If you want to make money online, then you may think that creating a website is a good way to do it. However, many people make a lot of mistakes when they assume this and so it is worth giving it some careful thought before you start.
These days it is pretty straight forward to create a website ad you can even do it for free. It is not hard to make it look professional either, even if you do not have design experience. However, even if you have a great looking website and fill it full of relevant content, this will not be enough. It is easy to think that just having a website will do, but there is more to it than that.
Having a website that makes money is very different to having a pretty site. You need to make sure that people can see the site and then you need to think of how you want to monetise it as well. You may already have an idea of how to make money out of it and so your next stage will be to make sure that you get lots of visitors to the site. Without having people looking at the website, it will be completely useless.
There are many different ways to drive traffic to a website and these do change, so it is important to stay on top of the game. Search engines are still an important way to get people visiting. To get high in search engines, you will need lots of content that is natural and relevant and also have lots of sites linking to you. This can mean that you may want to pay for sites to link to you, exchange links with them somehow or just ask and see if people will kindly give you a link. If people like your site and want to recommend it then they will. It can take time to build up a reputation like this. Do make sure that you register with every search engine. They may come across your site eventually, but telling them to come and find you will mean that you are more likely to get added more quickly.
Another way is to be active on social media and see if people will follow you there and then they may be encouraged to visit your site. Keep adding new posts, keeping them fun, friendly and also relevant so that people engage with you and want to keep seeing what you are writing about.
You could also consider aid advertising to get you seen. This could be in the form of sponsored listings on search engines if you feel that you are not appearing high enough or on other relevant websites. Of course, this will all cost money and you will have to decide whether you feel that you have a big enough budget and whether you feel that it will pay off. You could experiment to see whether you think something is working by just spending a small amount of money to start with and then spend more if you think that it will be worthwhile.