Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create your very own website, well nowadays building websites is actually not that difficult. Whatever reason you need to have a website, you will find that with some effort you can put one together in a very short space of time.
WordPress is actually one of the best platforms that you will find to create your website. There are a number of things that you should have in place in order to have an efficient website.
- Fast load time
- Quality content
- Nice layout
- Easy navigation
- Good CTA (Call to action)
These are some of the quality features that your website should have in order to make it easy for your readers to navigate. WordPress is the platform that I use to build my websites and it helps you achieve all of the above and more that makes it a favourite for many users.
Choosing a domain name
How to choose a domain name is something that many people find a bit of a struggle, but this shouldn’t be a choir. There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind.
There are basically two different types of domains, brandable is one that will probably serve you best as you can build your own identity which your audience and search engines can identify with to help your website rank in the SERPS (search engine result page).
The other option is a keyword rich domain, this is where a particular keyword resides in your domain name. If you have a keyword domain that suits your niche then go with that, otherwise it is best to look for something brandable as it will work just as well. Some time back a keyword rich domain would help with rankings but nowadays this is not the case.
What type of domain
When searching for a domain name, .com is best, if this is not available then, .org or .net are ok, but try and nail the .com if possible because this is the best option to give you the best results and better rankings.
Just a few points to keep in mind when purchasing your domain
- Keep it short
- Relevant to your niche
- .com if possible
- Easy to remember
What Theme should I use on my website
The theme that you pick for your website will basically dictate the layout of your site. It is important that you choose a theme that will enable you to customize it so that you can have a professional looking website.
Here are some features to look for when choosing a theme
- Easy to set up
- Easy to customize
- Easy to navigate
- Does it have support
- Is it updated often
- Are there good layout choices
There are free themes and paid themes, when starting out with your first website a free theme will be fine. When choosing a theme check out some reviews and get insight into other people’s opinions of the theme.
My favourite theme is eleven 40 pro by genesis. This is a paid theme, offers good support and has good customizable features.
Content for your website
Content is what your website is all about, it’s what your audience is looking for and good quality content makes a good quality website.
It is important that you understand your niche and the more passionate you are about your niche the more knowledge you will have in order to provide good content for your audience.
Content is something that can be outsourced but when starting out it is best to write your own content. Writing your own will result in a better reader experience for your audience and will also help you get better rankings in google.
When creating your content it is important that you also use images in order to give a more pleasant experience for your reader. The images will help to break up the text and give the audience another perspective on the article that they are reading, as the age old saying says, “a picture paints a thousand words”.
What is SEO
SEO stands for “search engine optimization” but what is it and what does it do. In order to get traffic to your website you need to get ranked in google, the best way to accomplish this is with good SEO.
SEO is where you optimize your site for the search engines such as google, bing and yahoo, this can be achieved by doing a number of things both on and off your site.
Basically I have outlined what is needed to get your website up and running, you can find more info here on “How to start with affiliate marketing” all you need to do now is take action to get results
If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment just leave them in the comments area below, I would love to hear from you!
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