Launching a Website From Scratch – A Complete Beginner’s Perspective


Tom: This is a guest post by Jamie Logie, a personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist from Canada who runs Regained Wellness – a site dedicated to helping people take back their health. This is a must-read for people who feel intimidated by the process of creating a website and/or blog!

I have worked in fitness and nutrition for a long time and decided that I would dip my toe into the waters of the internet to see if I could make an impact and ultimately reach more people worldwide.

It ended up being a much longer process than I anticipated, but the delayed time ended up being a blessing in disguise.

Through this article I will show you the steps I took to get launched, including:

  • Education
  • Domain names and hosting
  • Email services
  • Design and images
  • Selling products
  • Ways to launch with a bang

Most importantly, in this post I take you through the times I was in over my head, and what I did to recover and take positive action.

Beginner Bloggers: Learn How to Create a Blog From Scratch

Beginner Blogging

Blogging presents us with awesome opportunities.

For many, it represents the potential for freedom. There are countless stories of people who have used blogging to free themselves from the shackles of traditional employment.

I happen to be one such person – I was first able to quit my job through freelance blogging, and I now run a successful blog article writing business and generate ‘passive’ income through Leaving Work Behind and its associated products.

However, these opportunities are not open to everyone. There are many out there who have the passion and motivation to create a blog, but simply don’t know how. They feel that they lack the technical chops to set a blog up and get it working in the way they would like.

And while there are endless resources relating to the creative side of blogging (my clear favorite being How to Start a Blog That Matters over at Fizzle), I see far less comprehensive technical help available for complete beginners.

To clarify that point, while there are plenty of technical blogging tutorials spread across the web, I’ve never found a free blogging course that does a great job in showing a complete blogging newbie how to get their blog set up in the way they would like – covering everything from design to functionality and beyond.

So I decided to create that course myself.

It’s been nearly two years in the working, and I think you’re going to love it. Read on to discover how I’m giving you the opportunity to gain exclusive early access to the course along with personal coaching – completely free of charge.

How to Create Your First Blog From Scratch (In Just 23 Clicks)

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Blogging is at the core of the Leaving Work Behind movement.

As you may know, I’m a huge advocate of freelance blogging, but I’m not just talking about that. Regardless of what your online business focuses on and who it serves, you will (of course) need a website. And beyond your website, blogging is a powerful tool that you can leverage to attract subscribers, customers and clients.

With the above in mind, it’s such a huge shame that many people hit a stumbling block when it comes to creating their blog. They either try their best but find the process too complicated, or simply assume they are not “technical” enough to create their own blog and give up before they’ve even tried.

If that sounds like you, let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. Creating a blog can be complicated – if you don’t know the best tools to use (and how to use them) – but with the right guidance, even the least “technical” of people will find that creating a blog is a piece of cake.

That’s why I have written this step-by-step guide to creating your first blog. I’ve detailed every single thing you need to do in order to build your first blog – from purchasing a domain name and hosting, to installing the blogging software you’ll need, to even writing and publishing your first blog post.

Best of all, creating your first blog will take you a minimum of just 23 clicks. Seriously – I counted the number of clicks it took me to do it.

Let’s get started!

I Want You To Be a Part of Healthy Enough (And Pay You For It!)

Healthy Enough

In the middle of last year I initiated a huge change in my business by switching from freelancing to working with a team of writers to service my clients. It was perhaps the most impactful and beneficial thing I could have done for my business and myself at that time, and I’ve never regretted the decision.

Fast forward to just a couple of weeks ago and I made a similarly monumental decision. I was bogged down by the minutiae of six discrete projects and felt utterly overwhelmed. I had too much going on to dedicate myself properly to any one project and it felt like something had to give.

The most obvious candidate for the chopping blog was my “passion project,” Healthy Enough. Although I loved working on it, it has yet to make a penny and is the project least likely to make any real money in the coming months. I was getting close to a decision to letting go.

Fortunately, a huge shift in the way I looked at my long term involvement in my business put a stop to the notion of giving up on the Healthy Enough project. In this post I want to outline the huge mental shift I have experienced in the past few weeks and reveal a unique opportunity to became a huge part of Healthy Enough and get paid for it.

How to Interact on the Web (And Create a Wildly Loyal Fan Base)


Tim Berners-Lee dreamt of a collaborative internet long before the birth of the web 2.0 movement.

Fast forward to present day and his dream has come true. In the age of blogging and social media, we are more connected than we ever have been before. You can not only communicate directly with practically anyone, but possibly interact with them too.

That’s essentially what I want to focus on today: reciprocation. Many bloggers and social media personalities don’t reciprocate, even if their brand implies that they will. Some embrace interaction on the web and make the most of it to boost their brand, while others use and abuse the concept of interaction to meet their ends.

In this post I want to give my opinion on how bloggers should communicate with their readers and peers online, to their own gain and for the betterment of the community as a whole.