Best software/package for starting up a website??

by Nattie
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Hi all!

I want to set up my own website to sell my ebook. There is a great deal of offers and advice as to which is the best, but really I need a package whereby you are guided step-by-step on the basics, including marketing etc.

Suggestions anyone?

Many thanks

Nattie
#software or package #starting #website
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Nattie,

    What you are asking is what this forum is all about - how to make money with Internet marketing. The forum is filled with helpful systems and advice about all the tasks related to making money.

    If I were you I would focus on one task, then the next, then the next, etc. A logical progression would be something like
    • Find a hungry audience - Research
    • Find a solution to their needs or wants - More research
    • Create a simple marketing plan - Search the forum
    • Create your ebook or become an affiliate - Product creation
    • Set up web hosting - maybe Host Gator
    • Get a domain name - many alternatives like Godaddy, NameCheap
    • Build a web site - WordPress is a good alternative
    • Build a squeeze page - Use a plugin or get help
    • Create or outsource a sales letter - or get help here at WF
    • Find a freebie for your squeeze page - Can always create yourself
    • Set up an autoresponder - aWeber is good
    • Set up a simple financial transaction and product delivery mechanism - many alternatives are available like eJunkie, Gumroad, Ecwid, etc
    • Drive traffic to your squeeze page - tons of ways to do this
    • Build relationships with your prospects - long term customer care
    You will find "systems" both paid and free here at the WF that will go into much more detail about these steps. In addition, there are products that you can buy that "automatically" handle or enable many of the steps.

    If you're not sure how to do any of this, there are mentors and coaches that can show you the way.

    If you have no money for marketing then you are going to have to get creative, but you can get started with free resources - it will probably be a slow process but it can be done.

    If you do have some money I would suggest joining the War Room as there are many great resources there to help you with most of the steps.

    The best to you.

    Steve
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  • Nattie,

    I think many people might have different definitions of step by step. Do you want something that is basically turn-key where you check boxes on a bunch of pages and bam you have a website or do you want to follow detailed instructions that would require you to look for information in a variety of places. If you go with some of the self-hosted solutions out there like Wordpress, that is what you will be doing. There is a lot of information on how to set those sites up but the learning curve is steep.

    Conversely, there are services that allow you to set up a basic website with some basic marketing features. For instance 1and1.com is one of them. There is a step by step process and you can set up a professional looking website in a short period of time with no programming knowledge.

    1and1.com - Professional solutions for Website, Domain, Hosting

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
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    ^^ it is known that's one of the worst webhosts on the earth... This is the first time I see somebody recommending it. Usually, people say run away as fast as you can
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  • Profile picture of the author James Fame
    Originally Posted by Nattie View Post

    Hi all!

    I want to set up my own website to sell my ebook. There is a great deal of offers and advice as to which is the best, but really I need a package whereby you are guided step-by-step on the basics, including marketing etc.

    Suggestions anyone?

    Many thanks

    Nattie
    If you just need a site, get Wordpress. You can install it through "Fantastico" in the main control panel of Hostgator (assuming you're using it). I can't recommend Hostgator enough, it's one of the best hosts I've used.

    What kind of ebook?

    You could take a look at Amazon and check out the best sellers. Some of the most popular books have very rigid marketing through the internet - like Timothy Ferriss' 4 Hour Series:

    The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferriss (book site)
    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss (his blog)

    If it's too hard technically, just hire a freelancer and pay a 1-time fee to get everything done as you want.

    James Fame
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    • Profile picture of the author Nattie
      Thank you all for your advice! Will keep that in mind.

      My Ebook is in the health niche.

      I have already done the research.

      I have heard that fiverr is a good place for website design at a reasonable price..

      Should I just go straight for my own website, or stick to a blog for now?
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      • Profile picture of the author helen jones
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        Speaking of Wordprees, which are the best themes that have worked for you? Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author James Fame
        Originally Posted by Nattie View Post

        Thank you all for your advice! Will keep that in mind.

        My Ebook is in the health niche.

        I have already done the research.

        I have heard that fiverr is a good place for website design at a reasonable price..

        Should I just go straight for my own website, or stick to a blog for now?
        Are you already an expert in the health niche?

        I suggest that you start to refine your target audience - by gender, age, etc (some kind of demographic for starters). Be more specific, instead of just the "health" niche.

        Certainly, it's possible to target the whole niche, but that's only possible when you have a massive presence in the marketplace. It's good to start in a more specific place and work your way up.

        Blogging is a good activity to grow exposure to your target audience, but you need to get established experts to guest-blog on your site. Get viral activity moving. Provide real value.

        The biggest problem here is many marketers spin their wheels in blogging - while missing the point that the real aim of it is to really pull in traffic. You also need to start to build assets, such as a subscriber list.

        James Fame
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        Fire me a pm if you have a question. I build businesses and provide consulting. I do not do finance/money/internet marketing niches. Fitness, self-improvement and various others are welcome.

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      • Profile picture of the author sktthemes
        Originally Posted by Nattie View Post

        Thank you all for your advice! Will keep that in mind.

        My Ebook is in the health niche.

        I have already done the research.

        I have heard that fiverr is a good place for website design at a reasonable price..

        Should I just go straight for my own website, or stick to a blog for now?
        Hi Nattie,

        I don't think fiverr.com is a good option. You should hire a freelancer from elance.com or freelancer.com

        Or else buy or hire a wordpress theme developer. It is another cheap option for getting online a website for an ebook quick and easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author muffty
    You could start a Free Blog for now - Squidoo is pretty good - easy to use and great for SEO.

    But I think you need to get yourself familiar with WP - Once you get started you will find it's really easy to set up and you'll amaze yourself by how quickly you'll become proficient at it.

    Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author tooAlive
    I'd go with Wordpress as it's really easy to set up, and themes are cake to edit.

    Here are some ebook selling templates you may want to check out.

    WordPress - Webbie - WordPress theme for ebook authors | ThemeForest

    WordPress - eBookie - One Page WordPress Theme with Blog | ThemeForest

    (I'd say the first one would convert better)
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  • Profile picture of the author crescendo
    For creating a website, you can download free software such as KompoZer, or use HostGator's free sitebuilder.
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