Over the years I have developed a list of excellent
resources and products I use. I only recommend things I use myself. Let
my trial and error experiences save you time and money!
1. Buy a domain name. You do not have to have your
hosting and domain names at the same place. GoDaddy.com - World's No.1 Domain Registrar
2. Web Hosting: I used to recommend
HostGator, but I do not at all anymore.
They sold out to a horrible company called EIG.
Endurance International Group, Inc., formerly BizLand whom are
buying up many web hosting companies and moving everyone to one data center that is horrible and has many problems.
You can see how many web hosts are now owned by EIG here, bluehost, justhost, monsterhost and many many
They had a huge huge outage for days in
August 2013 and you can read about that
After much research and investigation I found this hosting
company and will be moving all my account to Site5 webhosting.
3. WordPress Themes:
StudioPress: Best WordPress
themes EVER. Seriously. Matt Mullenwag, who started WordPress endorses the amazing Brian Gardner’s StudioPress
themes. Learn more or buy them now here: StudioPress
Themes I almost exclusively design sites using these
themes. Visit my portfolio page to see what you can do with these
There are thousands of FREE Wordpress templates to choose
Here are just a few unique places to find some very
creative themes.The official site for WordPress themes is at WordPress
WordPress Theme site
Some very creative and different looking themes
can be found here. wpthemesfree.com
There are some very cool themes here, but many of them
include spammy links in the footer you cannot remove. (or you can pay someone like me to remove them for you.) but
the reason these fancy themes are free is the creator are trying to make money through those
High Quality Photos: -istock is a good place to buy high
quality images for using on the web.
They have taken over a few other stock photo companies
online and they are huge. It only costs $1-4 dollars per image depending on the size you need and well worth it for
the quality of the images. You can use these for your printing, logos, websites, brochures and anything you need an
4. Posting. You will want to post at least once a
week to keep your new blogsite active and get some traffic in the search engines. The average length of blog
articles is only 250-300 words. People like shorter lengths. So break up a long article into small
C. Press Releases: You can create your own free press
releases here: http://www.prlog.org/
D. Get out in the blog world and post on other blogs and
Web sites. Take part in the dialog, always with a link back to your blog. This is key.
E. Put good keywords on your posts. These will be picked up
by Google and other search engines.
F. Communicate with readers. Answer e-mail from readers. I
have a separate e-mail account for this.
G. 4 out of 10 people now read blogs. With proper key words
and links, people will find your blog when searching on Google.
H. Watch your stats. Learn who and where your readers
are coming from. There are many good stat programs you can add to your blog. Sitemeter Google Analytics
Plugins you can install on your
StatCounter provides free customisable hit counters, visitor tracking, web analytics and website stats for Wordpress.org (you pay for the hosting).
You simply need to:
- Sign up for a free account at StatCounter and follow the 'Install
Code' wizard to generate your StatCounter code.
- When prompted, make sure to choose Wordpress.org
(I pay for the hosting) as your Blog/Web Page Editor from the drop down list.
- Click here to Download a zipped version of the StatCounter
- Unzip this file and upload the enclosed PHP file
"StatCounter-Wordpress-Plugin.php" into your "wp-content/plugins" folder
- Go to your Plugin screen in your WordPress admin
- Fill out the details, as per the
- Switch the plugin over to
I. Making money with a blog. There are many ways to do
this. You can become an affiliate with places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Overstock.com and Netflix, you add
your affiliate links and codes to your site and when someone clicks your link and buys, you get a
J. Adsense ads or other ad networks. Once you start getting
traffic, you may want to add some ads on your site and make some money that way. It is free to join various ad
networks and they will give you the html code you need to ad the ads to your blog website. This is also known as
PPC, or Pay per Click.
K. Sell things on your site: You can sell anything on
your site, ebooks, eguides, products, you can create products and open a free store at CafePress or Zazzle and link
your store to your blogsite. These are just a few ideas and basics to
help you started. Whether you are blogging for fun or profit, just stick with it and you will see results. Getting
started is half the battle. To learn more and watch How to Blog for beginners, visit me at http://wordpresscentral.org
Your email list is your GOLD online.
Email Programs: I use aWeber.
Why? For several reasons but a big one for me is they just
rolled out a WordPress plugin that makes adding any newletter/email list sign up to your WordPress site a
Also you can design a nice look in the panel in
You can see what I did with it here in action on one of my WordPress
is on the sidebar, using the new aWeber widget.
Super easy and fast. No more messy huge sign ups or redoing
code that breaks your site!
I also really like the back end layout and ease of
use with them.
I find their set up intuitive and easy to
For me it was very frustrating when I was getting started
and trying to learn how to set all these things up. I look for the most “user friendly” interfaces when I select
programs and products. I recommend to my clients that they try to sign
up for multiple free trials and see which one feels the best for them. (if you have the time, or just take my
recommendation and sign up for aWeber now!)
InfusionSoft: Many of the big Internet Marketers use InfusionSoft. They offer much more then just email. They will run an
affiliate program for you, and have a great shopping cart set up and much more. Check them out
Some other tools I cannot live without are
ColorPic: Ever wonder what the hex code is for web colors? this FREE tool
is easy to use and super helpful if you ever need to need color codes online. Safe and free download on
Snagit by Techsmith: You can resize images, capture images, add call outs
and text boxes, create slides for PowerPoint and so much more. I use this at least 50 times a day. I could not live
Here is a free 30 day trial
Techsmith:Video Software: I use this for all my longer videos and when I want to
add an intro and logo and watermark. This program is amazing. Most of the instructional videos you see on the web are created