WordPress Resources, Tools & Services used.
This is Post No. 2 on this blog and if you are reading this post within a few days of it’s publication (27 April 2014), you will notice that DuaneReeve.com is somewhat incomplete at this stage. There is NO custom header, NO Menu, NO footer, NO T&C’s Pages etc and there are only a few things in the sidebar…
This was done deliberately!
Since I intend helping others to build their own WordPress Websites (or Blogs), I thought I’d do something different to what all other Internet Marketers do. I am going to build up this blog, documenting each and every step as I go. I will share what WordPress Resources I use (i.e. Theme & Plugins) and what external tools and/or services I use to build up this site. More importantly, I am going to share the exact methods I use to get traffic to my site and the tools used to make money online (i.e. to make money from this blog).
The First Steps to build this Blog
Needless to say, that in order to get this blog post read in the first place, there are a few steps required to setup WordPress and my WordPress Theme that I cannot show here. Essentially, I needed to be ‘here’ to show you this post, but I will cover all these earlier steps in later posts/pages. So, right now, DuaneReeve.com looks like this… (See image & click to enlarge).
Getting my WordPress Blog to this point
In order to get to the point where I can share my blog posts and my journey on this website, I had to do a few things. Other than Registering the Domain Name and Setting up my Hosting (information for which is all over the web), I did the following…
- Installed WordPress via cPanel (provided with my hosting account)
- Configured all the WordPress General Settings to my liking
- Cleaned up WordPress, removing all the unnecessary stuff
- Installed the Theme I am using (This is a Premium/Paid Theme)
- I activated the Twitter Logo/Link to my Twitter Feed (a feature built into the Theme)
- I signed up and added some Validation Logos to the Sidebar
- Lastly, I added a Banner to Rod Moore’s ‘Simple $100 a Day System‘
So, in a nutshell, that’s what has already been done. I did the basics to get the site setup and working. I added some validation badges to give it some authority and to build trust; then I added the first sidebar advert. The sidebar advert is an important one as this is the first monitization on this blog (i.e. the first potential income source).
Where to from here: Everything done above was to get this blog started and to get the first monitization in place, whilst providing some level of trust via the validation badges. I will show you how to do everything to get to this point and beyond. What I haven’t done yet & what was done before installing WordPress will also be covered in later articles.
Expect to see changes
Since I am building this blog, quite literally, on the fly, expect to see some dramatic changes along the way. For the first time in a long time, I have actually gone and written blog posts (these 1st two posts) with little to no Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in place and whilst I used a few keywords, no research was done. As this blog progresses I will be adding tools and services to:
- Improve the site appearance
- Improve the exposure (get traffic)
- Add Social Media Profiles
- Increase monitization
- and a whole lot more
Right now, I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to layout the website as I didn’t plan it. Even the Theme used wasn’t planned, I won this theme in a recent competition and decided to use it…
Again, not planning the site design/layout was a deliberate action!
The reason for not planning this blog is because most readers wanting to start a Website or Blog would not have planned how their first site will be built. From my experience, you can’t plan something when you have no idea how anything works. Again, I go back to what Omar Martin says “You don’t know what you don’t know…“
And on that note; good bye till next time.