How to Build a Beautiful Website in Minutes

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Enjoy!

Check out the text version here, if you prefer.

Proceed to domain set-up here.

  • Mike

    This is awesome! I never realized how easy making your own site could be. I’ve been using a self-hosted blog on WordPress.com for a long time now, but I think it might be time to make the jump to something I actually have some control over 🙂

    • Zach

      The content creation is where things usually get interesting. Sounds like you’ve got it down though, time to take things to the next level!

  • Jeremy

    $29 a month definitely isn’t bad at all considering everything WPEngine can do. Plus the fact that if you stick with it, you’re gonna make way more than $29 per month with your site anyway… eventually it will literally pay for itself.

    • Zach

      It’s what I call a quality investment 🙂

  • Samzilla

    Well, that was easy. It seriously did only take me 10 minutes! My new site doesn’t look like much yet, but I can’t wait to really get started and turn it into something great 🙂

    • Zach

      Glad it went well! Send me a link to your site, I’d love to check it out. Also, any questions, please feel free to ask.

      zach@blogtojob.com

  • J. J.

    WPEngine does cost a bit more than some other hosting providers (eg. Hostgator) but their awesome support makes it more than worth it. I’ve also never had problems with any downtime with WPEngine, but Hostgator on the other hand… don’t get me started on them!

    • Zach

      You get what you pay for, no?

  • Fred Castillo

    It just amazes me how something that used to be so complicated (building a website) is now so simple. I mean, building a website used to mean hours and hours of coding, and even after all that effort you usually end up with one of those shoddy looking “90’s websites” (you know what I’m talking about). Now it’s like 5 minutes and a couple clicks and boom you have a professional looking website ready to go.

    • Zach

      You bet. There’s definitely still that period for every new website where you have to actually decide what to put on it. You come in with an exciting, but vague idea of what the website’s purpose is but now you’re asked to actually put it down on paper, precisely as you want it, words and all. There’s no skipping that part, but at least you know it will look good 🙂

  • Hi Zach, I am actually across a lot of this stuff but you have given me a fresh inspiration to get my personal blog going – WordPress is just the bomb. You definitely have a talent for teaching mate, so all the best to you!

    • Zach

      Michael, thank you for your kind words! Anything I can help you with, please reach out. I would love to see your blog, and hear where you would like to take it.

      zach@blogtojob.com

      Best of luck to you!

  • Hey Zach

    You nailed making a very easy way to setup a blog. This is going to help a lot of people! 🙂

    Your content is awesome. Looking forward to seeing what else you produce.

    • Zach

      Thanks Matt! Best of luck!

  • Any thoughts on how to drop ship from etsy products? you mentioned this on quora and I’d love to learn your methods.

  • Wow cuz this is great work! Congrats and keep it up

  • You’ve gotten the most effective sites

  • Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

    • Zach

      Probably the same theme! I changed a few things up with CSS Hero, though.

      Thanks!

      • Shane Cox

        hey Zach Alicia is a bot. I get the same spam comment on my websites all the time from the same name mostly. Sometimes different names. By the way, I have been stalking your youtube content as well today and I must say that I am very impressed. I am 45 years old, I wish I would have known what you do at your age. I went into the tree industry 10 years ago and been learning online marketing for just over a year. If I would have went into online marketing 10 years ago, I probably would have been rich now. Anyway, thumbs up bro. btw: if you have time to mentor someone, I am looking for a good mentor. As you are right, most of the stuff online about marketing and SEO are crap! you can find me at https://www.facebook.com/shane.cox.007 Thanks.

  • Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You
    have done a wonderful job!

    • Zach

      Thanks! Good luck!

  • I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with
    the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you
    modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it
    is rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

    • Zach

      Thanks! I am using Zerif Lite for the theme. It is free, there are just certain colors I cannot change without upgrading. I like the colors as they are for now. I also use CSS Hero to customize the theme to my liking without any code.

      Cheers,
      Zach

  • I visit day-to-day some web sites and blogs to read
    content, however this website gives quality based posts.

  • Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of
    this website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging
    to get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appearance.
    I must say that you’ve done a great job with this.
    In addition, the blog loads super fast for me on Safari.
    Outstanding Blog!

  • Very nice article, exactly what I needed.

  • Good Web-site, Preserve the fantastic work. Thank you so much!.

  • Joshua

    I’ve had questions about etsy dropshipping too because I saw his post on Quora as well and although I saw videos online I’d like to hear it from Zach himself

  • Great article, just what I was looking for.

  • Isha

    Hi Guys,

    I need some advice on dropshipping business as below:

    *What kind of agreement i need to sign between myself and supplier or wholesaler ?
    *Products will get sell under my private brand name or under original manufacturer name ?
    *What if i want to start Dropshipping & Multivendor E-Commerce together on one site ?
    *Who is responsible for quality assurance or warranties of the products ?

    I really need assistance with this to start my e-commerce business.
    Please advise.

    • Zach

      Isha,

      Great questions!

      1. Agreements are something I veer away from discussing, only because I am not a licensed attorney, and therefore not licensed to provide legal advice. I recommend you speak with an attorney. That being said, there are other sources that do discuss the topic. What you will find is that most people start without a written agreement, but it is wise to have one signed early so that the terms upon which you do business are clear, on paper, and locked in.
      2. I recommend creating your own private brand. That way your product is seen as separate, and will not be price-shopped.
      3. You could route all your product through a service like Amazon FBA, or just accept that customers who order multiple items may receive them at different times, from different sources.
      4. That is between you and the supplier. Definitely something you want to address in your written agreement.

      Best of luck!
      Zach

  • Nice weblog here! Also your website rather a lot up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your associate link
    for your host? I desire my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • NBA

    Great Web site, Carry on the good work. With thanks!.

  • Isha

    Thanks Zack 🙂

  • Andy

    I like this article.

    My biggest concern is how to Marketing my site and bring in targeted traffic to make sales?

    Can u help on this?

    I just signed up the newsletter too.

  • Sean

    Hi Zach. This is very cool. I’m interested in how you source new products to market and sell. Any insight, thoughts or suggestions on resources?

    • Hey Sean!

      Personally, I want to sell items I can price for $50-$150, and source for 1/5th, even 1/10th that price. This discrepancy between price (perceived value) and cost is something you create. So you have to ask yourself, ‘Can I market this in such a way that I can create a significant discrepancy, sell at high volumes, and meanwhile, keep advertising spend low?’

      It’s rarely a sure bet.

      I like to look for products on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and etc that have indicators showing people like the product (reviews) and it’s moving at good volume (# of product favorites, # of reviews). Not just any product, but generic items, or items with no-name brands. When you find a listing like that, check to see if you can find a wholesaler for that product on Alibaba or similar wholesale market place. Chances are good.

      If you find it, and the cost is significantly lower than what you know it was selling for, chances are good that you will find success with that product.

      Great question! I intend to do a video walkthrough on this in the near future. Stay tuned.

      • Kelvin Lee

        Hey, I just found this amazing blog and great article by the way.

        I am interested in hearing your thoughts on products that are sourced at a higher price giving you about 1/2-1/4 cost to price ratio. However, the quality would be superb and drop shipping would be available. Also wouldn’t the availability of drop shipping cancel out the need to have the order fulfilled by amazon? Assuming FBA processes the order for you, why not have the supplier drop ship directly to the customer?

        Thanks

        • Hey Kelvin!

          Thanks for your kind words!

          If you have a supplier willing to drop ship from the US and your customers are [mostly] in the US, that’s all fine and dandy. But if there’sa product you really want to sell but it comes from China, shipping times and costs can really create unwanted hassles. In such case it’s preferable to have a sizeable amount of inventory shipped to Amazon FBA services for order fulfilment.

          Cheers!

          Zach

          • Kelvin Lee

            Hello Zach,

            Thanks for the tip! I am planning on automating the service from a domestic supplier. It would be more of a value-premium based service that is not fulfilled by amazon but sold through it. I’m not sure how it would work out though as I am sure there are many benefits of FBA.

            Best

  • Pascal Weiss

    Love this stuff!
    Unfortunately the Code doesn’t work anymore 🙁
    Is there a new one? 🙂

    • Pascal Weiss

      Or maybe its just because of my region….

  • Nazanin

    Hi Zach,

    We are looking into buying wholesale from China, branding a product, and selling through FBA on Amazon. We have a few unanswered questions:

    1. Do we need a business license?
    2. Do we need a re-sellers permits?
    3. Do we have to charge sales tax in our state or report it?
    4. Any export fees we have to pay for ex going through Alibaba?
    thank you again-

    Naz

  • Randy Watkins

    I am a newbie. What is FBA?

    • Zach

      FBA is Fulfilment By Amazon. You ship the products from China to their warehouses, and they fulfill orders for you.