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So you need a website. Should you buy it yourself, or hire somebody to do it for you? It really depends on several things.
Affiliate marketing beginners typically have a LOT on their plate when they are just getting started, so there are definitely some advantages to outsourcing some of this work and slashing the learning curve, but before you go running for the first web developer, you MUST figure out exactly what you want, and decide if this really is for you.
The worst thing that could happen is you start out your online business career by wasting money. That would be a major obstacle that you might not overcome.
Let’s take a look at the things you’ll need to learn and master to succeed with a niche website:
- Building a website
- Choose a niche
- Researching Keywords
- Writing Articles
- Getting Visitors
- Converting Visitors to Customers Or Subscribers
- Managing Email Campaigns
- And So On
Before you run away thinking you’ve made a terrible decision to go down this path, wait! There’s no way you need to worry about all of these things just yet.
That’s the whole point. You should just focus on them one at a time, and as you get comfortable, move on to the next step.
The problem is, a lot of people never really get comfortable with building their website, which is why I’m writing this article in the first place.
So ask yourself this pertinent question: Are you prepared to be patient and take your time with building a website, not worrying about whether or not it is earning an income yet, and gradually producing something excellent?
If you’re not so sure about this, then you might well end up quitting before you’ve even really got started.
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to produce an amazing, perfect, work-of-art website. It just needs to look appealing and good. This isn’t rocket science, but it does take practice.
There are plenty of places where you can learn internet marketing, but building a site takes time. If you have a budget, you can get a professional site built for you, and skip this whole tricky stage.
Buying A Niche Website – Things To Know
Now, if you’ve decided that this is something you’d be interested in, let’s not be hasty and choose the first web builder we find.
There are some standards to stick to, and there are definitely some web developers that don’t stick to them, so be careful.
Here are some tips for making sure you don’t end up buying trash:
1. Don’t let yourself get fooled by promises of automated success, traffic, or earnings. Somebody can build a website for you, but only you can grow it.
2. Don’t pay thousands of dollars. You can get great websites here for a lot less.
3. Make sure the web developer you choose has a good track record, demonstrates their authority, and explains how to use the sites and succeed with them.
Please note, things like “no experience necessary” and “works for you automatically” are NOT examples of this. Stay away from people that make these claims, they’re called liars.
4. If you’re unsure, send them an email! (Or go with your gut).
So Should You Or Shouldn’t You?
As for the original question, whether you should or shouldn’t hire a niche website builder, it really comes down to several things.
Do you have a budget? Do you want to avoid the learning experience of doing it yourself? Do you want to succeed quicker? And most importantly, do you need help?
If you are at all unsure, then you should probably start off by doing it yourself, as you’ll be able to do it risk-free, and learn at your own pace.
Ultimately the choice is yours, but as I’ve mentioned, there are some clear advantages to hiring someone to do it for you.
Guest post by Dom Wells who has been working in Internet Marketing for a while building websites for himself and his clients.