How to Start Your Online Business

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What is the best way to build a website

What is the best way to build a website? The first step would be to understand the headline, is going to take time, patience and determination.

You also have to have a strong “why”. When you consider the time it’s going to take to build your website, you need a good reason why your doing it.

You WILL get discouraged along the way, putting in so much time to build your site and not seeing any activity or rewards for 3,6, 9 months is common.

Its during this time that you need patience and a picture of your why to remind yourself why your spending all this time building a website that is going to get you to your why.

The first thing I will tell you is not to get caught up in a website host offering a .99 cent domain name, or cheep hosting. Lets take a look at what you will need to build a website.

  1. A Domain name
  2. A website host
  3. A keyword search tool
  4. WordPress plug in
  5. Images to use on your site
  6. Training – if your not educated in how to build a website
  7. A bunch of Plugins to add social media, SEO’s, etc
  8. Site security/privacy

These are just the basic’s that you will need so lets now look at where you get all this and for the best price.

Let me tell you first that I have belonged to multiple website host along my journey and have found out that a cheep price is not going to get you to where you want to get to.

You can get a cheap domain name at a lot of website hosts, but that offer is just to get you signed up and into their system. Now your stuck there and have to use what they offer and pay for the others they don’t.

Your .99 cent domain name (first year only and then will be $14.-$40 or more after) does not give you hosting. So you pay for that, $9.99-$30.+ a month. WordPress will cost another $4-12. a month.

A keyword search tool can be $15-$49. a month, site privacy could be $1.-$9.98 a month. Everything you need will keep adding to your cost per month.

So, to make this all easier, my suggestion would be not to get sucked into one of the promotions that a website host offers to get you in the door. Once you get all that you need to build your website, you could be looking at $35- hundreds a month.

Take my years of experience and join me at the one place on the internet that will give you everything you need plus more. It is the only place I will ever use for my websites and let me explain why.

I pay one price, a yearly price because its the best Value for your money. My yearly price of #359.00, which is a monthly cost of $29.91 gets me:

  1. WordPress hosting platform for my Domain’s
  2. More training than I will ever need
  3. A great keyword search tool with unlimited searches
  4. Quick reliable site support
  5. An extremely active live chat, 24/7 (more on this later)
  6. Website security and privacy
  7. An image gallery that your licensed to use
  8. Thousands of plugin’s that you will need on your site
  9. Tens of thousands of extremely successful Entrepreneur’s
  10. Weekly live video training broadcast (Fridays)

The list goes on and on. I feel so lucky to have found Wealthy Affiliate and to stop throwing my money down the drain. This site is a university of website building.

It is one thing to have a good site support, but most of my questions have been answered in the live chat within 1 minute. It is full of people 24/7 and a lot of them are extremely successful website Entrepreneur’s.

They are so eager to help those that need it. Its not uncommon to find the owners Kyle and Carson in the chat room helping and just socializing.

Other website hosts say they have live chat, but I have been in those and find it hard pressed at time to find anyone else there.

Most of the time, if I have a question I will jump into the live chat room, ask my question and not only get my answer in a minute, but most that reply will also include a link to the training that will help me understand the answer.

To me this kind of help is priceless. The time it saves me and the clarity I get with the replies I just can’t say enough about.

When you consider your costs, $359.00 a year to build a website (if done right) that will get you a passive income of $3, 4, 5,000 a month is well worth it. But is that realistic?

Yes and plus some. I have some acquaintances that make tens of thousands a month. They are the determined ones that understood when they started the time and patience part of building a website. They have a very strong “Why” and were determined from the start to be successful.

It is extremely easy to get discouraged when spending hours and hours a week building your site. Its at this time when most people quit thinking its never going to work.

The ones that get past that point and keep going that will reap the rewards. There is an alarming statistic about this that you can read. Conservatively it says that 90% of all those that start building a website, quit. [Read More]

Now, I wouldn’t be doing my job right here if I didn’t tell you that Wealthy Affiliate does have a FREE sign up as well. The benefit of this in my mind is to sign up for free, take a look around and see if what I have said is all there.

I think if you did, you would see the value this site has to offer. But I am not a big fan of the free websites and program they offer because it is limited in training, the keyword tool, the live chat, etc.

It is a good way to get a feel for the place. You would get 7 days of everything they offer with the free sign up, but then without paying for the program, you would have limitations, and I don’t like being limited.

To be successful online with your new website business, remember the above. The most successful online businesses do not let profit or making money enter their content on their website.

They offer help, answers, solve a problem, educate. People want information, they read reviews. They research more than ever today and if you can provide them the information they want, your site will get a load of visitors.

There is a line from a well know movie that I love and have on my site in several places. From the movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko says and I totally believe in it:

“The most Valuable commodity I know of is Information”

Provide the information, give people the answers, educate them and the money will follow. I have found this to be true with all my years of having websites. My first website was a total selling site and I saw no visitors, no income.

When my focus was turned to educate people, my success started. But it took me close to 9 months with my new site, writing, educating, providing the information people wanted for it to be successful.

I hope you found this information helpful. This website has a lot of information on building websites and the steps involved, so take some time, read through it and make a good educated decision.


All my best to your success,

PS: Please leave a comment if you have a minute….Thanks



  1. Paul says:

    It’s definitely true that time, patience, and determination are exactly what’s needed to become successful with a website. Actually – glad you are showing people WA here, because they taught me the value of patience and determination when building it out…the awesome thing is, even a year after you build out a site, you’ll still be bringing in traffic, if you follow what they teach – it’s definitely one of those things, where you mention, you really need to understand the “why” of what you’re doing, because this is for the long haul…but if you’re passionate about something, it’s soooo worth it down the road. Thanks for the article!

    • Douglas Schmitz says:


      Thanks for your comment. I have been trying to get your point across to anyone wanting to start an online business. The WHY is a big factor to keep you going when it all seems like a waste of time.

      Success will come to those that are patient. But you have to keep going.

      It use to be easier to get a website noticed, but it takes longer and longer for a site to really take hold and be noticed. It’s all about the time and content of your site that will make or break your venture.


  2. Jacob Schilling says:

    Wealthy afffiliate teaches you how to take action within the affiliate marketing world. The reason it is so successful, and its affiliates are so successful is because this place is full of action takers. The training here teaches you all about the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, and its a place I am glad to be apart of.

    • Douglas Schmitz says:


      I agree 100% with you. I was a little hesitant signing up with wealthy affiliate at first, but as soon as I was signed up, I loved this place. The chat room is filled with successful online marketers that are so eager to help anyone.

      Training is #1 by far. There is training for any aspect of building an online business. Follow it by the steps and you will be successful. 

      Thanks so much for your comment and all my best to your success. Doug

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