Web Site Newbie – Save Money with these Tips – Pt 2
Presented by Charles L Harmon
In Part 1 we looked at a few tips important to newbies or beginners. Here in part 2 are a few more important tips to consider when first getting started.
Don’t buy links or email addresses
Don’t buy links and more importantly do not purchase from web sites offering you tens of thousands of email addresses. While it can be a pain, you must build up your own links, and your own opt-in list of email addresses. Search engines frown at buying links and can penalize you if you do so and they find out. My advice is don’t buy links unless you know exactly what you are doing. This is not the case if you are a newbie.
Do some search engine optimization
Your site will go nowhere unless you have carried out the basics. By this I mean searching for and using keywords, developing a link strategy, writing and submitting articles, and promoting your site in other ways. For keywords you can use use the free options at WordTracker .com. For SEO there are lots of free e-books. For information on how to write articles there are lots of free ebooks and blog posts. I’m not going to mention any of these because such information comes and goes, so you need to search for such free information.
Get good article submission software or use a service
For our experiences do a Google Advanced Search for the exact phrase “Articles to Directories in the Newbie World” and select a site to read about our experiences. We found disappointing submission companies, mediocre software and again came across the heavy sell, one pagers with free gifts.
Get easy-to-use web design software or use WordPress, Joomla, etc. CMS Websites
Nearly all web design software writes the HTML code for you. Some packages are very cheap with, reflecting functionality. Others are very expensive, but with considerably longer learning curves. Nearly all require the purchase of some extra software of plugins in some cases, like WordPress, for search engine optimization.
Being a programmer myself and noting the time required to learn to use software and write or generate code, I cannot in good faith recommend expensive software for beginners. I have several such programs and have not used them, but still have managed to put up more websites than most people would put up in a lifetime.
A very good option to save money for newbies or beginners is to use WordPress or other popular CMS websites. There are many such free websites, but I strongly recommend WordPress because of ease of use and the extreme number of plugins and themes available.
Many of the themes and plugins are free. By using WordPress you can not only save yourself money, but time, which is often more precious than money.
By taking advantage of these few tips you can shortcut the time and save money in the process of getting yourself online.