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Part 1: Start To Finish - Building A Website And Profiting
I always have people asking me "How can I make money online?" and I can't really answer that because everyones skill sets are different. I typically tell people to start blogging about something they like doing and they'll learn over time how to build and profit from their website/blog.
If you'd like to skip ahead to a section you know you need help with, use these links:
Part 2: Hosting Companies
Part 3: Web Design
Part 4: Advertising
Part 5: On Page Optimization
Part 6: Off Page Optimization
Part 7: Client Relations
My guide will help you go from registering a domain to profiting from your website. Keep reading and let me know what you think
And Away, We, Go!
When registering your domain name you need to think of where you want to purchase your domain. This is where the domain registrars come into play.
Big Name Registrars:
I typically use Godaddy for my domain purchases because I've been using them since, what seems like, the beginning of time. So I try to keep a lot of my domains in the same location to just make it easier with renewals.
When looking for a domain for your new website you'll want it to be brandable or easy to remember. Why? Because this is a great way to generate traffic and it's the first thing people see before coming to your website. They are already making assumptions about your website based on what the domain name is. When I'm purchasing a domain I try to make sure it is no longer than 2 words and 4 syllables long. Each word can have 2 syllables or one of the words can have one and the other have three. This will guarantee your domain name is short enough to be remembered and also brandable at the same time.
Paying for the domain
When purchasing your domain through godaddy, or wherever you want, be sure you can get domain privacy so that you're personal information is hidden if anyone does a WHOIS search on your domain. By purchasing this privacy add on, all that will show up is firstname.lastname@example.org if you go through godaddy. Now people can still email you because everything will get forwarded to you, but no one besides godaddy will see your personal information at all.
At checkout, or just before it, you'll be asked if you want business registration and email setup. You don't really need either of these because you can the business registration isn't very useful and the email setup can easily be done through your hosting after you set it up. Just to show you how much this will save, Godaddy charges around $4 or $5 a month for each email you set up through them, or you can pay for your hosting and set up countless emails for free. Which do you think is better? Yeah, thought so
Also, when purchasing your domain be sure to check and make sure you're not paying for 5 years in advance unless that's what you want to do. Most companies will have it preset at 2 to 5 years and you can knock it down to 1 year, which is what I do.
This is part 1 of at least 6 for my "Start to Finish - Building A Website And Profiting" guide.