In the second week, Sarah said, “Let there be minisites!” And the dudes created them… 🙂
(Note – if you want to find out the fastest way to get a professional looking minisite up and running, check out the end of this article for my recommended WordPress themes…)
If you’re just joining us, Sarah and the Dudes and are all building minisites as part of the 2011 Community Marketing Challenge. You can read more about the Challenge here, or you can catch up on our first week’s results here.
This week, we focused on taking the results of our niche and keyword research from Week One and turning them into minisites! Building a site from the ground up is no easy process, so I have to commend all of the participants in the challenge for staying on track.
(And while I’ve asked each of them to be as open as possible about their sites and to answer as many of your questions as they can, keep in mind that putting yourself and your work out there is a scary thing. Go easy on them!)
You can read each of our updates on the following pages…
Sarah Russell – Despite a few template quirks, I think my site is off to a good start. Check out my update post to see what I’ve done so far and how I’m planning to proceed in the future.
Ben Donahower – Ben has been spending a lot of time hanging out with me in our private Challenge forum and on my Talk Marketing Now show. I think he’s picked up some excellent tips, and I’m excited that he’s sharing them with you here.
Dan McConnell – Dan is working with an existing site for the Challenge, but that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook this week. He’s been spending time updating his site, which is an important task that every website owner running WordPress sites should revisit every so often.
Jon Alford – Jon will be using a plugin that automatically pulls info from Amazon, and since I do a lot with Amazon Associates, I’m definitely excited to see how his site shapes up.
Richard Schmidt – Check out Richard’s post for a great list of WordPress plugins and an informative update on what he’s working on!
*SPECIAL COMMUNITY MARKETING CHALLENGE OFFER*
As you should know by now, each week of the Community Marketing Challenge will be accompanied by a featured product and that I’ll be donating half of the affiliate commissions made on any of these products throughout the Challenge (March-April 2011) to Kiva. It’s a great way to get a product you’ll love, while helping support entrepreneurs around the world – so I hope you’ll join me in at least checking out each week’s featured product.
This week – since we’re talking about building minisites – I’m featuring ElegantThemes. Check out my video review below:
If you aren’t able to watch the video, I’ll summarize for you:
1. ElegantThemes offers the most comprehensive selection of themes I’ve ever seen put together in a professional template package. There’s literally a theme that’ll work in any niche – in fact, you’re reading this post on one of ElegantTheme’s templates right now!
2. ElegantThemes’ templates are extremely customizable. And if you aren’t computer literate, their active support forum moderators can walk you through how to change just about every element of your chosen theme.
3. At only $39 for the entire package, ElegantThemes is dirt fricking cheap. Considering that you’ll spend over twice as much on the single Thesis theme alone, it’s a steal to get all of their themes, plus unlimited support at that price. I’ve been a member for a few years now, and even though the cost has doubled in that time, I think it’s still hugely under-priced.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out ElegantThemes today to find the template that’s right for you!
If you have any questions about ElegantThemes or about this week’s Challenge results, please let me know!