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Create your first website for less than you think!!

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by sturose, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. sturose

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    I have been planning on writing this for some time because all too often we get people starting threads saying things like:

    "I have no money, how can I get started"

    Well most people can scrape together $10-15 even if it means selling something so now you can get started.

    You might just require a website for internet marketing and when just starting out it may seem a little daunting when you look at what is required to setup just a simple website, Domain names, Hosting, Logos, Content etc and that is before you even consider promoting your site.

    One thing you should know about me is I am cheap, the missus says I squeak when I walk I’m so tight! I prefer the term frugal as I have had both rough times and good times financially, I have learned to survive on very small amounts of income at times throughout my life, something I think most people would actually benefit from as you learn to appreciate the value of money when you have very little of it.

    So when you decide to start building a website and you have very little start up capital it may seem like an impossible task to get up and running without having hundreds of $$$ behind you. Not so, you can start your own website for just a few $$ including domain name, hosting, logo & content. You just need to know where to look.

    Domains

    For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to assume that you already have a niche in mind, I am also going to assume you have an idea for the domain name you want. Domain name prices vary widely from registrar to registrar so it is always wise to search a number of them for the best deal to suit you. Because we are looking to start our website with next to nothing in our pockets we are looking for the cheapest deal available.

    There are always offers and coupons available for domain registration, forums such as BHW and many other sites dedicated to IM always have people posting domain registration offers such as “Godaddy $0.99 coupon for .com” This is where I suggest you start, search the forum and find a current offer. If you don’t specifically need a .com then many other TLD’s can be less than this. Currently, at the time of writing this Namecheap are offering extensions such as .club .top .site .pw & more for just $0.88.

    Try using Google to search this site for domain coupons using the following search modifier:

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    site:blackhatworld.com xxxxxxx coupon
    (xxxxxxx is the name of the domain provider eg godaddy)

    So go ahead and pick you domain and register it. First part out of the way and you have spent less than one dollar.

    Hosting

    Hosting can be a bit of a minefield, so many hosts but which is the best for you? Well we are looking for CHEAP! Now some guys on here will argue that you get what you pay for and I believe it is very true for website hosting, BUT we are looking to get started here with very little money.

    Once again this site and others like it are a good place to start, there are hosting providers who advertise their services and offer discounts for new customers, heck some even offer free trials! Sometimes the discounts are one time and some are recurring.

    Again use the search modifier I gave above to use Google to search this site.

    If you think the ongoing costs are too prohibitive (You are just starting out and you don’t even know how much money you will make yet!) then a simple $1 per month host should suffice until you are making some $$$. 1&1 offer $1 hosting, Asura hosting offer $10 for the year which is less than $1 a month.

    A word of caution, free hosting providers are rarely any good. They are usually slow, poor or nonexistent customer service and I have read plenty of horror stories about websites suddenly disappearing. You have been warned!

    Let’s take the $10 per year hosting, total spend=<$11 so far.

    Once you have your hosting set up and changed your nameservers for your domain you are good to go. Just install wordpress and find a nice theme to suit your site/niche. Many hosting providers offer simple one click installation of wordpress but if for some reason they don’t installing it is not rocket science. There are plenty of tutorials around the web for this.

    Content

    This is probably the trickiest one and dependant on a number of factors, the main one being your ability to comprehend the English language. If you are a native speaker then you shouldn’t have too much trouble but even if you don’t speak English naturally then don’t be too disheartened as there are ways to obtain articles for your site which will only require basic understanding.

    Firstly there are always writers out there who are offering free articles to gain trust for future potential sales. Once again searching BHW will reveal a number of people who are prepared to offer articles in return for constructive criticism or a review. Grab these whenever you can, everybody loves a freebie.

    Rewriting articles is a simple free method to obtain content for your site. Although you do have to put in the work yourself but if you want everything cheap or free then this should be expected.

    To find suitable articles to rewrite simply search Google for the main keyword for your article and find a bunch of sites on page 1 that have content relevant to your site. Copy the entire artcle/s into notepads on your computer, this will remove any formatting so you are not copying bolded font, colours, hyperlinks etc.

    Open your preferred document editor and place both the new blank document and the notepad article side by side on your screen and start hitting the keys. Feel free to use a thesaurus to find alternatives for words in the original article; try to change several words in each sentence. It isn’t always possible particularly if the document is referencing a specific product or service but a small amount of duplicate content is normally OK. I find that simply changing word contractions or creating contractions to be the simplest method to change some of the words although this alone is not enough. Eg: Changing They’re to they are & we have to we’ve.

    If you have found several articles relating to your keyword feel free to mix them up a bit so the level of uniqueness is greater.

    When you have finished rewriting your article you need to check that it is unique. Search for a plagiarism checker on Google that will allow you to paste the article rather than provide a url. Paste your newly created article and watch for the results. If you want to use a couple of different checkers to be safe then do so, just be sure to check that they are checking Google results as there are one or two that only check Yahoo or Bing unless you register.

    Using this method I have never failed to create unique articles for my sites, it will largely depend on your understanding of the English language though and like I said earlier, non native speakers may have difficulties here.

    Another method I use from time to time is the good old web archive. Wayback machine has a search facility so you can search their archives for articles related to the keywords you want to rank for. I find that fairly generic terms bring the best results.

    Type in a search term related to your keyword and check for websites that have not been updated on their database for a couple of years. This should ensure that the website is dead and hopefully the content can be reused. Before getting exited and copying everything you find onto your money site you should fire up your plagiarism checker again because this is not a new and unique method of obtaining articles and others may have already copied the article you found but you can find some gold nuggets on there.

    Spinners: Avoid like the plague. I should say that louder: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE. These are not suitable for your money site.

    If all else fails then you may need to hire a writer, just be careful when choosing a writer from the cheaper end of the market particularly if you do not understand English too well as you may receive sub standard articles. Just try these free methods first as they can provide you with probably the most costly part of your website for nothing.

    You will also want to add images to your site to enhance the content. Just be sure that you are actually allowed to use the images on your website. Don’t just steal some other sites original artwork and put it on your own site, that is just asking for trouble. There are plenty of places to find images that you can legally use.

    Make your website pretty.

    Now you have your domain, hosting and your content but a website doesn’t just consist of that alone, it’s not 1995 after all.

    You will probably want a logo, you don’t have artistic talents, you have no idea what a logo should look like. You are not alone.

    Fortunately there are ways to get a logo for very little money or even free. (Remember I squeak when I walk!)

    Same as with content, some people will want to show off their artistic talents to gain trust and obtain some feedback or reviews. There have been numerous threads on BHW offering free logo’s to members and some of them may still be active. It’s worth searching to find out if you can bag a freebie.

    If there is nothing currently available all is not lost. It will depend on the complexity of the logo you need but sometimes a simple text logo is sufficient for a site. I tend to use https://cooltext.com/ as they have a wide range of pre-set designs and you can tweak them to suit your site.

    There are logo design websites with pre-set designs for you to tweak but I have yet to find one that will allow you to download the logo for use without paying. You can use these to get ideas though and you may be able to find similar designs freely available to download that you can use in Photoshop or similar.

    If you really can’t hack using a text logo and only graphic designs will do there are plenty of sellers on fiverr that will supply a logo for.... you guessed it $5.

    This is everything you will need to create a simple basic website and you have spent around $11 or $16 if you purchase a logo. There are other aspects to a website that are required such as contact pages, privacy policy etc but there are free plugins for all of these so you don’t need to spend more money until you are making some cash.

    So go on, make yourself a website for less than $20!!

    PS. Obviously a website alone will not generate any income, you need to promote your newly created site. There are lots of tutorials here for promoting your site using social media and the best thing is, if done right it is free.

    PPS. I have not covered monetizing your site as this will depend on the type of site you are creating. This does not cost anything anyway so feel free to use adsense, amazon, clickbank or any of the many affiliate programs available.
     
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  2. Mike Hill

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    Good tutorial, everything in it is accurate and this is very well detailed. +1
     
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    I like the content writing part. Thanks OP!
     
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  5. sturose

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    I like to be as thorough as possible, you can find almost everything you need on this forum.

    Haha, would love a peek in that vip lounge to see if the blue brigade talk about all us commoners!

    Content writing is the part most people struggle with but it doesn't have to be difficult. There's lots of resources around to help create some very interesting articles which will be safe on a money site.
     
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    Wow ! You are fast sir ! Read and replied this big ass thread in less than 1 minute . Whoa ! Not even @pewep would be able to do that
     
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    Thanks for admiring my skill
     
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    Great post! nicely explained, It is really hard to believe all this can be done under $20, but the way you put it made absolute sense! Thanks! Do we also get hosting coupons on BHW?
     
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    Nice post, mate. Very detailed and helpful. And I liked the "I squeak when I walk" line most. :D :)
     
  10. GoDesain

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    "I have no money, how can I get started"
    so we still need money right ?
    sometimes new people in IM business don't have luck in selling service.. event scraping or doing simple task..
    you must fight with lot's experience member with already have feedback + tool to do that faster and easy
    and then they will think "Enough, this not my live..."
    why not use your tutorial to make money ? i think that true gold mine in here..
    1. Skip buy domain and hosting.. let start with blogspot.. ( belive or not, my friend who earn $xxxx a moth start from blogspot )
    2. Use your technique to find domain and hosting coupon to create base article.
    3. Find good review from base article keyword and spun content from this post idea.
    4. Scale it up...
    input for OP : write another PS. "This tutorial for someone who really live in real world. not for dreamer who need fast and easy money"
     
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  11. sturose

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    Have a look HERE there are lots of sellers on this site offering cheap hosting and discount coupons, some are one time discounts and some are recurring.

    I've been told by many people that I should loosen the purse strings but I refuse to because I know only too well how easy it is to go from comfortably well off to broke!

    It's happened to me in the past, one of the reasons I am on this forum is because the industry I work in is just about dead in the UK. I manage to keep afloat but sometime in the near future I will have to close up and move on to something else.

    The purpose of this tutorial is for anyone who needs or wants their OWN website but doesn't want to spend a lot of cash.

    If you really have nothing then fair enough, use blogger or wordpress.com to get started & when you have the money to buy your own domain and hosting you can migrate over.

    This is nothing to do with fast easy money, this is purely about building a website for the lowest cost possible & even with free platforms you will still need content so I hope there is something useful in my post for you.
     
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