In this day and age when presence on the World Wide Web is not limited to either social networking sites or a simple email address, it is no surprise that many people are taking the path of blogging and having personal websites put up that signify their presence to the world.
However, just having a website with a flashy or an imaginative name doesn’t get it. Neither does just a hodge-podge of random articles put on the website.
Then what is it, one may ask, that would significantly increase the face value – click through rate or hits to their website?
There are innumerable ways to drive traffic and ultimately generate enough revenue to afford a life of comfort where you can actually visit places that you always desired and dreamed of while being an arm chair traveler.
Although there is not much difference between a blog and a website as is professed, a website is a 360 degree view about a particular individual, company or a country whereas a blog can show different shades of your persona on a single file of posts that one may publish from time to time.
A website can have different pages which the visitor can click and explore.
However, any amount of flashy graphics or content posted on the website cannot be a sole guarantee of the success of the website. There are things that one has to do to make it a site that is not just useful but also more and more popular.
How To Create A Website?
Here are some tips to keep in mind in creating your website…
First, you have to get a domain name registered. After all, that is what’s going to be your identity on the net. It helps if the name of your website reflects your ideas – aspirations and goals.
If you have a website with contradictions, it may confuse the viewers.
E.g. Something like musicfortheears.com cannot have content related to chainsaws and hammers.
Here is an easy video tutorial with step-by-step instructions how to register a domain name.
Second, web hosting is an integral part of getting your website so that it is possible for people to visit it. To choice the right web host watch this how to choose and register a web hosting provider video and find out how you can get your hosting for 1 cent!
And last but not the least is the need for proper software that will allow you to add, edit and delete pages to your website.
WordPress is one such software. Additionally, you could also have plug-ins that empowers additional things to be done on your website.
The whole process of getting these three steps done should not take even the uninitiated souls more than an hour or so…
With these steps in place, one has to follow the next steps and then work hard in the real world to get the website the success that it deserves.
You can have multiple domains or you could make do with one having multipurpose uses.
Whatever it is you want with your website, you have to keep in mind that the naming convention fits the actual purpose of the domain that you may want to register. Here are 4 Hot Tips for Choosing a Domain Name.
Once that is accomplished, we recommend download WordPress which is a free blogging software and is used by millions of bloggers across the world.
Also here is a video how to set up a domain name server which can be done after the domain name is registered.
WordPress on your site:
Back in the day when blogging was just beginning, it was a nightmarish experience to get this thing going.
One would have to upload thousands of files and also try to learn lot of technicalities that would help in getting your website up.
But those days are gone. Today, you can set up your WordPress site within minutes of domain registration.
All you have to select is a suitable theme, that too provided by WordPress, adjust the settings and get the ball rolling!
Content that is relevant:
Now that the nitty gritty and technicalities have fallen in place, it is time to develop content that can catch viewers eyes and get you hits.
There are two ways to go about getting content on your site. Either you write the content yourself and uploaded – or you can outsource the content writing to a company that specializes in content development or content management.
In fact, it is advisable to get the work outsourced if you have a website where content needs to be updated frequently and yours is a small company.
However, bigger companies or the ones who are in the field for a longer period of time may have access to a team of in-house content writers that can write content that is relevant to the domain and which can keep the visitors on your page longer.
After all, it is always said ‘content is king.’ And quality content is strongly desired on the worldwide web.
How To Make Money From A Website?
There are several ways of making money from your website or blog. However, many of us fail in this quest since we lose our patience after only a couple of tries to make money with website.
There is an old Japanese saying which says “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” This couldn’t be more applicable to anyone else than the website owner.
There are hundreds of ways to make money from your blog or website. One of them is to get advertisements from small firms initially and then move on to bigger companies who may want to get to know you more and study the feasibility of garnering more sales from your website or blog.
• Posting Jobs
This is another sure fire way to make money from your website. You may post jobs that your readers can see and apply for.
However, the biggest pitfall is if they do not get inquiries from your website, they may just stop since it won’t be feasible to them to keep that advertisement going if they do not see responses coming to them as a result of posting on your job board.
• Service Vending
The easiest way to start selling advertising on one’s website is creating a new page and naming it as Advertise With Us, Selling Services or anything else that you deem suitable.
You can put in the information about your service; testimonials and a buy now button, preferably from PayPal. That will make it easier for your visitors to see the wares displayed and make a decision. Then you can have a checkout cart designed and a payment gateway set up.
With all of the above things put in place, your website is really good to go and you can start make money with your website.
Any problems with creating your website? Leave a comment below and we’ll help you as best we can…