.

Vice President Mike Pence revealed the answer.

He said the President of Honduras told him left-wing groups in Venezuela are funding the mob.

“The President of Honduras told me was organized by leftist groups in Honduras – financed by Venezuela – and sent north to challenge our sovereignty and challenge our border,” Pence revealed in an interview with the Washington Post’s Robert Costa.

This looks like a stunt to try an embarrass Trump during a politically sensitive time.

But Trump is not backing down.

He continues to send the message that the United State won’t allow mobs of migrants to flood across America’s borders.

Trump tweeted:

WE ARE A GREAT SOVEREIGN NATION. WE HAVE STRONG BORDERS AND WILL NEVER ACCEPT PEOPLE COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY!

TO THOSE IN THE CARAVAN, TURNAROUND, WE ARE NOT LETTING PEOPLE INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY. GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY AND IF YOU WANT, APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHERS ARE DOING!

Trump ordering troops to the border is exactly the type of action that won him the election.

He ran against the “all-talk, no-action” politicians that continually failed the American people.

The migrant mob – and Trump’s response to it – is why Republican candidates are surging in the closing days before the midterm election.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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Chelsea Clinton Made An Announcement That Could Change Everything In 2020

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Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have run for President.

While Bill won, Hillary made a fool of herself for the whole world to see.

Now Chelsea may be giving it a try as well after making an announcement that could change everything in 2020.

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Chelsea Clinton has the same politics as her parents.

She is a liberal who hates conservative Americans.

Since her mother lost the presidency, she has been vocally opposed to President Trump.

And she’s vocally in favor of policies like abortion.

She even went so far as to say that anybody who is pro-life isn’t a true Christian.

Oftentimes her statements seem like something a politician would say.

This isn’t surprising considering who her parents are.

But it has already created questions about her own political ambitions.

She has spent her whole life in the political arena.

And she finally made a statement on a potential run for office.

Chelsea Answers The Question
In an interview, the question of Chelsea running for office came up.

Chelsea responded, saying:

“I THINK IF SOMEONE WERE TO STEP DOWN OR RETIRE AND I THOUGHT I COULD DO A GOOD JOB AND IT MATCHED MY TALENTS, I’D HAVE TO THINK IF IT’S THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME.”

Her answer leaves a lot of openings.

It means that when 2020 comes along, she probably won’t try to challenge Trump.

But she may try to pick up a seat somewhere else.

If she does end up in any elected office, she is sure to be just as corrupt and liberal as her parents.

She knows nothing else.

Chelsea has spent her entire life surrounded by the world’s elites.

You can be sure she won’t disappoint them if elected to public office.

If Not 2020, Could It Be Later?
But not running for President in 2020 doesn’t mean she won’t try at some point down the road.

However, if she were to run, her parents would serve as a double-edged sword.

They have a lot of influence and can help her get in touch with the world’s elites.

So raising money and getting her name out there won’t be hard.

But her parents are also highly disliked by many.

Her father had to be impeached.

And her mother lost the presidency to Donald Trump.

That means those on the left hate her for not defeating him.

And those on the right hate her because Trump exposed her as a corrupt leftist.

Chelsea will have to deal with that if she decides to run at any level.

And she will also have to accept the fact that everybody knows she is only where she is because of her parents.

There’s no indication that Chelsea is anything extraordinary.

Her only major accomplishment outside of being birthed by Hillary Clinton is writing a book that very few have read.

Do you think Chelsea Clinton could win the presidency?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Trump fears Florida wipeout

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The White House is planning a political rescue mission in Florida, fearing a wipeout in a key swing state next month that could damage President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes.

Trump is expected to visit the state at least twice, according to two people familiar with the plans. Visits from several Cabinet members are likely, as well. Presidential text messages are being sent to Floridians who still haven’t cast their absentee ballots. And discussions are underway about blanketing the state with robocalls from Trump.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway were in the state in support of gubernatorial hopeful Ron DeSantis and Senate candidate Rick Scott, both of whom are close to Trump. Later in the day, the president raised money for Republican House candidate Ross Spano, who’s facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in what’s been a reliably red district.

Behind the scenes, Trump aides have been in contact with top Florida Republicans on a near daily basis, and people close to the president concede that they are worried.

“It is both my hope and my expectation that the president will be in Florida so much between now and the election that Floridians will be hearing ‘Hail to the Chief’ in their dreams,” said Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch Trump ally who’s been in touch with the president.

The burst of political activity underscores the stakes in the state. Florida, perhaps more than any other state, is home to a bevy of competitive races — with hard-fought contests for governor, Senate and a handful of House seats. Recent surveys have shown DeSantis and Scott trailing their Democratic rivals, setting off Republican alarms.

Aides to DeSantis and Scott insist they’re ahead and point out that early vote numbers are favorable. But they concede the races are close. On Tuesday, Blaise Hazelwood, the top strategist for a pro-Scott super PAC, sent a memo to donors, warning them that the contest was tight and pleading with them for additional financial help.

“It will most likely be a quintessential ‘Rick Scott win,’” Hazelwood wrote, “a nail biter until the very end.”

It’s the governor’s race that most concerns the White House. Governors traditionally play a key role in raising money, hiring staff and marshaling resources ahead of presidential elections. So aides fear that a loss could undermine their efforts to capture the state’s all-important 29 electoral votes in 2020.

A victory by Democrat Andrew Gillum, on the other hand, could buoy Trump’s general election opponent. Gillum, an African-American mayor of Tallahassee, has excited liberals across the state — and presumably, he would work to gin up support for the eventual Democratic nominee.

“A Gov. Gillum would be a significant obstacle for a Trump presidential campaign in Florida, and a Gov. DeSantis would be a significant asset,” said Mac Stipanovich, a longtime Republican lobbyist in the state.

“If they think Florida’s important, which I’m certain they do,” Stipanovich said of the administration, “they should be quite worried.”

The optics of losing two high-profile races in Trump’s adopted state also concern White House aides. Trump has staked an extraordinary amount of political capital on DeSantis, intervening in the GOP primary to give him his strong endorsement. A DeSantis loss would inevitably be perceived as a repudiation of the president, some Republicans say.

As they orchestrate the 11th-hour presidential push, senior Republicans are privately griping about the Florida Republican Party. Once the force behind a powerful get-out-the-vote machine, the state party has been in decline in recent years, struggling especially in its efforts to raise money.

The party this year is leaning heavily on the Trump-backed Republican National Committee, which has mounted aggressive program to recruit and train a stable of staff and volunteers. A committee official said it had about 100 staffers in Florida, describing it as a “presidential election level” effort.

The RNC has launched an effort ahead of the election to turn out voters in the Panhandle, a conservative area that was ravaged by Hurricane Michael. Party officials are concerned that a substantial number of GOP voters were displaced by the storm, depressing turnout.

Trump’s involvement is apparent in other ways. Last month, DeSantis orchestrated a shakeup of his campaign and named Susie Wiles, a veteran lobbyist who ran Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state, as his chairwoman. DeSantis also recently hired Mike Shields, a longtime Republican strategist who is close to Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.

Trump’s pre-election visits to the state are being carefully planned to mobilize the Republican base. The president is holding a rally on Oct. 31 in Fort Myers, one of the reddest parts of the state and an area that DeSantis is counting on to come out big for him.

“Florida is the most important purple state in the country. The president is a lot more popular than Democrats realize,” said Brian Ballard, a longtime lobbyist in the state who is close to the president. “Motivating his voters is going to be the difference between winning and losing in Florida.”

DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman, is running as a staunch Trump ally. During the primary, he aired TV ads featuring his infant child wearing a MAGA outfit.

But a rift emerged last month after DeSantis distanced himself from Trump’s assertion that Democrats had conspired to inflate the Hurricane Maria death toll. The president, who views DeSantis as indebted to him for his primary win, privately railed to close associates that DeSantis was disloyal.

Tensions have eased since then, people close to both men say. The president called DeSantis before a nationally televised debate on Sunday evening.

Scott’s relationship with the president has been more complex. The Florida governor, who chaired a pro-Trump super PAC in 2016, has long allied himself with the president. But Scott has kept his distance, at times, during his race this year. He’s attended official government events with the president but skipped boisterous Trump rallies, such as one he held in Tampa in July.

After initially being noncommittal, Scott’s campaign announced Friday morning that the governor would attend Trump’s rally next week.

Why Personal Blogging Is Still an Option Today

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In this digital age, it has never been easier to share one’s favorite entertainment with the rest of the world. Personal blogs can be used to discuss a blogger’s favorite music, movies, books, and performing arts. Posts can be archived according to specific topics such as the date of release of specific films or songs. Similarly, such blog posts can be classified by actor, singer or performer. Bloggers can have plenty of fun in creating their own personal archives featuring short statements or entire articles about anything related to entertainment. This could very well be one of the reasons why personal blogs rock.

When blogging about personal interests such as entertainment, it is important to keep in mind the type of readers that will be exposed to the posts. Often, friends and relatives will be the most loyal followers of such personal blogs. However, it is also a good idea to share some personal interests with fellow workers and other individuals from the workplace.

For example, some teachers are more than happy to share their thoughts about music and movies with students. Teachers might seem “cooler” if they have similar tastes in entertainment as the youth. Similarly, parents of students might also be interested in finding out about the personality of teachers.

Personal entertainment blogs can also act as “icebreakers” for professionals who start a new job. It’s a great way to bond with co-workers by using blogs to talk about specific interests in entertainment or sports. A young professional like Lindsey Stone and other ladies are examples of individuals who blog about their favorite kind of entertainment.

Blogging platforms and social networks actually allow individuals to encourage others to enjoy specific movies, video games, songs, books and more. For example, it’s quite easy to post a link that leads to a movie trailer or review on an external site. Similarly, links could be posted to official websites of video game publishers.

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While ordinary individuals blog about their favorite entertainment, companies are also taking advantage of online platforms. For example, recent movie releases or classic films can be downloaded online and then watched on any platform. Users can select to download file formats for an HDTV, desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Before making an online purchase, customers get the chance to preview the movie by watching an extended trailer version.

Before downloading songs or entire albums online, customers have the chance to listen to samples. There might be different versions of a single song such as those for radio play and original album releases. Up to 30 seconds of actual soundtrack can be heard for free before making a purchase of the full-length song. Similarly, video game demo versions could be downloaded for free before making an upgrade to the full-length editions.

Blogging about favorite books is enhanced thanks to external links to websites that might have full versions of specific titles. In fact, most classic literature is available for download for free because copyright laws didn’t exist centuries ago. Marketplaces for digital multimedia are loaded with electronic versions of books that can be downloaded without any charges. Of course, there are also plenty of new releases of books that can be purchased. Before buying electronic books, customers can preview several pages of actual content. Full-length descriptions of books are also available in traditional synopsis format. Sharing these snippets on blogs can attract readers and help bloggers discover new favorites.

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Finally, blogging is therapeutic. Where else in your life can you talk endlessly about any subject of your choosing? Likely, nowhere (If you do have somewhere you do this in real life, perhaps you should evaluate how others feel about this).

An entertainment blog can be tailor-made to suit your needs as a writer. Want just a few readers? Only tell your friends. Want your thoughts to be read by the masses? It’ll take a little more work, but there are abundant resources available online to help you learn to expand your readership.

Blogging is a great activity that accommodates all types of writers. Many people, though, have trouble writing that first post. My advice? Just write it, publish it, and then publish more. Expecting big after doing small things could become one of the biggest mistakes bloggers must avoid. Not many people will see the first post. By the time they catch up with you, you’ll have posted 20 times or more. You’ll be better at it from the practice, and your blog will start to have its own identity. The only way to get there is to start, so I encourage you, start your entertainment blog today.

HOW TO START A BLOG?

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So you want to start a blog.

That’s great!

Not only is blogging a great pastime, but with a blog, you can express yourself in a unique way, help others with problems you’ve overcome, establish yourself as an expert, and even make some money.

However, getting started the RIGHT way in your blogging career can mean the difference between a blog with a growing, loyal readership…

…or worse, another addition to the internet graveyard.

If you’re new to blogging, it really helps to have someone to point you in the right direction and help you avoid fatal mistakes.

As you’ll soon find out…

That’s why I’ve put this page together for you – to give beginners a fast, foolproof guide to starting a blog without having to learn HTML or waste your time reading long, boring tutorials.

In fact, over 9,500 newbies just like YOU have already setup blogs using this guide!

I’ve put this comprehensive resource together to walk you through the process to set up your blog in just 5 easy steps…

Here’s How to Start a Blog:

  1. Choose a blogging platform.
  2. Register a domain name and hosting.
  3. Design your blog.
  4. Add posts and pages.
  5. Start growing your blog.

The goal of this page is to help you get started the right way today.

Not tomorrow, next week, or next month…but right now.

From 5+ years of coaching and helping friends with their blogs, I’ve found that many pupils make the same exact mistakes when starting a blog, sometimes resulting in them abandoning the project altogether…

We don’t want that to happen to you.

Here’s the deal:

Today I want you to take the time to thoroughly read this post. It’s about 4,000 words long (20 minutes), so get comfy and set aside some time.

I’m going to walk you through the entire process of setting up your self-hosted blog, so you ‘get it right the first time’ without any of the frustrations or headaches I experienced with my very first blog.

Ready to create your blog today? Alright, let’s get right into it.

Step 1: Choose the Right Blogging Platform (Hint hint: Use WordPress)

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Before you can even start worrying about how your blog will look like, you’ll need to choose your blogging platform.

There are A LOT to choose from. You are able to create a blog with many different blogging platforms, such as WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and more…

WordPress, Tumblr and blogger market share

However, given that there are over 72 million active users using WordPress today (1), it’s clear which platform is the boss.

All of my own blogs and sites are built with the WordPress blogging platform.

Here’s why:

  • It’s FREE for everyone to use (including themes, layouts, and add-ons that many other blogging platforms don’t provide).
  • It’s super easy for you to set up on your own. I’ll show you exactly how in a little bit…
  • It’s safe & secure; WordPress is always updating their software and keeping everything sound and secure, so there’s rarely a worry of having your blog come under hacking attacks. No wonder NASA, Time Magazine, and even top university blogs are using WordPress (2).
  • It’s HIGHLY customizable. There are hundreds of free themes and plugins that add more functionality to your blog, from contact and subscribe boxes to plugins that improve blog performance and more.

While the other blogging platforms are generally all pretty okay; nothing, in my opinion, has ever come close to matching the freedom and customization options that WordPress offers.

So without a doubt, go with WordPress. Especially when you are just starting out.

Why You Shouldn’t Create a Blog on a Free Blogging Platform

Without a doubt, you need to self-host your WordPress blog. This means you are in complete control of your own website and content.

Think about it – what famous, successful blogger you know is using a free blogging website like “www.startbloggingonline.freeblogsite.com” instead of their own domain name like “www.StartBloggingOnline.com”, for example?

It’s not just that – free blogging platforms will cause you other headaches too.

It gets worse:

  • You don’t control your content – the blogging platform does. They could shut you down anytime, and for any reason (3).
  • The web address of your blog will be long and hard to remember (like http://www.yourfreeblog.blogspot.com) instead of a catchy, branded address you choose.
  • You’re not allowed to advertise on most free blogging platforms, making it much harder to ever make money from blogging.

All of these limitations apply to the WordPress.COM blogs.

What you really want is to self-host a WordPress.ORG blog – it’s the same software without all the limitations!

If I were you, I’d start with a self-hosted blog on my own domain from day one. That way you won’t have to experience the massive technical headache I did when transferring from a free hosting to self-hosted blog.

Setting up a blog like this is WAY easier and less expensive than you might think, especially with the special deal and coupon code I’ve got for you below…

Finding a Domain Name and Web Hosting Provider

Now to the exciting part!

To set up a self-hosted blog on your own domain name, you’ll need two things:

Domain Name – This will be your personal blog address where people find your awesome articles over and over again. For example, Google’s domain is http://www.Google.com. Your new blog domain name will be http://www.YourBlogName.com, except you’ll choose what’s going to be behind YourNewBlog.

The cost of a domain name is usually $10/year, but if you follow this guide all the way, I’ll show you how to get one for much cheaper…

Web Hosting – This will be the home of your blog address and content that’s on the blog. Without web hosting, you’ll be unable to use your domain. Think of it as a computer hard drive that stores all your content on your blog (images, blog posts and so on).

The cost of good web hosting is usually somewhere between $10-15 per month, but you will get over 70% OFF with the coupon code below.

With my special deal for you below the total cost will come out to less than a venti coffee at Starbucks a month – so it won’t break the bank.

It’s a relatively small, yet extremely important investment for your long-term blogging success.

Where Should I Get My Domain Name and Hosting?

When it comes to web hosting, there are only two things that matter.

  1. Page load speed – The average amount of time (in seconds) it takes your blog to load.
  2. Uptime – How often your site is up and running. 99.9% isn’t enough (that’s still 43 minutes of downtime per month). You should be aiming for 100%.

There are literally THOUSANDS of different web hosting providers.

Yes, thousands.

They all offer you a similar service (domain name + hosting) with a relatively similar price.

And luckily for you, I’ve already done the research to narrow the list down to the one and only reliable service you should consider using for your first blog.

Note: As a longtime customer and independent review site, we get compensated if you purchase from the referral links below – at no additional cost to you. In fact, we have a killer discount so you will actually pay less for the same service through the links below.

Remember, I want to help you avoid the same mistakes I made when I first got into the blogging world, and save you from experiencing any sleepless nights from scrambling to get your website back online.

I’ve dealt with and monitored many famous and recommended web hosting companies like Bluehost, iPage, Godaddy etc…

…but now I only use and recommend www.HostGator.com for domain names and web hosting.

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HostGator gets my vote since they really care about helping bloggers like you and me get started as quickly and easily as possible.

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Since I’ve been using HostGator for so long they gave me a special coupon to get my readers out on the blogosphere for cheap…

Typically you’d have to shell out over $10 per month to get a plan with a premium host but today you can get started for only $2.92/month.

That’s 72% OFF on the only hosting plan you’ll ever need with coupon code “STARTBLOG”.

But like all great deals this opportunity won’t be around forever…

You’ll need to act quickly because this exclusive offer from the link below expires when the clock strikes midnight at the end of October 2018.

This is the best price for blog hosting you’ll find anywhere. For just $2.92/month you have little to lose – and only tons of fun blogging experience to gain.

What makes HostGator so great?

Nothing has ever come close to HostGator for me in terms of blog load speed and uptime (see below):

My blog hosting performance

HostGator has great performance, they are easy to use, and it’s absolutely the best pick for beginners like you.

Additionally, HostGator is one of the few web hosts that now offers Free SSL Certificates. This not only adds trust with Google, but with your site visitors as well!

With an SSL Certificate, your domain name will start with HTTPS and show up as Secure with a green padlock next to the URL in a browser like this:

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Basically, with HostGator your website will look legit from Day 1.

You can always go with another web hosting service as long as it’s fast, reliable, and offers unlimited storage & bandwidth. This helps you to avoid problems later on.

Now that we’ve gone through the basics of blogging platforms, it’s time to start walking the walk! With the next step, we’ll get your blog set up and running.

Let’s get crackin’:

Step 2: Set up a Blog on Your Own Domain Name (Self-Hosted WordPress)

If you don’t have a hosting or a domain name yet – don’t worry. I’ll be showing this in a minute…

At the end of this step (2), you will have a fully working self-hosted WordPress blog on your own domain name!

Sounds promising, huh?

If for some odd reason you don’t want to use HostGator, you can always choose another hosting provider. I can’t promise they’ll be that good, but the registration and the setup process should be somewhat similar.

Some hosting companies do not have one-click install for WordPress. If that’s the case, see this guide for installing WordPress manually (not recommended for beginners, though).

1. Go to http://www.HostGator.com and then click “Start Your WordPress Blog”.

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Don’t delay since this amazing deal with the link above expires at the end of October 2018.

2. Pick a Domain Name For Your Blog

Already have a domain name? If not, why not check out our post here to see how much a domain name actually costs.

But if you already have one, then just write it in the right box (I already own this domain) and keep moving to the next step by scrolling down a bit.

How do I choose a good domain name?

Choosing a bad domain name is one of the most common mistakes I see bloggers make. Be sure you choose a domain name that is…

1. Easy to Remember – Don’t choose a nonsense name, something tough to spell, or a long name full of dashes. “www.best-tech-gadgets-in-the-world.com” won’t ever stick in someone’s head, but something like “www.techgeeks.com” rolls off the tongue.

2. Unique and Descriptive – You want a name that reflects who you are and what you care about. Be creative and build an identity you’re excited about!

3. Trustworthy – Domain extensions like “.com”, “.org” or “.net” are the most popular, with “.com” being the one most people think of first. Try to avoid crazy extensions like “.rocks” or “.biz”, as these are less commonly used, tougher to remember and not as trusted.

Type the domain name you want to use in the box, then click “next”. If the name is available, you’ll be able to claim it. If it’s not available, choose another one.

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If the name you want isn’t available, HostGator will show you some alternatives that are similar – or you can punch in a new name and try again. I’d suggest you use something that ends with .com, .net or .org

3. Choose Your Blog Hosting Plan

I recommend the “Hatchling” plan for now – you can always upgrade later if you decide you want more advanced features, but you get more than enough to get started with the Hatchling.

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4. Complete Your Registration

Once you’ve chosen the Hatchling plan and found a name you like that’s available, you’ll need to register it by putting in your contact and billing information.

You’ll also have a chance to customize your package a bit.

This is a chance to save some more money, so don’t skip it! Be sure to apply the discount code “STARTBLOG” for 72% off.

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I would take a look at each of these additional services to see if you want any of them, but they are not 100% necessary for you at this stage.

5. Log In To Your New Account And Install WordPress Blog

It may take a few minutes for HostGator to register your account, so be patient. You will get a confirmation email when your new account is officially ready.

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Once you’ve logged in to your control panel (all the information you need for that should be in your inbox), it’s time to install WordPress. Thankfully, this takes just one click!

  • Log-in to your Hostgator control panel
  • At the top click “Get Started With WordPress Today”
  • If WordPress isn’t there for some reason, scroll down a little bit on the control panel and click on “Quick Install” under the Software & Services section. Look at the top of the page, in the left sidebar section for WordPress.

Once clicked, you’ll be automatically transferred to Mojomarketplace.com – don’t panic, this is just a site that helps HostGator install platforms (like WordPress).

You should immediately see a screen where you’re offered to “Install” or “Import” WordPress. Click “Install” to get to the next step.

When you’re finished, “Install WordPress”. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a loading bar at the top of your page that will eventually tell you that your WordPress blog has been installed and you’ll see your log-in credentials.

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6. Log In And Check Out Your New Blog

Once the installation completes, you’ll get an email that shares your login information, including an “Admin URL”. (In case you missed that notification bar)

To log in to your blog, click the admin URL. If you forget this URL, it’s simply http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin (where “yourblog” is your domain name).

New Blog Homepage (1-6 steps)

Congratulations – you now know how to make a blog using WordPress. You’ve installed WordPress and set up your blog, all on your own! As you can see, it was really easy and straightforward.

Now that your blog is set up, read on to learn how to design your blog and make your very first post.

Step 3: Designing Your Blog

In this section, I’ll show you some WordPress blog basics, including:

  • Changing your blog’s design
  • Installing new WordPress plugins/features
  • Making your blog search engine friendly

If you’ve set up your blog, you’re now ready to start using WordPress and customizing your blog. I promise – it’ll be pretty easy and fun at the same time.

Remember: You can log in to your blog by going to http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin/ and using the credentials you set up with HostGator or any other hosting company you used.

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Sample of a customized WordPress blog (SmartPassiveIncome.com)

Changing Your Blog’s Design (Themes & Layouts)

WordPress blogging platform uses design templates called “WordPress Themes” to figure out how your site should look. Changing your blog’s layout and design is as simple as installing a new theme.

There are over 2,000 professionally designed, fully-customizable and free themes to choose from – so you’ve got a lot of options. If you want to see premium themes and designs like the Genesis Framework, head over to Themeforest.net

Here’s How To Find And Install A Theme You Love:

When you log in for the first time, you’ll see a dashboard or admin panel that looks something like this:

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Mouse-over the “Appearance” tab in the WordPress sidebar, then click on “Themes”.

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On the next screen, you’ll see several themes are already installed. If you don’t like those, click the “Add New” button at the top, or the great big “Add New” square to start searching for a theme.

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Now, you’ll see tabs where you’ll find featured, popular and brand new themes, as well as a “Feature Filter” and search bar.

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I really like the “Feature Filter” option, because you can choose themes in certain color schemes, select specific layouts and even choose themes with built-in advanced features.

Just choose the options you want, then click “Apply Filters” on the left hand side. If you’re finding this challenging, just search by keyword – there’s no wrong way!

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When you’ve found a theme you like, click “Install”. You’re nearly done!

Once the theme has been installed, all that’s left to do is click “Activate” on the next screen:

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Configuring Your Blog To Be Search Engine Friendly

There are some things you’d need to do to make your blog more search engine friendly.

Search engines do not like two things:

  1. Ugly and clumsy URL-s – http://yourblog.com/2012/04/topic-a/author-Karen/how-to-start-a-blog. A much better way is to use: http://yourblog.com/start-a-blog

See the difference? One is filled with irrelevant information and the other one is short, clean and neat.

In order to change your links to a more cleaner, click on the “Settings” -> “Permalinks” and use the following settings:

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2. Spam comments – Unfortunately, lots of people want to leave automated spam comments on your blog. They do that for a couple of reasons – to get people from your blog to their blog and to advertise their services/products.

To avoid that, make sure you moderate your comments. Here’s how to do that: Go to “Settings” –> “Discussion” and tick those two options.

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Step 4: Adding & Writing Blog Posts and Pages

By now you should have a fully working WordPress blog on your very own domain name. You should also have a custom blog theme that fits with your blog’s topic.

Congrats again – you’ve done a LOT and I’m proud that you’ve managed to get so far.

In the LAST step, I’ll show you how to write your first blog post and share some tips for writing blog posts.

In this section, I’ll show you…

  • How to write a post in WordPress
  • How to add images, links and format text
  • Some quick tips and tricks for writing great content

Using WordPress to Blog

Adding a New Post

To add a new blog post, click the “Posts” section on the left-hand side-menu, then click on “Add New”.

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On the next screen, you’ll see something like this:

Writing new blog post

You can add the title to your blog post in the top field, and your content goes in the big text box below the title.

You can save your draft or publish your content live by using the box menu on the far right of the page. You can even schedule the post to be published later – or make the post private so only friends can see it.

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Once published, your new post can be found in the “All Posts” section of the “Posts” tab, so you can edit it anytime.

Let’s take a quick look at some things you can do to spruce up your post:

Adding Images

To add an image to your post, click the “Add Media” button right above the lower content field.

Tip: Before you click “Add Media”, be sure you’ve left your cursor inside of your blog post where you want the image to show up. Otherwise, you’ll have to move it later on.

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Next, click the “Upload Files” tab on the screen that pops up, then click “Select Files”.

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Once you’ve found the file, double-click it and WordPress will upload it automatically.

When the upload is finished, make sure the image you want is selected, then click the “Insert into post” button to add the image to the post you’re writing.

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Adding a Link

Linking out to other websites is a great way to build relationships and share interesting content.

To add a link, click on the icon in the toolbar that looks a bit like a chain link.

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On the pop-up, you’ll need to enter a few important bits of information.

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  • URL is the web address of the link you want to share. Make sure you include “http://” before the “www.” address, or your link will be broken.
  • “Link Text” is the text you want people to click on to get to your link. It might be “Click here”, or anything you choose.
  • “Open link in a new window/tab” – it’s a smart idea to check this box. Otherwise, when someone clicks your link, they’ll leave your blog.
  • If you want to link to an existing page, you can use the “Search” section to find a post or page you’ve already created and click it to add a link.

Finally, click “Add Link”, and your link will be added where you left your cursor in the post you were writing.

Adding Headers & Editing Text

It’s a good idea to use headers and bolding to make your content easier to read and scan.

Adding Headings

To add a heading, click on the drop-down menu on the bottom left of the toolbar.

Blog_Post_Headings

Try to only use “Heading 1” once within your page (usually at the top), and use “Heading 2” or “Heading 3” for other sections in the copy, as this is better for search engines.

Tip: You can also highlight the text you want to change in your blog post, THEN click on the drop-down menu and select the format you want the text to be in.

Editing Fonts

You can also bold, italicize, underline and even change the color of your text in a click or two.

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  • “B” is for bolding
  • “I” is for italics
  • U” is to underline your text
  • A” will open a dropdown menu where you can select font color

As you can see, this is all pretty simple for anyone who has worked with Microsoft Word before.

Step 5: Start Growing Your Blog

Now that you have set up your blog and know the basics, it’s time to make your blog successful. Many beginners struggle at that point, thus I’ve put together a handful of guides to get you going easier.

If I were you, I’d suggest you go and check my resource page here. It contains all the content that I’ve published on StartBloggingOnline.com over the past couple of years.

WordPress blog

Analytics from StartBloggingOnline.com (taken from my personal laptop)

Things To Do After You’ve Created Your Blog:

The first thing I’d do is create a proper About Me and Contact page.

Done Those Two? Go And Read These Posts.

Ready To Take Your Blog To The Next Level?

Once you have some content on your blog it’s time to get some traffic and make it profitable.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What blog site should I use? A: WordPress. It is the most popular platform, powering over 30% of the web! Best of all: it’s free. Other blogging platforms aren’t in the same league.

Q: What should I write about? What blog should I start? A: Recipe blogs, fitness blogs, and business blogs are some of the most popular. Here’s how to pick a blog topic people will really want to read.

Q: How do bloggers make money? A: There are a number of ways including advertising and digital products, but some people just do it for fun. Check out my article How To Make Money From Your Blog.

Q: How Do I Pick A Domain Name? A: I would suggest using your real name (because you can change it later). Here’s more on picking a domain name.

Q: Are blogs social media? A: Blogs can be considered social media because they have comments and social interactions. However, from a technical standpoint, analytics software does not count blog traffic as social media traffic.

Q: Is blogging dead? A: No way! Over 409 million people read blog posts every month. You’re reading one right now!

Q: What’s the difference between a blog and a website? A: Blogs are frequently updated with articles while a website is generally “set it and forget it”. Blogs might have fewer features than a website and just focus on creating really good content. For this reason, a blog is more socially active, with shares and comments.