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Getting to the top of google: pt.4

DAY: 03
step 1: set up a website

So, it’s back to the plan.

Before I could do anything else, I needed a website!

With this in mind I also needed a relevant domain name so I bought jamesvanderzee.co.uk from http://www.123-reg.co.uk/ (unfortunately.com was already taken).

Then I needed to set up a simple website, with a decent content management system (cms) *.

new jv website day1

* in spite of my career experience to date, I’ve cleverly avoided the “art of tech”. FYI there’s quite a skill in learning what a certain type of code does and doesn’t do, without actually knowing how it works (!) but the long and short of it meant that if I’m going to be responsible for my own website I needed a system that will allow me to create pages on the fly, with minimal technical input…

Fortunately for me my good friends at barnes graham internet marketing were able to help me out with this.

Bearing in mind google’s no.1 rule, i.e. focusing on what’s best for the visitors to my website, the next thing was to write some content and I needed to make damn sure that everything in the site was relevant to the right james vanderzee, i.e. me!

I started with the basics, as I had no doubt that I’d be complicating things later!

• a single page
• some basic biographic information (I already had this covered as I could use the info from my linkedin profile)
so here we are with http://www.jamesvanderzee.co.uk/…
it’s nothing too glam, but it's a start so let’s see where this gets us.

Next I’ll be able to develop the content and add a few links and eventually even some contact details!

P.S.: I added some google analytics tracking code, with a view to (hopefully) shedding some light on any progress I may (or may not) make!

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