WEBSITE CREATION PARAMETERS
The First Steps I Took To Start This New Website
Creating a website was not an original goal that I pursued for myself. I simply wanted to become a writer and get my thoughts on paper. Thoughts that revealed knowledge gained from all the various exploits I have been involved with throughout my life. Since I discovered that a fast track to make that happen was to put my articles out there on the internet, I had to find the best approach to make that happen.
SEO writing was a initial idea that I researched for my ambitions, but I don’t know how to type on a standard keyboard without hunting for letters with my eyes and pecking out laborious words and phrases as fast as that procedure will let me. Creating content for others meant I would leave myself open to criticism and scads of repetitive rejections. So, I figured I would just start my own website and learn how to blog as I went along. I figured it would be a gradual process and expertise would come in time. Most of all, however, it would be all mine and I could write whatever I wanted.
So, I did quite a bit of research and plowed through the plethora of hyped up articles promising you the moon. Overnight success is more of a pipe dream than a realistic expectation and it seems like many people get sucked into the cauldron of lies designed to part you from your money and leave little in return. In support of that statement, I read where 95% of newcomers to the genre fail within 6 months. Not achieving immediate results kills their desire to continue and perfect their skills over the long haul. I did not want to be one of them.
“Website Creation Search” is Part I of a series of blogs about steps I went through and am currently incorporating into the ongoing process of building my website. Part II, “Starting A Website” will show what decisions I made to get my initial viable website up and running.
Faulty First Mentorship Funnel
After studying the concepts involved that help make a successful blogging platform come to life, I felt that I could accelerate my efforts by linking up with an affordable mentorship program. I knew that starting a website is one thing, but making it a viable and sustainable entity is a whole different ballgame, an endeavor that takes a lot of work. I wanted to make the effort attainable without breaking the bank, yet still do all that is necessary to produce a good product and grow my enterprise. In short, to keep it going through thick and thin, so to speak.
While studying the information provided by bloggers I respected, I came across one who recommended an online community called Wealthy Affiliates. I checked them out and decided that it might be what I was looking for. The cost was broken down into a fee with the option to spread the annual cost over twelve moths. Even though I considered this a fairly expensive charge, it would be deemed affordable by me if it provided the services I was looking for.
So, I got my feet wet by signing up for their basic freebie training. After about 2 weeks, I upgraded to the premium membership version. That decision supposedly would give me all the bells and whistles for website startup procedures and ongoing training that would turn me into an expert blogger.
I dove right in and started embracing the whole concept of what is involved with blogging and developing a functional website. The step by step process was not well thought out, however. Inside a specific training module, I would be diverted to a link that was dedicated to providing more detailed explanations of a specific topic. When I tried to get back on track, I found it difficult to find my way back to the original jumping off spot.
Why Can’t I Find My Website On The Internet?
One day I tried to pull up my new website on the internet as a separate entity independent of the Wealthy Affiliates umbrella site. Entering my domain name on Google, I was horrified to find out that I was buried within the all-encompassing realm of the WA program. Sort of like a hen hovering over her chicks. There was no escape for my imprisoned website platform.
So I decided to quit Wealthy Affiliates and look elsewhere. Now free of the program’s clutches, I found out later that my most desirable contribution to that blogging community’s efforts would have been to recruit others by promoting it. Very few members seemed to have successful websites set up as independent entities. Again, professional website reviewers made me aware of this detrimental aspect of the program.
In fairness, I did get some good training from the site. I learned a lot of individual procedures that I could use to make my blog take shape. I did not, however, receive much education in the way of affiliate marketing. It probably would have come later. But what good is it if all that long-term members are doing is promoting the site itself. What about getting out there and doing everything else?
High Noon Has Arrived For My Unpublished Blog Posts
By taking a temporary break away from those early efforts, I let some time pass before reinvigorating my desire to ramp things up again. I was still involved with the task of renovating my home under a special FHA program. The project was close to satisfying the requirements of my HUD loan and needed to be finished (See The Budgethouse Renovator). When the time was right, I reengaged with the developmental procedures of my website in May of 2018.
Doing more research, I plowed through several blogger sites that did reviews of Blog-Post Trainers. I narrowed my choices down to 2 people who not only gave paid training, but also offered free content advice as well. They allowed you to download manuals or articles that gave advice on how to startup a website without all the excessive hype spewed out by others.
One offered a Do-It-For-You site development program for a very reasonable startup fee as well as an affordable monthly service charge. Since the cost factors appealed to me, and the person running the site was developing the program with his daughter who did much of the work, it looked to be doable. He also came with good reviews from other bloggers. So, I chose them to help me develop an up and running website within a few weeks of my initial contact with them and will go into more details about that experience in an upcoming blog which will be available in the category entitled “On Building My Website”. Till then!
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