Owning your very own website is without a doubt one of the most lucrative ways of earning cash online.
I previously made a series discussing how to build your own website and make it into a valuable asset.
In part one of that series I discussed the steps you need to take to get your website set up and ready to go using a CMS (Content Management System), but there are definitely some other ways of setting up your website.
I would highly recommend that you Click Here, read steps 1 & 2 in that article, then return here for the rest.
One of these alternatives, Wix, is a very popular website building platform that works very differently than other content management systems.
Wix does have components and applications that function as part of a CMS, but unlike the rest, they is very design-driven.
This means that the process of setting up a website will be rather different.
If you are wondering how you can set up your very own Wix website, there is a 6 step process to doing it, which I will be going through now.
Step 1. Getting Started
Before you can do anything else, you must first create a Wix account.
To do this, head over to Wix.com, select “Get Started”, click “Sign Up” and enter your details.
With your account created, you will be brought to the welcome page, where you have to click “Create Your Website”.
Before we get into setting anything else up, you should first have your niche selected. If you don’t know what a niche is, Click Here where I explain it all.
One your niche is chosen, you must pick the kind of website you would like to create.
I am going to be selecting blog, but you need to choose the category that fits closest to your needs.
After you have done that, you will be prompted to select if you want Wix to design the website for you or if you want to design it yourself.
You can allow them to design the website for you, but I prefer being able to customize everything myself, and that is exactly what I will be walking you through next.
If you want Wix to design your website for you (which I wouldn’t recommend), Click Here to skip the designing step.
Step 2. Design Your Website!
My favorite part of building a Wix website, by far, is designing it.
It doesn’t matter what your niche is, Wix has the perfect template for you. There are dozens of categories including music, design, online store, business, photography, and so much more.
All these themes come with the same core features and are completely customizable, so you can select your template and change everything about it to make it your own.
Just scroll through and find one that really stands out to you and click “Edit”.
Now that you have picked out the template that you like the most, you need to now make it your own.
You can customize everything that you can see and add stunning design features like image galleries, video backgrounds and more.
Be sure to include all your information, such as your business name, logo, and contact details.
If you don’t have a logo, Click Here to read my article about creating your very own logo for free.
If you don’t have a business name chosen yet, I don’t really know what I can do to help you come up with one.
Just take some time to really think hard about what you want to call your business.
I will say that before you select it as your business name, make sure the domain is available.
You can head over to a domain retailer like GoDaddy and enter your name to see if it’s available.
Once you have added your information, the possibilities for what you can do are endless.
You can pick any fonts and colors, edit and add pages at will, and include images and video with ease.
You can literally drag and drop everything. You don’t need to know any code to make your website look exactly the way you want it.
Step 3. Creating Content
Adding great content is key to creating a successful website.
I have a full guide on creating amazing website content that you can read if you Click Here.
Create Your Homepage
A lot of your visitors will first see your homepage, so write content here that will explain the basics: who you are and what your website is about.
Be very clear and state exactly what you want the visitors to do: buy something, read something, or contact you.
Create Your “About” Page
I said this in my other article about setting up a website and I’ll say it again here:
I won’t be going into detail here about creating your content here, but Wealthy Affiliate highly recommends that you create an “About” post before anything else, so I would say do that first.
They even have a template to go off of, and if you are having trouble writing it, check out mine, Click Here.
You can find templates online, but feel free to check out mine, Click Here, just make sure to enter your domain name where it says BuildYourOnlineEnterprise.com.
Also change the email to your business email.
Step 4. Contact Visitors
You want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to get in touch with you.
To do this, be sure to include your phone number and email address in the footer. Also add your business hours, so they’ll know what times you are most available.
Here is a list of some other things I could recommend you do to make it easier for visitors to contact you:
- Wix Contact Form – Add a contact form so visitors can easily message you right from within your website.
- Social Media Icons – Add social buttons that are linked to your Facebook page, Pinterest board, Instagram feed, and more. Spread these buttons out around your website, in your header, footer, and sidebar, so visitors will have lots of opportunities to contact you.
- Google Maps – If you have a physical store front, include a map so customers will know where you are located. This looks very professional and adds credibility.
- Get Subscribers – Get visitors to subscribe to your mailing list right on your website by adding “Get Subscribers”. One a visitor subscribes, they will be added to your Wix contacts, so you can send them various updates, newsletters and promotions. If you want to learn more about email marketing, Click Here to read my article all about it.
Step 5. Publish Your Website!
Once your website is to your liking, the only thing left to do is publish it. In the top right corner of the editor, you will see a publish button.
Seconds after you hit the publish button you will receive a link to your website and that’s it, your site built!
Your website is created, but there are still a couple things to do to finish setting it up.
Connect it to a Custom Domain
Within Wix you can create your own custom domain name, which I wouldn’t recommend you do.
Wix allows you to connect your site to a domain you already own, which is the way better option.
Wix charges more then other domain retailers such as GoDaddy or NameCheap.
Namecheap sells domains at $10.69 for the first year, and all the years to come.
GoDaddy sells domains at a very cheap $0.99 for the first year, but the years following will cost you $14.99 a year.
I did some math, and found that after 4 years, Namecheap will cost you less than GoDaddy, so if you plan on keeping your domain for more than 3 years (which is recommended), Namecheap would be the better option.
Get the Best SEO for Your Website
You can use Wix SEO Wiz to make it very easy for people to find you online.
Get your own personalized step-by-step plan to completely take care of your SEO.
You don’t need any experience – Wix SEO Wiz helps you to choose the best keywords for search engines and much more.
Step 6. Create More Content
Your website is all set up and ready to go, which is awesome, but in order to get some traffic and start making some money from it, you need to create more content.
You now need to write some content that is relevant to your niche and very entertaining, easy to read, and informative.
Luckily, I have you covered with a post all about creating website content that you can check out if you Click Here.
If you have any questions or comments about anything discussed in this article, be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I will reply.
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