This mini-course is designed to teach you the basics of what it takes to create your own website and what you can do to make it a success.
It is vital you have your own website. By your own website I do not mean a Facebook page or a Tumblr blog, or any other website that allows you to post content on their platform. The reason why this is not a good option is because you are not in control, and you are always one Term modification (in the websites Terms & Conditions) away from being censored or worse thrown off the platform and losing all your work.
You can and should use 3rd party websites like Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, and Google+ to promote your website, but do not rely on these as your primary location for content and outreach. You need to set up your own website and thus be in control of all your own content. This way nobody can take it away from you and you can maintain it how you see fit.
This is the single most important thing I can tell you. Having your own website is critical, and during this mini-course you’ll be introduced to what it takes to set up a website and then drive visitors to it.
Lesson 1 – Domain names and web hosting
Lesson 2 – WordPress
Lesson 3 – The Genesis Framework
Lesson 4 – 10 WordPress mistakes you won’t make
Lesson 5 – Plugins and Widgets
Lesson 6 – Search engine optimisation (SEO)
Lesson 7 – SEO – search engine optimization continued
Lesson 8 – Backlinks and content marketing
Lesson 9 – Content creation and content marketing
Lesson 10 – Email lists
After reading all the lessons in this mini-course you should have a better understanding on what it takes to make a website and the kinds of things you need to do to make your website successful.
You will get new emails off me related to setting up websites and customizing websites, so stay tuned for these. Also, if you are just starting out check out Webthena, who are an official partner of NeilCurtis.me. If you join Webthena the web hosting, WordPress install, the Genesis Framework install, and a premium Genesis child theme install will be taken care of for you and then you can get down to styling your website.
Good luck, Neil Curtis
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