The first week is already behind us and Genevieve has *pretty much* completed her tasks. As you may have expected, there were a few teething problems, which she'll tell you about below. It's great to see her getting on with things though and I'm looking forward to seeing her site grow in the weeks ahead. For those who missed the week one post, read it here.
This week I asked her to fill out her basic pages: About, Privacy, and Contact. These are pages that are important to have on any site, and are the most natural starting points with site construction. Since Genevieve started out with one of my ready-made sites, the pages already existed and she just needed to fill in the blanks.
This is great for beginners, because who knows how to do a privacy page when they first start out? And how do you know which contact form plugin to use?
I was pretty confident that Genevieve would be able to get these basic pages together, but wasn't sure how the about page would come out. In the end, she did a great job!
Here's a snapshot of what she wrote:
Why These Pages First?
First impressions count. Before connecting a site with Webmaster Tools or looking for ways to make money, you've got to get the basics set up. You need to start with the foundations before building something.
Some people do things in the wrong order. I've seen people signing up for affiliate programs before they've even got a site up. I've seen others rushing to set up Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools. I've even seen people trying to put adverts up on their site before there's any real content!
It's much smarter to do those things later, and worry about building the site out first. This week was the basic pages, next week will be preparing the blog and maybe writing the first article.
The Student's Perspective
It's time to handover to Genevieve to walk us through how the week went from her perspective.
Take it away Genevieve!
Here comes Week 1, it's time to get to work and learn. I wasn't sure what to expect on the very first week. I was excited and anxious at the same time. I thought it shouldn't be too bad or hard.
For my very first tasks, I had to set up the following:
The About Page
This is the part that I struggled with the most. Did a lot of brainstorming almost the whole week. I got frustrated a little bit, because I thought I wouldn't be able to write anything at all on this page. Finally, one night while at home, I started writing a little bit about my life and went with my instincts. Before I knew it, I wrote more than I expected.
This is already on the site, just a little bit of reading and completing it accordingly. Just struggled a little bit (on the legalese part). I was also looking for some tools that are not very visible (for me anyway). I think it's just a matter of getting used to it. When I'm on other websites, I just skip thru this part. I should pay more attention next time.
The Contact Page
It's fairly easy, everything is already done, just need to add some info.
One downside or maybe more of a challenge is finding the time to do something on the side (like taking courses part-time, working/starting a business part-time, etc). Big challenge for me because of work (full time) and family commitments. It's really trying to balance things in one's life.
Overall thoughts about the week? Working on my website is both a challenging and exciting learning experience (especially for newbies and non-techies like me). This is something new to me, so I feel a sense of adventure. Looking forward for the next tasks!
Bryon again here. It's really good to see Genevieve's feedback like this. Sometimes it's easy to forget how even the most fundamental things like looking for the change color tool on the dashboard can be a difficult task for first-timers. I'm really getting a great insight into how I need to re-develop my training.
Next week we'll be going into keyword research and general blog research more. If you follow my blog, you'll notice a lot of my posts recently have been done to compliment this. Check them out here:
Research is one of the fundamental skills to learn and it's important to get it right. Obviously I have done some for her as part of the site package, but I'm going to walk her (and all of you) through the process next week!