Traveling around the world is great
I got to see more countries for a longer period than most people see in a lifetime. I’ve met more great people than I can remember, seen some of the most amazing sights of this this planet
But something was missing from my experience. My brain.
And to keep my brain busy, I’ve started a fun project: Building a website Why? Because I can (or at least that’s what I hope).
Is this your new job? Nah, it isn’t. I don’t expect to make any significant money from it. Just fun, see if I can do it, and so far so good.
How far are you ? Not that far, considering the amazing amount of time I’ve put in it. I’ve done the following until now:
- Defined my niche (something with iPads)
- Defined the solution I wanted to offer (iPad buying for people who don’t want to be bothered with megapixels and gigabytes)
- Selected my main keywords (buying iPad, iPad price etc.)
- Registered several domain names
- Selected hosting provider and a package
- Installed a content management system (WordPress) which allows me to maintain my site easily
- Configured plugins for my CMS: SEO yoast, W3 cache, Google analytics
- Chosen a design for my website and installed it
- Set up a website structure (which is likely to change unfortunately)
- Investigated a Content Delivery Network (CDN), but haven’t installed it yet
- Started creating some content for the most important keyword combinations
And, are you liking it? For the time being: yes. Several things were much tougher than expected. I’ve spent hours messing around with W3 cache, but still haven’t configured it correctly. The design of the site is very ugly and you need even programming knowledge in order to setup something as simple as breadcrums (trust me, I’ve spent hours getting this fixed and I still haven’t been succesful). And last, but not least: creating great well hyperlinked content is very tough.
Why don’t you hire somebody to do all this stuff? It would take some of the fun away, but I might do it anyway if I
get frustrated and still believe in the idea.
So, what’s next? I’ll continue creating bits of content and wait for them to show up in Google. Then I’ll make a decision.
I wish I understood Dutch to see what the page is about 🙂 Anyways, have fun creating. You can probably easily skip W3 Cache and CDN’s at this point, as these only make a difference when you have a substantial amount of visitors (as in tens of thousands a day).
Haha, it’s easy a site for novices and iPad.I go for the advanced solutions like w3 and cdn as I want to start good with google. Recovering / correcting seems much tougher. Any recommendations from a technical perspective ? (I know the design currently is terrible).