There are no shortcuts. There is experience, knowledge, tools, and
strategies which speed things up, and those are the things we'll tackle here.
Shortcuts for Learning
- Don't try to learn it all. Just learn the
basics. As long as you have enough knowledge to avoid fatal mistakes, it is enough for now. You can improve
later as you learn more.
- Focus on the most necessary things. Forget
frills, and if something sounds too complicated, find out if there is a simpler
- Ask questions. Don't be afraid to email
someone and ask questions! The worst they can do is refuse to reply! At best they'll help you, and most people
will at least give you a link to find more help.
- Don't get ahead of yourself. Work as you
learn, and don't try to study too far ahead of where you are. It is faster and easier to just do it as you are
reading about it. Read about a step, then do it. You'll understand more, and learn it
- Remember, the first time is the hardest.
Experience and practice are a HUGE timesaver long term! You'll know how to do it faster each time you repeat
the same job.
for Building a
- Use a template. It does not matter whether
you make your own template, or use someone else's pre-built template. Start with a design and then replicate that page to create
your other pages. It will save you tons of time.
- Think about your site's purpose and your
plans for it before you build it. Build the site so that making updates will be simpler - for example, it is
easier to make changes to a single part of the site than the whole site, so if you build it in sections it will
help - it will also allow you to build the site part by part if you need to, and add more whole sections later
if you want. It is also easier to update text links than image links, so using text
links will help you maintain the site long term.
- Use software that is easy for you to use.
Do not try to learn HTML right away, there is NO need! Try your software before you choose which one to buy,
and then buy the one that is easiest for you to use.
- Focus on Content. Worry about prettying it
up later. This will allow you to register the site when it has the most important thing in place (text), and to
make it pretty during the time between registering it and when it starts getting significant traffic.
- Basics first, performance tweaks later.
Your primary goal is to get a site up that is finished enough so that it can run Googles, and so that it can be
registered with the search engines. Clean and simple design, efficient layout and navigation, and quality
content on every page, with basic optimization done. Come back later to spiff up the design, add more content,
and improve the optimization page by page.
- Use colored tables for embellishment for
the simplest, most predictable way of adding color to your site. Done well, it can add sparkle to your site
without bloating the code or taking a lot of time learning to create and put in graphics. You can add images
later to add the final sizzle to the looks.
- If you use a replicated website, do NOT
upload it unchanged! That will kill your business, and that is no shortcut! You HAVE to
change it first. This can still be faster than building from scratch, but it is NOT a "no work money
maker"! PLEASE take my word for this, you'll regret it if you don't!
- Keep a file with standard Contact, About,
Policies, Advertising, Link Exchange, or other common info in it. You
can then just use that boilerplate text for each of your sites, and customize it if needed for sites that
need something a little different.
Shortcuts for Running a Business
- Keep receipts. Use one place to put your
purchase receipts, another place to put your income receipts. It will save you BIG over the long term, both in
time and money.
- Don't make it too complicated. Keep your
business structure simple until there is a need to make it more
- Don't overlook licensing. If your city or
state requires a business licence, get it. This is not the place to
- Keep good backups of your computer stuff -
downloaded software that you paid for, email lists, database files for websites,
website files, etc. At some point, you'll be really glad you did.
General Rules for Shortcuts
- If a shortcut has significant risk that
will shut you down if you do it, then it is not a shortcut, just a time
- A real shortcut won't remove the work, or
eliminate expenses. It will merely make your work more efficient.
- If it takes you more time to use than the
right way, there is no point in doing it.
- If it costs you more than you could make
during the time that it takes for you to do it yourself, then it is not worth your money. The cost breakpoints change as your
income increases, but this rule ALWAYS holds!
If you still believe that someone can offer you a money maker that
takes no time or effort from you, then you are just waiting to be scammed. This list of tips is honest and
given without ulterior motive.
Expect to learn. Expect to find good tools that make things more
efficient. Expect to gain experience which makes the tasks faster over time. Because those things are real,
and those things CAN help you earn faster.