Do you have a traditional brick and mortar business and looking for an online presence? But you have no idea how to setup a website? Or, would you like to make extra money online but don't have a clue how? Relax. It's not that difficult. Just 5 quick, easy steps and wahla, your business is online.
Step 1 - You need to buy a domain name. This step is very important. Your domain name is your website address. For example, www.myname.com, or www.mybusinessname.com, or www.teachmetosetupawebsite.com.
In addition to the .com website addressess, there are also the .net, .info, .guru, etc. names available. However, the most recognized are the .com address names.
Step 2 - Setup Your CPanel or Hosting Account For your Domain Name. This step is probably the most intimidating for newbies. Don't let it frighten you. Once again it is relatively easy. Its just the name CPANEL that sounds complex. With the company SiteGround the CPanel is included for each domain name purchased. With CPanel you will simply create an account that includes your domain name within. When you provide your current email address, your username and password for logging into CPanel will be emailed to you for future reference.
Step 3 - Changing Your NameServers. When you purchase your domain name, the nameservers simply point to your website server. Its sort of like telling the phone company where your home address is. The email you received in step 2 above will contain your domain name and current nameservers. If your hosting account is separate from where you purchased your domain name, (For SiteGrouund its all in one place), you simply change the nameserver address.
Step 4 - Install WordPress Using Softaculous or Manually. Inside your CPanel account, in order to get your website online, you must install wordpress. Softaculous is an automatic WordPress installer for your domain name. You simply find the Softaculous icon within CPanel and click install wordpress. Make sure you leave the in directory block blank so wordpress will be installed on your root directory, or your actual domain name. Most of the time, that in directory block in CPanel will contain letters such as wp in that block. You must clear those because if you don't then wordpress will be installed on www.yourdomainname.com/wp. You don't want that. For the more advanced you can also install wordpress manually. A manual install is a little more involved but not that difficult as well.
Step 5 - Preliminary WordPress settings. When you install wordpress in step 4 above, you will also be given a username and password to login into your website. Your login url to control your website will look something like this, www.mydomainname.com/wp-admin. To control your website settings you login into your admin and get started.
If you complete the 5 Steps your website up and running in no time.
WordPress is really popular and you can have an online business based on it. Use WordPress to add enhancements to your blog that you had never dreamed it could be. Read on to find out how to have a successful WordPress for your needs.
Choose a unique design that is individualized for your WordPress site. While it may seem appealing to use a common design, it doesn't create a great first impression of your site. You need to spend the time to create a design that showcases your own identity.
Spend some time getting to know all of WordPress's tools and features WordPress offers bloggers. For example, clicking the "kitchen sink" button gets you a multitude of formatting and importing options to distinguish your site. Use this section to change many formatting elements.
Remove unnecessary content or comments that fail to add value. This keeps the site more user-friend to visitors. Akismet is a great plugin to filter daily website spam.Sometimes you may spend a lot of time adjusting your WordPress blog and then mistakenly think none of your changes you've made weren't saved.This is most likely is not the case. Clear your cache to get rid of this problem. Your changes will appear by simply depress the "shift" key while you refresh the browser simultaneously.
You must specify if you want your post to appear in the order published. Change the dates to rearrange the list.You can up your site's rank with the search engines by simply taking a bit of time with your site. Be sure to add alternate text and title tags to every picture.Keep your WordPress passwords secret so that you will not suffer any security breaches.Additionally, don't download plugins from unknown sites, checking the reviews posted before you install them.If you have a site that's injected with malware or one that gets hacked, you can lose everything you have worked so hard on.
Use targeted descriptions and descriptions. These are a few of the first impressions that your readers see. Scribe is a good kind of software that you can use to gain control over this. This helps you edit these items and attract even more visitors.Only install the plugins that you absolutely need. Plugins are great, but they also increase the time it takes for your home page to load. A slower website could also negatively impact your search engines. Slow websites tend not do as well as those that have been optimized for performance.
You don't have to manually approve comments manually. You can receive an email each time someone leaves a comment, but it is wiser to uncheck the manual approval option. You won't be saving much time this way.Is it hard for you post at the times that you promise to? You can always write your article in advance and post it when you like. This can help you get started on everything ahead of schedule.
Don't use that drop-down menu when you are selecting a header. You can use keyboard shortcuts instead. Press CTRL and the numbers one to six to choose your option. This is a lot of headers.Read reviews of any plugin you want to use. Keep in mind that everyone who can make a plugin. You should stay away from plugins that are full of flaws and bugs. A plugin with many downloads and high ratings will probably be safe to use.
Get a website and boom your sales!
If you just decided to build a business then you must get a website. There are several reasons why you need to get a website of your own.
When you get a website of your own, you can optimize it for search engines. Have you ever thought of what good is having a website if no one can find you?
Don’t limit yourself to just one geographical area when you can get a website and market to the world?
If you have young children, you can do more business from home instead of spending so much time in traffic jams around town.
Of course, there is no replacement for the old fashioned, high touch feel of home parties and the like, but more and more people are searching online for the products and services they need. Why not market to those people too?
That may sound farfetched, but your website can "sell" for you, educate your customers and train your distributors, while you play with the kids, nap or clean the house. Isn't that what we're trying to accomplish with our home based business? More life and less work!
Honestly, no matter how impressive the company website is, most people's eyes just glaze over when they get there.
There is usually too much information, the product and opportunities are all running together, and it's difficult to contact anyone real if you have questions.
It's intimidating. If you are sending traffic to a company replicated website with classified ads and business cards, you are losing money.
You want your customers going to your site so that they can get a feel for who you are, and why they should be doing business with you.
You can let your personality shine through! If you get a website of your own, you can have a newsletter to keep in touch with your website visitors, run special promotions of your own, have contests, etc. You can get creative with your marketing.
When you have a website you can create a powerful publicity campaigns with press releases.
You will have a place to publish your press releases, wow your site visitors with your media attention, and also give the media a place to easily get information about your business.
Honestly, no matter how impressive the company website is, most people's eyes just glaze over when they get there.
There is usually too much information, the product and opportunities are all running together, and it's difficult to contact anyone real if you have questions. It's intimidating. If you are sending traffic to a company replicated website with classified ads and business cards, you are losing money.
You want your customers going to your site so that they can get a feel for who you are, and why they should be doing business with you. You can let your personality shine through! If you get a website of your own, you can have a newsletter to keep in touch with your website visitors, run specials of your own, have contests, etc. You can get creative with your marketing.
When you have a website of your own you can promote affiliate products that are related to your main product and increase your income without any extra work.
Get a website, a real one! One mistake: a lot of work at home entrepreneurs make is that of using the free web space that they can get from their Internet Service Provider. Big mistake!
Why? …because if a entrepreneur in business is unwilling to spend a few dollars a month on paid hosting, it screams "not a real business" to the customer. You want the world to take you and your business seriously, so act like a business person and shell out for decent web hosting. Free hosting usually puts ads on your website that you cannot control, or annoying pop ups. At the very least, they limit what you're able to accomplish by offering cheap looking templates and cheesy stock photos.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your website today...
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The announcement from Google that sites need to be responsive was done in February of 2015.
Web developers and SEO providers took note of this, because it is rare for Google to announce algorithm changes in advance.
The change was enacted in April of 2015, and many businesses that still had non-responsive sites were negatively affected in the search engine results.
Is your site mobile responsive?
It's urgent that you make it soon so your site will not be penalised by Google...
I have friends in the finance industry. And they tell me there is a recession coming.
Times are tough. I was walking along Clarke Quay and see so many businesses and shops closed down.
In these times many business owners tend to think that they need to spend less. But it is those who persevere and are persistent in their marketing who will eventually get there.
In this age where everyone seems to be virtual and on automation, businesses need to go out and engage more on the ground. To get that human touch back.
Afterall your customers are humans.
The key here is to go online > offline > online
And when you go offline it means you'll be running events. Event Marketing that is.
You need to create an Awesome experience for those attending your events.
I have exciting news for you. As there is an incredibly talented speaker who will 'share' about How you can use Event Marketing to grow the success of your business.
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As human beings we all feel the need to become more than what we currently are. Whether it's getting better at our business by learning, helping someone with a problem that they are having, trying to break an old habit, trying to lose weight or looking for ways to increase our wealth.
This amazing human element is a wonderful thing because it pushes us toward growth. It keeps us looking forward to the future. If you stop and just take a look around you will see that everyone around you has this mindset to a certain degree. They are all working towards something that they think will better their lives, we all are.
You can take a moment and remember back to when you were a small child. Now think about a time when there was something that you really wanted. If you were like me as a child you did not have the doubt in your mind that told you that it was impossible for you to have this "something". You only knew that you wanted it and you dwelt upon that thought. If you remember correctly, most of the time you ended up getting your "something" or something even better.
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Your LinkedIn Profile is your presence on LinkedIn. You can't do anything in LinkedIn until your Profile is up. It's like your resume and more. When someone looks at your Profile, they'll decide whether to connect with you or hire you.
In todays' post I will reveal and 'share':
- How you can optimise your LinkedIn profile pic to attract more views
- 5 more bonus tips to attract even more people to view your profile
- Using the power of your LinkedIn headline
You can optimise your profile photo to attract more clicks and people to view your profile. To get more views, you need to stand out from the millions of other profile pics. Most people's profile picture is too boring and corporate looking.
The key here is DIFERRENTIATION. How do you make your profile picture different from others yet still looks professional.
Simply change the color and tonal effect of your photo. Use a photo effect app like Instagram where you can have cool effects like Cross Process and HDR.
In this way you make your profile pic different from all those monotomous photos of other people's profile.
Time and time again, Differentiation is the key in creating awareness of one's business, service or work.
Remember, if you can stand out, people will simply become more aware about you.
Once you know how to use Linkedin to your advantage, you can have confidence in starting your own business and take it towards success.
Learn more on How to start your own business in my "Start Your Profitable Online Business Course"
Here are 5 more Insider Secrets that show you how to make your Profile compelling and be sure you're found when people search for clients, top talent for jobs, and people to connect and network with in LinkedIn.
When someone looks at your Profile, they'll decide whether to connect with you, hire you as an employee or for your services based on what they see there. Make it a good first impression, and make it compelling so that they contact you.
People want to connect with people they know, like and trust. And they buy from and hire people they know, like and trust. Be sure your LinkedIn Profile shows who you are and that people can know, like and trust you.
Establishing Trust is very very important when you want to get business. As I teach in my eBook "Trust Traffic" - The more trust you establish, the more business you get.
Ok now, let's get to the 5 insider tips:-
#1. Complete your profile. Did you know that when you complete your LinkedIn profile, you are 40 times more likely to get opportunities via LinkedIn, because a complete LinkedIn profile is searchable by the search engines - almost like your own Web page.
By complete I mean 100% complete.
Look at other peoples' Profiles before you create yours. There are good examples to look at to get ideas for what to include in your Profile. Check out several in your industry or area and some that are outside your area. And complete your LinkedIn Profile as soon as possible, even if it's not perfect. Your LinkedIn Profile is dynamic, and you'll be making changes as you find a job, work with more clients, and see how other people write their Profiles.
2. Get Recommendations as soon as your Profile is finished. Offer to write a Recommendation for people you know and have worked with. Ask people who know you to write a Recommendation for you. Perhaps people from the company where you work, or clients, if you have your own business.
Recommendations are like testimonials about you, and can include how you've worked together, results you've achieved, and why someone likes working with you. A good way to get Recommendations is to offer to write one for people you know on LinkedIn. Often they'll write one for you in return.
3. Make a list of your goals and what you want to get from being a part of LinkedIn. There's a summary section of your Profile where you list why you're a part of LinkedIn, and what you want to get from it. For example, new clients, a new job, let people know about your business or special events, etc. These may change as your goals change.
4. Make it a habit to use LinkedIn before you travel. Search for people in the city you're traveling to, connect with them via LinkedIn or a phone call or e-mail. Send them the link to your Profile, and tell them you're in LinkedIn and want to meet with them when you're in their city. Solid networks are being built in person through LinkedIn.
5. HOT TIP: Include the link to your LinkedIn Profile in your e-mail signature, so people can click right through to see it. This has paid off for me in many ways.
Also an advice on your LinkedIn Profile Headline:
Think of your headline as your first sales pitch to people who want to connect with you. If I am unfamiliar with you or your company, how does mentioning your company name and your position show me what you do and why I need to connect with you? It doesn't!
These headlines are too general, simple and straight forward. They are too vague and too broad. In order for your headline to be effective, it needs to grab my attention.
It needs to make me want to read the rest of your profile. As a potential client or potential referral source, I need to see right away how you can help me or my clients.
When I am invited to connect with someone, I view their profile before I choose to accept. The first thing that I look at is their headline to see if there is any possible synergy between the person who wants to connect with me and my business. By doing this I can see if it is worth my time and energy to view the rest of their profile. Make your headline enticing so I will want to read your profile and connect with you.
If you want to learn more on How to start your own business. Take a look at my "Start Your Profitable Online Business Course"
While hanging out in a Facebook group, I saw a post by someone who said that their Facebook Ad was not profitable and how to make it profitable.
I wrote a reply giving some free advice there. And I will repost the advice for the benefit of readers on this blog.
Feel free to ask any questions that you may have regarding your Facebook ads in the comments below.
I said that there is a certain formula to use to make FB ads profitable.
If you have the following details, I can help calculate if your FB ad have a good chance of being profitable:
1. What is your monthly revenue goal:
2. Your customer value or even just revenue per sale:
3. What is your conversion rate (the % of sales from the ad reach eg conversion rate = sales/fb ad reach)
4. And finally what is your ad budget per month:
Look at FB ad as a campaign that is measured over one month. An ad/product/brand needs time to gain traction and thus for enough people to see. That's why you see repeated advertising over a period of 1 month for lets say TV. You see those movie ads repeatedly over 1 month.
Comment below 'Yes Ali, I want the template' and i will send you a special template on how you can keep track and measure your FB ad campaigns.
Once you learn how to properly measure with the right metrics then you can tweak and Optimise your ad for greater profits.