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Getting started with your first website

Getting started with your first website

Getting started

You can set up a website in an afternoon, or less! It is pretty easy to set up a site these days. And does not take much time/money. You want to come up with a good idea for your site, one that has not been done yet, or at least something that is in some way different to anyone else who might be considered a “competitor”.  What type of website will it be? An online store? a news site? a guide site?

Step 1: Choose a Great Domain Name

You want a catchy domain name, one that is easy to remember, one that is relative to your audience and the content of your website.  You might want to consider domain privacy which is a little extra, however with voucher codes and such, you can get a .com or .co.uk .net for £10 or less each.  Use sites such as www.namecheap.com to get cheap domain names.

Step 2: Choose a webhost

Once you have your domain (could be gained free with your web-hosting package) you want to choose a web-hosting package, since what is a domain without a place to host the content?

There are loads. A good one is www.avazio.co.uk, (could be about £2 per month)  Ideally you want a webhost that has frequent backups and 1 click installs.

 

Step 3: Get a CMS   (Or create web pages from scratch)          

Get a cms to make it easier to manage your content and the design of your website:  Read our guide here: http://youngwebbuilder.com/what-is-a-cms-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-webmasters

 You can also make your website using dreamweaver and other similar tools, however this does not have as much flexibility as a CMS, especially for updating with new content.  A forum is also essentially a CMS, somewhat.  There are lots of free forum softwares around, such as phpbb, mybb, smf etc.. 

You can use a CMS for making almost any website!  The best Content Management Systems have large and active development communities who build and develop all sorts of plugins and modifications that you can add for free, some which are paid.

There are lots of other methods around, you can see more on our forum and also on the blog here.

Step 4:  Create designs/logo/banners

These can be obtained for $5 per go, on fiverr, read our guide here:

http://youngwebbuilder.com/getting-the-most-out-of-fiverr

You can also get friends to create banners etc.. or use forums that have free graphic requests!

There are lots of other methods around, you can see more on our forum and also on the blog here.

Step 5: Create Quality Content

 

Google LOVES content, but your audience loves content too, thats what the purpose of a site is. Without content, your site is just a domain name.. What good is that??! Try to provide content that will keep your users engaged, and which your visitors will find helpful/to their interests.  It does not really matter what type of website you have, you should try to post some sort of regular content.  You should try to keep your content relative to your websites theme and “market”.

 

Step 6: Promote your new website

Tell everyone! Tell your facebook friends, twitter followers, friends family, it’s all good! There are many ways to promote your website. SEO, Paid Advertising, Social Media, Forum Signatures, Video Marketing, email marketing, word of mouth, signature advertising, banner exchange, social media.  You will find guides for these all over the site!

There are lots of other methods around, you can see more on our forum and also on the blog here.

 Step 7:  Use Social Media

You want to be using social media it does not really matter what your site is about, there is usually someone on a social media site that is interested in your product.  Essentially almost everyone is on some sort of social media website, it is relatively quick and easy to reach targeted people who may be interested in your website.  Read our guide on tweepi and marketing with twitter.

There are lots of other methods around, you can see more on our forum and also on the blog here.

Step 8: Optimise your Robots.txt file

This should increase the speed of your website and help your rankings to stop robots from wasting time ranking pages you don’t want them to index.  You can create this using google webmasters.  www.google.com/webmasters

 

Step 9: Write a press release:
Anyone can make a website, but not everyone is smart enough to create and publish a press release.  It is not as complicated or scary as you may think!!
http://youngwebbuilder.com/why-you-should-get-a-press-release-made

Step 10: Monetize your website

To make some money out of your site there are a few options:

  1. Google Adsense. Google Adsense is very easy to set up, and there are numerous facilities available to help you utilize adsense in your website. All you need is a google account. Also you will be able to use adsense on any of your sites without review, once you have one reviewed site, providing that your sites are all compliant with googles TOS.
  2. Affiliate Programs. Sign up with an affiliate programme such aswww.affiliatewindow.com. Once you have signed up you have access to hundreds of companies, all from one place. There are 100′s of retailers and other companies that you can register as an affiliate for. You will get a special link to use which will identify any sales to your account, and you will be paid for those sales a small percentage (depends on the company and the affiliate program)
  3. Amazon. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers in the world, and is very easy to set up as an affiliate.
  4. Sell something. Sell a Product or service or advertising space, use a CMS and install an ecommerce plugin and theme such as wordpress, there are many good free ecommerce plugins around.
  5. There are lots of other methods around, you can see more on our forum and also on the blog here.
  6. Use a paid url shortener for your outgoing links, such as adf.ly

Try and build a targeted list of fans! You can do this with newsletters, social media, forums and comments.  Emails and opt-ins = money, or return users.
Hook your visitors in by restricting certian content to guests.
These are just some basic ideas for getting started with a website, there is plenty more you can learn from our blog and in our forums.
If you need any support, just let us know!!
Written by OIiver

Oliver is a 20 year old web-enthusiast and entrepreneur from the UK. He enjoys Marketing, SEO, Technology and Business.