The length of time needed to build a website varies from person to person depending on how many pages your website is and whether or not you outsource content. For the sake of argument though, let's say that you don't outsource content. How long does it realistically take you to build a website.
By the way, this thread is not for my own reference, but is intended to show newbies how much work is actually involved in getting the IM thing up and running.
It typically takes me between 20 and 23 hours to build a 20 page website. That includes:
- installing wordpress
- uploading my theme and plugins
- modifying my theme
- configuring my plugins
- creating a custom header
- creating and posting original content
- managing ad placement
I'd estimate that I spend an additional 20 to 25 hours marketing a 20 page website. That includes:
- submitting the site to search engines
- directory submission
- social bookmarking
- article marketing
By the way, that doesn't include the keyword and product research that I do beforehand, which typically takes about 1 to 2 hours.
I hope this has helped some newer members to realize just about how much work actually goes into producing websites.
Now, the above outline obviously isn't true for everyone, which is why I'm asking other experienced warriors to chime in on how long it typically takes for them to build a site by hand from scratch. The point is to prove that in the vast majority of cases, building and marketing a website takes a decent amount of time.