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Please advice on the sequence of action. Want to start coaching business on WP

  1. Hi,

    Please advice on the sequence of action.

    Want to start coaching business on WP. What should I be ready for?

    I have content but don't know how to start.

    Here is how I see it:

    1. Domain name purchase (9 dollars).
    2. WP account purchase (299 dollars).
    3. Make a landing page.
    4. Connect it to MailChimps (for example).
    5. Connect with google analytics.

    Is this right or there is other ways to start my business?
    What I missed in my vision?
    What other expenses should I take into account?

    I have nobody to ask this questions. Very stressed.
    Dreamed about opening my consulting business for a long time.

    Please help.

    Cheers,
    Oksana

  2. WordPress.com provides free blogs and hosts them free of charge. There are no bandwidth charges. All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. Free features are listed here https://en.wordpress.com/features/

    See here for details of all 3 plans http://store.wordpress.com/bundles/ offered by WordPress.com.

    Note that each upgrade bundle applies to a single blog only and is for a single year only when it is due to be renewed.

    We all pay in full for every upgrade at the time of purchase. Make sure you read the comparison very closely do you know exactly what the restrictions and limitations on WordPress.COM blogging are: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Read Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading

    There are no premium themes included in the premium upgrade bundle. http://store.wordpress.com/plans/premium/ And every premium theme is individually priced.

    You must be logged in as Admin http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/#administrator under the exact same username account that registered the blog to access the blog's dashboard and purchase upgrades at > Dashboard> Store > My Upgrades
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/my-upgrades/

    Your billing history will be at Dashboard > Store > Billing History
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/billing-history/

    Your only options for payment are found here http://en.support.wordpress.com/payment/

    eCommerce is not possible on a wordpress.COM hosted blog unless you have a Business upgrade for $299. per year in US funds. See here:
    for all the details http://store.wordpress.com/plans/business/
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/ecommerce/

    Otherwise, provided you are selling only what you yourself make or a service that you personally provide you have two options.

    (1) PayPal - Know that the only instructions that will work for posting a PayPal donation button on a WordPress.com blog are found here http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    (2) If you set up an eCommerce site somewhere else online you can create a custom menu http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ and include a custom link to that site in it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

    Some bloggers create a contact form https://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/ on a page and after the people have made a PayPal donation they provide the link to a private page for downloading files. Maybe that will work for you.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/page-visibility/

    It's important to understand that wordpress.COM hosted blogs have code restrictions https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/.

    Blogger installed plugin capability does not exist on WordPress.COM blogs and aside from the plugins stated here https://en.support.wordpress.com/ecommerce/ there is no upgrade you can purchase here that changes that reality.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

  3. A blog is a website. The difference between blog and website is simply structure and semantics.

    A blog is a post based website designed for interactive communication. As the posts are frequently updated and appear on the front page of the site it's very attractive to search engines.

    What most people call a website is merely a page based site that functions as a one way noticeboard. As the structure is page based and as pages are for static content that rarely changes, and as pages do not have RSS feeds, and as others do not backlink to pages, it is not as attractive to search engines as a post based blog structured site is.

    Any WordPress blog can be restructured from being post based to being page based - no upgrade required. For greater clarity read > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    See also:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/five-step-blog-setup/
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/five-step-website-setup/
    and my post at https://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/create-a-wordpress-website-step-by-step/

    Your theme-specific details and set up instructions are at https://wordpress.com/themes/twentytwelve and the live demo site is here https://twentytwelvedemo.wordpress.com/

    See also: https://en.support.wordpress.com/customizer/

  4. 3. Make a landing page.

    By default the front page of your blog displays all published posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. That is for the convenience of your returning visitors, who come to read your latest post, and who are not likely to be happy with being compelled to click through the same static page with the same blah, blah, blah on it every time they visit the blog looking for the latest post.

    However, if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page called for example “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts. To do that create two pages first http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/

    After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    A static page (select below)
    Front page:
    Posts page:

  5. 4. Connect it to MailChimps (for example).

    See here for installing the follow blog widget https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/

    You can also use the Blog Subscription Shortcode https://en.support.wordpress.com/blog-subscription-shortcode/

    You cannot use the MailChimp embed code or the Aweber embed code and cannot create a pop-up on a wordpress.COM hosted blog. You can create a sign up page on MailChimp or on Aweber only and link to it.

    If you want to use MailChimp with your WordPress.com site here's the info from MailChimp Support http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/how-to-add-a-mailchimp-signup-form-to-your-wordpress-blog

    Your wordpress.com subscribers to http://yougetajobblog.wordpress.com/ will be found here
    https://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers
    Note that the title there includes Publicize followers from social networks. https://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

    Your email only subscribers will be found here https://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers&type=email

  6. 5. Connect with google analytics.

    See Google Analytics for WordPress.com Business sites http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/google-analytics-for-wordpress-com-business-sites/ There is no alternative when it comes to wordpress.COM hosted blogs. You either purchase the Business upgrade http://store.wordpress.com/plans/business/ for $299 US per year or you don't have access to Google Analytics.

  7. Please be sure to read:
    https://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    It's possible that self hosted WordPress.ORG install on paid hosting would be a better choice for you.

    WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG are completely separate and have different username accounts, logins, features, run different versions of some themes with the same names, and have separate support documentation and separate support forums. Read all the differences here http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you don't have a username account at WordPress.ORG account, then click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right-hand corner of the page that opens, https://wordpress.org/support/register.php so you can post to the support forums there and get advice from wordpress.ORG bloggers.
    Resetting your WordPress.ORG password http://codex.wordpress.org/Resetting_Your_Password
    WordPress.org support docs are at https://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

    See also https://apps.wordpress.org/support/

  8. Hi, timethief,

    Thank you for your explanations.
    However, I am not sure that I found answers.

    Wish you a Happy New year.

    Very appreciate you found the time to reply.

    Cheers from France.

    Oksana

  9. Hi, timethief,

    Still don't understand if I want to make WP.com my site host should I purchase Business plan to get it connected with google analytics and MailChimps? Or there is other ways to build the list?

    I don't want to use WP.org.

    Cheers,

    Oksana

  10. I spent a lot of time typing my answers above and I'm not going to do that all over again.

    What do you mean by build a list? A list of what?

  11. On a wordpress.COM hosted site you cannot upload an email list. Your followers can subscribe to receive your posts by email and they alone can control the frequency of receipt. You cannot subscribe for them or control the frequency of receipt of your posts by them.

    We have a subscription shortcode which you can make use of. The help page on it is right here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/blog-subscription-shortcode/ You can also include the subscription shortcode at the end of every post you publish.

    Additional information:
    You can create a Subscribe page and clearly state on it that you intend to harvest email addresses if that's what you want to do. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ You can add and customize a contact form with multiple fields, change the email address where you'll be notified, and mark feedbacks as spam from your dashboard on that page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    On a wordpress.COM hosted site you cannot issue memberships and blogs and passwords to clients so be clear on that.

  12. Thank you, timethief

  13. You're welcome.

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