The truth about making websites
If you take a look at any of the sites that rank on the first page of Google for “how to make a website” you might notice a pattern…
- 4000+ words long 😴
- Overly complicated for beginners
- Usually made by a fake blogger/webmaster
- They all say the exact same thing in different words
The reason all of these sites follow the same pattern is quite simple:
Affiliate commission 🤑🤑🤑
These sites get paid $100-1000 per sale, and the more pointless text they can fit on the page, the better Google ranks them. Good job, Google.
So why is this site any different?
In a nutshell:
- I know how to actually make websites (been doing it for over a decade)
- My websites make $xx,xxx a month
- I don’t make my money online by teaching people how to make money online (cough, Pat Flynn, cough 🙄)
- I’m straight up telling you about the commission and recommending the actual best web hosts for your site instead of recommending the one that makes me the most money
The easiest way to make a website or start a blog
I’m going to sum up in a bullet point list the exact steps you need to take to get your website or blog started, without 4000 words of filler text and images.
- Choose a domain name. I prefer non-hyphen .com, .net or .org where possible but beyond that it really doesn’t matter that much what your site is called. Nobody knew what a Google was until they built it!
- Use WordPress. We don’t need to debate the merits of each platform just to get a few extra hundred words. WordPress is easy for beginners because there is no coding or technical knowledge needed, and every single web host allows you to install it with one-click from their admin panel.
- Pick a web host. At the entry level of $3-5 a month, they’re all very similar and it really doesn’t matter who you pick, within reason. (more on that in a moment)
The hardest part of making a website or blog
All of these websites which only care about getting you to purchase web hosting through their link have their priorities backwards.
They make the website setup process sound way more complicated than it is.
But they completely overlook the actual hard part: Making content that somebody wants to read, like, and subscribe to!
This page isn’t designed to walk you through the process of content creation, promotion, and eventually making money from your site. I’d like to one day though, because too many people are being misled and tricked into purchasing things they don’t need.
Just know that to make a successful website you will need to put in the work. Write content as regularly as you can, stick with a basic theme until you start getting visitors, and focus on delivering good quality articles and content that your audience will want to read. It’s as simple as that.
Wait, so which host do you recommend?
Web hosting is one of those things you can overthink and spend way too much time on. There’s no point talking to their sales team, because they’ll tell you what you want to hear to get the sale.
At the beginner level, literally any of the big names like BlueHost, HostGator, GoDaddy, Dreamhost etc will all be about the same.
(Btw, have you noticed that I haven’t linked out to a host yet? This is because I want you to know the truth before you make a decision)
I’ve used all of the above hosts and, technically, they are all the same really. For me, the biggest draw is having incredible support. I’ve waited 12-24 hours on big WordPress hosts like Flywheel – which is really annoying when you have a problem with your site.
The best host for website beginners
The host I think would be best for a total beginner is SiteGround. They are cheap at $3.95 a month and have very solid and reliable service.
But most important, they have incredibly fast support.
I can jump onto live chat instantly, and even if it gets pushed to a ticket for something more technical, it’s very common for a reply in minutes to solve my issue.
- One click WordPress install
- Easy to use admin panel
- Quick access to help if you need it
P.S. SiteGround pay the least of all the above hosting companies. I earn $50 if you sign up for an account, but if I recommended BlueHost, I could get $150+. I don’t, because SiteGround are better.
750 words to make a website
That’s how long this page is: 750 words. You know as much as you need to know to go and purchase web hosting, a domain name, and to install WordPress.
I haven’t included all of the ways you can use WordPress to build a website or a blog. The other tutorials do this because they want you to invest time into the page, with the end goal of getting you to actually buy hosting.
I’ve set up an email newsletter with a series of emails to help you along the way and the first email is a completely free 141-page manual to teach you everything you need to know about using WordPress for your site – from choosing themes, adding pages, blog posts, images, etc
If you don’t want to sign up to the newsletter, no worries (😿), you can grab the manual here without having to give me your email address.
(Wait, somebody actually giving you something for free without forcing you to hand over your email address? WTF?)
So there you have it. You can setup a blog or a website in less than 30 minutes. Use my SiteGround link if you want to, or Google them and signup directly if you prefer.
Either way, do a bit of research and don’t be misled by affiliate marketers who make tens of thousands a month from people who just want to make a website quickly.