Building yourself a website
The thought of building your own website can , at first , seem rather daunting. I can remember when I built my first website. I joined a free website providers site and then I was faced with the task of filling my new website with some sort of interesting content. I really did not know where to start. You see , I wanted this website to earn me some cash
Finding the right for my site
I did not have a product to sell or any sort of service to offer , so I decided to fill my new free website with content that I had written myself. I had previously had some experience of writing online because I belonged to a `paid to write site` that had recently closed down. I found that once I started writing my own content, I could not stop. I could write about whatever I wanted to and soon the website was full enough to show to the public.
How to make money from a website
The easiest way to make money from your website is to join some sort of affiliate network. This is where you can join the network for free and they supply you with links and banners that your readers will click on while they are on your website.
Getting traffic to your site
Well this was a problem for me to start with because I did not realise that you had to work on getting people to visit your website. For some reason I thought that the people would just `find` my site as if by magic. So I did some research and I found that the easiest way to get traffic to your site was to join a traffic exchange website. However I did find that some of these traffic exchange sites could be very hard going, but I did find some that worked. The traffic exchange sites that I use have banners and links that you can post onto your site ,and once again when people are on your site they click on the links. On some traffic exchange sites you get points when someone joins through your link. Then these points can be used when people from that site click on the link to your website and visit your site.
The best way to start with your own website is to get a free website from a free website provider like Weebly. You can build your website for free and you can keep it free as long as you like. Most website builders will start with a free website and then upgrade if their website becomes popular. With a free website you only get basic features but when you upgrade, you can get much more on your website, for example email address, better social networking etc.
No experience needed
You do not need any experience or qualifications to be able to build your own website. You do need a small amount of knowledge , that is basic knowledge, on how to use a computer. The best way to start building your own website is to get a free website and to begin with treat your new website like you would any hobby. That is to enjoy it and not take it to seriously. Have fun with your free website and experiment with lots of different things. The sort of things that you can experiment with are;
Images; use your own images to make your website more personal and unique. Or you can use the images provided by the website provider that you have chosen. If you choose Weebly.com for your free website , then they have hundreds of free images for you to work with. You can also buy images of course , but if you are just starting out with website building, then I think it is best to use free images. You can start investing in your website (upgrading) later when you have got a good audience for your site.
Writing; you can write about anything you like ,within reason , when you have your own website. Maybe you can write about yourself and tell the world about your hobbies, interests, sports etc.
Blogging; You can share everything you write by posting links to your site on a Blog page. Most website providers will give you the chance to add a free Blog page to your site. You can link your blog to your social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and then your blog posts will automatically be shown on your Twitter and Facebook feeds. There are often social network icons at the bottom of all the blog posts, and this is good for other people to share your site with their friends and followers hopefully bringing even more people to your site
Sending emails; you can keep in touch with people by email so that your personal friends can keep up with what you are adding to your new website. When the site is finished , you can upgrade it and pay for an email address that is part of your website. You can get new people to your email list by submitting a link on your website where people can opt in to your emails. These will not necessarily be people that you already know and it is a good way to make new friends online. You can then use this email to send newsletters about new content that you have added to your site.
Many websites have their own mailing list which is a list of customers who have opted in to the websites Newsletters that are sent by email whenever the site owner adds something new to their website. These Newsletters tell their subscribers of special offers, deals , competitions and just general news about the site. Most free websites do not offer a free email sending service and you mostly get this when you upgrade. However, I have found a free website provider who allow their members to send free emails through their sites mailing list.
The site that offers this free email service is Wix.com. You can get a free website with them where you can post a contact form and a subscription form on any page. When a site visitor submits their email address in the contact form or subscription box, their details will automatically be added to the free mailing list that you are able to use.
Wix.com provide their members with some lovely templates for their emails and I think that this grabs the recipient`s attention better than a plain old message would. You can even create your own email template using the websites free images or your own images.
You can add other email addresses to your list if people have used another way to subscribe to your website. By this I mean you can use emails accumulated from blog comments etc. Some people buy email lists to use on their website. These email lists are accumulated by people who sell other peoples details on. I think it is better to get your own mailing list because then you know that the people getting your emails are actually interested in your site.
Try to keep these emails short but interesting, try to get the message across what you are try to tell your reader but do not go into any great detail because you can do this on the website page that you have linked to the email message.
Wix.com emails have a section where you can post the url to the page that you are trying to get your reader to visit. The link then comes up with an image and a short thumbnail description of what it is all about . You can post several links on each email but I think that one or two links , a short written message (hello how are you etc) and maybe a relevant image on each email is enough. Having too much information on a message can put the reader off, you just want them to think that the email is interesting enough for them to be willing to click through to your website and they can read everything from there.
If you have a Blogger blog, these sort of blogs can have a `follow by email' widget posted on the sidebar of the blog and then whenever the blog is updated , the subscriber automatically gets a copy of that blog post sent straight to their inbox.