“Win peoples time and their money will follow.”
After I read this quote, I realized I had to get this blog going.
Now, over 12,000 people spend 1-3 minutes one of my site very frequently and I never have to sell.
You haven’t started your blog yet… why?
Well, you’ve put off launching your blog because you’ve convinced yourself it’ll be difficult and expensive. Ignore that for a second and imagine:
Google analytics telling you your blog is getting thousands of hits a week, new email leads automatically building your list, and 118 people clicking the Facebook share button on your articles.
You’re 60 seconds away from all that.
These 12 steps are the fastest, cheapest possible way to get your website launched and your first post written.
Step 1: Pick a Hosting Package that Works For You
To get started, you need to have a website hosting service that will host your domain and content.
Your hosting is the home for all of your content on the internet. Your domain is like the front door. We will get to domains right after this.
You should pick a hosting package that works for you. Depending on the amount of resources you use, Standard should be okay, but I always choose PRO so I don’t have to worry about upgrading in the future. Once you select your hosting package, you can move onto Step 2.
Step 2: Pick your Domain (URL)
I used ServLogical to pick my domain (and for the rest of the steps in this article) and recommend you do as well.
If you want something more complex try GoDaddy. (Zing! But true).
You should see the image below if you completed Step 1 properly. At this point, you can enter the desired domain name.
In my case, I am going to be using one of my domains, “josephali.net” to complete the rest of the steps in this tutorial. You can use any domain you currently own, or you can purchase a new one. If you are registering a new domain, you should see the image below. You are ready to move on.
Select your domain, select any other domains you might be interested in, and then click Continue.
Select DNS Management for free, and click Continue
Step 3: Review & Complete Order
At this point, you should be taken to you cart to go through checkout. If you completed all the steps properly, your total should be around $20-60 depending on what domains and hosting packages you chose.
Once you are set with everything, you can continue to Checkout.
Enter your personal information and billing details to get through the Checkout process. Once all of your info is filled in, scroll down, complete your payment info, and Complete Order
Step 4: Order Confirmation
At this point, all the tedious admin work is done. We can move forward to the client area and start installing our site software. Click Continue to Client Area to continue onto the next step.
Step 5: Navigate to Client Area
If you followed all of the previous steps properly, you should be greeted with the Client Area
This is where you will see all the products and services you currently own, and how to manage all the services.
In my case, I have a completely generic domain name for demo purposes. Your Client Area will have the domain name you purchased.
Step 6: Login to Control Panel
Click your hosting package under Your Active Products/Services tab.
On the left sidebar, you will see an option to Login to cPanel. Click this. You will be brought to the ServLogical.com Control Panel for your website and hosting. This is where you will control ALL the features of your website and hosting. The page should look like this:
Step 7: Install WordPress Site Software
This step is the most excited, as we will finally be installing the actual blogging platform. We will be using WordPress, which is the single most popular blogging and website platform on the entire web.
To get to the site software installer, simply search for Site Software while in your control panel.
Select Site Software
Enter your WordPress blog details, and click Install. Once your WordPress install is complete, you should see a page similar to the image below, with your domain info instead of my generic domain.
At this point, you can click the link to be redirected to your brand new blog!
Step 8: Access WordPress Admin
Your WordPress blog has it’s own administration control panel to manage everything from pages, to images and blog posts. To access you admin panel, type your www.<yourdomain>.com/wp-admin replacing <yourdomain> with the domain you just purchased.
Once you access the admin panel, you will be able to Create to Posts.
Step 9: Publish Your First Post
You are now inside of “WordPress”. WordPress is used to quickly manage your blog and write new posts.
Step 11: Click “Posts” > “Add New” on left side
When you click “Posts” and “Add New” on the left side of this screen, a new blog post will be created. No one can see this until you click “Update” (sometimes “Publish”) on right side of this screen.
Type in your blog title. I used “My First Post!”. Then type in some content, this is where you’d write your article. I used “Yay!”.
Click the blue/teal publish button on the right side of the screen to make your blog post live!
Step 12: View Your First Post
Type your website into the URL bar to see your first post!
Finally (and a bonus – my stats!)
Many of you at this point will DELAY writing articles and content because you’ll tell yourself:
I don’t like how the blog looks! I need to hire a designer to make it pretty!
How do I customize everything, it’s not how I want it!
Where can I get a beautiful template to use for my blog?
Ignore all of this for now.
I’ll tell you from experience (see traffic below) that readers care much more about what you write and how consistently you write, then how it looks. Start writing now.
If you want to copy me to get the biggest free design bang for your buck, I currently use the Vlog theme, but I also really like the Awaken Theme:
Getting Email Leads and Sales From My Blog:
I use WelcomeMat by SumoMe to capture the emails of over 10%+ of all of my unique blog visitors. This conversion rate is extraordinarily high due to the great work Noah Kagan and his team have done building the tool.
To get sales from my blog I use a combination of Leadpages to set up landing pages, ClickFunnels to set up sales pages, and Stripe for billing/processing. Tell me in the comments is you want tutorials on any of these.
Lastly, remember blogging is a marathon not a sprint. It takes lots of time but the payback is worth it – take a long term approach or don’t start at all. Emerson is now doing 50,000,000 unique website views per month after almost a decade of perfecting.
My first traffic came in Sept 2014 and now, almost 2 years later, I’m getting to 30,000 views per month (I installed the JetPack plugin on my wordpress to get these stats):
You have to start. Start start start.
Publish your first article right now.