You know you need a Website and/or Blog - right?
BUT where to start?
First, you need a URL AKA a “domain name” AKA a “www.”.
It doesn't really matter where you purchase it, I've used Go Daddy in the past but for years now I've LOVED Hostgator. (More about that as we go.)
Pick a domain name, a URL, AKA website address with YOUR name in it, brand YOU,
instead of the company you represent.
If at all possible get a dot com
because dot come is still what most people automatically type in,
without thinking about it.
I also love Hostgator for your next step which is “hosting” of your website and/or blog.
They have amazing customer support, support that is available 24/7, an incredibly knowledgable and patient team. Top notch, techie, (so we don't have to be) but willing to explain and guide in layman's terms.
Not sure what WordPress is or how it works with your hosting?
Again, another reason I love Hostgator...
They'll help you with something called Domain Name Servers (DNS)
after you set up your hosting account,
and they'll help you with
Please NOTE, I'm not talking about those sites that you see that look like this:
https:// your name here . word press . org
You want something more professional looking than that.
I'm talking about your own domain name, for example mine is:
Once you have WordPress (which is free by the way) “installed”
you'll need to pick a theme.
For the last few years I've had an absolute love affair going
with a particular “theme”.
Again, don't worry if you don't know what a “theme” is,
use my favourite theme and the video tutorial/instructions
are incredibly simple.
A theme is essentially a fill in the blanks template
and my favourite will make you look like you are a pro.
Lost? Seriously don't be – jump in and do this step by step…
AND you'll be amazed at how simple it is.
When you have it all laid out step by step…
Like it is here.
I've experimented with a lot of different themes,
I've even designed my own so you may be
wondering which theme
I have I fallen head over heals,
gaga in love with?
Contact me and I'll share it.
P.S. Of course it is MOBILE FRIENDLY!
Which means it automatically scales to look GREAT on any mobile device — as well as on computers!
You've heard it said that the fortune is in the follow up – right?
Next you need a way to capture your visitors contact information so you can follow up with them, with preferably a phone call, or at the very least a series of emails that go out automatically to each new subscriber.
Over the last almost 2 decades I've tried just about every “auto responder” service out there, and I keep coming back to aWeber.
Again, I'm a huge fan of customer support and being able to get someone on the phone to answer a question ASAP.
There are so many other reasons, including a very high deliverability rate.
Plus as you move forward and start to get a little fancier with your website, you'll find that aWeber is really simple to integrate with other tools.
How to build a page or form to collect information from your visitors?
So how do you build an opt in or lead capture form for your WordPress, or other, site,
that will collect not only a name and email address but also a phone number?
I have to say that I struggled with finding GOOD LOOKING solutions.
Solutions that were not horribly complicated and time consuming.
I recommend one of two choices:
This solution provides unlimited opt in pages which are SECURE, for $37 per month.
Seriously, I've tried a lot of things, and within 5 minutes you'll have a professional looking “opt in” AKA “capture page” or even a full blown “sales funnel”, set up and ready to go.
If you are using this AMAZING DEVICE to generate leads or drive traffic to your site or business or Facebook or other social media pages, and you need a secure site to drive traffic to, this works beautifully. Again, it's mobile friendly.
THIS first choice is a really elegant, inexpensive, simple, professional looking solution.
A super simple, professional looking, just minutes to design “opt in” page is just ONE of many features available through this solution.
Yes, the videos promoting have a bit too much hype for my personal taste,
BUT I'm so glad I looked past that for not only fabulous opt in pages, but really straight forward and easy to follow Social Media training and other online marketing techniques. UP TO THE MINUTE techniques.
OH and in case you haven't guessed, I am a hand holder, so subscribe and I'll personally walk you through the “how to's”.
Remember I said I had TWO choices?
This last tool, is also very simple and straight forward to use, (but definitely adds a wow factor) and it works in conjunction with your hosted site, it's a “plugin”. (Again, don't worry if you don't know yet what a plugin is, you will, just get started, and it will become clear, I promise.)
This tool was something that was recommended to me by a friend, when I was struggling to find forms to help team mates, forms that would allow us to capture a phone number, as well as a name and email when site visitors opted in.
It's incredibly feature rich, something that you can easily use, by filling in a few blanks.
It produces, opt in forms that have a delayed reaction, so they can be set to only pop up after someone has been on your site for a bit, OR so they will only pop up when someone goes to close out of your site, OR forms that “bounce” onto the screen.
Again, it's incredibly feature rich, but very simple to use.
The opt in forms can also be embedded – as I've done on these two sites:
It goes without saying that if I'm recommending it, I've had a fabulous experience with it, and the support systems in place are top notch.
There's not a phone number to call for this tool, but there are training videos and a support ticket system that I've found to work really well.
So what is it? CLICK HERE to learn more!
And don't forget to reach out and ask me about my favourite theme.
A couple last thoughts.
I created this page because people are constantly asking me how I do what I do, and I so wish I'd had a page like this a decade plus ago, a “where to get started” and a resource of tools that are simple to use, with exceptional customer support.
I've had a site since 1999 and I've experimented with so many things over the years, and these truly are my favourite tools and hopefully this page will help save you a lot of time and money.
IF you are someone who does NOT want to build your own site, I have a young woman on speed dial who does a really GREAT job of putting together sites and I'll be happy to introduce you.
Please feel free to reach out and CONTACT ME.
Cheers to YOUR success!
Marie & Anson
During the last 20 years Marie and Anson have been the number one income earners in 2 of the 4 networking companies they have been involved with.
They are experts at isolating, implementing and teaching others, cutting edge, online marketing and lead generation techniques, including methods that are free.