Need Help Setting Up Your Blog?

Today (March 11, 2010), I gave a talk at a local Meetup group here in Denver. I talked for an hour about how to build your business by building your blog.

Overall, I think it went pretty well. Especially since it’s the first time I’ve spoken in public in more than 6 years. It’s been so long, I can’t even remember the year I last talked.

One thing that quickly became apparent is that it’s difficult to explain how to set up a WordPress blog on your own domain. And it’s hard to explain the concepts of themes, plugins, etc. to somebody who is not familiar with blogging.

If you’re just getting started, you’re certainly free to take the time to learn how WordPress works on your own. That’s what I did. There’s lots of free information at WordPress.org.

But if you’re short on time, and you’d rather have somebody else set up your blog for you, then you should hire my friend and business partner Ken Gary.

He can set up a new WordPress blog for you, install a theme, and even install a handful of plugins for you — all for just $200.

If you’re interested, here’s what to do.

Step #1: Go to Ken’s consulting page.

Step #2: Check the third box down, which is the one for two hours of consulting.

Step #3: Complete the order form and click Continue.

Once you complete this process, you’ll want to let Ken know your hosting account login details so he can login and install WordPress.

Ken will also need to know what theme you want installed, as well as the plugins you want installed. You can probably do that by email or a phone call, whichever you prefer. I’ll leave it to you to work out the details with Ken.

Anyway, I’d hate to see you put off starting your blog because of a lack of time or a lack of technical know-how. So if one of these things is holding you back, hire Ken to help you.

-Ryan M. Healy

P.S. I just got off the phone with Ken, and he told me that you will also get access to his private WordPress training videos if you hire him to install your WordPress blog.

These videos show you how to use WordPress as a publishing platform, and are very helpful if you’re just starting out.

6 Comments

  • Chris Cobb

    March 11, 2010

    I too find that many aspiring bloggers get bogged down in the details of getting a blog set up. I'm trying to not make the mistake of assuming that if something comes easy to me that it comes easy to everyone.

  • Ryan Healy

    March 12, 2010

    And then there's people like me. I know how to set up a WordPress blog, but I'd still rather Ken do it for me. :-)

  • Ellie

    March 12, 2010

    Well, my blog is up thanks to my computer guru. But I keep getting bogged down with worrying 'ahead' of the next task. My real concern is using autoresponders. I know that's the wise thing to do even when you're just starting … and everyone I know recommends aWeber. But I didn't find it too terribly easy when I tried a year ago. Hmmm… Anyway, I'm just starting.. but I may end up paying for a bit of consulting from Ken before long. I'm learning about plugins and such now. Love your info, Ryan.

  • Kevin Rogers

    March 12, 2010

    Amen to that brother!

    Ken is awesome. I just went on a monthly maintenance plan with him. It's gonna save me countless hours and headaches.

    Some of us were born just to write — and not touch anything that can break! lol.

  • steve_solem

    March 12, 2010

    Hey Ellie. Setting up an email signup box from just about any service provider is super easy these days and they either give you the code to cut and paste into WP, or give you a nice plugin to work with like the folks at Mail chimp do http://www.mailchimp.com/plugins/mailchimp-word

    I used to recommend Aweber too, but sadly had to switch since their security issues back in Dec. Of course no one will ever guarantee your data is 100% safe with them, but I'm now happily using mailchimp and you cant go wrong starting with their free account.

    In any event – almost all the email service providers have slightly different features – so I'd recommend trying a few out beforehand (most of them offer some kind of free trial) before making a decision.

    Good luck!

    Steve

  • steve_solem

    March 13, 2010

    Hey Ellie. Setting up an email signup box from just about any service provider is super easy these days and they either give you the code to cut and paste into WP, or give you a nice plugin to work with like the folks at Mail chimp do http://www.mailchimp.com/plugins/mailchimp-word

    I used to recommend Aweber too, but sadly had to switch since their security issues back in Dec. Of course no one will ever guarantee your data is 100% safe with them, but I'm now happily using mailchimp and you cant go wrong starting with their free account.

    In any event – almost all the email service providers have slightly different features – so I'd recommend trying a few out beforehand (most of them offer some kind of free trial) before making a decision.

    Good luck!

    Steve