Commerce is rapidly moving away from “the real world” and into the digital realm. Every single day, a higher proportion of transactions take place online than the day before. This trend is the great economic disruption of our generation, and with it come the greatest opportunities for arbitrage and profit.
This page is not going to address any specific tactics for making money online. Specific tactics go out of date very quickly. You should be very, very careful about paying money for anyone trying to sell you formulas and guides for making money online, as most of them are scams.
With that said, learning how to build websites isn’t just for aspiring professional bloggers. Most small and medium-sized business are struggling to keep up with digital marketing best practices, and would love to have a tech-savvy new hire around to help them address that pain point. Also, writing a personal blog will force you to improve your writing and communication skills, and make your personal online presence more credible.
If you’re interested in building your first website, here are the tools that I think are the best:
I’ve been using Dreamhost for years and have hosted dozens of domains with them. They’re cheap, reliable, and always provide great service.
Dreamhost pays me a commission when you sign up through my link. They also give me the opportunity to give you a promo code (THUMOTIC) that gives you a 25% discount. That 25% comes out of my commission, so basically you and I are both making a bit of money at Dreamhost’s expense.)
You don’t need to pay for a theme. if you’re just starting out, the WordPress 2015 default is great.
Thumotic runs on the WordPress Genesis Framework and Metro Theme theme. You can use that, or browse through their library for a different style. I purchased the full Genesis Framework and all child themes a long time ago, and I use Genesis for the majority of my web projects.