How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less

More than 6,000 people have used this simple tutorial to set up their own self-hosted WordPress site. And now, for a limited time, Bluehost is offering a special for my readers for only $3.95 a month. Honestly, this is a steal. Get it while you can!

The easiest way to build a platform in today’s world is to start a blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like WordPress.com, TypePad.com, and Blogger.com, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress. This is what most serious bloggers use. It is what I use here at MichaelHyatt.com.

However, this is where many people get stuck. They assume that the process of setting up a hosting service and installing WordPress is complicated and time-consuming. It’s not.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Stu McLaren, the Co-founder of WishList Member and Rhino Support, as well as being a popular business speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Nearly ten years ago, I made my first sale online for a $7.95 ebook. You would have thought I had just won the lottery. Dancing, high fives, pictures and a huge ego boost—all from one measly sale of $7.95.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

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Now I’d like to tell you that from that day forward I became this “sales machine,” but that wouldn’t be true. Anytime you make something available for sale, self-doubt will kick in no matter how much experience you have.

3 Ways to Make Your Products Remarkable

At the Launch Conference a few months ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with New York Times bestselling author, Lysa TerKeurst and interview her about her concept of “Remarkable Marketing.” What she had to say is applicable to anyone who is trying to get their message heard.

According to Lysa, the most important thing you can do in marketing is create powerful conversations around your product or service. In other words, make your products remark-able.

Do You Have a Personal Platform Plan for 2013?

A young man once asked a wise old woman, “When is the best time to plant an oak tree?” She answered: “Twenty years ago.” He then asked, “When is the second best time?” She answered, ”Today.”

Personal Platform Plan

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So it is with a platform.

It would have been great if you had started five or ten years ago. But if you haven’t, 2013 is the best time ever to launch yours or take it to the next level.

How to Make Your Intangible Products Easier to Sell

When you are in the business of selling intellectual property—books, courses, speeches—you have to work hard to make the product tangible to your prospect. You have to help them see what they are buying.

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This is why, for example, publishers produce the book jacket or cover months before the book is manufactured and oftentimes before it is even written. Increasingly, publishers render these in 3-D images to make them look even more real.

How to Launch a Bestselling Book

Ever since my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, hit the bestseller lists, I have been asked how I did it. Aspiring authors want to know what they can do to enhance their chances of success.

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I spoke on this topic yesterday in New York City under the title, “My Bestseller Launch Formula: How I Mobilized My Tribe to Drive My Book onto the Bestsellers List.” It was well-received, so I thought I would share the highlights here.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Launching Your Own Podcast

When I talk about building a home base for your platform, people naturally assume I’m referencing a blog. But this is only one possibility. Your home base could just as easily be a podcast or vlog (i.e., a video blog).

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As I explain in my book, Platform, the key attribute of a home base is that it is a place in cyberspace that you own and control. This is different than an “embassy” (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or Pinterest), which is place you don’t own but where you have a presence. On a home base you have 100 percent control of your messaging and brand.

Join Me for a FREE Platform Teleseminar

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, LIVE Platform Teleseminar on Tuesday, June 19th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific).

Michael Hyatt Broadcasting from His Home Studio

During the call, I’ll share several HELPFUL TIPS to help you jumpstart your own platform or expand your existing one. I’ll share specific visibility-generating advice for authors, entrepreneurs, pastors, professional speakers, small business owners, corporate brand managers, and more.

5 Steps to Building Your Platform [Infographic]

I thought it would be cool to create an infographic for my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Thanks to Dave Whitlock of Principle Design for creating this for me. Click here to download the full-size PDF.

Feel free to share this graphic with others. There is code just below the image where you can easily embed it within your website or blog.

Five Steps to Building Your Platform Infographic

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7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now

UPDATE: Sorry, this bonus offer has now expired!

Today, I am launching my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson). To celebrate, I am giving away seven bonuses worth $375.98 to everyone who buys a copy this week and e-mails me the receipt. I’ll share the details in a moment.

I won’t spend time in this post telling you about the book. I have created an entire page for that purpose, complete with endorsements from 27 people who were kind enough to read it before publication, including Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, and many, many others.