How To Start a Website
Since there was a large increase of members to BHW, and there are members who are brand new to the online business, so I decided to spend a little of my time and write a small simple guide on how to start a blog, which is the best for brand new members when they think they are ready. This is a simple guide, so I won’t go into very much details (ie method how to make $100/day with Adsense). I am not associated nor affiliate with any of the sites mentioned in this thread.
Registering a Domain Your domain plays a very important role in SEO. SEO is Search Engine Optimization. When registering a domain, there are few stuff you have to consider. -The shorter the domain, the better. -Your domain must contain your main keyword(s). -I highly recommend a .com or a .net because of SEO. -Make the domain easy to remember.
A domain like howtomakemoneyonline.com is way too long, even though it is right to the point, onlinemoney.com is a much better domain, or .net if the .com isn’t available.
If you are going to make a site and you want to rank your domain for certain countries, like if you are going to make a site specifically for UK, then you would consider getting a UK domain extension (.co.uk) , and if you are Indian and will be writing in Indian language, then an Indian domain extension (.in) would work the best. This means if your domain extension is .co.uk, then you would be targeting Google.co.uk , since you want people from UK to come to you, and you would rank for Google.co.uk. If your site is going for worldwide, then .com or .net is the best. But of course if you cannot afford $9$10 then you would either have to wait for a $1 .com coupon from Godaddy, or you would have to buy a .info (which is from $0.9-$2.5, depending on the registrars). If you have $0, I would recommend you to go with http://Blogger.com since it’s owned by Google.com, and is extremely easy to setup, and Google will help it rank (but not alone of course).
Here is a list of the top domain registrars. http://NameCheap.com http://Godaddy.com http://1and1.com http://Name.com http://Register.com
The prices are different for different domain extensions.
Searching for a Web-Host Web hosting is simply where you host your website, in better words, where you keep the site’s files. This is needed for a site. Don’t get frightened because I said files, you don’t have to have any skills to make a site, you don’t have to know how to code or design. 99% of the hosts have Fantastico, it is a tool which is you will get when you buy a host. Fantastico makes life simpler, There are many programs which you can install with 1 click using Fantastico, you will just have to enter the basic details (site title, description, email, username, password etc). Well I recommend you to install Wordpress (under “Blogs” in Fantastico). Wordpress has extremely good plugins, and they are very easy to install, and surely will help in SEO and other stuff (depending on what plugins you use). And another reason to use Wordpress is because Wordpress has lots and lots of themes, any kind of theme you can think of, even company themes.
Here is a list of Paid Web Hosts:
http://BlueHost.com http://JustHost.com http://HostMonster.com http://WebHostingPad.com
List of Free Web Hosts (I recommend paid)
http://hosting.eu.pn http://biz.ht http://100webspace.com http://byethost.com http://biz.nf http://freehostia.com http://awardspace.com
I haven’t used any of the free hosts above, so if something happens to your site, it is your own responsibility.
I am not sure if free hosts have fantastico, but if they don’t, it’s very easy to install wordpress.
Wordpress I have already mentioned the basics about Wordpress, now once you have installed it etc, here are good plugins to use.
Google Analyticor Redirection Google XML Sitemaps All in one SEO Sexy Bookmarks Tweet This Top Commentators Widget Contact Form7 Akismet SEO Friendly Images WP Super Cache WP Auto Tagger Broken Link Checker Pro WP-DB Manager Permalink Redirect Related Posts
Now it comes to the themes part, choosing your theme for Wordpress. Here are a list of sites that have Free Premium themes(not all of them though) and free themes.
http://wordpressthemesbase.com http://wordpress.org/extend/themes http://freewordpressthemes.com http://wptemplates.org
http://freewpthemes.net http://wpskins.org http://wpcorner.com http://skinpress.com
Some themes don’t allow you to add a logo, you can just enter the site title and it will be shown as text, but some themes require you to add a logo, but no worries, there are plenty of free tools to make logos (online tools), and you can make your own if you are good at photoshop, or if you can afford, then just hire a designer from BHW, and again, there are plenty of good designers here.
Content When it comes to content, there is a very popular quote, “Content is King”. Google, and any other search engine site LOVES unique content, by unique I am saying that it cannot be found anywhere else, you can write unique content, if you can’t, then you can use a content spinner (there are many free ones, but you will have to do small changes to it since none are perfect).
It is extremely easy to add articles on your Wordpress blog, I am sure you already know by now. You may ask, how many words per article does Google love the most, people say different stuff, but I prefer 300-500 word articles. If you can afford to hire an article writer, then sure go ahead, an article writer charges about 1 cent per word, and there are plenty of good writers here on BHW, go to the Buy/Sell Service section and you should find plenty. But if you cannot afford, and you are not good at all in writing articles, then you can use non-unique content, just copying from another site related to your niche, and then pasting it on your site. There is a plugin for Wordpress called wp-o-matic , it’s really simple to use, it will take content from the sites you want, but sometimes you will have small issues, so you may need to add the article(s) yourself.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Every search engine loves certain backlinks, Google will love backlink type A more than backlink type B, but Yahoo will love Backlink type B more than backlink type A, but all search engines have something in common, they all like backlinks, but just some are more powerful than others. So any backlink you can get is worth it. There are many tools that can get you backlinks, and they do save time. Before building any backlinks, you need to know your keyword, which will be your anchor text. The keyword must be located in the title/domain.
Anchor text is basically text/keyword that is clickable, like example when you go to Google.com , on the top you will see “Images” “News” etc, those are anchor texts, clickable words/text, which will direct you to another page. Here are ways to get backlinks.
Blog Commenting – Blog Commenting on High Page Rank (PR) blogs are very powerful, I used to do them a lot before and the results were impressing. You can find high pr blogs easily, just google “how to find high pr blogs” and there are tons of ways, you can also hire someone to use scrapebox for you to find high pr blogs. There are also high pr blog posts, meaning the post itself has a high pr, that is more powerful, but you might notice there are many spammy comments, but still it will take you few seconds to get a backlink.
There is a tool called “Scrapebox” that scrapes blog posts, on any niche (you decide the keywords etc) and it will scrape it for you, and you fill in the details (ie anchor text, url etc) and it will comment on all of them, but watch out about akismet, but I prefer manual blog commenting.
Forum Profiles – Well you know what’s a forum I suppose? You are on a forum right now. Simply find many high PR forums, register on them, and in your signature just enter your anchor text. Most of the times or forums it is this format (without space between U and R at the start)