- Internet & the Web
Hello Mr. Spider, Do You Know How to Build A Web?
The internet is a network of personal webs that are interconnected. Search enigine spiders crawl on the webs in search of delicious content.
The video below explains the basics of SEO for 2012. The algorithms have changed, and so should your content.
Do you know how to build a web? You do not have to be a spider to build your personal web online, but you do have to know what it takes to please a Google spider.
After about 7 years of investing, experimenting, and studying, I have finally figured out how to build a web online. I honestly believe that if building a real web is anything like building one online, I have a new respect for the garden spider.
The first thing I have figured out is that unless you have a lot of money to lay down for the first 2 years of your online career, you may as well keep your money in the bank. The bottom line is, you cannot buy your way to the top unless you already have money to burn. The good news is, this simplifies things considerably for those of us who are looking to work online without spending much money.
I have finally managed to build an online presence, and start my web-building career. It took a lot of time, a lot of patience, and a lot of tenacity, but here I am! Lucky for you, I am willing to share how I got here, and how you can get started on your web too.
Take Your Time
Did I mention that I have just started my web-building career? Every small business owner knows that the first dollar in profit made is precious. The same goes for the web. It takes a minimum of six months to a year to start making a profit online. You can reduce that time if you have marketing skills and money, but I’m not even going to go there. This hub is for people who are serious about earning online, because they need to. Therefore, the methods I am going to go over will not take much money, (or any at all) but they will take time.
Learn the Basics
Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you without the knowledge you need. There are a few areas of knowledge you need to cover, before you begin to build you first page, or write your first article. These areas are:
Hosting platforms and HTML
A hosting platform is basically the program used to store your page on the web. I have a few suggestions here.
1. Don’t pay for hosting.
You can't afford it. Even if you can, the idea is to make money, right? Therefore, it is best to use a blog platform with free hosting, and all of the editing tools you will need. This way, you can get started without any hosting fees, or HTML knowledge. Don’t get me wrong. You need to know HTML to have a successful website, but do not pay for classes. Everything you need to learn can be found at w3schools.com free of charge.
2. Choose your platform wisely.
Many people love WordPress because of it’s popular features, but personally, I prefer Blogger, because it is a Google based platform, and therefore has built in Google preference, and automatic traffic. This is extremely important to your success on the web. If you do not want to bother building a website at all, you can start with a revenue sharing article website like HubPages. If that is what you choose to do, all you really need to learn is how to use their editor. I like Hubpages in particular, because they have a wonderful learning center to help you learn everything it takes to use their platform successfully. There are other paid articles sites too, such as Triond, and Suite 101. The Yahoo! Contributor Network also pays their writers, but HubPages in my opinion, is the best place to start.
Most of your time will be spent creating content to please the Google spiders. The spiders are hungry for content, and they will pass up your page if you do not give them the kind of content they crave. The best way to find content that Google spiders will like, is to use Google's keyword search tool. You type in the subject you want keywords for, and then choose keywords that have a low competition rate, and a high average monthly search rate. Add these keywords to your article exactly as they are seen in the tool, and Google will pay a bit more attention to the content on your page.
1. Do something daily.
Whether you have a website, or you are writing articles, you need to take care of your work. Google notices when you make changes to your pages, so don't worry about quantity before quality. Fine tune every page you create.When you are satisfied with the work you have done, do more. Many people start with a goal of 30 web pages, or 100 articles. Did I mention this will take time?
2. Offer quality
As a general rule of thumb, your pages need to contain at least 400 words. More is good, but too many can scare readers away. Always check spelling and Grammar, and then check it again. Once your page or article is published, if possible, check it again. A feature of HubPages that I love is the ability to edit articles after they are published.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is one of the most important, and aggravating parts of building an online presence. It can make or break your success, so take the time to do it, even if it doesn't seem to be much fun.
Once you have quality content, you want to add in keywords, which are words or phrases that people will be looking for on Google. Choose at least 5 that fit the subject of your page, and make sure that you have one of them in every paragraph. It is also helpful to use them in links and subheadings. Again, using Google's keyword search tool is the best way to find the best keywords for your content.
You need them, you need lots of them, and they do not come easy. They are easier to come by if you use an article platform, but they still take a lot of your time. You basically need to connect all of your articles, pages, and blogs with links.Then you need to link to other pages throughout the web. You want to have more coming in than going out, and you have to do this without spamming, which can be a little difficult. I plan to write an entire hub on this subject later, but another thing I love about HubPages is that you can link your articles to each other, and VIOLA! You have links to and from your articles.
After you have a good collection of quality, search engine optimized pages, you can begin earning from them through ads, affiliate links, referrals, direct sales, donations, or any other means you can think of. This web is yours, so make your site on it, and invite the Google spiders to chew on your content. Most of all have fun. Write about things that you love, and it will not seem like so much work. Then, before you know it, the money will start coming in.
I can finally say that I am seeing an income after about nine months of work thanks to AdSense, revenue sharing, and sites that pay upfront for my writing. It feels great, and I hope anyone who reads this finds the same success.
Feel free to comment, and ask questions. I will be more than happy to answer anything you ask.
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