Are you the right person to make your own website? Here is a checklist to eyeball to see whether or not this is the right thing for you to invest your time into. My intentions are not to sway you to go for it or not, but to just give you a couple of things to consider before making the leap into the exciting world of making your own website!
Let’s get something out of the way first. I’m talking to someone out there who’s never committed themselves to a blog or webpage before, and thinks they have something for the world to see just ready to come out and be displayed, but are not quite sure about whether or not they have the right stuff in order to get it done. This checklist is for you!
Be honest with yourself and bring reality to the table with you while considering whether or not you are willing to put a real effort into a website or blog. Here are four questions that you should have the answers to when trying to determine whether or not you are the right type of person to build your own website.
Do you have something to say?
I find that almost anyone has something that they want to say. Everyone’s got their strengths and weaknesses, both of which makes great material for a webpage or a blog. People can relater to many things, both the good and the bad, and we all have experienced different things in life that can either help, educate, or perhaps entertain others.
Do you have a particular niche that you can concentrate on?
A niche is something that could be summed up as a category that is more specific resting inside a broader category. For example, if you were great at horseback riding, you wouldn’t want to concentrate your site on animals, or even horses, but on actual horseback riding. This will keep your site that much more unique and helps to target people who would actually care about what you’re writing.
For example, for anyone who hasn’t noticed, this website is a faith based website, pointing out the supernatural truth in Christ. Hence the name of the site. That is where my niche rests. Now if I targeted it as Christianity, I would be tossed out into the middle of nowhere among a zillion other sites that would clearly outrank anything I’ll probably ever do, barely ever seen by anyone who may be looking for something that I am specifically writing about even though this is a Christian website. And people that do wind up finding it, the broadness of the terms involved would attract people that really don’t care about what I’m saying. With a quick scan of the eyes they’d realize that in a hurry and leave, which in reality just turns into a waste of time.
So think about what particular angle that you might have that people could find useful or helpful. Perhaps even entertaining, it’s all up to you.
Can you commit to a website long term?
The longest amount of time is easily spent in the early phases of your website’s creation. Learning what to do and what not to do is paramount early on, to prevent you from making some crucial mistakes. Check out a page I did about that called Creating your own Website – Problems for some of the things that I went through years ago. Even though it takes time to learn anything, doing something correctly the first time is simply a good thing.
But after all is said and done, you’ll still need to keep up with the site. Adding posts and pages can sometimes take some time depending on the nature of your site, but you’ll get quicker at all of the website practices and the ins and outs for each page, and eventually you’ll find that you are spending most of your time on content, not construction. This page that you’re reading right now for instance, this is content. Content is what keeps your website alive in the eyes of the big search engines like Google and Bing, which is why it is so important to have an active blog running along with your site.
The more useful the content, the more the search engines like it, the better your audience likes it, the more successful your page becomes. So you’ll have to keep adding content through time. Everyone does things differently, and has their own time frame on when to release fresh content onto their page. Personally, I try to keep it to every couple of days. It doesn’t always happen that way, but I do manage to get them out as time allows! So you’ll need to think about whether or not you’ve got the time to invest, both now and ahead.
What’s in it for you?
In other words, what is your reasoning for creating a website? Is it just to be heard, or is it to start an online business? Or perhaps an online ministry? There are tons of reasons why people do things, and there are just as many that are successful in whatever they’ve set out to do online, but only if done correctly and appropriately.
But right here is where the rubber meets the road. If you want to reap anything at all from a webpage, be it a large readership, financial purposes, exposure, what have you, it will take a good deal of time depending on what you do. Everything takes time. Get the thought out of your head that as soon as you release a webpage that the masses are just waiting to check it out. That starts sometimes several weeks away from when you’ve first created the site. Traffic comes quicker as your site matures, but it takes awhile to get there.
What the scam artists don’t tell you…
Social media can help you out quite a bit with getting your site out there, but as far as people finding your site in a search, that takes a good deal of time when your site is so new, which is yet another reason to avoid detrimental mistakes especially early on. So for those of you looking to get rich quick, forget it. Anyone who is honest with you about making money online through a website can tell you that it typically doesn’t happen in any real way till after several months of diligence and working with your site.
But if you do things correctly, there is real potential to earn a substantial income online through a variety of ways. BUT that takes commitment, time, diligence, patience, becoming educated, and work. Let me help you with a piece of advice if this is what you want to do. Work is necessary for just about everything, and if you ever want to do anything, you need to work for it in some way. Don’t get scammed or led into believing something that will only disappoint you.
That’s just the way this world we live in operates. That four letter word is always there as a nagging fact of life. So whenever you hear anyone offering for you to make big money from doing almost nothing, forget it. They’re taking you for a ride. Even residual income or royalties exists because of all kinds of work that you’ve put into something, just not recently.If money is your intention, the longer you wait the longer it will take, so if you’ve made up your mind that that’s what you want to do, start quickly!
Considering that time and effort are involved in whatever your online goals are, you might as well be concentrating on something that you enjoy. Keep that in mind when playing around with the idea of making a website. If you’re not enjoying yourself, you are working. If you are enjoying what you do, than it really doesn’t feel like work. It’s the same thing as with anything we do either online or in the workplace.
So let’s reel in the questions that you should be asking yourself:
- Do you have something to say?
- Do you have a niche?
- Can you commit to it?
- What’s in it for you?
If you can answer your first three questions with a yes, and the fourth with a solid answer of your choice, you’re most likely ready to start down the road to learning how to create a website. Notice there were no questions about experience! You don’t need any. You can learn how to do everything for free from WA like I did.
Check them out through the get started button below, fill in your profile much like you would with G+, Twitter, or Facebook, take the free courses and check out the videos everywhere, gab in the chat room, check out what other people are doing and how they’re doing it and draw from their experiences through their on site member blogs. I think that they are in the neighborhood of 40, 000 members or something close to that number, and many have been with them for years. Your site will be up and running in no time at all, just click the button to get started for free.
Have you ever toyed with the idea to make your own website but just didn’t? Please tell me what prevented you in the comments section below! If you can follow easy step by step directions, you can make your own website without any problems, and will eventually learn what to do in order to achieve the goals that you’ve set for yourself, whatever those goals may be.