Happy new year to everyone. A new year, a new beginning perhaps, a new opportunity to write an incredible new song!
Peter Benes came back for the second time and gave a detailed talk on website building. If you are trying to promote your music then a website is an absolute must. If you’re on a budget like many of us, the DIY solution is attractive and that was Peter’s focus. As you know I create this blog on a service called WordPress. Wordpress is open source and provides the possibility for anyone to create a web presence for absolutely no cost. Hard to beat that. It even goes beyond that. You can create a wordpress site and then publish it somewhere else like HostMonster. All you need is a domain name and that comes relatively cheaply. If you want a fancier or more exclusive look you can purchase wordpress themes separately. The huge advantage to all of this is that YOU are in complete control of your site and can instantly alter anything you like. No need to rely (and pay and wait) on someone else to make changes and updates. All this requires is for you to take the time to learn. Is it easy? Well, it’s not that hard. Just commit yourself.
Here are some important links to get you started:
WordPress free sites (with limitations):
Great for getting your feet wet.
Unlimited site hosting for cheap with easy full-version activation:
Note: I (Peter Benes) have an affiliate account here, so I get paid a fee if you decide to use Hostmonster.
Hostmonster lets you host as many sites as you like for one low price. They are also really competitive for buying .com domain names.
Great for searching for domain names, because they will show you results for .ca, .co, com, net, org, box, info, us, name and .xxx at the same time. I used to use this company for all my domain registrations. Now I use this service for registering my .ca domain names because hostmonster does not do .ca.
I mentioned that you can get free WordPress themes by doing a search in the APPEARANCE > THEMES panel in WordPress. You can also do a Google search for ‘WordPress themes’. You’ll find both free and paid themes.
Search for ‘Cosmopolitan Covers’ for great ideas for how to structure headlines (and maybe song titles). Cross reference with Google Keyword Planner to see how many people are searching for a particular term.
GOOGLE KEYWORD PLANNER
You’ll need to create an Adwords account for this:
Then do a Google search for ‘Google Keyword Planner’ once you are logged into your account.
You’ll find Peter Benes here:
Until next month!
Peter and Peter (way too many of us)