Getting started: How to build the website and add pages
What is the first step in actually creating a website and adding pages? I do not know anything about the steps or procedures to create this on the internet. I am basically lacking the technical skills. Do you have any free resources?
Melissa, the first thing I need to ask you is what do you want from your site?
- Just for fun?
- A place for existing customers to find you?
- A website you want to be found by oodles of strangers?
You could go to Blogger
and have a website up in minutes...in the form of a weblog. No tech know-how required, just an online diary that you can add to simply by typing.
I'm guessing that's not what you want. In fact, I'm guessing that since you asked me, you're looking for something somewhat like this
website, which (as I write this in October, 2009) is visited by about 1500 strangers a day and receives about 100,000 page views per month, and has about 800 pages.
Do I have that right?
Well, it isn't free, but I never get tired of recommending the company I use. Their interface works for people who do and
don't have technical skills. I started this site just by writing
The interface made it possible. It didn't result in the most sophisticated-looking
site in the world...
But 100,000 page views. Per month. And my writing, front and center.
Because, frankly, Google couldn't care less what your site looks
The steps/procedure work like this:
1) You buy their service for a year, which includes everything you need. (If you're not happy with it, you can get a full refund for the first month.)
2) You use their tools to research your chosen niche. Translation, you find out what keywords
searchers use to find what it is you want to provide, e.g.discount children's books
writing for the web
3) You start writing pages meant to rank highly for your chosen keywords.
(The alternative to this approach? Start writing and pray
for traffic. And expect to keep praying, because it won't come.)
Now, when I said "start writing," that's what I meant. This approach is all about the writing. Need to create a link? You just copy and paste the url into a box. The interface translates everything into computer code for you, without you having to know a thing. That said...
Down the road, you may find yourself wanting to do more sophisticated things on your site, and you'll probably - like me - end up learning html bit by bit. Which is WAY preferable to wanting to start writing and having to learn a new language first!
Take a look at this: All the tools to build a website
Here's what's ahead of you if you want to build a real, well-trafficked site and you don't
use these guys.
1) Learn html. Watch your enthusiasm flag.
2) Start writing. Learn how much you hate writing when you're trying to "translate" it into html at the same time.
3) Shop webhosts
. Feel 10x more vulnerable than you do when you walk into a car repair joint. Try to learn another
new language so you can figure out what the heck the webhosts are talking about.
4) Start posting - finally! - your pages to the web. Experience the joy of realizing that's a whole skill in and of itself. Oh, and by the way...your webhost assumes you know how to do this.
6) Realize you don't know if you're getting visitors.
7) Figure out how to add the code to your site to get your traffic figures. Find out you don't have any.
8) Realize you never "pinged" the search engines. They don't know you exist, since they weren't "pinged" and no other sites link to yours.
9) Figure out how to ping the engines.
11) Find out the engines have finally started to index you but that your site isn't ranking for the searches you'd hoped to be found for. So now the engines know your site exists, but they don't care! You know how search results say, "Pages 1-10 of 4,637,000"? Well, congratulations, you're #700. You're in the top percentile! Now all you need is someone to click to page 70 of their search results and you'll have your first visitor!
12) Try to get the year of your life that you just poured into your site back.
That's why for each of my three sites, I use SBI
, the outfit I've been mentioning. All for one price, they:
- give you the keyword research tools.
- give you an interface that lets you write in plain English.
- "ping" for you.
- "host" you.
- tell you if a page is unlikely to please the search engines and what to do to fix it.
- provide you with traffic figures.
- inform you if you have a broken link.
- give you a community of fellow non-techies with whom to interact with, brainstorm with, and get answers from.
In other words, this outfit lets you live the writer's dream of just writing
Ahh. I'm glad I found them. (And that I only wasted 3 months of my life on a website before I found them. I got lucky.)
Check out the links above. Let me know if this is what you were looking for. (And hey: I'd be curious to know what you want your site to be about. Respond by commenting.)