Free Traffic Method: Starting a WordPress blog

One great way to begin generating free traffic is with a WordPress blog, like this one you’re reading right now. WordPress is a free open-source blogging platform that has caught on strongly over the past few years, and enjoys a thriving developer community. With such an active dev community, WordPress system updates are rolled out quickly, and the system is extremely easy to use.

To get started, you’ll need to choose a web host where you’ll store your blog and its related files to share online with your visitors. I recommend my web hosting company Chase Hosting or another quality web host such as Fat Cow hosting, Get Hosted Cheap, or BlueHost. Each of these web hosts supports simple installs for WordPress, which allows you to setup your blog through an easy-to-use wizard installer.

Simple Scripts Install of WordPress on Chase Hosting:

  1. Sign up for a web hosting plan, and login to the new web hosting account with the information you receive in the Welcome email.
  2. Click the SimpleScripts section on the left side navigation. Choose to install WordPress
  3. Enter your blog’s unique details into the install screen, choose your admin account’s information. Click install.

After the install progress bar completes, you’re done! You can login and begin using your new WordPress blog.

To manually install WordPress:

Here’s the quick version of the WordPress manual install for those that are already comfortable with performing web script installations.

  1. Download and unzip the WordPress package.
  2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
  3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
  4. Open wp-config.php in a text editor and fill in your database details as explained in Editing wp-config.php to generate and use your secret key password.
  5. Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server:
    • If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
    • If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), rename the directory wordpress to the name you’d like the subdirectory to have and move or upload it to your web server. For example if you want the WordPress installation in a subdirectory called “blog”, you should rename the directory called “wordpress” to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server.
  6. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing wp-admin/install.php in a web browser.
    • If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
    • If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed. You can begin filling your blog with useful information related to your campaigns topic. Pack it full of quality content that you can link to and people will share with others. We’ll discuss how to

Don’t lase me, bro!!

Had to make a quick blog post showing off my buddy’s new badass lazar. This thing will put your eye out! Our mutual friend, Larry Davis, built one of these beasts a few years back and spurred the interest, but this round of lazer madness (courtesy of MKD) is a bit more… intense.

Here’s a quick video of it being tested outside

If Morgan were a reddit Dos Equis-guy comic… it’d probably read something like, “I don’t build lasers often, but when I do.. they get blogged about, and burn things.”

 

Some assembly shots

Finished

Recent Work System Overhaul

It can be a pain to search around for the latest hardware configurations if you don’t stay on top of the latest trends in the computer market. Although I don’t focus on tech support or computer repair anymore, I frequently get asked for advice on upgrading systems, or requests that I spec out new builds for friends and past clients.

In an attempt to provide a powerful system on a relatively realistic budget, I’ve sought to provide an answer for everyone; a high performance hexacore workhorse of a system that will pwn it up, be rock solid and redundant for mission critical work, run practically everything you throw at it, and all for under a grand. Not including the big flat screen you get to go along with it.

  • Motherboard: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655
  • Processor: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851
  • RAM: 2 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211409
  • Hard Drives: 2 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148488
  • Video Card: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161309
  • Optical Drive #1: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135205
  • Optical Drive #2: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
  • Case: 1 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112154

Depending on the hard drive configuration (RAID1/0?) you should pull around 7.3+ for your overall Windows Experience rating. This isn’t an end-all for computer builds, and definitely might not be the best value out there at the bleeding edge. I upgraded a few months back with these components, and they’ve come down a bit in price, so I’m sure the value ratio is there, but things move fast nowadays. If you find this helpful, enjoy!

Of Mice and Men

To get back in the swing of things on this blog, I’m going to commit to updating again regularly, at least a few times a week. As suspected, the reason I haven’t been blogging for fun much lately, and you can probably already guess why.. yes, the usual excuse.  It feels like work has been a bit all-consuming lately. I’ve been working hard to wrap up a few projects that seem to be dragging on this year. — What happened to my commitment last year to NOT take on any new client work until I had a team in place to and could focus on my projects too? Textual sigh. — Regardless, I’m thrilled to be seeing some light near the end of the tunnel, having just wrapped up 2 more of the remaining client jobs on the table.

With the last of the main clients jobs out of the way, I intend to groom several talented web programmers and designers who I can sub out various project tasks to. I’m also working on assembly a larger virtual staff if anyone reading this blog is interested. I’ve had great success this year with monetizing my websites and networks. I’ve also established several of my own ad markets and online advertising networks, which are growing tremendously quick.  I’ll most likely be writing a lot more about them and related topics. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I was considering covering some SEO topics, and decided I will might as well go ahead and get started.

I’ll be touching on some internet, web design, and programming basics, as well as some SEO, online marketing basics, and maybe even some more advanced stuff as time goes on. I seem to be quite regularly discussing this topic with people lately, and might as well start establishing a strong base of content to direct people towards. In fact, it’s almost disheartening I haven’t written more on my private blogs in the past, I wish I had. But hey, gotta pick up somewhere right? Well, until next time. Happy surfing!

Have any SEO or Internet Marketing topics you’d like me to cover on my blog?

The Recent Blog Update

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I implemented the new design for the blog and, with an extra busy work schedule this year, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to this blog as I would liked. However, the things distracting me are mostly beneficial and will allow me to start setting aside more time for this and other personal projects.

As I’ve written so much about before, I hope to more regularly start jamming this blog full of quality tech tips, web programming and design related tutorials, discussions, ramblings, and other such goodness off the top of my head. So stay tuned!

Cliff Notes: New blog design, lots of new contents on its way.