With hundreds of millions of sites and blogs in the world today, the odds are against you that your site will succeed. When looking at some of the most successful bloggers in the world, one of the biggest reasons why other sites fail, is because their site owners didn’t put in the time and research to build a solid foundation and business plan around them.
The concept of coming up with a site idea, registering a domain and throwing content out there is not the way to find success online. While this may have worked several years ago, with more websites and competition going live every day, it’s now more important than ever to thoroughly plan out the focus and growth of your site before launching or even registering a domain name.
Infographics are one of my favorite ways to teach people how to get better at online marketing, whether its through increasing landing page conversions, protecting your reputation or even how to become a better blogger.
To help with this process, I hand selected seven infographics that break down some of the most valuable methods, key points and practices that must be considered when starting a new site. Be sure to read through each of them thoroughly, while also jotting down notes to plan out the eventual launch and success of your next site.
7 Great Infographics to Study Before Launching a New Site
Building the Foundation for a Successful Website
One of the very first things you will need to do when launching a new website or blog, is taking the time to build the foundation of your site. While this may seem like a tedious and simple tasks, it’s one of the most important things that need to be done. Thousands of blogs are started every and are inspired with a simple thought, then left to die after the site owner realizes they took the wrong direction in the beginning.
In this Five Steps to Build a Successful Website infographic from you will see the five steps to building the right foundation for your site, which cover everything from finding a niche, to choosing the right domain name, setting up your hosting and going live with your eventual site.
How to Find the Perfect Niche for Your Site
Knowing your exact target audience and the content you are going to create for them is one of the most important aspects of a successful website or blog. Way too often we hear stories of bloggers that want to create a site based on a topic that simply isn’t “niche” enough, and they end up generating a lot of content, but there is no clear focus to the site.
Instead, site owners need to niche down as much as possible so they can have the end goal of becoming the authority within that space and not spreading themselves too thin by covering too many topics. A good example of this would be if you wanted to cover “sports”, this would simply be way too generic. Even if you went down another level to “basketball” or individual players, it would be tough to compete and monetize in the process. It would be much more effective to go after tiny niche markets within sports or basketball, such as “jump training” or “athletic training”.
One of the best ways to know more about your audience and to find hidden niche markets within your existing niche, is to use many of the recommended methods found in this hot niche infographic, which mentions such methods as Google Trends, Amazon and Flippa.
Choosing the Right Domain Name
One of the most crucial decisions you are going to make before launching your site, is what domain name you are going to use. While a domain name isn’t going to make or break the success of your site, it is something you are going to have to keep around for the lifetime of your site. This means you will need to put in the time and effort to think about what you want your domain name to represent and how it will brand the content on your site. You will also want to make sure it’s easy to spell, remember and using one of the main TLDs, such as .com, .net or .org. All of these topics are covered in this How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Business infographic.
What CMS or Platform to Run Your Site On
In addition to choosing a niche, domain name and hosting for your site, you will also need to choose the right CMS platform as well. For most site owners these days, WordPress seems to be the solution of choice, with over a 54% market share among all CMS platforms. However, there are also many other options out there as well, such as Joomla and Drupal.
In this Most Popular CMS for Your Business Needs infographic, you will get to take a look at each of the CMS solutions out there, while also discovering what makes each of them special and seeing examples of different sites using each platform.
Have a Site Monetization Plan in Place
The goal for most websites is to ultimately be able to make money with their traffic and content. If you aren’t specifically selling any products or services directly, it might be hard for you to figure out how to create a site that drives high quality traffic to your site that can also make you money in the process. Fortunately, there are many different ways to make money online with a site of your own.
In this creative Ways to Monetize Your Website infographic, you can walk through the process of answering questions and moving through a flow chat to see what type of monetization might be best for your site. Monetizations include banner ads, in-text ads, sponsorship, affiliate links and more.
Content Creation is Key
The driving force for visitors coming to your site is going to be based off the content that you provide to your audience. This ties back into the beginning process of finding the right niche for your blog and knowing who your audience is. Creating content that provides value, a solution and also a call-to-action is key — however, unique content ideas aren’t always the easiest thing to come up.
Through this 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content infographic, you can take your niche topic and spin it through a wide range of content creation ideas such as letting a guest write content for your site, interviewing other experts within your niche, reviewing products or services and also using world trends to write link bait based articles.
How to Build High Quality Backlinks to Your Site
Content creation is always going to be important, but even more important is content promotion and getting high quality backlinks to your site. This is one area that many bloggers and site owners struggle with. A common theme is after writing numerous articles and seeing no visitor growth or incoming revenue, the site owner gives up and leaves their site to die. This can usually be attributed to not focusing on content promotion and building the necessary backlinks required to have a site rank in the search results.
In this How to Determine the Value of a Backlink infographic, you will understand what type of backlinks provide the most value, why they are important and how they affect the overall score of your website and the content you create.
A Successful Website Starts at the Foundation
Starting a website is one of the most exciting times for a site owner, blogger or online marketer, however the due diligence and research period in the beginning can get quite boring. Invest the necessary time and research into the foundation of your next website in the beginning, so you don’t find out a few months down that road that you took the wrong approach and completely wasted your time.
Discover how to create your own web site or blog today by following my simple walk through at blogging.org.