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What are the main things you have to think about before you start your own website? What are the most important rules you should follow in this matter? I have 5 websites up and running, but I made several beginners mistakes, though, and I write this blog for you, so you can start your website as a professional!
Here is my advice for
How to start your own website
1. Where to start your website?
The first website I created was made with a CD. With no knowledge at all. No idea of what or where to think about. I called up a friend when I had FTP upload problems. Never heard of Google analytics at all. I had a counter on my website, and after a year, I was still the only visitor and fan of my website! Without any support, it will be harsh to attract a lot of visitors to your website.
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2. Which theme to use?
My No. #1 recommendation is a WordPress theme. (Free to use on Wealthy Affiliate)
Use a responsible theme, that means, it will adjust itself for mobile devices. And we live nowadays in the time of mobility. Your website has to be read well on a tablet or a mobile phone as well. Other issues where you have to think about is the layout of the theme. Does it provide all bars you want? How do you want to present your content? Do you need a left and right sidebar? Do you want several menus displayed? Some themes only provide one menu. When you saw a great WordPress theme and you want to know which one it is, go to WordPress theme detector to find out.
3. Which domain name?
Your domain name is your branding. My first domain name was www.loesknetsch.nl, unfortunately, nobody was typing this search term into the Google search, so that was not a good idea. Before signing up for a good domain name, think about what you want to share with your website. Then find a good keyword tool, to search which terms are possible attracting traffic. You should find a short and catchy name, so people will remember it. Because I didn’t know all of this, my own domain name could have been better. Workathomefuture.com does not present a Top choice. At first, the grammar is not to good, it should have been Work from home. Besides that, it is too long. My other website has a better one, thisiskidsart.com
My No #1 recommendation, for the best keyword tool ever, is Jaaxy, first 30 searches are free, enough to find yourself a Top Domain name!
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4. Which Niche?
Very much attached to your domain name choice, is the niche you want to write about. At first, you narrow down your niche as much as possible. Per example: You know a lot about health, that is a very broad subject. Put the word Health into the keyword search tool, and see how you can narrow it down. You are very good at making healthy recipes. But your specialty is recipes for kids. You have the compacity to turn every dinner into a feast for fussy eaters. This search is done with the Ubersuggest keyword tool. And it brings you the Top Domain name which covers your content very well.
5. Is this domain name still free?
A domain name is a unique address, so it is important to look if your domain name is still available.
I have checked pickyeaters.com, but that one is taken already.
picky eaters, fussy eaters, recipesforpickyeaters are taken too, but dinnerforpickyeaters is still free.
As you can see, I have looked for a [dot] com. For a commercial website, it is advisable to take a [dot] com extension.
6. Find a supportive and helpful community.
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7. How to start your own website.
You have decided to start a website.
You have found where to look for a domain name.
You know how to define your niche.
You know where to check-up the theme you want to use.
And you have found our Wealthy Affiliate community, helpful and supportive!
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