So you have selected your niche topic. Great. Did you follow all the guidelines which we discussed in the previous tutorial? Obviously you must have done so. But I would say you should again review your decision. Once you select your niche and move on it is not easy to get back. Why? It is because you also register you domain according to your niche. If you select insurance claims as your niche then obviously you would select a domain related to it. Definitely you will not choose a domain like how-to-make-money for that. What is domain? Just wait, below we would also discuss it.
What should you have at least to build a niche website?
First of all you must have a mind. Just kidding, every human being has a mind. But the problem is to effectively use it. That is called intelligence. So to run any type of the creative venture your intelligence must be more than normal people. Here you don’t have to do two-plus-two-is-equal-to-four type of mechanical work.
You have to apply your creativity, your wisdom, your power of judgment, your vision and so many other intangible qualities inside you to run your creative project successfully. So the first and the foremost thing to build your niche website is your above-normal mental abilities. Mind it niche website development and management needs lot of creativity and intelligence.
Besides you must have a computer, internet connectivity and skills to operate the computer. You must have fundamental knowledge of the surfing and browsing over the internet. From now your most of the work for your niche website would be just roaming around the worldwide web.
Another important requirement is money. Don’t be afraid. It is not huge sum of money. Just up to seventy dollars, if you want premium quality website. If you initially want to manage your niche website project with freebies then you can start even without a single penny. But I would suggest you should not compromise over the quality and buy the things where it is very necessary to use premium stuff.
Register a domain
Ok you have computer, internet connectivity and few bucks to build your niche website. Now you have to buy a domain. What is domain? Answer is so simple. Do you have a home? Ok, what is its address? Your every property must have an address. You website is your internet property. How do people reach there? Do they write the term website of you (your name) in a search engine and it would show your website? It must have an address. So your domain is your web address. It is the exact address. If someone types it in the address bar of a browser your website will open in few seconds.
There are various domain registration services that are available online. Usually the price of a domain is 10 to 12 dollars for one year. If you want to buy for two years you can get a discount of a few bucks. Just writ the term “top domain registration services” in the Google search bar and you would get a list of the top domain suppliers.
Did you select a domain registrar? Now the second important step is to register a domain. What should be the domain of your niche website? This is an important question. Don’t take it lightly. Do maximum research. Avoid selecting a domain name which seems more or less like any famous domain. Nor make a difficult to spell or so lengthy domain. Also avoid making a domain by joining several words to make it a lengthy line. Select the one easy to spell and easy to remember. It should show the topic of your niche but it is not necessary.
Nowadays people are making personalized domain name like marksimpson.com and running a techie website over it. There is no problem if you register a personalized domain name. Register your domain name at any top-level domain (TLD). The oldest ones are .com and .net. Remember .com is unrestricted and for commercial registrants, while .net is also unrestricted but for the network providers. I would suggest you to go for .com domain.
Select and buy hosting
Domain name is the address of your niche website. Where would you build and place it. In the vacuum? Obviously not! Surely you want to develop it on the internet. Mind it internet is not a free to use space. You can watch it freely, do communication freely but can’t stay there without any charges. If you want to run your website over there then you must pay an amount for the service of placing and running your website. This is called web hosting.
There are several hosting services. Never compromise over the quality of the hosting service. Evaluate how much data you plan to upload on your website in one, two or three years. How much? Is it 500MB, 1GB or more? So, select the type or category of the hosting that can fulfill your hosting demand. Here again write the “top hosting services” in the Google search bar and you would get the list of the best ones. Select out of them according to your demand and budget.
Or avail a free hosting
This is the second option. But it is not very much advisable. A free hosting service is usually slower than the premium one. Yes if you want to build a website as a hobby then you may go for free hosting service. The most popular free of cost hosting services are www.blogger.com and www.wordpress.com. Out of them blogger.com is of Google and has some more benefits than the www.wordpress.com. Remember on free hosting service there is no guarantee of the security of your data and you cannot upload the data beyond the allowable limit.
Hire a web developer
You have selected the domain name and also decided to go for either premium hosting or free hosting. Now this is the stage to erect your house, I mean your niche website. For that obviously you need mason. To build a website you need a web developer. The job of the web developer is to build your website. You have to tell him or her in layman terms how do you want to see your website and he or she would develop it as per your requirements. He or she would charge a fee for that. It may be from 50 dollars to 150 dollars depending upon the size of the website you need to develop. Here size means number of pages, its capacity to upload the specific number of posts, different widgets which attract more and more visitors.
Widgets are actually facilities you offer to your visitors to get maximum benefit from your website. You show them through a widget the most popular posts of your niche website. There is another widget that directly takes your visitor to your Facebook page. Don’t be confused. It is a matter of a few clicks. There are built-in widgets of all types and mostly available for free. You just have to download those widgets and upload at your website.
To search a competent and cheap web developer again thanks to Google. There are thousands of online web developers who would build your niche website without visiting you physically. But remember register your domain and hosting by yourself. You just have to give both these passwords to your selected web developer. As soon as he or she completes the development of your niche website change both the passwords without any delay. After that, keep both of them as if key of your locker or password of your bank account.
Or buy a premium website template
This is the second option to build your niche website. There are several companies on the internet offering website templates on reasonable rates. If you have up to 50 dollars you can buy a normal web site template. You don’t need to be expert to buy and build your niche website by your own. You just have to click to select from multiple options and your website would be done. Here again www.wordpress.org is one of the top ranking premium website template companies.
Or get a free website template
If you don’t want to spend more and just want to get free website template, no problem. Worldwide web is full of such templates. But remember there is no comparison between the free and premium templates. Free templates have several limitations. You cannot change them beyond a certain level. Nor the free template provider would inform you any update in your template.
Give a title and description to your website
Either you hire a web developer, buy a premium template or free one just after that you have to decide the name of your website. Now I would tell you a secret. Make your domain name and website name similar. In this way you don’t have to inform anybody twice. First what is the name of your website and then what is its domain name. If you want to build a niche website on wooden sofa set, make domain name woodensofaset.com and your website name should be Wooden Sofa Set. Understand? The second step is to write a description of your website. You name your niche website for your readers and now you have to describe it for whom? For the search engines mate. Yap I mean it. Search engines are actually announcers who announce at the worldwide web about your niche website. If someone write in search engine the term “wooden sofa set” so they will show your website somewhere on search page and searchers would visit your site
Develop categories of your contents
Now you have named your niche website, described it. You have actually developed it either by the web developer or did it yourself through a template. Now you have to start your work. How? After complete construction of the boundary wall of your home and putting a roof over it what do you do? You erect the rooms and other areas. Similarly you make the layout of the website. You can do this through a few clicks. There are several built-in layouts available in each template. If you have a web developer he or she would also show you several layouts. You just have to select one of them
After that you have to select how much categories you should make to write post under each category. In this way your readers get facility to go to a specific category of their interest and read all or a few posts there. Making categories is also as easy as ABC.
Decide number of static pages
You don’t have to write simply posts over posts on your niche website. How do people come to know who is running this website? How can one contact the owner of the website? For this purpose you have to develop About Us and Contact Us pages. These are the two most essential pages on each website. If you do not do that it means your niche website is a ghost niche website. It means a website that has no any identity. Besides you can also make some more pages to show your expertise, services or products.
Making static pages is also very easy. In the control panel of every website you are given option to make number of pages and show them on side bar or below the header. What is control panel? It is obvious from its name. Control panel is the administration section of your website where from you manage your contents over your niche website.
Decide what you should display on home page
What is the most important part of your house? Obviously its front view, which gives an overall impression of your house. So the home page of your niche website tells the visitors about the nature and the quality of your site. You want to put as much contents on home page as possible. But mind it don’t make your home page a mess. Just display a few latest posts and some important widgets on the side bar. Besides put some static pages telling the readers about you and your whereabouts.
What do you want to read more? That’s all. Your niche website is done. Keep posting and enjoy the fascinating world of the niche marketing.