Having a website or Blogging is a medium to showcase your voice and also it can become your career choice, many of my youngster friends are taking blogging as their profession, very seriously. But before jumping on to professional blogging one should create a model which not only make sure all the essential professional elements present in your blog but also helps to earn the passive income.
Here are the simple steps to create a website.
Select your niche
This is an important step in creating your personnel or professional website because this is what makes it special of your blog or website, and also if you choose the wrong niche then it definitely going to hurt you in a long term because if you discontinue the niche you not only lose your reader also the traffic should be built from scratch, so it’s better to select the appropriate niche at early stages. The main thing to consider while selecting niche is, choose the niche that you know well, and you can write at least 30 to 50 articles easily in no time. We choose the niche of Investing ,blogging and start-ups because myself have an experience of 7 years in investing and also from past 2 years me and my co-author have involved in blogging and doing research on startups and entrepreneurship development.
Buy the domain
Then it’s time to get your own domain, the selection of the domain name is very much critical step, while selecting the domain don’t ever use the names which are difficult to pronounce, choose the name which describes your niche and also the easy to remember which not only make the readers to visit your blog again and again, but also they can easily share the blog to their friends and families (which is very much required for the new websites).
Select the platform
There are many free platforms for creating websites the major of them are Blogger, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In particular the Blogger and WordPress are mainly created for the Blogging and other platforms are used to create the websites, but it doesn’t matter as Blog is also a Website. For the beginners and bloggers who don’t want to scratch their head for technical things of the website, it’s better to go with Word press or Blogger since other two need some extent of knowledge in Website designing. Currently our site runs on the WordPress platform, previously we started our website on Joomla it was a heck lot of work so we switched to WordPress which are widely used by many top sites like Mashable, Huffington post, Labnol et al.
Buy the hosting
There are many types of hosting in that major types are Free, the selection of web hosting depends on the website requirements. If you blog through blogger.com then it provides you a free hosting, but it doesn’t look professional. There are many other free hosting I don’t like to mention, because they don’t guarantee uptime, and also some time they takes your site down and highly prone to hacking. Share and dedicated hosting are the most preferred by everyone because it will be maintained by good hosting companies and also they provide the uptime guarantee and also the technical support when your site is down. The difference between the shared and dedicated hosting as their name indicates, in a shared hosting the server is shared by numerous websites, and in dedicated type, the server is reserved only for you and not shared by any other sites. High traffic website opt Dedicated hosting.there are many hosting companies but major companies are Godaddy and Hostgator both are very good in their service.both support one click install of WordPress.
Choose a theme for your Website
We can choose the themes which are free or premium, if you take Blogger it already have many free theme on it, so it will be easy for us to choose, but the quality of themes are not that much good. If you take the WordPress it consist three free themes and many free themes available online, but the premium themes are good in look and also gives an added gain of SEO and security, so we recommend you to go with premium themes. We particularly prefer STUDIOPRESS GENESIS themes (we are using the same) because it gives you wide variety of choice in selecting the theme and easy to install, also looks professional, provide good technical assistance. It is somewhat costly but worth every penny spent on it.
The plug-in’s are the one which make your FrontPage attractive and also improve the site performance, instead of writing a code to perform specific task, you can use the readily available free plug-ins. All the above mentioned platforms are having large number of free plug-ins available, but the WordPress wins the race, it has millions of plug-ins and extensions which makes your work very easy. There are many plug-ins available which helps you in improving SEO (SEO by YOAST), loading speed (W3 TOTAL CACHE), sitemap creator etc. Which decrease your work largely, but use the trusted Plug-ins which are less in bugs (see the reviews from users) because it may effect in later time.
Start publishing articles
Before publishing the articles, your website should be fully setup so that there should be no change of front page layout or replacement of plug-in’s etc. first you should write at least 5 pillar articles in every niche, they should be very informative and also should act as a support for your website, any reader visiting article should visit again and again for more information. And it should be at least 2000 words because it helps you to improve your SEO rating (since panda update from Google prefers more content), if possible always try to write the article with average 1500 words which helps in long term to bring traffic to your site. Be consistent in publishing the articles whether you publish daily or weekly or monthly, just follow your pace.
Create social media network
Social media plays a major role in publicising your website and also bring lot of traffic, as early you create social media network it will be better. The major players in social media are Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon and Reddit. You must create your fan page in Facebook and create an account in all other sites mentioned above. You should submit your every article in above sites once you publish it and ask you friends to share and like your post so it should reach to many people. To make it easy for your viewer to share you can use the Sharebar Plug-in to your site. Read this article to know how to accomplish Social Media network
Start adding your site to Search engines
The major traffic driver are the search engine which always drive there Googlers to the respective site with appropriately related content. So to tell the site about your site you should add your website to the search engines. The major search engines are Google, Bing, and Yahoo. When you submit your website, the search engine bots crawls through your site and collect all the information and updates its databases, to correctly analyse the information SEO plays a major role. Then search engine starts to drive traffic to your site.
Go through this article to know how to bring traffic to your website
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