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The Opportunity

Three years ago I left my “cushy” corporate job at Microsoft to start my own company.

It was really hard to make that transition, but steadily my fledgling new business has grown and now I have the lifestyle I always dreamed of: I work from home, spend quality time with my family, and make money when I’m not working. I don’t even have to ask my boss to take the day off!

It was hard getting here though. On this blog I’ll share with you everything I’ve learned over the past several years. My goal is to help you build your own business on the web too. The opportunities right now are UNPRECEDENTED in history. The time to act is now.

Tens of millions of small business owners around the world are trying to figure out how to get on the web to help their business survive, and thrive. That’s why I’ve chosen to focus on the “offline business” niche. I’ve built my business by helping thousands of other businesses understand the web and use it to build a new marketing channel that brings them customers.

On this blog, you’ll find tutorials, videos, tips & tricks that describe exactly how to build a complete marketing system for small businesses. I’ll share everything I’ve learned on how to get top results from Google and Bing, including Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.

Where To Start

You should start by learning about WordPress Websites for small business owners. Then learn how to optimizing your website for local search rankings.

Then put together a Social Media Plan for your business, and Mobile Enable your website.

The links in the paragraph above take you to what I think are the best starting points on the Expand2Web blog for each of the respective topics.

I also publish a Podcast, where I interview experts in each of these areas above. Here are a few that you should listen to:

==> Teaching Your Business To Market Itself
==> Facebook Graph Search
==> Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

Be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes to get new episodes as they come out.

I also review the best books on success and marketing. See my video book reviews here.

I publish a lot of Screencast Videos on Expand2Web. You can see my Screencasting Setup here.

Here’s my story of how and why I started Expand2Web.

Hosting Your Website

The first thing you’ll need for YOUR business is a domain name and a website. If you don’t have one already, I recommend you run over to BlueHost and get one.

I’ve used Bluehost for over 50 websites, and highly recommend them. The price is right, the support is excellent, and they have WordPress hosting “dialed in” so everything just works. Here is a video that shows you how to sign up for BlueHost and create your first website in less that 4 minutes.

You can also get a free WordPress blog on WordPress.com, but for a business website I highly recommend you get your own hosting. You can find complete details in my post here: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org, Which One Should I Use?

Disclosure: I do earn a commission if you choose to go with Bluehost as your host. There are many hosting companies out there, but this is my recommendation based on my experience with the company since I started doing business online. If you do purchase through my affiliate link, thank you so much for your support!

Newsletter & Free eBook

I’d also like to invite you to sign up for my email newsletter. In my newsletter I’ll share high-value tips and videos on these topics, as well as interviews with industry experts.

When you sign up I’ll also send you a free copy of my eBook: 10 Steps to Free Website Traffic, that includes 10 practical steps you can take to start getting more traffic to your website right away.

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I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

Sincerely,
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Don Campbell
President, Expand2Web