Basic Website Setup – Blogging Course Part 1
Hi Friends, Welcome to the 3 months journey from $0 to $1000+ per month.
I am Rahul Poonia. A Professional Blogger at Loudfind.com and 4 other Blogs on different Niches. I have EXPOSED one of these 4 Blogs, for demonstration in this COURSE for you.
Following this course, I guarantee you will be able to create an Awesome Looking Website like Mashable, TechCrunch, The New York Times and much more to mention. Have you ever thought you could kick-start your online business for just below $10? There are many a solutions available out there that will help you create an awesome looking website, even if you aren’t a Programmer or a Coding Enthusiast. All you must know is basic Computer & Internet Knowledge with good English Writing Skills, nothing more than that, seriously.
I would like to mention that this Course is not a solution to those who are looking to get Rich overnight. This will take around 2 months of smart & hard work to see your first $100+ Cheque in your hands. You can do this smart work easily if you follow every instruction given in this COURSE.
When I first started blogging back in 2010, I was unaware of almost every single thing related to website building. So I paid Around $150 to a Website Development Company and started learning the ABC of blogging with my first website. As a student that was quite healthy amount to pay for something that I really didn’t know will do in future; but someone told me that you learn from your bad experiences more, so I didn’t paid much attention to the Money I Paid for it and started learning things. I had this $150 contract for 1 year only, that was inclusive of the Domain name and Hosting that website.
I have included things from very beginner to a Professional Level Blogger, if you already know any part; you can skip it. But I am pretty much sure that most of you will not be aware of the SECRET Techniques I am going to share.
Let’s do it!
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is used to identify one or more IP Address(s). Generally its known as the website name around the world. For example, http://loudfind.com/ is a domain name that points to an IP Address, which is hosted on a particular Server. So when someone types in the domain name in the browser, it takes the user to the Server and then the Server shows our website data to client.
What is a Blog?
A blog is a regularly updated website that any person use to write content on any topic in a much understandable and conversational style. A blog consists of Blog Posts that are the content being put on a website.
A blog can be on a particular topic or it can be created with a Broad Category that people tend to visit daily through search engines.
Register a Domain Name
These days, domain names are going very cheap and you can buy it from as low as $2 for a Year. But if we were discussing the FREE Version of it, so what you can do is use a sub-domain to redirect people to some address for example loudfind.blogspot.com or loudfind.wordpress.com and so on. You can do it absolutely for FREE and start building the Website.
Recommended: If you are planning a long run business with your website or your blog, you should buy a domain name from GoDaddy or Hostgator or some other Domain Name Service Provider. Select a Unique name for the Website, for example: “loudfind.com”. Or you can decide it later if you are not sure about it; you can transfer all your data from the Sub-domain to your own purchased domain, anytime.
*How I register Domains:- I go to namemesh.com & put focus keywords in it. This gives me a list of related, suggested and available SEO friendly domains. I always buy domains listed in SEO Section.
Hosting Our Website
Once you have Set Up the Domain name for your business using the recommended method, then its time to host your website files to a Server. There are both FREE and Paid Hosting Service Providers available out there on Internet. If you are on a sub-domain like loudfind.wordpress.com, then there’s no need to buy a hosting plan, as there are free hosting plans available for the sub-domains.
But we are here for a long run business that we will do with a paid hosting service for our Top Level Domain (TLD) i.e. “loudfind.com“.
There are more than 1000 Website Hosting Providers around the world, but only few of them are reliable. What we will do is to go with the Most Trusted Brands like Bluehost, Hostgator and Godaddy etc.
Recommended: I have been there with Hostgator for around 3 years now and it have never caused any issue. I would Highly Recommend you to go with HostGator by Clicking Here or on the image below, so that you can get the Best Price for your Hosting Service from the Biggest and Most Trusted Brand.
After buying this hosting plan, we can now Host Our Website from the Control Panel provided by Hostgator. Believe me, its super easy to host a website on Hostgator.
Follow These Guidelines (For Hostgator):
- Login To Your Control Panel
- Locate “Addon Domains“ and Open it
- Fill our the 5 Input Boxes
- Click on “Add Domain“
Follow These Guidelines (For Domain Registrar):
- Login to your Account
- Click on Manage Domains
- Find Your Domain Name Servers (DNS)
- Replace DNS with Hostgator NameServers*
*You will find Hostgator NameServers in you Control Panel in Left Sidebar.
Setting Up WordPress
After hosting our website properly, we will now Setup WordPress to start our Blogging Journey. To Setup WordPress, we will go to “Quick Install“ Option from Hostgator Control Panel. We would then Use the WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for our Blog because this is the most powerful, advanced and FREE Blogging Platform today.
Follow these Screenshots for Installing WordPress:
Step 1: You will see a Screen like this. Click on “Install WordPress” Option
Step 2: Click Install WordPress Button
Step 3: Fill out this Short Form and again click “Install WordPress“.
After this, you will get wp-admin login details in your Associated Email Account. We will use these login credentials to login to our Blog to start Blogging.
*Important: For Logging in, we will have to go to our-domain-name.com/wp-admin.
Setting Analytics & Webmasters
Now when we have set every single thing up, needed to start blogging, we will also setup some helpful tools for Tracking our Visitors and getting our content indexed in Search Engines.
These tools are from Google that help bloggers track down number of visitors, location of visitors and on which pages visitors come through search engines or directly.
Follow these guidelines for Google Analytics Setup:
- Login from http://analytics.google.com with your google account username & password
- Click on the “Add a Property” and get the tracking code snippet
- Copy this Tracking Code Snippet
- Paste your snippet without any changes to header.php* in between <head></head> tags.
- Update header.php and verify your changes from Admin Panel in Analytics.
*To find header.php in wp-admin Dashboard, go to Appearance->Editor->header.php.
Follow these guidelines for Google Webmaster Setup:
- Login from https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ with your google account username & password
- Click on the “Add a Property” and get the verification line of HTML tag from Alternative Methods
- Paste your HTML tag without any changes to header.php* in between <head></head> tags.
- Update header.php and verify your changes from Admin Panel in Google Webmaster Tools.
- Create and Submit a XML Sitemap to Webmaster from Admin panel.