Hi I’m David and welcome to Website Creative Pro. I have a broad range of web skills ranging from SEO and SEM, to social media and paid advertising. I own and operate numerous websites and I’m the creator of the Missing Manuals.
I also produce tutorial and how-to videos for YouTube (Subscribe? Subscribe!). Basically, I’m all about helping you get the most at what you’re doing online. If you have any questions about any of the tutorials or video available available or you’re wanting to work together in some capacity, visit the contact page.
I got my start online way back in 2008. I started a website called “remember me” with my brother that totally failed. Our idea was to create a sort of alternative to Legacy.com. A Facebook for dead people if you will where people could memorialize loved ones.
We spent a few thousand dollars on web development to create this website because it was such a “good idea” we thought.
It never occurred to us to actually create a website that people wanted. Instead, we did what a lot of people do. You have a “great” idea for a website and think that’s enough.
It’s not and we lost thousands of dollars on this project.
Super Awesome Failure
My next website I launched was a dating blog called Super Awesome Dating (opens in a new tab) that I launched in 2009. I’m so good at this internet stuff 🙂
I paid 1k for a professional design because I was that naive (I also had no idea how to create a website or start a blog on my own). I wanted anyone who visited that website to be impressed by it and to trust it.
I got the idea to launch this website because I thought that there was an opportunity to create an authority website on the topic of dating. Going after keywords for both men and women. Promoting products to both men and women – WIN.
But, 30 year old career women and 20 year old college bros have radically different wants and needs. Instead of picking a market and serving it, I created a broad website that had zero appeal to anyone. Classic example of the old adage, if you’re for everyone you’re for no one.
To top it off, with a winning name like Super Awesome Dating (about as dumb of a name as you can get), and mediocre dating advice content written by a goofy out of shape 24 year old from Connecticut (me) who only had 1 girlfriend up to this point. What could go wrong?
Stupid content, stupid name, unfocused selling point. But I did start to see some small success. I got to a high point of making about $6 a day from AdSense ($200 a month roughly) and was making one-off affiliate commissions. I made back my initial investment but more importantly was starting to learn what it takes to actually build blogs and websites that can make money and help people.
Today I’m Free
Fast forward to today and I now I make my living online from a mix of freelance and passive income from my websites. Working and traveling on my terms from cafes and apartments around the world.
It’s important to share failures because everyone online makes it seem so easy. It is easy once you get everything right, but the process of learning and doing will be filled with failures and setbacks.
Get Started Online The Smart Way
Ready to get started? First, checkout the YouTube channel as I simply love creating helpful tutorial videos and try to create 1-3 videos a week. Consider subscribing too.
Next, get started online the PRO way. I’ve broken down the main guides here into various newbie categories. Starting with getting a domain name, web hosting and creating content.
What is a Domain Name?
Domain Names are the web address for your blog or website. It’s the .com (or .net, .org, .co) and the name of your website. In this excellent tutorial, you’ll learn all about domain names, how to register a domain name as well as a deep focus on how to choose a good domain name.
I’m the guy who thought “super awesome dating” was a good idea – I learned my lesson so I have a thing or two to say about domain names.
Checkout what is a domain name.
The Best Web Hosting Guide
What is the best web hosting for WordPress? Web hosts pay big commissions which is why everyone seems to promote the same hosts.
I’ll give it to you straight as I enjoy using multiple hosts for my tutorial videos. Some hosts are better than other, but no host I’ve used I would say is bad.
In this guide we look at customer reviews, up-time and price.
Come see the best web hosting for WordPress.
Create a Website
The best create a website tutorial on the internet. A bold statement but it’s true. Guided walk through as well as video tutorials. I make creating a profitable website easy by breaking it down into four parts: Plan, build, promote and profit.
This tutorial walks you through step one to step done on creating a website in about an hour. It covers all the little details you need to know about as well as links to some free, helpful design tutorials.
Learn how to create a website.
What is a Blog?
What is a blog? So you started a website and now you’re wanting to learn more about blogging. In this best in class tutorial, I’ll layout the history of blogs, how they got their start and how they evolved into what they are today.
One of the BEST ways to build a passive income business long term is with a blog.
Read what is a blog.
Start a Blog
So you want to start a blog. It a great long term play if you’re looking to make passive income 6 months to a year from now. In this step 1 to done tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to start a blog from scratch.
That includes getting a domain name, a web hosting account as well as blogging advice and SEO tips for bloggers and content creators.
Lastly, I include various ways blogs can make money.
Start a blog today.
Website builders are another good option. While I’m partial to WordPress because of the open source nature of the content management system and the fact that website builders tend to have a one size fits all approach. They are still an excellent option if you’re looking for a “done for you” service.
Learn more about website builders (coming soon as I’m testing various builders).
Best WordPress Themes
You have a lot of options for WordPress themes. With tens of thousands of free options and thousands of different paid options it can be difficult deciding what is best.
In this guide, I’ll layout the best WordPress themes available today both free and paid.
Don’t waste weeks and week on design. Get the right theme and get going on creating content.
Checkout the Best Themes for WordPress.
Best WordPress Plugins
There are over 50,000 WordPress plugins. What are the best WordPress plugins for your blog or website? In this free guide I layout the what and the why behind what the best plugins. This list contains a mix of both free and premium plugins – but only the most essential and helpful plugins make the list.
I always suggest going as light as possible on plugins. This comprehensive guides covers plugins for selling products, optimizing your website and improving the overall design.
Checkout the best plugins for WordPress.
SEO For Bloggers
SEO for bloggers is good introduction into my philosophy and method for starting blogs and creating content that ranks.
The goal of a blog is just that. To get free search traffic and to convert that traffic into email subscribers, social shares and product sales. But you can’t do any of that without traffic in the first place
Learn the basics of SEO to start building the foundation of your blogging business.
Email marketing is what turns blogs and YouTube channels into profitable businesses. A website + traffic source + email list + your own digital products is a classic and effective business model that has stood the test of time.
Only one thing, bloggers are always so slow to adopt email marketing as part of their growth strategy and it’s a massive mistake.
Focus on content first of course, but once you’re website is getting 200+ visitors a day it’s time to start thinking about launching an email list.
See our guide on list building.
Make Money Blogging
Make money blogging! What? Blogs make money? Yes, they can make a lot of money when done right. In this super awesome guide (see what I did there) I’ll layout how to make money blogging, show some examples of how much I have made from blogging as well as strong overview on the various ways you can make money with your blog.
Come see how to make money from a blog.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
I just wanted to seriously say thanks for taking a bit of time to checkout the about page. My goal was to make this a really helpful about page that is the right mix of having a personal touch but also useful to you the reader.
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Thanks creative pros, have a great day! David.