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How To Give Birth to a Healthy Website

  1. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Can you please let me know what made you click on this post?
    Did the title intrigue you or offend you?

    I'm trying to find a readily identifiable "angle" for a new book I'm writing about all the stuff you need to consider when making decisions about setting yourself up online. 
    There's a lot I can do with the "birth" metaphor.

    I'd appreciate your comments about what you thought.

    (And if you're thinking of starting off a website, there's lots of good info in my hubs. So this post title is not really misleading.)

    Thanks, Eric G.

    1. Dorsi profile image92
      Dorsiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I like it Eric. As you know, and you have helped me considerably,I am in the process of "giving birth" to my own website granniesgreenliving. I think your idea is catchy and a logical one. Starting a new website is analogous to giving birth. The idea (embryo), the waiting time learning and understanding the process (9 months) then birth (website launched) then the fun part starts, running after the kid and caring for them (just like maintaining and always keeping up with your site...lol)

      1. WeddingConsultant profile image71
        WeddingConsultantposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Then when they are older, you give them away to be married, right?

    2. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Your thread title sounded interesting. Though before clicking I glanced to see who started it, and when I saw your name my first thought was, "now this should be VERY interesting".

      But the thread is lacking somewhat. I think it needs more placenta.

    3. trimar7 profile image61
      trimar7posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Try a little humor. I wrote about a true story with a creative spin on it My religious underwear - trimar7 - enjoy

    4. MBP42 profile image65
      MBP42posted 8 years agoin reply to this
  2. Laila Rajaratnam profile image81
    Laila Rajaratnamposted 8 years ago

    I took the title as a metaphor for a bringing out a successful website.No,the title does not sound offensive. Since,I've been toying with the idea of a website..naturally the title brought me here..smile

  3. Zsuzsy Bee profile image90
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    Always expecting good things from you I was expecting something off the cuff. I was settling in for my morning laugh, so I'm a bit disappointed.sad

    Thinking into your title---no not offensive...smile

    Spring greetings from Canada zs

  4. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for the positive comments.

    @laila: That's exactly the reaction I hope for.

    @ZB : Sorry to disappoint you. But never mind, If you stalk my history, you'll probably find something to amuse you!

    @dorsi - You're firing well, but the process actually starts before the embryo :-)
    First you have to chose a partner - this is analogous to selecting the developer, the platform you use (ie wordpress)
    (Or if you do it yourself, you need to go through the IVF process :-)

    @wedding consultant:
    The analogy breaks down a bit here. People don't normally sell their kids, but have been know to sell their online businesses for a lot of money :-)

    Cheers, Eric G.

    1. sunstreeks profile image79
      sunstreeksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not normally, but some do try especially when they need beer I guess. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28629054/

      1. Shirley Anderson profile image76
        Shirley Andersonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I like the title Eric, that's why I clicked.  It holds out the promise of new info, tips that a person can follow to build a successful site.  I wanted to know more and if need be, follow your step-by-step guide to starting a new site that would outperform my existing one.

        Is that more info than you need?  smile

        1. Dorsi profile image92
          Dorsiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          ROTFL.... love the innuendo there.
          And Eric yes you are right, gotta have the mate part first. I forgot about that part and the part that comes after "that part" ...hope this thread doesn't get too off track....
          Of course I am talking about choosing the developer....and the interaction with that developer....

      2. Eric Graudins profile image60
        Eric Graudinsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That's Fantastic!

        @ Marisa,

        My stats are somewhat different.
        Around 40% of views from hub Pages, 25% google, 35% other Search engines.
        And the total number of views for all of my hubs for a year is far less than some people have received in a day for one of their "more popular" topics.

        The topics I write  about are extremely competitive, so any articles using popular keywords are usually on page 100 or something. So it's unlikely that my stuff will be found by search engines anyway, regardless of location.

        I've given HP  a reasonable trial for 12 months, and have decided that a lot of the content would be better utilised on my own website, or submitted to some of the more specialised sites where my target audience hangs out.

        Maybe I'll leave some summaries on HP.

        Cheers, Eric G.

  5. profile image43
    badcompany99posted 8 years ago

    Personally I have tried the website thing and found it too time consuming plus you are limited to what you can write about unless your website is something you have a deep passion for.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, badcompany, but it's important to make a distinction between a website and a blog.

      To be successful, a blog needs constant new content - of course, you can write a bunch of posts on the weekend and schedule them to appear over the following week, but it's still a constant drain on your creativity.

      A website doesn't have the same voracious appetite - it can be more static, provided you add or change something occasionally to keep it fresh. 

      I have two websites which are based on Wordpress but they're not blogs.  My belly dance one only gets updated when I find a new dancer to add to the directory. I'm still building the content on my flamenco one, but I still only add something about once a week.

  6. B.T. Evilpants profile image59
    B.T. Evilpantsposted 8 years ago

    I just clicked because Shirley did. It's my day to keep an eye on her! But if there's one thing I've learned around here Eric, it's that the branding is among the most important factors. And you have that covered, with or without a catchy title. When EG talks internet, I listen!

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image76
      Shirley Andersonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I thought you were stalking me!  I heard your footsteps behind me in that dark alley.

  7. WeddingConsultant profile image71
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    oh geez, I missed the part where I was supposed to say why I clicked on the thread. Well, I clicked on it because I like web development and was hoping to learn something new.

    I agree with darkside- the thread needs something more, although I don't think it's placenta!

    1. sunstreeks profile image79
      sunstreeksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe more cowbell?

  8. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for the  feedback. I'm still trying to work out where the placenta would fit into the scheme of things on a website :-)

    @Marisa - you're right. There are many kinds of websites. Some need continually updated content. Some don't. One of my sites that I haven't touched for a couple of years or more is sitting on PR5. So much for the need for constantly updated content.

    And to those who expected more from this thread - have you checked out the info in all of my internet related hubs?
    Have you downloaded the free guide that's mentioned in my profile.

    If not, I suggest you do it soon. They're wasted here - readership is very minimal. From experiments done by other hubbers, seems like soft porn, underwear, and related topics is what gets the readership here.

    So I'll be removing many of my articles soon, and putting them where the readership is more interested in the things I write about.
    cheers,  Eric G.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm interested in your comments, Eric.  I thought the point about HubPages was that there isn't a regular "readership" and the traffic comes from anywhere, via search engines.  I certainly find that true of my Hubs - over 90% of my traffic comes from Google and Yahoo so I was assuming it didn't really matter where my articles sit so long as they're visible to the search engines?

  9. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    There is no "STEP BY STEP GUIDE", other than setting up the foundations of an online business properly. All your options from then on depend on what you want the site to do.

    There's thousands of  hosting companies to choose from.
    There's thousands of other service providers of all sorts of stuff all telling you that theirs is the best.
    Are their claims true? Maybe. A product could be perfect for one person, and totally useless for another person who has different requirements.
    You have to decide what's best for you. Or have someone who knows their stuff help you decide.

    That's why I say that the best internet skill you can develop is your common sense. I even wrote a hub about it. :-)

    Cheers, Eric G.

  10. Benjimester profile image97
    Benjimesterposted 8 years ago

    I clicked because your title was very genuine and interesting.  I generally never click forum threads or hubs relating to self-help or how to simply because of how lacking they usually are in interest.  Yours however, was the opposite.  Your title was clever and made me want to read it because I knew that with yours I'd most likely get both some humor and some valuable information.

    I think your metaphor of giving birth is a very powerful one, in regards to websites.  I wish I would have thought of it smile  Best of luck.

  11. sassychic profile image57
    sassychicposted 8 years ago

    I thought it was a unique way of asking a tip on creating websites sucessfully. Good luck, I didnt seem to be offended.

  12. Research Analyst profile image81
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    The title caught my attention because I know that most people are looking for ways to set up a successful website that generates loyal subscribers as well as revenue.

  13. pitechindore profile image45
    pitechindoreposted 2 years ago

    For having a healthy website first of all you should do an analysis on certain factors like :-

    Designing :- Web Designing should be attractive and user friendly.
    Logo :- It should be such that it explain exactly what you want to tell your audience.
    Colors:- Use color strategically and use that colors which have a great impact on audience.
    Responsiveness : In present date most of internet users surf through mobile devices so it should be responsive as well.
    Social Media : Connect it to social media so that if any one finds something interesting they can share it.