How To Create A Website For Your Online Business & Host It
How To Create A Website (What you need to do).
To get started with making money online, especially through affiliate marketing, it is really not compulsory to create a website, but it is necessary. Here is the reason why.
Why You Should Create A Website To Make Money Online
. Some companies would require you to have a website, and would like to manually verify it, before letting you promote their products.
. Your website is like a home where people can find you online. It makes your potential customer take you more seriously.
. You could earn extra money with your website, by monetizing it using many other ways.
. You website will help you grow an audience.
Before starting to create a website, the first thing you need to do is chose a niche(A topic that your website will be about). Your niche is supposed to be popular, and evergreen if you want to make much profit. There should be millions of people searching for topics on your niche everyday.
Your niche is supposed to relate with whatever product you are going to be promoting and marketing. For example if you are promoting a search engine optimization product like SEMRUSH or something similar, then your website niche should have something to do with that.
For example, you can promote a search engine optimization in the ‘make money online’ niche. This is because, search engine optimization helps to rank peoples website high so that they can get more targeted traffic and make more money. You get the gist.
Now this type of example I gave above is typical for bloggers. That is if you want to create a website in the blog category. But you must not create a blog for affiliate marketing. You can create a simple landing page. However, the same thing applies here. You need to chose a popular, evergreen blogging niche, and you need to ensure it relates a product you will be promoting.
Now that you have chosen your niche, lets move on the next step.
Chose A Domain Name For Your Website
Now you need to chose a domain name. A domain name is the name of your website. It is what your visitors will type in the browser to visit your website. For example, in my case, the domain name is dbundus.com. When choosing a domain name, it is preferable to chose a name that relates to your niche. Even though mine is not, but it is preferable to chose something that relates to your niche. It helps for people to find you easily and remember you, but it is not compulsory.
Let’s say you are in the make money online niche, you can try something like, howtomakemoneyonline.com as your domain name. It is also preferable that your domain name is short, sweet and memorable, but it is not compulsory.
The Problem With Choosing A Domain Name
While choosing a domain name you will find out that almost all the names you are typing are already being used by someone else. That is the problem today.
The world is advancing real quick, and everyday, hundreds of thousands of new websites are coming online. Everyone is going in to the online business, and you are being left out without your knowledge.
If new babies are not being born everyday, I really think that there will be a time in the future, where everyone will have a website.
So keep this in mind, you will have to try a lot of different name combinations to find an available and suitable domain name for your website.
So to chose a domain name, go to DREAMHOST . DREAMHOST is a great hosting company that will give you a domain name and host your website with 100% up time Guaranteed! From the top right menu, under the ‘Log In’ Button, type in the name you want to use for your website.
In my example I used ‘myexamplewebsitexxx.com and it is available. Type your own domain name you want to use to see if it is available.
When you find an available suitable domain name for your website, click on the Buy Now For $9.95 button. When you do that, you will be led to the sign up page, where you will sign up and complete the purchase.
When you complete the purchase, the domain name will be secured for you for 1 year. You own the domain name and no one else does in the whole world wide web. It’s now left for you to make it popular.
Take it is important to purcahse and secure your domain name before doing anything else, even before building your website.
The reason for this is because any hesitation in securing your domain name, could make you lose that name. Someone else can just purchase the name in the next seconds, and you have totally lost it forever. Besides the hundreds of thousands of websites coming up everyday, there are a lot more people parking domain names daily.
Domain name parking is a business too. So you need to act fast here, if you ever find a good domain name, so you don’t lose it.
The next step after you have purchased your domain name is to host your website.
Hosting Your Website
We are also going to use DREAMHOST here. They are very good with hosting too. Besides that, it is preferable to have all your eggs in one basket. It is preferable to host your domain name in the same place where you purchased it. This way, you don’t have to go and start learning how to change DNS (Domain Name Servers) or domain transfer. It will make everything more complicated for you. But having all your eggs in one basket will make everything simpler.
From the front home page of dreamhost, click on hosting from the top left menu. You will be taken to the page below where you will choose your hosting plan. I suggest you begin with the shared starter plan first. It cost only $3 per month. It woun’t burn your pocket and it should help you get started.
As you grow in your business and make more money, you can decide to upgrade. They also have a 97 day money back guarantee!
With the starter plan, just for $3 a month, you get the following.
Shared Hosting Server
Fast SSD Storage
Upgrade to Add Email
These should be enough to get you started on your business journey.
So click on sign up and head over to the sign up page and create your account to complete the purchase.
Now that you have completed your purchase, It is time to create your website.
How To Create A Website
Now depending on what type of website you want to create, there are different ways and different tools that will help you do it.
If you want to create a blog, you can simply install wordpress on your hosting server.
This is as simple as anything you can ever think of, because you just have to click an install button to do it. It takes jus about 2 minutes to install. In short if you don’t know how to do it, you can ask your hosting support to do it for you. However if you want to
do it by yourself, then
Once you have installed wordpress, you can choose a very nice theme for the wordpress dashboard themes section. There are many awesome free themes. After you have installed your theme, now it is time to start adding posts to your blog. It is time to start making product reviews on your blog.
Find out companies, and websites in your niche that have affiliate programs, and sign up for the program. Get your links and use them when you are reviewing the product. This way, when anyone decides to use the product, you earn a commission, sometimes life time commissions from the customer. Also you can monetize your blog in many other ways.
If you want to create a landing page,you will need to either know a little bit of html and css, or use a software. One of the best software to create landing pages is GetResponse.
You don’t need any html or css design skill to use it. It is very simple to use. All you will be doing is just drag and drop images and texts according to how you like.
Alternatively, you can hire a freelancer from upwork, or fiverr to create a very beautiful website for you. Just give him all the details of how you want it to be. Don’t worry you are not going to pay until you are satisfied with his work. And you can reject the work if you don’t like it, and your money goes back to you.