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  1. OMG I never thought starting a blog was this easy. I’m a consultant for a network marketing company, and my team has been really excited to tap into the internet. The problem is, none of us have any clue where to start.

    This guide makes it really simple. I tried having my son explain how to blog to me, and I know that he knows what he’s doing. It’s explaining it to people like me that’s difficult.

    I can’t wait! I’m going to do all of the technical stuff first, and then move on to making my first blog post. I had no clue any of this stuff was going on, and to be honest I didn’t even know what GoDaddy was. Jonathan, you made it really simple for an old timer like me!

  2. Some great stuff in here. I’m starting a new blog right away, about water filtration and how to get clean, healthy water for your home. I’m an expert in the subject – ok, not the world’s foremost authority or anything, but pretty knowledgeable, and I know what to write about.

  3. Thanks for this clean and relevant post. I really didn’t know how vulnerable I was to attackers, but I feel really safe getting started now.

    I’m a big fan of your writing, and have been listening to your podcast for a while. My favorite part is that you open up the world of internet marketing and business for newcomers. You broke down the process of starting a new blog, step by step. You even revealed what to watch out for, in terms of domains and hosting companies.

    I LOVE this series. I don’t know what I want to write about yet, but I know what interests me, and I love sharing with like-minded people. I think this will be an incredible tool to get my foot in the door and begin something in the area of communication.

  4. What Jonathan Green says about blogging, domain and hosting companies is correct. I personally choose WordPress for many of the same reasons as he does.

    First off, it’s an open source platform. This means that people can begin using it for free. Also, because there’s such a huge community developing plugins, templates and other integration software for it, there’s huge access to exactly what you need for your blog.

    Second, buying a domain is a tricky process. He navigates through the treacherous waters, and holds your hand so that you’re off to a great start. One of the major things that I’ve learned in business is pointed out right at the beginning of the article. If you aren’t thorough and build a proper foundation, you’ll have to go all the way back and start over. There aren’t any short cuts.

  5. These are some great resources. It might seem like a huge investment to pay for a domain name, and to host your website. I think the most freeing thing that Jonathan does here, is to share that blogs are a great way to make money.

    At the end of the day, the costs are a drop in the bucket once you see the dramatic amount of traffic that pulls through. To be fair, blogging about information that people like is almost free, compared to paid options, and you can experiment to your heart’s delight.

    Just pay attention to what he recommends. If you follow his advice, you’ll be up and running in no time, even if you’re a beginner. To think that this competent guide is only the tip of the ice burg for this series! Keep ‘em coming Jon!

  6. I feel quite safe following your rules about getting started. There’s a lot of information, whether good or bad, and it’s a tough job to keep readers both informed and interested.

    I think you’ve done a really good job. All flattery aside, I know what it takes to gain traction in the search engines with a blog, as well as how to engage cold audiences via social media.

    Recommending and teaching WordPress all the way though it exceptionally helpful, because you can embed videos to go along with the text. Because Google takes a while to index your site for the first few months, it’s really important to have content that keeps your readers on the page. When Google sees that, there’s a good chance they’ll bump up your site.

    On the other hand, it’s a great way to make sales. Although beginners won’t be able to design useful widgets to help them get customers through a sales funnel to make some income, it’s possible with a little knowledge. You’re absolutely on the right track with this post.

  7. It’s a big thinker’s guide. Although the recipe calls for starting small, this is exactly what’s required, and Jonathan tells the story honestly.

    That’s why I’m comfortable with saying that he’ll help you get the big results you’re asking for. You may be looking to tap into a relatively small and focused audience, or to bolster an enormous readership. Whichever path you choose, Jonathan can help take you there. This information is congruent, and explains what it takes to get the ball rolling.

  8. I’m going to recommend this post to a friend. I’ve been running a successful blog for about half a year now, and they’ve been badgering me to help them get started. I just haven’t had the time to design a useful tutorial like this.

    There’s a lot of free information on the web about it. The difference with this blog is that the author has the results to prove that what they’re saying is true.

    Sure, the first post is mainly related to the technology. But getting it right on the first go around is critical to making a blog work. You don’t want to waste your precious time and creativity, pouring yourself out for something that gets stolen from you. Even if you miss one step, you’ll be left with going all the way back to do it over again. Don’t take this for granted.

  9. Love the info and guide, thank you! I’m currently reading your book and it’s fantastic. I figured I would get started on the blog now, why wait?! It can be found at hugyourchaos.com

    It’s funny because everything in me is yelling, “no it’s not perfect yet, don’t put it out there…” and then I keep hearing your words from the book about your first website. The boats have been burned in my life. It’s go time. 😉

  10. Hi Jonathan

    keithanthonyheadley.com

    I still have a lot of work to do, but writing comes easily for me. This is this best guide to creating a blog I’ve ever read. Thanks so much.

    Regards,

    Keith Headley

  11. Been listening to your audiobook and looking at this blog for the past couple of weeks. Finally decided to stop being a sloth and start the instructions you have given me. Thanks for the inspiration. I am like one of the friends in your book where I other books on how to make it online, but I am starting to follow through on this one. Hopefully, I keep it going and we can work together one day.

    Jeremy
    ripandrun.club

  12. Hello Jonathan,
    great work from you, it was super easy to follow this guide and to setup a blog. I’ve thought it would be superhard to just start, but now it feels almost like dream. I would appreaciate your visit, hopefully all you guys will enjoy my content. See you in future my friend and you wrote great books as well !

  13. Jonathan,

    You’re inspiring brother. I read your book serve no master and it motivated me to start a blog. Can’t wait for your next book. Great advice here.

  14. Jonathan,

    I want to thank you for writing a book that is actionable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Serve No Master. You made the thought of not relying on the normal 9-5 grind seem more reachable than ever. When I found the book, I was skeptical that you could make it as easy as you claim, then I started reading. After completing the book and really thinking through the next steps, my wife and I have started our first blog: http://engageempowerenjoy.com/

    We are looking forward to talking about our lives and the lessons we are learning as we continue to pursue a financial free future. You have been instrumental in getting us off the ground and we look forward to offering to others what you have given to us, an opportunity! Feel free to comment your thoughts on our blog we are more than willing to take any feedback you may have to offer. Can’t wait to come back and post a follow up success story!!!

    Thanks,
    Darren and Lydia Gray
    engageempowerenjoy.com

  15. Wow! Thanks for all the assisting documentation that enabled me to setup this blog. I’ve been in IT Networking Infrastructure for 29yrs and I did not know how to accomplish this task! Please see my first post on the Standard American Diet.

    I’m looking forward to serving no master!

  16. Hi Jonathan

    I am reading through your book on my Kindle now. The more I read the more excited I get about breaking the chains. I am looking forward to working more on this and many more projects. My head is rolling with idea after idea. Yes I know, one at a time. Thanks again!

    budgetcrush.wordpress.com

  17. Jonathan,
    Thank for for inspiring me to finally start rattling my 9-5 cage! I decided to use my site and blog to try to help other people! I’m on my own journey towards improved health and weight, getting better sleep, and generating passive income. Will it turn out to be profitable? I think it could be. If nothing else it lets people view the journey as it’s happening, rather than looking at someone wildly successful and having to have faith that when they say they were fat, tired, or broke that they are telling the truth. It’s definitely makes me feel a little vulnerable, to let people in on an endeavor (or three) that could totally implode and fail, but I feel like community accountability might end up helping everyone in the end. Anyway, if you’ve made it to the end of my little rant here, thank you immensely! Now reward yourself with a white russian!! haha.

  18. Hi Jonathan,

    I have purchased two of your books “Breaking Orbit” and “Serve no Master” I have enjoyed both of them they go hand in hand. I really enjoyed your content and the way you presented it. I came upon your book by accident but liked the summary. I have also started using a few of the writing software you recommended. Grammarly is amazing I love it!!!
    I am happy with what I do currently but want more and listening to your book was just the motivation I needed. The way you presented the information coupled with the roadmap you layout was what pushed me over the edge. Thank you for putting people first, your genuine care to help others really comes across.

    I posted my first blog I look forward to your comment. http://beingagentlemen.com/2017/12/01/being-a-gentlemen/

  19. Thanks for the advice. I tried this out and my website isn’t working. Maybe this information needs to be updated.

  20. I, too, got stuck. I completed the WP installation process successfully, but I have no idea how to get to my WP admin page to log in and build the content. There were no instructions on the resulting page as you noted, so I’m officially lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  21. I’ve created a simple website before but it’s been a long time. Needed to read this to get motivated again. Thanks! A small obstacle was setting the DNS servers correctly in namecheap.com. I used IP addresses instead of the FQDN (fully qualified domain name) for the Bluehost DNS servers. Once that was fixed, the site started getting transferred to my domain and it’s up and running. Feel like I have sooooo long to go before monetizing anything, though, and could definitely use a stream of income. I’m a single dad and have two teenage sons and was laid off from a tech job in April (it’s December now!). Still need to finish “Serve No Master”. I’m not quite halfway through!

    1. Marty I’m just glad to see you taking action! I just updated this post to reflect that I now prefer Bluehost to A Small Orange. I’m recording a series of new blog setup walkthroughs with Bluehost this week.

  22. I did it, Finally put up my first blog post. I appreciate the enthusiasm and support you offer Jonathan. I’ll probably have a book out within the next week or 2. I am looking forward to building multiple streams of income to fund the incredible life I already live on a sailboat in Mexico!!

  23. First off, great name. Spelled correctly and everything(I know at least a dozen different ways to spell Jonathan.)
    This helped me so much in getting my blog started. I’ve learned a lot on my own but couldn’t have got started without this tutorial. I just want to say thank you so much for making this easy to follow guide.
    Thanks again for all the help
    http://omni-practical.com

  24. So this is my first attempt. Let me know what you think and what I can do better. I am still just finding my way around WP and how to set up the pages. Its a bit overwhelming but I wanted to get that first post out there and just do it.

    You book is very inspirational. I am very self driven and have owned my own “on the ground” businesses in the past. Some were fairly successful but took up all my time, some were subject to overhead changes that made making money financially difficult.

    Thanks again for all the support

  25. Finally got through the book and finally took the plunge to make my website. Obiviously its not as asthetically pleasing as Id like, but itll get there. You told us to get our first blog post up and going before it was perfect or it would never happen. So I did it! Thanks for the lessons and encouragement to serve no master!

    Here’s my new website!

    http://nottodaydebt.com/

  26. I have a website and a blog, but I haven’t got to the point of seeking traffic actively. I’m partly scared I won’t be ready to serve the customers, but my e-commerce is just about enabled, and I will work on creating landing page that at least they can leave their email and I can set up a funnel to answer and nurture.. It helps me to feel better, cos a lot of mentors said you shouldn’t waste your money on all this, but I went ahead and created it. I spent a fair bit on my programmer to help me with the tech side. Which still have him, spending but will have to cut that back at some point I suppose. Till at least I start making money. I will try to make my posts more powerful and easy to read.

  27. excellent issues altogether, you just gained a new reader.
    What would you recommend about your post that you just made some days in the past?
    Any positive?