I recently surveyed my newsletter subscribers to get some information on what areas they need most help with.
An interesting bit of information came out of survey:
A LARGE number of people online are trying to figure out where to start, or aren't sure how to go about it.
My answer for this problem is simply:
Just get started. Find a subject that you enjoy, and that you are willing to spend time learning more about, and start creating your website.
Use free hosting services, put up a bunch of banners, DON'T get your own domain name, make all mistakes you possibly can!
Why would I give you such terrible advice?
Because this is how you learn! This is how you learn basics of creating a web page, uploading to someone else's server, finding your site on Internet, and then trying to figure out how to get other people to find your site.
Everything you read (I'm guilty of this too!) tells you that you must have your own domain name before you even start, you must have a ton of content ready to put on your website to keep people coming back, your website must be on a profitable subject that will surely make you a ton of money, you must drive traffic to your website, etc., etc.!
The problem is that you spend all of your time trying to figure out what your website is going to be about, and trying to find a cool domain name for it, finding perfect website hosting company that will keep your site up 24 hours a day, finding most profitable topic...
But you never get started!
Get started today... right now... not later... now.
Go and create an account on a free hosting company, figure out how to create a web page, then upload it using instructions that are given to you by hosting company.
Don't know how to create a web page? Go to your favorite search engine and search for "HTML tutorial" and then read until you've learned what you need to know to create a simple page that says: