How to Setup an Actor Website

This is Ori Tzvielli from Astral Web. We are a local web development company.
I’d like to share this simple guide on how to setup a website for your acting practice.
Please note that there is a small fee for domain name ownership and website hosting. This is now offered at just $99/year. (we are notaffiliated with wordpress)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected].

Step 1: Visit WordPress

Go to and view the homepage for more information on what it offers.
Then, click on the “get started” button.

* WordPress is a blogging/website platform that is easy to use and setup.

Step 2: Registration

On the next page, fill out the information fields.

Ensure that under the “Blog Address”, you select the dropdown menu and click on “.com”. Type in your personal name or the desired domain name. If the first selection isn’t available, spend a few minutes thinking about the next best option.

Remember, you will have this name for a long time, and it will help with branding.

Continue to fill out all other fields and select the paid method. If you want to start with a completely free site, you can. However, there are drawbacks to this free offer.

With free WordPress subscriptions, you won’t have a personal domain name. In addition, there will be random ads placed on the site. Example: The site address will be “”

Step 3: Confirmation
After you complete all fields, please confirm by email and pay for the service.

Step 4: Setup of Blog
A. Select the site design from the preloaded templates.

Here’s how:

– Go to dashboard or manage website
– Click on left hand tab named “appearance” and click on “themes”
– View all free themes and once found, click on “activate”
– View your website and continue to next step.
* Just in case you want a more extensive selection, look at “premium” themes, and add a few more dollars for this paid design.

B. Create New Pages to Website

– Go to dashboard or manage website
– Click on “Pages”
– Edit “About” page, by hovering over it and clicking on “edit”
– Add “new” ones

* Astral Web suggests having the following pages at a minimum:
1. About
2. Contact
3. Photo Gallery / Headshots
4. Resume
5. Home
* You don’t need to add a homepage, because it’s already added and controlled by the “Posts” section.

C. Setup Settings

– Go to dashboard or manage website
– Click on left hand tab “settings”
– On “general”, edit the site title and tagline
– On “writing” select “front page displays”, “a static page” for front page, and “home”, which you created
– On “sharing” page, add any relevant Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or other social media accounts.

D. Test Website
Go to the selected domain name and do a test run.

E. Send the link to [email protected], to get the site read by search engines.
Astral Web will then proceed to get your site optimized, indexed, and ranked by top search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Any questions?
Please feel free to contact me at anytime at [email protected].

10 Ways to find content ideas for your SEO efforts

For most of our SEO efforts we have dealt with the need to find ideas for content and writing for our client blogs and websites on a regular basis. We typically prepare monthly tasks for our writers and sometimes it happens that we have trouble with unique fun content to write (especially for those clients that don’t sell space travel and that we have been working with for a long time).

This article will explain a few ideas of how to find new content and a walk-through of a sample website and keywords to showcase how easy it can be.

Website Topic – Ecommerce Site Selling Yoga Mats (we choose this because we do not have a client in this field and it is the first idea that popped up in mind)

Strategy #1 – Using Google AutoSuggest

We would like to begin with a variation of the terms you all learned in preschool, The 5 W’s OR The six W’s and one H’s:

Our tip is to take the 6 terms and add to them. For example “who sells …”, “what is a…”, “when is the …”, “why do …”, etc.

Please see real live examples of ideas that we have found:
#1 Why are:

includes: why are yoga mats so expensive, why are yoga mats so thin, why does my yoga mat smell

#2 Why do:

includes: where do i buy a yoga mat, where to buy yoga mat

#3 What is:

includes: what is yoga mat made out of, what is yoga mat material, what size is a yoga mat

#4 How does:

includes: how does a yoga mat help, how long does a yoga mat last, how much does a yoga mat weigh

* NOTE – ofcourse this strategy gives you content ideas for your blog as well as new things to add to your site, products descriptions, reviews, etc.You can go on and on for this.

Strategy #2 – Use Twitter Content Ideas, Suggestions and Funny Topics

Using a quick search for “yoga mats”,!/search/yoga%20mat we have found a few topics to play with:

a. Funny or not, this is your decision:
b. “Walking around with a yoga mat is the new borrowing your friends dog.”
c. “Lately there’s been an improvement in my wife’s trustworthiness. Now she even takes her yoga mat when she goes to yoga class.” – Suggested topic learned form this post – “Becoming serious in yoga, invest in a quality mat”
d. “mat cleaning tips” link

Strategy #3 – Google Insights for Search – Use Google Insights for information such Country searches and trends.

found sample articles such as
The McRib Sandwich and a Yoga Mat: What Do They Have In Common?
Fangtastic! Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev turns contortionist as she uses Conan O’Brien as a human yoga mat
An 8-months pregnant Lara Dutta on the yoga mat

found terms such as:
best yoga mat
manduka mat
jade yoga mat
yoga towel

DON’T FORGET – to add the search terms and rising searches to your igoogle if you are like me and you load igoogle multiple times a day once you load your browser.

Strategy #4 – Search Social Sites

Compare and get ideas of what works – We typically use reddit, digg and delicious to start with but you can search for both yoga related or any other desired site. Please see a few topics we have found:
– Yoga 30 Day Challenge (Starts Friday 4/20!) Join us!
– Border yoga event stretches boundaries at U.S.-Mexico fence
– Five Reasons You Can Thank Yoga for Better Sex

Strategy #5 – Look at Video Content

Search for ideas of videos that work – for example on youtube.

Use you have come up with ideas for videos, if you don’t have budgets to create videos, search sites like fiverr or craigslist for help with videos.

Strategy #6 – Use customers questions to write content

In addition to updating your FAQ, try to write specific detailed content on your blog about the most frequent emailed questions.

Strategy #7 – Write an annual summary report

Some users love to use the year in their search terms. Try to include the year in your content for the year in review and the upcoming year. We have found that in many cases these terms as much less competitive.

For example – Yoga Mats Reviews 2012 or Upcoming Yoga Mats 2012

Strategy #8 – Use Google Adwords Keywords Tool

This is a pretty obvious tool to use while completing keyword research but finding long tail terms is great for content ideas.

Ideas found: model numbers, coupons (coupon code), personalized, materials (cotton, plastic, bamboo, etc), non slip, thickness, shape (round, rectangle, square?), colors (pink, green, red, etc)

Content from above idea: what are the colors …., what is the best material, …. can a yoga mat be round?

Strategy #9 – Finding Niches from Article Submission Sites

A quick search on ezinearticles shows new topics to read about and learn from including:

– 5 Yoga Mats for an ECO Friendly Practice
– How to choose a yoga mat
– Improve Yoga by Learning How to Clean a Yoga Mat
– What Does an Ashtanga Yoga Mat Provide?

Strategy #10 – Experimental and Photo Galleries

With the entire inventory of products, try to be creative and photo shoot unique products, products together and be creative.

Examples just made up:
– Rainbow yoga class pictures
– Create a quiz for “What does your yoga mat color mean about you”
– Yoga mat kite flying in the air
– Red Carpets photoshop changes at Academy Awards with yoga mats.
Etc Etc.

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