WordPress, Plugins & Themes
In my last article which has started this series on how to generate an income from your website I talked about what I was trying to achieve. This article will be talking about the plug-ins and theme that I am using on my site.
Again, I think it is worth mentioning again that my design skills are not as good as I would like them to be so I decided to use a free theme to take the labour out of designing one from scratch. I came across a theme called ‘Shades of Blue’ from StudioPress which is a simple yet professional looking theme. I did change the background and created a simple logo to make it a bit more unique to my site only – and that’s it!
Can I generate an income from a website?
I was thinking last week that unless there is a global conspiracy against me, I should be able to start a website and build up an income. But how do I really go about doing it? What sort of income can I expect? How long will it take? Will I have to become a professional web designer and SEO’er?
Over the coming weeks I will be posting regular articles on various subjects relating to this particular subject right from the beginning.
Is there a shop in your town or city that you walk past frequently but very rarely go into? And when you do, you just browse and not buy anything? Well this is like some websites out there and it could also be yours!
It would be nice to have visitors who come back on a regular basis making you feel like all your hard work was worthwhile. You can if you:
- Keep your site up-to-date
- Make it interesting
- Ensure it is user-friendly
Using metrics can be very helpful in giving you an idea of what kind of visitors are coming to your site and how this can be improved upon to ensure that you get repeat visitors. After all, repeat visitors means more sales and better visibility, helping your popularity and ranking in the search engines.
Everyone has an opinion whether they be positive or not. But it can be hard to get visitors to your site to leave a comment. So how do you get these important comments?
Number Of Articles
The more articles on your site, the more likely it is that you will get responses. Regular submissions will bring back visitors to your site and these people are more likely to give their views. This will, in turn, improve the chances of new visitors to become regular and leave comments.
Comments Are Good
All comments should be accepted providing they have useful content to them. Spam comments must be removed as visitors will not want to scroll through masses of irrelevant views to find something interesting. Even if a comment is negative, these should be taken on board.