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How to Build a Responsive Author Website

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Learn how to create an original, professional-looking, mobile responsive author website, where you can engage with your readers and turn them into fans

One of the biggest hurdles that a new author faces at the beginning of their self-publishing career is that of anonymity.

Fortunately, there are a number of strategies available to self-published authors to overcome this, such as Perma-free Books, Lead Magnets, Front and Back Matter Promotions, Search Engine Optimisation, Video Marketing and Guest Post Commenting, each of which can be very effective.

Central to all of these promotional strategies is an online presence and in particular an author website.

If you have yet to start building your writer platform, then now is the time to do so, beginning with the creation of a great looking author website.

A step-by-step guide to creating a professional website that you will be proud of

In this course, you will get an over-the-shoulder view as I build a responsive author website for one of my niches, step-by-step.

In this way you will learn:

  • How to brand your website, create a gravatar, choose a domain name, a hosting package (BlueHost) and how to propagate your domain name to your hosting package
  • How to install WordPress, configure the basic settings, install a premium theme (Thesis), install a premium skin (Effectus) and customise your website to make it look totally original
  • How to set up a blog for your website, add videos, add custom posts (e.g. Recipe Cards), create an About Page, set up a Contact Form and customise your website's navigation bar
  • How to choose the correct FREE plugins for your website, add engaging content and of course promote your library of books

The building of an author website really is a MUST for every self-published author. And this course will walk you through it every step of the way.


Your Instructor


David James Ault
David James Ault

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

At that time I taught English as a Foreign Language, as well as Business English Mentoring, and then in 2005 I started working as a Freelance Translator, before finally setting up my own translation company.

During the last 15 years I have written a number of non-fiction books within a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in January 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time author within the next two years. I am currently creating a series of online courses to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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