How To Setup A Sales-Funnel To Your Domain
Let me announce that the users of my “Recurring Profit Machine” funnel just crossed one hundred. And I’m ecstatic about it!
But a few of them are having a problem setting the funnel up (even there’s a step by step set up-manual with the funnel). But that’s quite understandable. I was prepared for that. I went and check their funnels and straightened thing up.
Then I thought why not make a funnel set up guideline. Not only for my funnel but funnels in general. It will come handy for setting up any funnels out there. So, I’ll go through the funnel setup-process in great details. Some of you may not need such detailed description of the setup process. But I am making this as newbie friendly as possible. Skip this article if you do not need this.
Funnel Set Up Requirements
You’ll need some resources to set up your funnel. I’ll go through all of them, one by one.
1. Domain Name
You’ll need a domain name to set up the funnel. If you already have one, you can use that. Even you can upload the funnel making a new directory (YourDomainNameDotCom/YourDirectoryName) at your current domain name. If you don’t have your own domain, you’ll need to get hold of one. I’ll show you how to get it in a minute.
There are a number of good domain name registrants out there like Go Daddy, Name Cheap, but what I use is Name.com. I’ll use Name.com as the example here. So, head over to Name.com (or any other of your choice) and create an account. Fill up the application page to create your account there, it’s pretty straightforward.
Log in to your account after your account has been created. You’ll find a search box, search the name you want to find to see if it’s available.
You also can watch this YouTube video to understand how to buy domain names from name.com. You see; all the top extensions are available for BobsGiftSelection. If .com (extension) has been taken, choose a different name. Add to cart and checkout after you find your domain name.
Choosing domain names is an important task. You’ll need to do “keyword” research if you want an exact match domain (emd). There are hundreds of methods to do the keyword research. If you know any, go ahead with it. But I got you covered if you have no idea on the subject. I have done the research and you can download it by clicking HERE & HERE.
You can select a generic name for your domain name as well. Generic and EMD both have its own advantages and disadvantages. My advice is, go and understand your
requirement of domain name first. Search Google and do some reading. Here is a good resource how you select your domain name.
3. Hosting Account
You’ll need your personal hosting account for setting up the funnel. I’ll show you how to acquire one if you don’t have your own hosting already. There are many hosting companies out there, but none can beat Host Gator and Blue Host. These two are the top-most service providers, and I know it because I am using both. Their 24-hour customer service is incredible! You can start with less than $4 a month with them.
So let’s head over to Host Gator and choose a plan. I prefer “Baby” plan over “Hatchling” plan because it will be easier to expand your business. You can take
“Hatchling” plan if you want to. Click on “Order Now” and it will take you to the Host Gator Order Wizard page. Check “I already own this domain,” type your domain name in the box and select the payment plan you feel comfortable. Furnish the rest of the information, including checking “terms & condition” box and hit “create-account.”
Your first hosting account has been created. They will send the account details by email.
Keep that mail in a safe place for any future reference.
To get more on creating an account on Host Gator, you can watch this YouTube video.
Adding Domain Name To Hosting Account
Now, log in to your hosting account. You’ll get your “cpanel” after login. You should take time to familiarize with the panel in you are a new user. With all that icons, it may appear a bit overwhelming. It happens to every new user, but eventually, everything becomes familiar with time.
There are a lot of tutorial videos to help you, you should check these whenever you
need to know an issue regarding “cpanel.” For now, I’ll show you only what you need to set up the funnel. Scroll down to bottom of your “cpanel” and check at the left column for your name servers.
Your nameservers are unique to your account, and you’ll require these quite often.
Copy both of your nameservers in a notepad for now. Then head over to “Domains” section and click on “Adon Domains.” Type your domain name and password in the first input box on the next page. Leave rest of the input box blank and hit “Add Domain.” You have successfully added your domain name to your hosting account.
Connecting Domain Name From Domain Registrant and Hosting Accounts
Once you have added your domain name to your hosting account, you have to connect it with your domain registrar. Log in to your name.com account for this purpose. Click on “Account” and “My Domains” from the drop-down menu. You’ll see your domain name on the next page, click on it and then click on “Edit Nameservers”. Click on “Edit” again on the next page. Copy your hosting account name server from the notepad and insert it into the opened box.
You have to insert both of your nameservers in the box and then click on “update.” And that’s it. You have connected your domain name to your hosting account. Now, it may take up to 24 hours to propagate your connection. You have to allow that time before you go to the next step.
Type your domain name in your browser, if you see something like “cgi bin”, then your domain name is connected to your hosting account.
4 Autoresponder Account
You’ll need your auto-responder account to set up the funnel and maintain your subscribers. There are many companies out there to choose from but you cannot go wrong with these two. 1. GetResponse 2. Aweber. Naturally, I’ll recommend these two because I’m using both and happy using! But don’t take my word alone and do some research as well!
Setting up an auto-responder account is easy. Just go to the home page of the company and follow the instructions there. Make an account if you don’t have already. You need to set up follow up emails here.
Editing Your Funnel Files
You have to edit a bit to personalize your funnel files if needed. Say, you need to put your name or picture or need to replace the domain name with your own, or the title tags etc. I’ll go through the editing process of html files. Right-click on the “file” you want to work with and select ‘open with notepad’ or notepad plus from the drop-down menu.
Here’s a list of items you need to replace with your own:
Your Picture or other images
Title tag of your website
Your domain name, or domain directory
Your autoresponder form code
Your payment button code (in case of Paypal) or
Your affiliate links.
***You do not have to replace every item of the list for every page of your funnel. You need to understand what needs to replace for a specific page. Use “find” tab to find an item once you open the file in a notepad or notepad plus.
Uploading the Funnel Files
You have to upload the edited files to your hosting account. Select all the files with your mouse and right click. Select send and “Compressed” to a zip folder. Give a name of your zipped folder.
Now, head over to your hosting account, login and click on “File Manager” in “Files” Section. You’ll see your domain name here. Click on it and check the right panel. It should look like home/public_html/YourDomainDotCom. Click on “New Folder” to create a new folder if you want to install your funnel in a directory. Name it, say, “list”. Now click on reload and you will see your folder.
Now click on “Upload”, it should open in a new window and allow you to select your files to upload. Select the zipped file you compressed from the edited files. it may take a minute or two to upload the files. “Reload” your “cpanel” as before and you’ll see your zipped folder in your “cpanel.” You have uploaded your zipped folder.
Now, you have to extract the files from your “list” folder. Right-click on the zipped folder and click on “Extract” from the drop-down menu. Type your folder name “/file” after your domain name and click on “Extract Files”. Don’t forget to put a backward slash before “list”.
There should a notification window letting you know that the files have been extracted. Close that window and click on the “list” folder and you will see all the files there. Head over to your browser and type yourdomainname.com/list. Now you’ll see your landing page on the net!
I used to upload my files to my server using FTP like File Zilla before. But now I feel more comfortable with the above process. But you can upload your file using FTP. Follow this youtube video to see the step by step uploading process using FileZilla FTP. You can download File Zilla from HERE FREE.
Setting Up Your Emails At Your Auto-responder Account
Showing the setup process in your autoresponder account is almost impossible as you will be using different company account and there a lot of it! Luckily, “how to tutorial videos” are provided by most companies. You also can search YouTube using like,” How to upload autoresponder emails in ……………..” and there will be tons of videos to walk you through.
Important: You have to redirect your visitor to your “thank-you page” immediately after the sign-up, and this is to be done from your autoresponder account. Your setup is complete with your autoresponder setup.
So, I tried my best to walk you through the setup process. You should set the funnel up at your hosting account seamlessly with the help of this article. Pay full attention to the instruction and take action accordingly and you’ll be fine. If don’t have any funnel files to setup, you can check Recurring Profit Machine.