February 8, 2011

Website Building Tips for First Timers!


This is a guest post by Samantha Wright from Seashell Surfpix. We are always looking for new guest bloggers to appear on our blog, so if you can write something worth reading regarding any aspects of business and internet marketing then submit your posts to blog@magnet4marketing.net

So you’re thinking about getting your business online, and so the first and most obvious thing to do is to create a website. So where do you start; The Yellow Pages? Sure if you have money to burn, go for it. In my experience if you try and sort out a web designer in your local area perhaps and have absolutely no knowledge about basic website design or what’s even involved in it then they’ll more than likely take advantage of you and before you know it, you would’ve been robbed blind of your riches.

How about doing the job yourself? That means learning HTML, XML, CSS and all the other jargon that comes with it right? It will take you forever no doubt you’re thinking. You could consider using an online site builder like Moonfruit. Check out our post; Get Your Business Online with Moonfruit! It covers all the necessary tips and advice on building a simple website with Moonfruit using easy to use drag and drop editing interface.

Ok in this post we’re going to look at some all important aspects on building your first website.

URL

The first and utmost important step in getting your website online is getting a domain name. Since you’re setting up a website for your business then it would be advisable to get a domain name that represents your business title, for example if you were called Seb Bailey and you were a heating engineer lets sat, then you would give your website the domain name of www.sebbailey-heating.co.uk or something similar.

Design

When designing your site whether using an online site builder tool or not, make sure you have your businesses corporate image in mind, meaning design the colours and layout of your website to match your businesses corporate image.

Pages

When adding pages to your website, make sure you add the essential pages such as about, services provided and a contacts page. You could also add a testimonials page to show your visitors what others feel about your services.

Links

Adding a links page is essential for building and exchanging links with other industry related websites. This will improve you search engine ranking for related keywords. Check out our informative tips on Website Link Building Tips.

SEO

Create search engine friendly pages, if you’re using Moonfruit or a self-hosted WordPress blog running on Genesis Framework for example this gives you the opportunity to fine tune and optimise your pages for SEO.

Submit your site

Submit your website to business directories and search engines using Submit Express.


About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is an exclusive guest writer for Magnet4Marketing. She was awarded 2007 MasterCard Business Woman of the Year and loves to share her insight into the world of online business marketing. Samantha is also a keen surf photographer and on the weekends can be found at her local beach break photographing surfers of all abilities. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.

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