If you have a flair for writing, a penchant for creativity and about 15 minutes of free time, you too can have a website – a small slice of the Internet of all Things.
First you have to have a domain – let’s call it BobsCooking.com – which you can obtain from Go Daddy or any other hosting service. Just Google the word domain and you’ll find many hosting services that will tell you within seconds if that name has already been taken. Stay away from “free” hosting services if you want to save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. Go with a reputable one. You can ask your friends who they use. If it is available, you pay a small amount of money per month to Go Daddy (or a hosting service) for the right to use that domain. Remember, you want to try and end up with a domain that ends in .com which makes you look more legitimate!
Then you need a web host, someplace like Go Daddy (or whoever) that provide the online storage that all blogs need and a place (like a home) that allows visitors to access your blog. There are different plans to subscribe to. Usually an inexpensive plan will satisfy your needs. There will be a form to fill out to insert the domain name and a credit card. Then hit the “complete button”. You will also need a password to gain entrance to your new web site. If you get hung up anywhere while creating your website, just contact Precision Writers and we’ll walk you through the steps.
You will want to make your website as attractive as possible. Our web designer, Cali Images, founded and operated by our friend Vanessa Dubon, can design an eye-catching format for your website to make it fun to look at and easy on the eyes.
Now comes the fun part. Writing a blog. It doesn’t have to be long (perhaps 300-400 words) but it must have certain words in it – we’ll call them “tag’s that help lead visitors to your new space on the Internet. For example, if your domain name is BobsCooking.com, then sprinkling keywords like “cook” and “cooking” which will act like a magnet to draw people to your site. Whatever descriptors you use are known as search engine optimization (SEO) and they help direct traffic (visitors) to you site.
Now our imaginary friend “Bob” wants to write a blog about cooking eggs. He has a technique where he puts a couple of eggs in a paper cup and cooks it in the microwave on “defrost” for 5 and a half minutes. Then he can pour it on a piece of toast and just like that, he has toast and eggs for breakfast. Sort of a cross between soft-boiled eggs and soft-scrambled eggs. Yum. Very simple (like building a website) and easy to make. Now he has more SEO words to advertise his blog – words like “eggs” and “breakfast”. These SEO words determine how many times visitors open your website and read your blog. They are considered important as you refine and define your writing style.
So now you have a website with the coveted top-level domain “.com” which is the most commonly used file format. You have an attractive website, you have a blog, and pictures and videos (we’ll explain this part in another article) and now you have to network among your friends on places like LinkedIn and Facebook to collect email addresses, and send out your new newsletter. You can write a guest blog for a friend or asked them to contribute a guest blog for your website.
And it all took just minutes to put it all together. In the next article we will explain how to accompany photos and videos and other interesting language along with your blog. We’ll also explain how to make money doing it too.
Until next time…..