At the start of a new year is when people want to start something new. They want to tell themselves “This is the year” and make the plans to start a new business, start an anew online career, start marketing better.
But then reality hits them. They get overwhelmed at the possibilities, the opportunities and the process of starting something like this. They get what is known as paralysis by analysis!
I am here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We are starting the year off right by doing the baby steps needed to get you up and running on the Internet in the new year. Helping you start right and stay on track.
Doesn’t matter if you are just starting out in this online world or you already have a business (brick and mortar included). I’m here ot show you the ropes and walk you through the landmines and false starts.
You Need a Website
Any online project needs to begin with a website. Yes, even in this modern world of Instagram “influencers” and YouTube millionaires, the best in the business, the ones who are in it for the long run (you are here for the long run, right?) they all have one thing in common. They all have a website. You Need a Website!
The website is your home base, your actual store. Its where your customer or prospect can escape the online jungle and find a place to get information distraction-free. They can find more information about you and what you offer. Its where they can connect one on one with you.
It’s Your Place
What if YouTube changes their rules again and you get kicked out without notice? What if Facebook stops operating one night? What happens to all those people you had connected with? Where will people find you again if you don’t already have a website? They won’t. They can’t. They move on.
That’s why you need a website. Especially in 2020 as the online world changes. New rules, different players. It almost feels like a field full of landmines out there with all the constant changes. But you will always have one place for your fans and customers to find you. Your website.
Get a domain name. Get a simple, easy to remember domain name that tells them who you are or what you are about. It has to be your domain name. www.thisisme.com. No dash. Solid text. I recommend porkbun.com for cheap domain names.
No Subdomain. You need to be in full control of it. No www.thisisnotme.com/mywebsite
Hosting on a service you can afford for starting out. I recommend DreamHost. They are affordable, dependable, have great customer service. I use them for clients who have small websites. Not to heavy on images or photos.
If you have a large site or expect a lot of traffic coming to your site, I host this website on SiteGround. They don’t overload their servers and have server farms around the world.
Both of them have excellent 24/7 online chat for customer service.