Why We Began a New Web site Throughout Lockdown

Sitting right here in Lisbon Portugal on lockdown throughout a worldwide pandemic positively isn’t how I believed issues would end up in 2020. 

For those who’ve been studying this weblog for some time, you’ll know that Dariece and I have been travelling round Europe and having fun with a few of the continent’s most romantic cities, consuming wine, consuming scrumptious meals, and principally having fun with the wonderful issues that journey can provide.

However that every one modified round March 17th once we have been instructed that it was a state of Emergency in Lisbon, Portugal and we’d be locked down right here for an undetermined period of time.

We went by a few different stages of emotions at first. Panic, worry, uncertainty, and eventually… focus and dedication.

The main focus got here within the type of new initiatives and new hope.

Why Did We Begin a New Web site?

Dariece and I had each been wanting to start out a brand new web site outdoors of the journey area of interest, however when issues have been booming in journey and we have been doing properly financially, we didn’t have the push we would have liked to get began.

However now that we’re caught in our house in Lisbon and we’re solely actually allowed to go for a few quick walks per day (we’re grateful for these walks), I knew that I had sufficient time to start out a brand new web site.

Dariece and I have been forwards and backwards on who would begin the brand new web site and who would run it.

We have already got two web sites working full-time, so there wasn’t sufficient time within the day for us each to start out a brand new web site from scratch.  

We determined that I might begin the positioning and Dariece would proceed to work on our different two web sites. We determined this for two foremost causes:

  1. I already had a subject in thoughts. One thing that I’m obsessed with and excited to write down about.
  2.  We determined to make use of the brand new web site as a case research to indicate college students of our Blogger Programs that it’s attainable to construct a worthwhile web site in 6 months.

So after a lot deliberation, we determined that I might be the one to start out the brand new web site and it’s been working for the final couple of weeks!

I do know what you’re considering.

What’s The New Web site?

I’m sorry however I can’t inform you!

Not as a result of I wish to maintain it a secret, however as a result of if we’re utilizing it as a case research to indicate new bloggers which you could construct a brand new web site/weblog to earn cash after a couple of months, we don’t wish to give it an unfair increase by sending Goats On The Highway’s viewers there.

New bloggers and web site homeowners wouldn’t have entry to an viewers like GOTR, so it could fully skew all the analytics and income if we have been to simply open it as much as our different on-line communities.

So for now, you’ll have to attend.

We can be saying the brand new web site someday down the street.

Need To Observe Alongside And Construct Your Personal Weblog or Web site?

I’ve been retaining an in depth timeline of the whole lot I’m doing with the brand new web site and I’ll be sharing all of my knowledge with the scholars in our WordPress Beginner Blogger & Website Design Course.

I’ve began almost a dozen web sites over the previous few years, however by no means actually with the intention of writing weblog posts, selling them, optimizing them, engaged on their web optimization, and making a critical revenue for them.

That degree of labor was all the time reserved for Goats On The Highway.

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However now that we have now a couple of writers on Goats On The Highway and a few groups within the again finish serving to us to maintain it working (and now that we’re on lockdown), I lastly have time to construct a brand new web site and present new bloggers simply how shortly you possibly can develop them.

It was one factor for me to say “We did it with Goats, so you possibly can too”, however now I’m beginning one other web site from scratch, following together with the method in our SEO course and I’m completely satisfied to say that it’s already working!

I began the web site on March 20th and by April 18th, lower than a month later, my DA already went from a score of 1 as much as 8 (DA is a measurement used to verify the power of an general area), and I began getting my first site visitors from Google and Pinterest!

I’m actually simply doing precisely what’s in our Newbie Course and I’m so completely satisfied to see it working so properly.

Nonetheless, upon constructing this web site and a few others lately, I seen that rather a lot has modified in how straightforward it’s to construct and design a professional-looking web site.

There have all the time been tons of of fine WordPress themes and plugins that can assist you design a web site and construct an viewers precisely the way you need.

It’s not just like the outdated days once you wanted a coding background. Lately, there are drag and drop interfaces that make constructing a web site a breeze.

So I made a decision it was time to replace the WordPress Newbie Blogger & Web site Design Course, and now it’s higher than ever.

We Up to date The Course!

I can’t imagine it’s already been a few years since we first created our WordPress Beginner Course.

It looks like simply yesterday I used to be locking myself in a room (voluntarily) and recording hours and hours of video tutorials to assist new bloggers.

We first began the course by well-liked demand.

For years I had given a free 200-page running a blog e book to everybody who began a weblog or web site by links on Goats On The Road, however after receiving superior suggestions from our readers, I knew that I wanted to take the instructing a step additional.

The WordPress Newbie Course was a fruits of almost a decade of running a blog, years of analysis and testing, and of months and months of labor spent creating it.

Since creating the course, we’ve had over 1,000 individuals begin new web sites and blogs and the response we’ve had from the course has been unbelievable.

And that’s solely a fraction of the optimistic feedback we’ve had in our Fb group for bloggers.

Our foremost objective with Goats On The Highway has all the time been to principally assist individuals to comply with what we do.

Once we began this complete running a blog factor, we had no concept what we have been doing, and but we managed to show it right into a thriving enterprise.

Greater than ever, readers have been emailing and messaging us currently and asking if we’d nonetheless advocate beginning a weblog right now.

Presently, with the worldwide state of affairs, lots of people are hesitant as to what to speculate their money and time into.

I completely get it.

We’ve additionally been hit massively by the lack of tourism site visitors to our foremost web site (Goats On The Highway) and so we’re cautious about what we make investments money and time into now as properly.

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I suppose, when it comes right down to it, it’s a must to take into consideration what you’re knowledgable and obsessed with, and what you take pleasure in doing.

Do you benefit from the work you do now?
Do you take pleasure in going into your workplace and dealing intently with colleagues?
Do you take pleasure in having a boss provide you with a transparent define of your work?
Do you take pleasure in having a gradual, precise earnings that will get deposited to your account each payday?
Do you may have sufficient free time already?
Do you see your family members, family and friends sufficient?
Do you wish to earn cash when you’re touring when the world re-opens?

For those who mentioned sure to most or all the above questions, then beginning a brand new web site might not be your best option of money and time spent.

Then again…

Do you take pleasure in writing?
Do you take pleasure in taking images?
Do you take pleasure in sharing information?
Do you take pleasure in studying a brand new talent?
Do you wish to work for your self?
Do you hate the commute to work?
Do you hate workplace politics?
Would you like to have the ability to work at home?
Would you like to have the ability to work even throughout a world lockdown?

For those who answered sure to any of these questions, then perhaps creating an internet site is a good suggestion for you.

For me, answering our reader’s questions on whether or not or not beginning an internet site is a good suggestion was straightforward. 

The very first thing I did once we bought locked down right here in Lisbon was to start out a brand new web site.

Why Did I Replace Our Running a blog Course?

Nicely, as I discussed a few occasions within the publish already, the principle objective has all the time been to assist individuals to construct one thing profitable on-line. And, whereas I had already up to date the course at first of 2020, a lot has modified even since then.

New Know-how

There are such a lot of totally different plugins, apps, web page builders, applied sciences, and themes that assist make constructing an internet site a lot simpler. 

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The up to date course lets you design a professional-looking web site inside a day, after which after you may have the design all arrange, the expansion and monetization modules are the identical, serving to you to show your ardour undertaking right into a full-time earnings.

Construct Blogs AND Web sites

Once I first created the WordPress Newbie Blogger Course, it was geared toward principally serving to journey bloggers.

Lots of people have been emailing and saying that they didn’t wish to run a journey weblog, or perhaps they didn’t wish to weblog in any respect, they simply wished to construct an internet site for his or her enterprise.

Whereas there actually isn’t a distinction between an internet site and a weblog (a weblog is simply part of the web site the place you write weblog posts), I believed it was vital to cowl all sorts of net properties within the course.

The brand new modules within the course nonetheless present you the way to construct a weblog (as a result of each enterprise ought to have a weblog, it doesn’t matter what), nevertheless it additionally has directions for creating web sites about something you possibly can consider.

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If you wish to create an internet site to host your yoga courses, or to indicate off the menu at your new restaurant, or to elucidate to your prospects what sort of consulting you possibly can provide… the course will present you the way to construct it now.

Now’s The Time To Begin a Web site

The primary purpose I went again and determined to replace the course is that I truthfully suppose that there’s by no means been a greater time to start out a brand new web site undertaking.

Give it some thought. When have you ever ever had this a lot spare time?

This lockdown isn’t wanting prefer it’s going to finish any time quickly, and throughout the subsequent month or so you can construct a strong web site, with all the pages you want and sufficient weblog posts to start out rising an viewers.

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I’ve had my new web site for just a bit over three weeks and I’ve already began to see some site visitors coming in from Google and Pinterest.

It’s so thrilling!

For those who comply with the steps from the course, it’s actually not onerous to construct up a helpful {and professional} web site so long as you keep it up.

I personally wished to make the most of this additional time one of the simplest ways I understand how, and one of the simplest ways I do know is by beginning up new on-line companies.

I Was Reminded That it Nonetheless Works

Having constructed one other web site prior to now month, getting it to an Eight DA (area authority) and seeing site visitors coming in, I used to be reminded of how actionable and nonetheless related the content material in our course is.

I used to be merely following together with the steps in that course and in our SEO Course and I’ve been capable of develop it shortly.

I used the precise strategies that I educate within the WordPress Freshmen Course to design the web site, write weblog posts and make the web site look super-professional, after which utilizing the methods from the web optimization course to assist the web site seem in Google Search Outcomes.

I did all this, whereas nonetheless making YouTube movies for Goats On The Highway, nonetheless serving to run our different web site and nonetheless solely working round 5-6 hours per day (which is rather more than we’ve ever labored since quitting our jobs in Canada).

After seeing early success, I knew that the course labored, however I additionally knew that I may make it higher.

So, despite the fact that I up to date a couple of of the modules at first of 2020, I went again and redid the whole design module to incorporate the brand new expertise in order that new bloggers may construct a fantastic web site inside a couple of hours.

What To Anticipate From The Course

The course is a framework and a suggestion which you could comply with, step-by-step so as to begin, construct, design, and develop a profitable web site or weblog.

I stroll you thru the design steps with the most recent expertise in order that even in case you’re not tech-savvy in any respect, you’ll be capable to comply with alongside.

Be aware: You need to a minimum of have the technical know-how to have the ability to electronic mail your family and friends and ship images to individuals on-line. With out a minimum of that, even with my assist, constructing something on-line can be tough for you.

After designing the web site to look precisely the way you need it, you progress on to creating important pages and writing weblog posts.


I stroll you thru each step of writing a weblog publish that individuals will really wish to learn, together with the way to add images and movies, the way to format the publish, the way to write it in order that Google will ship you site visitors and the way to really publish it in your weblog.

Then we get into the fundamentals of what it’s worthwhile to do transferring ahead, so as to develop a profitable web site.

The 200-Web page Running a blog e book walks you thru the steps of fundamental development along with your web site, whereas the Personal Blogger Fb Group has over 500 individuals who have began web sites and blogs by the course and all assist one another develop (plus I’m in there answering questions virtually every day).

Lastly, with our Bluehost particular you get 60% off the cost of hosting and also you get 24/7 WordPress chatroom assist with WordPress specialists — that’s priceless.

For those who get caught on any technical facet of the positioning, Bluehost can log-in to your web site and assist your repair it.

Lastly, one thing that I additionally suppose is tremendous useful proper now when everyone seems to be frightened about spending cash and investing in new initiatives, Bluehost is providing an prolonged 90-Day Cash-Again Assure.

So in case you begin this factor and understand it’s not for you, you possibly can cancel at any time and get your a refund.

Why is The Course Free?

Nicely, it’s really not free.

It’s usually $120 USD for the course.

However, as all the time, our WordPress Newbie Course is free for anybody who begins a brand new web site or weblog by following together with the video on this page

I provide the WordPress Newbie Course free of charge as a result of once you begin a weblog utilizing our hyperlinks, we get a fee from Bluehost.

What’s Bluehost?

Bluehost is an internet site internet hosting service and in our opinion, it’s the perfect one obtainable right now.

Lots of people will promote a number of totally different hosts and declare they’re the perfect, however you might typically discover that they don’t even host their websites with these hosts.

In actuality, they simply promote them as a result of they provide the most important affiliate fee.

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We host all of our websites (5 at the moment) on Bluehost and their 24/7 prompt customer support, quick servers, and their straightforward web site set-up expertise put them forward of the pack in our opinion.

Mainly, you can begin a weblog free of charge fairly simply, however in case you ever wish to earn cash out of your web site or weblog, it’s worthwhile to personal the area (ie: YourWebsiteName.com) and host it on-line.

That’s the place Bluehost is available in.

For those who begin a free weblog, you gained’t be capable to design it precisely the way you need and also you’ll by no means totally personal it.

Belief me!

We had a free weblog for years earlier than we realized what we have been lacking out on.

So, as a result of Bluehost offers us a little bit of fee for each weblog that begins by our hyperlinks, we’re capable of provide our $120 WordPress Course free of charge.

If you have already got an internet site, however you continue to wish to discover ways to construct a brand new web site the suitable method, you should purchase the course here.


Over time we’ve been teaching new bloggers (over 1,000 college students), we’ve had loads of questions in our inbox and within the Personal Fb Group, so I determine that is in all probability a superb place to reply a couple of of these.

For me, beginning a brand new weblog was a no brainer, however I’ve been there earlier than, I do know it really works and I do know what I’m doing. 

However what about new bloggers?

Is it nonetheless attainable?

Query: What’s the distinction between a weblog and an internet site.

Nothing in any respect.

A weblog is part of an internet site.

Similar to you may have an internet site with a store on it, a weblog is simply part of your web site.

Beginning an internet site and a weblog is similar factor. The course reveals you the way to construct an internet site, after which construct up the weblog a part of the web site so as to appeal to an viewers and earn cash.

For those who’re beginning an internet site, you need to all the time have a weblog with it anyhow.

That’s the place you’ll write some posts and have interaction along with your readers. That’s the place they’ll get to know you. Even the most important firms on the planet have a weblog part of their web site.

As you possibly can see from this publish, I exploit the phrases interchangeably as a result of today, they’re principally one and the identical.

Query: I’m not tech-savvy. Ought to I even trouble beginning a weblog for myself?

As I discussed earlier on this publish, you need to a minimum of have sufficient technical understanding to have the ability to ship emails, open your net browser, message on Fb and so on.

For those who’ve by no means checked out a pc display screen, otherwise you want your grandchildren to indicate you the way to open your emails for you, I’m going to be brutally sincere, beginning a weblog isn’t for you.

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Then again, you don’t should be tech-savvy to start out an internet site. There’s a lot studying materials obtainable on-line right now, and the course will present you step-by-step precisely the way to construct, design, and develop a weblog… the suitable method.

Query: How a lot will it price to start out a web site and develop it. Are there hidden prices after I begin?

The price of beginning the web site is the one factor you should pay ($36 / 12 months + tax, paying for three years. Or, $59 for one 12 months).

I’ve purposely made the course utilizing all free plugins, instruments and methods.

You gained’t be pressured to pay anything after you’ve began.

There are some upgrades you possibly can have a look at as soon as your web site is incomes cash, however the price of internet hosting is all you’ll should pay to get began.

Query: How do I get entry to the course and the way lengthy do I get entry to the supplies?

Whenever you begin your weblog through our links, you’ll mechanically obtain an electronic mail with full entry to the course, e book and Fb Group.

From that time on, you should have limitless lifetime entry to the course, the course materials, the Fb Group, and all future updates.

Query: Will I actually get assist alongside the way in which?

100% sure. 

You may have assist from myself and 500+ different bloggers within the Fb group and you’ve got the unbelievable 24/7 WordPress Chat Help with Bluehost.

The previous will provide help to with running a blog and rising a enterprise that may earn cash, whereas the latter will provide help to with any technical difficulties you could have alongside the way in which.

I nonetheless contact Bluehost on a regular basis for assist with technical issues with Goats On The Highway and I’ve by no means waited longer than 2 minutes for a solution. Their buyer assist is the principle purpose I like to recommend them.


Mainly, our WordPress Course is healthier than ever and we’re excited to assist extra individuals to make use of this time in lockdown correctly and begin their very own web sites or blogs.

I’m not saying it simply because we get a little bit of fee from Bluehost, I’m doing it myself. As I mentioned, the very first thing I did once we bought locked down was to start out one other web site and that’s as a result of I imagine in it.

When you end the free WordPress Course, we even have some superior programs you possibly can take that can assist you develop even additional.

I’ll be constructing my new web site alongside you and I’ll be sharing the successes and failures of that web site within the Personal Fb Group as properly.

So be part of me and the 1,000+ college students already within the course.

I can’t wait to see you there!



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