New Tutorial Video: How to Set Up a WordPress Blog from Scratch

My latest tutorial video is my longest to date – but it covers everything you need to get started with a WordPress blog from signing up with a hosting company (A Small Orange), picking a domain name, installing WordPress, configuring a custom theme, which plugins to install all the way to your first post.

Check out Setting Up a WordPress Blog from Scratch on my new home for tutorial videos over at or watch it directly on YouTube.

Isn’t This What I’d Pay You To Do For Me?

It’s a great question and it could very possibly be true. But I believe that by sharing information like these tutorial videos I can help more folks get up and publishing on their website AND demonstrate my ability to be paid good money to do it for you if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself.

If you’d like to hire me to help you with any or all of getting a WordPress site going, be sure to contact me today.

How to Use YouTube Annotations – Tutorial Video

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If you’re on YouTube and not making use of annotations, you could be missing out on new subscribers to your channel which means missing out on new viewers for future videos.

In this 8 minute tutorial video I demonstrate how easy it is to add annotations to your YouTube videos that will help viewers find your other videos and subscribe to your channel.

Setting Up a YouTube Channel Page

Whether you’re hoping to become a YouTube superstar or just post some videos for your business, it’s important to set up your YouTube channel properly with the Channel One design that YouTube uses.

Recently I recorded a screencast showing how to set up your YouTube page along with a free Photoshop .PSD or Pixelmator template to use as a starting point.

The Video

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The Results

You can check out (and subscribe) to a few of my YouTube channels if you’re interested to see some options:

Got a cool YouTube Channel set up? Leave a comment below and I’d love to check it out!

Theming 101 on

Matt Wiebe gave a talk at WordCamp Winnipeg 2013 walking through the basics of theming in WordPress:

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As Matt says in the intro, his talk assumes you have never built a theme and are literally starting from scratch. You’ll be looking at a bit of PHP code and HTML/CSS, but nothing too complicated. Matt does a great job of walking through the basics of making your own WordPress theme.

Your completed theme at the end might not win any design awards – but it gives you a good overview of all the files and code that goes into a WordPress theme.

Facebook Ads for Your Business – Two Part Video Series

I often get asked by clients about Facebook advertising and how to get started with it and so I thought I’d put together a screencast/tutorial video on how Facebook advertising works.

You can go watch part 1 or part 2 on YouTube directly or I’ve embedded them below.

It’s intended to be a general overview of setting up and getting an ad on Facebook – a part 3 is in the works if people are interested on looking at the analytics you get back from running your reports.

I’ve done plenty of other screencasts that I’ve posted to my YouTube channel but never one of this scope so I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts. Too fast? Too slow? Too much information? Not enough? Leave a comment below or visit my contact page to send me something directly.

Part 1

Direct link to Part 1 of my tutorial on How to Get Started with Facebook Advertising

Part 2

Direct link to Part 2 of my tutorial on How to Get Started with Facebook Advertising

Thanks for watching!

Was Your Website Hacked? Google Can Help

Google just launched a site called Webmasters help for hacked sites that walks you through the steps required to get your website back on Google\’s good side if you see something like this in search results for your website:

Typically the only time I\’ve seen sites get hacked is when people have used WordPress themes or plugins that come preloaded with malware or other junk and don\’t even realize it. That\’s why I always recommend downloading your themes and plugins from reputable sources like the main WordPress download site, or other theme builders with a good reputation (i.e. WooThemes, Studiopress, The Theme Foundry or ThemeForest).