Start A Beautiful, Professional Blog for less than $100
I hope you all had an incredible Thanksgiving, filled with the 3 F’s: Family, Food, and Football. At least that’s what mine consisted of, with a little 4 mile Turkey Trot to get the day started. Good times.
As a thank you for being great email readers and part of the Life, Prioritized community, I wanted to give you a heads up on some incredible Black Friday Deals that are happening with some very talented people and great software options. There is something here for you regardless of where you are in your blogging life. Here we go…
This is the place I go for my design, layout, and theme options. The main framework is called Genesis, and then you can choose from a vast array of beautiful themes to build your site on. If you’ve never used StudioPress (a division of CopyBlogger), remember you do need to purchase both Genesis and a theme. I personally own and use the Eleven40 and Minimum themes. Their Premise product is on sale as well, which is great for bigger bloggers and businesses focused on lead generation and sales. Click here for the sale.
Corbett Barr, the mind behind successful blogs like ThinkTraffic & ExpertEnough, has built an amazing 13 week course that will take you from start to finish in your blog, or help you regardless of your expertise. In addition to 13 weekly lessons and action plans, you can watch over 8 hours of video and interviews with some of the top bloggers, including Leo Babauta, Danielle Laporte, and Scott Dinsmore. It’s one of the most important and helpful steps I took to building a great blog. During this weekend, it’s on sale for only $60 (normally $100, what I paid and it was worth every penny). Start a Blog That Matters this weekend.
HostGator is the service I use, and I have been very pleased. They are responsive to help, have a great FAQ section, and offer eveything I need on a hosting site. Their domains are pretty affordable too. The most important part for a blog = 99.9% uptime! For TODAY ONLY (Nov. 23), they are offering 50% off webhosting and domain packages. So you can start this year with only $2.50/month web hosting. That’s an insane deal! I am on the Baby Gator Plan, which is the next level up and allows me unlimited domain hosting, but the Hatchling plan (one domain) is great for starting out. If you want to transfer, HG will handle the process and migration for free. They also offer a 45 day money back guarantee. Check out HostGator.
Those are the 3 most important delas going on today, and even if you’re just starting out, thinking about that great idea, today is the day to take action. If all you want to do is get started, the StudioPress and HostGator deals mean you can have a beautiful, professional blog up and running for less than $100. Start a Blog That Matters is the best e-course I’ve found, but it’s definitely an add-on and not something you need to to get started TODAY.
If you end up taking the plunge (and I hope you do), I’ll be able to walk you through the process as a way of saying thank you for going through my site. I always want to be transparent, and these are affiliate links, meaning only that I earn a small commission when you buy through my links (this is at no additional cost to you). If this doesn’t apply to you, then no problem, I just want to give you a heads up on some great deals. I use all of these products and can give advice on how to setup and use them, just as a thank you!
If you are all set on your blog design and hosting, here are just a couple other great deals I’ve found today.
The best link-cloaking plugin for WordPress. If you don’t like sharing links that have long, annoying urls, Pretty Link will custom cloak them for your domain, e.g. http://prettylinkpro.com/amember/go.php?r=4191&i=l1 – is now – http://mattragland.com/products/prettylinkpro. Pretty great huh? There is also a free option if you want to start there, but either way you should check it out.
One of the top selling premimum plugins, this product embeds incredible SEO and MetaData forms in to your post page. It’s very simple to custom-create the Headline and Keyword data that search engines are looking through your post for. Easy to use and absolutely essential. Also a free option to start with, but this is one of the essential wordpress plugins.
Alright friends, that’s it for me. Black Friday is actually beautiful here in Jacksonville, FL (where my family is), and I’m going out to ride my bike, instead of sitting in traffic and standing in lines. I’ll also be posting this on my blog, but that email won’t go out until tomorrow, and I wanted to give you the heads-up!
I hope you’re able to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle and create something of lasting value this holiday seaosn. It may be a blog, but more than that I hope you are able to connect with those you care about, and do work you love.