How To Build A Website From The Ground Up!

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Step #10 of Ten


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How to build a website from the ground up is more than just having a simple website. It deals with how to make money online by knowing what a true site requires for making it profitable. To take everything that has been discussed over the last nine steps and put them all in a sequence that you can use to get yourself on the right path to success, I will list them out with simple paraphrasing to give you a guide for along the way.

If you choose to go the same route that I did, most of your planning is already laid out for you in the lessons on what to do and when as a premium member. I will explain this according to the packages for where I am, if you do it with somebodies else’s package you will need to figure out how to make the differences work for you, but there are still similarities that will always apply.


how to build a website from the ground up by

State of Mind

  • Know that no business will achieve greatness or earn significant amounts of money without work and funding.
  • Be prepared to do some work or do not bother wasting your time.
  • You have to incorporate your time wisely by having a plan of action.
  • A plan of action is all laid out with my provider.
  • Time working your plan in the beginning access marketing and funding later.
  • Know why you’re choosing this path, freedom, income, etc.

Start with a free package

  • A free package gives you time to plan and lessons to learn to get you started.
  • Take the free package and use the seven days of full access.
  • You can look up and ask all the immediate questions you need answers for to begin.
  • Do not purchase a domain name right away.
  • Use keyword research to figure out your niche.
  • You can transfer all content to a domain name later.
  • Use the website creator and start the lessons.



After The Seven Days

When the seven days are up, you’ll lose the full access which means you will have to continue on your own with learning and planning what you’ll do next. For most people without knowing what and how to do everything, this will only lead to your failure. The website and hosting are free for as long as you want, but it will only be advantages for those who know just about everything they need to know.

For the rest of us, it is better to keep learning what we need to know and stay up to date with all the changes that keep happening with the Internet.

WA-sign-upGoing Premium

  • Purchase the reduced one-month payment.
  • Continue with the lessons.
  • Learn from the webinars.
  • Continue with questions and the training from the community.
  • Your website name is a sub-domain, do you want to change it.
  • For better ranking and traffic for domain name choice, do the research.
  • This provider will register your domain name.
  • Transfer your content over or they’ll do it for you free of charge.

how to make money online from actionWhat The Lessons Teach

  • Pick a domain name.
  • Name your website.
  • Pick a theme.
  • Build the website.
  • How to add all forms of content.
  • How to create content for best SEO
  • How to monetize
  • How to find Affiliate programs
  • Getting into Social Media
  • Getting into YouTube
  • All forms of marketing

The bottom line is, between Wealthy Affiliate and the community, you will be able to learn from all the lessons, webinars, community training and any questions you need answers to through your membership to get an online presence on the Internet and work towards the income you want.

Remember about the scams, do not be fooled into believing you can get rich overnight by doing next to nothing. Having any successful business means time and energy must be spent on developing it and maintaining it. The more time spent when done right, the faster the results with earning money. The platform with the premium package gives you the proper information to do it correctly. The more funding you put in the right way will speed up results.

Where people will spend their money for funding the business varies significantly. It boils down to how much you want to spend and how fast you want to be earning an income from online. The biggest question is where and making sure your not wasting your money.

Areas For Funding

  • Domain name
  • Hosting package
  • Keyword Research Tool
  • Website Theme and Plugins
  • Marketing Tools
  • Website Marketing
  • Traffic

Areas For Funding

When it comes to funding, all businesses cost money, but businesses on the Internet are far cheaper and easier to fund than traditional offline companies. I know because I pay out $20,000 to $30,000 a year before I even get started to make any money with my offline company. My business is small, so most people I know pay far more per year than I do.

Buying a domain name is cheap at $10-$16 dollars a year, but as you read in Step #9, it saves me just over $500.00 a month from buying traffic. That takes me to my next purchase of using Jaaxy. By using Jaaxy, I was able to discover a domain name that could save me just over $6,000.00 a year not to buy traffic. For the sake of $199.00 a year, I want the best. Wealthy Affiliate does have a keyword research tool as part of being a premium member.

areas for fundingWhen it comes to hosting you can certainly use the freebie and stick with it which is fine, but you’ll need to generate all your traffic from other means. Until your name becomes very popular, nobody will be typing in a sub-domain name you choose. You will take longer to generate traffic without the use of marketing.

To help speed things up if you want to purchase a domain name that has lots of people already looking it up, you will need to upgrade your package to premium. Even at the monthly payments for what you receive it’s great but paying yearly has significant savings and is the better way to go. Monthly you’re looking at $47.00, and the annual rate is $359.00 which is what I use.

Now you can upgrade your website Theme and Plugin packages which I just use the freebie’s, and there are thousands to choose from in the package. The prices will vary depending on what packages you’re using; this theme would be $39.00 if I wanted all the bells and whistles.

Marketing tools again will vary in price according to all what functions and features they carry. For me, I use the free versions that Google supplies that track, all my pages/posts from where people enter and I’m able to see their tour through my site until they leave. They also include many other features that I and others are using. There are many other sites to check ranking for free which I can compare to my Jaaxy rank checker.

Website Marketing is where some people and companies can spend the money for results. Most of the people I know personally spend hundreds to thousands a month using these resources. Most of the people I know use AdWords and pay by the click for the chosen keyword or phrases that they decide to market their pages/posts on, and this system works. Personally, I have not used any of the heavier paid methods for marketing and have just been creating pages/posts and using social media for traffic and ranking to earn an income.

Traffic providers are not something I would recommend. To find out what they were all about, I did an experiment and found out even though they claim there are people behind the visits you’re purchasing, most of these companies are using bots. Google knows this, so they will not help your ranking as Google blocks the bots from affecting your ranking, so you do not improve over other sites that have organic traffic. Google does allow you to see the page/posts you tried to market this way with the visits coming to the page/posts. I took a newer post with basically no traffic and sent 5000 paid visitors to it. All 5,000 came and dropped off immediately. Google showed they did not go to another page or spend any time on the page they landed on. There may be sites that offer real traffic, but I and anybody I know are not aware of any.



No matter what you do when you first start out, you’ll need to apply quality time to generate an income online.

You can create and get a free website and host package to produce revenue for free with no money paid out. You need to make sure you’re in the right mindset that it’s going to take some serious time to produce money.

You will be more productive and make money faster if you invest some money into the business instead of only relying on the time you spend building the business. How much money depends on each individual and how fast you want to see results. I like to think of this as a pension plan to earn the extra money I’ll need for retirement, instead of working all your life to end up with not having enough money to retire on like so many people around us. I want to work this online business alongside my existing business for about 3-4 years then retire and keep living the lifestyle I presently have and maintain my online business.


Are you ready to take the next step!

To Create Your Finacial Freedom!

Then Sign Up For Your Free Package!

The Time For Action Is Now!



“I’m Travis Smithers owner and author of this site.

Travis Smithers boatingAs you can see from the image to the left, boating is something I regularly like to enjoy with friends and family on my sailboat. Having an online business gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions.

What passions would you like to pursue that makes you happy? Join me and thousands of others who choose to make a difference in our and other people’s lives.

Oh! By the way, love having comments and shares and look forward to seeing all those of you that join me for having an online business to follow your DREAMS!”

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April 24, 2016 at 12:43 am

There is a lot of information here and I am interested although it sounds like a lot of things to learn. What if I get confused or don’t know what to do next? I do not want to join something that I would be wasting money on because I do not know what I am doing.


    April 24, 2016 at 11:31 am

    The great thing about dealing with Wealthy Affiliate is you sign up for the free membership. That way it costs you nothing.

    Now for one full week, you’ll have full access to the community and the two founders that will answer any questions you may come up with. There are questions and answers by thousands of others all logged in a database that you’ll also have access to.

    So once you sign up, you can start at the beginning with course 1 lesson 1 and start from there. Any questions that come up we are all there to help you. Your success is our success!


May 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

Hello Travis
your post is very informative , but i did not get the point of how to save these 500 and 6000 dollars each year.
I heard that online business is not that expensive , or can you please explain how you saved this amount as i would like to do the same


    May 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Karim, having an online business is not that expensive compared to offline businesses. Some companies and people doing online businesses will spend a lot of money on marketing to see about making money faster and with bigger paybacks.

    For most people that is not an option and especially in the beginning.

    The way you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars from not paying out on marketing such as purchasing traffic to show up on your website is as follows:

    Before purchasing a domain name for your website. You want to use a keyword search tool such as the one I use Jaaxy.

    You want to search for a keyword phrase that you can use for the websites name.

    You want the highest average traffic per month with the lowest competition you can find.

    When you keep writing posts/pages for your website, over time it will rank in the top #10 positions. Once you are ranking in the top ten, you will have the opportunity to have all those monthly visitors click on your website.


    My offline business now has a website using its name TD Remodeling. It is #1 but not many people search that name.

    This site is called What Is A Website Builder and has over a 250,000 people a month typing in the name. All that traffic is free when the site is in the top ten. To have all that traffic requires pages/posts to get the ranking and you do not need to pay for traffic through other means to get it.

    You can find and pick the name you need to get the same results with a keyword search tool.


May 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hi there,
I agree to a point – but I stayed as a free member at the WA for over a year and made a lot of money – seven days is nothing in the scope of things! I had only two free websites with hosting sure – but I made the most out of them and I followed the marketing news online. Upgrading is certainly worth it but only when you are earning enough online per month to afford it!


    May 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Chris, I do know there are a lot of people who want to make money with a business without spending any to accomplish their goals and It certainly can be done through the Internet.

    To make money without spending any requires you already understand and know how to build, market and do your own SEO and everything required already which is great for those who know how.

    For the ones that don’t know how it’s all done, they can use all the free services and search out all the extra things you need to know from many other sites and piece everything together which also works. This method will require a lot more time to search out information and learn but it can be done.

    For myself and a lot of people I know, doing businesses costs tens of thousands of dollars for our offline companies. To start an online business to speed up the process for a couple of hundred dollars is no big deal compared to what companies normally cost.

    That’s the beauty of Wealthy Affiliate as you can do the free option as you have done which is great for a lot of people and others also have the same option as I have done with doing the second package as premium when they are ready to save time.

    When you chose to be with Wealthy Affiliate, each person can decide how long they prefer to use the free websites and if they ever want to switch to premium.


June 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

Excellent information! I prefer programs that offer a free membership before committing to paying a recurring fee.

I like to try it before I buy it. It is important to really try it. Read and try or use everything available during the free period. Then evaluate if a paid membership is something you can use and apply in your life/business.


    June 7, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I agree with you Glen that it is always best when you can try something out first to see how much value the product or service really has. Companies that do not offer any free or trial period are usually not worth getting involved with as there product or service will not stand up to the test.

    Wealthy Affiliate does give you a trial period but not only that they will give you up to two free websites and hosting if you do not go premium after the week for as long as you like. They know and understand that most people will go premium once they see the full value of their services and how great the community is with also helping and training others.

    For those that do not wish to go premium can still work their websites and stay on the free package. It’s a win-win for all!


June 30, 2016 at 3:31 am


Lots of useful info for making your site a success. I like how you give attainable steps to creating a website that will be a magnet to traffic.

Your info is clear and to the point.

Even though I have created my site on WA, I see a lot of tools that can make my site better.

Thanks for a good information how to article on creating a website the right way.



    June 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Wealthy Affiliate and the community have a pile of information to pass on, and It can get overwhelming with just how much there is as you start to go through the lessons. The best part is the bulk of it is in the proper order to make your transition the easiest as you learn and see about applying everything you learn.

    Even as the Internet changes the lessons also get updated to follow suit which keeps you active to what is happening when you need it. A lot of other sites offer outdated information for a premium dollar and most of what they teach or talk about is no longer valid.

    You need to be dealing with the latest information. If you expect to be successful, having a provider that just doesn’t offer a website builder but teaches and keeps you up to date with all the follow-up steps that are critical for having an online success is what you need. Otherwise, you need to find out about all the remaining steps from another source.

    That can get very expensive and time-consuming.

Derek Marshall

June 30, 2016 at 3:36 am

Hi there Travis,

You make it sound east to build a site but how much technical knowledge is required?

If I am not mistaken don’t we need to know some code or programming language to build an attractive site.
Building a site is something I can’t do as I have no computer skills other than surfing the internet


    July 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    With this type of website builder, you can use the code, but it is not required as they have the option of using themes to set up the main design. After picking the theme that best suits your purposes then you can add plugins for extra features, you may like to have so once again you do not need to know how to code.

    As far as building your site the website builder does all that for you, all you’ll need to do is add your content. If you decide your theme does not look the way you’d like or see another that looks better, then you can simply change out the theme with a few clicks of a button.

    Also, if you ever get stuck, there is plenty of training and members in the community willing to help so that you can accomplish getting your site to where you want it.

Matthew Thomas

July 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Thinking back on before I started my online business, I would have been completely lost without Wealthy Affiliate. There’s really no service in the industry that compares. Between the ongoing training, expert tools, and supportive community, the only thing standing between you and success is a little hard work and dedication. I got going with the free starter membership and never looked back – premium access is worth every penny.


    July 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Like you Matthew since I have been using Wealthy Affiliate I know this is the best place for me as well. I spent around 10-years using and dealing with other providers, and none of them were as good or offered as much as you can find at Wealthy Affiliate.

    Most places tend to require a lot more money even to come close if they offer a full package, and most people claim these other providers are usually scams so not only are they far more expensive they are not even comparable options as you only lose your money with them.

    If it’s success you’re looking for, then this is it, and all you need to do is have at it and make it happen.


July 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Hi, great and informative article.

I agree with you the most that in order to achieve anything online (which applies in any part of your life actually) you need to put honest effort, time and it’s not easy to get although I believe that once you achieve even small goals the feeling is amazing.

Also it’s great review of WA.

All the best,


    July 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    It does take time and effort to create and build an online business. There are some that will try to state that it is simple and takes hardly any work to get literally rich, but this is not true. People who get caught up with sites that put the rose colored glasses on people tend to get scammed if they do not recognize the signs.

    Wealthy Affiliate gives you full access to check things out and an excellent opportunity to ask all the questions you would like before you spend a dime or ever show a credit card. Some people just take advantage of the two free websites they can have and don’t bother with upgrading to premium which is also fine.

Gomer Magtibay

August 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

I used to be a fan of traffic providers like you have mentioned in your posts here. Until one day, a web developer friend has asked me to trace where the IP address of the traffic are coming from. Sadly, I cannot trace their origin. That taught me a lesson not to fully trust on them. What you have suggested here, from building a website from ground up, to generating traffic organically, are the ones I think work.


    August 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I have a tendency to try and be practical about how things will work and operate. When a company says they will sell you something like traffic of people clicking on your pages/posts or supplying email addresses an alarm goes off. They probably give out every and any email they can to fill their quotas and most of the emails will be for people that could care less about your site and anything on it. As for the traffic, most of these companies have people that click through as fast as possible never having any intention of purchasing or even care about what you have on your site, their just looking to get paid for the click.

    I’m sure there may be some sites that offer a valid service and some people my be interested in the sites they go to, but the odds are against you. You’d be better off spending time and money elsewhere as far as I’m concerned.


November 7, 2016 at 3:40 am

Wealthy Affiliate offers a good opportunity for anyone to not only build a website, but a business! How big? That’s up to you, depending on how much time and energy you are willing to give to your business. Wealthy Affiliate offers a good training and 7 days of what amounts to full membership. Afterwards, you have limited support and training unless you enroll in their Premium Membership.
Thank you,
Edward Mijarez


    November 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    What you say is very true. If you stay on the free package which you can do it is possible to build a business but you’ll need to find outside resources and learn all the extra information elsewhere. This method takes a lot of time searching throughout the internet to come up with what you’ll need to know and use to make your online presence grow.

    I do have resources to help out with anyone looking at needing free methods to succeed with their site.

    The premium package which is Wealthy Affiliates paid membership will give you all the sources in their entirety and continuous training to help make sure you become successful with your goals of earning an income online.

Sharon Whyte

February 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

What a very thorough article and you are right, no matter what you do in business you have to work at it, that is a given. I like the fact with Wealthy Affiliate you get to trial the platform free and to see how it operates and the support etc. I paid pretty quickly, the ongoing membership as to me $49 is not expensive when I have paid thousands in the past for products/MLM business etc. And I wanted all access to be successful here and now I will be rewarded – but from my effort. The platform supplies everything else – it’s brilliant!


    February 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thousands if not tens of thousands of people will see about doing MLMs in the hope of making serious money but usually always end up leaving the business. They are very expensive for the products/services that they want you to sell and pretty much every single person who gets involved spend more money on the products/services than they’ll ever make back. One of the biggest problems with MLM is recruiting people constantly trying to do the business.

    With affiliate marketing, you get to make commissions on products that have not been overly priced to make up for a compensation plan like MLM’s. Instead, the products/services have their regular or discounted price, and you get paid for your efforts when promoting them. A much better and easier way to sell products/services. Not to mention you can always sell your stuff.

    Wealthy Affiliate gives you the opportunity to promote and sell affiliate programs, or you can do your own business. The best part is instead of just being a provider they have all the necessary education and tools for you to create and operate a successful online business.

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