So if you’re ready to take action, you should have :
- chosen your niche website
- set a plan for financial investment
- chosen ways to learn the basics
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Your First Website
Now that you’ve chosen your business, you need to choose a layout for your website.
It has been proven over and over again that a clean, basic layout attracts the most attention. Your background should always be white and your content black. Links and ads of course can have colour.
You can choose to have a static homepage or a rolling blog page. You can choose one column or several. Your site will allow for headers, footers, sidebars and widgets for highlighting things of importance.
Try to pick a design that reflects what you are selling. The purpose of your site will play an important factor in this decision.
Design a Logo
My recommendation for this would be to use Canva (www.canva.com). It is free to use and you can accomplish a whole lot without having to upgrade!
Canva will allow you to choose from many designs which you can then edit to reflect your business name. You can also start from scratch and design it all using Canva’s elements and photos.
Once your logo is designed, you can download it from Canva and save. Then you will upload it to your website.
Your First Content
The purpose of your about me page is to introduce yourself to your readers. It can be a little background into who you are and how you arrived at owning this website. You can talk about the purpose of your website and what you wish to accomplish with it.
Make yourself available to your readers so that they feel comfortable approaching you with questions and comments.
Add a photo of yourself so that your readers can put a face to your name.
Your Tasks for Step 3
- start designing your website, the layout
- design your logo and upload it to your website
This may not seem like much of a task list, but these are actually vital steps and your logo and website design are something that will probably take you some time to land on something you are happy with.
That doesn’t mean it can never be changed but you want to avoid getting too advanced into your website and then making such changes. Once you start to build out your website, you are building out your brand which is identified by your logo.
Looking Ahead to Step 4
We will now be getting into the nitty gritty of your website and writing content. We will look at how to come up with ideas for content and how to turn those ideas into articles. We will look at how to write, and what to write and how to keep people reading.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this step and found it useful. As always, I encourage you to leave comments, questions, stories or just say Hi! See you in Step 4 !