What Should I Be Doing?
First think of your website like a business card. You go to a graphic designer and get some business cards and start handing out your business cards to everyone. It is the same with getting exposure to your website. After I have put everything in place it is now up to you to get traffic as well.
Start by telling everybody about your new website and get them to go and have a look. You want as much “traffic” (people visiting) as possible. The more traffic you get the more attention search engines will pay to it.
Another good thing is to have as many links to and from your site as possible. It is another way to get traffic to your site. Social Media is a great way to do this plus get exposure about your product. Link to other people with the same interests and try to get them to link back to your site. (This is something that should be considered when you are getting your site designed)
Your own IP Address/Domain Name
If you want to be found by the search engines then it is best to have your own domain name or IP Address. If you are getting a “FREE” hosting service, the search engines are looking at their IP address. The cost of domain names these days is extremely reasonable, something like $10.00/yr. which anyone can afford. Spending the extra money on a domain name is well worth the money.
You make your website visible to the world through a web hosting service. They are companies who provide space on a server and charge a fee for doing so. There are all kinds of web hosting companies out there, but you should look for one who can provide the kind of services you will require for your particular needs. In other words if you are mainly interested in blogging find someone who includes some kind of blogging software on their control panel.
In Consumer Rankings.com these are the most popular web hosting service providers: Bluehost, iPage, FatCow, Just.Host.com, Host Monster, InMotion Hosting, HostGator, GoDaddy, StartLogic, and Register.com
Check them out and see what they offer and what their prices are.
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until next time,