Weâ€™ve had some hiccups with the software that sends out these newsletters, so if you didnâ€™t receive one lately, I apologize. Last time we talked some about researching things to find a domain name. The domain name weâ€™ll be using for the website weâ€™ll be building.
You can find the link here – http://www.cleverapple.com/blog/building-a-tutor-website-finding-your-competition-finding-tutor-students-40-44/
Today weâ€™ll be finding a domain name, setting up the hosting and then the blog. We will be writing about doing that today, weâ€™ll be working on a video for how to put all of the things together, I should have that for you by next week.
Like it or not summer is winding down. My daughter finished her four week summer course (Anatomy) and made an A in it. I wasnâ€™t sure how she would do, taking an online course you need some discipline, but she did much better than I expected.
One of my college teachers and friends passed away last weekend. I mention this just to remind you that as tutors / teachers we have some kind of impact (good I hope) on the students we tutor. This teacher was one of the hardest professors I had â€“ he taught History, but once I got to know him, he was one of the kindest.
He pushed me hard to learn things; no one had ever really done that for me. He showed me that I was capable of learning a whole lot more than I thought I could. We had three essay tests in his class, none of them counted except for the final, what you made in the final was what you made for the class. I wrote 42 pages, walked out of the room to my car, unlocked the door, threw my keys in the seat, locked the door and shut itâ€¦ RIP Mr. Brown.
Next issues will be August 13th but weâ€™ll be posting on our blogs most Thursdays.
- Getting a domain name.
I get my domain names from Godaddy. One of the reasons why is I can usually find a sale or coupon so I get the domain for less than 10 bucks.
You should have some keywords, now we need to check out if the names are available. Go to nameboy. http://www.nameboy.com/
In setting up our pretend business â€“ I will be a Lexington highschool Math tutor.
We want the location / subject in the url â€“ although we could just use our company name too.
I type Lexington in one box math tutor in the other.
A .com is best.
Lexingtonmathtutor.com is available. You donâ€™t want to use dashes.
We go to godaddy – https://www.godaddy.com/
Couple of notes when purchasing a domain name, they will try and sell you everything, including the kitchen sink, you donâ€™t need it.
- Setting up hosting.
As Iâ€™ve written this, I think weâ€™ll do a video, which will make things much easier, so stay tuned and next Thursday on the blog weâ€™ll give you a video and step by step instructions.
There are thousands of different hosts out there. Weâ€™ll be demonstration how to use one of them. With hosts, many times they will give you a great deal for the first year, and then for the years following the first, they increase their prices dramatically.
Continue posting on your Facebook business page. In our last blog post we gave you a ton of ideas to find some business as we ramp up toward one of the busiest times of the year.
Next time –
Getting a Google account
Adding some essential plug ins
Getting analytics setup
Creating a local listing
Posting it to â€“ local directories
We hope youâ€™re having a wonderful summer!
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