Business #1: SEO Writing (Progress Report)

My plan to start the first business in my 12:6:3 project was delayed by a day due to the travel shenanigans I discussed here.

But I’m rolling now.

I decided to make the first business of six be SEO Writing. I was inspired by the blog posts:

10 Businesses You Can Run from Anywhere on Earth (And Start Today)
SEO Writing For Beginners

Here’s what’s happened so far:

Day 1: I’m just following along with those posts above, and going step by step. The first day I registered my site at (using bitcoin :)). The next step was to get hosting. I just used the service that I already use, and pointed the nameservers on the domain to bluehost. Pretty simple!
Next…there was nothing to do. It takes 24-72 hours for the DNS settings to change, and for me to be able to start working on the site. So I was done that day.

Day 2 (today): The work begins! I continued to follow along the steps to getting the site ready to go. First it was making sure the DNS settings were now pointing to bluehost. I simply added kevinkoskellaseo to my account as an addon domain and bingo, I have hosting! Next, I needed to install WordPress. That was one click. Boom! Done.

So the challenge from there steps up half a point. I needed to get a theme. There are zillions of places to buy themes but I’m trying to keep costs as close to 0 as possible, so I went with a free one. WordPress gives you over 100 free themes to choose from. I went with a SUPER basic minimalist one with no frills.

Since my web design skills are about zero, I need to make this part as simple as possible. So far, it’s not much at all, more like a business card for my business. Here’s a screen shot of the bar bones site:

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So far, there’s no content. That will be the next step- showing people what I can do for them.

Today’s work, including this blog post, took about 90 minutes of my time. Most of that time was spent dinking around with various themes. I’m sure it will change again in the near future.

I’m wanting to only spend at most 2 or 3 days getting everything prepared, and then should have something solid to start contacting potential clients with. If the money starts coming in, I look forward to hiring someone to make some improvements to my site…however, nothing major is needed.

I’ll be posting updates here a couple times a week.

Now I’m off to a Skype meeting and a workout!

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Kevin is a podcaster and writer on living free, despite the crazy world we live in. Kevin travels full time and explores the world and how to achieve and maximize freedom in life.

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