Initial WordPress Setup

So you’ve just installed WordPress and installed your plugins, What Now?

In our last Getting Started Post we covered Installing your Plugins after signing up for your account and installing WordPress.

Your next step is to change all of your basic settings in order to get off on the right foot with your new blog.

Below I’ll go through how I initially set up each of my WordPress installations. We’ll be reviewing the pertinent menu items to the left in the WordPress Sidebar.

The Settings Menu

When you hover over the word Settings in the sidebar you will see the Settings submenu items. These are:

General Settings

These are the most basic settings and some may be pre-filled by your WordPress installation process.

  • Enter the name of your blog in the Site Title field.
  • Enter your site’s slogan or catchy phrase in the Tagline Field.
  • WordPress and Site Addresses should be refilled, but should normally be the web address that people will use to reach your site for example Don’t change these to something else, as your site could stop working!
  • Enter your contact email in the Email Address field.
  • Membership – if you want your readers to be able to create accounts and log into your site check this box. I never do!
  • New User Default Role – ensure it is set to Subscriber!
  • Then select your timezone, date/time formats, what day you like the week to start on and language

Then click Save Changes.

Writing Settings

Continue reading “Initial WordPress Setup”

Adding the WordPress Plugins that Your Site Needs

Congratulations, you’ve just finished your WordPress installation! Now What?

Next on your list of things to do is to install your WordPress Plugins.

What are Plugins? Plugins are additional code that can be added on to your WordPress site to add various functionalities, such as a Contact Form, Social Media Sharing Icons, or additional Security to prevent hackers from accessing your site.

Plugins are very easy to install, it only takes a couple of clicks.

Below are the Plugins that I always install right after I finish my WordPress installation. I’ll mention little about what they can do for you and why each one is important.

Installing Plugins

But first, let’s talk about how to install plugins.

As I said, it only takes a couple of clicks.

On your sidebar menu you will see “Plugins” among the other items listed. When you hover your mouse over Plugins you will see 3 sub-menu items: Installed Plugins, Add New, and Editor.

Click on Add New.

You will see a page like the one pictured below (click the image for a larger version).

Here you’ll see Featured, Popular, Recommended, and Favorite Plugins, based on download totals from WordPress users and recommendations from WordPress developers.

Search for Your WordPress Plugin
Search for Your WordPress Plugin

At the top of the page you will also see a search box. Here you can cut and paste the names of the Plugins that I recommend below in order to find them.

After you paste or type the Plugin name into the box, WordPress will start searching and the results will be displayed below. Continue reading “Adding the WordPress Plugins that Your Site Needs”

What It Takes to Run a Successful Website or Blog

Running a successful website takes time and effort!

When deciding if creating and running a website or blog is right for you, you will run into catch phrases like 4-Hour Work Week and Passive Income.

You should know that these are just promotional terms and not the full story.

You can work four hours a week on your site, I did at first and this really is a viable way to start, to ease into it. But if you want to make real money from the site, real effort is required.

My income took off when I started treating my site like an almost full time job and put those kind of hours in (after work and weekends).

It Takes Work to Run a Successful Website

“Tim Ferriss the creator of the 4-Hour Work Week does not work just 4 hours a week! Nor does Pat Flynn from Smart Passive income sit back and do nothing, he has a full schedule!”

Phrases like 4-Hour Work Week and Passive Income speak to the goal of getting to the point where you can work on your schedule or take some time off whenever you want.

Starting out slow, you will begin to earn some extra cash from the limited time that you spend working on your blog evenings or weekends. Continue reading “What It Takes to Run a Successful Website or Blog”

How to Start Blogging Now In 4 Easy Steps

Whatever your passion, it is the time to start blogging now!

Do you have a passion and knowledge about a certain subject? Do people keep telling you that you should start a blog?

Don’t wait. Today is your day to start!

Running your own Blog can be fun and potentially profitable!

Today I will show you how to easily creating a blog on your own. Blogging allows me to make thousands of dollars a month, by doing something that I love. Plus, you can start a money-making blog for the price of just one Starbucks coffee a month!

Click here to start a blog on WordPress, then use the tutorial below for the easy directions.

I’ll help you share your knowledge of the subject you care about most. Just follow these 4 fast, easy steps and you’ll have your blog online very quickly.

Ready to Start Blogging Now? Let’s jump in. Continue reading “How to Start Blogging Now In 4 Easy Steps”

Welcome to Swivel Chair Millionaire

Join Me On My Journey to My First Million!

Hi there I’m Steve,

Welcome to my new site!

My Story

I started my first website in 2008 which was a very focused niche site, with then intent of assisting the US military community with finding information on Disney discounts. I’d been a member of both of these communities for many years and this particular topic area was a passion of mine as both a military member and a former Disney employee.

I put some adsense ads on the site hoping that I could cover my expenses, which at the time were comparatively low. I’d paid $9.95 for my domain name and was paying $9.99 monthly for hosting.

I put the site up in April and started to see small earnings almost right away, making $4.64 in May. My total for 2008 was a whopping $47.66.

For the first 12 months the site was up, May-April the income was $66.33, so I while I didn’t cover my expenses, I was encourages because I hadn’t even know that making 66 bucks online was doable!

I stuck with it and with lots of hard work (which we’ll get into as this site progresses) I saw huge growth in my income, to the point where I now make what many others might call a full time income, in my spare time! Continue reading “Welcome to Swivel Chair Millionaire”