Before joining Partnership To Success coaching program, I was kinda undecided about which route is more likely to bring me more customers: the blogging way or the product creation way.
It looks like in P2S you are taught about both of them, and in great details. It’s a great way to use your domain and blog as a kind of virtual office, a place where your customers may “visit” you. Also combining the two give both of them much more power.
I just finished week 4. During the weeks 1-4 I basically created an almost fully featured blog, with sidebar optin and everything to start generating leads.
I followed the training to the letter (almost). For this I used my old IM blog and changed it to suit the requirements of P2S.
The “almost” thing: it had no graphic banner or header. A graphic banner is very important to make the blog look more professional and for maximum quality it is preferable to be created by a professional graphic designer.
I even removed almost all featured images from posts because of their uncertain origin. I wanted to avoid any copyright violation, so I’m planning to populate the existing posts exclusively with royalty free images from reliable sources.
Refer to these posts describing my first experience within Partnership to Success:
- What Is Partnership To Success Coaching Program All About – Insider Review
- How to Move a Blog From Root to a Directory
WordPress and Additional Components
John recommends to install WordPress not in the site’s root directory, but in a subdirectory. In this respect I moved my existing blog (this one in particular) to /blog/ directory. For details see my other post.
Also for hosting John recommends D9 hosting. My current hosting company is SiteGround and my first year with them will end soon. I decided to move all my assets to D9 just then.
Also, John recommends to install a number of plugins. But it seems that the videos have been taken about an year ago and some of the presented plugins are not quite compatible anymore with the latest version of WordPress. It’s about the ShareBar for the floating bar with social network icons. Instead I used WP Socializer which does much the same thing.
Link Manager is a thing that adds a lost functionality of early WP versions. It’s a widget to display useful links in the sidebar.
The most important component to install was OptimizePress theme. My blog is now based on this theme. It has to be purchased and is not quite cheap, the cheaper license worth almost $100.
- Create an AWeber autoresponder account.
- Add a sidebar optin form.
- Add follow social icons without using a plugin, just by inserting plain HTML code into a Text widget.
As I mentioned before, my blog had to be embellished with a graphic header and background, but I was kinda lazy and didn’t do it in due time.
By the time of writing I’m already inside the week 5 and one crucial step didn’t work mainly because of that. I’ll talk about it in my next post.
When I finished the 3rd week I noticed that I can access the week 4 right away, so I fulfilled it the next day.
When I finished the tasks of the 4th week in one single day, first I tried to access the week 5, but I wasn’t allowed to, so I asked to get access to further training faster than the normal rhythm.
I eventually got access for all of Phase 1 (weeks 1-8).
Until the next step of my journey.