So you have decided to make your stand on the World Wide Web…not as a surfer but as an entrepreneur. Well, good for you! Every day people start websites with the hope of making some extra online cash.
Building your own website isn’t as difficult as you might think. Sure, it’s challenging at the beginning, but once you get it, you’ll reap the rewards.
Done correctly, it won’t be long before you are able to generate a good income. But first, you need to know how to build it. You’ll need to put in the work and time, especially at the beginning. You’ll need to learn how to attract targeted traffic to your site and then turn that traffic into paying customers.
So let’s get going!
The first thing you’ll need is to come up with a name — a URL address — for your website. If you have an existing business, you’ll likely want to use that name. If, however, this is a new venture, try to come up with a name for your website that reflects what you’ll be selling or offering in the way of services. This helps to target traffic to your website.
To find out if the name you want is available, go to namecheap.com and enter the name you want to be followed by a dot (period) and com. You should try first for a .com TLD or Top Level Domain. If .com isn’t available you can try for another TLD — such as .org — but a .com domain is always best.
Let’s do an example. Say your business name is The Dog Groomer. So you look for the URL www.doggroomer.com. As you might expect, it isn’t available. So, get creative. Maybe your first name is Gertrude, so you could check gertrudethedoggroomer.com. The name is available, but it’s a little long. How about groomergertie.com.
So, the name you want is available, go ahead and buy it from Namecheap. It isn’t — despite the name — the least expensive domain registry service but, in my opinion, it offers the best service at the best price.
Coming in Part 2, we’ll talk about website hosting, how you get your site onto the Internet.