Build A Website On A Budget

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Can You Build A Website Online On A Small Budget ?

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This one of the reasons it has kept many people from starting an online business or starting a blog to share your passion or a product you might have.

It really surprises everyone when I tell them the cost of building a website or blog. For less than $100 bucks you can have a professional looking website or blog if you are willing to put in a little sweat equity.

These are the main elements and cost of building a website or blog:

  1. Domain Name – A Domain Name will cost you about $10 to $15 bucks a year. You can get one at registrars like Namecheap.com. They are inexpensive and great support too..com
  2. Hosting Account – You can use a service like 1and1.com or Hostgator.com. These are two of the more popular hosting services and offer good service and support which is critical to having your website or blog up 99.99% of the time. Then cost is about $10.00 a month.web hosting
  3. WordPress – This is a platform used to build your website inside your hosting account which is free when you get your hosting account. WordPress is very user friendly and offers many options for making your site look and feel like a professionally built site.wordpress
  4. Email Autoresponder – This is an email management system designed to collect your prospects email information via Opt-In forms on your site. This will run you about $20.00 a month. Look at it this way, for every email collected from your prospects their value according to statistics is $1.00 per email. Which means that if you have 1000 emails your list is worth $1000 in revenue. An email autoresponder allows you to stay in touch with your subscribers and continue to build a relationship via a newsletter/blog updates where you can share your existing and new products with them.Email Autoresponder

This is the bare minimum you need to have your website set up and live on the internet.

Here are some tips to set up your website or blog.


You want to build a website or blog on a budget for your business, product or hobby but don’t know where to start. Lucky for you it is not as complicated as you might think.

In fact, you can pretty much make one for free with a free Domain Name. However, there are some things that you should know before you start building your website or blog.

I commonly come across business owners asking me, Why am I not getting any people to visit my website ? or Why aren’t people buying my product ?

One thing I want to clear up before going on. In this article I write about using your keywords for your Domain Name instead of the name you want to use. For example: You want to call the website CharliesPizzaJoint.com because no-one is searching for Charlies or Joint specially if you have a new business but people are more likely search for restaurants in local city name, pizza in city name, places to eat in city name, or pizza delivery in city name.

Hope you get where I am headed with this. If you have those keywords in your Domain Name preferably you will be more likely to get a trickle effect of traffic to your site more quickly then if you called your website CharliesPizzaJoint.com and as traffic starts and your site becomes more popular in Google’s eyes or other search engines you will see your web traffic increase.

Here are some things you should keep in mind when planning the build of your site:

  • Do a thorough market research to understand what your market is looking for so you can provide them with it. You can use the free tool called, Google Keyword Planner. It is free to use and will help you learn more about your market and help you find great keywords your consumers are searching in their browsers.
  • Now that you have some good keywords you could do a search at Domain Name registrars like Namecheap.com or Godaddy.com ( Paid Domain Names ) to see if it is available. I did say you could get a Domain Name for free and you can get one at www.dot.tk.
  • Once you have a Domain Name then it is time to find out where you are going to build your site. There are a few popular platforms available like WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Weebly.com, Wix.com and others. I usually use WordPress since I find it easy to use and easy to build a website without knowing coding or programming. They also have an excellent tutorial that shows you how to set everything up .
  • I also recommend getting an email autoresponder like Aweber.com, iContact ( Paid Services ) or use a free service like MailChimp.com to collect your visitor information so you can stay in-touch with them and offer them more tips, resources and products which increase your customer value.
  • Once you have your platform to build your site and your domain name then you are ready to write your site content. If you are selling something then your sales letter which must be specific about the benefits of your product and how it solves their problem. You can use testimonials ( Recommended ) and/or video (s) giving them valuable information which allows them make a decision in purchasing your product or at least a subscriber to your newsletter. Make sure that your content is unique, valuable and high quality. If you can you might even want to outsource this if you are handicapped as far as writing is concerned.
  • Now that you have your content on your site and everything is set up correctly it is time to share it with the world. This is the marketing aspect of the business. Share your site on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn.com, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and many other Social Media sites online. Here are the Top Ten Social Media Sites.
  • Use Press Release sites to let the world know about your site. Mashable.com shares the top 20 free press release sites here.
  • Submit articles to article directories sites where you can submit articles related to your site, product or market and include a link to your site in the author’s box not in the article itself unless they don’t have an author’s box then just leave one or two links back to your website or blog in your article.

I hope this gives you a head start into building your website or blog for any situation. Get my free ebook where I go over other tips and resources that can help you with your website too.


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How To Build A Blog And Blogging for Profits Tips

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What Are The Pieces Of The Puzzle On How To Build A Blog That Is Profitable ?

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Many wonder what is the secret sauce to building a profitable blog you might say. There are certain things you need to take into account before you start:

  • Are  you building a blog about what your passionate about ?
  • Is your blog be specifically for selling affiliate products ?
  • Are you building a review blog reviewing other people’s products.
  • Do you know who your market is ?
  • Do you know how to find your market ?
  • Will you build your blog yourself or will you outsource for someone to do for you ?
  • What is your budget ? No Budget or No Worries! Either way don’t worry! We will elaborate on this more…
  • What marketing methods are you using ? Social Media, Paid Marketing, or Winging It!
  • Lead Generation – How will you generate traffic to your site ? Without this you will struggle online!

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Let’s start from the top.

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To Build A Blog, the pieces of the puzzle are:

  1. Hosting – Hostgator.com or 1and1.com.
  2. Domain Name – You can get one at: NameCheap.com, or GoDaddy.com.
  3. Blog Website Platforms like: WordPress, Joomla, WP Commerce, Blogger, LiveJournal, Weebly and Ghost among many others available.
  4. Content – Your blog needs high quality unique content and a lot of it targeting your specific niche.
  5. Marketing – Where do you market and what is your marketing budget ? There is a faster way but not necessarily the most inexpensive which is Paid Marketing like Paid Per Click, Paid Per View or Paid Per Action.

Here are some less expensive and popular places you could use in your paid marketing strategy:

  • Paid Per Click Marketing Microsoft Ad Center
  • Yahoo Ads or Yahoo Native Ads
  • Paid Per Click Marketin – Facebook PPC Markteing
  • Paid Per View Marketing – MediaTraffic.Com ( Requires an initial investment of $200 ) but you can get some cheap traffic and leads.
  • Solo Ads – SoloAdsAgency.Com Done For You Traffic ( Requires an investment of minimum $250 )

Here are some Free methods you can use in your marketing efforts:

  • Blogging – This requires your time and it is important to get organized to be more productive and have the least of distractions. You want to publish high quality unique and valuable content people are searching for. Pay attention to trends. Maybe it’s something your knowledgeable about and/or passionate about either way provide quality.
  • Social Networking – It is essential in today’s fast moving pace to link up with social media platforms where you can build a responsive and professional readers and share your opinions in the way of content to these platforms. Choose one platform first and build it from the ground up, know what networking angle and how you want to engage with your readers, visitors and potential clients or buyers. Find groups in your niche and network and provide them with valuable knowledge they can use immediately if you can, they will reciprocate. #SocialMedia platforms like: #GooglePlus, #Facebook, #Twitter, #StumbleUpon and many others available to you. Remember to use #Hashtags in Social Media sites like mentioned above with keywords related to what your content is about. Read more in my previous article, Social Signals And Social Networking
  • Forums – Here you can network with like minded people in the same niche your in and get inside tips on what ever you need to learn and/or share your opinions and content via the Author’s Box or Signature where you will describe what you offer and your link to your website so readers and followers can find you. Don’t Spam, it’s the fastest way to get black flagged.
  • Bookmarking – This platform allows you to share your content with others interested in sharing your quality and unique content on their site by sharing your link to their network. It is a great way to get links back to your website where it will increase your website popularity in Google’s eyes.
  • Knowledge – Where do you get your knowledge from ? Online popular and targeted information to your niche and market by visiting other blogs, forums and other networking sites list on Wikipedia.

Learn one thing and become good at it with only one marketing strategy and get good at it and you will become a source of information for people looking for a solution that solves their problems and you could profit from via eBooks, Courses/HowTo’s, or a membership site where you share knowledge and tips for paid members through a private blog or membership software used if you use WordPress for example.

What ever type of website you have you should always have a blog where you keep your subscribers and readers coming back to read your quality content and buy more from your blog.

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Blogging is a Long Term plan that requires dedication, consistency, and actionable daily tasks done everyday at the beginning until you can settle in for the long haul regardless of weather conditions or where you want to work from as long as you have internet service available.

Blogging is fun and specially gratifying if you are passionate and knowledgeable about something. It doesn’t matter what niche you get into if there is a good size market available. Do a good market research before you begin your journey.

If you have questions about this or any other articles let us know in the comment area below. Thanks!

Here is a great video that walks you through some of the steps necessary to build a blog…It is a long video but offers a step by step to building your blog from scratch:

 

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