To Create My Own Website
It's easier than you think.

This is just an introduction on creating your on website. See the links below to start with your own website. Please read this page before you start creating your website.

Lot's of people get scared when they just think about the idea of creating their own website. "What software should I use?", "I cannot program.", "Do I need to learn Java?, "Where should I start?" 

These are all valid questions and concerns. I created my first website using pure HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language. Learning HTML was easy, but building the site took me a very, very, very long time. Editing the site was also difficult cause I did not put a lot of comments in my code.

Don't stress! When you "create my own website" you don't need to know HTML or programming at all. These days there is software that you can download which help you build a website using a graphical user interface or gui. You just point, drag and click. Easy as pie.

I don't even use software. This site and many others I have build, was done using Yola. Yola is a website builder that you can use to build your own website quickly and easily. Their user interface is very easy to use and it contains everything you need to build a great website. 

Yola is online, this means that you login to their website and build you website online anywhere in the world. No need to download or buy software. They also offer a website hosting service and email address feature.

They also offer great tips and help building your site. I will also help you to create a website using Yola on these pages. 

What about the costs? Good question. You can start of by creating a free website. This is okay if you just want to experiment and get a feel of the builder. But to be honest here, if you are serious to "create my own website", then you need to register a domain  name. 

This gives you credibility and ads value to your brand. If you create a free website then people might not take you seriously. They might think you are just a "fly by night" person who's not serious about what you do. 

This also depends on what you want to do with the website. If it's just for fun and to post photos and so on, then it's okay to create a free website. Facebook already does this, so just keep this in mind.

Like I said, when you want to "create my own website", you must know what you want to achieve with the site. What's the theme or niche of the site? Do you want to make some extra money or do you want to sell something on your site. You must know what your site will be all about, before you even think of registering a domain. 

I have a website on computers called what-is-my-computer.com. Here I explain how computers work and offer tips on certain computer and server topics. I concentrate on computers and nothing else. So, this my niche, computers. This site was created using SiteBuildIt or SBI. What's great about SBI is that they help you with keyword research and how to get your niche. 

SBI is a bit expensive but they really help you through the various stages of building a website. The research you have to do before you register your domain can take week or more. In the past I made the mistake of just jumping in, register a website and started writing. 

After a while I realized that my site is a mess. Nothing flows, there's no structure and I'm jumping from this topic to that one. Do your research, get your keywords and structure in order, and then build your website.

Let's talk about keywords and structure. 

Keywords are words that people typically search for when they use a search engine such as Google or Bing. Search engines such as Google and Bing have a database on words people search for. 

Below is a picture that shows how I searched for the word "bapetjo" in Google. Have a look at the output.

Google search results

I searched for bapetjo, and Google returned the hits form their database. Bapetjo is this site, so my website has been added to Google's search index. If you look just below the search term, bapetjo, you will see that there's actually 165,000 results. My wesbite came up first. That's typically what you want as well.

The next result is one of my music websites. I composed, created and produced my own music at some stage of my crazy life. So, bapetjoweb.com is second.

People will now click on the results shown below what you searched for. That will take them to your page and that's how you get traffic. Easier said than done. It takes time to get to the top and you must tell the search engines what your site is all about.

You do this using meta tags. I'm jumping the gun a bit here. More on tags later.

When people search for your keywords on your page, then you want to be as high up as possible. You want to be number one. The thing is, people rarely go to the second or third pages after they entered a search term. That's why you want to be on the first page, at the top.

They keep stats on these keywords to make it easier for people to get what they looking for. This is called keyword relevance. The more relevant the search term, the better your search results.

Search engines spend a lot of money and effort on keyword relevance. That's why you should too. 

Google has a free tool called the, well, "Keyword Tool". It's part of the Google AdWords product range. It's free to register with AdWords. It's quite easy to use and you can get good ideas using the tool. Keep in mind that it's free. So, while it will give you words that people search for, it will not show you the competition on these words. 

There is a competition column, but this relates to the advertisers that's willing to bid on that keyword. It's got nothing to do with the actual competition for the keyword other websites use. Keep this in mind. 

To get the real competition on keywords, you would probably have to pay for it. That's why SiteBuildIt(SBI) is so expensive. They have an exhaustive database of keywords people search for and the competition. They will also tell you what the monetizing or money making potential of these keywords are.

You could also use a website called "Wordtracker". They do the same as SBI but they also have other tips and stuff you can use. Wordtracker could be a bit daunting  if you are new to "create my own website". If you are new and you want to use a good keyword tool, then go for SBI. 

If you want to use free tools, then go for Yola and Google Adwords.

So, what about structure? Structure is the layout or flow of your website. You should make your website easy to navigate. People should find it easy to navigate through the pages. Remember, your website will be about something so your pages should be related and structured.

Look at the picture below.

Website structure using tiers

Your website should be structured in a hierarchy. Your home page or index should be at the top. Then your menus should be on level 2 and then each menu or topic on level 2 should be followed by lot's of content on level 3.

The bulk of your content should be on level 3. In the above example the blue box is the level 1. Then the green is level 2 with 2 pages related to level 2 on level 3. The red boxes shows that I have a topic on level 2 and one page related to the topic 2.

Let me populate the boxes with some relevant information. Stuff you can relate to.

website structure example

Ah, this is better. I hope. So, in this example my website is about computers. As you can see in the blue box at the top of the hierarchy. Then I have 2 sub menus called hardware in green, and software in red.

The hardware sub menu has two links to hard disks, and processors. Hard disks and processors relate to hardware which in turn relates to computers.

The same with software. I have a sub topic called windows, which relates to software which relates to computers.

I could have added links to Memory, computer keyboards, mice, computer screens etc. to the hardware topic. The same with software. I could have added Linux, Unix, Microsoft Word etc. to the software menu. You should get the idea by now.

Everything builds up to the top hierarchy, which is computers.

How do I create this hierarchy? Very easy. You use links.

All websites have an index or homepage.  This is your level one. Try to include your website theme in your domain name when you register you website. This helps a little.

Most websites have menus either on the left hand side or the top of the site. This website, have menus at the top of the site. Have a look at the top. This is my level 2 menus. I link to these menu pages from my home page. I call this, my index.

All my websites have an index at the bottom that links to my level 2 menu pages. You could link to your level 2 pages from anywhere within the home page or index. Lot's of people do this. They argue that it looks more natural. It flows with the page.

At the bottom of each of my level 2 menu pages, I create links to my level 3 pages. Your level 3 pages should contain the bulk of your content. You should include as much level 3 pages as possible.

With Yola it's easy to create links. You just highlight the text and click on the link widget. There is a drop down box where you select the link to the page that you created. Easy as that. In the level 3 links below I show you how to do that.

Yola also has help pages that show you how to do this if you get stuck. Use the help. I have solved lots of problems using the help pages.

So remember before I create my own website, get the basics right. Below I have listed some points that will help you to create your first website.
  • Know what the website is about.
Get a topic or niche. It could be your hobby or something you want to sell.
  • Do keyword research.
Use Google AdWords or some other paid for service to find good relevant keywords. Use it in headings, descriptions and tags.
  • Get the structure right.
Your index or homepage should be at the top. It should describe what your website is all about. Create your level 2 menus and then link to level 3 content pages. Remember that your level 2 menu pages should also contain content that links to level 3. Always remember to link all your pages back to your home page. This tells the search engines that your niche is the most important thing.
  • Create good content.
Content is king. You could have the best looking website with cool graphics and stuff but if you have poor content, then your visitor count will be poor. Spend time on this. Rather create good content than spend time making your site look pretty.

This is just an intro to show you how I create my own website. Get the basics right and build from there. You will learn as you go along and start to implement other tips and tricks.

Use the links below to learn more about how I create my own website.

Step by step guide to build your first website
 

Step 1 Keyword Research
Before you just jump away and create a website, spare a thought for what your website will look like and what keywords you will use. Proper planning before you create a website is crucial if you want to attract quality visitors. If your structure and keywords are in place, then go ahead and use the link below to start physically building your website.
 
Your website structure is very important. Not just for search engines but also for your visitors. On this page I go into detail on how you should structure your website.
 
The formula for keyword density is the number of times the keyword on the page divided by the numbers of words, times 100. Does this really matter? Let's explore.
 
Step 4 Create a website with Yola.
So, you have done your keyword research and you found your niche. Let me show you how you can easily create a cool looking, practical website using Yola. If you have not done so, please see the above link on structure and keywords before you start the creation process.

Topics that are useful after you created your websites

Google has some really cool tools to monitor your website traffic. It's easy to use and quick to implement and it's free.

When you insert an image into your webpage it's always a good idea to include the alt tag to your picture. This tells the spider what the image is about if someone does an image search.
I'm not search engine optimization guru but I know that good content goes a long way to attract people to websites.