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How to Find and Install a WordPress Theme

August 8, 20160 Comments
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series How To Create Authority Blog in 30-Days Expert Training

Yesterday you installed your WordPress blog on your domain.  Today you’ll discover how to quickly and easily change the design of your blog.

Blog Design

We don’t need to go into too much depth about designing your blog. What you really need to know is to make it consistent with your brand and optimize for results.

The reason we don’t focus on blog design is because WordPress and WordPress themes make it really easy to make a great looking authority blog.

You can start out with a free theme and move to a paid theme as you go. You don’t need to know anything about HTML or web design in order to change the blog’s design. That’s because there are thousands of free and paid (premium) “themes” (designs) available for your WordPress blog.

I recommend that you don't even change your theme until you have ten posts.

Spend 5 minutes or less deciding, because you don't want to spend all day beautifying your site, if not going to make much money.

Most themes look good. Just don't pick an ugly one. At this point, your focus should be on creating content.

Keep in mind that you can get a high-quality theme anywhere from $50 to $100 later.

 Tip: If you have a unique theme in mind – or if you want something totally exclusive – then you can hire a WordPress theme designer. Just go to and post your request for a theme designer.

Generally, this isn’t necessary, however, since there are thousands of themes to choose from. You’re certain to find something that you like.

However, you can start with a theme and then have a designer “tweak” it to make it more exclusive or to better suit your purposes.

For example, you can have a designer create a new graphical header that better matches your blog’s name and content.

Here are three ways to find a theme:

  • Go to
  • Use Google to search for “WordPress themes” or “WordPress templates.”

In all cases, a simple search for WordPress themes will uncover thousands upon thousands of results. That’s why you’ll want to narrow down the results by searching for specific kinds of themes.

For starters, you can search for niche-specific themes, such as “weight loss themes” or “dog themes.” You can further narrow the results by searching for the colors or styles you like, such as:

  • Columns: “two column” or “three column” themes.
  • Colors: “black and white theme” or “blue theme” or your favorite colors.
  • Style: “art themes” or “professional theme” or “simple theme.”

You can easily upload, preview and install it right from your dashboard.

If you are using a free theme from, go to your left-hand dashboard menu and click on Appearance>>Themes>>Add new. When the “Add Themes” window opens up, enter the name of your theme in the search bar.

If you don’t yet know the name of the theme you want, simply enter a parameter you want it to match, such as “3-column responsive”—always choose a responsive theme.

Wordpress Themes, Barrington Paige, Making Money Online

You will instantly see a selection of themes fitting those parameters that you can choose from. You will be given the option to Preview them before deciding to install.

If you have purchased or have downloaded a theme to your computer.

IMPORTANT: Keep your downloaded theme zipped.

Install WordPress Theme

To find and upload your new/premium theme from your computer to your website:

  1. Go to Appearance>>Themes, and click on the “Add New” button.
  2. Select “Upload Themes”.
  3. Press the “Choose File” button and select your theme (still zipped)
  4. Click the “Install” button

Once you are notified the install has been successful, you can select your new theme from Themes.

You should now see the theme you just uploaded. Click on it to show a preview, then click on the “activate” link. Your new theme is now installed!

Today’s task: Find and install a theme. More customization tips coming tomorrow!


Just Launch Your Business or Blog

July 31, 20160 Comments

Today’s Sponsor: Sarah Arrow
Resources Mentioned: 30-Day-Blogging-ChallengeWeb Profit School and eBates

Quote of the Day: “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

Short Term Goal: Create Authority Blog in 30 days.

Profit Tip: Write down Three or Four Daily Tasks and DO them.

This is my profit journal where I will share my secrets for success with you -- I'll give you my opinions, innovative tips, tricks, techniques, templates, profit plans and maybe even a joke or two.

The two fastest ways I found to bring in revenue and start a business?

  1. Service (Selling services to people who needed them)
  2. Consulting/Coaching (Guiding people to solving problems I knew how to fix)

Both are a great way for a beginner to start… You don’t need a LIST, a PRODUCT, a BRAND, or a FOLLOWING.

You simply need to know how to find a niche, solve a problem, and what actions are necessary to solve it.

It can be in your passion, in your hobby, in learning more about how you’ve overcome some obstacle in your life (this is more than tangible skill – it can also be mindset related, health related, support related, or even experience related).

Most of the Time, Good Enough is Absolutely Good Enough

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Back in 2005, My former business partner Matt Levenhagen  would say "Just Launch It".

Your business is never going to be perfect in your eyes. There will always be more cosmetic things to fix, more features to add, more you could have done to help it succeed.

But because these things will always exist, if you focus on getting them out of the way first, you could delay launching for months—even years! You have to pick a point which to put those things out of your mind (even if just for a second) and  just launch your business or blog out in the world.

Don’t miss out on money or customers because of something small that only you will notice. Get the basic version of your business out there, and then you can tweak to your heart’s content.

I invite you to ask questions or leave comments.  I’m here to help!

Profit Tip :  I use a company/site call Ebates.  As a newbie, it would have helped me so much in spending less on life's stuff so that I could have money to spend on things like domains, hosting, tools, outsourcing, etc.

It works on SO many online shopping areas, so whenever I buy a domain from GoDaddy, money comes back to me. Ordering from or Amazon? Yep - money back from Ebates.  Free to sign up here.

I installed a little Chrome plugin so no matter where I shop online if Ebates is involved, it alerts me.  

You might as well be doing this while you're online anyway. You'll get payments for everything you're already doing anyway, while you're doing it.  Click Here To Save Money

When you get invited in, you also get a free $10 gift card. I already got mine.  Here's my invite link so you can get yours too: Invite to Join Ebates.

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