I'm a Webmaster. I create Web sites for small businesses and individuals.
Oh Boy! There are a lot of Web site scams out there in Cyberspace.
One thing they never offer is proof that the average person can repeat what they sell. Here is proof from a real company that has been around since 1997. No fly-by-night here.
You may want to look here for a real-life example of the kind of Web site you want to provide: (http://www.mikino.com/waltera1.html)
Warning…do not use a free Web site. Why not? I explain why below.
You have to sit down and think.
You want to work from home. Here is a free course that you can download (http://wahm-masters.sitesell.com/waltera… It gives you the information on how to start your own work from home web site business.
More resources you need are listed below.
Here's the straight poop…
You can create your own Web site. You do not need special skills or a college degree to create a successful Web site. You do not need to hire an expensive Web site designer. What you should steer away from is the free Web sites. They just waste your time and produce no results. You need your own URL, your own domain name. And it doesn't cost much. But it does take some effort and work. You're not afraid of work, are you?
You need to create more than a few pages. Otherwise, the search engines will not find you (Google, MSN, Yahoo!, Ask). You write information about it and put it on your Web site. It won't happen overnight. Just remember, the Tortoise or Turtle won the race – slow and eary does it.
In the language of the Web, information is called content.
Listen. Content is King. Just keep adding quality content to your Web site. This is what the search engines (SE's) love. This is what's real. All the other stuff about secrets is just smoke and mirrors designed to seperate you from your money.
Hey! – The good news is that even with limited programming ability, even no programming skills, you can create your own Web site. You do not have to be a geek to create your own Web site which can have a Global reach. It doesn't matter where you live. The Internet knows no boundaries and while you sleep, other people from all over the world can access your Web site. It's international in scope.
I can give you the basics about how to create your own Web site, but much more work is required to create your own Web site. You want a Web site that works, don't you? One that produces an income, one that is an asset you could sell if you wanted? That's what you want, isn't it?
I helped a local boatyard owner create his Web site (http://www.wareham-boatyard-marina.com/)… This is a real Web site that helps him promote his business.
You may not know how to determine what's a great Web site?
One tool to evaluate the popularity of a Web site is Alexa which is owned by Amazon. You enter a URL and it will show you where it stands based on 65,000,000 websites. Google and other search engines are in the low hundreds. However, some individual Web sites have an Alexa rank of 100,000 or less. These Web sites attract a lot of traffic. Even a Web site with an Alexa rank of 500,000 is still in the top 1% of all Web sites ranked by Alexa. Most Web sites come up with an Alexa rank of "no date" which means no traffic for that Web site. As far as the 'net is concerned, the Web site does not exist and is a waste of money. It may be a hobby site and the owner doesn't care.
Another test is your page rank in Google. It you have a Google page rank of 1, that is excellent and it means that when a certain keyword is entered in Google, that keyword will display the 10 best ranked Web sites for that keyword. There is even a PageRank icon that Google supplies that is like a guage of the Web sites popularity.
There is only one Web site creation system that can get your Web site into the top 1% of all Web sites. I use that system and here are some results of many who have created their own Web sites without hiring a Web designer and paying a lot of money: (http://results.sitesell.com/waltera1.htm… You will even find a few health related Web sites there. The Web sites listed are all in the top !% of Web sites on the Internet. That is quite an achievment for these niche markets. Most Web sites are not even recognized by the search engines.
Remember, you are invisible if the search engines don't index your Web site. Invisibility is a waste of time and money.
Most of the answers tell you where to go to set up a Web site. Get a hosting company and domain name. Sure, you can use GoDaddy and it's a good service, but that is not where you want to start.
That is putting the cart in front of the horse. Completely, back***wards.
First, you need to do some research on keywords and find out if there is a demand for your product or service. You need to find out if there is a huge demand for what you are selling and very little supply. Anyone of those places mentioned can create a Web site, but you need a Web site that works. One that has a low rank in Alexa and a low page rank in Google and the other search engines.
99% of your efforts should be in promoting your Web site. Almost all Web site creation products ignore this salient fact.
Creating it is easy. It's the 1% solution. There are hundreds of Web sites that will let you create a Web site. Many of them are free. The catch is that they will put all kinds of ads on your page. That's how they make money. They don't care about you. They make money, you do all the work and get nothing in exchange. That's the easy part. None of them will help you with Internet marketing and how to get indexed (recognized) by the search engines.
Remember – if the search engines don't index your Web site, your Web site for all practical purposes is invisible and does not exist. I know of many cases where hard-working people have spent a year's effort creating a Web site and it doessn't work. It get no traffic. Traffic is the life-blood of a Web site. Traffic is lots of people coming to your Web site, clicking on your Web site that is listed in one of he search engines (google, yahoo!, msn,ask). You must be listed to get the click. No mouse clicks, no income.
Perhaps I should explain indexing. The search engines have programs called "spiders" that look at Web sites. They collect data from the Web site. The spiders are programmed to look for certain things in a Web site. If they find those elements, then the spider gives that Web site a grade or a rank. The beeter the grade, the higher the page will appear on your browser (Internet Explorer,Mozill Firefox)
Of course, the best page is be on is the first page of the list in your browser – that is a page rank of 1. And that page rank of 1 could be out of millions of hits recorded in the browser. Most people will only check the first few pages of the browser for solutions to their questions or keyword searches. The rest of the pages will never be read.
Look – if you want to make money on the Internet, you need to get a low page rank from the search engines. That's the name of the game. How do we do this. We find a niche. A little place on the Internet that belongs to us. What really interests you? What turns you on? What would you rather fo than anything else? Are you passionate about something? Here is what many people did with their passions (http://passion.sitesell.com/waltera1.htm… More on passion below.
Driving traffic to your Web site is your main concern. Without traffic your Web site will fail because it will be invisible to Web surfers.
Hey! You don't need any advertising or marketing companies to get your Web site recognized by the search engines.
In fact, you don't need to do any advertising. For example, to get your Web site known, you can create press releases and send them to various newspapers, radio, and TV stations. This is free advertising. You can announce that you have just created a Web site, or that you have created another page on your Web site, etc.
Another way to get free advertising is to write an article and submit it to various Website that publish articles. It doesn't have to be more than 300 words and you sign the article and it has your Web site address or URL in it and people will be curious and visit your Web site.
The last way to get traffic to your Web site is to buy it. Google AdWords will sell you space on the right-hand side of the page. It might cost you $.20 per click or more. I would try for $.10 per click. Every time someone clicks on you AdWord ad, it costs you money. But the good part is that you can put a limit on how much you want to spend. Say $20 for the month. Then when the clicks reach $20, your ad is removed.
I just helped a local boatyard owner put up his Web site. He really loves it.
We already have one page of the Web site ranked number one with Google and we did not do any advertising. That means the first page that comes up on Google with specific keywords, has a page from the boaryard on the first page of Google. It only took a few days to analyze the keywords and create the Web site. The best thing about it is that anyone can do it with only rudimentary knowledge of the Internet and computers.
No technical knowledge is required. Isn't that what you really want?
If you're using Yahoo!, you have more than enough knowledge to start your own Web site. But you want a Web site that works. One that creates some income. This is known as Monitising your Web site. There are several ways to Monitize. You can put up Google AdSense ads that cost nothing and when people click on the ads, you make money. You can become an affiliate of many companies and when some one buys, you make a commission. You can sell ads on your Web site, etc.
You can begin to Monitize when you have 15 – 30 pages in your Web site. People come to the Wordl Wide Web looking for information or content. They are not looking for your Web site or business.
Content is king. If your Web site has quality content that people like and admire, that content will drive traffic to your Web site. Lots of traffic means many people are clicking on your Web site. The more traffic you get, the more chances you have to make money.
However, I would caution you, again, not to try the free Web sites as they will not help you in the Internet marketing side of the business. You want to pick a system that does it all from keyword analysis to Internet marketing. Like the one the boatyard owner used.
And don't be distracted by the "noisy minority". Most of them do not know what they are talking about and have a "smarter than thou" attitude which is usually based on false information, ignorance and rumors. Apply your own due diligence.
Once you decide on your little niche which you found by doing keyword analysis, you name your domain and you get published on the Internet. Keyword analysis finds out things like how popular your keyword is, how much that keyword is in demand, etc. You want to pick keywords that have huge demand, but very little supply; this is where the money is.
You may have a hobby like collecting stuff or you like to set up home theaters. Something you are passionate about. With passion, you can write lots of content on your favorite interest that will interest other people. Here are some real site subjects:
Cookie Kitchen, your own biz, small biz guide, home biz guide, remote control cars and trucks, gear for motorcycles, Tunscany villas for rent, Beaches in Anguilla, Poker, juggling, pregnancy guide, flat stomach, doggie quotations, women's health, puppy names, etc. The list goes on and on.
Most Web sites exist to sell something. They are one huge ad for whatever it is your selling. It could be hard goods or soft goods or even electronic books, sometimes called e-books. E-books are books you download online, One company that sells them is called ClickBank.
You must find a niche for your Web site. You need something to hook that surfer. Something unique. That's why you need a niche. None of those sites listed will help you find a niche.
People find your site via keywords. They are not looking for you or your Web site. Like Kayak Rentals. They enter Kayak Rentals into Google and Google finds all the Web sites with that keyword. If your Web iste is popular, your Web site will be on the first page of Google. The boatyard Web site has one page ranked number one in Google.
How do you know which keywords will make money? There are keyword analyzers on the Interent. Most of the good ones cost money, not a lot but some. After all, you can't expect to start your own business without some investment, even if it's on a shoestring budget.
Here is a tool that is very useful: (http://searchit.sitesell.com/waltera1.ht… In finding keywords and analyzing Web sites.
The boatyard bought a system for $299. It has 50+ software modules that allow anyone with practically no technical knowledge to create their own Web site. Get this free course: (http://aff-masters.sitesell.com/waltera1… This is a company that has been around since 1997. It has helped 20,000+ people world-wide to create their own Web sites.
What is great about this system is that they also have a forum where you can go and chat or ask questions about creating Web sites and experts will answer your questions free of charge. There are many steps to creating a Web site that works – one that produces an income. Free web sites just don't cut it. You need this industrial strength system to create a Web site that works and makes money.
You need to know how to Brainstorm keywords, how to write to presell, how to build your site, how to attract traffic, when to Monitize, how to Monitize, how to find the best niche for you, interpreting keyword supply, demand and profitability, RRS and blogs, E-zines, look and feel templates, how and where to get graphics, setting up forms, etc.
Then, when you have a Web site, you can submit it to the Forum and they will critique for free. There is even a Water Cooler where you can chat, gossip, rumors, etc. All in a friendly manner by people who really care.
With all the free Web sites out there, many people can create a Web site. But after wasting a lot of time on these free sites, they come to realize that they just don't work and that's when they give up.
It's like the gold miner in California who struck gold and he went to get some machinery to get the gold out of the ground. When he came back to his gold site, he dug a little with the new machine and the gold vein gave out. He gave up and sold the machine to a couple of miners down on their luck. They dug in the same place and bingo, just 3 or 4 feet from where the vein gave out, they struck another gold vein even bigger than the first.
So don't give up. Keep digging. There's gold in them thar hills!