Step 1: Get a Website
Regardless of the type of website you wish to create, the first step is, obviously, to get set up with the equipment and services you need to be able to create a website. This means, first and foremost, choosing a web host. Ready to jump right in? Then click here to sign up with our recommended webhost. Otherwise, read on for some additional information.
What's a Webhost?
A web host is simply a company that has computers (known as web servers) connected to the internet that allows other computers to access certain data (webpages) from it. This can be somewhat likened to opening a restaurant. You can either start from scratch and build the entire thing yourself, or purchase a franchise where everything is already setup for you and ready to go.
Yes, you can build your own web server, connect it via your own high-speed lines, set up the software, etc. etc. But if you don't have the knowledge to build a web server (or the money to buy the hardware, sotware, and high-speed lines), then using the services of a web host is your best option. With a webhost, you're basically renting out their equipment and they allow you to put data on their servers which can then be served up to the internet public.
Which Web Host Do I Use?
We've used a lot of different web hosts in our time (our first website went public in 1999). As such, considering all things that our students might want or need in a web host, including things like cost and ease of setup and use, we have chosen a favorite webhost that we've used often and currently trust to be able to do the job for probably 99.5% of our students.
And that web host is Bluehost. Feel free to shop around, but all lessons going forward will assume you have signed up with shared hosting through Bluehost.
Ready to make that first step? Then click here to be taken to the Bluehost sign up page.
If you're a bit nervouse about doing so, take a look at the walkthrough video below to see exactly what you can expect.
Now That You've Got a Webhost...
Now it's time to create some content that we can engage our visitors with. Select the type (or nearest to the type you've chosen) from the links below to get started:
- Informational Website
Create content (information) that visitors will find useful. The information is free, while money is made from advertising. This is the easiest route, but the amount of money to be made is dependent on the number of visitors you can attract. Therefore, a lot of marketing will be required.
- Start a Blog
We all know what a blog is, right? Some blogs are so popular that they make over a million dollars per year! A blog is monetized in much the same way an informational website is. In fact, there's actually very little difference between the two. However, setting up your blogging platform will require some technical work. Don't worry though. We walk you through the process step by step!
- Retail Website
In other words, you sell stuff. What you sell is up to you (whether it's physical products, eBooks, or something else) but we'll help you get started by pointing you to wholesalers who will provide you with products to sell – including drop shippers so you won't even have to keep an inventory! – as well as walk you through the process of setting up an fully-stocked online store.
Naturally, these don't cover every possible way to make money online, but they cover the most common and the majority of methods for making money are going to be very similar to one of these three methods. If the method you want to use is not exactly like one of the three above, choose the one that is closest. If you get into it and you're not quite getting what you need, you can always return to this page and select a different path.