When it comes to setting up your first site, a lot of people struggle with what to do and end up bouncing around all over the place. Actually, what you need to do is very simple; just keep on adding articles. Whether these are written by you, or by someone you've paid to write, you just want to focus on getting content on there.
Do you need to add your site to Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools yet? Do you need to set up Google Authorship yet? Of course not! There's barely anything on your site yet, so don't go announcing to Google that you're ready to be indexed, because you aren't.
Here's how Genevieve's site was shaping up before last week's tasks:
– About page
– Privacy Page
– Contact Page
– First Article
– Homepage is a blogroll, so no real content as such.
Therefore, it seemed pretty obvious to me that this week she needed to add more content. That's exactly what she did. I asked her to write TWO more articles for her site, and she delivered.
Unfortunately she also came down with a bit of illness towards the end of the week and wasn't able to finish by Friday as planned, but she's better now. This highlights two good and bad things about this kind of businesses;
– If you are sick, you can just drop your business and return to it later, it's not going anywhere.
– If you are sick, your business won't go anywhere!
I am pretty much joking about the bad part. It does raise the point that you have to take responsibility for your own site and try to keep it chugging along at all times, but it also highlights the fact that real life can come first. You don't have a boss who will grumble if you need to stay in bed.
Setting Up A Blog – What Comes First?
I want to go back and cover the part about setting up a site. It really is too easy for newcomers to start doing all sorts of different things when starting their sites.
I've seen people add a homepage and then ask me to review it. I've seen people build two or three pages out, add Google Analytics, and then wonder why nobody is coming to visit.
I've even seen people leave it alone for 6 months and then ask “Hey my site is 6 months old, why no traffic?”
Seriously, just keep it growing for the first month or two.
When I build a site, I wait until there are at least 6-10 pages of content before I go knocking on Google's door. Genevieve has probably not even heard of any of these things, and that's a good thing.
Speaking of Genevieve, here she is!
The following is written by her:
Writing My Next Articles
For my next task, Bryon asked me to write 1 or 2 more articles from my list of keywords. He also suggested that I can outsource my writing if I want to, but it's a good idea to write my first few ones myself.
The first hard part is choosing which one I can write about next. It didn't take me long to decide which ones, I even chose 2. I turned to my friend “Google” for research on my chosen articles and found many good articles to assist and help me.
It' was all good up to that point. Then I got so sick, I wasn't able to go through and read the articles that I found. I was sick for a few days, skipped work and not able to do anything productive. I was so frustrated and feeling bad because Bryon was waiting for me to submit my next articles.
He's so patient and told me to just try to get well and feel better.
After the weekend, I was feeling much better. I attempted to go through and read all the articles. It's like when I was writing my first article, it was also hard to choose the best information from the articles. The difference this time around was it took me less time to choose the information that I needed.
On the articles that I just wrote, I did some reading, tweaks, edits, and adds a few times. I think I did a little bit less tweaking and editing this time compared to my first article. I'm not sure if that's a good thing, result-wise. 🙂
Overall, I think it's better. I know I'm far from being an expert yet, but I think it's a matter of getting used to it.
Back to Dom
It's definitely a case of getting used to it. Every word you write gets you one step closer to being an expert. That being said, all you really have to do is keep trying and improving. I still try to improve my writing every time I write.
Moving Forward – Preparing For The Big Reveal
For next week's task, I'll have Genevieve finish up her last batch of articles, and we'll prepare the site for the big reveal. Stay tuned, next week and the week after are going to be good ones! (You can be informed when the post goes live by subscribing).
Sidenote: Since this mentorship has started, I've had a few people reach out and ask me to mentor them as well. I'm more than happy to do this, but you have to understand I'm only going to have time to mentor my customers. If you buy a site, or have me “fix up” one of your sites, I'll be there as long as you need me.
Unfortunately I just don't have the time to mentor those who want to do it without my services.
That's what this blog series is for! You get to learn it all for free and follow along.
See you next week,
Bryon (and Genevieve).