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I bought a domain now what?

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Well, first of all we would like to congratulate you on starting up or taking the first step towards making money online.

Here in this article about starting your blog/website from scratch? We will be discussing everything about hosting, 3S’s of SEO, and keyword research.

But before that, decide on what you are going to do with the domain?

Use it to build a blog or business website?

I hope that you have done a thorough keyword research before building a blog/business website. 

Ouch, did the term keyword research confuse you or you still haven’t got a way to find low difficulty keywords?

Either way, you better have a look at a definitive keyword research guide here, coz I am going to reveal some secrets today. But before that, you need to go shopping for a hosting. So let’s talk about that first.

Choosing a web host

If you are looking to build a blog/business website, one of the most important aspects is having a look at options to host your domain.

It can be a Shared Hosting, VPS(Virtual Private Server), Dedicated Server Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Managed Hosting , and Colocation.

Now, all you need is to read a guide on the type of hosting that would suit your requirements before we decide upon a brand. But let’s save you from all the hardwork.

If you’ve decided on getting a Shared Hosting to start off, there’s no better brand then DreamHost ( one of the leaders of the shared hosting in the market as suggested by WordPress and you can read about it here) {Link not present}

Here are some reasons why you should blindly use DreamHost to host your upcoming blog.

  1. It has hosted over 1.5 million sites and is nearly 25 years old in the hosting business. So, we can count upon their support and uptime of the server.
  2. DreamHost has an average server speed of 648 ms and that’s faster than 80% of the companies offering shared hosting services.
  3. This hosting company provides unlimited bandwidth, storage, and a free SSL certificate upon the duration of your plan.

Note : If you’re not yet aware about the following things then we would recommend you to read a guide about the same here-

  1. Server Space
  2. Unlimited Bandwidth and Storage 
  3. SSL 

One of the coolest things about DreamHost is that it allows you to have a free domain in the starter unlimited plan and you can always check out for a special offer here!

With the special plan, you get to host multiple sites for a year along with a free domain ( multiple TLDs available) and that’s only for 24$/year.

One Big Bonus is that there is a 97 Day+ Money Back Guarantee, Well if you are not happy with the service then you can always get your money back with no questions asked.

So, what are you waiting for? Go Grab The Special Offer Now!

If you’re skeptical about spending that amount of money for your business/blog then you can also go for a cheaper option and there’s a Shared Starter Plan starting at 2.59$/month  for you guys. {isn’t 2.59$ per month costlier than 24$/year ?}

First Plan

  • 1 Website
  • Free Domain included
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • WordPress Pre-Installed
  • NEW Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • NEW WP Website Builder
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Second Plan

  • Unlimited Websites
  • Free Domain included
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • WordPress Pre-Installed
  • NEW Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • NEW WP Website Builder
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Even though the DreamHost website suggests that it can handle unlimited traffic on their website, we would still recommend you to use it only for a blog/business website having at max of 1000-1500 pageviews a day, so that it doesn’t start compromising with the performance.

You can always read a guide about ‘Setting up PageView Analytics and Search Console on your site’. {Add links}

Irrespective of the plan you choose, You get

  1. An automated one click WordPress installation
  2. A free website builder that can be customized with your choice.

Well, If you’re not convinced about the limited design then you can always have a look at our list of Top 7 Website Builders here! {Add links}

  1. And also, a free automated WordPress migration if you have your site hosted somewhere else.

Now that you’re convinced enough about choosing DreamHost for shared hosting, you should not think twice before going with it. However, if you are considering a VPS to host your website, then we would recommend you to go with BlueHost.

Why BlueHost?

  1. It has served over 2 million websites and has the best uptime percentage in the industry.
  2. You can always rely on their one click customer service available both via live chat and in call.
  3. They also have a one click automated migration, and one free domain for a year,
  4. It also uses optimized resources like KVM Hypervisor and an open source technology through OpenStack. This helps in upgrading site speed and an insane performance of your website on search engines.
  5. You get a free SSL Certificate,  Root access, and an enhanced CPanel performance.

Note: If you want to read about CPanel and how it works, you can click here!

 The Pricing?

 There are three plans 

First Plan

  • 1 Website
  • Free Domain included
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • WordPress Pre-Installed
  • NEW Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • NEW WP Website Builder
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Second Plan

  • Unlimited Websites
  • Free Domain included
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • WordPress Pre-Installed
  • NEW Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • NEW WP Website Builder
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Let us now have a look at the best provider for dedicated server hosting, Cloud Hosting and managed hosting and that’s Siteground!

Why Siteground?

  1. Concerned about the speed and optimization of your site? Not to worry if you are using the services of Siteground’s dedicated server hosting as it is setup with a supercacher.
  2. There’s a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee along with a free domain. You also get the very cheap custom email starting at just 0.99$/year.

Read ‘Why Custom Email Is Important For Your Business?’’

  1. They also use the latest open source technology and modern resources but what makes them a winner is 

The way they manage sub accounts, and allow increment in usage of CPU and RAM which automatically adds up to the performance of a website gaining traffic increment on a regular basis.

There are 3 Plans You Can Choose from  {Add plans}

Build Your Website

Got your Hosting Sorted? Have a look at 5 other things that is an absolute necessity while building a website.

1.Wordfence

  • Better Protect Your Hard Work’
  • The first thing you gotta do is protect your website from any attacks in the form of changing your cPanel files, password change, irrelevant redirection. 
  • Wordfence is said to be the best free security plugin for WordPress users that helps in multiple IP detects and blocking them along with other necessary security measures. It is used by over a million websites and you can download the plugin here.

 2.Permalink,Categories and Page,Menu

  • The best way to signal a user about your services is by creating an easy navigation system on your website. You can set up the menu, footer and header of the website with your logo and copyright claim. 
  • If you’re running a blog/business site, it is very important to set up important pages such as About Us , Contact Us, Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions for users to understand the credibility and use of your website.

3.Setup CDN and Optimizing Plugins

 One of the most important parts of a website’s visibility on search engines is speed and the reason you need is that some of your prospective readers/customers might have slow internet/interrupted internet connection and that’s why setting up a fast loading website is an absolute necessity. 

 Now coming on to what you need to do to increase your website’s speed?

 

1.AutoOptimize  – Speed is a crucial ranking factor, and everyone in the online business knows it. This plugin optimizes your site by compressing images, minifying, and concentrating on various styles and scripts. All these features will help to turbocharge your website performance, and it is one of the best plugins in terms of handling your website cache.

 

2.Robin Image Optimizer – Robin Image Optimizer helps to reduce the loading time of the website by optimizing heavy images on your website. It has zero limitations in terms of the number of images. Moreover, Robin Image Optimizer does not compromise on the image quality, even after compressing it. If you don’t want to lose money due to rejections and poor ad performances, then you must use Robin Image Optimizer on your site.

 

3.WP Fastest Cache – If you want your website to rank higher in search engines, then you must focus on the loading time of your website. WP Fastest Cache helps to reduce the loading time of your WordPress site by creating a static copy of your pages and posts and also by reducing the number of database queries.

 

4.Cloudflare CDN – If you want to protect your hosting from DDoS attacks, spamming, and hacking, then you must use Cloudflare CDN on your website. You can save hosting bandwidth with the help of Cloudflare CDN, as it filters the traffic coming to your website. When changing the hosting, you must only change the IP address of old hosting to the new one, and Cloudflare CDN changes the hosting in minutes instead of hours.

 

SEO and SMO

 3S’s define a website and as you have taken care of speed and security, it’s time for search engine and social media optimization. Here are some plugins you should considering installing

  1. Google Analytics for WordPress By Monster Insights – {Add some content}

  2. SocialPug – It is one of the easiest plugins to navigate your users to your site’s social media plugin.

  3. RankMath SEO – If you want to determine your website’s visibility then this is the best plugin for WordPress and you might be wondering why we haven’t chosen Yoast instead of RankMath then you can read about it here!

 

This SEO Plugin allows you to generate sitemap, optimize content as per search engine’s requirements in terms of keyword density, meta description, focus keyword, image alt attributes, 

It allows you to monitor 404 urls and redirect them to your required page, and the best thing about it is that all of it is free.

That’s a deal that you won’t wanna miss out, so install the plugin here!

Now that you know how to do Keyword Research, have a hosting for any custom requirement, covered the 3S, you are good to go ahead and start creating content.

 

Protect your head

Creating Content

 If you are running a business website, I would still recommend a blog section to teach your customers about the advancement, basic usage/benefits, and innovations provided by your product/service.In short words, increase awareness by educating your audience.

Coming to the point of creating content, here are few pointers that you need to take care of

  1. You need to take care of Heading Tags by giving Heading 2 to the first few subheadings

  2. Make sure the keyword density falls is more than at least 1%. In easy words, the keyword you would be using to create content needs to be there for at least <10 times in a 1000 words article. About the upper bound, you can see the information on RandMath dashboard

  3. Update Meta Description,Alt text of images,and url slug based on your focus keyword.

  4. One great thing that would make your keyword research process efficient and ranking easy is usage of LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing) in regular intervals. 

For example, if you have a keyword best bloggers then you can always add a related keyword like best bloggers in tech niche /health niche, so that you are direct, and at the same time, fighting for a less competitive keyword.

  1. The most important thing that comes after doing good keyword research and creating a decent piece of content is making that blog post interactive by putting out images and videos. The more user interactive content you have, the more chances of you ranking on page 1 of a search engine.

  2. Sixth and the ultimate game changer,Interlinking! In simple words, you would be linking to other relevant pieces of content that is already there on your website.