(day 13 of the 30 day trail)
A few thoughts to write about today. First of all, if you are going to create a stream of passive income through say, a website, a blog or an ebook (which of course you’d need a site or blog to promote it), and you are not currently running one, then you are going to need to surround yourself with good advice, support and more experienced people to help you along the way. You will have a learning curve to work through. Doing it alone is a very long, lonely and hellish endeavor. We are human beings and we like support, contact with others and most of all a way of sharing and exchanging.
Finding a place where you can do that is helpful. You can read books alone in your home and figure it out on your own, or you can add some platform where there is active support. There are many valid systems and platforms out there. Which one is right for you is a question of your gut feeling and attention to the subject.
I am offering a few suggestions here through my own experience and if you find them helpful, then follow the links. If you don’t feel that they are congruent with your desires, then let it slide. Your instincts are the best for you.
If you are looking for a way to build a website, then I suggest SBI. That stands for Site Build It! There is a wealth of information and help from this company so that you can build your own site, learn how to pick a niche and how to run a website as a business. They offer you a variety of tools to do this from their DIY (do it yourself) Action Guide to their articles, ebooks and forum sections for addition information and help to hiring one of their webmasters to either give you specific advice on particular questions and actions to having someone do it completely for you.
There are other companies that provide information and hosting, like Bluehost, through which I have my blog and they provide quite a lot of the same services but I haven’t used them because I use SBI for the website and hosting and just use Bluehost for the full blog connection that loops back to my site.
As for having your own blog, you don’t need to go the route of having a website. You can start off with something very simple and basic. You can start off with something free if you like. Example WordPress or Blogger. I have used Blogger (you can see here) in the past. It’s good for someone just starting out and who knows very little about blogging. It’s pretty simple a straightforward.
I used Typepad for years with my food blog, AnneCuisine. This is a paid service and it’s not very expensive. I loved using Typepad. It offers a lot of useful templates, tools and other intuitive tools that help people like me, not very adept in computerese, to set up run and enjoy writing a blog. They have a few options to your subscription. They host and store/archive your blog.
To learn more about blogging and running, managing and expanding a successful blog, I highly recommend Darren Rowse’s site, Problogger. Lots of great information. He runs several blogs and then writes about them too. If you are serious about blogging and creating a business with it, subscribe to Problogger.
Of course, you can always glean nice information from Steve Pavlina’s site about what it looks like to run your own blog or website. But he’s main objective isn’t to teach others about blogging. So he outsourcing the information and programs he recommends instead of spending his time teaching you how he does it. But his Passive Income Series is worth reading. You might need to read some more from his site if you aren’t used to his style of writing. He can be direct and his perspective is cutting edge personal growth.
Finally, if you are looking to create an ebook… ah, the jury is still out with me on this subject. I signed up for Vic Johnson’s 10 day trial and now that it’s finished, I didn’t feel that it was worth continuing for the full program. Yet. because I use SBI and I haven’t explored their resources yet, I decided to start there and work from this perspective and then if that isn’t enough and I still feel like I need help with the ebook question, I might go back to the Getting Rich with eBooks course.