17 Oct 08 4:36 am
Hello All! - Website Questions
I'm glad the site is back up and ready to go. I look forward to seeing the posts from familiar "faces." I've been with Affiliorama for almost a year now, but I haven't been able to make much headway on the website department. I'm trying to "ease" my way into this business by starting a basic ecommerce site. I have a site almost ready at http://www.myfavouritecandy.com
. It's hosted by godaddy. You could say that I would use it as a content site for SEO and google adwords. Of course, I know there's not a lot of market for candy. I don't expect to make a ton off of this site, but I'm trying to figure out how to do the basics. How do I optimize for google adwords? How do I handle the payments? Basic PHP coding? I'm trying to do this myself so that I can learn to crank out websites for products I want to promote.
But, I have to admit this is extremely hard for me. I used all the shortcuts I know of so far: I started with a template from templatemonster.com. I then used wordpress for the blog. I grabbed phpBB for the forum. I'm using osCommerce for the store. I'm starting with Paypal for the merchant account, but would like to move up once I'm making any money at all.
The store is basically installed. The blog is fine. The forum is just out of the box, but it is at the bottom of the priority list. I'm having trouble with changing links in PHP. HTML is a piece of cake, but I'm lost in PHP. I've posted a project at Elance
to help me get over the hump, but most people thought I was wanting a site built from scratch. Average bid: $750. That's way too much for finishing questions in my opinion.
So this is my BIG question: How much of this stuff are we expected to know on our own and what should we outsource? It doesn't seem that hard on the surface, but as you dig in, it is a huge timesink.
I've spent the last few weeks doing nothing else in my spare time but trying to get this site up and running. The learning curve to get SSL installed, MySQL set up correctly, domain forwarding, etc. just takes a long time. Am I being too anal? Should I just outsource all of it? I'm learning, but at what cost?
My main goal is to just "slap the site up and start making money" but in reality it's not that easy, at least not for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Feel free to visit the site and critique it. I promise to keep a thick skin.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from everyone!