Here's a bunch of helpful (free) guides and tools online experts

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Just want to kick things off by saying that I am not an expert on Internet Marketing, nor will I ever call myself one, just doing this to help out the community with some free helpful guides and tools on building and growing an online business (with focus on building blogs and websites). Enjoy!

I'm not here to promote myself, I'm doing this for 2 reasons:

A) I have too much time on my hands right now.
B) I just want to help out people struggling, 'cause there is a LOT of free advice out there that's actually very good.

I'm hoping to turn this into a recurring thing here if you find it helpful, so I'll start with the "getting started phase" of online marketing, focusing on websites and blogs.

Alright, enough rambling, here's some guides that I've found very helpful throughout my own journey, and some I truly wish I'd known about from the beginning.

Getting Started:

How to find a profitable niche: I don't know if many people know about Niche Hacks, been following Stuart for some time now, but there is a lot of great content published there. This is basically a roundup post of guides on the topic of finding a profitable niche.

Smart Passive Income's Start Here Page: Okay, this isn't a guide, it's a page on one of the most popular passive income blogs today. On this page, Pat gives you a handful of starter tips, links to podcast episodes and blog posts. Honestly, you can get by and create your first online business solely based on the content found on this page. But there are also other blogs out there, which we'll get to.

How to start/create a website: A detailed guide on creating a website, with screenshots and steps along the way. This developer, Robert, has helped a ton of people and I wish that I had found this guide and site before I launched my first site, would've saved me a headache (that's a story for another day).

How to start a blog in 7 simple steps
: From the same site and developer, this post focuses more on creating a blog and making it look good and setting it up for success. Same story here, wish I'd found this one before my first site, super-helpful and easy to follow.

Review of several web hosting companies: Whether or not you're going to create a blog, magazine, store or whatever, you will need a web host to kick things off (most likely). And finding the right one for you can be a real pain in the you know what. Here's some reviews of the most popular ones (yes, they are real reviews). My advice? If you're just starting out, just pick the one with the most benefits for the price tag.

How to set up an email list and newsletter: Another link to Smart Passive Income, but indeed super-helpful. No matter who you talk to about online marketing, the most common advice would be "build and email list" or "the money is in the list". And they would be right. Even though it's not necessary for launching a website, it's a must if you want to grow your business online.

And I think that would about wrap it up this time around.

We've covered the basics for getting started:

1. Finding a profitable niche/market for your business.
2. Starter tips from one of the most established entrepreneurs today.
3. How to start a website and blog with practical tips and steps.
4. What web hosts you should consider when first starting out.
5. How to build an email list, or at the very least getting started with this one.

Anymore than this and we might cross into "information-overload-land". Anyway, have a look at these sites and guides, practice what's preached and I'm sure you'll be well on your way.

So, feedback? Was it too much? Disoriented? Helpful?

Let me know, I'm all ears


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  • Profile picture of the author John47
    That's a really good list of free guides from reputable marketers which should help many of the newbie queries that are constant on the forum. I would advise to bookmark and refer to it regularly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karl Karrlander
      Thank you, I see so many aspiring bloggers and entrepreneurs here on WF struggle with getting started. They just don't know where to start.

      I know I was in the same boat as well and I'm glad I never fell for a scam (which one of the reasons I shared these guides too), since there is so much great information for free.

      If you really want to pay someone, then I suggest paying a more premium price for coaching, mentoring, community and mainly courses.

      Anyway, getting off track here, thank you for your insights!


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  • Profile picture of the author omoade
    Bookmarked. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Karl Karrlander
      Don't mention it, hope it helps you or anyone else out with your business online!


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  • Profile picture of the author Curiosias
    Great links! Thank you very much!
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  • Profile picture of the author smasma
    That's a really good list for everyone who wants to make money from the internet. Thanks for your share.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Great share, Karl. Too bad most beginners still search for a magic button. Sometime I still do.

    Hard time to keep promoting business? Don't worry!
    . . . . . Let me help cutting your ad production cost! . . . . .
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    • Profile picture of the author Karl Karrlander
      Thank you, I see that a lot too. I can share as many valuable articles, guides and studies as possible but in the end it's up to the consumer to take action and work hard to make it happen.

      I guess that includes me too sometimes, probably human nature to try and find an easy route all the time.

      Anyway, I'm glad you found it helpful!


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  • Always interesting! Thx Karl!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kes Writes
    Very good! You have been able to give out your time for the benefit of others. That is very kind of you.
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