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How To Create a Successful Website

Over the years, thousands of people have asked us, how did we create this website and how can they create their own. Today, I would like to answer this question.

The strategy I’m about to share with you, has been proven to work successful in many other industries for us and for other people. In some ways, you can consider what I’m about to share with you, your own blueprint to creating your first successful website. How successful… well, I will leave that to you to decide.

Here’s what I’m going to cover below:

  • How IncomeDiary made $5000 in our very first month.
  • The simple strategy to how we got over 16 million people to visit our website.
  • How it aloud us to create our own products, with sales in the millions of dollars.
  • And more importantly and relevant to you, how you can get started and create a similar site to the one we started with, for under $100.

I know it sounds unrealistic, to believe that someone could achieve so much success, with such a low setup cost. But the fact is, the majority of a websites success, isn’t down to how much you spend on design, advertising and everything else that goes along with it. The success, comes from solving a problem.

That is, after all, why you are here. You have a problem and I’m offering you the solution.

You want to create a successful website and I have the experience to teach you how to do it.

So what you should be thinking about now, is, what problem can you solve.

What are you passionate about? What is your greatest area of knowledge? How can you help people?

Know the answer to this question? Then you are ready to begin.

How To Create a Website and Make Money From It

Once you have your big idea, the first few steps you are going to take, are very simple.

You are going to brainstorm a name, register the .com and then get some hosting for it.

After that, you will install your website software (in only a matter of a few clicks), followed by adding 1 of thousands of great designs available to you at the click of a button.

This website software, called WordPress, which I’m sure, most of you are well aware of, is not only far superior to anything else I’ve seen, but it’s also easy to use, oh and did I mention, it’s free.

WordPress originated as a blogging software, but over the years, it’s now more widely used to create any number of type of website, from an online store, to a sales page and of course, it’s used to publish content.

Content, was the first thing we focused on, it’s one of the biggest reasons for our success and that’s why I recommend you also focus on it.

Before you can expect to make any money, you have to attract people to your site and the best way we have found to do this, is to offer great free content.

Now, if this is something, that appeals to you… then let’s begin:

Choosing and Registering a Domain Name

Before you do anything, you must decide on a name for your website and purchase your .Com (or .co.uk. .org .net etc). I have a lot of domains, how I come up with the domains is simple. They are descriptive of what the site is about, so for example, ExpertPhotography.com is about how to become an expert at photography.

When my friend approached me to help him come up with a domain for an outsourcing site, I asked him, whats the goals of your blog? He told me it was to save entrepreneurs time by outsourcing. I recommended he named his site SaveTimeOutsource.com and that is what he went with. Personally, I would only go for a .Com (it’s the most popular & easiest to remember) and I would also keep the name as short as possible.

To register your domain, go to a website called GoDaddy, if you live in the US you will probably have seen their Superbowl adverts and already know who they are. A domain will set you back less then $10 a year and is one of the most important things to get right.

Of course, feel free to shop around and choose a different registrar, the only main difference between companies is the level of customer support.

.com .org .net .co.uk .info
GoDaddy $9.59 $12.23 $10.19 $9.99 $9.99
NameCheap $10.69 $12.48 $12.88 $7.58 $2.99
1&1 $0.99 $0.99 $8.99 $0.99
Domain.com $9.99 $14.99 $10.99 $4.99

How to Host Your Website on the Internet

Your on my website right now, to do this, I have to host it on a server so that people can come and visit it. It’s quite simple, you rent some space on a server for around $5 a month and can put all your files on it and thousands of people can come and visit it without any hassle.

I personally recommend that to start with, you use HostGator. They have 24/7 live support with agents who will always be happy to help you with any issue you may have. We have used them in the past and they are a good beginning host.

One of the main reasons why I recommend hosting with HostGator, is because they have a program in their user control panel called QuickInstall which allows you to install WordPress (blogging software) with one click.

They don’t charge any additional price for this but if you went with any other company, you would be likely to pay an extra $10 or so a month which is more then the hosting in the first place. When ordering your hosting, use coupon code: incomediary25 to get 25% off your order.

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Now that you have a domain and web hosting, you have to let them know you want to use the two together. You do this with nameservers.

When you purchase your hosting from HostGator, they will email you two nameservers. You then login to GoDaddy, edit your domain settings and type in your nameserver address. Then they will be connected.

nameservers

Here is a selection of well known hosting companies, you can choose between.

Web Host Our Thoughts Plans
BlueHost Consistent up-time and flexible hosting plans for medium traffic websites $19.99 (Hosting For WordPress)
$2.95 (Shared)
$19.99 (Virtual Private Server)
HostGator Superb customer service and very user friendly. $2.78 (Single Domain)
$3.98 (Unlimited Domain)
$5.98 (Unlimited Domain + FREE Private SSL, IP and FREE Toll-Free Number)
LiquidWeb All our websites are hosted with LiquidWeb.  $119 (Hosting For WordPress)
$150 (Scalable Websites)
$159 (Dedicated Servers)
$59 (Managed VPS Hosting with SSD)
$199 (Fully Managed Dedicated Servers That Include Tons of Extras)
WPEngine Well known in the industry to offer great page speeds. Ideal hosting solution for higher traffic websites. $29 (Personal)
$99 (Profesional)
$249 (Business)
MediaTemple Exceptional uptime and value with easily scalable plans for growing sites. $20 (Shared)
$20 (Managed WordPress)
$30 (VPS)
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Installing WordPress onto your Hosting

Back in the day when I started, this would be a nightmare, you would have to upload thousands of files and learn lot’s of technical stuff which no one wants to do.

However, now all you need to do is login to your hosting controle panel and click QuickInstall >> Install WordPress, less then 60 seconds later your blog is installed, you have a website on the internet and you can start publishing content.

Customizing Your Website / Blog Design

At this point, your website should look something similar to this. (The designs can very depending on which free design WordPress are offering pre-installed at the time.)

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1. Finding a Design for your Website

By using WordPress, you are now able to use over 100,000 already created blog designs. Some free and some much better that come at a small cost.

I recommend you go to ThemeForest and look through their theme library of over 30,000 designs.

Once you chose and purchased your blog theme, you need to log into your WordPress admin area. Then click Appearance on the left side, then click Themes. Click upload, find your theme and once installed, active it.

For my Wedding blog, I used Currents theme. This is what it now looks like:

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2. How To Customize Your Blog Design

With most good blog themes, you get a custom dashboard to edit the look and feel of the theme. On the left hand side of your WordPress admin area, click the blue button with the name of your theme on it. In here you can edit almost everything, it’s all very self explanatory, go through it and make the changes you want.

Next, click on Appearance >> Widgets on the sidebar.

Here you can play around, adding, editing and removing widgets on your blog.

A widget is like a gadget or an attachment. Something not required for the site to function but can be used to improve it in some way.

Here’s how my blog looks now:

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Here’s an example of what your website could look like immediately after following this guide:

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This is a typically look I go for when I create every new blog, including Incomediary. I keep it simple, I make it useable. Then once the site proves itself, I invest more money and time into it. This way, I risk little up front but using a few great resources, still manage to build a professional looking site.

Articles To Help You Create Your Website

Now you have set up your website, it’s time to learn and implement the things that will drive traffic to your website and make you money.

Publishing Content That Drives Traffic

Content is why someone visits your website, creating great content will mean more people will visit your website. Would you still be reading this website if it wasn’t for the great content? NO! Write well and people will come.

How To Get People To Visit Your Website

What is the point of creating a website if no one visits it apart from yourself and a few close friends. I have published some great posts about how to drive traffic to your blog. Without traffic, you can’t make money, without great content, people won’t stay long enough to earn you money. Do you see how this is all coming together?

How To Make Money From Your Website

I create websites because it’s my passion but I don’t think I would enjoy it as much if I didn’t make so much money from it, here are my favorite articles that I wrote related to making money from a website.

How To Make Your Website Even Better

I’m a perfectionist and I know every improvement I make is going to mean more traffic to my website which in turn will make me even more money, here are some posts to help you make improvements.

Posts That Inspire Me To Work Harder

We all struggle to keep motivated, personally I’m at the point with my business where I don’t have any financial worries so it’s hard for me to find a reason to keep working because to be honest with you, I don’t. I do however because I’m motivated by success, you may be the same or you may not be making money yet and want to get to this point. Here are my favorite posts to inspire and motivate you to keep pushing forward.