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Hi, my name is Jeff and I am the founder of Online Side Hustle. I’ve created this page as a go to reference guide for beginning internet marketers, in hopes that it will help and encourage them to start their own online money making journey.
Here at OSH, you will hear me speak about “passive income” quite frequently. Passive income allows you to make money even when you’re not working. You can earn money while you’re watching TV, sleeping, or even out on the vacation. Of course, the more work you put in, the more you get back; but passive income is the basic fundamental and the primary goal for most internet marketers who want to break away from their day job. It’s this financial freedom that we all strive for, and why I enjoy making money sites, but it’s NOT easy.
You read that right, passive income is not easy and requires REAL work. Some internet marketers work even twice as many hours as they would at a normal desk job with very minimal returns before they ever achieve their goal of “financial freedom”. It can take weeks, months, and even years before you make any type of “worth while” money online. So I’d like to just quickly get this out of the way, internet marketing is not for everyone. How much you earn online will determine your level of determination and your work ethic.
A Basic Passive Income Business Model
Domain And Hosting
This website focuses on passive income strategies using search engine optimized blogs and websites for gaining traffic and making money. This of course requires having a website of your own. You have a couple free options such as Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress.com for creating blogs, however I don’t recommend using them for a couple reasons.
1.) You will carry the providers extension in your domain name. For example: http://OnlineSideHustle.wordpress.com. This is not only a pain in the butt for your visitors to type in and remember, but it also looks extremely unprofessional. Say you wanted to buy some cowboy boots online, would you be more trusting to a site called http://buycowboyboots.tumblr.com or www.buycowboyboots.com? Having the extra provider extension can be extremely off-putting to a lot of your visitors and in the long run you will end up losing sales and visitors because of it. If you are serious about making any money online or starting your own business, I recommend buying a real domain with fast reliable hosting.
2.) You also have fewer customization options, functionality, and revenue streams. The problem with having a free blog is that you don’t have full control of your website. You will always be bound by your providers rules and TOS, which can change at any time. Free WordPress blogs for instance also inject their own ads into your website to help balance the cost of running a free service, these ads will be competing with yours and you will lose money in the long run. You also can’t customize your own CSS or install any plugins outside of the basic ones that WP allows, you will find that this becomes increasingly frustrating as you become more advanced in website development and IM.
For these two reasons alone, I recommend using a reliable paid hosting program rather than a free service. It makes your website look more professional and you have full control of it.
Hostgator: The Hosting I Use And Trust
I use Hostgator hosting for nearly all of my websites because of their reliability, the friendly support staff, and it’s simplicity.
I’ve used other hosting providers in the past such as GoDaddy, and they charged me a $150 restoration fee just to revert back to an old backup of my site. You can read about that story here. I’ve sense then migrated all my money sites to Hostgator, and the transition was simple and painless. I’m completely satisfied, and they’ve never once brought me the kind of headaches other web hosts have in the past.
Use the coupon code “newcustomer1cent” and get your first month of hosting for 1 cent when you sign up with Hostgator.
Getting Started With WordPress
For the sake of this article, I will be demonstrating how to install WordPress using Hostgator hosting because it’s what I use, although most hosting providers offer WordPress free and they make it extremely easy to install. Even if you are using a different host, the steps should be relatively the same.
If you don’t know what WordPress is, it’s a blogging platform widely used used by internet marketers because of it’s simplicity, community support, and giant database of plugins. With it, you don’t need to learn HTML or any coding at all, there’s thousands of themes all ready to download, and even more plugins/addons to customize your site exactly to your liking.
How to install WordPress using Quick Install:
Here are the directions to follow along with the video:
- Log into your cPanel.
- In the Software/Services section, click on the Quick Install icon:
- In the left menu, under Popular Installs, click WordPress, then click Install WordPress:
- Complete the form that appears with the following details:
- The Base Domain for your installation.
- The sub directory you would like the site to load from, if desired.Example: Should you wish your WordPress URL to be mydomain.com/site instead of just mydomain.com. Your site will always display this extension if you enter one.
- For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.
- For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.
- For Admin Username, enter your preferred user name.
- Your first name.
- Your last name.
- Click Install WordPress when you’re ready to proceed.
A progress bar at the top of the page will let you know when installation is complete. Once complete, you will be able to start working on your WordPress site. Check your email for your WordPress username and password as well as a link to your WordPress dashboard.
You may also find your credentials by clicking View Credentials in the bar at the top of the page:
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