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I want to start a website (or few) but I am a bit new at this - advice needed

Discussion in 'General Business' started by PetraFs, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. srarlievs1122

    srarlievs1122 Peon

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    Hi Petra, welcome to the family. As for your question, I can only share my own experience. First, start with a free site. This will give you a feel for web design, content production and management, and basic SEO. Don't expect to make much money with this since that's not what it's for. This is meant to be training and should only last about a week or two. At the same time, you may want to secure a good domain for you. At this point, I'm assuming you already have a niche in mind? If not, you may want to think about it.

    Once you've gotten used to your free site and have a domain name, you may start applying what you've learned with your new site. Remember that you can design it from scratch yourself or go with prefab CMS. Whichever you choose, be sure that the web design is simple, clean, and easy on the eyes.

    As for traffic, the fastest method would be paid ads where you essentially buy website traffic from Google, Facebook, or other more direct sources like maxvisits.com, webtrafficgeeks.org, fiverr, or wherever else. However, SEO is still the most reliable for the longterm. Once you get a good grasp at that, you can then try social media marketing to get more traffic, but that's a topic for another day.

    All of this will take weeks, if not months of effort, though.
    SEMrush
     
    srarlievs1122, Jul 17, 2020 IP
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    wenbry Greenhorn

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    I too would join a free website but most importantly do your research and it will give you some ideas on what building a website entails.
     
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    PetraFs Greenhorn

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    Hi and thank you for your advice.
    I don't know much about link building, just some basics.
    How exactly should I do it?
    Cause as I know so far - link building is something like getting links to your websites from other sites. But I am not sure how to accomplish that, especially in the beginning
     
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    Shooky Peon

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    Backlinks are tricky. there are a lot of old-fashioned linkmarketing strategies that people will advise you to start with but honestly, they harm your backlink profile more than they do good imo. web directories, social bookmarketing, it's all very early 2000's :cool: Some people even still 'buy' backlinks smh. Google values one high quality backlink far more than 10 low quality backlinks. So investing time and energy is worth it. Found a good blog article on that topic, maybe that helps you figure out what's important when you start with linkbuilding? https://serptimizer.com/link-prospecting/

    What I personally started out with were some business directories (but that was less about the backlink and more about being found by customers) plus I did some guest blogging. Guest blogging means that I was able to link my own website in the articles I wrote or in the author box. I felt like that gave me quite a boost, especially as a beginner. Oh and I anaylsed my competitors and was able to build some backlinks on websites that they were linked on. Hope that helps you a little :)
     
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    bizminded Greenhorn

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    Buy some hosting from host gator or blue host or from a faster hosting because it will benefit you in the long run. Either you create a domain name that is already existing with good traffic or start from scratch. The next step is to map the website structure the best practice is to make it as flat as possible, then start building your website. If you can study SEO that is better but you do not have a time like myself, I would rather hire some SEO expert and pay them 10$ per hour to do that for me.

    Currently, working with https://www.onlineofficer.com.au/ they are the lowest price with quality and easy to work with.

    But I still suggest that if you have spare time to spend I'd rather study it myself.
     
    bizminded, Jul 28, 2020 IP
  6. FarrisFahad

    FarrisFahad Well-Known Member

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    If you want to build links properly check out the YouTube channel I suggested. You will learn everything you need about website marketing there. You have to be creative with marketing and find ways to reach your audience without spamming.

    Let me give you a good example, my brother started a site selling groceries and he did not get a lot of traffic at first. He then came up with a great idea to create a page where he shares prices of items on his store and other stores. And he was honest and helpful. These pages brought him a ton of traffic over the years with people who are searching for the price of groceries. And a lot of them turned into regular customers.

    So I would suggest that you find a problem and solve it. Or make people's life a lot easier. This way you can earn links without building them.

    Hope this helps.

    And please watch videos from the YouTube channel I shared. And if you have any questions ask me here on DP and I will be happy to help :)

    Regards,
    Farris
     
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    Start out with a free blog (blogger.com) and start creating content in the niche you want to be in. Start researching traffic generation / SEO and start implementing what you find. If it turns out to be profitable, then you can buy a domain name and get hosting and create a paid website.
     
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    Focus less on the website's theme and look, and more on creating more content.

    I wish someone told me this when I started.
     
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    FarrisFahad Well-Known Member

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    This is so true. Thank you so much for saying that, it makes total sense.
    I have wasted a lot of time perfecting the website rather than making content.

    Great advice.
     
    FarrisFahad, Nov 6, 2020 IP
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    This is true. Back in the day, websites were so generic even the most basic ones would generate thousands of views per day just because the content and SEO was on point. I remember watching a website that was selling toasters and it was an simple adsense site generating tons of money and it was so simplistic but it was #1 on google for a long time.
     
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    Hi, this may sound a bit stupid but when I first started out I watched loads and loads of youtube videos. Even with complicated tasks (which I thought at the time I would never get) like uploading stuff to the website. Surprisingly I found so much in depth information on a couple that the knowledge from their has served me well since.
    There is a lot of help on line, you do need to search, but it is there. All the best Harvey
     
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    Au contraire mon frere.:) Not "stupid" at all. I really hate asking others for advice...hate it! So I regularly go on Youtube to find out how it is done. Then armed with the facts I am then able to ascertain whether, so called experts are trying to bamboozle me or not.;)
     
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    1, builder website use WIX or Shopify etc.
    2, find hostile item on ALiexpress Ebay,
    3, then you can advertise on Google or FB,
    you can try these 3 steps.
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    autocorrect?
     
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    thanks
     
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