So you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did I. In fact when I started I had no idea I would be writing a weekly blog that would produce income. The good news: it’s easier than you think. I started my blog in July 2014 and added a website in October 2014. Since my focus was and remains on creating valuable content I hired someone to help me launch my site for $400. It was the best money I ever spent.
Since then I have launched a number of websites on my own and worked with others to do the same as part of my business. My clients have told me that they have been quoted $2,000, $3,000 and recently $8,000 to start up a website. Sure I can see that may be necessary for some businesses but these people were very small business owners who need an internet presence to add value to their clients, fans and followers. In fact, the person who was quoted $8,000 only had a goal of starting a blog. Clearly and sadly, the person giving the quote did not take the time to properly assess the needs of the potential client.
Here is what you need to start:
- Domain and Hosting. You can purchase a Domain name and Hosting through several companies. I have worked with GoDaddy, HostGator and Blue Host. They all have worked well for me. They all have the tools you need to set up a WordPress website through C-Panel.
- Theme. A good theme gives you the look and feel you want for your blog, allowing you to design your blog exactly how you want it to look. If you are just starting out use the free themes. As you begin to develop your WordPress skills you will learn how you want to design your website to best suit your needs.
- Plugins. What are they? Plugins are a Third Party pieces of software that adds functionality to your website. A few examples of the kinds of plugins on my sites, Social Sharing, SEO optimizing, contact forms and email list. They take just a few seconds (literally a few seconds, it’s just a click of a button) to install once your site is all set up. A couple words of warning: since plugins are third party software not all of them are quality. Do your research and read reviews to see what other users have experience. Remember to keep your plugins to a minimum as too many will slow down your site functionality.
- Content. Last, start uploading the content for your pages. Then put a picture of yourself on the header (this is important because people identify with people, not logos). Finally start writing new blog posts and posting them regularly (at least once a week).
The technical part of starting a website only takes about an hour or so. The cost is what you pay for your domain and hosting. Please note that starting a WordPress website is free. If you still want someone to hold your hand through the process this might be a good investment to save time and frustration.
In the end having a functioning website is just the beginning The Magic Happens When You Bring it to Life.