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Steps to Setting up a Successful Website

title:Steps to Setting up a Successful Website

author:Ray Rice


date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:20



1. Choose a Niche - Today, anyone can have a website and sell merchandise or services on the internet. The choices are endless and only limited by your imagination. If you are already in a business and donít currently have a website, then itís simply a matter of deciding what name to chose. If you are thinking about setting up your first website and arenít sure what niche to chose, you might consider a favorite hobby. Iíve always liked to collect & repair antique radios, so I setup a website called

The fastest way to achieve success and a high ranking on the internet is to build a website around a theme and niche which does not have a large amount of competition. For instance, if you were to start a web hosting website, it would be an uphill battle because there are thousands and thousands of hosting websites already on the internet fighting to get in the top 10 or 20 listings in the major search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Google. The more competition, the more costly and time consuming it is to get your website seen. An alternative is to research untapped markets or thereís a detailed report you can download on 109 Untapped Markets. The price is only $33. and itís well worth it. To get your report go to Niche Topics

2. Purchase a Domain Name Ė Think of a domain name which uses the words which describes your business or what you will be selling. If your domain name contains the keywords which describe your business, you are likely to rank higher than with names which do not. For instance, if you are a realtor located in Orlando Florida it would be a good idea to register the domain name or org or or org. A scientific way to determine the best name to use is to run keyword popularity searches using Overture's Keyword Tool at

You can search for domain names and register them at and they offer excellent 24/7 live customer service.

3. Set Up Web Hosting - Webster Hosting is what connects your Webster to the internet so it can be viewed by people around the world. Prices for hosting service range from free (I would not recommended a free service - you get what you pay for) to $39.95 per month which is on the high end. Some hosting companies charge a setup fee and demand a year commitment. I would not use any hosting service which charges a setup fee or expect a long term commitment because thereís so many which does not. offers excellent hosting services for only $7.95 per month with 24/7 live customer service and no set up fee and no annual commitment is required.

4. Design Your Website - If you have no experience or limited experience designing a website you can choose from thousands of professionally designed website templates for as low as $20. at and they are available for immediate download. Just browse through until you find a template you like, then click ďBuy this TemplateĒ and download to your computer. They also offer 1000ís of clip art and photo art work ideal for customizing a website. Unlike many of the other template websites, after youíve selected the site you want, if you need help customizing your template and getting on the Internet, they offer a set up service to get you up and running quickly. If you choose to customize the template yourself you will need web design software such as Macromedia Dreamweaver or Front Page and Image software such as Adobe Photoshop. Macromedia Fireworks is also a super software program for designing websites.

5. Upload Your Web Site files to your Hosting Serviceís Server Ė Most Web creator software such as Front Page and Macromedia Dreamweaver has built in FTP (File Transfer Protocal) capability. A super program I recommend for uploading and downloading files is Cute FTP by GlobalScape. You can download a copy from their website at

6. Submit Your Website to the Search Engines - I recommend Submit-It which is a Free service that Submits your URL to all of the major Search Engines such as Yahoo, MSN & Google. Their website address is has reference material and articles to help you make your Website a Success!

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