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The Curse of the Abandoned Website and Ten Things You Can Do To Avoid It

Date Added: February 27, 2009 12:04:14 PM
Author: Mike Dias
Category: Computers & Internet: Internet
Ideas are one thing, putting them into action is another thing entirely. You find out that many people come up with ideas for websites that they never get round to executing. Some never get as far as ordering a website hosting service, while others do substantially better by getting a website up but fall victim to one factor or the other and later abandon the same website that they have invested their money and efforts in. This is a very bad habit and even the most focused of individuals tends to fall victim to this habit at one time or the other in their lives. When it comes to the Internet however, the number of people guilty habit seems to be a lot larger. If you are really interested in avoiding the circumstances that may lead to you abandoning your website and a potentially great idea, you might want to take a look at these ten tips that will guide you and show you how to follow through with your ideas. 1.) Have a Detailed but Flexible Plan - Having a plan is essential when you want to put your idea into play. Your plan should be as detailed as possible and incorporate various elements that will be needed before your website takes off, when it takes off and after it has been fully launched and is in operation. 2.) Tailor Your Idea to a Budget You Have Available and Which You Can Afford - When you've come up with a detailed plan, you'll have a better chance of running through everything and figuring out how much your plan is going to cost you. If the final cost is more than what you are prepared to put up with, don't shelve the idea and forget about it, instead take a look at the plan critically and see what can be removed and how you can reduce costs. 3.) Keep it Simple, Avoid the Complex - A lot of people have ideas that tend to incorporate everything great they can think of. This is usually a recipe for disaster, handling a website that has different capabilities and features is a whole lot difficult than juggling a bunch of tennis balls. If you want to start a news website, focus on one or a few niches, keep your website design simple and make sure you have enough content to keep your website going. 4.) Profit is Good but You Need to Work First - Not every website is started as a hobby, a large number of website ideas are started to make money and there's really nothing wrong with wanting to operate a website idea that makes you money. However if you aren't ready to take out the time to develop, maintain and market your website when it is launched and you want results quickly, you are pretty likely going to abandon your website pretty soon. 5.) Avoid the Doomsday Crowd - If there's one thing you get a lot of on the Internet, it's free advice from people you don't know. You are bound to get discouraged pretty easily and you're bound to abandon your website and all your ideas. Think positively, avoid unnecessary negativity and work hard, find a means to constantly improve your ideas and you will be on the path to a having a successful site. 6.) Choose Something That Interests You - It isn't exactly compulsory that you must set up a website that deals with stuff you are madly in love with, but you must be fairly interested in whatever your website or idea is about. 7.) Choose a Hosting Package That Meets Your Needs - People tend to pick out hosting plans as if they are in a bodybuilding contest, there's a lot of interest in getting a large package with all the available features. If you can afford it and it's really what you need, fine. However, don't go looking for the biggest if it does not match your immediate needs. You might find it hard to keep up with payments later on and leave your site abandoned. 8.) Have a Website That is Easy to Update - The reason blogs are so popular is because they are easy to set up and easy to update. A website that is hard to update is never attractive to the owner and least of all its audience. 9.) Fresh Content is Constantly Required - Fresh content is the key to repeat user traffic as well as new visitors. Always keep more content than you need ready for addition in case you fall into a situation where you are short on ideas and your site requires updating. 10.) Seek Out Similar Websites - No one is an Island unto themselves, if your website concerns a particular niche, make sure you take the time out to seek out other websites and people who operate in that niche, this way you catch up on information, learn new tricks and constantly have a chance to improve and update your website. By Mike Dias http://www.m6.net/
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