By admin | April 11, 2012
by Faye Higbee
In my own journey through websites (not counting blogs) on the internet I have finally moved into the 21st century and dropped all preconceptions about what will work and what won’t. In fact, I’ve been “converted.” Please don’t tell anyone. I gave up my Microsoft Frontpage program (that hasn’t been in production since 2003) and opted for a faster, updated website that has all the bells and whistles. HELP!!! The learning curve is tremendous, but I am assured that it will pay off eventually.
Here are some tips for authors about websites that my technician guru gave me:
1. Find a webmaster that can help you get started with a web. There are platforms that run the gamut from extremely high tech to basic. Watch out for ones that claim to be “basic”- sometimes they will not have enough megabytes to handle what you’d like.
2. Keep your verbiage simple so that the Google search engines can find you easily. “Metatags” are keywords that describe your unique website- your webmaster can help you input those, but using them on the web itself will draw the search engines to you. Remember this:
__Too simple = boring
__ Too complicated = readers who don’t care
3. Put a blog somewhere on your website so that you can give information to your readers. Keep your content to around 500 words or less, and make sure it’s updated at least once a week.
4. Connect to other websites for optimum traffic. And don’t forget your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Personal contact with your readers is essential to developing a following.
Now if I can just get my own website up and running with the “right stuff,” we’ll get launched. Again I say…help!