About My Website

You have decided that you need a website. The next step is to think about who you can talk to about a website and what should you ask.

What I needed to know about my website 10 years ago

In the early days of the Internet, the question “whom should I ask about my website” was easy to answer. Most people who were thinking about setting up a website would just ask their 12-year-old son, or the kid next door, or their cousin’s brother’s friend who did this work from his basement.

Today, don’t even think about asking any of those people.

In the early days, you created a website and you put it online (called hosting). Then, you forgot about it because your website took care of itself. People would find your website and link to it. Your website would show up in the Google index almost as if by magic.

That was then.

What I need to know about my website now

Today, after you set up a website online, you’re not done. You need to perform SEO on your website. SEO is Search Engine Optimization and, without SEO, you won’t get very far in the search results of any search engine, including Google.

If you have a website now, you need to do SEO…or pray a lot.

That’s the first thing you need to know “about my website”: create a website and do SEO.

To get this done, you should consult a professional website developer (like Accolade Group of Vermont, LLC) who should be up to date on whatever questions you have “about my website.” Even if you don’t have any questions, a web developer can ask you a few questions and begin to understand what s/he needs to know to help you understand your website. You can find a web developer in the Website section of your phone book (do you still have a phone book) or by doing a Google search for the words “website developer” plus the name of your town: Website developer DeMoines, for example.

First questions about my website

After you find your website developer, one of the first questions you can ask about my website is if the company can also help you with SEO. Most web developers know something about SEO but you should be looking for someone who specializes in SEO. SEO has become a very specialized aspect of website promotion and the ins and outs of SEO change on a very frequent basis. A good SEO person will probably have little time for creating websites because they spend so much time keeping up with the changing world of SEO.

For now, let’s just take a look at what we need to ask “about my website.”

  • Ask if the developer has created websites for similar types of business. It’s not a serious issue if the developer has created a website for one of your competitors. After all, it will be Google that decides the position of a website in the search results.
  • What kind of pages will you need for your website? Many companies need a Home Page, Contact Us Page, About Us Page, Product Page, Service Page. If you offer several products or services, you may want a separate page for each offering.
  • You should ask how much it will cost to create your website. This is a one-time cost.
  • And, after the website is created, how much will it cost host your website? This is like rent; you need to pay monthly (quarterly, yearly) for a place where your website can live. This is a recurring cost.
  • If you want to make changes to your website, how much will this cost? You need to make frequent changes to your website to make SEO work to your advantage, so you need to consider making regular updates.

 

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