The New Year is a time for a fresh start, both for personal goals and from a business perspective. If you already have a website, or are planning on starting one soon, now is the time to commit to making it the best it can possibly be. To help you get started, we’ve come up with eight goals that can keep your blog on track in 2015.
1. Don’t put your amazing idea off for another year
You know the one—that idea that you keep thinking about but have ultimately put off for a myriad of reasons. This is the year that you stop the excuses and start giving your brain-child an online presence of its own.
2. Do take advantage of tools that can help you get online
Even if you’re a website beginner, there are tons of tools that make it easy to start your website. Just register a domain name you love and use Name Apps to connect it to a website platform with just the click of a button. From WordPress to Periscope, you can connect your URL with the platform that works best for you.
3. Don’t be boring
Copying someone else’s style or sticking to a droll website with only basic information is not going to do much for your image. You have to make a great first impression on website visitors if you want them to come back.
4. Do dare to be different
Innovate, experiment, and don’t be afraid to get creative! Being different will do far more to attract the attention of website visitors than sticking to a safe path will.
5. Don’t settle for a bad URL
If your website is a complicated, hyphenated, 50-character mess, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box. A domain name that is not memorable or is difficult to type into a browser can result in lost web traffic or even appear unprofessional to some of your visitors.
6. Do try a New Domain
If you’re stuck in a bad domain rut, try expanding your search. Not only can New Domains be a fun, informative way to brand your website, but they also tend to have much more web space available—meaning you are much more likely to get a domain name that you love.
7. Don’t expect web traffic to find you
Creating and maintaining a website is a lot of work, but unfortunately it doesn’t end at just dumping content on your website. You need to actively promote your site if you want a steady following of repeat visitors. While some people may be lucky enough to go viral without any promotion on their part, it’s not something you should be hedging your bets on.
8. Do get creative with social media
If you want to create a social media presence that really stands out, there are tons of ways to do so. Use our forwarding tools to connect your Facebook or Twitter account to a URL like yoursite.social so that people can easily find and remember your social presence.