Part 1 – Introduction
This is the start of a series on building websites for beginners.
It does not matter if you just want to share knowledge of your favorite subject with the world for fun or if you want to make an income of building websites for money.
There are many things that you need to consider before you start. You can get a website or blog started for absolutely no cost. You can even start a website you can sell advertising on, for no cost. Yet, this may not be the best way to go, even if you do not want to make money from your website or blog.
This guide is not going to be about learning html or css or PHP. It is more about the business side of building websites or the stuff you need to think about besides the color of background you want on your web page.
There are more than enough excellent sources on the internet and I am not an expert on the subject anyways. Honestly, building the actual web page is very easy. The real trick will be making it a successful website, no matter what the purpose.
I have now built several websites and can see what is working and what does not. It does not matter if you There are several places selling ready made websites and all sorts of ideas on how to make money with them. If you have lots of money to start with, it may seem like a good idea. If you do not have lots of money to start with, you may feel you cannot be successful without the latest "Make millions with a website" ebook and schemes. You can do better in either case.
Hard work will not be enough.
You do need a little bit of an idea on how to build a successful website business online. Once you have the little bit of knowledge, the harder you work and the smarter you work, the more successful your website or online business will be.
Over the next few weeks I will be adding to this guide and sharing what I have learned over the last few months (an eternity online). If you are starting to follow this guide as I write it, I will warn that there will occasionally be some time gaps between posts in this series. I have a full time job, a wife, and I am also building several websites and trying to make them all profitable at the same time (I am not trying to make my wife profitable, she is a priority over the websites and job though). I will also be making other posts here not related specifically to this guide. You can always check the How To Build A Website category to see what has been posted on this guide so far.
I am going to end this introduction with the most important question you need to consider before you start a website.
What will your website be about? What is the subject of your website? Before you think that is an easy answer, consider that there may be thousands of sites about your subject already. If you decide you make a website about cars, what is going to make your site the one people find among the 855,000,000 that show up on Google if you type cars? Chances are, no one will ever see your website, except by accident. So, when you are trying to decide on the subject for your webpage or website, try to come up with as narrow a subject as possible while still allowing yourself room to expand a bit. Pick a subject that you are familiar with, or already are an expert in. Try to narrow the focus a bit then. It is easier to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond. The pond for cars is very big, and it is easy for the big fish already there to eat anything that may endanger their dominance long before it could happen. It is like this in most topics for the internet. It would be a lot easier if you pick a particular make and model and year of car to start with. Once you are established there, you can move too a bit larger pond.
If you are going to build a website on a particular subject for a reason, it can be a bit tricky. Still, narrowing the topic when you start will help you get the webpage or website off to a good start, instead of something no one will ever find.
If you are thinking of building websites for profit, there are several ways to find a good topic or niche. One way is to check eBay categories for ideas. One expert that gives out some great niches is at the Super Affiliate Blog that I have a link to. The same person also has given out several niches on his forum wickedfire.com. Just a warning, both the blog and forum are uncensored, so don’t go there if you are sensitive to language.
In the next part of this guide, we will cover choosing the keywords that will get your site the attention it deserves.
So don’t go buy that domain name yet