Newbies - Overcome your fears.
EG: dont be scared to do stuff and get held back
Here are the most basic things you have to do at first.
1. Obviously you need domains and hosting.
2. Signup with getresponse or aweber - DONT PUT IT OFF !!!
3. Use wordpress - not static sites if you need free traffic.
Thats my 3 bits of newbie advice - who wants to add more ???