Once I figured out my niche, one of the next things I needed to do was make a website. Whether you have a product to sell already, you plan to create a product to sell, or you plan to sell someone else’s products for a commission — otherwise known as affiliate marketing — you need a website or blog. This is something I actually have quite a bit of experience with, but there was a time when that wasn’t the case. I started by learning one piece at a time, putting all of the pieces together, and then tweaking them until I had a site that worked for what I needed. Back then, I had to learn how to write code to do this. The cool thing is nowadays . . .
you can make a website WITHOUT knowing how to write one line of code!
I don’t know about you, but that’s exciting to me! Even though I now know how to write website code, not having to do so in order to create a site means I can get a site up and running in just a couple of days. It also means that I can easily show you how to do the same thing and empower you to create your own website in very little time.
To make this as easy as possible for you, I’m going to break things down into bite-sized chunks so that it doesn’t seem so overwhelming and so that you can do it yourself. I’ll start by listing out the basic steps of setting up your own website or blog. Then I’ll show you exactly how to do each step, sharing some of the key pieces of information I’ve learned along the way with plenty of examples. I’ll also show you how to optimize your site for maximum traffic and I’ll show you how to avoid some of the mistakes I made when first learning how to make a website — things that will save you a lot of time and heartache. In addition to this, I’ll share with you some of the tips Alex has given me.
Here are the basic steps you’ll learn. Don’t worry if you don’t know what some of these things are. I will explain them in detail as we go along.
- Get a domain name
- Set up a hosting account
- Why you should use WordPress and how to install it
- How to configure WordPress settings
- How to customize the look of your website
- Adding widgets (See the search box in the upper right side of this site? That’s an example of a widget.)
- Working with plugins (The Share This buttons at the bottom of this article is an example of a plugin.)
- Optimizing your website for the search engines (Bing, Google, etc.)
- Publishing your website
- Updating your website
That’s it. That’s all you need to get up and running with your very own website!
In my next post I’ll go over what a domain name is, how to choose your domain name, how to register it, and how to set it up so that it points to your website once you’ve created it. I’ll also cover where I think the best places are to register a domain name.
In the comments section, let me know some of the questions you have about creating a website. I’ll be sure to cover the answers right away and maybe even include some of the answers in one of the articles for the above steps.
Until then, have a great week!