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I want to create a website for reviews for streaming TV show/ movies. Do I do the least expensive thing and start out with a blog and grow into it or do I pay for a custom site? Thanks for your reply.

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I recommend starting with a free site first to gauge demand for your product (product being yourself and how you review these shows). If you generate profit (revenue - costs, costs being your time and monthly fees for free website) then you can start looking into busting out more expenses. If you google blog starting websites you'll find a variety. Wordpress is one i have experience with and it works quite well in my opinion Publié le 02/07/19
July 2, 2019
Thanks for your reply. Publié le 03/07/19
July 3, 2019
Hi Stephanie, As a small business counselor I have noticed there seems to be a belief that automation, the Internet and social networking can make the business succeed when in fact the real design of the enterprise itself is lacking (niche, market base, business plan, competitive analysis and financial forecasting) I hear from many clients who ask, "What Now?" having launched an enterprise that is going nowhere because they are driving the tools and not the car.Below is a simple test to develop your potential idea for a business.1. Do you have a product or service niche in mind? 2. Do you believe you have a market for 1 above and the means to reach it? 3. Are you willing to develop a business plan to validate 1 and 2 above before you launch? When you have completed the above definition and planning process you will then be in a position to astutely select the tools you wish to use along the way and apply them successfully. You will be able to network your vehicle, pick up riders as industry partners, and attract revenue fuel in the form of customers by marketing and social networking based on the thorough definition and content of your business plan. In short, don’t let technology make a monkey out of you and your idea as well as raid your treasury before you launch. Define your business vehicle and its journey first. Then pick the right technology tools to make a successful trip. Publié le 07/07/19
July 7, 2019
What is your intent? How are you planning to make money? If your intent is to have something that looks good when people arrive at your site, then go with whatever looks the best (you'd be surprised how attractive a WordPress site can be with the right template). If you will get money from ads, then I'd suggest building out a solid marketing plan (doesn't have to be more than a few pages). The second question is more crucial because you'd need to know if more people would prefer to read, watch, or listen to reviews in 2020 and beyond. Good luck! Publié le 07/07/19
July 7, 2019
Mr. Larson and Mr. Vincent, Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question. I have done market research of over 400 people (surveymoney) and there is interest from half of them. I did ask about video of reviews and the majority of them said no to videos. How am I going to make money is a good question. I was thinking of doing ads, but no, this hasn't been truly thought through, which seems like the most important thing to think about. I'm going to read more books on using the internet to get a better idea of how to do things. Publié le 08/07/19
July 8, 2019
Medium is a great place to blog for free - I have been blogging there for more than a year now. They have started a system where writers can earn money by the amount of interaction your audience has with your posts. Check it out! Feel free to contact me for more information. Publié le 10/07/19
July 10, 2019
Thanks for your answer Mr. Pena. Publié le 11/07/19
July 11, 2019
Hi Stephanie, a crucial factor in this dilemma is how you will use and monetize this website/blog. Third-party channels such as Medium, Facebook, Wordpress.org etc increase your reach (they have a pre-existing audience) but limit your monetization potential. With your own platform you may have a much higher startup cost and longer time to traction, but from day 1 you call all shots in terms of monetization and application. Namely, you can run your own banners, paid links, promotions, referrals etc. With third-party channels not all of these are possible. Obviously a lot more can be said on the topic but this is jut to get you thinking in this direction. Seems like you haven't decided on the monetization, so maybe dig deeper into this topic first and then you will see which hosting solution fits better! Publié le 05/08/19
August 5, 2019
Thanks Leo for your advice. Publié le 07/08/19
August 7, 2019
Hi Stephanie Jaquish, Being an IT Consultant and a Chartered Website Developer has given me the opportunity to research about many industries to help them position their brand ahead of the competitors. Getting a free blog sound save since you don't have to pay for it so that you can minimize your expenses but its not the best option because free blogs are not professional, they don't look too appealing to online users and people are most likely to ignore your blog since there are 100's of professional-looking, engaging and interactive websites out there. Free blogs don't give you 100% ownership of your blog, you don't own full ownership of your domain name, what you will get is usually something like www.yourblog.blogspot.com This is not professional and most people won't take you seriously because it's obvious you are not investing in yourself. This is 2019, even the smallest business around the corner has a premium website. If you really want to grow fast online and you want the online users to respect you and your business which is the only reason why they will do business with you. Then design matters a lot, get a premium website. Let me share my personal experience with you, When I just started as a website developer, I have no office or staffs it was just a one-man business and I was much younger, about 21years then. What helped me was that I have a very attractive website, so detailed and professional. When prospects invite me for a presentation they often get surprised when I get to their office, their expectation is to see a more mature person and not a young dude. Some of them confess to me that they choose me because my online presence is powerful so they though I'm a big company with many staffs. This helped me secure contracts in high places that I couldn't have imagined. My name is Ajibola Rilwan, an IT Consultant and Chartered Website Developer with over 13 years of working experience and my team can help you develop a professional result-oriented website on a low budget. Cheers! www.ajibolarilwan.com Publié il y a 2 semaines
September 7, 2019
Go for a professional website, unless you plan to do it as a hobby or pet project. Now the question is how will you monetize it. This depends on the quality, if it's good, it will monetize on its own. The market is crowded however that has never stopped anyone. One of the key success factors will depend on your strategy, are you going to have other reviewers beyond your self, you need a USP (unique selling point) to stand out, good luck, if you have more questions am available on skype. Publié il y a 2 semaines
September 7, 2019
Thanks Mr. Rilwan for your suggestions. Right now I'm on wordpress, but wondering if starting a facebook group would be the way to go, yes, the question is how to monetize that. Publié il y a 1 semaine
September 9, 2019
Mr. Mugarura, I hope to have other people write reviews as well as, I'm only one person and can have a narrow taste. Thinking of a unique selling point is a good idea, right now, it's just foreign shows, which I think are overlooked in the US. Publié il y a 1 semaine
September 9, 2019
Dear stephenie, To generate attention online in this age of cognitive load, your brand message must align with the worldviews and desires of the audience you seek to serve. Would you join me at RTS let's get your problem solved? www.rtse.yolasite.com Whatsapp: +2349015992500 Would be expecting to hear from you. Regards John Publié il y a 1 semaine
September 9, 2019
Break it down and do a business plan, you'll answer your own question, do ROI projections and see what the website would be solving. If you have an e-commerce site and you need to automate entire sales process you may need to get a fancy website so you can focus deep on sales, however, that's only after you've proven the concept. First, prove the concept, strategize, THEN jump in with both feet running and plan on drowning a couple of times. That's just the reality of business. Publié il y a 1 semaine
September 12, 2019