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Second question, what kind of site will you build?
If you've spent any time on internet, you've seen all kinds of sites. Which ones captured your attention? Which made you want to click away as fast as possible?
The internet is full of bad sites, ugly sites, annoying sites, and sites that just float in cyberspace because they have no value and can't get listed in directories or get ranked well at search engines. (You can forget about little tricks you've heard about to get a page a high ranking. The engines are becoming more and more sophisticated and tricks aren't working. Besides, this is your BUSINESS, make it respectable.) Please don't add to junk.
Third question - How will you build your site?
Good question. Again, we're talking about internet, so there are a lot of options out there. And of course, lots of services and software available. Do yourself a favor and forget freebies, they simply won't give impression you want to convey, and don't offer functinality you'll need.
Think about what kind of site you want to have and what you will need it to do for you. Is bandwidth important to you? Do you want to own your own domain name? (Some hosting companies retain ownership) Do you want to totally design everything yourself, or save time with templates? Do you know HTML, etc? Or would you rather use a site building program that takes care of all that for you? Do you want to be able to collect email addresses? Mailout an ezine? Sell your own products and collect payments?
Answer as many related questions as you can before chosing services. (If you don't know what some of these things even are or why they matter, find out. You'll be glad you did.) Shop around and see who offers what. If you want to start small and simple, and you're willing to do research and work to make your site viable, maybe all you need is a domain name and hosting. Don't spend $1000's to get a lot of stuff you won't use. But if you find yourself also looking for link tracking software or mailout capability or, or, or ....(you get idea), consider looking at programs that group services together. See a comparison of 4 site-building programs at http://buildit.sitesell.com/compare.html . If you need a lot of functionality, purchasing these services separately can break bank, not to mention complicate your life!
By planning your business and building a quality site, you will avoid two big mistakes that many affiliates make. You'll be way ahead of pack and on your way to building a viable web BUSINESS.
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