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WordPress Mistakes to AVOID for Startup Websites

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If you're starting a website, the chances are you're going to be starting off your website on WordPress. ►Subscribe: https://goo.gl/ScRTwc to learn more secret SEO tips. Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neilkpatel/ Read more on my blog: https://neilpatel.com/blog 0:05 It's one of the most popular platforms out there. But here's a mistake most people make when they're starting out their website. Because it's like oh I want this pretty design, I want it customized, and I want all these templates, I want all these plugins. And I hate to say it, but none of that matters. Just start your website, get it out there, get traffic. 0:30 Don't worry about what plugins other people are using. Don't worry about how pretty your design is. You need to get traction. If I told you hey your design is pretty, it looks amazing, what is it going to do? All it's going to do is build your ego and make you feel good. But if no one is coming to your website and you have the most beautiful design in your eyes, no one's going to see it, so it doesn't matter. 1:00 Or if you start getting people to your website and you think you have the most pretty design and template but everyone else is complaining, what does that tell you? It means that your design's not working out. So instead of focusing on the design or plugins or how amazing you can make your website's user experience when you're just starting out no one's coming to your website. 1:30 So instead of worrying about all those details I want you to focus on just getting your website out there. How about creating some content, share that content on Twitter, Facebook? If you don't have a following that's okay. Ask your friends to share your content, share your website, spread the word. If your friends don't want to do it, you can go comment on other blogs that are related in your industry, provide value, and when you comment on blogs they ask you for your name, email address, URL, and a comment. 2:00 When you put in your URL, it allows people to link on your, click on your name and go back to your website. The point I'm trying to make is there are many more important things that you need to be focusing on when you're releasing a website than your design or how pretty it is or the plugins. Just get something out there, get some traction. Once you know that you love what you're doing and it's starting to work, then worry about your design. Then worry about what plugins you should be adding.
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Chuck Bricker (27 days ago)
For a service business (no e-commerce) should I stick with wordpress, or get a PHP site? Any preference in terms of SEO? THanks!
Neil Patel (26 days ago)
I prefer Wordpress for sure
Manan Jain (1 month ago)
Hey Neil, what about wordpress blog (free) and a plan to purchase a proper domain and hosting when I can afford it and finally redirect the previous pages???
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You can do that :)
Preferable Life (1 month ago)
Haha BOOM! I got a friend to just start and she has written 10ish blogs now with a homepage that looks like %^π÷!! Going to share this with her and tell her that THE SEO pro in the world agrees!! Thanks!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
Piyush Gupta (1 month ago)
brother, great tip thank you :)
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're welcome!
Dhanur Sehgal (1 month ago)
Hi Neil. Is dot io domain a good option for tech startup if dot com is not available? Any cons of using dot io?
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You can use .io
All Rights Reserved (1 month ago)
Thank you. Actually I was doing this mistake from quite a while. 😉
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
Tushar Bakhtar (1 month ago)
Neil i just want your advice, at this very moment, like shall i go all in making my own personal brand through blogging and videos, or shall i go for getting my Social Media Marketing Agency after getting a course for it like the one from Tai Lopez, am quite confused, please guide me better way, or your some insights which could effectively help me get out of this confusion. Thanks❤️
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Focus on your passion. Do what you think is best for you :)
Shibam Kar (1 month ago)
In my coupon website, I am writing contents focusing on this type of keywords - "best bluetooth speakers under 1000" and including affiliate links. But best products are from different niches, it may create the multi-niche issue! But one of my competitor is also doing this and getting good ranking also. I have also seen plenty of blogs who always writes about the best products. So, what content should I create to get more quality traffic on my coupon website?
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Then focus on doing what your competitor is doing but a better job. That way you can eventually outrank them.
Top Mad Geaks (1 month ago)
which theme you used on your website
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
It is custom
Soala Idasetima (1 month ago)
Agreed. I'll admit that I worried about the design at first, but since I built my website to build traffic, I chose something that looked half decent and went from there. By focusing on getting traffic, via SEO, Facebook Ads, and organic Instagram postings, I've been able to amass hundreds of visits a month. The moral of the story is too get started. It's really easy to get lost in DM since there are so many different ways of doing things but the important thing is to get started and practice.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Yes! Just get started :)
Bikram Perhar (1 month ago)
Neal what do you think of the website launch rocket? Is it a good place for people to pre sign up for your app? Can your methods brings users to that place to sign up. Can you work with me to get users to join my app
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Definitely possible :)
The Square Root . (1 month ago)
Neil speaks. I listen 👂
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks!
WGM 247 (1 month ago)
How about focusing on a great design, great content and traction - why must it be a question of one or the other? That's the same as asking would you rather be rich or happy - why not both!!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
The idea is that you should focus first on building amazing content so there are people actually visiting your site to see the design ;) Then you can adjust the design over time.
Aditya Aman (1 month ago)
The best advice I have got, no body provided yet. Neil, you’re totally right, I also fall in those kind of people who care a lot of design and keep delaying writing contents. But for sure I would now start writing content rather focusing on its templates or design
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks, Aditya :)
Vivek Seswani (1 month ago)
Hello Neil, Actually I have 3-4 niches in my mind to include in my blogging website. But I’ve a bit confusion whether to start with all of them or just focus on 1 for the time being. Please help me out with this
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Each site should focus on one niche
Jason Valasek (1 month ago)
Hey Neil! Me again stalking all your different podcast LOL. I would love to create a Neil Patel signature designed website template using our platform. Would really like to partner with you on something!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Not something I would really be interested in doing, Jason. Not really my style. But thanks :)
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
This seems to be a short term business goal using a fad marketing draw. As he noted the design of your template isn't the selling point. It is the content that engages the audience to follow and take action. If you are inspired to sell a clone just make sure what you design is responsive. The mobile user has surpassed the desktop user.
James Secord (1 month ago)
Great advice! When starting out I need to just get something out there! Thanks!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
VIJAY SINGH (1 month ago)
Neil sir who best platform for blogging WordPress or blogger.
VIJAY SINGH (1 month ago)
+Neil Patel thanks sir
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Wordpress is far superior.
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
If you want to control how much you can monetize and grow your blog you need to manage a WordPress blog on a server (invest in a dedicated one).
Lisa LaMagna (1 month ago)
Content is everything. You can make a website with just plain text. If people like your ideas, they’ll subscribe, work with you, or buy. First, get traffic.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Content is definitely super important, Lisa!
CerebralAudio (1 month ago)
A lot of people miss the point: design needs to serve function. Function in this case is your content. If you are messing around with design stuff instead of getting the content right, you're doing it wrong. Once you have your content you will know what design you need to serve that content.
CerebralAudio (1 month ago)
Thanks Neil!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Great comment!
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
Boom! Share that great content with a responsive template.
MyKidSupplies (1 month ago)
GREAT ADVICE!, but here's another question. I've heard many people say that bounce rate will drop your rankings, and some asked google and one of the employees said, we don't use bounce rate as a ranking factor. There is probably a whole bunch of cases like this. Do you have any idea about this?
MyKidSupplies (1 month ago)
Okay, thanks a lot!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
I don't think bounce rate has a giant impact on SEO and rankings. Obviously, it is better to have a lower bounce rate but there are many other metrics that I believe to be more important.
MyKidSupplies (1 month ago)
Okay, Thanks.
Bir Singh (1 month ago)
Bounce rate is just showing the visitor only visit one page of your site which he/she want to view and close your website after that, so it's really not very important if users will get all the information from that page only and haven't open other pages.
Our Master Network (1 month ago)
Great information!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks!
You're absolutely right Neil! I'm a professional web designer and I hate to work for people who's overly worried about the appearance of their site, all the while neglecting the site's usability. They want all these irrelevant whistles and bells and amazing photos of their products/services but the problem is many of them take a very long time to load because they are overly produced and heavy files. The simpler, the better! A lite and easily maintainable website is a win-win for all parties involved -- site owner, producer and visitors alike!
realSSJpro (1 month ago)
Exactly. I really hate sites that are super heavy to load.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
The simpler is better. You said it all!
Robert Martin Lees (1 month ago)
Shut Up Neil.....you are making me love you more with every video. tu meke eh ho!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Lol
Lost Yogi (1 month ago)
Amen!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
:)
Brian Pfeiffer (1 month ago)
Thanks for telling it like it is👍🏻😎
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're welcome!
Giovanni Gomez (1 month ago)
I’d never put something with my name out into the world without it being perfect in my eyes. But that’s just me being me.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
That's a great attitude!
abubakar mohammed (1 month ago)
m2 & thats y I'll pass on this advise
Leandro Ganem (1 month ago)
Obrigado Neil!!! :D acho que estou fazendo isso mesmo que falou!! Obrigado por todos esses ensinamentos, adoro o seu trabalho!! abs :)
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
De nada meu amigo!
Abhishek Agrawal (1 month ago)
Right saying sir.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks!
Ankit Dubey (1 month ago)
This Advise Is Really Helpful. I Suggest People To First "Learn" and Then Remove "L" ...🤘
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Glad you liked it!
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
Old school what do you mean?
LifeWires (1 month ago)
thanks Mr patel i have live site now and no content on it.worried about design and aesthetics.will shoot now .👍✍
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Go for it!
Luis Galindo Arenas (1 month ago)
Thanks Neil once more a great advice! Though it is also true that depending on your business you will need to give a very good impression from day-one to convince people you are serious and dedicated about your services or products and about the user experience. Even more if your competition has a great look & feel and more trayectory than you. We have to try to stand out in every detail. At least I would not invite clients to my office if it is under construction or hasn't been painted or if I have so little furniture that I just can't give them a nice experience when talking about business with them, I'd prefer to meet them at a starbucks and buy them a coffe for example ;p
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome, Luis. Glad you found it useful :)
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
As long as good company impression matches your brand value. Bells and whistles can"t be heard once the door is closed. Invest in knowing your growing audience needs.
Manav Singh (1 month ago)
Thanks Neil! I exactly needed this!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
divakar ravi (1 month ago)
Thanks Neil I also did the same thing but now I started focusing on post
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
That's great!
Praveen Jaiswal (1 month ago)
Very True! Thank you.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
Whats Buzzing Videos (1 month ago)
Well said Neil...makeup can always be done later...If you just focus on the design you will take a longer time to get established and you might get discouraged sometimes...We would like to request you for a live walk through on how to rank a page/article on the first page of google. This would be a great solution provider to many of us! It could be any topic...
Whats Buzzing Videos (1 month ago)
thank you for the reply Tim. The request was because google has made a lot of changes to its ranking. It does indeed take time to rank but how it has to be setup is the magic wand, I guess you would agree to that!. when something is made visual related to changes it does make a lot of difference. The value add would have definitely cleared a lot.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Tim is right. It takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work. You can learn a lot on my blog :)
Tim Carey (1 month ago)
Check out his blog. He shares everything to rank first page. You just need to understand it takes time and dedication to reach this goal. No magic with slight of hand.
Sandesh Talekar (1 month ago)
Nice neil, content is important in website.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Definitely!
SLIMNICS (1 month ago)
Good point, thanks
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
Thierry #Henry (1 month ago)
*thank you for all the good tips and see you a Las vegas for the ASW19.*
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're welcome! See you there :)
Manma Help (1 month ago)
Same strategy I am using neil☺️ I don't think about other websites design I just focus on my content and how can I improve it.💐
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Nice!
Abiding Happiness (1 month ago)
There is workpress dot Com and dot org. They have different features. Not sure if I start workpress, but if I do, which one is better to choose, I did not decide. It is important as when you put a lot of work in it, you do not want to discover later that it is not the best platform.
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
The only difference is the hosting. Putting in the work on either will still yield the same results.
Hardeep Singh (1 month ago)
True
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
:)
James Scott (1 month ago)
Stroke your ego lol. Class. Thanks for the video Neil, I’m guilty of this. But I will change my tactics based on your advice. As your advice is sound advice!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot, James!
taher (1 month ago)
This is the best advise Neil :) thanks a lot :)
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
Sumit Das (1 month ago)
Thanks for best advice sir
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're welcome!
Kiran bhai (1 month ago)
I really like this advice just within 2 minutes
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thank you!
Ganga (1 month ago)
Great video!
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Thanks!
Rana Karmakar (1 month ago)
Sir please start a new channel on Hindi
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
I don't speak Hindi.
Mohammed Hussain (1 month ago)
thought it said WORDPRESS makes Mistakes to avoid startup website
Mustafa Kk (1 month ago)
Mohammed Hussain
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Nope :)
Salsa Bella99 (1 month ago)
please translate to indonesia
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Maybe one day :)
GiorgioGD (1 month ago)
Thanks Neil for this video. Lots of people focus on the wrong things when they just start out
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You're welcome :)
Esteban Gonzalez (1 month ago)
Hi from Costa Rica
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
Hello :)
Alok Pandey (1 month ago)
More plugins, slow speed of website
Neil Patel (1 month ago)
You should use what you need, not overdo it.

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