Get Started Online

4 Key Steps To Get Started Online

Recommended Online ResourcesOn this page, you will find a list of the Internet resources that I am using and I have found very useful to build my websites and to get started online with my online business.

These marketing tools are not exclusive to expats / location independents and can be useful for anyone willing to get started online with a website or a blog. It doesn’t matter if it is a travel blog, a photography website, your online portfolio, your brick-and-mortar business or a private blog for your family about your adventures abroad, there are many tools that you will require to set up your site and I have listed below some these essential tools.

Some of them are free, other have a cost. Have a look and decide what is relevant to you for your business! If you have any doubts, do get in touch here and I will be able to advise you on the best alternative or other tools. If you don’t see what you are looking for, give me shout and I’ll advise you.

As with any product that you spend your hard-earned money on, I recommend that you do your due diligence in deciding if the products are right for you.
Note that some of these products are affiliate links so thank you if you decide to purchase them. If a product or service is on this page, it means I personally have tested it, recommend it, and endorse it.

 

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Get Started Online

Step 1 – Do I really need a blog?

Yes, you will need a blog! Actually the question isn’t whether or not you need a blog but whether or not you are serious about building your personal brand online to fund your dream lifestyle overseas.

Whether it is an expat blog, a portfolio style site (of your photos, crafts, interior designs, writings, paintings, etc…) or a professional blog (to promote your services as a coach, as a language teacher, as a personal trainer, etc… ), this is the most appropriate platform to develop your business online and offline, not to mention one of the most affordable.

Here you have 2 options:

Option 1 If you are not afraid of technology and want to build it yourself, I encourage you to follow my free 7 easy step guide to build a blog and start blogging today.

Option 2 – If you have no experience in blogging or are worried to mess it up, then get in touch with me for a custom-made blog with my “Expat Entrepreneur” business Package and I will take care of it. Everything will be set up for you with this package and I will even train you and guide you on the next steps.

Why pay for a blog if there are some free options such as Blogger, StumbleUp or WordPress.com?

Let me explain – It may not seems important to you at the moment but you want to be able to own your business online properties rather than rely on third-party site. Imagine that you’ve been working on a blog or website for a while and you get hundreds of visitors a day, they really appreciate your stories, and then one day that third-party site, where your blog is held, closes down. In one click, you loose ALL your content and your readers!!
Thousands of hours of hard work just gone without even a warning, you’re left with “nada”!

Whereas if you follow any of the 3 options above, you will have your own domain name and a web hosting provider, you will be the sole owner of all your content and have opportunities to make backup copies, so that if anything happens, you’re covered.

 

Step 2 – Add content to your blog

After setting up your site, you will want to add some contents, write articles, etc. It may seem a simple task at first, but when in front of your computer, you may feel a bit unsure of where to start and what to write about. Copywriting is one of the most essential elements of effective online marketing.

Copywriting for beginners

When I started my site Anywhere in the World, I knew enough about blogging to get started but then I didn’t know what to do next.  I came across  Copyblogger.com, they have a great Copywriting 101 section on their site. This is a great option, if you would like to get started with a free resource before paying for a copywriting course, this tutorial is designed to get you up and running with the basics of writing great copy in ten easy lessons.

Another recent resource is The Copy Cure by Marie Forleo. Marie Forleo is a great copywriter with her own style (just check her very successful Marie TV on YouTube) and she offers some free sessions on her new course The Copy Cure. Definitely worth checking!

 
Step 3 – Build an Email list

If you have followed the steps above, you are well on your way or even maybe already have some visitors to your site, they will want to read all your future blog posts and the best way for them to make sure they do not miss any future posts is for them to subscribe to your mailing list.

I have tried a couple of different companies and I decided to go with Aweber. Aweber has proved to be a very good choice and their training sessions and webinars were very useful at the beginning. I would definitely recommend starting building a list of subscribers as soon as you start blogging, that way every time you add new information, a new post, photos or videos, you will be able to send an email very easily to all your subscribers.

You may even want to start sending a regular newsletter to let them know what you are up to and present your new products or services. Thanks to the list building provider (Aweber in my case),  I can send emails to everyone whenever I add new content to my site or whenever I feel like sharing something new with my subscribers.
PS: Click here is you wish to subscribe to my emails 😉

 

Step 4 – Attract visitors to your blog and start making money from it 

Having a business or private blog is fun but what about getting an income directly from it.

There are thousands of online opportunities and unfortunately too many of them may not have your best interest in mind. I know what it is like and how you probably feel about creating an online business, I have been in the same situation and I know what you are going through.

I spent many years being uncertain about the kind of activity I could do from my computer using my skills and that would allow me to travel and even change countries without having to ever quit another job.

Over the years, I looked at hundreds of websites promising large returns for little or no effort or something as mad as this… I even looked into genuine programs selling beauty products but it wasn’t for me. Then nearly 2 years ago, I came across a marketing report on online businesses that gave me a great insight into the possibilities and the future of online marketing.

Like many of you, making a living from a blog was more a dream than an achievable goal until I heard about Inbound Marketing.

It was a concept I had not heard of before and which in short shows you how to attract new customers to your online business without having to chase anyone. An important part of this kind of marketing is to build your personal brand online, often referred to as “YOU, Inc“.

People engage with you online (by reading and commenting on your blog, interacting with you on forums and other social media platforms, etc) because they relate to your story and you have been able to show them that you are trustworthy, open, professional and honest.

Anyway, this was a great eye opener and I decided to use it as my own business model.

Finally, just remember than monetizing your blog will be the first step to be able to fund your life abroad, the second phase will be to develop your own services such as coaching, consulting, etc and then create your own products (physical or electronic such as ebook, report, courses, etc…).

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Please let me know what you think of all this information and if you have been able to implement it. I would love to help get started online and create your expat blog and see how you could make it profitable to be able to go and live anywhere in the world.

As with any product that you spend your hard-earned money on, I recommend that you do your due diligence in deciding if the products are right for you.

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Sabine PanneauSabine Panneau
Skype: sabp23
Email: sabine@sabinefep.com
Work with Me – Marketing Team
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