What should a beginner do?!

Written by Chuck McCullough

Maybe you have a great idea....maybe you don't.

What you -do- know is that you want a website and you want to make money from it.

But where do you start?

If you are like many (myself included), you feelrepparttar most logical thing to do is to userepparttar 131963 free space you get with your ISP, or one ofrepparttar 131964 many free website communities out there.

It gives yourepparttar 131965 opportunity to learn how to make a website, upload it to a web server, promote it, and learn killer search engine strategies.

Then, when its making you some money, you can get your own domain name and move to a real website hosting company.

Besides if it doesn't work out...you aren't out any money.

You andrepparttar 131966 other umpteen million people with websites on these places are thinkingrepparttar 131967 exact same thing.

Time for a reality check.

You are putting your business inrepparttar 131968 middle of a community of millions. Its future now depends onrepparttar 131969 ability to make money in a situation that can best be compared to buying a lottery ticket every week.

Your chances are aboutrepparttar 131970 same. In fact, to save yourself a bundle of time, effort, and major disappointment you should give up this idea now and buy a lottery ticket every week instead.

I'm sure -some- people have managed to make money from free website hosts, and -some- have done so through legal means.

Butrepparttar 131971 vast majority don't.

There isrepparttar 131972 possibility on some of these sites for you to get your own domain name and point it to your free site.

---Here are a few flaws with this option:

You still will typically have to post their banner rotation atrepparttar 131973 top of your pages, or at least atrepparttar 131974 top ofrepparttar 131975 main page.

Many ofrepparttar 131976 top search engines ban submissions entirely from these communities because ofrepparttar 131977 objectionable content and quality from many ofrepparttar 131978 members' sites.

Even though your visitors can type in www.yourname.com and make it to your site, they will typically still seerepparttar 131979 redirect torepparttar 131980 free host inrepparttar 131981 URL portion of their browser.

When you start getting visitors, and better yet, customers... reliability and uptime become a major part of your vocabulary. Even withrepparttar 131982 major companies you will experience some downtime. And believe me its nerve-wracking to sayrepparttar 131983 least. But many ofrepparttar 131984 better ones will have 24/7 technical support to work on these issues and keep them to a minimum.

---End of gloom and doom

The only thing that I like about this approach (it worked for me) is that as you are learning html and graphics design, not many people will really see it :-)

The point I'm trying to make is don't putrepparttar 131985 future of your business onrepparttar 131986 -possibility- that you will make enough money to register your domain name, and moving up to a paid host.

Withrepparttar 131987 masses moving torepparttar 131988 Internet, you have to quickly find a way to put yourself inrepparttar 131989 -smaller- percentage that will actually manage to make money.

---So, what -should- a beginner do?

Personally I likerepparttar 131990 'all or nothing' approach in which you find a good domain name (you better hurry on this one), pay someone to design your site for you (if you don't haverepparttar 131991 skills), and open an account with a reputable hosting company.

You've probably heardrepparttar 131992 old adage "it takes money to make money." This is true in this business as well...to an extent. I say "to an extent" because you don't have to have a million dollar advertising budget to have an Internet presence.

Spend every minute possible finding and utilizing free promotional opportunities. If you can afford it, set aside a specific amount of money and call it your advertising budget.

As you learn these things and start to make progress, you will start to see some income. Be very strict with that money. First, you pay yourself back forrepparttar 131993 registration fees, hosting fees, web design fees, etc.

Get yourself a separate checking account that all business transactions are done from.

Converting Web Site Visitors Into Subscribers

Written by Raymond Johnston Jr

If you publish a newsletter or ezine, you should have a website geared towards getting more subscribers. This should berepparttar sole purpose of this particular website.

The first thing you should know is give your prospective subscriber plenty of opportunities to sign up. Put a sign-up form on each page of your site. Make it highly visible as well. Put it atrepparttar 131961 top of each page where it cannot be missed.

You should include information on your site that will inspire return visits. It sometimes takes multiple visits to get a sign-up. Give them some reason to return to your site.

If you write articles, include them on your site. If you write an article a week, make sure that your visitor knows that you will have a new article each Monday or whatever day it will be. Try to make it a routine. People are more likely to return if they know that they will find new material on a certain day each week.

Include some type of resource page that has useful information for your visitors. Always remember that your visitor is looking for useful information. If you provide it, he is much more likely to return to your site. The more times he visits,repparttar 131962 better chance that he will subscribe.

Don't be afraid to use pop-ups on your site. Too many pop-ups can be detrimental to a site, butrepparttar 131963 fact is that a good pop-up can do amazing things forrepparttar 131964 amount of visitors you turn into subscribers.

Here isrepparttar 131965 approach that has worked best for me. On your home page, put an exit pop-up. Offer a free ebook as an incentive to sign-up to your newsletter or ezine.

If you have an ebook that you have written, this is a great chance to get more exposer.

If you don't have one of your own, there are many that offer yourepparttar 131966 opportunity to brand your own information intorepparttar 131967 book. I suggest you find one of these and use it as a gift for those who sign up from your pop-up.

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