Today finding a popular website builder is easy, but choosing the one to start with is not. So many to choose from, but I knew, website building for beginnersI was looking for no HTML to deal with, and something free for getting started. Truthfully, I did try one that is advertised on TV called Weebly.  I got stumped rather quickly and my efforts came to a halt.

Two years pass and I am still thinking about using a website to share the paper folding hobby I have been interested in for over 12 years. Web 2.0 articles hosted by others were not as satisfying as they once were. Google limited the authority articles had and visits were down and earnings generated trickled to a few cents a day.

Earnings are an interest for me, as well as sharing, because I always was about how to make those few extra dollars.

Image credit: SherryV

Took Me Years to Start A Website

Don’t take as long as I did.

Having someone else build the website was not my way of starting out.  I needed to manage and start my own website. I had one article in bookmarks about building a website, and a few months later, I read it and explored the suggestion of looking into Wealthy Affiliate.

The Video Course is not intimidating at all. The one free week should tell you if it is working for you. Set aside a week for checking out the program.

The first word to attract me was Free. You do get two websites to get started with. They are domain free websites, meaning you do not own them. WA’s .siterubix.coms are like Hubpages in that you do not own the site name. Skip the registering and paying for a name every month. At Wealthy Affiliate the 2.0 URL’s end with Okay. Sounds pretty good, so far, I can have 2 websites for Free.

After thinking about my GoDaddy registered name, I transferred it to WA so WA could host. They made it pretty easy too.  Now I have the registered NAME and a Host for getting my website started. I was up and working with the .com in a week and it was all self explanatory or tutorial based. Questions in my head were kept at a minimum. Those questions sometimes can be show stoppers for me. In a month I had my website working with posts and pages, using Course 1 with 10 Lessons. Nagging questions kept coming up.

I took the Premium and paid for a year’s membership. I had the .com getting visits so I decided to get all the help that might be needed.

I am now a graduate of a 5 Course lesson package that lead me through Webmaster tools, and sitemap registration, keyword research plus more, and several webinars by Jay on all things about succeeding with a website.popular website builder

And questions? Everyone’s dashboard on WA membership has a tab for your most puzzling questions. Ask away. Someone will give you a solution or tell you where to get the answer.

Yes, Getting Started Was Easy

I have to say that I was amazed with my first free course of 10 lessons. It got my website up and working for free. However, there is so much to WordPress operation. Most all operations can be resolved at the WordPress site, (for free), but I felt I needed the community that I was starting to get familiar with a WA. I got the first month of full membership at $19.99. After thinking a whole month about it, I opt for the yearly rate of about $365.

Now I had further access to many useful tools. The tool I wanted most was keyword research tool with impressions, clicks and competition figures. I have been using it for the HubPage articles and well as the websites.

My Story

So as a retiree and a beginner I have started my goal of maintaining a paper hobby website that everyone in the world can see. Are you thinking about a Website? What is your niche? Do you have questions? Do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.




Getting Started — 4 Comments

  1. First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts
    prior to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts
    in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but
    it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

    • Thanks so much. Time and Practice. Your first articles may be done on paper. Write almost anything and fix the language later. After a few of those start writing directly on your blog draft on the computer. If you are still stuck go back to paper. Back and forth. Once the words flow directly on the computer you know your mind is clear. You are using the left side of the brain on paper, but when you use the creative right side of the brain you are in a zone that is very uncluttered. I got this view from “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. Apply it to art and apply it to writing. After all writing is an art form.

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