As a speaker you’ll need to have a website. These days no one will take you seriously if you can’t refer them to your website. The good news is, builing a web presence just got easier…
Building a website used to be a very tedious and complicated process, and you’d have to pay hundreds or thousands (or even millions) of dollars to have one built. Today anyone can build a web presence – including a website – without any technical knowledge.
Here are some of my suggestions:
1. The obvious one is to start a blog; and my #1 recommendation is www.wordpress.org . With www.wordpress.org you can download blog templates to your local folder and use your own domain name as your web address. See some of the sites I host with www.wodrpress.com below). The simple alternative is to start a blog at www.wordpress.com or at www.blogger.com. At these sites anyone can have a blog up in minutes. What I like about www.wordpress.com is the ability to set up your blog to look like a website, with several pages.
2. Here are some other website-building solutions: http://www.HostMonster.com provides unlimited hosting for unlimited websites for about $140/year – this is a great choice if you build your own site AND if you plan to have several sites.
3. www.GoDaddy.com will provide you hosting for one site for about $4.00 per month and/or a simple siteBuilder (WebSiteTonight or SmartSpace) for about $5.00/month. See my site at http://www.CommunicationSkillsMagic.com that was set up with a SmartSpace webBuilder at GoDaddy.
4. I built my first site – which is still my main site – at www.QuickBizSites.com . Here you can build your site very easily right away, without paying in advance (nor do they ask you for a credi… then if you want to keep it, you’ll pay $19.95 per month (a pretty high fee, but a great deal for non-technical people) . Visit www.egSebastian.com to see the site built with QuickBizsites builder.
5. Recently I discovered www.homestead.com/ - a friend of mine is using it for several of her sites. I digged around a bit and I think it’s a great service and it only costs $4.95 /month. Visit my friend’s site, built with this service at http://www.WellnessAtYourDoor.com/
6. I also found a completely FREE webHosting service, complete with site builder. You can find it at http://00WebHost.com — They have hundreds of great looking templates and you can upgrade to a paid accoung ($4.95) in exchange for a promise of higher uptime. If you are on tight budget, I’d definitely try the FREE version first. (I tried it briefly with a test site – http://makemoneyfromhome411.com - and it seems to work just fine…
Of course, if you have a special vision of how you want your website to look, and you can afford the fees of a professional designer, then you might want to take that route. Using a designer is also a great idea as it allows you to focus your time on your strengths and on your money-generating activities. However, if you are on low budget, I hope you can use some of the above tips and develop a strong web presence. And don’t forget, these days video rules, so take advantage of www.youtube.com, www.vidler.com, and other video hosting sites. A simple search for “post video” will provide you with a large number of video hosting sites.
See you on the web! … and send me your link to your new site – make me proud!
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E.G. Sebastian is a leadership development consultant and an international speaker (speaks 6 languages); is a certified DiSC Behavioral System trainer and DiSC personality assessments distributor.
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