Creating Successful Websites: Currently, an online presence is an absolute necessity for a successful business. Many people hire graphic designers to develop and create a fabulous website for them.
Other people choose to create a site all on their own. With all the great easy to use tools such as WordPress doing it yourself is as easy as clicking on a button!
Today websites are set up as blogs, and the blog is the site. Responsive templates are available from your hosting company, and you can set a static home page or use a magazine style that updates as you add new pages and posts.
No matter what you choose, there are certain rules you should follow. Here are the 24 rules I follow when creating successful websites.
Building a website takes time, dedication, and hard work.Traffic, email subscribers, and profit will come in time. Do not expect instant gratification.
Hackers mainly target successful websites.
If you have excellent security, it will make a big difference. Also, it is necessary to create a backup of your site, for both security reasons and reassurance if something goes wrong.
You must write good content to get followers and keep fans.
If all your posts are garbage you need to change something and quick. Mix your content up and include videos and graphics to give your site a balanced look that is more professional and appealing.
No hyphens and no dashes.
Typically, numbers are not good either, but there are always exceptions. Buy a dot com URL if possible as this is still what people used to see most often what they type into their search bar.
You want your site to be easy to navigate, appealing, and to draw in people. An ugly package will only scare potential clients away.
You can buy a professional WordPress theme for under $100. There are also many excellent free themes as well if you do not want to buy an elegant one.
An email list is a place you form a relationship with your readers.
Those who subscribe want to hear what you must say. If you have a product to sell email subscribers are your target customers.
If your site takes more than a few seconds for your site to load the Search engines will penalize you and your traffic will leave before it ever loads.
You must learn how to rock social media. Get the icons for your social sites on your website where people can share your content and follow or friend you.
Don't try to do all of them at once.
Heed my advice; I only focus on one social media platform at a time. Facebook is the largest. Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin, Instagram and Pinterest get a lot of traffic as well. Pick one and focus on it!
While creating a website or blog, you may feel like you face a never-ending to-do list. If you try to do everything at once, you will complete nothing.
Develop a schedule for publishing posts and stick to it. Use the advance posting schedule if you have a WordPress blog.
If a follower comments on your post, respond to them. Do not ignore your fans.
Do not compare your success to someone else's.
Be yourself, and you will stand out from the competition. It is better to be the best you then a more imitation of someone else.
Be the man or woman with a plan.
Have a set posting schedule, contests, interviews, and anything else you may need written down and recorded. An editorial calendar is essential for a successful website.
Care for it, nurture it, and talk about it regularly.
Your email subscribers should be your new best friend. Set up a campaign in your auto-responder, so people hear from you .
The online world is always changing so will everything in it. If you only have one source of income and another on the change before it's too late.
You must advertise and invest in your business for it to grow.
You will have good days and bad.
When traffic plummets, or sales decrease, keep pushing forward. If you quit, you will regret it.
That is the best and most profitable source of income you will have.
To drive traffic to your site, people must know about it first. 90% of your time should be spent on marketing once your site is set up.
You can Google to find out what these are.
Otherwise, you may as well just keep a diary and read it by yourself.
If you believe in yourself and keep going, you will have a successful website.
These are the 24 rules I follow when creating successful websites. Take each rule to heart and follow my advice.
Your results will be phenomenal. As with everything else you do in life, if you want to be successful it takes time, hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
When I make a mistake, I learn from it and move on. Use these 24 rules as a guide when creating successful websites and you are guaranteed success!
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