How to go about starting your own website???

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by dkdubb, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. dkdubb

    dkdubb New Member

    I have been thinking long and hard about starting something from home, and my brain is now thinking about my own website. I am an avid sports fan... Would starting my own website that is based around sports be a good idea?
    A couple of questions I have though...
    1. What's the best way to go about starting our own website? I would like to do it my way, but I have never designed or built a website before. Obviously I don't know how to do all the html stuff that goes along with building a website.
    2. What would be the best way to go about promoting the site to get viewers?
    3. How would I go about getting people to advertise on my site?
    4. If I got news or updates from other sites, what are the laws/guidelines I must follow to go about putting that information on my site?
    Any help on this is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Marktech

    Marktech Member

    Hi dkdubb,

    Here are a few places you can get started with free websites, just do a google search on:

    Lycos tripod

    googlepages

    You can also build mini-pages with free services like:

    Squidoo

    Weebly

    HubPages

    If you are just starting out, then you might check out building a mini-page to get you feet wet. Squidoo, for example is very powerful, if you do a little work and spread the word about your Squidoo site, (or lens, as it's called), you can get a lot of visitors. I have eight lenses and in total they get 100's of visitors per day.

    Hope that helps some.
     
  3. Aspire

    Aspire New Member

    Hi dkdubb,

    Great advice above for starting - use the services of many of the on-line web page development sites to get a feel for what you want.

    These are usually set up with a WYSIWYG principle (What You See Is What You Get). This is very helpful and allows you to drag & drop different sections if the page - No need to understand the html stuff.

    The problems with this is ownership. When you design a page and make it available to the world it will have an address something like http://www.(yourname).(theirname).com

    You may wish to have only your own name in the address - in this case you need to buy a domain name. These are pretty cheap and one of the best places I have found to get them is www.godaddy.com The shorter - the better - people need to be able to remember it.

    You will then need to have the domain hosted (godaddy can do this as well)

    When I started exploring webpage design, I used the WYSIWYG sites, but I wanted only my own name in the address so I started to learn more.

    I purchased Dreamweaver - a great program for webpage design. I then downloaded some of the free webpage templates and practised changing them to suit my needs. After a while you end up learning how to start designing them from scratch. It is like anything - if you have not done it before it will be difficult. When you have been doing it for a while it becomes easier.

    I am not a professional web designer, these guys write and design pages in html code - I could never do this. With Dreamweaver WYSIWYG process, it automatically writes the code for you - pretty cool.

    I have only done 4 sites, and these have been for charity - have a look if you like:

    http://www.beenpcyc.org.au
    http://www.beenpcyc.org.au/GSFW/ind ex2.htm (notice the long address for the gsfw sub site)
    http://www.redlandspcyc.org.au
    http://www.bfm.net.au

    Good luck.
    Paul
     
  4. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Hi dkdubb,

    If you are serious about building a website as a business rather than a hobby, it is very important that you get it right. If you don't, you can very easily end up with a site that "looks nice" but no one ever visits unless you pay for it. [​IMG]

    It isn't extremely difficult to do, but it is "tricky" if you don't know the what and the how. I had NO experience on web building or anything else, but I found a site building program that literally takes you step by step through the whole process in a very easy to understand way. They also provide the domain, hosting, and tools along with a great forum for support on top of their regular support.

    Anyway, I've built three websites with them as they always overdeliver and are well worth the price to do it right. I don't have to pay for any traffic because the search engines send it to me for free. That's really what you want for the best success.

    Let me know if you are interested in more details.

    All the best,
    Angie
     
  5. Aspire

    Aspire New Member

    happywife: it is very important that you get it right

    Good advice Angie - I was looking at it from a design aspect only

    Paul
     
  6. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Aspire: I was looking at it from a design aspect only
    Yes, I realize that. You know way more about that side of things than I do [​IMG] but the trouble is a lot of people don't realize how useless the design is, in reality, if you don't build according to a particular underlying pattern.

    Angie
     
  7. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    dkdubb: I am an avid sports fan... Would starting my own website that is based around sports be a good idea?
    Definitely do-able, but sports is far too broad - you'd really need to narrow it down to a particular sport, or maybe even more narrow to a particular team or a particular aspect of a particular sport. (I'm not much of a sports person, but you get the idea, I hope). [​IMG]

    When you do keyword research, you will be able to determine the demand for a niche and how much competition there is.

    dkdubb: 1. What's the best way to go about starting our own website? I would like to do it my way, but I have never designed or built a website before. Obviously I don't know how to do all the html stuff that goes along with building a website.
    I already answered this one in my previous post. I just realized that I hadn't answered the rest, hence this post. [​IMG]

    dkdubb: 2. What would be the best way to go about promoting the site to get viewers?
    Once you've built a site properly you'll get traffic from the search engines, but it will increase as you learn to get links back to your site from other sources. For instance, you can answer questions at YahooAnswers related to your niche topic and leave a link in the source box. You can post in sports forums and leave a link in your signature. You can submit articles to article directories and have a link in the source box, etc. There are a lot of different techniques for getting quality back links.

    When you have a site that is built right based on keyword research and with good content and quality backlinks you will automatically get free traffic.

    dkdubb: 3. How would I go about getting people to advertise on my site?
    There are different forms of advertising you could use. Adsense is popular and very simple to implement. You can also use other types of similar ads.

    You can join affiliate programs which allow you to put links to other companies that sell related products and then earn a commission on the sales generated through your site.

    That's just a couple types of advertising to give you a general idea.

    dkdubb: 4. If I got news or updates from other sites, what are the laws/guidelines I must follow to go about putting that information on my site?
    Quite a few people use RSS feed to have updated news and information on their sites from other sites. As long as you have it set up linking back to the source, it's a win-win. You get the additional content and the other source gets the links. They provide that as a resource because it is to their advantage.

    Well, hope that more fully answers your questions and gives you a general idea of how your ideas would work.

    Blessings,
    Angie
     
  8. tommykrank

    tommykrank New Member

    dkdubb, i suggest you consider affiliate marketing. If you're just starting off that is. It can be done free and would put you on a great learning curve.
     
  9. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    You can download free web design software at NVU.com, and you can get free web design templates at OWSD.org. You might also want to check out Weebly.com - that will make the process really easy!
     
  10. VictoriaNTC

    VictoriaNTC Silver Member

    As you all know, I am a Weebly lover too!
    Nothing could be easier...yet![​IMG]
    Victoria
     
  11. gowriter

    gowriter Member

    Before you build any website, you first need to nail down who your niche target will be.

    And what do you want to do with your website? Are you intending to monetize it with Adsense Ads or affiliate products, or is it just for fun to get people to read.

    Either way, you've got to do proper keyword research first before anything and determine what kind of traffic is coming from it. This will determine if your keyword was worth using to build webpages around or not.
     
  12. BobFirestone

    BobFirestone New Member

    From a technical side I recommend getting comfortable with a Content Management System. There are a bunch of Open source (free) CMS systems that let you easily manage your site and automatically handle many of the day to day tasks.

    I recommend looking at Joomla (http://joomla.org) and Wordpress (http://wordpress.org).
    Wordpress is easier to use and if you are thinking about doing a blog style site is fantastic.
    Joomla is great for a more traditional site or a membership site.

    Both have large developer communities building plugins to do pretty much anything you can think of.
     
  13. weblearner

    weblearner New Member

    hi dkdubb: 2. What would be the best way to go about promoting the site to get viewers?
    3. How would I go about getting people to advertise on my site?
    You can promote your site using various method ??“
    1) SEO
    2) PPC marketing
    3) Forum posting with signature
    4) Free classified
    5) By squidoo and blogspot

    hope these help you
     
  14. hello28

    hello28 New Member

    The first important thing is finding theme for your websites. For this, finding a good long tail keyword with reasonable searches will ensure your website go up the search engine. Also look at how many competitor for that kind of keyword.

    Then register the exact keyword domain and start building website, get the free templates and edit it with free editor such as Kompozer.

    Start promoting your websites or write articles and send it to article directories.
     
  15. Dimasalang

    Dimasalang New Member

    WordPress and Blogger.

    These two will get your website up and running in minutes.

    One way to promote your site is by doing Pay-Per-Click quite costly but
    can gain traffic.

    The other way. and the easiest is by commenting on blogs and adding a link to your website. This also helps increase visitors.
     
  16. kane1976

    kane1976 New Member

    As well as using wordpress or blogger to quickly setup a website, you could also try weebly.com. As for getting traffic, i personally would not pay any money to get traffic to my websites. So i advise you not to either. There's plenty of free traffic out there if you search for it. Submitting your website to high ranking free link directories would be a good start. Then try your hand at article marketing, which is a really great way to increase web traffic.
     
  17. katereber

    katereber New Member

    dkdubb: A couple of questions I have though...
    1. What's the best way to go about starting our own website? I would like to do it my way, but I have never designed or built a website before. Obviously I don't know how to do all the html stuff that goes along with building a website.
    2. What would be the best way to go about promoting the site to get viewers?
    3. How would I go about getting people to advertise on my site?
    4. If I got news or updates from other sites, what are the laws/guidelines I must follow to go about putting that information on my site?
    Same here dude, at first I have a lot of question about having my own website, but with the help of other's I already have one..
     

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