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How To Create a Website Business: 9 Simple Steps To Evolve Starting 2020

Even if you think you’re too late, too young or too naive on how to create a website business as a side hustle or a full time business, the next few lines might just further boost your confidence to find your first thousand dollars online by doing blogging.

There are a number of web businesses that can sustain a lifestyle.

You’ve probably heard of them – Dropshipping, E-commerce, Freelancing, Creating Courses, Content Writing, Advertising, Affiliate Marketing and a lot more.

Regardless of industry/market however, the most common reasons why they exist is this – they help their audiences solve their problems.

Needless to say, if your only reason of creating a website business is to make a profit, then you may not win long term.

Profitability here can mean a lot of different things to different people.

A growth of 100% is good, let alone 1000%, 2000% or more. An income of $100 this month becoming $200 next month is a hundred percent. So does with a hundred thousand dollar growth from a hundred thousand dollar income of a seasoned website business owner.

Any of which can be insanely profitable depending on whose standpoint you’re taking.

That being said, let me lay down these 9 simple steps in creating a website business that may sustain your lifestyle if done right..


9 Simple Steps of How To Create A Website Business

There are definitely more than 9 steps to do online businesses but you’ll get a good overview of it all with these steps.

Explaining the purpose of writing Affiliate Marketing Training Course

1.  Figure Out Your Why

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose” – Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Even if you’ve done this part by heart some time ago, I’d still recommend that you scan this part as you might pick up a line or two that can be essentially valuable for your business.

We’ve been talking about Profitability above.

Profitability though is quite weak if your website business isn’t sustainable.

That being said, the only way to create a web business that thrives long term is if you’re insanely passionate in what you’re doing.

You’ve got to remember this.

Your clients are real people. Your followers are real people. Your audiences are real people.

That means as sociable beings, they have emotions.

They can decide immediately whether to click that small “x” above and forever leave if they could sense that you simply didn’t put your heart in your words or vice versa.

If they see genuine, valuable information on the other hand, they may intentionally look for your affiliate links and use them to purchase their next sets of tools to create their website business if your business model is Affiliate Marketing.

They may also look for your “Shop” or your products if they feel you’re genuinely willing to extend that help.

After all, they’ready to purchase them anyway.

Never underestimate the power of your why.

2. Pick A Niche

Once you figure out your reasons why you want to blog, decide what to blog about.

Again, go back to your passion.

What you don’t want to happen to you is to go into something that you don’t care about.

If you’ve seen great website businesses about Forex, Dog Training, Keto and the like, don’t just dive in there simply because they seem profitable.

You will lose steam in the long run and give up.

Deciding on what to blog about can take time.

I’ve come across one blogging course that does pretty good job in detailing it.

The process of figuring out your Avatar, your perfect audience, takes time but making it right the first time will save you a lot of time and money in the future.

David Risley of Blog Marketing Academy is technically serious at this stage of your online business. If you do this wrong, you might not be able to achieve what most of his successful students.

I’ve also seen a few good sites that are making a living out of their passion – Fit Father Project, Making Sense of Cents, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and a lot more.

They extensively know who they’re serving.

So start by answering this question: What Makes Your Heart Sing?

That’s the same as asking “What do you really, really, really want?”.


3. Pick a domain name.

Once you’ve answered this question by heart, move on to the next.

Choose one among the many things that you want (I’m sure you have more than one).

However, prioritize that something that thousands, if not, millions of people can relate with through their searches.

You may really, really want to do crochet, but if the market is too small, then move on to the next passion. There has to be a huge audience. I’ll create a separate article or mini-course about this in the coming weeks.

One you’ve identified them, here are a few basic rules in naming your domain.

  • Don’t overthink it. You should be able to name a few domain names after steps 1 &2 quite easily. Otherwise, you can go to Flame Domain and play with any name that’s on your mind. You can select on the domain type – Random, Niche or Input. The latter works best if that other word is related to your niche i.e. piano, fitness, etc.. Click the Input, type in “fitness” or “piano” in the secondary keyword box then decide if it’s Before, Random or After. After clicking Generate, you’ll be presented with suggested domains whose .com’s are available. It helps especially if you’re running out of options (as of today, here are some available domains about fitness -Abovegroundfitness, Grinfitness, Plinkfitness, etc.).
  • Don’t try to look for “clever” names.  Unless your name is Sylvester and your passion is hair, you may have Sylvester Salon (I’m not even sure if it’s clever or it’s just simply hilarious!). That may work for someone but it’s not for everyone. As long as your audience can instantly relate to it, you can have it. Admittedly, when I picked this domain, I was trying to be clever. I’m not sure if you were able to get it the first time you saw it, but since it’s been years since I created this, I just can’t change overnight.
  • Don’t make your audience guess. Making your audience work for more than 2 seconds figuring out what your site is all about can lose their patience and may make them leave. Since you’re not going to make a brand like Nike or Apple, just make it simple to read and understand by your intended audience. I would guess you were trying to guess what Toonblogger is all about, but I hope you’re a little forgiving here. I learned about this trick after I’ve registered this domain.


4. Choose your hosting provider.

To create a website business, it’s best to invest in a hosting provider.

It may be fine to host a personal blog at Blogspot (yourdomainname.blogspot.com), but since you’re a business person, a solopreneur, an affiliate marketer or whatever you want to label yourself, having your own website hosted at a web hosting provider is practically your best option.

After all, it’s a business.

It’s like having a rented space to operate your internet cafe (and not in  your aunt’s garage because anytime you can be kicked out).

Since you’re new however, you would need a Shared hosting type of provider as it is much cheaper compared to Dedicated hosting (it hosts only you).

For hosting providers, I can only speak about Namecheap, Bluehost or Siteground as I have first hand experiences on them.


5. Install WordPress on your site

If you’re a serious affiliate learning how to create a website business, you can’t live without Worpress (if you don’t want to go through the path of coding and development).

WordPress here means WordPress.org, not WordPress.com, simply because it’s self-hosted.

There are a number of reasons why you should start with WordPress and not Wix or Weebly in creating a website business.

The latter may be cool with features and stufs, but if you really want to consider flexibility in design and functions, scaling up options, SEO, manageability and a lot more, then you must consider WordPress.

That’s probably why 34% of websites in the world use this open-source CMS over other platforms.

You can check out Youtube on how to learn WordPress or simply visit a free WordPress Tutorial in  Worpress 101 and WordPress 201.

You will learn the following:Learning WordPress is basic in blogging

WordPress 101:

  • What is WordPress
  • WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com
  • How to install WordPress
  • WordPress Dashboard
  • WordPress Posts vs. Pages
  • WordPress Editor
  • Creating a WordPress Post
  • Editing a WordPress Post
  • Creating and Editing a WordPress page
  • WordPress Categories and Tags
  • WordPress Adding Images
  • WordPress Adding Videos
  • WordPress Post Formats
  • Creating Navigation Menu
  • Managing Comments
  • Using Media Library
  • Creating Links in Post Content
  • Changing the WordPress Theme
  • Adding and Setting Up Widgets
  • Installing WP Plugins
  • Updating WordPress
  • Import & Export Feature
  • Manage Settings
  • Useful Tools

WordPress 201 (Advanced WordPress Tutorials)

  • User Management
  • Understanding Permalinks
  • WordPress Post Revisions
  • Custom Fields
  • How To Set Up WordPress Cache
  • Creating Child WordPress Theme
  • Editing Theme and Plugin Files
  • Make WordPress Site Hack-Proof
  • FTP Set-up and How To Use It


Although, this is a bit dated, it can still give you the fundamentals of WordPress that can make you set up your website business.

If you however want to dig deeper on the new WordPress, continue reading.

I have something for you further below.


6. Set up your funnel system

A funnel could mean a lot of things to different people.

It could be a 1-page site (a.k.a. Squeeze page), a landing page, opt-in forms scattered a couple or more times in an article, a sticky ribbon-type opt-in form, In-line forms, 2-step opt-in form, slide-in, opt-in widget and a lot more.

Right now, Thrive Leads is probably the best in the market to handle all of those forms.

They do have are a handful of forms and funnels as they are intended for different scenarios of a reader, but their primary purpose is only one thing – to build your list.

Needless to say, your funnel system or opt-in pages are your primary tools to build your list.

While it’s  true that you can make money without building a list, it’s not just that sustainable and it’s not how big names in the industry normally do it.

I may have done that before as I have organically ranked a few times but since I haven’t captured my leads, we only had a 1-time transaction.

They purchased through my link, and that was it.

If you have a list of your intended audience however, you can send them emails as “broadcasts” or heat them up for a major purchase in a few days or weeks.

That’s the power of your funnel system.

This is as well discussed further in my recommendation below.


7. Create dozens of site contents

This is a site content.

Whatever you see in here is part of the overall design (well, to be honest, many parts and pieces here were born as I progressed through the content!).

Always think of your Avatar as you write your piece.

After all, everything that you do for your site should be for your audience.

Money would come your way after giving them the value that they deserve. Remember, they took time to go through your material. Thus, always think of quality over quantity. But if you can have both, so much the better.

Although many gurus wouldn’t agree with this, but I’ll spoil the beans anyway.

If you have time constraint (probably you’re creating a website business part time initially), use the power of keywords in finding topics to blog about.

Other gurus would just fill out a blank page with their thoughts and insights and fill in the keywords later.

For lack of time resources, I start with keywords that make sense to my readers.

You can’t take for granted what people are already looking for. You may use the Google Keyword Planner tool but sad to say, it’s way more difficult to use than you can imagine.

I’m using Jaaxy  because of its simplicity and accuracy.

As mentioned, since I don’t have the luxury of time because of my day job , I carefully select the topics that I write.

Jaaxy Keyword tool result


In this case for example, the keyword “how to play piano for kids” has a better potential to rank than the keyword “how to play piano“as its QSR is only 36 while the former has 149 (the lower the Quoted Search Results the better!).

I’ll write more of this in the future including how to rank in multiple keywords especially if other keywords have thousands of searches monthly (like “how to play piano”).

You can explore the keyword tool by placing your keywords below.

Always consider the multi-sensory experience of your readers as you write your Affiliate Marketing contents.

Show them images, videos or GIF  that can further describe your thoughts and emotions.

As mentioned, people buy ideas or things with emotions.

If they can relate with you, you’re one foot in.


8. Create Your Products & Sign Up With Affiliate Programs In Parallel

Admittedly, I asked David Risley’s help in Blog Marketing Academy on how to create a product. This is something that I’m working on and this is one of his specialties.

While I’m still doing the Affiliate Marketing business model, it won’t hurt my business if I have something to offer to my readers in the form of products.

As of now, I haven’t figured it out yet.

I’ll let you know.

If you’re interested in Affiliate Marketing which could be an additional source of income, you must register or sign up to Affiliate programs like Clickbank, Commission Junction, Amazon, Product’s affiliate programs (Bluehost, Namecheap, etc.).

After all, even if they haven’t found you, they will still have to purchase or subscribe through someone else’s recommendations in helping them solve their problems.

Wouldn’t you wish to be the person serving their needs and in return be rewarded with a fair amount of commission as an affiliate?

Volume and frequency can make a difference in your bottom line later on.

So if you’re enjoying what you’re doing as you give true value to others through products and/or promotions and earning decently  at the same time, wouldn’t that be a perfect website business that you’d like to create?


9. Bring traffic to your site

Figuring out the answers to how to create a website business is one thing.

Bringing in the necessary traffic is another.

There are tons of traffic techniques out there.

However, I’d like to categorize them only into two – Free and Paid Traffic.

For Paid traffic, we will dissect them in other articles, but they are the likes of Google Adwords, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest Advertising and so much more.

My favorite source of traffic though is the Free Traffic (I bet you’d also want to have more of this organic traffic). If you’e founvd me through Google, Yahoo or Bing, then I must have done a fine job bringing in traffic organically.

That’s the primary reason why I take so much time researching for keywords that my audience is already looking for before creating valuable information for them.

I’d always want to hit the first page, if not the topmost.

Who wouldn’t?

Luckily (or is it because of science?), it almost always works for me.

Just pick something you’re confident of doing and scale up.


How Much Will It Cost To Create A Website Business?

At this point, you’ve already figured out how to create a website business.

I just hope you’ll treat this as any other business. You need to invest time, money and energy to start it up.

Here’s a breakdown of the pricing.

  • Domain Name – $9 -$12
  • Hosting – $3-$5 per month
  • Theme – $19 -$60
  • Thrive Leads (optional but essential)- $67
  • Autoresponder (essential) – $19 to $49 per month
  • Keyword Research Tool like Jaaxy (optional but essential)- $49 per month
  • Affiliate Marketing Training or Blogging Course (smarter move!) – $197 to $997

If you’re really serious in creating a website business, you need to invest with as little as $459 (with 3 months of a keyword tool or equivalent) and at most $1,456 dollars with affiliate marketing/blogging courses.

Of course, you can start with much lesser if you won’t invest on the essential tools, but if you really w’ant to maximize your business potential in lesser time, you may want to set aside a certain amount for this web business.

I’ll (almost) guarantee your ROI in at least 6 months if you’ll follow the steps in a course religiously (read more about this in my next piece) plus the bits and pieces of information that I’m throwing here.


Is There A Secret In Creating A Website Business?

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” ― James Clear

Wonderfully said but quite challenging to comprehend.

As you go through the processes, it would look simple..

Just like what James Clear said in his Atomic Habit book, you need to have a system.

If you can only produce 1 article a month, then make it a point that it’s of pure quality, if not epic! That it’s worth the 15 minutes or so of your readers.

Then maybe you can scale it up a bit by making it twice a month in the coming months.

Regardless of frequency however, do everything to continuously produce contents for your readers who may also become your customers.

Otherwise, you will fall to the level of your methods or systems.

It doesn’t matter if your goal is to make extra $10T a year, a month or a week. What matters most is how you approach your learning routines, how you reach out to your support systems, how you dedicate yourself to the systems or methods of doing your businesses.

Just be consistent.

Have I Failed To Do The Level of My System?

Honestly, it’s been almost 4  years since reactivating my systems in this business.

In fact, this is my first content since Feb. 2017.

I do have my personal reasons that hindered me from being consistent for years but this time, it’s for good. I have created a system that will provide you, my readers, regular quality contents.


How To Create a Website Business: Conclusion

Wrapping it up, creating a website business is relatively simple… but mind you, it’s not easy. I even stopped believing in it until I’ve found a breather lately.

You will stumble upon challenges after challenges that can make you decide to pause then eventually to stop.

Going back to your why however will make you stand a little tougher and stronger.

That will keep you going no matter what.

Just like any other conventional small businesses, creating a website business takes time. You’ve got to apply patience, resilience and consistency to build your business.

It’s not an overnight thing.

If done right however, it could be your best investment ever.

A well written article, let alone an epic one,  can give you a hundred or a thousand percent ROI in less than a year.

Can you imagine that?

Isn’t that one of your reasons why you’re eager to learn how to create a website business?


Do You Still Have Doubts?

It’s understandable that you can’t easily create a website as a business right after consuming this piece of information.

While there are golden nuggets in here, you still need to go through a great deal of steps and methods how how to really create a website business.

So I’m shamelessly recommending that you do it right the first time.

Let Blog Marketing Academy train you right.

Don’t simply think of how to make money in blogging.

It will eventually come.

Strengthen your foundation, starting with your why, then let David walk you through the process of creating you your perfect audience is.

Just click the image below to start the Business Building Bootcamp.


Or you can check all the 27 courses in Blog Marketing Academy’s Course Library and just pick whatever you think is necessary for your business at this point.

If you haven’t checked the WordPress Tutorial above and as mentioned, if you want to know what’s new in WordPress , there is also a WordPress Basic Tutorial inside the Blog Marketing Academy since members also asked for it.

It was updated February 2020.

Whether you’ll check on the Course Library or the Business Building Bootcamp, you’ll absolutely evolve from someone who’d jump from place to place without picking up a good momentum, to somebody who’s focusing on what he really, really wants to do in creating a website business.

Trust me.

I’ve been there.

And I know how frustrating it was to be like a headless chicken.

Now’s your turn.

You may prove yourself otherwise.

Who knows, this might be the little voice you’ve been dying to listen to as far as creating a website business is concerned.

Hop on!