Selected a Niche within Personal Finance Market

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As I said earlier, I selected a small niche in Personal Finance market to get my writing out of my computer on to the internet. I just completed this while I was replying to my other two threads. Signed up at WP.com and ready to upload my first blog post from my thumb drive working at the local library.

Questions:

1.Should I also post that blog post to ezinearticles.com (already signed up for an account) OR after waiting for couple of days OR tonight from home?

2. How to create a optin form on the WP.com FREE blog?

Thanks,
Peter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

    Signed up at WP.com and ready to upload my first blog post from my thumb drive working at the local library.
    Have you read their Terms Of Service carefully, Peter? You appreciate that absolutely nothing promotional or monetized is allowed there at all? Not even using it as a way of generating traffic for another site? They're very strict about it. It's really for "hobby bloggers" only - nothing commercial at all, and no marketing. Just checking that you know this! :confused:

    (Might you be better, if it's just for practice and for starting to build a list, to use a self-hosted WordPress blog on some free hosting, such as Freehostia, Byethost or 000WebHost? You could do whatever you like, that way. Just wondering).

    Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

    Should I also post that blog post to ezinearticles.com (already signed up for an account) OR after waiting for couple of days OR tonight from home?
    I strongly advise you never to submit any article to Ezine Articles until after it's been published and indexed on your own site. This is absolutely fundamental to any kind of article marketing at all.

    Also, be clear, before using an article directory, that you understand how they work and what benefits they can and can't provide for you. It would be a big mistake to try to use it to draw potential customer traffic to your site, for example, for all the reasons explained in this thread (see especially posts #2 and #6): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Thomas
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Have you read their Terms Of Service carefully, Peter? You appreciate that absolutely nothing promotional or monetized is allowed there at all? Not even using it as a way of generating traffic for another site? They're very strict about it. It's really for "hobby bloggers" only - nothing commercial at all, and no marketing. Just checking that you know this! :confused:

      (Might you be better, if it's just for practice and for starting to build a list, to use a self-hosted WordPress blog on some free hosting, such as Freehostia, Byethost or 000WebHost? You could do whatever you like, that way. Just wondering).



      I strongly advise you never to submit any article to Ezine Articles until after it's been published and indexed on your own site. This is absolutely fundamental to any kind of article marketing at all.

      Also, be clear, before using an article directory, that you understand how they work and what benefits they can and can't provide for you. It would be a big mistake to try to use it to draw potential customer traffic to your site, for example, for all the reasons explained in this thread (see especially posts #2 and #6): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
      Thank you Alexa for your response.

      Yes, I read the terms of service at wordpress.com, particularly under what types of blog people create, among many two of them are:

      Types of Blogs -- WordPress.com

      Business: Professionals ranging from realtors to lawyers and stock brokers are using WordPress to share their expertise, and companies have discovered the power of blogs to personally engage with their customers.
      How-to, tips and reviews: There are lots of blogs that share tips and reviews about cooking, games, music, books, movies, and so on.

      The reason I chose is because when I came to this forum in April of this year for the first time ever, many experts including you, suggested to go with wordpress.org, if I am going to choose wordpress blog.

      But, I got bogged down with choosing a theme, installation, customizing, and many other options that lead me away from working on my blog. Then, I got distracted with business model to choose, niche to choose and on and on.

      In the end, I was reading a lot of stuff, taking notes while continuing to improve my writing skills to be not boring (I have made probably progress, I hope!) to my readers and/or visitors. Then, inferiority complex kicked in, since my first language was not English, even though everyone at work can understand and read my verbal, as well as written communication.

      Luckily, one task I never gave up was writing in my notebook and typing the article on my computer on topics that I am comfortable with. Other than this, I did not do anything related to creating and marketing my online business.

      Now, I want to get back on to my business, leaving behind the past, learn from the past and start all over again.

      The first task I wanted to do is get my writings on to the internet from my computer, and for this, I thought going with the free blog platforms.

      As you have just pointed out here and many have pointed out in my other threads that I started, that it is better to go with self-hosted blogs, I am not confident if I can handle the technical stuff. Setting up at wordpress.com was very easy.

      Do you think I should go with other options like Yola, or Weebly etc., instead of blogger.com or wordpress.com?

      I want to start right this time and get my online business blog going.

      Based on a recent post here by Michelle, I chose to go with the Information Products business model under Product-based model. I picked ONE business model, ONE niche and ONE target audience.

      If I go with wordpress.org, yola or weebly, I have to get a domain name suitable to my niche, correct?

      Then, I have to setup the website. For that, I need technical skills. Which one is easy among the above for a non-technical person?

      Based on your suggestion, I will wait until I make a decision as to which CMS I should choose to go, and then only submit to ezinearticles.

      Is that correct?

      Please advise.
      Peter.

      P.S Even though I replied to Alexa, I would appreciate if other experts also could advise.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        The reason I chose is because when I came to this forum in April of this year for the first time ever, many experts including you, suggested to go with wordpress.org, if I am going to choose wordpress blog.
        Yes, I understand this. But wordpress.org and wordpress.com are two very different things, Peter. Wordpress.org is the source of WordPress software for self-hosted blogs. Wordpress.com is a free hosting site with restrictive terms of service.

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        Then, inferiority complex kicked in, since my first language was not English, even though everyone at work can understand and read my verbal, as well as written communication.
        As others have said to you here, recently, your English is very much better than you give yourself credit for. Most people here would never have suspected that English isn't your first language, if you hadn't told us.

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        I am not confident if I can handle the technical stuff. Setting up at wordpress.com was very easy.
        If you can manage that, you can manage easily at Weebly or Yola. (Even I can easily use both Weebly and Yola, and I have sites at each. I don't really know how to use WordPress).

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        Do you think I should go with other options like Yola, or Weebly etc., instead of blogger.com or wordpress.com?
        Yes. I urge you to stay away from wordpress.com if you're doing anything commercial/promotional, or any marketing, because of their terms of service. And to stay away from Blogger for all the reasons explained in this post, and the other threads linked-to here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8363773

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        Based on a recent post here by Michelle, I chose to go with the Information Products business model under Product-based model. I picked ONE business model, ONE niche and ONE target audience.
        It sounds good to me.

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        If I go with wordpress.org, yola or weebly, I have to get a domain name suitable to my niche, correct?
        I think you're confused about this, Peter. You can't "go with" wordpress.org in the same sense that you can "go with" Weebly or Yola. Weebly and Yola are hosting companies with built-in site-builders accompanying the hosting. wordpress.org isn't a hosting company: it's a source of software to use on your own hosting rented from a hosting company (but not Weebly or Yola, by the way, because you can't use WordPress software with those hosts: they have their own software built-in, and it's much, much easier to use than WordPress software, though it has many limitations compared with WordPress, also.)

        Why not just rent hosting from a normal, standard hosting company like Hostgator, as almost everyone else does, install WordPress there (the software originally comes from wordpress.org but you don't need to install it from there if you don't want to: many commercial hosting companies like Hostgator have WordPress software already available on their site through their c-Panel, and you can do it as a "one-click installation" if you want, even though it isn't necessarily the most secure way to install it.)

        Or if you want it to be free, rather than paying Hostgator their $6 per month (or whatever they charge), you might try good, reputable, well-established free hosts like Freehostia, Byethost or 000WebHost instead. For a WordPress blog.

        If you don't want a WordPress blog, then try Weebly or Yola, use their built-in software instead of WordPress, and do it that way?

        You don't need a domain-name to use Yola or Weebly (or any one of 10 other hosts like that), because they'll give you a free subdomain if you really want one, but it's much better to have your own domain-name. (And they don't cost much - about $9/$10 per year).

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        Then, I have to setup the website. For that, I need technical skills. Which one is easy among the above for a non-technical person?
        Personally, I find everything (Weebly, Yola, loads of other things!) much easier than WordPress. For me, WordPress has many disadvantages. This is a small minority viewpoint. Most people here prefer WordPress. But I'm technophobic and incompetent and WordPress is too difficult for me.

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8224603

        Originally Posted by Peter Thomas View Post

        I will wait until I make a decision as to which CMS I should choose to go, and then only submit to ezinearticles.

        Is that correct?
        Why do you want to use Ezine Articles, Peter?

        I'm not suggesting you shouldn't use it, but I suspect (tell me if I'm mistaken!) that you imagine it's a way of generating traffic to your site? It isn't. If you think that, posts #2 and #6 of this thread will explain to you how article directories work and what they're for: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

        If you want to put your articles in EZA because you want to do article marketing (i.e. you want other publishers to syndicate them), then that's a different matter, and a very reasonable one ... but that's the only benefit you can get by putting your articles into a directory, so don't do it for some other purpose, or you'll end up disappointed.

        And as all the article marketers here keep on and on telling everyone: never put into an article directory any content that you haven't already published and had indexed on your own site first. That's a big mistake: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

        But this thread will really help you, in this regard. There's a lot of information in it and you need to read it carefully.
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Thomas
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Yes, I understand this. But wordpress.org and wordpress.com are two very different things, Peter. Wordpress.org is the source of WordPress software for self-hosted blogs. Wordpress.com is a free hosting site with restrictive terms of service.

          I understand.

          As others have said to you here, recently, your English is very much better than you give yourself credit for. Most people here would never have suspected that English isn't your first language, if you hadn't told us.

          I feel confident now.

          If you can manage that, you can manage easily at Weebly or Yola. (Even I can easily use both Weebly and Yola, and I have sites at each. I don't really know how to use WordPress).

          I will go with Yola or Weebly.

          Yes. I urge you to stay away from wordpress.com if you're doing anything commercial/promotional, or any marketing, because of their terms of service. And to stay away from Blogger for all the reasons explained in this post, and the other threads linked-to here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8363773



          It sounds good to me.



          I think you're confused about this, Peter. You can't "go with" wordpress.org in the same sense that you can "go with" Weebly or Yola. Weebly and Yola are hosting companies with built-in site-builders accompanying the hosting. wordpress.org isn't a hosting company: it's a source of software to use on your own hosting rented from a hosting company (but not Weebly or Yola, by the way, because you can't use WordPress software with those hosts: they have their own software built-in, and it's much, much easier to use than WordPress software, though it has many limitations compared with WordPress, also.)

          Why not just rent hosting from a normal, standard hosting company like Hostgator, as almost everyone else does, install WordPress there (the software originally comes from wordpress.org but you don't need to install it from there if you don't want to: many commercial hosting companies like Hostgator have WordPress software already available on their site through their c-Panel, and you can do it as a "one-click installation" if you want, even though it isn't necessarily the most secure way to install it.)

          Or if you want it to be free, rather than paying Hostgator their $6 per month (or whatever they charge), you might try good, reputable, well-established free hosts like Freehostia, Byethost or 000WebHost instead. For a WordPress blog.

          If you don't want a WordPress blog, then try Weebly or Yola, use their built-in software instead of WordPress, and do it that way?

          You don't need a domain-name to use Yola or Weebly (or any one of 10 other hosts like that), because they'll give you a free subdomain if you really want one, but it's much better to have your own domain-name. (And they don't cost much - about $9/$10 per year).

          I understand the difference now. I will go with the paid option with my own domain. Now, should I get a generic domain or 2 to 3 keywords domain, if available?

          Personally, I find everything (Weebly, Yola, loads of other things!) much easier than WordPress. For me, WordPress has many disadvantages. This is a small minority viewpoint. Most people here prefer WordPress. But I'm technophobic and incompetent and WordPress is too difficult for me.

          Let me go your route. If I go with Yola or Weebly, will there be a dynamic blogging platform or only static pages?

          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8224603



          Why do you want to use Ezine Articles, Peter?

          To get webmasters and publishers interested in what I write.

          I'm not suggesting you shouldn't use it, but I suspect (tell me if I'm mistaken!) that you imagine it's a way of generating traffic to your site? It isn't. If you think that, posts #2 and #6 of this thread will explain to you how article directories work and what they're for: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

          If you want to put your articles in EZA because you want to do article marketing (i.e. you want other publishers to syndicate them), then that's a different matter, and a very reasonable one ... but that's the only benefit you can get by putting your articles into a directory, so don't do it for some other purpose, or you'll end up disappointed.

          And as all the article marketers here keep on and on telling everyone: never put into an article directory any content that you haven't already published and had indexed on your own site first. That's a big mistake: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

          I will publish my article to ezinearticles only after I get my own website via Yola or Weebly and publish it first on my website per your suggestion.

          But this thread will really help you, in this regard. There's a lot of information in it and you need to read it carefully.
          Alexa,

          I responded with BOLD within your answers as I don't know how to separate parts within your answers and answer only to that particular part, as you have done.:confused:

          Thank you,
          Peter.
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