In this post, I take you inside week one of the Partnership To Success coaching program.
The program is split up into eight phases, the first phase is called “Building an Online Presence” and weeks 1 – 8 are in this phase.
Week 1 is all about laying the foundations. This involves getting a blog set up and writing your first post.
Getting the most out of Partnership To Success.
In the first training video, John explains how to get the most out of the program. He begins by reminding members that it’s possible to get fast-tracked through the course by getting in touch via the help desk.
I decided to do this and the response was very quick. I just sent them a message, letting the team know I had plenty of spare time to dedicate, and they replied saying they had granted access to more sections.
I went straight to the member’s area and sure enough, I could access all of phase one.
Here is list of topics or pieces of advice that John goes on to talk about:
- Watch the member’s area tour
- Manage your time well
- Follow the course week by week (don’t rush)
- Let us know if you hit any roadblocks
- Keep us updated with your progress
The point about working through the course week by week is well worth elaborating on. I know from personal experience how important this is.
It’s very tempting to have a sneak peek at week 8 before you’ve even completed week 2. This is a bad idea. Firstly, it’s a distraction. If you’re looking at week 8 then you aren’t finishing week 2. Secondly, it can cause you to become overwhelmed. Each week builds on the previous one, looking too far ahead can make the subsequent weeks seem very daunting,
… DON’T do it!
With regards to roadblocks, well I haven’t come across any yet (touch wood). The training is broken down into very manageable chunks, baby steps, if you will!
I have been a bit remiss with the last point. I haven’t been in touch with the team since I asked them to fast-track me.
Choosing and acquiring a domain name.
A domain name is a name given to your website. For example, www.google.com is Google’s domain name.
For the purposes of creating your blog, used as the hub for your Partnership To Success business, John recommends using your own name. In my case that would be www.martinroch.com, unfortunately, this domain name was already taken. Instead, I opted for www.martin-roch.com, you can do the same with your name.
In the event that you can’t get your name hyphenated either then go for something like www.martin-roch-online.com, obviously replacing martin-
If for any reason you don’t want to use your own name then you can use anything that reflects your business. That said, in an ideal situation use your name.
Registering a domain name (DN) is a very simple process. You can use D9’s domain checker service free of charge, to see if your domain is available.
When you choose your DN, make sure you buy the .com extension. There are loads of different extensions available but dot com is universally recognised and has the most credibility.
Prices vary but they usually cost about $10 USD for a year’s registration.
I recommend you purchase your DN from the same company that provides your hosting (the place where your website actually lives). This is the easiest option because it means you don’t have to do any additional “techy” things to get your DN linked to your website.
Once you’ve found the name you want to use then add it to your cart and continue to the checkout. This is very quick and easy. You now have your very own dot com DN.
Purchasing your hosting package.
The simplest option is to use
I’ve used several different hosting companies in the past and I’ve never had problems with any of them. However, I have heard a lot of people talk about how good D9’s customer service is.
You may have heard stories about big name marketers who’ve had serious problems at the time of a massive product launch.
The owners of D9 come from a marketing background and so they understand the problems that could occur and also how to provide the solutions.
Here’s a video recommendation from a very well known marketer, who has experienced problems with other companies in the past. He explains why he switched over to D9:
You should now have your own domain name and a hosting account ready to install your website.
If you want to follow along with me, as I work through this coaching program, then I recommend you connect with me. I will send you emails each time I update my progress.
In the next post, I will explain how to log in to C-panel and install a WordPress blog.
If you have any suggestions or questions then please leave a comment below.
See you next time!