Website Creation Search
My First Steps In Starting This Website
Website creation wasn’t my first thought. I wanted to write. To write about something that I was qualified in. My desire was to wright about things that I had experience with. I had to find out the best way to approach the endeavor of starting my own website.
SEO writing was a idea, but I don’t know how to type very fast and I would struggle with that possibility. Creating content for others meant I would be open to criticism and many rejections. So I figured I would start my own website and learn how to blog. It would be a gradual process and skills would come in time. It would be mine most of all.
I started to do online research and plowed through the plethora of hyped up articles promising you the moon. Overnight success is more of a pipe dream than reality and it seems many people get sucked into the cauldron. I recently read where up to 95% of newcomers to the genre fail within 6 months. Not achieving immediate results kills their desires and efforts rather quickly. 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 to build my website. Part II, “Starting A Website” will show what decisions I made to get my initial viable website up and running.
After studying the aspect of blogging for some time, I wanted an affordable mentorship program. Just starting a website is one thing. Making it viable and sustainable takes a lot of work. I wanted to make the effort attainable and do what is necessary to grow my enterprise. Keep it going, so to speak.
I came across a blogger who recommended an online community called Wealthy Affiliates. I checked them out and found out that it might be what I was looking for. The cost was broken down into a fairly expensive monthly fee, but was still affordable. So I started with their freebie training. After about 2 weeks I upgraded to the premium membership. That decision supposedly gave me all the bells and whistles of website startup and training.
I dove right in and started to better grasp the idea of blogging and developing my 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 more detailed explanations of my topic. When I tried to get back on track, I found it difficult to find my way back to the original jumping off spot.
Where Is My Website On The Internet?
One day I tried to pull up my website on the internet independent of the Wealthy Affiliates 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. No escape for my imprisoned website.
So I decided to quit the program and look elsewhere. I found out later that my major contribution to that program would have been to recruit others by promoting it. Very few members seemed to have successful websites as independent entities. Other reviewers made me aware of this faulty aspect of the program.
In fairness, I did get good training from the site. I learned a lot of individual procedures to make my blog start to 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 everything else?
High Noon For My Blog Posts
Waiting, it was awhile before reinvigorating my efforts. I was still involved in renovating my home under a special program. The project was close to satisfying the requirements of my FHA loan and needed to be finished (See The Budgethouse Renovator). I restarted my website developments 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 over promising hype of others.
One offered a Do-It-For-You site development program at a reasonable up-front fee, and monthly service charge. I went with him as he was developing the program with his daughter and it looked to be doable. He also came with good reviews from other bloggers. I will go into more details on my next blog under “On Building My Website”. Till then!
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