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10 Ways To Create and Promote Your Website Effectively

10 Ways To Create and Promote Your Website Effectively

Anyone who wants to run a successful online business must start with a home base: their website. That’s where they share their story. Visitors will drop-by and see what solutions they find to their challenges and problems. Whether they click that “Subscribe” button or buy from you, depends on a number of factors. It won’t happen overnight, but if you promote your website the right way, you’ll achieve the success your business deserves. This post looks at some of the ways of creating and promoting a website. They can be adapted depending on what business you run (consulting, freelancing, writing, etc). Let’s break down the process in two chunks.

How to create a website

1. Register Your Domain Name

This is the foundation of creating your website. Godaddy, Namecheap and 1&1 are just a few of the domain registrars you can choose from. All of them have low prices and offer a variety of package deals to suit every need. When deciding for a domain name, give it some thought; use keywords relevant to your business. Also, since you need to be perceived as a pro, the best thing to do is go for a self-hosted website.

2. Choose a Hosting Service

The next step is to register your hosting account. I recommend you stay away from the free blogging platforms like blogspot.com or wordpress.com, and build a professional website using wordpress.org. Here you also have dozens of options, but I personally recommend Westhost, which I’m using myself. I chose them for two main reasons: they offer a superior service and are extremely affordable. You want a website you can have control over, that you own and have the freedom to use as you wish to offer your visitors the best experience.

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3. A Minimalist WordPress Theme Makes Your Content Stand Out

When getting to this point, bear in mind that your website doesn’t have to be perfect or super flashy. A clean and minimalist theme with a professional look would do. Some of the best WordPress theme providers are: Theme Forest, Genesis and Elegant themes. This post from wplift can also be instrumental in giving you a few ideas about what would work best for your website.

4. Install Plug-Ins on Your WordPress Website

There’s no need to go overboard here either. Some of the plug-ins you’ll most need are Akismet, to protect your blog (assuming you have one) from spam; BackWPup, to automatically back up your WordPress website; WP Super Cache, to help make your site faster and protect it from crashing in case of traffic spikes; and, last but not least, Google Analytics, to measure your results.

5. Persuade Your Visitors with Your Web Copy

Now that your website is shaping up nicely, your web copy should be engaging and right to the point. Persuasive. When you start creating your web pages, picture your potential clients in mind. What makes them tick? Highlight your key points first. Let your visitors know from the get go what you can do for them. Keep in mind they will only have a quick look at your website to decide whether they should stay or leave. Besides that, if you don’t tell them what to do, if your pages don’t include a call-to-action, they’ll click the back button in an instant.

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6.  Not Ready to Launch Yet? No Problem. Create a Landing Page First

As an alternative to the previously covered points, you could just create a landing page that lets your visitors know you’d be launching soon, and build a strong offer – give them a free report or an e-book in exchange for their email address. Make sure you don’t come up with another freebie just because almost everyone does. The world wide web is inundated with those kind of things. Make it count.  It has to be useful, informative and smart. Why? Because you need credibility to attract visitors and convert them into buyers. Let’s look now at some of the ways to earn Google’s trust.

How to promote your website

You need eyeballs to your product or services no matter what business are you in. Your main goal is to turn visitors into subscribers or buyers. But before you get there, you need to spread the word about what you do. Even the best product is useless if people don’t know about it.

7.  Start Marketing Your Business Early

This is a key lesson both Buffer co-founders Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich learned and discussed in the early days of their startup. Gascoigne wrote in one of his blog posts that treating his product as finished was essential to immediately see the benefits.

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Widrich pointed out, reflecting to his business partner’s words: “Take what you have, treat it as finished and push it out there.” He added: “People don’t sign up for your product after hearing about you for the first time.” You need to put it out there, so people can hear about it, see how it works and what it can do for them. In our quest to launch the perfect website (or blog) for the perfect business, we tend to keep postponing, waiting for the perfect time when our product or service is polished enough to see the daylight. The thing is you have to start somewhere, otherwise you’ll never advance.

8. Get Links to Earn Credibility

When your website is brand new, you’re not an established authority yet. To get credibility, you need to get links from credible websites. The combination between the quality and quantity of these links is called domain authority (DA) and gives your credibility score. This is measured on a scale from one to 100. Page authority (PA) is also a scale of one to 100 and measures the credibility on a specific page on your website.

9. Link Popularity Matters

The more sites link to your page, the higher the chance that page will rank higher in the search results. Just like in any popularity contest. Your page must be relevant for a specific topic. Also, the words within the links (anchor text) must include a relevant keyword instead of a URL or a “click here.”

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10. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is the modern day PR. Whether you sell a product or a service, everything goes down to content, how intelligently you create and promote it, and to what purpose. You write for real people, not robots. You ultimately need to guest post to drive quality traffic to your website, garner credibility and build relationships with the blog owners that will host you. If you already have your website up and running, with a blog attached to it, but still feel like you’re talking to an empty room, here’s what you should do: post two to four times per month on your blog.

Other than that, spend time on building relationships with your peers’ audience. Pitch guest post ideas to major blogs in your industry. As they accept and publish your guest posts, you position yourself as an authority. Here are a few tips from Orbit Media’s Strategic Director Andy Crestodina about how to find host blogs. You should guest post on websites that have a higher DA than yours. When you decide what blogs to pitch, you can use Moz’s Open Site Explorer to do a quick domain and link analysis on up to five sites. Or you can install the free Mozbar (for Google and Firefox), to get fast and easy access to advanced metrics, access top tools and instant website information, all in one place.

But more important, you have to create great content, as this is how you’ll earn brownie points with Google. To sum it up: build a solid offer, cultivate relationships, and gain enough subscribers to further spread the word about how awesome your product and services are. From here on in, you can confidently launch and grow your business. Your turn: What tactics do you use to create and promote your website?

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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