Development Process: The Early Stages


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This weekend I was thinking about building out a site and wanted to take you through the process I went through to decide. I went through a few steps to see if building out the site is worth the time, money and effort.

The first thing I did was a simple Google search to look at the competition. I looked at the designs of the websites; were they updated, professional or did they look like they were designed 8 years ago? Then I looked at how they make their money, is it from direct ads, pay per click, affiliate deals, or selling a product or service. I also took notice of who is advertising on their site. There are two ways to look at competition the first is to view it as a bad thing that will make it harder for you to succeed the other way it to view it as a positive sign that it is possible to good in this area whatever that might be.

From there I looked at how hard will it be to rank in one of the top spots in the search engines. I also looked at the searches per month and cost per click.  I want a name that will not be a huge challenge to rank for its terms because traffic will be hard to drive. The cpc is a double edge sword because if I want to buy traffic it will be cheaper, but if I use adsense I will get paid less and vice versa.

After looking at all of this information I liked what I saw and I began to draw out a plan to see if it is worth investing my time and money into the project.  I also thought at the growth potential for example is the platform that you use able to be put on other domains with only small changes. Lastly I did a search about legal information just to make sure there are no problems / liabilities related to the site.

In the end I decided to move forward with development and I should have a site ready in a week or two depending on how it goes. I gave myself a budget and a timeline that I am trying to stick to. I broke everything down in little steps and I am slowly moving down the list.

If anyone is or knows a good wordpress coder send me an email.

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2 Responses to “Development Process: The Early Stages”

  1. Resell Rights Ebooks
    November 17th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

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    Any chance in sharing the domain and/or providing the list you are working from for those of us who are just taking baby steps towards developing out a domain?

  2. Denis
    November 18th, 2010 @ 7:50 am

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    “If anyone is or knows a good wordpress coder send me an email.”

    Try freelancer.com, you can get high quality work done for cheap, especially from India.

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