You’ve heard over and over again on the show how important it is as an indie author to have an author website. That’s why I have created this incredibly useful, totally free, course showing you exactly how to create an awesome author website!
Note: If you follow the videos through from start to finish everything will work 100%! However, if you choose a different theme for your site, or make other changes, some ‘plugins’ that I outline below might not work. For example if you use Thesis, the MyBookTable plugin won’t work.
I’ve even got an awesome deal for you:
– 25% off your hosting. Remember to use the code “RockingDiscount” on checkout.
You should watch this intro video first:
Nice right? Now, if you want to take a look around the demo site, just click here.
And don’t forget your site can look however you want. With a simple change it could look like this:
Or even this:
Having an author website is one of the most valuable steps you can take for putting your name out there in the indie publishing world. Here are a few things some RSP guests have said:
“I do say to everybody they should have a website, you should have your domain name … you should have a mailing list sign up” – Lindsay Buroker (RSP Episode 9)
“You can’t just rely on you need to have you own website” – Victoria Jeffrey (RSP Episode 10)
“You want to own where people find you, you have your spokes of the wheel, but the middle of the wheel should always be a property that you own, and that is where people find you”
If you are ready to get started, the videos, all in order are laid out below:
Part 1 – Purchasing your Domain
In the first part of this course we’ll buy a domain name to use for our site. This costs just $9 for the year, and allows you to have “yourname.com” or “yournameauthor.com”. We buy the domain through InternetBS.net – I use it for RSP and it’s the cheapest around.
Part 2 – Getting some Hosting
In this second part of the course, you are going to learn how to get hosting for your site, so you can own you presence online. We’re signing up with Hostgator (who I use for RSP) they are super cheap – click here to go to their site.
Remember to use the code “RockingDiscount” on checkout to save 25%!
Part 3 – Installing WordPress
In this part of the course we’ll look at installing the WordPress system on your newly bought hosting!
Part 4 – Creating your Sites Pages
In this part of the course I am going to show you how to create the pages for your site, which will add structure to the new WordPress installation!
Part 5 – Creating the Graphics for Your Site
In this part of the course we’ll look at creating the header image for your site so that it suits your genre and books. We also look at setting an appropriate background image.
Part 6 – Creating the All-Important Books Page
In this step we look at creating the ‘books’ page for the site. This is one of the most important elements of your new site! Creating it is super easy thanks to the use of a free plug-in!
Part 7 – Filling Out the Pages with Some Content
In this step we look at giving the WordPress site we have created some content by going through the pages and adding information to them – such as the ‘About the Author’ page and the “Excerpts” page.
Part 8 – Adding Social Media Buttons and the Contact Form
In this part of the tutorial we look at adding a contact form to your site as well as two types of social media ‘buttons.’ As an indie author, social media will be vital for spreading the word about your books.
Part 9 – Making the Sidebar Look Awesome
In this part of the course I show you how to make the sidebar in your new website look awesome.
Part 10 – Creating a Blog Post
This part of the course covers one of those WordPress basics that will serve you for years to come: How to create a blog post. This is a video you can come back to if you ever struggle to create a post (you probably won’t need to, it’s super easy).
Part 11 – Creating a Newsletter Signup Form
In this final part to the tutorial I show you how to add a newsletter signup form to your site. Which while the last step is perhaps one of the most important elements of your site.
Bonus step (Part 11 section 2) – Email your Subscribers
In this extra video I show you how to send an email out to your mailing list once you have built it up!
Well that about wraps it up. This tutorial took me about 2 weeks of pretty solid work to set up so I’d really love to know what you think of it – just drop a comment below. If you liked it, share it on Facebook, twitter etc. I’d appreciate it :). I hope it’s something that will make your journey into indie publishing just a little easier!
Are you struggling? If you’re one of the first 50 you can use your WordPress support hour. If not, drop a comment below and I’ll sort it out publicly.
If you just want to say ‘hey’ – firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you skipped to the bottom of this page…
Major indie authors and traditional authors have their own website – a pretty good indicator you should too. If you didn’t get the chance, spend the 8 minutes watching the first video at the top of the page :).
If you have doubts about my tutorial, you have nothing to lose as the hosting has a 45 day money-back guarantee. But, full-disclosure, you can’t get your money back on a domain, so if you are unhappy (you won’t be) you’ll be down $9 and you’ll have a “yourname.com” domain you can still use somewhere else. Whether you continue indie publishing or not, that is still going to be useful.
Anyway, follow the tutorial or not, I’d still love you to tune into my weekly podcast – it would be great to have you!