Over the course of my time helping beginners get started online, I've seen the same questions and mistakes over and over again. No matter how well we prepare, chances are we are going to do something wrong. This is not a conclusive list of website tips for beginners, but it's the most relevant advice at the time of writing.
Consider this post just one attempt at warning you, and write these tips down somewhere.
Stick them on a post-it note on the top of your computer screen.
Save them as “reminders” in your phone.
Write them on your mirror.
Put them on a piece of paper and eat it.
Whatever helps you “digest” the information.
Top Website Tips For Beginners
Notice how I've said “Website tips” and not “web design”, “seo” or “marketing” tips. I want to keep this as general as possible.
1. Learn to be as patient as possible, then be more patient.
Honestly, the sooner you can get over the impatience thing, the sooner you are going to find success. We are pretty much all in this for the money, we all want it to come as soon as possible, and we all want to know whether or not we are actually going to succeed.
The most pertinent advice I was given when I started out was this:
“You seem to be too hung-up on whether or not you are going to be successful at this. If you keep at it and focus on growing your site through excellent content, you WILL find success.”
This was one of those “aha” moments for me. Not because I received confirmation that I would succeed, but because I realized that it was one of my major hangups.
Stop worrying about whether or not you will succeed. Stop looking for some sort of confirmation. Just get on with it.
2. Keywords help a website, but they don't MAKE it.
You don't even really need to focus on keywords much these days. Google's latest algorithm update, “Hummingbird” has made it even easier to find good content related to answering people's questions and giving them what they want.
Really, you just have to focus on content. Keywords help tell Google “Hey, this is what my page is about,” but it's up to you to prove that your page is worth reading.
You're not going to do that if you keep writing for search engines.
3. First impressions count.
Too lazy to search for a good image? Want to just steal one from somewhere else? Using a free theme because you don't want a premium one?
Free resources are great for beginning a site and just getting on with it without spending a lot of time on design. They're also great for testing whether or not a niche is for you.
If you don't take your website seriously and give it some “Wow” factor, you can't really expect your visitors to respect it either.
Why do you think the websites we sell here include premium images and themes?
4. You only need to be an expert in one thing.
You don't even need to be an expert, just be “great”.
There are dozens of ways to make money online. There are thousands of niches to do that in. You just need to become great in one niche, and one or two ways of making money from that niche, and after that, you're good to go.
If you really want to move on to another niche afterwards, that's fine, because you will have your “model” business that you can transfer over.
Stop jumping around so much. Focus pays.
5. You're in this for the long haul.
If you need cash fast, go find a job. If it needs to be online, then try odesk or elance. Honestly, you can make A LOT of money with a website, and I'm more than willing to teach you how, but it's not going to come over night.
If you're willing to wait 3-6 months to see some success, and 6 months to a year to earn a decent living, and maybe 1.5 years to replace your day job, then great, let's go.
Buy one of our sites and we will get moving.
If you're expecting to find some overnight success, then sorry, it's just not going to happen with a website.
Common sense wins out. If something seems too good to be true, it's probably not true.
There are a lot of people out there preaching tricks, techniques, and secrets, but in all honesty, you just need to dedicate yourself to providing value, via useful content online.
It's that simple.
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