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You have decided you are going to start your own business, and you are thinking of doing this online. What are the first steps to starting an online business you may ask, let us take a look what is involved.

The Niche

First things first you need to get yourself a niche, something to sell or promote or maybe offer a service of some type. Set yourself some goals for this niche and your online business, and some timelines.

I suggest that whatever niche you decide on you know the subject well, this will make it much easier to promote your web page. More you do not know about your niche more you must resource, making it a harder to promote, taking more time.

The Domain

Well you have the niche now you will need a domain name and hosting. This domain name will be the address of your website, your URL, shown in the top bar of a website.

• Namecheap

• Go daddy

You will need to do some keyword research to pick out a decent domain name that can be ranked in the SERPS; this can be done with a keyword tool. Good SEO practice is to have your main page title and domain name the same.

The Website

I use Wordpress for my website it is a very simple system to navigate. Easy to set up and plugins are easy to install, your posts and pages are very easy to publish. In my opinion, Wordpress is by far the easiest system to set up and is very popular for bloggers and businesses alike.


Well there is the design of your site, use your imagination check out other website in the same niche always a great place to get ideas on design. On the other hand, just use your imagination, your site does not need to be perfectly designed just get to it and see what you come up with, you can tweak later.


You have the general design of your site done; now it is time to add some real content. First, set yourself up with some great keywords that are relevant to your niche.

Ask yourself does this answer or help what my visitors want to know. Think of when you are searching websites and what content you want to find on that site, relay that to your visitors about your niche. You will need quality content if you want folks to follow you or to purchase your products or service.


This is a basic rundown of the first steps to starting an online business. There is of course much more to marketing your niche and making sales than this.

You will need some type of online marketing education if you want to make a real online business out of your efforts. Take a course in your local college, read a few books on online marketing do a search of how to market your site on the internet and see what comes up.

Good luck in your adventures, in your online business.

Street Talk

Great read!

  about 9 years ago

Hope it helps the folks starting out...thanks Shawn

  about 9 years ago

Very nice read brother!

  about 9 years ago

Thanks Wayne glad you enjoyed...

  about 9 years ago

That's a nice article for the newbies looking to start a business! I am still in the website building part of my adventure! Thanks for the great read, Tim

  about 9 years ago

It is an adventure for sure McK, I am still learning myself, don't think it will ever end, but I am glad I can help some folks out....

  about 9 years ago

Nice over view of things! exactly as I would describe the process.

  about 9 years ago

Thanks Todd...glad you agree....

  about 9 years ago
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