March 1, 2007

Can a personal website be lucrative?

I define a personal website as personal not business. Meaning no products to sell, no services to offer online.

But even if you dont have a product to sell or services to offer online, personal website can still be very lucrative investment for yourself depending on the contents of your website. If the content of your website is about yourself, your bio, and what you do and your profession, its obvious that no one can buy anything from there, but it can still possibly be lucrative because you are promoting yourself and your capabilities, and could possibly get you a lot of great transactions and dealings offline by knowing you a little bit more thru your personal website. The more people trust and know you, the more likely they will feel confident to transact with you offline making your personal website a worthwhile and lucrative investment.

Personal websites like personal blogs and talking about your hobbies and interest also allows you to generate revenue and make money online. Some ways to earn revenue in your website is thru banner ads from affiliate programs, pay-per-click advertisings, or website space advertisings in your website. And if you have really good online traffics, then the advertising could really make it lucrative and generate revenue.

How lucrative your personal website can be, will solely depends on how popular your personal website is. It will surely helps to market your personal website online to generate more traffic.
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Guide to better website design

To build a good website, you need to determine first what are your goals and what you want to achieve with your website. Some of the most common goals of having a website is to make your website visitors stay longer, to convey the message that you want to relay your audience, to make the visitor successfully complete a transaction, a purchase, or whatever your site offers. There are several factors that needs consideration that may help achieve your website goals:

EASY NAVIGATION. Make your website easy to navigate. Provide easy-to-see, and accessible menus containing links to other subpages of your website. Try to be consistent with your website format in all pages, so that they will have a feel of the same format all throughout.

EASY TO LOAD. Graphics are pretty, colorful, and cool, but they also take more time to download online. If you use too many photos in one page, or too big size photos in one page, it may cause a major delay in downloading your whole page. A lot of readers dont have the patience to wait that long, and you dont want them to leave your site because you put too much graphics. To prevent that from happening, try to optimized your photos for web usage. Use thumbnail photos with links to bigger version of each photo if your site visitor want to view the bigger version.

UPDATED CONTENTS. Make your content fresh, new, and up-to-date. When somebody will visit your website, make them feel like you just added content a minute ago. You dont want your visitors to find out that your Latest News articles is dated years ago.

MAKE IT SIMPLE. Instead of putting all your contents in one page that may possibly overwhelm and confuse your readers, try to split the topics and make sub pages. Focus on one topic per page instead of talking and merging everything all in one page.

AVOID HORIZONTAL SCROLLING. Too much width in your page that requires horizontal scrolling is usually very frustrating specially if the visitor needs to scroll down as well. It would feel like your website page is all over, scroll sideways, scroll down..

READABLE FONTS. Use easy to read type fonts and easy to read size fonts. Most common use font size is around 10-12. Size 6-8 might be too small for reading messages. Size 14-16 might be too big. Your goal is to be able to covey your message to your visitors, so right size and fonts may affect your website visitors decision to leave or stay and or continue reading depends on how patience they cab be. Try to consider that not a lot of people know how to adjust the font size in their monitor, or other may know how to change font setting but do they really want to change setting temporarily just to read one website then change back after to read other website?

Web design is like carving a pumpkin, you need to plan ahead, determine your design in advance, determine and figure out everything before you start doing it (carving or coding).
Hope the tips above helps and good luck!

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Making your first website

Ways to create your personal web page:

1. Create the website yourself with HTML coding. HTML mean HyperText Markup Language, is the main language of website coding. To use this the basic coding method, you need HTML knowledge. With your HTML knowledge, there are several HTML editors to help you aide your web design process, or if you dont have these fancy editors in hand, you can also use the regular notepad that is usually available with most computer software package.

2. Create the website yourself using WYSIWYG editors. This method is more simpler and user-friendly than doing it by HTML coding. With this method, you dont need to do the coding by hand. The WYSIWYG which stands for What-You-See-Is-What-Your-Get are mostly click-and-drag software that allows you to create the website without HTML coding knowledge. I think this method may be easier to do but much harder if you want to fully customized your website look and feel.

3. Create the website using pre-created templates. There are several types of website templates available, some complex, some simple designs. Most templates are priced based usually on the quality of the designs. If you use templates t create your website, you need basic computer knowledge to be able to edit the contents of the templates and make it your own. You generally dont have to worry about doing the physical appearance of the website at all, just edit the texts according to what you want to put in there. Although there are complex and more advance templates that requires HTML knowledge to edit. Most templates are royalty-free so expect many the same similar website designs live online, because others may possibly buying the same template from the same source. Its harder to fully customized a template specially if you want to make some physical changes on the overall look and feel of your website.

4. Create the website by hiring a Website Designer. If you dont want to be bothered by the complexities and lack of knowledge in website designing, there are Website Designer that are available to do the work for you for a fee. Fees varies mostly on how customized and how complex you want your website requirement are. Static website with no e-commerce capability are generally cheaper ranging from $100-$1000+. Dynamic and or e-commerce website can cost you around $400-$6000+, depends on the complexity of your website.

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