Tips for starting a new website

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It will take 3 to 6 months to get the content ready so should I purchase a domain name now and stick a page up just to get it indexed or should I wait and launch the whole site when it's finished?
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    Put it up now. You can throw a few pages up and get some e-mail addresses as well as build PR.
    Here's one of mine (Affys.com) that I put up early and have already landed a PR3 and gotten a list started.
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  • Profile picture of the author Headfirst
    Reg the domain, put up a beta invite screen to collect any emails that may come in and build in stealth mode if need be.
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  • Profile picture of the author claudemai
    Don't hide what you sell
    In many instances, the "content" that visitors want is information about the product they want to buy. If you make it difficult to find your shopping area, if your pages take a long time to load, or if visitors can't find your order form, they will either give up or go shop in your competitor's online store. To improve the shopping experience for the customer, try to keep each page to no more than 40K. If you use graphics, use thumbnails with the descriptive text. The thumbnail-sized photos can be setup as clickable links to larger versions of the photo for anyone who wants to see them enlarged.

    Don't hide what you sell
    In many instances, the "content" that visitors want is information about the product they want to buy. If you make it difficult to find your shopping area, if your pages take a long time to load, or if visitors can't find your order form, they will either give up or go shop in your competitor's online store. To improve the shopping experience for the customer, try to keep each page to no more than 40K. If you use graphics, use thumbnails with the descriptive text. The thumbnail-sized photos can be setup as clickable links to larger versions of the photo for anyone who wants to see them enlarged.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bech
    For PR you edit some id and some sites there. Then your PR will be good. f you want some more info about your site then pm me.
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  • Profile picture of the author willyyard
    I think that you don't have to wait for your completion of your site. Upload your site and do some optimization work and continue with your web site completion. When it will be completed then you have to only work on remaining part of the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author JacksSmith
    Put it now because if you waited for it to complete then someone would take your preferred domain name. If you put your site as early as possible search engines would crawl your link and it helps your link popularity and PR.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Yes I would buy it now and age the domain. I would also do keyword research *before* you develop the site, it may help steer the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author pettmac
    I suggest you will wait first if everything is already okay before you move so that things will not get complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacksamu
    Here are some tips of starting a new wevbsite:

    - Ineffective keyword targeting
    - Consider a WordPress theme
    - Free or cheap web hosting
    - Designing exclusively for search engine
    - Not buying a domain name
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
      Originally Posted by jacksamu View Post

      Here are some tips of starting a new wevbsite:

      - Ineffective keyword targeting
      - Consider a WordPress theme
      - Free or cheap web hosting
      - Designing exclusively for search engine
      - Not buying a domain name

      ummm, good tips? :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author brandon2664
      Originally Posted by jacksamu View Post

      Here are some tips of starting a new wevbsite:

      - Ineffective keyword targeting
      - Consider a WordPress theme
      - Free or cheap web hosting
      - Designing exclusively for search engine
      - Not buying a domain name
      Yea do the opposite of what he said. Don't be cheap buy the domain and get your pages up right now. Work on them as you go. I made the mistake of tasking 4 months for my content. I should have put a couple webpages up just to build momentum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lauragraphicnerd
      great tips. just started a website
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  • Profile picture of the author mwoolerymedia
    I would personally wait until its finished. But I am new to all of this. I have built a small site and waited until it was done.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeremy2011
    If you starting a new website, first you should register the domain then only you can do seo on this website..
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    • Profile picture of the author w123
      the sooner you get it online the better
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffmullins
    Get it up now and add to it as you go. Google likes that.
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  • Profile picture of the author helenaldin
    What are you thinking of putting on your website?
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  • Profile picture of the author FabianSmith
    Thanks for sharing your reviews guys actually i m launching my new site soon , it really help me alot
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  • Profile picture of the author philipwilson3249
    Purcahse a domain. Let it be with dummy pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Summer1
    I would build wordpress- base website, because website with updated contents has more possibility to rank high in Search Engines.

    About the look, choose a theme that can convert wp blog look like a static website.
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  • Profile picture of the author corsleymaxwell
    Regardless of what software you use to build a website, there are some basic do’s and don’ts you need to keep in mind. It's very easy to get carried away on your first site and do things that send visitors away which is most definitely not what you want to do.


    When you build a website:


    Do keep your web site simple.

    Do make it eye pleasing.

    Don’t use a Flash introduction.

    Don’t put music or sound files on your site.
    Don’t put a lot of slow-loading graphics on your page.

    Do make sure visitors to your site can tell at a glance what your site is about.

    Don’t use pop-ups on your web site.
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    • Profile picture of the author disk
      There is no cheaper, promotion SEO software tools used?
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronstone911
    I think you do not have to wait for you to complete your site. Upload your site, do some optimization work, and continue to complete your site. Will be completed, then you have only the rest of the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author piper97
    Originally Posted by facial View Post

    It will take 3 to 6 months to get the content ready so should I purchase a domain name now and stick a page up just to get it indexed or should I wait and launch the whole site when it's finished?
    Do you want a keyword based domain name or a generic one that you will use to identify your brand? This is a most important first decision. If, and only if, you can answer that question now, then go ahead and search for a domain that you will be happy with for ever after.

    Purchase your domain name and put up at least two pages, a home page and an "about us" page. Summarize on the home page what your site will be about and encourage visitors to check back later. Try to do some basic SEO on the page. Try to use keywords that you plan to use in the long run.

    When you have completed additional pages that you feel pretty comfortable with, go ahead and upload them. If a newly uploaded page refers to another page that doesn't exist yet, upload the other page with a "coming soon" statement. If you plan things carefully your visitors won't be put off if they see your site under construction.

    Building a site "live" gives the search engines an opportunity to start indexing and visitors a preview of what is to come. It also gives you the best visual on how the final product will look.
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  • Profile picture of the author rawlas
    yeah thanks... i will follow that.. and keep that in mind..
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    • Profile picture of the author Key Largo
      Some advice from both sides on here.

      To add mine ... I'd first establish exactly what my primary keyword is going to be, establish that this has the search volume you want (making sure it is going to continue) and that you can outperform the competition for this keyword.

      Once you've got that sorted, then register the .com domain for this at once, set up hosting and a basic Wordpress theme with a barebones site that makes sense, don't leave 'Hello World' post for example.

      You will be adding some worthwhile longevity to the domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diane S
    Dang! This thread is really getting spammed!

    Everything I have learned has shown me to do things in this order:
    1. keyword research to determine the top buying keyword phrases that get enough traffic to warrant my time
    2. purchase a dot com domain with the top keyword phrase in its name.
    3. put up content immediately
    4. build content and links daily
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    • Profile picture of the author ayana99
      I am a newbie to website preparation too, I am started on wordpress, and I am doing good so far.. I would take me time before I can get my own website but I learned a lot from you guys. All of your views, I'll take into consideration. Thanks a lot guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajnish357
    Purchase a domain first then build your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author emma11
    Nice sharing friend,
    I like to share some tips that would be very helpful for you to launch a new website.
    1.Use a high-availability and cost-effective content distribution solution as your web server.
    2.Create a social media account like twitter and facebook. Then let them know about your website launching.
    3.Keep your content ready in advance. make content attractive.
    4.check every technical detail before you start your website.
    5.Make sure that all your links are working and with this make a RSS feed that would very helpful to see that it is working properly.
    6.Launch your website on proper schedule.
    7.Provide easy ways for contact you.
    I am sure that it will very helpful for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author danialclarcke
      Tips for starting a new website are listed below :

      - Launch site at the right time.
      - Provide easy ways to contact us.
      - Content is King
      - Use a color scheme and stick
      - Use templates
      - Easy and simple navigation
      - Check for broken links
      - Site Map
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  • Profile picture of the author brandony
    Piper97 brings up a great point regarding domain names. If you are targeting a lot of the niche stuff, a domain name with your keywords should help. However, for most things...I'd stick with a brand. Wish some SEO you can rank many terms on a "nondomain" friendly site, by using all in one seo, and building High PR backlinks (maybe SE Nuke it a few times)
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  • Profile picture of the author mrpdl
    I would get the domain now to secure the name you require but would wait until the content is finished prior to publishing.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosesmark
    There are three tips which are so important for website owner.No Avoid It

    1- Develop An Update Schedule
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    Don't Use Too Many Ads
    3-
    Use Accepted Web Standards
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmarsh12
    Would you want people to see the site before it's finished. If not, then you don't want it indexed, you don't want it on line, so there's no point registering the domain name.Its strongly recommended that you should buy a domain now and start working on it. It will not online increase the domain authority but also age of the site does matter in SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author clau82
    Just to throw my 2 cents here - - Buy the domain and build the site (I'm using WordPress but it's up to you) - Add some keyworded content, again with WP is great that you can program new posts so it will build gradually - Definitely offer information on your product and progress - Build a list
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  • Profile picture of the author DaneSebastion
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    Hey there,

    New to WordPress, so I have a newbie question regarding the set up of WordPress;

    What are the advantages of setting up WordPress in either the root or in a blog file?

    Regards

    Dane
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  • Profile picture of the author webtwilight
    One major tip is, find something that you enjoy doing and write about that. I enjoy talking about hockey. I played and watch the sport all my life. Something I enjoy doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author rahmanpaidar
    Publish you pages gradually. It signals google and search engines that your site is growing and growing. They come to your site sooner and crawl your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author opencreativs
    buy it now and keep an count down page with attractive theme.. to attract users
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  • Profile picture of the author PeachCoding
    I recommend getting the domain now and like you said using a landing page to
    get indexed by the search engines; and you can also start a list of people who
    want to be notified of when the site opens on the same landing page.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    Do a landing page with a wordpress theme and started adding other pages. Age helps in ranking so you might as well get started. There is no such thing as perfection on the Internet nor does Google give you extra points!
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  • Profile picture of the author nimi67
    Thanks for all the info....I love reading what everyone has to say .. I am in the process of getting some info to build a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saranya2011
    Before starting your work you have to register the search engines like Google, Yahoo and bing.. Then we will link building method..
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    • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
      One of my favorite tips that I use before building my site

      After you have the domain name and know what key words you are looking to rank for:

      Post a simple Wordpress blog, use their RSS feed widget, go to google news type in your key words "train horns" or whatever your key word is

      Copy that Google news link into your feed and leave it running on the side of your blog

      You will find that you get indexed by Google in Minutes

      Then carry on building your site
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      • Profile picture of the author peterjames25
        There are a ton of advantages going with a WP theme. One is the price for the features and also the SEO plugins are amazing. The learning curve is less compared to learning Dreamweaver and alot of CSS I'm not fully up to date on this, but I don't think you'll get it indexed without content.
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  • Profile picture of the author oclseo
    Originally Posted by facial View Post

    It will take 3 to 6 months to get the content ready so should I purchase a domain name now and stick a page up just to get it indexed or should I wait and launch the whole site when it's finished?
    You can put some pages up and later add the preceding pages so you will not waste your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author clockworkremovals
    ive always thought to just start with something instead of nothing and add content as you go....google luvs new content and its no.1 more fresher more better rank...top rankings really are on pages that change quite often
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  • Profile picture of the author GabbyCaz1
    Register the domain right away, six months from now the domain may not be available.
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  • Profile picture of the author panjabifolk
    The first and the importent thing is to choosing the domain name and after choosing go on deciding the platform like joomla and other CMS.The things come to the content now ,try to add content,also one can go for the hiring some professionals for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author rockone
    Take the domain now and put up one page. Gradually you put up the content instead of whole content together.
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  • Profile picture of the author MIRENGE
    Originally Posted by facial View Post

    It will take 3 to 6 months to get the content ready so should I purchase a domain name now and stick a page up just to get it indexed or should I wait and launch the whole site when it's finished?
    Go for your domain name now dont wait any more and start posting your content. The search engine start finding the content as you post it if you have a quality content.
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