Getting My Feet Wet
Time has really flown.
I’ve been at WA for roughly two years and I’ve learned a lot – both from the site itself and all the training, and also from reading other blogs online.
I love the training at WA and all of the information that I have read from various members on this site, from the webinars, the training modules and countless other sources.
Yet, despite all of this, I haven’t made much progress in actually getting a site up and running.
Some of that has been procrastination, but procrastination is only part of the story.
The main story is that I have been strongly focused on making sure I have a very solid grasp on what I want to do with my site and on the best ways of being successful. So, while I haven’t been making a lot of progress, I have been learning, and learning a lot.
At the same time, a lot has changed in the internet marketing field, including Google’s increasing focus on semantic searches and the increasing value of longer content.
At the start of this year, I came to the conclusion that it was time to start putting all that theory into practice.
While I do want to promote WA itself, I am starting off by focusing on a different area – something that I am strongly passionate about.
That area is nutrition.
There are already a lot of nutrition sites out there, for sure, but many of them lack one thing… science. Because of the complexity of the human body, it really is important to look at the research behind health claims and advice, yet, so few sites do so.
Instead, they make bold claims with scant evidence to back them up (in some cases, they have no evidence at all).
My site will be different.
I want to focus strongly on providing scientific evidence and on presenting that information in a way that readers can understand, even if they have never read a scientific paper before.
At the same time, I plan to provide in-depth posts rather than just skimming the surface of a given topic.
With those approaches, I believe that I can build a successful site, even though the niche I have chosen is a pretty competitive one.
So, with that in mind, I am now taking my first steps into getting a site up and running.
I’m using my own domain along with hosting at WA. That seemed like the best option for both security and traffic.
I’ve actually had a site, per se, for roughly three weeks now, and I’m working on loading content, making everything work and making it look good.
While I haven’t had a site prior to this, I have been planning this site for well over a year. Part of that planning has involved researching and writing content. Because of that, I actually have a considerable amount of content ready for the site. Having that content does seem to make the process of getting up and running easier.
It’s far too early to see much in the way of traffic or ranking, but still, I feel like I’m making progress. Ultimately I believe that the time and effort that I put into this site will pay off, although it’s hard to know how long it will take to get to that point.
I plan to share more as I go along.
Hopefully what I learn can be useful for others getting started with their own websites – especially those who didn’t spend as long planning as I did.
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