6 Things You Must Consider Before Starting A WordPress Website
Thinking About Starting A WordPress Website?
I think the hardest part of doing something is actually starting; especially when it involves making money.
Most people try to read as many books as much possible about a particular subject before they dive in.
It’s always good to know what you’re doing but while you’re “preparing” you could be missing out on some of the best knowledge known to man; EXPERIENCE.
You have to get out there and make mistakes and learn from them. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you’re going to fail face first real hard.
Here are 6 things you must consider before you start your WordPress Website.
1. Are You Passionate?
You may notice that I talk about being passionate all the time. That’s because it’s a very important factor in how successful your website will be.
If you’re not passionate, you will struggle to come up with consistent content. I read in the book by Gary Vaynerchuk called Crush It, that if you can’t do at least 50 articles, then you may need to rethink your topic.
2. Can You Handle Criticism?
On this website, you’re not going to find people screaming at me with all caps because they feel their method of SEO is better or whatever; but with that being said, please know that the internet is filled with trillions of different personalities.
I have a WordPress website that touches on conspiracy issues, religion and more and you better believe I hear my fair share of “you’re wrong” throughout the week.
One thing I’ve learned to do is to always make people feel they are right in someway. If I get a comment from someone that’s obviously distraught, I let them know that I understand where they’re coming from and I value their comment; after that, I let them have it; in a calm welcoming manner.
You don’t want to get into an argument on your site. I didn’t expect this to work like this but it did; if you feel someone is about to get unruly on your site, point them to your “contact me” tab; if you’re feeling brave, leave your email address.
I’ve done this after getting into arguments on websites. 9 times out of 10, they never write you.
Most people who talk tough on the internet do it because they are able to sit behind a screen-name. Take them out of that element and you take the fight out of them.
Depending on your niche, you have to be ready for criticism. It’s tough having people come at you but it’s apart of life. Just don’t let them ruin your day.
Understand that everyone isn’t having a great day like you so they tend to want to throw their negative garbage on you. Later, I’ll tell you about a book I read that taught me that very thinking.
In the mean time, my pal Lisa, did a great post on handling criticism. It’s called “What Do You Do When Rejection/Criticism Online is Taken Too Far?“. You should check it out.
3. Must Be Able To Handle Failure… Just in case
My motto is to never plan for failure but you must be able to handle it. I just failed the other day at something as a matter a fact but here’s the trick…
You can’t sit around with an upside down smile. You have to get up, change your approach or create a whole new direction. I read the other day that 98% of newbie internet marketers fail. That is freakin’ crazy.
Here I am making my little money online but I’m doing something that 98% of IMs couldn’t do; and I’ve been doing this for a while. Really makes me appreciative.
At almost everything you want to achieve in life, you’re going to fail one way or another. You have to forget the past and plan for the future.
Learn to look at each new idea with the same passion as the first and eventually, you will be there; and failures make the best stories. I’ll start off my comments with my most recent failure and boy did it cost me.
4. Must Be Open To Network
Networking is just working with other people in your niche but doing it online. I’m slacking some in this area but I do it. This involves:
- Having webmasters’ link to your content
- Linking to other webmasters’ content
- Doing interviews
- Joint Ventures on products
- Helping each other
- Sharing Content on a regular basis
- Guest Posting
Those are a few things that we consider networking. This will help our your online business tremendously if done on a regular basis.
5. Have To Be Willing To Work Hard
I remember when I got into blogging, I had the impression that I was going to be sitting in front of computer screen typing, doing videos and making money soon after; thanks to Lisa…
Just kidding but that’s how the human mind works; we see all the good stuff first; the long vacations, the money and the cars.
Soon after starting, we realize that 9 and a half times out of 10, it’s going to take some hard work to get to that point that we were dreaming about.
Hard work is the key. If you don’t want to put in any hard work, get ready to spend a lot of money; this goes with the saying “time is money“.
I never thought I would be staying up until 5 in the morning fixing websites but it was all worth it.
Those hours spent on sites that didn’t’ make me a dime.
I promise you that many would have given up after some of the stuff I’ve been through trying to make a name for myself online.
For longevity in this business, it takes sacrifice, dedication and a short memory.
6. Have To Always Be Willing To Learn
I can’t say this enough; you have to be able to look other forms of marketing as a marketer and not as the buyer.
As bloggers, we have to be able to look at content and other blogs and see something as a blogger and not just as a daily reader.
When I go to a sales page, I’m looking for tips on selling stuff. I look at everything from their videos to their exit popups. I study and learn what they are doing that I’m not. I then test it in my online business.
The day you can look at marketing as a marketer and not as a buyer, pat yourself on the back because you’ve made a huge leap that most don’t ever take. I talked about this very aspect in a recent post on 15 things I learned from watching TV commercials.
The internet changes everyday; or so it seems. If you stick to the same old stuff you will get left behind. You have to be willing to learn so you can take your online business to the next level.
Starting a WordPress website and making it successful requires a lot as you can see from this post. The biggest requirement is your commitment.
I mentioned earlier how you must be able to handle criticism. A book I read that not only showed me how to handle criticism online but in life period.
It’s called The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay. It’s an excellent read for learning to deal with all the negative people throughout the world.
I want to thank you for reading my post. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment. My comment section won’t bite; I promise
Have a better day today than yesterday!