My latest DFY sales-funnel, Recurring Profit Machine, has crossed 200 users!
Why I suddenly become interested in writing this sales-funnel set up guide?
Well, here’s the thing.
One of my business is selling done-for-you sales-funnel packages. So, I create high converting sales funnel-pages, run traffic to test the conversion, and I sell it to marketplaces when I’m satisfied with the opt-in rate. Even I personally use some of such sales funnels.
You can check my latest DFY sales-funnel, I named the Recurring Profit Machine. I made and still making pretty good money using it and selling it.
I’m glad that the users of my latest DFY sales-funnel RPM funnel crossed two hundred. And I’m ecstatic about it! They are making money with, especially with all the DFY follow up emails attached to the package.
But a few of them were having a problem setting the funnel up (even there’s a step by step set up-manual with the sales-funnel). But that’s quite understandable. What I did was I went and checked their funnels and straightened things up.
Then I thought, why not make a funnel set up the guideline that comes handy for setting up any funnels out there.
So, I’ll go through the funnel setup-process in great detail here. But some of you may not need such a detailed description of the setup process, skip this article if you do not need this. I am making this as newbie-friendly as possible.
Funnel Set Up Requirements
You’ll need some resources to set up your funnel. I’ll go through, 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 at your current domain name. If you don’t have your domain, you’ll need to get hold of one. I’ll show you how to get it in a minute.
There are many 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 you create it. 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 somebody took .com (extension) 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 advantages and disadvantages. My advice is, go and understand your need for domain name first. Search Google and do some reading. Here is a useful resource how you select your domain name.
3. Hosting Account
You’ll need your hosting account for setting up the funnel. I’ll show you how to get one if you don’t have your 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.” And type your domain name in the box. Select the payment plan you feel comfortable. Then fill in the rest of the information. including checking “terms & condition” box and hit “create-account.”
You have created your first hosting account. The company 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 familiarise 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 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 on “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 name-servers are unique to your account, and you’ll need these quite often.
Copy both of your name-servers 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 added your domain name to your hosting account.
Connecting Domain Name From Domain Registrant and Hosting Accounts
You have to connect it with your domain registrar. That is after you have added your domain name to your hosting account, 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 Name-servers”. 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 name servers 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. Your hosting account established a connection with your domain name. That is if you see something like “CGI bin” page.
4 Autoresponder Account
You’ll need your auto-responder account to set up the funnel. Auto-responder also maintains 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. 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
The 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 substitute 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 be a notification window. It lets you know that the files are 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’m 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. Because you use different company-account! 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 visitors to your “thank-you page”. That is immediately after the sign-up. Your autoresponder account does this task. Your setup is complete with if your autoresponder works.
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 my latest DFY sales-funnel, Recurring Profit Machine.