Educate Yourself on Making a Website
While you may still be in college, the working world is not too far off in the distance.
With that being the case, are you technologically prepared for the challenges that rest ahead of you? If not, you could find yourself on the outside looking in when it comes to find the right job.
Given today’s technological age, it behooves students to have website skills that are more than just adequate as they prepare to enter the workforce.
Among the items to keep in mind as you embark on this venture:
1. Commitment – The first and most important aspect of your website needs to be your commitment to keep it updated. Many people have great intentions, but intentionally or unintentionally slack off. Before you know it, the site is not updated for days, weeks, then months. Make sure you have the time to maintain a site so that it does not get hit by the search engines for having stale content. When that happens, your site’s ranking will drop, meaning less people are likely to find it.
2. Game Plan – Another important facet of your website is having a game plan as to what your website will represent. If you are using it to prepare yourself for the working world after college, use some of the online skills you have attained while in school to guide you. Will your website include a blog? If so, what is the purpose of the blog and what kind of content will be on it? One of the important items with blogs is they need to be updated regularly, meaning stale content is a no-no. Will you attempt to get advertising on your website? It is not uncommon for some folks in college to use their website to bring in some extra money through different monetary programs that sites such as Google and Yahoo offer.
3. Register a domain and serve up a host – Whether someone attempting to make money online or just looking to promote your work and/or hobbies, you need to register a domain. The domain is the web address where visitors can find you online. Domains are relatively cheap, and there are a variety of server options out there, so shop around. Hosting involves housing, providing a server, and overseeing files for one or additional Web sites. Make sure the companies you choose for such tasks offer good customer service and just do not leave you hanging when you have a question or problem getting set up.
4. Design a winner – With the commitment, game plan and domain in place, you next need to consider your design. One of the deadly sins of a website is not putting together a winning design. Your site should have easy navigation so that visitors can come in and out without feeling like they are being led through a maze. Also make sure that you have the simple features down and easy to find such as “About” your site, “Contact information” that makes it easy for people to find you, and relevant content. Speaking of content, your content should be accompanied with imagery that breaks up the content.
5. Review, review, review – Make sure before you have your site going live that everything works. If you are linking to pages on your site, make sure all the links work. If you have sizable content on the site, make sure it is clean of grammatical errors, headlines and photo captions relate to the content, and you have relevant keywords that will assist you in bring traffic back to your site.
6. Learn Internet Marketing – Making a website is doing one part of the work, but driving traffic to is the other part of work. Social media is a great way to drive traffic to your website, email marketing another, and search marketing is one of the post popular way to drive traffic to your website.
With the basics of your site ready to roll, you can now use your website to promote your education highlights as part of the college applications process, make some money on the side as you attend college, or prepare yourself for the working world after school.
Having a website and educating yourself at the same time is definitely a winning combination.
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